Reidbuilt Homes Edmonton Open 2014
25-30 Nov, Canada, $35k
 Simon Rosner 3-2  Tarek Momen
11-8, 4-11, 7-11,
13-11, 11-6 (86m)
Rosner foils top seed Momen in final
by Tom Bedore
In front of a capacity crowd at
the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, Alberta, Simon Rosner upset #1
seed Tarek Momen in a thrilling 5 game final that lasted nearly 90
Rosner took the early lead in game one but neither player could take
more than a 2 point lead until the mid-point of the game when Rosner
pressured Momen into making an unforced error to go up 6-4. Some
explosive rallies followed. The Rosner supporters in the Edmonton
crowd encouraged him on when he got his first match ball at 10-8 &
he made no mistake in winning the next rally and the game 11-8.
In game 2, Momen came out strong & forced Rosner to every corner of
the court to the gasps of the crowd. Rosner hit 3 into the tin &
then missed a routine length shot to give Tarek a 6-1 lead. It was
evident at 7-1 Tarek was going to win this game despite Rosner
winning a couple of points to bring the score to 3-7. Momen needed 2
game balls to win the game 11-4 & tie the match at 1-1.
Momen picked up where he left off in game 2 winning the first 3
points, the last one on a stunning rally where both players put on
an amazing exhibition of speedy retrieval. After winning the next
point, Rosner tried to relieve the pressure by hitting high lobs on
the forehand side but Momens's athletic ability to jump & smash them
down to the front right corner enabled him to jump out to an 8-1
lead. At 2-10 Rosner saved 5 game balls. The last one was absolutely
brilliant to get to 6-10, than a no-let on Momen made the crowd
believe Rosner had a chance to salvage this game. But Momen relied
on a perfectly placed drop shot glued to the backhand wall to win
the game 11-7.
The crowd gave both players a standing ovation at the start of game
4, letting them know how they appreciated the high level of squash.
At 2-2, Momen got a no-let call to give Rosner his first lead since
the first game. This gave him the incentive to increase the lead to
4-2. But again Momen redoubled his efforts to tie it up at 4-4.
Rosner fought bravely to take the lead again at 5-4. Again Momen
stretched him with his combination of boasts & drops to level the
score at 5-5. Ever so slightly, Momen was starting to walk away with
the match. At 9-6 Momen, it looked like there was no way Rosner
could come back against the #1 seed.
But Rosner would not give in & hit some perfect shots to go ahead
10-9. Momen then won a stroke against Rosner to tie it at 10-10.
Momen won another game ball at 11-10. After a number of collisions, Momen complained to the refs
that he should have been awarded a stroke. He felt the refs were
being influenced by the crowd that was clearly favoring Rosner. On
the next rally, Rosner was awarded a stroke to win the game in extra
The final game had all the drama that you would expect from a
meeting with these 2 players. Momen & Rosner are so close in so many
aspects of their games, neither player could orchestrate a
significant lead until 2 tins by Momen, gave Rosner a 6-3 advantage.
Momen finally was able to win the next point to bring it to 4-6 but
Rosner, as he has done all week at critical junctures, increased the
pressure & jumped out to a 7-4 lead. Momen showed more frustration
when he was given a no-let as he ran into Rosner's back to give the
German an 8-5 lead. Again Momen forced Rosner to go for a volley
that went out of court.
Both players were taking a beating as they continued to run into
each other. Momen got a no let call on a great length shot by Rosner
to give him the 9-6 lead. The let calls continued until Momen hit
one out to give Rosner a match ball. He worked Momen into a bad
position and received a stroke call to win the game 11-6 & the match
Both players were appreciative of the Edmonton crowd & Rosner
applauded the tournament organizers: "this was a well-run tournament
with a number of innovative events including the lightning round &
half mile sprint. The weather was cold but the crowds were warm and
the players appreciated it."
