Three Up For Illingworth At Nash Cup
23 September 2012
RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Nash Cup, London, Ontario,
 Julian Illingworth (USA) bt  Olivier Pett
(ENG) 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (59m)
US squash star Julian Illingworth picked up his third
PSA World Tour title in a row when he beat England's
Olivier Pett in the final of the Nash Cup, the PSA
Challenger 10 event in its fifth year at the London
Squash Racquets Club in London in the Canadian
province of Ontario.
The record eight-time US national champion had dropped games in
both the previous rounds - and did so in the final as Pett, the
fourth seed who made the final against expectations after
beating South African Clinton Leeuw in the semis, opened
a one-game lead.
Pett raced to a 6-2 lead in the second, but favourite
Illingworth battled back to draw level before maintaining the
upper hand in the next two games to close out the match 6-11,
11-9, 11-6, 11-6 in 59 minutes.
The victory marks Illingworth's 12th successive match win after
claiming the titles at the Northern Ontario Championship
in April and the BH Open in Brazil earlier this month. In
winning his eighth title on the PSA Tour, Illingworth also
becomes the first US Nash Cup champion.
"The Nash Cup is the largest (size) trophy that Illingworth has
won to date on the tour, and we wish him the best of luck this
season," said tournament director Dave Morrish. "We look
forward to having him back to defend his title next year!
"Jay Nash ended the presentation ceremony by announcing that not
only will we be having a WSA event next year, but also that we
will be upping our "purse" to $15k next year!
"What a great end to an unbelievable week," concluded Morrish.