Illingworth Triumphs In Northern Ontario
22 April 2012
RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 Northern
Ontario Championship, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
 Julian Illingworth (USA) bt  Shawn Delierre
(CAN) 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (63m)
Less than 24 hours after surviving the
longest match of his professional career, US number one
Julian Illingworth dashed home hopes of success in the
Northern Ontario Championship in Canada when he beat
Shawn Delierre in the final of the PSA World Tour
Challenger 15 squash event in its third year at the
Sudbury YMCA in Sudbury, Ontario.
"Julian had a mammoth 123-minute battle
with Chris Simpson in the semis and there were questions
as to how well he would recover before the final," explained
tournament spokesman Michael McCue. "Delierre was also
stretched to five games but did not have his fitness sternly
"The theme of the week - long rallies
interspersed with explosions of offense - won out again today.
Canadian Delierre is known for his lengthy matches, but
Illingworth has a more attacking reputation. The American was
hitting the ball cleaner than his previous match, especially to
the front, which forced Shawn into outstretched lobs."
After surviving a crucial second game,
coming back from 8-9 down, top seed Illingworth went on to close
out the match 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 in 63 minutes.
"Illingworth sensed the importance of the
moment and strung together three excellent rallies," added
McCue. "He remarked afterward that this was the key point of the
It was the ninth Tour clash between the
pair - all of which had been on North American soil - with
Illingworth easing ahead 5/4 in their head-to-head tally.
The win also marks Illingworth's sixth PSA
World Tour title - and comes just a month after the 28-year-old
from New York won a record eighth US national crown.