25-30 Nov, Canada, $35k
 Tarek Momen (Egy)
11-9, 7-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3 (75m)
[Q] Deigo Elias (Per)
 Tarek Momen
11-6, 14-12, 11-5 (42m)
 Tarek Momen
11-8, 11-3, 11-8 (34m)
 Adrian Waller
 Tarek Momen
11-8, 4-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-6 (86m)
 Simon Rosner
Eddie Charlton (Eng)
11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (37m)
[wc] Dane Sharp (Can)
 Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5 (93m)
Rex Hedrick (Aus)
11-6, 12-10, 12-10 (57m)
 Adrian Waller
 Adrian Waller (Eng)
11-6, 12-10, 11-7 (41m)
Chris Gordon (Usa)
[LL] Carlos Cornes (Esp)
11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (29m)
 Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
 Nicolas Mueller
11-6, 11-7, 15-13 (43m)
 Tom Richards
 Nicolas Mueller
11-3, 11-6, 2-11, 11-7 (50m)
 Simon Rosner
[Q] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
11-8, 11-13, 11-4, 11-2
 Tom Richards (Eng)
[Q] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11-6, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7
 Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
 Henrik Mustonen
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)
 Simon Rosner
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
11-4, 11-5, 11-2
 Simon Rosner (Ger)
26-Nov, Qualifying Finals:
 Jamie Haycocks (Eng) 3-1 Shahier Razik (Can)
11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (51m)
 Arthur Gaskin (Irl) 3-1 Carlos Cornes (Eap)
11-13, 11-4, 11-7, 14-12 (55m)
 Diego Elias (Per) 3-0 Andrew Schnell (Can)
11-6, 11-6, 12-10 (37m)
 Shawn Delierre (Can) 3-0 Mike McCue (Can)
11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (42m)
25-Nov, Qualifying Round One
 Shawn Delierre (Can) 3-1 Reuben Philips (Eng)
10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (62m)
Mike McCue (Can) 3-1 Matthew Serediak (Can)
11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4 (49m)
 Andrew Schnell (Can) 3-0 Adrian Devries (Can)
11-5, 11-1, 11-2 (17m)
 Diego Elias (Per) 3-0 Graeme Schnell (Can)
11-5, 11-2, 11-8 (33m)
 Arthur Gaskin (Irl) 3-0 Pete Goodings (Eng)
11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (21m)
Carlos Cornes (Esp) 3-0  Shahjahan Khan (Pao)
11-6, 11-4 (48m)
 Jamie Haycocks (Eng) 3-0 Blake Reinson (Can)
11-4, 11-9, 11-4 (22m)
 Shahier Razik (Can) 3-0 Rodrigo Pezzota (Arg)
11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (70m)
by Tom Bedore
A rematch of the top two seeds in the 2014 ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton
Open was set tonight in Edmonton, Canada before a packed crowd at
the Royal Glenora Club. Tarek Momen and Simon Rosner proved they
deserved their top billing with domination over both their
Tarek Momen bt Adrian Waller
Tarek Momen's display of perfect drop shots, length shots &
well-disguised half-court boasts was more than enough to keep the
big Englishmen, Adrian Waller off balance throughout most of the
match. Momen started the first game with an early lead at 3-1. Then
a couple of uncharacteristic unforced errors from Momen gave the
Englishman his first lead at 5-4.
Whenever Waller looked like he might jump out to a 2 point lead,
Momen would prevent it with another great combination of boasts &
drops. After an unforced error by Waller to get his first game ball,
Waller hit one into the middle, Momen asked for a let & to the
frustration of Waller, he was awarded a stroke & the game 11-8.
It's so very difficult to get Momen into a position where he looks
uncomfortable. Waller pressed him at the start of game 2 with some
dying length on his rail shots & some high lobs that Momen had to go
to the back of the court to retrieve. Momen weathered the storm of
Waller's early onslaught & then turned up the heat to go up 6-1.
Momen forced his opponent to do too much & the errors starting
coming . As this game wore on, Momen seemed to capitalize on
anything remotely loose from Waller & easily won this game 11-3.
In game 3, Momen put the pressure on Waller and he hit a number of
unforced errors giving Momen a 7-2 lead. It looked like it was going
to be over quickly when Momen got his first match ball at 10-3 but
with the crowd cheering him on, Waller put together a string of 5
consecutive points. It wasn't enough, & Momen won the third game
11-8 & the match in just 34 minutes. The #1 seed in the ReidBuilt
Homes Edmonton Open did not lose a game after his opening round in
After the match, Momen said: "I felt lucky tonight as I've played
Waller a number of times. Tonight, he made more errors than I would
expect from him."
Simon Rosner bt Nicolas Mueller
Rosner and Mueller are training partners and best of friends but on
court it's all business. Both players move with incredible speed,
but it's Rosner who hits with formidable pace never giving his
opponent time to prepare for the next shot. It didn't take Rosner
long to jump out to a 7-2 lead. Despite being training partners,
Mueller seemed to be finding it difficult to read what Rosner had
coming next & before long a few unforced errors starting showing up
in Mueller's game which is all Rosner needed to win the first game
Rosner is explosive in nearly every aspect of his game.....his
movement, his shots. It seems impossible to get the ball by him. He
only took about 4 shots off the back wall. Finally at 1-5, Mueller
was able to move him enough to get a winner off a perfect drop shot
into the front corner. But then once again, the big German turned up
the pressure & steamrolled to a 11-6 victory in game two.
Game 3 was a bit more unpredictable. Rosner turned up the heat with
incredible pace but Mueller was able to read him better. He finally
beat him on a length shot to tie it up at 2-2 & the crowd came to
their feet. Mueller won the next rally on a stroke against Rosner &
Mueller had his first lead of the game. He followed that up with a
winning rail shot up the backhand wall that Rosner couldn't remove
from the wall. Then a couple of perfect drops and another stroke
against Rosner, and Mueller finally was controlling the game. After
hitting the tin 3 times in a row, Rosner conceded & hit the serve
directly into the tin to give Mueller the game 11-2.
In game 4, with the Edmonton crowd behind him, Mueller came out
strong, weathering the onslaught of Rosner's renewed focus. After
trading called strokes against each other , Mueller clipped the top
of the tin to allow Rosner to tie the game at 2-2. A called stroke
against Rosner followed up by an unforced error gave Mueller the
lead again at 4-2. After a stroke called against Mueller that the
crowd thought was incorrect, Mueller hit the tin on the next ball &
the game was tied at 4-4. Then another tin & a stroke against
Mueller & Rosner had the first lead of the game.
Mueller hit another tin & Rosner was in control. After a stroke was
called against Rosner, Mueller started controlling the play moving
Rosner around & looking much more relaxed. Rosner was given a no let
& Mueller had tied it up at 7-7. Rosner again turned up the pace
obviously not wanting it to go to 5 games & was able to win the
fourth 11-7 and the match in four. After the match both players paid
tribute to the capacity crowd at the Royal Glenora.
