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National Capital Open 2010
09-14 Feb, Maryland, Usa, $16k
Razik races to Maryland title

Shahier Razik retained his National Capital Open crown with a masterful display of accurate, defensive squash, seeing him to victory in three sets over an even hour. The beautifully executed strategy defused the attack that opponent Ryan Cuskelly had used successfully to reach the final.

Both players played conservatively to length for the first 5-10 minutes of play, but Cuskelly soon looked for opportunities to cut the ball and play short. This avenue was brilliantly denied by Razik however, who controlled the game and pinned Cuskelly to the back of the court by combining a slower pace with continual changes of direction, all executed with stunning accuracy. Despite the patience he had showed in earlier matches this backcourt game appeared to frustrate the young Aussie and Razik systematically accumulated points from his opponent's periodic mistakes.

In the second and third games Cuskelly displayed patches of the brilliance that saw him to the final, as he found a way to force the odd opportunity to volley and shoot for the nick. It wasn't enough however, and even when he delivered his attacking best Razik had the answers turning defense in to attack with incredibly accurate counter drops and lobs.

Nonetheless, it was Razik's width that won the day; a remarkable display of basic squash, made all the more remarkable by the fact it was quite at odds with the way he had approached his previous matches, the front left wall strategy was almost entirely abandoned. The fact he was wise enough to know a different approach was required to counter Cuskelly is just a further indicator of his class. Certainly an extremely worthy and popular winner of the 2010 open.
  
National Capital Open 2010
09-14 Feb, Maryland, Usa, $16k
Round One
11 Feb
Quarters
12 Feb
Semis
13 Feb
Final
14 Feb
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-4 (75m)
Zac Alexander (Aus)
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez
 12-10, 12-10, 12-10 (78m)
[8] Ryan Cuskelly
[8] Ryan Cuskelly

11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (57m)

[3] Martin Knight

[8] Ryan Cuskelly

 12-10, 11-5, 11-6 (60m)

[2] Shahier Razik

[8] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
6-11, 11-9, 2-0 rtd (45m)
[Q] Shaun Le Roux (Eng)
[3] Martin Knight (Nzl)
11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5 (50m)
[Q] Adil Maqbool (Pak)
[3] Martin Knight
11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (47m)
David Phillips
[5] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (61m)
David Phillips (Can)
[Q] Wade Johnstone (Aus)
11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (32m)
[8] Bernardo Samper (Col)
[8] Bernardo Samper
9-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (66m)
[4] Campbell Grayson
[4] Campbell Grayson

11-3, 11-13, 11-5, 11-3 (71m)

[2] Shahier Razik

[Q] Omar El Kashef (Egy)
w/o
[4] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
Jethro Binns (Wal)
11-7, 11-7, 12-10 (33m)
[7] Yasir Butt (Pak)
[7] Yasir Butt
11-5, 11-8, 11-13, 12-10 (70m)
[2] Shahier Razik
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11-7, 11-7, 12-10 (37m)
[2] Shahier Razik (Can)

Qualifying Finals:

Wade Johnstone (Aus) v Lekgotla Mosope (Bot)
Shaun Le Roux (Eng) v Erik Valtierra (Mex)
Patrick Chifunda (Zam) v Omar El Kashef (Egy)
Adil Maqbool (Pak) v Jethro Binns (Wal)

Qualifying Round One:
 

 

Kiwis Crushed In Maryland Semis

Australian Ryan Cuskelly and Canadian Shahier Razik dashed hopes of an all-New Zealand National Capital Open final by prevailing over Kiwis Martin Knight and Campbell Grayson, respectively, in the semi-finals  at Bethesda Sport & Health Club in Bethesda in the US state of Maryland.

Sixth seed Cuskelly maintained his tremendous run through the event by despatching an in-form Martin Knight, the third seed, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 in 57 minutes.

The 22-year-old from New South Wales will now face – for the first time – second seed Shahier Razik, the defending champion from Toronto who battled for 71 minutes to overcome fourth seed Campbell Grayson 11-3, 11-13, 11-5, 11-3.

Cuskelly is celebrating his 10th appearance in a PSA Tour final, while 32-year-old Razik is marking his 33rd since 1999.
  
 
Phillips Charges Into
National Capital Open Quarters


David Phillips boosted North American interest in the quarter-finals of the National Capital Open when he upset fifth-seeded Malaysian Nafiizwan Adnan in the first round at Bethesda Sport & Health Club in Bethesda in the US state of Maryland.

The 29-year-old Canadian from Montreal took just over an hour to see off Adnan 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 and will now face New Zealander Martin Knight, the third seed, for a place in the semi-finals.

The weather continued to play havoc with the event as snow-filled lanes caused unprecedented traffic gridlock around Bethesda, forcing players and spectators to abandon or park their cars at distances from the club and make the last mile on foot.

“Wade Johnstone's story took the cake,” said tournament organiser Rod Barnes. “About a mile from the club and with only 15 minutes to get to the club for his match, Wade handed over the wheel to his wife and started running. He made it, just.

“He played his match against Bernardo Samper - lasting over 30 minutes of playing time – recovered, then hot-footed it back to join her for the last 1/2 mile, which took another hour to drive!”

Top seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez had the toughest battle to secure his place in the last eight. The 24-year-old world No26 from Bogota twice had to come from behind before beating unseeded Australian Zac Alexander 6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-4 in 75 minutes.
 
 

 

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