Home Title For Gordon Is 'Extra Special'
19 April 2013
RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 Oliver NY
Metro Open, Metropolitan New York, USA
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Shaun le Roux (RSA)
10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 10-6 ret. (78m)
New Yorker Christopher Gordon is
celebrating his first PSA World Tour title success in his
home city after beating South African Shaun le Roux in
the final of the Oliver NY Metro Open - Squash Revolution,
the inaugural PSA Challenger 15 squash event which has
been staged across four venues in Metropolitan New York
in the USA.
Gordon is enjoying the best form of his
life. Last month, the 26-year-old won the US national title for
the first time against expectations - and this month he jumped
four places to a career-high world ranking of 54.
Gordon claimed his place in the rare Tour
final between two unseeded players after upsetting third-seeded
Canadian Shawn Delierre in the quarter-finals, then
Ryan Cuskelly, the top seed from Australia, in the semis.
Both he and Le Roux, the Cape Town-born
world No59, reached the final after surviving five-game
semi-finals lasting more than 70 minutes.
But the maiden Metropolitan New York event
final duly concluded in a dream outcome when Le Roux retired
injured after 78 minutes of play - leaving home hero Gordon to
celebrate his momentous 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 10-6 (ret.) victory.
"Won the Oliver New York Metro Open
tonight beating Shaun LeRoux (RSA) in 4 tough games!!!" Gordon
told his Facebook friends later.
"It was a huge mental battle and I am so
happy to have been able to keep it together and claim this
title! A really extra special moment as well to win it in the
city that I live and grew up in!!!"
The triumph marks the third PSA Tour title
of Gordon's career.