Rosner commented: "It was great to play in front of so many squash
fans even though you seemed to be cheering more for my opponent."
When asked if he was ready for his battle with the #1 seed Tarek
Momen after losing to him in Hong Kong, Rosner replied: "I lost 11-8
in the fifth. It was close. I will be ready for tomorrow."
The stage is set for a rematch between Tarek Momen and Simon Rosner.
Going into that quarter-final match in August at the Hong Kong Open,
both players knew the winner would move into the top 10 in the
world. These two have been close all year. Momen is ranked #9 in the
world, Rosner #10. It will be a dramatic final.
by Tom Bedore
The top four seeds advanced to the semi-finals without
dropping a game at the Royal Glenora Club tonight at the 2014
ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open.
Tarek Momen bt Eddie Charlton
After being down 2 games to 1, the night before against Diego Elias,
Tarek Momen seemed determined to not put himself in any danger of
being eliminated prematurely from the ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open.
He dispatched Eddie Charlton in 3 straight games but it wasn't easy.
Momen started strong in game 1 with his trademark collection of
boasts & smashes to the front corner to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
Charlton started to read him better & won the next 3 points. The
Egyptians are famous for their tricky shots upfront but Momen has
the ability to hit dying length which won him a couple of points in
the middle part of the first game. He just needed one game ball to
win the first game 11-6. Even when Charlton seemed to have a chance
to put pressure on Momen, the speed of the Egyptian got him back
into the match. After an extremely long rally with very high quality
shots won by Momen, he indicated a broken string. Charlton took
advantage of Momen's new racket & won the next 4 points.
Unfortunately for Charlton, on the next rally, he hit a lob that
just barely hit the line to give Momen a game ball.
This time Charlton would not give in & fought back to tie it at
10-10. He started moving Momen & won his first game ball. He lost
his chance to win the game when he was given a no-let. Both players
hit a couple of tins as they tried to force the win. After a couple
of lets called, Momen hit a cross-court into the back-wall nick.
After another let call, Momen worked Charlton into the back corner &
hit a perfect drop-shot into the front left corner nick to win the
game 14-12. Charlton was obviously frustrated to lose game 2 after
squandering a game ball & never came off court between games. He did
get the lead briefly at the start of the third but then Momen took
over & won 11-5 & the match in 3 straight games.
Adrian Waller bt Rex Hedrick
Viewing from outside the court, you would guess this was a mismatch
with the giant Adrian Waller up against the diminutive Rex Hedrick.
At times Waller didn't seem to have to leave the T as his huge
wingspan was able to cut off most shots from the speedy Australian
Hedrick. For a big man, Waller moves very well. But Hedrick had a
game plan that started working for him. Hit good length & force the
Englishman off the T. Hedrick led throughout the early part of the
first game. At 6-6, Waller was finally able to get the lead with a
couple of unforced errors from Hedrick & a nice mix of drops & dying
length to give him his first game ball at 10-6.
Waller made no mistake with his game ball. He hit a drop shot into
the front right corner that was glued to the side wall & left
nothing for Hedrick to return. Whenever Hedrick was caught behind
the big lefthander it was extremely difficult to see what was
coming. After a series of let calls in which Hedrick couldn't get
through Waller to the ball, Waller rolled off 5 straight points to
lead 5-1. Whenever Hedrick hit anything slightly loose in the back
corner, Waller made him pay. At 7-4 Hedrick collided with Waller &
appeared in some discomfort. He asked for a let & didn't get it.
Hedrick's Canadian supporters provided some vocal support & it may
have worked as he tied the score at 8-8 with some dying length
shots. Waller hit a couple of unforced errors to give Hedrick his
first game ball. He couldn't convert but Waller made no mistake when
he got his chance. He ran Hedrick ragged from side-to-side until
eventually Hedrick couldn't reach the ball, giving Waller the second
game in an extra point. Hedrick showed a lot of grit at the start of
game 3. He really picked up the tempo right from the start & jumped
out to a 5-1 lead. But then Waller came right back using straight
length to send Hedrick to the back corner followed up by
well-executed drop shots. Waller continued to send Hedrick flying
around the court but Hedrick would not give in despite being
stretched to the limit. With a match ball, Waller hit a loose ball &
Hedrick got the stroke.
At 10-10, Waller got a let ball after breaking his string. On the
next rally, Hedrick went flying through the air after tripping over
Waller. He got a let call. Waller made no mistake when he got his
match ball but full marks to the very gutsy Rex Hedrick who showed
amazing resilience throughout the match.
Nicolas Mueller bt Tom Richards
Both Mueller and Richards play textbook squash. This game was a
beautiful exhibition on how the game of squash is supposed to be
played. Mueller won the match in 3 straight games in 43 minutes but
it was intense squash played at the highest level.
These 2 players move so efficiently around the court, it's like
watching a mirror image. Although Richards has spent time at #12 in
the world, it was Mueller who was able to apply the most pressure as
game one wore on. At 7-2, it looked like Mueller would coast to a
quick victory in the first game but after an incredibly long rally,
Richards came out on top with a brilliant drop shot. Mueller then
went ahead 10-5 with dying length to the back corner & made no
mistake on his first game ball.
