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Lifetime Houston Open 2015
28-Apr to 03 May, Houston, Texas, $25k

03-May, Final:

[3] Mazen Hesham (Egy) 3-0 [4] Adrian Grant
                11/6, 11/5, 11/5

It's Hesham in Houston

Egypt's Mazen Hesham, the world #32, claimed his second Houston Open title as he beat Adrian Grant in straight games in the final.

Grant, the 34-year-old fourth seed from England, was feeling the effect of his previous matches, two of which involved recovering from two games down including a 90-minute semi-final against world #1 junior  Diego Elias from Peru.

"Hesham was simply too quick today, looking a lot fresher than his opponent," reported Andre Maur, as the 21-year-old completed a fourth consecutive straight-games win in fine fashion to collect the biggest PSA title of his burgeoning career.

Tournament Director Jahanzeb Khan was very pleased with the event and looking forward to next years event, and Life Time Grand Prix Tour Director Andre Maur was very happy how the event was run and is already planning to make it a platinum tournament next year.


Lifetime Houston Open 2015
28-Apr to 03 May, Houston, Texas, $25k
Round One
30 Apr 
01 May
02 May
03 May
[1] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (40m)
[wc] Thoboki Mohohlo (Rsa)
[1] Steve Coppinger
11/2, 11/5, 15/13 (45m)
[5] Cesar Salazar
[1] Steve Coppinger

11/7, 11/7, 6/11, 11/8

[3] Mazen Hesham

[3] Mazen Hesham


11/6, 11/5, 11/5


[4] Adrian Grant

[5] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11/9, 9/11, 9/11, 12/10, 11/6 (86m)
Mohamed Reda (Egy)
[8] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
5/11, 11/3, 11/7, 5/11, 11/6 (64m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (Eng)
[8] Karim Ali Fathi
11/4, 11/6, 9/11, 11/9 (40m)
[3] Mazen Hesham
[3] Mazen Hesham (Egy)
11/2, 11/9, 13/11 (30m)
[Q] Chris Gordon (Usa)
Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
6/11, 9/11, 11/4, 13/11, 11/9 (75m)
[4] Adrian Grant (Eng)
[4] Adrian Grant
13/15, 11/3, 11/8, 12/10 (70m)
[Q] Tom Ford
[4] Adrian Grant

9/11, 9/11, 11/8, 12/10, 11/9

Diego Elias

[Q] Tom Ford (Eng)
11/3, 11/9, 6/11, 11/2 (40m)
[6] Joe Lee (Eng)
[Q] Chris Hanson (Usa)
11/5, 11/5, 11/6 (30m)
[7] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
[7] Ryan Cuskelly
7/11, 10/12, 11/8, 11/8
Diego Elias
Diego Elias (Per)
10/12, 11/8, 12/10, 11/5 (50m)
[2] Alister Walker (Bot)
29-Apr, Qualifying Finals:

[1] Chris Gordon (Usa) 3-0 Reuben Phillips (Eng)                         11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (35m)
Chris Hanson (Usa) 3-2 Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)         8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 (105m)
[3] Tom Ford (Eng) 3-0 Cameron Stafford (Cay)                      12-10, 15-13, 11-9 (38m)
[2] Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-0 Chris Binnie (Jam)                            11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (40m)

28-Apr, Qualifying Round One:

[1] Chris Gordon (Usa) 3-0 Charlie Johnson (Eng)                    11-7, 11-3, 11-1(33m)
Reuben Phillips (Eng) 3-1 [6] Sunil Seth (Guy)    11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 13-11 (100m)
Chris Hanson (Usa) 3-0 [7] Alex Ingham (Eng)                       11-9, 11-3, 11-7 (42m)
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa) 3-1 [4] Lewis Walters (Jam)            11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6 (50m)
[3] Tom Ford (Eng) 3-0 Shahid Hussain (Pak)                        11-7, 11-7, 13-11 (42m)
Cameron Stafford (Cay) 3-1 [8] Jonathan Maloney (Eng) 11-6, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3 (25m)
Chris Binnie (Jam) 3-0 [5] Joe Chapman (Bvi)                      13-11, 11-7, 11-3 (35m)
[2] Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-0 Amaad Rareed (Pak)                    11-2, 11-7, 11-5 (35m)

02-May, Semis:
Grant comeback denies Elias,
Hesham ousts top seed

Englishman Adrian Grant, the fourth seed, made his second comeback from two games down within three days to deny Peruvian teenager Diego Elias a place in the final. His opponent there will be another up and coming player after Mazen Hesham, the third seed from Egypt, beat top seed Steve Coppinger in four games.

01-May, Quarters:
Diego dashes into semis

Unseeded Peruvia teenager Diego Elias produced a second successive upset in Houston as he beat second seed Ryan Cuskelly to make the semi-finals of the $25k event.

He'll face third seed Adrian Grant for a place in the final after Grant prevailed in an all-English encounter with qualifier Tom Ford.

To seed Steve Coppinger recorded a second straight games win as he beat Cesar Salazar and the South African will face Mazen Hesham following the third seed's victory in an all-Egyptian battle with Karim Ali Fathi.

30-Apr, Round One
Elias and Ford in round one upsets

It was a long day at Life Time Houston with eight first round matches on one court, and for the first five it was the seeded players who progressed, but not without difficulty - Cesar Salazar came from 1-2 down to beat US based Mohamed Reda and Adrian Grant had to win the last three games to beat Campbell Grayson.

Qualifier Tom Ford then beat fellow-Englishman Joe Lee, the sixth seed, for a first upset, and in the last match of the day world junior champion Diego Elias took out second seed Alister Walker in four games.

"Life Time Members and squash spectators enjoying every bit of it," said event spokesman Jahanzeb Khan, "we are very lucky to have some of the best pros in the world. Houston squash is growing big time and every day we are getting members who are showing there interest towards squash.

"Today is our second day of hosting 250 Amateurs Event and it's running very smoothly in 3 courts Life Time Club. Squash fans are very very happy and excited to watch some great quarter finals tomorrow."

Qualifying complete in Texas

Qualifying finals in Houston saw Americans Chris Gordon and Chris Hanson win through to the main draw of the $25k event.

Gordon, qualifying top seed, eased past Reuben Phillips in straight games but Hanson had to come from two games down before beating South African Clinton Leeuw 13-11 in the fifth after 105 minutes!

"The crowd loved it, and are very excited for tomorrow's matches," said event spokesman Jahanzeb Khan.

Gordon faces Egyptian third seed Mazen Hesham while Hanson is up against seventh seed Ryan Cuskelly, fresh from the Australian's triumph in the Charlotte Open last weekend.

Englishmen Ben Coleman and Tom Ford also qualified, both winning in straight ghames against Caribbean players Chris Binnie and Cameron Stafford.

Gearing up in Texas

The Lifetime Squash Tour moves up a level as its first $25k event hits Houston, Texas, running alongside a host of amateur and family events.

Qualifying day one saw a host of upsets, with only three of the seeded players - the top three, as it happens - progressing to the qualifying finals.



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