Golan Stuns Walker To Take Dayton Title
11 November 2012
RESULTS: PSA International 35 EBS
Dayton Open, Dayton, Ohio, USA
 Borja Golan (ESP) bt  Alister Walker (BOT)
11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (44m)
Despite a marathon two-hour semi-final
battle less than 24 hours earlier, Spaniard Borja Golan
stunned title-holder Alister Walker in straight games to
win the EBS Dayton Open, the PSA World Tour
International 35 event in its ninth year at the Dayton
Squash Center in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
"After last night's two-hour marathon
match to defeat world No11 and top seed Omar Mosaad of
Egypt, everyone in tonight's packed gallery knew that world No18
Golan was focused on the ultimate prize: champion," said
tournament promoter Charlie Johnson.
"Last year's EBS Dayton Open champion and
current world No12 Walker, of Botswana, found out the hard way
how truly focused the Spaniard was when he went down in three
straight games in 44 minutes.
"The enthusiastic crowd thought they were
in for a long evening when the first rally of the match was a
50+ exchange that ended with Walker hitting the tin. Golan went
on to run off five straight long rallies to take a 6-0 lead and
Walker seemed like he couldn't find an answer to the Spaniard's
quick anticipation and attacking style of play.
"Walker finally won a rally off a
brilliant forehand crosscourt nick kill shot to get in the match
at 1-6 but if it was going to take 10 more of those to win this
first game, with the way Golan was playing the odds were not
good," explained Johnson.
Golan went on to win the match 11-5, 11-6,
11-6 to take his career PSA World Tour title haul to 27 - two
more than both Nick Matthew of England and Ramy Ashour
After the match, both players were
gracious in wishing each other the best for the rest of the
season and thanking the sponsors and tournament promoter
Charlie Johnson of cjsquash.com. Last year's champion passed
off the EBS Dayton Open trophy to the 2012 champion and Golan
will have his name added to an illustrious list of winners for
this 10-year-old event.
Golan was delighted with his success: "I
tried to play tight and put pressure on him, moving the ball
around the court - and that worked well.
"I felt comfortable in that court from the
first day, but yesterday with Mosaad I had to be focussed all
the time and after 200 lets finally I went through!! Really
happy for that," added the 29-year-old from Santiago de
"I want to congratulate Ali for a great
tournament and say thanks to Charlie and all his team for make
such a great tournament."
Walker responded: "Borja was too strong on
the night. He was incredibly tight and played at a high tempo.
There were not many opportunities for me to get in front and
"He is a deserved winner of the Dayton
Open title this year."