These 2 players are a great example of fair play & as Nicolas said
after the match, he felt: "that's how squash should be played. Play
tough & hard but always be fair. That's how he plays the game as
he's been inspired by his countryman Roger Federer.". At 6-6 in the
second game, a 55 shot rally won by Mueller may have taken too much
out of Richards. He continued to play brilliantly but the deft hands
of Mueller sending him to every corner of the court eventually wore
him down. His frustration at the end of it was very evident. Visibly
distressed at dropping the second game, Richards came out strong &
jumped out to a 5-1 lead in game 3.
At 10-10, Richards made an amazing get in the back court. Both
players somehow summoned themselves onto a higher level as they
fought to win the third game in extra points. The packed house at
the Royal Glenora was on their feet for most of the last 10 minutes
of the game realizing they were witnessing something very special in
these 2 players when finally Mueller cemented the victory with a
15-13 win of game 3.
Simon Rosner bt Henrik Mustonen
Henrik Mustonen had looked very fit & strong in his opening match
Thursday night but Germany's Simon Rosner would give him little
chance to advance to the semi-finals. The Finn was not intimidated
by the big German but eventually the pace of Rosner's balls, who is
one of the hardest hitters in the game, was just too much for him.
In addition to his pace, Rosner has great anticipation & started
controlling the rallies & keeping the Finn off balance. At 8-3, it
looked like Rosner would run away with it but the Finn came back
with a couple of winners. But again Rosner upped the pressure & made
no mistake on his first game ball, forcing Mustonen to barely hang
on until Rosner finally hit the winner.
Rosner continued his relentless pressure jumping out to a 6-1 lead
in the second game. Mustonen was able to hit some beautiful drop
shots, plus a Philadelphia, but nothing seemed to give him any
sustained opportunity. The Finn was game to go but Rosner jerked him
around the court so much, the end was inevitable. Rosner wins it in
3 & advances to the semi-finals to play his training partner Nicolas
Mueller Saturday night.
27-Nov, Round ONE:
by Tom Bedore
There were some close calls but no major upsets in the first
day of the main draw of the 2014 ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open.
Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-2 Diego Elias (PER)
At the start of this match, the question on everyone's mind was "how
good is this kid" in reference to the current World Junior Champion,
Diego Elias. He took out both Schnell brothers in straight games in
the qualifying but how would he do against a top 10 player.
Momen jumped out to a 3-0 lead & then 6-2. Elias seemed to struggle
with Momen' pressure but it didn't take him long to figure it out.
Diego roared back to 6-6 before Momen was able to beat him with
dying length. At 8-8, Momen used his perfect length to get a game
ball at 10-8. That's when the pace went to a new level with Momen
winning the final rally on a perfectly executed cross-court.
In game 2, Elias jumped out to a 3-0 lead. It's very difficult to
send Elias the wrong way but Momen holds so effectively, he was able
to do it several times to bring the game to 5-5. Momen hit the very
top of the tin in 3 successive rallies to give Elias an 8-5 lead. At
9-5 after winning a brilliant rally, Elias hit the top of the tin to
give Momen a chance to get back into the game. But after a 30 shot
rally that ended in a stroke call against Momen, Elias had his first
game ball at 10-7.
After an amazing exchange in the front left corner, both players
executed tighter & tighter drop shots until the Peruvian was able to
get one to roll-out for the winner. In game 3, Elias came out with
more confidence & used some trickery to win the first 2 points. As
the match progressed, Elias continued to gain confidence & climbed
to a 4-1 lead.
But Momen, the great fighter that he is got the first game ball.
Both players were visibly tired with sweat-drenched shirts &
breathing heavily. After a let ball in which, Elias thought he won
the point, he made no mistake on the next one & won the game in
extra points 12-10. He now had a 2-1 lead on the #1 seed. Game 4
started with a collision in the first rally at the T with both
players falling. Elias appeared to clip the calf of Momen. Elias
jumped to a 4-0 lead & it looked like the collision may have
impacted Momen's play.
Both players have such perfect drop shots, it was surprising to see
shots clip the tin. Elias hit a couple more tins than the Egyptian &
Momen was able to take a 7-5 lead. Momen then seemed to sense his
opportunity & he made no mistake. One game ball appeared to be won
but the Elias ball called out was appealed & overruled by the 3 man
referee system. Momen made no mistake on the next one & won 11-5.
In game 5, the experienced Egyptian turned up the pressure from the
opening rally, controlling the T & putting too much pressure on
Elias & in the process gaining a 3-0 lead. But the Peruvian fought
back & won the next 3 points. But that was all the young Peruvian
would be allowed. Momen wins game five 11-3.
Eddie Charlton (ENG) 3-0 Dane Sharp (CAN)
Eddie Charlton has had Dane Sharp's number defeating the Canadian in
all 3 of their previous meetings. Tonight was no different as
Charlton jumped out to a relatively easy 4-0 lead before Sharp won
his first rally. Sharp followed that up with 4 straight points of
his own but Charlton was able to maintain his steady play to close
out the first game 11-6.
