LJ Topples Tom In St Paul Semis
7 October 2013
RESULTS: PSA International 25
Benefiting Beyond Walls Indian Summer Tournament, St Paul,
 Alister Walker (BOT) bt  Nicolas Mueller
(SUI) 12-10, 11-9, 11-5 (46m)
 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt  Tom Richards
(ENG) 9-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (63m)
In what was an upset according to the
seedings, but not according to the latest PSA world rankings,
Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema beat second-seeded Englishman
Tom Richards to reach the final of the Indian Summer
Benefiting Beyond Walls, the inaugural PSA World Tour
International 25 squash event at the Commodore Squash
Club in St Paul, Minnesota, USA.
But to justify his higher-ranking, world
No18 Anjema had to fight back from a game down to overcome
Richards, now ranked 22 in the world, 9-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 in
"Even though I lost the first game, the
tone was set from the beginning of the match," explained the
eight-time Dutch champion after the win which takes him into his
31st Tour final.
"We had long rallies in the beginning, and
it was always going to be brutal. After the first game, I cut
out the errors, but they were still long rallies, and it was
always going to be tough physically."
Anjema will now face top seed Alister
Walker for the title.
"Alister and I played earlier this year at
the World Teams and in Hong Kong," Anjema continued. "I lost in
HK and won in the World Teams, so it should be an interesting
Walker, the world No15 from Botswana, is
enjoying one of the best spells of his career and now has his
sights on a third PSA Tour title this year.
The US-based 31-year-old took out Swiss
star Nicolas Mueller, beating the No4 seed 12-10, 11-9,
11-5 in 46 minutes.
"I managed to win big points," said
Walker. "I nicked game ball in the first, and the second game
was really close as well. Nicolas could have easily won one of
the first two, but it's always tough to come back when you're
"I was hard and steady in the third, so
the 3/0 score probably flatters me a bit, but I'm happy," added
the former world No12 who is now in the 15th Tour final of his
In his view of the up-coming final, Walker
said: "LJ and I have had some tough matches in the past. He
probably has a winning record over me. If I play like I did
today, I think I could have a good chance."
In fact, Walker and Anjema's career Tour
head-to-head record is 5-3 in the Dutchman's favour - but Walker
was successful in the pair's two most recent encounters.