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    FULL US OPEN COVERAGE

US Open 2004, 17-21 September, Boston  

  

21-Sep-04:
Beachill Blasts
to Boston Bonus


Lee Beachill triumphed in the all-English final to wrest the US Open title and the world number one position from Peter Nicol ...

Colleen Turner reports

Fitz Fired up in Symphony Hall
    
The evening started with a ladies exhibition match featuring retired WISPA Tour veteran Sarah Fitz-Gerald and number-four-ranked Natalie Grainger of the U.S.

Sarah prevailed, two games to love, but what should be noted is the ladies played to 11 with a lowered tin (two inches below the normal 19" for ladies) - an excellent game by anyone's standard with the new men's PSA scoring and the same 17" tin placement.

Changing of the Guard ...
  
It was the proverbial changing of the guard in Bean Town, tonight. In game one of the final match on the US Open, number-two-ranked Lee Beachill of England bested world number one, Peter Nicol.

Beachill went up as high as 9-5 in the first game, the evergreen Nicol came back to take three more points, but it was not enough ... Beachill took the game 11-8.

In game two, Nicol went up 3-0, but Beachill could sense that this was his time to change the pecking order between our two British friends. Beachill not only came back, but brought the score to 6-all. That brought we spectators to the rally that would never end ... an incredible two-minute affair that ended with a score of 7-all. A couple of shots to the tin by Nicol let Beachill take the game 11-9 in just 15 minutes.

In game three, Nicol needed to get busy, but a 7-0 lead by Beachill made that virtually impossible. Nicol managed to take the serve at 1-7, and squeaked out a quick six to make it 7-8, but a shot to the tin let Beachill take the serve at 9-7. Peter came back again to make it 8-9. He then drove Beachill into the tin again and brought the score to 9-all. An amazing effort by Nicol landed him on the floor, but it also let Beachill take a 10-9 lead and serve at match ball.

Beachill's Precious Point
  
A pitiful stroke call from the refs to Beachill gave him the match and the Open, and with it the world number one position come the October rankings.

Post match, the ever-classy Nicol shared: "Lee deserved the win. He was too good in the first and second games. I did manage to get in there in the third, but felt a little burned by that last call."

Ultimately, Peter noted, Lee was a bit sharper and settled down a more than he did.

Beachill, equally gracious, noted, "Peter was great in the first two games, but good things come to those who wait. I felt well in the third and even thought my foot was hanging off [from blisters], I'm pleased with the outcome."

As the reporter, it was a great tournament all-round and, mark my words, this result is the start of a new regime in the top 10 of squash.


  
   


FULL US OPEN
COVERAGE

En Franšais

FINAL

[2] Lee Beachill (Eng) bt
[1] Peter Nicol (Eng)
11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (42m)

Women's Exhibition:
 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt
Natalie Grainger (USA)
11-10 (2-0), 11-9

FULL DRAW




 

Nicol v Beachill

HEAD to HEAD

 


  

US Open Squash 2004, $50k     Qualifying Draw     Pre-Qualifying
1st Round
Fri/Sat 17th/18th
Quarters
Sun 19th Sep
Semis
Mon 20th Sep
Final
Tue 21st Sep
[1] Peter Nicol (Eng)
8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 (55m)
Anthony Ricketts (Aus)
Peter Nicol
11-7, 11-5, 3-11, 11-8 (43 m)
Nick Matthew
Peter Nicol

11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (37m)

Joseph Kneipp
Peter Nicol

 

 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (42m)

 

 Lee Beachill

[7] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11-3, 11-9, 11-8 (44m)
[Q] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
[3] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
9-11, 10-11 (2-4), 11-3, 11-7, 11-1 (66m)
[Q] Simon Parke (Eng)
Simon Parke
11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (42m)
Joseph Kneipp
[8] Joseph Kneipp (Aus)
11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (33m)
Omar Elborolossy (Egy)
[Q] Dan Jenson (Aus)
11-7, 11-9, 11-1 (39m)
[5] John White (Sco)
 Dan Jenson
9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (45m)
David Palmer
David Palmer

5-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-9 (64m)

 Lee Beachill
James Willstrop (Eng)
11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (39m)
[4] David Palmer (Aus)
Graham Ryding (Can)
6-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-8 (50m)
[6] Amr Shabana (Egy)
Graham Ryding
11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7 (40m)
 Lee Beachill
[Q] Peter Barker (Eng)
11-4, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4 (47m)
[2] Lee Beachill (Eng)
  ** at Murr Centre Fri 17th,  ++ Symphony Hall Sat 18th
 
Qualifying Draw  (Murr Centre & Boston Racquet Club)
Round ONE, Wed 15th Round TWO, Thu 16th
 Renan Lavigne (FRA) 
11-5, 11-4, 11-5
Michael Puertas (USA)
Q  Renan Lavigne  Q
9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6
 Shahier Razik
 Mark Heather (ENG)
11-10 (6-4), 11-9, 11-9
Shahier Razik (CAN)
Shahid Zaman (PAK)
11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (4-2),
10-11 (3-1), 3-11, 11-10 (2-0)
Joey Barrington (ENG) 
Q  Joey Barrington  Q
11-7, 11-3, 11-9
 Dan Jenson
Julian Illingworth (USA)
11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 11-7
Dan Jenson (AUS) 
Olli Tuominen (FIN)
5-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-6
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 
Q  Olli Tuominen  Q
11-7, 11-6, 11-7
 Peter Barker
Peter Barker (ENG)
11-8, 11-4, 11-2
Parth Doshi (IND) 
 Simon Parke (ENG)
11-7, 11-5, 11-8
Preston Quick (USA)
Q   Simon Parke  Q
9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7
 Paul Price
Dylan Patterson (USA)
11-5, 11-5, 11-3
Paul Price (AUS) 
 
 

PRE-Qualifying - winner to enter main qualifying

Round One
Wed 8th
Quarters
Thu 9th
Semis
Sat 11th
Final
Thu 14th
 --- Vineet Asthana

bye
Vineet Asthana

11-9, 10-11 (3-1), 11-9, 11-2

Parth Doshi

 

Parth Doshi

11-8, 11-10 (2-0), 6-11, 11-7

Dylan Patterson

Vineet Asthana
11-3, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5
Tyler Hinderman
Jason Hicks
10-11 (0-2), 5-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7
Mark Froot
Jason Hicks
10-11 (4-2), 11-7,
8-11, 11-9, 11-5
Parth Doshi
Parth Doshi
11-3, 11-6, 11-4
Todd Ostrow
Mark Lewis
4-11, 11-5, 10-11 (3-1), 11-4, 11-7
Dave Adams
Mark Lewis
 11-9, 11-8, 11-7
Mike Semprucci
Mark Lewis

11-7, 11-4, 11-5

Dylan Patterson
Mike Semprucci
10-11 (2-0), 11-9, 11-6, 11-10 (2-0)
Chessin Gertler
Pat Malloy
11-3, 11-3, 11-5
Chris Smith
Pat Malloy
11-7, 11-8, 11-10 (2-0)
Dylan Patterson
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