Game 2 was closer with Sharp really working hard to solve the
smooth-playing Englishman. After a punishing rally won by Charlton
to move the score to 9-6, Sharp barely clipped the top of the tin
with a drop shot & Charlton had game ball. He needed 2 to win the
game 11-7. In game 3, Charlton jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead &
Sharp looked tired but he kept fighting. At 7-3, a stroke against
Charlton gave Sharp an opportunity to get back in but that appeared
to give Charlton more incentive & he closed it out quickly from
there, winning the third game 11-4 & the match in three games.
Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-2 Campbell Grayson (NZL)
These 2 players are only a few ranking positions apart & it was
evident throughout the match. Neither could get a significant lead
in the first game. Grayson finally pulled out the win 11-9. Hedrick
fought back effectively in the second game & held the lead
throughout most of it to win 11-6. Grayson jumped out to 6-1 lead in
the third game & closed it out with an 11-5 victory. Grayson started
looking tired in the middle part of game 4. Hedrick recognized his
opponent's exhaustion & really started putting pressure on him which
worked as he coasted to an 11-6 win.
In game 5, Grayson got the first point but no one could advance past
that for the first 5 minutes with numerous let calls. Grayson won
one more to go up 2-0. Hedrick fought back & won the next 3 points &
then Grayson cramped up badly in his left calf. You could see the
huge bulge in his calf. He took a full 2 minute time out to work it
. When he returned Hedrick used the opportunity to work his wounded
opponent. After winning a quick first point, then a couple of lets,
Hedrick went up 4-3 & eventually won game five 11-5.
Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0 Christopher Gordon (USA)
Both players have huge wingspans & cover the court efficiently for
big men. Gordon had his best chance in the second game when he had
one game ball that he was unable to convert into a winner. Waller,
seeded 4 in the tournament made no mistake when he had his chance &
won game two 12-10. Waller got the jump on Gordon in game 3 & it
looked like he might walk away with it at 3-0. The American threw
everything at him but it was not enough & Waller won the third 11-7
and the match in 41 minutes.
Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0 Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
The two Englishman were close for the first half of the game but the
veteran Richards with his great anticipation took control at 6-1 and
eventually won the first game 11-8. In game 2, Haycocks turned up
the pressure & jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Richards dealt with the
heat well but it was enough to give Haycocks game two in extra
points, 13-11. That was about it for Haycocks as Richards was able
to win the next 2 games & the match in four games.
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0 Carlos Cornes (ESP)
Cornes was defeated the night before in a battle with Ireland's
Arthur Gaskin. He found himself back in the draw when he was given
the "lucky loser" spot in the main draw. His opponent, Nicolas
Mueller was not at his best in the match but it was good enough to
defeat the fiery Spaniard in 3 straight games.
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-1 Arthur Gaskin (IRL)
Other than Diego Elias, Arthur Gaskin was the only qualifier who
looked to have a chance to upset their main draw opponent. The first
game was close but Gaskin trailed throughout & Mustonen won it 11-6.
Gaskin came out flying in the second game & won it handily. The next
2 games were close but early in the fourth game Gaskin jammed his
foot which definitely had an impact on his play going forward &
Mustonen won the match in four games.
Simon Rosner (GER) 3-0 Shawn Delierre (CAN)
Delierre played well in the early part of the first two games but
otherwise, the match as controlled by Rosner. The hard-hitting
Rosner seemed to be able to read Delierre's variety of shots and was
seldom off balance.
With the Canadian crowd urging Delierre on in game 2 at 4-4, he
showed some gutsy play but Rosner's powerful pace & great movement
was too much for Delierre. Rosner won the match in three straight
by Tom Bedore
Jamie Haycocks bt Shahier Razik
Some intense drama tonight at the 2014 ReidBuilt Homes
Edmonton Open Squash Tournament.
With the pro-Canadian crowd behind him, Canada's current
national champion Shahier Razik did his best to control the
pressure of the #2 seed of the qualifying tournament,
England's Jaymie Haycocks. Unfortunately for the Canadian
fans, Haycocks jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first 10
minutes . Haycocks precise drop shots & ability to hold his
shots put Razik under too much pressure. At 3-9, Razik
fought back to win a couple more points but it wasn't enough
& Haycocks closed out game one with a score of 11-5.Razik
seemed to come out with new-found determination in the
second game. His drop shot was precise & gave him a 3-1
Haycocks continued to be relentless & jumped out to a 5-3
lead and eventually the game 11-8. In game 3, Razik was
starting to get rewarded for his precise play to move into a
4-1 lead. But Haycocks roared back with excellent
anticipation & perfect drop shots to tie it at 5-5. Razik
summoned more resolve and finally won a game ball at 10-7 by
forcing an uncharacteristic error from Haycocks and then won
the game. The fourth game was very tight until Haycocks was
able to get some momentum to jump out to an 8-4 lead. Razik
fought back but it was not enough as Haycocks was able to
close out the match with an 11-8 victory.
Arthur Gaskin bt Carlos Cornes
Carlos Cornes & Arthur Gaskin previous meeting in Gaskin's
home country of Ireland in April of this year had a lasting
impression on both of them.
At the West of Ireland Open in Galway, Gaskin physically was
not at his best. He had an injury. The Spaniard was able to
dominate the Irishman in 3 straight games, 8, 7 &2. Tonight
in the opening game , both players looked extremely
determined. No one could get more than a 1 point lead until
Gaskin went ahead 7-5 on a close drop shot to the front
corner. Cornes thought it was down & complained to the ref.
