Squash Revolution National Capital Open
09-12 Jan, Washington, $15k
Delierre outlasts Waller in DC
Unseeded Shawn Delierre
claimed the National Capital Open in Washington DC - his 12th PSA
title - after a marathon final which saw the Canadian prevail 14-12
in the fifth over England's Adrian Waller after 157 minutes, the
longest recorded match since Par11 scoring was introduced in 2004.
Hunt Richardson reports:
Every rally of the match was hotly contested except when Delierre
virtually conceded the fourth game after Waller had sped off to 9-3.
Nearly every marginal interference decision was vigorously
protested, prompting warnings by the referee for dissent,
time-wasting and significant physical contact.
In the fifth game Waller was up 7-5 and then he lost three points in
a row, two of them via unforced errors. It was the only time the
London native's focus lapsed after more than two hours of brutal
He tied the score at 8-8 and saved two match balls to knot it at
10-10. The blue ribbon remained unclaimed at 11-11 and 12-12. But
the fleet Canadian, literally trembling from exhaustion during the
last quarter-hour of this battle, never broke.
He willed himself through to seal the game and match 14-12, a heroic
feat of mind over body. Real gladiator stuff.
Game 1: 30m, Game 2: 34m, Game 3: 44m, Game 4: 12m
Game 5: 31m. Or, in hours, 2h 37m.
Squash matches you measure in hours:
many of the recent
longest matches fittingly feature tournament promoter Shahier Razik,
and Delierre himself has as many 100+ minute matches as anyone -
you'll also notice a few recurring names in this list ...
1983: Jahangir Khan 3-1
Gamal Awad 2h46 166m
2005: Shahier Razik 3-2 Eric Galvex
2006: Eric Galvez 3-2 Bradley Ball
2006: Shahier Razik 3-2 Liam Kenny
2006: Shahier Razik 3-2 Joey Barrington
2006: Shawn Delierre 3-2 Eric Galvez
2006: Gregory Gaultier 3-2 Adrian Grant
2007: Adrian Grant 3-2 Davide Bianchetti
2007: Daryl Selby 3-2 Miguel Angel Rodriguez 120m
2007: Shahier Razik 3-2 Borja Golan
2008: Samantha Teran 3-2 Latasha Khan
2008: Azlan Iskandar 3-2 Ong Beng Hee
2008: Aaron Frankcomb 3-2 Mark Krajcsak
2008: Hamza Bokhari 3-2 Ravi Dixit
2008: Shawn Delierre 3-2 Shahier Razik
2009: Alister Walker 3-2 Adrian Grant
2009: Nick Matthew 3-2 James Willstrop
2009: Borja Golan 3-2 Miguel Angel Rodriguez 126m
2009: Campbell Grayson 3-2 Aaron Frankcomb 132m
2009: Borja Golan 3-2 Omar Mosaad
2009: Daryl Selby 3-2 Azlan Iskandar
2009: Davide Bianchetti 3-2 Mark Krajcsak
2010: Omar Mosaad 3-2 Shahier Razik
2010: Shawn Delierre 3-2 Shahier Razik
2010: Nick Matthew 3-2 James Willstrop
2012: Borja Golan 3-2 Omar Mosaad
2012: Eric Galvez 3-2 Rex Hedrick
2013: Shawn Delierre 3-2 Adrian Waller
* std scoring much of the match info from
Capital Open 2013
09-12 Jan, Washington, $15k
 Shahier Razik (Can)
11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (35m)
Joe Chapman (Ivb)
 Shahier Razik
11-7, 11-8, 11-3 (35m)
 Shahier Razik
11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (60m)
11-13, 12-10, 14-12, 4-11, 14-12
 Adrian Waller
Cesar Salazar (Mex
11-8, 11-8, 11-4
Yasir Butt (Pak)
Shawn Delierre (Can)
14-12, 11-7, 11-8 (30m)
Lekgotla Mosope (Bot)
11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 12-10. (114m)
 Campbell Grayson
 Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4.
Peter Creed (Wal)
Farhan Zaman (Pak)
14-12, 11-2, 11-5
 Adrian Waller (Eng)
 Adrian Waller
11-8, 11-9, 11-7
 Adrian Waller
7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (56m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
9/11, 11/1, 11/8, 11/2
Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
Omar Abdel Meguid
8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (120m)
 Ali Anwar Reda
Dane Sharp (Can)
11-9, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9 (68m)
 Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
Delierre dumps Razik in DC semis
collected a second consecutive seeded scalp in the semi-finals of
the National Capital Open in Washington DC as he beat
fellow-Canadian top seed - and tournament promoter -
Shahier Razik in three straight games that took an hour to
"The Canadian #1 & #2 have battled many times," said Tyler
Stilwell, a spectator at the venue. "The crowd at CCAC was
expecting yet another battle between these two. Delierre was the
physically stronger pulling away midway through each game.
