Golan Grabs Windy City Open Crown
4 February 2013
RESULTS: PSA International 25 Metro Squash Windy City Open,
 Borja Golan (ESP) bt  Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (74m)
became Spain's first winner of the Metro Squash Windy City
Open title after prevailing in four games over South African
Stephen Coppinger in the final of the long-established
PSA World Tour International 25 squash event at the
University Club of Chicago in Chicago, USA.
Second seed Coppinger, riding high this week after becoming the
first South African for over three decades to make the world top
20, took the opening game - the first dropped by favourite Golan
this week in Chicago.
Golan, the world No10, struck back in the second - moving 6-3
ahead before reaching game-ball at 10-6. Coppinger saved two but
was unable to prevent the 30-year-old Spaniard from drawing
"In game three, Coppinger tried to resume control by applying
even more pressure," explained event spokesman William James.
"Golan now seemed to absorb it easily, and Coppinger errors
started to creep in. This is the game where the tide noticeably
turned, Coppinger being pressured more than pressuring."
Golan's intelligence and athleticism began to show as the
Spaniard strengthened his grip on the match to move on to his
5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 victory after 74 minutes.
"It was a really intense match and Steve started really well,"
conceded Golan later. "In the second, I started to mix my shots
more, moving him away from the T - and it was working!
"I kept doing the same for the next two games, playing
aggressive squash and keeping my focus all the way."
The win takes Golan's PSA Tour title tally to 28 - level with
Egypt's world number one Ramy Ashour and three ahead of
England's world number two Nick Matthew!
"I'm happy with this win - and now it's time to train hard for
my next tournament: Kuwait," added Golan.