Finally play resumed after warnings to both players. Cornes
fought back to 7-7.
From there on, the squash moved to a higher level as both
players played exceptional squash. Still no one, could pull
away. At 10-10, with Cornes serving after one let call, he
finally won a game ball. Then more let calls until Cornes
was given a no let. After much discussion with the ref, the
game continued. The next rally was won by Cornes as he was
awarded a stroke. On this game ball he made no mistake & won
the rally & game 13-12. Gaskin complained to the ref about
his opponent's play when the players exited the court.
In Game 2, the temperature continued to rise from the start
of the game. Gaskin jumped out to a 2-0 lead & then 6-1.
Then an unforced error by Gaskin gave Cornes the opportunity
to get back into the game. He won the next point but Gaskin
shot well to get up to 8-2. Off the serve, Cornes rolled one
out in the front left corner. After a very long highly
pressurized rally, Gaskin & Cornes traded points. Gaskin got
his first game point at 10-4 & Cornes hit the top of the tin
to give Gaskin the game. Game 3 was extremely close until
the Spaniard once again seemed to control play with many
amazing stretches to balls that appeared to be completely
out of reach. At 4-1 Cornes looked in control but again
Gaskin fought back. At 7-7, Cornes hit three tins in a row,
the last one after a stunning rally that displayed the
athleticism of both players. Gaskin made no mistake in
closing it out on the next rally to win it 11-7.
In game 4, Gaskin took a 3-1 lead with a drop shot into the
front right corner. Cornes was sure the ball was down but
had to accept the refs call. Both players hit back-to-back
unforced errors to bring the game to 2-4 with Cornes
serving. At 7-7, Cornes used all of his size to craft the
ball into the front right corner. The next rally, his ball
was called down & it was 8-8. They continued to trade points
until Gaskin found a way to get his first match ball. But
Cornes would not give in. He hit a perfect shot into the
front left corner to even it at 10-10. But Gaskin found a
way to get another match ball at 11-10. Still not enough.
The fighting Spaniard would not relinquish. Finally after
nearly an hour of intense battle, the Irishman Gaskin found
a way to defeat Cornes 14-12 in the fourth.
Diego Elias bt Andrew Schnell
History also existed in this match. Elias narrowly defeated
Schnell at the Houston Open earlier this year, 11-8 in the
fifth. The Canadian looked very determined. He came out on
the attack & won a quick 2-0 lead but Elias showed why he's
the current world junior champion. The Peruvian replied with
6 unanswered points. But Schnell somehow was able to summon
enough strength to put extreme pressure on Elias with pace &
perfectly executed shots to fight back to 5-6.
At 6-9, Schnell had Elias on a string but the impressive
retrieval ability of Diego won him a game ball. After a
quick exchange, Elias somehow caught Schnell flatfooted with
a seemingly routine length shot that ended the game 11-6. In
game 2, Schnell won the first point on a stroke but then hit
the tin the next rally, followed by 2 called strokes against
him. Unrelenting pressure by Elias quickly gave him another
game ball. Schnell extended the game for 2 more points but a
perfect drop shot by Elias into the front right corner ended
the game. In game 3, Elias won the first point but a very
determined Canadian won the next 4.
Elias slowly crept back in with a mixture of perfect
execution & a couple of unforced errors by Schnell to move
up 6-5. In what is considered the rally of the tournament to
date, Schnell hit a perfect length shot to the back corner
but fell in the process. It wasn't that concerning as the
ball was almost dead in the back of the court. Somehow Elias
flew back to retrieve the ball & hit a winner, with his
opponent still lying on the floor. But Schnell refused to
give up. The rallies were amazing at times with Elias
eventually sealing the victory with a 12-10 win.
Shawn Delierre bt Mike McCue
Despite both residing in Eastern Canada, Delierre & McCue
have only met once before with the victory going to the
higher ranked and more experienced Shawn Delierre. So to no
one's surprise, Delierre jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead in
an effort to prevent his opponent from getting comfortable.
McCue gamely fought back back to 3-8 with an unforced error
into the tin by Delierre. But Delierre got a game ball on a
no-let call to McCue. Credit to McCue, he did not give in
but the hill was too big to climb & Delierre closed it out.
In game 2, McCue seemed a little more comfortable in this
game & played very well to keep it close. But again it
seemed only a matter of time until Delierre would take
control of the rally & he eventually went up to 8-4. But
McCue refused to give in & hit a perfect roll-out into the
front left corner. He would win only one more rally in the
game before Delierre put it away 11-7.
In game 3, Delierre won the first point of the game but
McCue followed up with a couple of perfectly place drop
shots to go up 2-1. Delierre then turned up the pressure &
won 3 points in a row. McCue then went back to his bread &
butter, drop shots carved perfectly into the nick & won the
next 3 points to go ahead 5-4. Then with some Delierre
flicks that took McCue by surprise, the Quebecor won back
McCue, to his credit would not relinquish. He hit some tight
rail shots to go ahead 7-5. Delierre then hit a couple of
winners to draw even. McCue won back the serve but promptly
hit one into the tin which gave Delierre the opportunity to
close it out. Deliere uses some good length to win the next
point & followed up with a perfect drop shot to win the game
11-9 & the match in 3.
