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Champion Fiberglass Open 2015
08-13 Sep, Downtown Club at the Met,
Houston, Usa, $10k

13-Sep, Final:   
Declan James takes the title ...

[3] Declan James (Eng)
3-1 [4] Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
11/8, 5/11, 11/7, 11/4

 A seasoned player in the crowd called it "clinical". James used his long reach and and no mistake play to win in four.

Slowing down the ball and making tight rails on the backhand side, along with working boasts, he forced Khan into shooting for the nick too many times that found the tin.

True sportsmanship prevailed throughout the match with not many complaints on calls from the referee, made it a pleasure to watch.

12-Sep, Semis:
Top seeds beaten in Houston semis

A little delay in proceeding to let the Amateurs finish up brought up the two gentleman from Nottingham, roommates all week, for the first semi-final.

Second seed Eddie Charlton did a turnabout and started strong in the first game, as opposed to other matches, and with long rallies had Declan James reaching for nicks up front on the backhand side, taking the lead 11/6.

But in the second James used his reach to continually return balls in long points that saw it extend to the max, levelling the match 11/9.

The third and the fourth games had some very long points, much to the crowds delight, but James seemed in control never hitting the tin in flawless play as he closed out the match 11/6, 11/5.

The second semi final started right away with a lot of anticipation from the crowd, and Danish Atlas Khan's quickness seemed to surprise the unflappable Finlander Henrik Mustonen.

A lot of short points and both came off the court quickly with Khan taking the lead 11/7.

The second game saw Khan taking control of each point with good lengths then hitting nicks on both sides, 11/3.

The third game was tight with both trading hand ins and hand outs. A quick stoppage for 3-4 minutes when Khan ran for the ball on the forehand side and seemed to jam the racquet head into the wall taking the racquet end in the solar plexus knocking the wind out of him.

A quick trading of points at 10-all and Khan goes to 11-10. He then won the last point with a beautiful backhand length to reach the final 12-10.

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Champion Fiberglass Open 2015
08-13 Sep, Houston, Usa, $10k
Round One
10 Sep 
11 Sep
12 Sep
13 Sep
[2] Eddie Charlton (Eng)
8/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/8
[Q] Anthony Graham (Eng)
[2] Eddie Charlton
5/11, 11/7, 11/4, 11/8
[6] Abdulla Al Tamimi
[2] Eddie Charlton

6/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/5

[3] Declan James


[3] Declan James

11/8, 5/11, 11/7, 11/4

[4] Danish Atlas Khan

[6] Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
14/16, 11/9, 11/6, 11/6
[Q] Clinton Leuw (Rsa)
[8] Eric Galvez (Mex)
11/4, 11/13, 11/6 11/4
[wc] Shahid Hussain (Pak)
[8] Eric Galvez
8/11, 11/0, 10/12, 11/3, 11/1
[3] Declan James
[3] Declan James (Eng)
12/10, 9/11, 11/4, 13/11
Shahjahan Khan (Pak)
[Q] Cameron Stafford (Cay)
11/7, 14/12, 11/5
[4] Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
[4] Danish Atlas Khan
12/10, 11/7, 6/11, 7/11, 11/9
[7] Farhan Zaman
[4] Danish Atlas Khan

 11/7, 11/3, 12/10

[1] Henrik Mustonen

Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11/9, 13/11, 11/13, 11/4
[7] Farhan Zaman (Pak)
Andrew Schnell (Can)
2/11, 8/11, 11/8, 11/2, 11/6
[5] Todd Harrity (Usa)
Andrew Schnell
9/11, 11/2, 11/7, 11/9
[1] Henrik Mustonen
[Q] Leandro Romiglio (Arg)
11/6, 13/11, 11/3
[1] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
09 Sep, Qualifying Finals:

Cameron Stafford (Cay) 3-0 Albert Shoihet (Can)              11/7, 11/6, 12/10
Anthony Graham (Eng) 3-1 Amaad Fareed (Pak)          8/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/7
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa) 3-2 Faraz Khan (Usa)        14/12, 4/11, 11/6, 8/11, 11/5
Leandro Romiglio (Arg) 3-0 Deigo Gobbi (Bra)                    11/7, 11/2, 11/8

