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Avila Outlasts Leeuw In Atlanta
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Avila Outlasts Leeuw In Atlanta

14 May 2012

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Atlanta Open, Atlanta, USA

Final:
Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Clinton Leeuw (RSA) 5-11, 6-11, 11-5, 15-13, 11-7 (90m)

A courageous display by Alfredo Avila in the final of the Atlanta Open in the USA saw the unseeded 20-year-old Mexican fight back from two games down, and save three match-balls, to win the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash title at Life Time Fitness Atlanta in Atlanta.

Experienced South African Clinton Leeuw took the first two games and, after dropping the third, moved on to his first match-ball at 10-7 in the fourth game.

But young world No 148 from Mexico City made a giant comeback to win the title in front of a sold out crowd 5-11, 6-11, 11-5, 15-13, 11-7.

"Avila gave a loud roar, winning his third title in 90 minutes," said tournament organiser Andre Maur.

Leeuw reported later on Twitter: "Lost in 5, tough going but had my chances. Credit to my opponent - he deserved the win - was better on the day."

 

Home Hero Gordon Prevails In Atlanta

12 May 2012

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Atlanta Open, Atlanta, USA

Quarter-finals:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt David Letourneau (CAN) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4
Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [4] Wade Johnstone (AUS) 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6
[3] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [Q] Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 13-11
Clinton Leeuw (RSA) bt Declan James (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8

US interest in the Atlanta Open was extended into the semi-finals after New York-born Christopher Gordon squeezed past English qualifier Nathan Lake following a tie-break in the decider of the quarter-final clash in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Life Time Fitness Atlanta in Atlanta, USA.

Third seed Gordon took a two-game lead, but 19-year-old Lake, ranked almost 100 places lower, battled back to draw level before taking the fifth game to a tie-break.

But in a match described by tournament organiser Andre Maur as 'the best of the night', it was Gordon who ultimately prevailed, winning 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 13-11.

The 25-year-old world No73 will now meet Clinton Leeuw after the unseeded South African defeated English teenager Declan James 11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8.

There was an upset in the top half of the draw when Mexican Alfredo Avila ousted fourth-seeded Australian Wade Johnstone 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6.

The unseeded 20-year-old will now meet Czech number one Jan Koukal after the top seed dismissed Canadian David Letourneau 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) v Alfredo Avila (MEX)
Clinton Leeuw (RSA) v [3] Christopher Gordon (USA)

 

Declan Dumps Second Seed In Atlanta

11 May 2012

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Atlanta Open, Atlanta, USA

1st round:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5
David Letourneau (CAN) bt Hernan D'Arcangelo (ARG) 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5
Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Christopher Binnie (JAM) 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5
[4] Wade Johnstone (AUS) bt [Q] Robert Downer (ENG) 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9
[3] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [Q] Ajaz Azmat (PAK) 11-5, 13-11, 5-11, 11-5
[Q] Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Fred Reid (CAN) 11-3, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4
Clinton Leeuw (RSA) bt [Q] Patrick Chifunda (ZAM) 11-5, 11-6, 12-10
Declan James (ENG) bt [2] Andrew Schnell (CAN) 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 15-13, 11-9

English teenager Declan James claimed one of the best scalps in his burgeoning squash career when he ousted second seed Andrew Schnell in the opening round of the Atlanta Open, the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at Life Time Fitness Atlanta in Atlanta, USA.

The 19-year-old from Nottingham twice came from behind to topple Canadian Schnell 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 15-13, 11-9.

"Relieved to win 11-9 in the fifth tonight good result for me but unhappy with the way I played," admitted James via Twitter afterwards. "Need to make improvements ahead of tomorrow."

The reigning European Junior champion now faces South African Clinton Leeuw for a place in the semi-finals. Leeuw defeated Zambian qualifier Patrick Chifunda 11-5, 11-6, 12-10.

There was further unexpected English success when qualifier Nathan Lake upset Canada's Fred Reid 11-3, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4.

Lake, also 19, from Cheltenham, progresses to take on third seed Christopher Gordon, the New York-born 25-year-old who leads US interest in the long-established Tour event.

Gordon beat Pakistan qualifier Ajaz Azmat 11-5, 13-11, 5-11, 11-5. The 34-year-old former world No38 was making his first Tour appearance for nine years.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) v David Letourneau (CAN)
[4] Wade Johnstone (AUS) v Alfredo Avila (MEX)
[3] Christopher Gordon (USA) v [Q] Nathan Lake (ENG)
Declan James (ENG) v Clinton Leeuw (RSA)

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