Day One of Qualifying
at 2014 ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open
by Tom Bedore
Shawn Deliere vs Reuben Phillips
In the opening match of the ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open,
Canada's Shawn Delierre, the #1 seed in the qualifying
seemed a little sluggish after playing a near perfect
tournament at the Saskatoon Open last week. He did not lose
a game in the entire tournament in Saskatoon.
England's Reuben Phillips took advantage of some unforced
errors and jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Delierre regained his
composure and quickly won the next 4 points with a nice
mixture of soft length & tricky boasts to go up 5-2. But
Philips was not about to give in to the tricky Canadian as
he used a couple of winning shots & unforced errors by
Delierre to claw back to 7-4.
At 9-9, after a long rally, the call was let ball. Then
Phillips was able to throw a combination of cross-courts &
beautiful drop shots to get his first game ball. At 10-10,
Delierre showed that he can retrieve as well as shoot. He
made some amazing gets but Phillips put too much pressure on
him. With his second game ball both players seemed to be
content to softly lob the ball up the backhand wall with
each shot getting tighter & tighter until Phillips glued a
rail shot up the backhand wall. Philips wins 12-10.
Game 2: After a couple of rallies that ended in lets,
Delierre was able to extend the rallies & move the big
Englishman around the court and quickly go up 3-0. But
Phillips fought back to 3-3. At 4-4, the Canadian seemed to
sense the urgency of not allowing Philips to take a lead in
this second game. He reeled off 5 unanswered points with a
varied combination of intelligent shots. Philips was having
issues with the officiating. After losing the point at 9-5,
Delierre quickly recovered to win the next 2 points to win
Game 3: After a conduct warning because he was slow to
return to court to start game 3, Phillips really put on the
pressure to jump out to a 3-1 lead. According to most
assessments from fellow PSA players watching the match,
Phillips was playing the match of his life. But
unfortunately for the Englishman, Delierre really starting
putting extreme pressure on the Englishman with a
combination of soft lobs up the backhand wall and perfect
drop shots. He reeled off 9 straight points and won the game
If Delierre had some jet-lag from Saskatoon, he seemed to
get rid of it in game 4. At 3-3 both players started running
into each other. The court seemed to shrink and the
collisions seemed to help Delierre. Philips became
frustrated with the officiating. A couple of unforced errors
followed and the Canadian took a 6-3 lead. Delierre improved
his movement as the game progressed. His game was just too
good for Phillips. He won the game 11-5 to win the match in
Michael McCue vs Matthew Serediak
Game 1: In the second match of the night, Michael McCue's
aggressive attacking style proved too much for the higher
ranked Matthew Serediak and he quickly jumped out to a 7-1
lead. Serediak dug deep at 1-10 with a nice mixture of
incredible retrieving and well-placed drop shots and won the
next 3 points. But it was not enough and McCue put him away
to win the first game 11-4.
Game 2: Again McCue came out attacking and won the first 2
points quickly. McCue's execution seemed relentless & in
less than 5 minutes, had a 7-3 lead before Serediak could
stop the bleeding. But his recovery was short-lived and
McCue quickly won the second game with a well executed drop
Game 3: Serediak was not about to go down in 3. He jumped
out to an early 5-3 lead in game 3 and then went up 8-5 as
he seemed to have the solution to McCue's attacking shots.
At 10-9, Serediak won the game on a stroke called after a
loose shot by McCue.
Game 4: Winning game 3 seemed to give Serediak a real boost
to start game 4. He won the first point on a very tough
But McCue mentioned after the match: "he remembered being up
on Matt 2 years ago at the Edmonton Open & was determined to
not let it happen again." His surgically-administered drop
shots were too precise for Serediak & McCue went on to win
the game 11-4 and the match in four games.
Andrew Schnell vs Adrian De Vries
It can be very difficult for local players when coming up
against seasoned PSA players. Local qualifier Adrian De
Vries jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first game but
couldn't withstand the onslaught of the pressure
administered by Andrew Schnell. Schnell's speed,
well-executed drop shots & perfect length were too much for
Devries. Although De Vries played well in the first game,
the match was over in 17 minutes with Schnell winning it
Graeme Schnell vs Diego Elias
Game 1: Andrew Schnell's brother Graeme had a much more
difficult opponent in the Peruvian sensation, Diego Elias,
the current World Junior Champion. Graeme knew he would have
to play his best squash to stay with Deigo. He did until 5-6
but then Diego's combination of perfect boasts and drop
shots was too much for Schnell. Graeme is known for his shot
making but nothing seemed to surprise the Peruvian. Elias
won the first game 11-5.
Game 2: Graeme seemed to read Diego much better in this game
but in addition to his superb shot-making, Diego is a great
retriever. Shots that would be winners for Graeme against a
lesser player seemed to cause Diego little discomfort.
Occasionally he was able to confuse him but not enough to
win the point. Diego marched out to a hard-fought 10-2 lead
& the pressure never ended winning this one 11-2.
Game 3: The crowd was definitely hoping for an upset to see
the brothers Schnell facing off tomorrow night in day 2 of
qualifying. At 2-0, they had an incredible rally with Diego
slipping & falling but making a perfect drop shot before he
hit the deck. Down 0-3, Graeme really turned up the pressure
& fought back to 2-3. But Diego's combination of relentless
retrieving and perfectly executed shots was just too much.