08 Sep, Qualifying Round One:

Albert Shoihet (Can) w/o Atif Siddique                                        w/o
Cameron Stafford (Cay) 3-0 Abbas Maniar (Usa)                 11/5, 11/8, 11/6
Anthony Grahan (Eng) 3-0 Jahanzaib Khan (Pak)                  11/6, 11/3, 11/8
Amaad Fareed (Pak) 3-1 Charlie Johnson (Eng)           11/3, 11/4, 6/11, 11/8
Faraz Khan (Usa) 3-0 Karim Ebrahim (Egy)                         11/6, 11/1, 12/10
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa) 3-0 Mark Broekman (Eng)                     11/2, 11/5, 11/6
Deigo Gobbi (Bra) 3-0 Chris Laporte                                    11/1, 11/5, 11/1
Leandro Romiglio (Arg) 3-1 Dylan Cunningham (Usa)  12/10, 11/8, 9/11, 11/5

11-Sep, Quarters:
Top four through to semis in Houston

Quarter-finals day at the Downtown Club at the Met in Houston saw the top four seeds claim their expected places in the semi-finals, but none of them had an easy passage.

Someone in the crowd said "this is the No 2 seed ?!", in the first game between Eddie Charlton and Adbullah Al Tamimi, which the young Qatari won. It was a typical typical slow start for Eddie, but thereafter it was all business with hardly a mistake and no tins. A frustrated Al Tamini started going for nicks and hitting the tin time after time as the Englishman went through in four.

Declan James made it an all-English semi-final as he twice came from a game down to beat Eric Galvez. The Mexican used his speed to win the opening game but James became clinical, and took advantage of his extra height and width in the others to win in five.

Another five-game battle followed - the announcer called it the "Battle of Peshawar" as Danish Atlas Khan took on Farhan Zaman. It turned out to be the most entertaining match of the evening with no bad blood between the two, just good play and Khan prevailed. "We  have been playing against each other since the age of 7," Khan said.

Watch on Periscope

In the final match of the evening top seed Henrik Mustonen took on yesterday's giant-killer Andrew Schnell. 

The first game saw Schnell moving way up before the T and cutting everything off. The previous night's five game win against Todd Harrity took its toll in the next two games as Mustonen took the lead. In the fourth Schnell was down 4-9 and hit beautiful winners that looked like it

got Mustonen worried at 8-10, but a succession of three quick points and the game was over. Schnell showed talent against the number one seed though.

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Watch on Periscope

10-Sep, Round One:
Schnell stops Harrity in Houston

Round One of the Champion Fiberglass Open in Houston saw seven of the seeded players progress, the exception being Canada's Andrew Schnell who came from two games down to beat fifth-seeded home favourite Todd Harrity in what observers described as 'the best match of the night'.

'Andrew battled back with both concentrating on the forehand rails infinitum. Andrew showed another gear in the fifth not letting Todd getting in to any long rallies. Andrew played drops in to both sides within a hair of the tin for winners for the last five points.'

Schnell's next task is to face top seed Henrik Mustonen, the young Finn who beat Argentinean qualifier Leandro Romiglio.

England has two representatives in the quarters after wins from Eddie Charlton and Declan James. Charlton, the #2 seed, now meets Qatari Abdulla Al Tamimi while James faces experienced Mexican Eric Galvez.

A Pakistani semi-finalist is guaranteed after wins from Danish Atlas Khan and Farhan Zaman to set up a quarter-final meeting.

'Zaman was in control throughout his match with Arthur Gaskin,  with a tight one in the third. Fourth game showed his shot making going for nicks from everywhere and cutting the ball into the nick the last half of the final game.'

'Danish against Cameron Stafford was like two old friends playing. Very clean games, Ref had to make very few calls. Both gave up many calls that were close they both decided to play lets. Both true gentlemen.'

"I look forward to my next match with Danish," said Zaman, "we are old friends but he always brings out the best in my game. I love coming to Houston [2nd time] the crowds are great, everyone is friendly, and I play my best in front of them."


Twitter: @CFOsquash

Qualifying complete in Houston

A good mix of nationalities made it through to the main draw in Houston, with England's Anthony Graham, Cameron Stafford of the Cayman Islands, Argentinean Leandro Romiglio [we wrongly reported him as losing yesterday!], and South Africa's Clinton Leuw winning their qualifying finals at at the Downtown Club.

The withdrawal of top seed Adrian Grant necessitated a draw change with Finland's Henrik Mustonen elevated to the #1 position and set to face Romiglio in the first round.

Graham's reward is a meeting with fellow Englishman Eddie Charlton, now the #2 seed, Leuw meets Qatari Abdulla Al Tamimi, while Stafford (below) faces Pakistan's Danish Atlas Khan.

Twitter: @CFOsquash

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