"Razik, who is known for length matches is coming off a period of
injuries, seemed like he was not quiet himself yet."
opponent in the final will be fourth-seeded Englishman Adrian
Waller who beat unseeded Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid - who
had beaten second seed Ali Anwar Reda in a marathon all-Egyptian
After dropping the first game Waller fought back to take the next
three, completing his win in 56 minutes.
"A physical and fast paced match," commented Stilwell. "Adrian
seemed to be to too consistent for the crafty giant. Omar made a
push in the fourth but the Englishman managed to close it out.
"A fifth game would have been quiet interesting!"
Quarters in Washington:
Razik through Reda out ...
Hunt Richardson reports
At Washington’s bustling Sports Club/LA, #1 Seed Shahier
Razik defeated PSA #70 Yasir Butt in a congenial
match that showcased fleet footwork and pinpoint shot-making.
In Game one Razik built a 5-1 lead, then Butt narrowed the deficit
to one point. Razik then opened a 4-point gap to reach 8-4 and held
it to win 11-7. In Game two again Razik looked comfortable at 8-4
but lost focus and dumped three easy balls into the tin, enabling
Butt to tie up at 8-8.
The players maneuvered each other around the court through long
rallies - Razik’s favorite kind - which ended in his favor at 11-8.
In the third game, Butt quickly found himself in a deep hole with
Razik looking totally in control at 6-1.
At this point Butt changed tactics and slowed the tempo, at times
hitting the ball so softly that it seemed to get colder. An
exquisitely feathered drop that vanished out of Razik’s reach in the
right front corner drew loud praise from the packed gallery, which
was secretly hoping for a comeback.
Butt’s inability to mount a sustained assault against Razik seemed
to confirm a rumor that he had been violently ill with a stomach bug
on his way to the match from Baltimore.
Unfortunately it was too late for the lanky Pakistani to make a
comeback. By this time he was fully absorbed into Razik’s
attritional style, and the Canadian emerged the victor 11-3.
Thomas Mathew reports
Omar Meguid upset Ali Anwar Reda in a contentious two hour marathon.
No player could establish any dominance with the referee being
called in constantly. The first game had Reda marginally ahead
throughout. In the second game both players ran neck to neck till a
couple of tins late in the game helped Omar close it out to
Game three probably determined the outcome of the match - Reda had
game balls at 10-6 up. A couple of nicks from Omar brought it to
10-8. Then the play got very muddy before Omar closed out the game
12-10 with a streak of six unanswered points.
In game four, Reda got a 10-6 lead again - Omar saved two game balls
but could not repeat his comeback in the previous game. In game
five, both players were visibly tiring and play kept alternating
with some great points interspersed with untidy lets - the game had
16 let calls in all.
Omar ran up an early lead of 4-1 which he consolidated to have match
balls at 10-4. Reda saved three match balls till a no let decision
closed the game and match for Omar.
Andrew Strasfogel reports
The match between Shawn Delierre and Campbell Grayson pitted two
evenly paired opponents (Delierre is PSA #38 and Grayson PSA #45.
In the first game, neither player was able to sustain a significant
lead until Delierre forged ahead at 9-6 using tight shots and high
pace to unsettle Grayson. Grayson fought back to 9-all, but Delierre
won the last two points and the game 11-9.
The second game saw the lead swing from 5-2 and 7-5 for Delierre,
then 9-7 for Grayson. A close "No Let" decision by the referee
rattled Grayson but he regained his composure and finished the
second game by an score identical to the first game (11-9) when
Delierre hit the tin.
The third game was all Delierre who ran up leads of 4-1 and 6-3
before earning a hand-out and charging ahead on Grayson's errors to
10-3. In frustration, Grayson threw his racquet for which he was
penalized with a Conduct Stroke. Game to Delierre 11-3.
Up to this point the hard-paced play by the players had created long
rallies and numerous appeals. The match was intense but not
particularly testy, just competitive. In the fourth game, Delierre
continued in winning fashion and led 7-4 when Grayson righted
himself, clawing back to 8-7. Delierre reached 9-8 and then a
controversial "No Let" call caused him temporarily to lose
composure. He then lost the next point to give Grayson a Game Ball
After several more stoppages and replays the rallies finally went to
Delierre, bringing the score to 10-all. By this time Delierre was
the slightly fresher of the two players. A couple of Grayson errors
enabled Delierre to win the game 12-10, and the match.