Even when Schnell seemed to be overpowering him with body
shots, somehow Diego managed to get his racket on the ball &
keep the rally going. Schnell fought to the end but 11-8 was
the best he could do and the match was Elias's 3-0.
Carlos Cornes vs Shahjahan Khan
Game 1: There were a lot of fireworks in this match right
from the start as we've come to expect from the fiery
Spaniard Carlos Cornes. The rallies were long and many ended
in contentious strokes. In addition, there was a lot of
contact between players but also some great squash with some
incredibly long rallies. The smaller Pakistani was unable to
keep up with the more aggressive Spaniard who went on to win
Game 2: More fireworks in game two but Cornes controlled the
majority of the play. At 2-10, Khan fought back to 4-10 &
then felt he should have won the next point on a stroke but
it was not to be. They played a let & then to make matters
worse for Khan, Cornes won the next point on a stroke.
Game 3: Khan seemed determined to fight back & take away
control of the T from the Spaniard. Khan won the first point
but then lost the next rally on a stroke. Khan then asked
for a change of referee as he felt he was being treated
unfairly. Both players came out of the court on the next
call. After being warned by the referee to return to the
court, both players seemed to regain their composure.
Unfortunately, it was short-lived as Khan continued to
disagree with the refs calls and lost the game 11-3 and the
Pete Goodings vs Arthur Gaskin
This match featured the new Head Squash Pro at the Royal
Glenora, Pete Goodings against the fourth seed, Arthur
Gaskin from Ireland. Goodings showed his ability to keep the
pressure up early in the first game but Gaskin's nearly 10
years on the PSA tour was just too much game for Goodings
who went down 11-4.
Game 2: Goodings showed lot's of variety in this game with a
nice mixture of boasts, Philadelphia's , trickle boasts &
deeper length but again it was not enough to keep up with
the superior steady play of Gaskin.
Game 3: With the home court crowd cheering him on, Goodings
jumped out to a 3-0 lead but couldn't withstand Gaskin's
superb movement around the court and near-flawless
shot-making. Gaskin wins the third game 11-6 and the match
Blake Reinson vs Jaymie Haycocks
Game 1: This match featured another local qualifier Blake
Reinson who has been grooving his game playing for Brown
University in the Ivy League in the United States. Local
fans were impressed with Reinson's high level game but Jamie
Haycocks, the #2 seed in the qualifying executed a variety
of shots beautifully and won the first game in 7 minutes.
Game 2: Haycocks continued his tight rail shots in game 2,
followed up by some beautiful drop shots and jumped out to a
3-0 lead in the second game. He continued his relentless
execution and looked like he would close it out quickly when
he got to 10-5. But Reinson is a fighter. He was able to
claw his way back in to bring it to 9-10. What followed next
was a 42 shot rally won by Haycock's with a perfect drop
shot into the nick.
Game 3: Again Reinson played well in game 3 particularly in
the middle of the match. But just too much pressure by the
#2 seed seemed to be the difference. Haycock won this game
11-4 and the match 3-0.
Shahier Razik vs Rodrigo Pezzota
Game 1: This match started with typical Shahier Razik
squash, 40 shot rallies. Pezzota looked like he might have
difficulty handling the long rallies & the 7 time Canadian
Champion jumped out to a 6-3 lead. But Pezzota wouldn't go
away. Despite a few loose balls by Pezzoto, he certainly
showed a willingness to get to every ball. After several let
balls at 8-10, Razik finally won the game with a perfect
shot to the front corner into the nick.
Game 2: Pezzota had some nice flick shots & was able to send
Razik the wrong way a couple of times early in game two &
was able to get his first lead of the match when he went
ahead 5-4. His forehand volleys into the front right corner
were particularly effective. But Razik was able to slow
things down once again with soft drop shots & lobs & win the
next 2 points. At 8-6, Pezzota sent Razik flying to the back
of the court. He appeared to go over on his ankle but
apparently it didn't affect him as he won the next 2 rallies
that were very long. Razik was then awarded a no let on a
rail shot which gave Pezzota a game ball at 10-8 but after 2
no-let calls to Pezzota, Razik was able to win the game on a
stroke. Pezzota left the court & was visibly upset with the
last 3 calls of the game. He showed his frustration leaving
Game 3: After regaining his composure, Pezotta did return to
the court but requested a new referee. It was not to happen.
Within less than a minute into game 3, Pezotta made 3
unforced errors. Pezzota tried to use his anger to work
himself into the match including making a trip up to the
front corner of the court to talk to himself between
rallies. At 2-5, the Canadian crowd seemed to be trying to
encourage Pezzota as they wanted more squash.
Pezzota responded with some well-played squash at 4-6.
Unfortunately for the Argentinian, the rally ended in a
no-let call to Pezzota. Again he came out of the court &
pleaded with the referee to change the call. This was all
Razik needed & he quickly took the lead again. At 6-8
Pezzota went flying through the air & somehow managed to get
to the ball & hit a winner. After many collisions with
Pazzota, the 37 year old Razik continued to play his game,
now well into an hour despite the fact it was only the third
After a number of let calls at 7-8, Razik finally won the
next point on a stroke. Again, there were a number of let
calls at 8-9, 8 in total. If it had been a 5 game match it
surely would have broken the record for the longest match in
Finally, Razik had a match ball at 10-8 and he made it count
winning the game 11-8 & the match 3-0.
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