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NBF International 2010
01-06 Mar, Montreal, Canada, $40k

06-Mar, Final:
LJ cruises to Midtown title

Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema launched his 2010 PSA campaign in fine style in Canada where he won the National Bank Financial Group International after beating England's Daryl Selby in straight games in the final.

After surviving a 96-minute quarter-final against lower-ranked Englishman Tom Richards, third seed Anjema made his breakthrough in the next round where he upset second seed Adrian Grant, the world No10, also from England.

And the 27-year-old from The Hague continued his dominant form against Englishmen in the final with Selby, the fourth seed from Essex who is ranked three places above Anjema in the world rankings.

The world No15 got the better of Selby in the first two close games, then raced to victory for the loss of just a single further point as he triumphed in 65 minutes.

The win follows Anjema's fifth successive Dutch National title success in February – and takes the left-hander's PSA title tally to nine since his first in October 2002.

Photos by Matthew Hood

NBF International 2010
01-06 Mar, Montreal, Canada, $40k
Round One
03 Mar
04 Mar
05 Mar
06 Mar
[1] Peter Barker (Eng)
7-11,13-11,11-9,11-6 (63m)
[Q] Gilly Lane (Usa)
[Q] Gilly Lane
11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (45m)
[7] Shahier Razik
[7] Shahier Razik

11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5 (88m

[4] Daryl Selby

[4] Daryl Selby

11-9,11-8,11-1 (65m)

[3] Laurens Jan Anjema

[7] Shahier Razik (Can)
6-11,11-7,11-5,14-12 (75m)
Simon Rosner (Ger)
[4] Daryl Selby (Eng)
11-5,11-3,11-7 (27m)
Maxym Leclair (Can)
[4] Daryl Selby
6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-2 (54m)
[5] Olli Tuominen
[5] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
5-11,7-11,11-9,11-2,11-3 (60m)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
Martin Knight (Nzl)
11-5,11-5,11-3 (50m)
[8] Tom Richards (Eng)
[8] Tom Richards
11-4, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 (96m)
[3] Laurens Jan Anjema
[3] Laurens Jan Anjema

11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 (72m)

[2] Adrian Grant

Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
11-4,11-7,11-8 (46m)
[3] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
[Q] Scott Arnold (Aus)
11-9,4-11,10-12,11-9,16-14 (86m)
[6] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
[Q] Scott Arnold
11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (46m)
[2] Adrian Grant
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
16-14,11-5,12-14,11-4 (87m)
[2] Adrian Grant (Eng)
02 Mar, Qualifying Finals:

Campbell Grayson bt David Phillips                    11-2,12-10,11-2 (44m)
Scott Arnold bt Ryan Cuskelly                          6-11,11-6,6-3 rtd (50m)
Gilly Lane bt Robbie Temple               10-12,8-11,11-5,11-5,11-8 (88m)
Shawn Delierre bt Eric Galvez                           12-10,11-4,11-6

01 Mar, Qualifying Round One

Robbie Temple beat Clinton Leeuw             5-11,11-6,11-6,11,6 50 mins
Gilly Lane beat Dane Sharp                              11-6,11-9,11-4 38 mins
Campbell Grayson beat Eddie Charlton      9-11,11-5,11-8,11-5 56 mins
Scott Arnold beat Adil Maqbool                  11-9,11-7,8-11,11-9 41 mins
Ryan Cuskelly beat Maxime Blouin                    11-4,11-8,11-6 32 mins
Shawn Delierre beat Robin Clarke     9-11,7-11,11-5,11-3,11-4 75 mins
Eric Galvez beat Adrian Dudzicki                      11-2,11-3,11-4 26 mins
David Phillips beat Michal Reid                         11-6,11-4,11-3 34 mins
05-Mar, Semis:
Daryl & LJ in Midtown final

Two marathon semi-finals at the Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire saw England's Daryl Selby end local interest as he beat Shahier Razik, while Dutch third seed Laurens Jan Anjema overcame Adrian Grant, both winning in four games.

Selby secured the 12th PSA final appearance of his career – and his second in Canada this year – after beating Razik 11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5.

Fresh winning his fifth successive Dutch national title in Amsterdam, world number 15 Anjema battled for 72 minutes to upset second seed Grant 11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6. It was the 27-year-old from The Hague's first win over London Grant, the world No10, in five meetings since 2003.

The win takes Anjema to his 22nd Tour final.

04-Mar, Quarters:  

Razik ends Lane run

Normal order was restored in the quarter-finals in Montreal as home favourite Shahier Razik put a stop to the rin of Gill Lane after the American's sensational win over top seed Peter Barker yesterday.

Razik prevailed in straight games and now meets fourth seed Daryl Selby for a place in the final.

An Englishman features in the other semi-final too as second seed Adrian Grant despatched qualifier Scott Arnold in straight games.

His opponent will be the Netherlands' third seed Laurens Jan Anjema, who survived a gruelling five-setter to edge out Tom Richards.

03-Mar, Round One:
Lane takes out top seed in

In what he described as the "biggest win of my career", US qualifier Gilly Lane defeated top-seeded Englishman Peter Barker in the opening round of the National Bank Financial Group International in Canada to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals at Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire in Montreal.

It was only 24 hours earlier that the US number two from Philadelphia battled back from two games down to beat another Englishman Robbie Temple in an 88-minute marathon to earn his place in the main draw.

But Lane, the 24-year-old world No 59, recovered from a game down to beat Barker - the world No7 from London who won his first PSA Tour title in Canada - 7-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 63 minutes.

Lane now lines up against local hero Shahier Razik, the seventh seed from Toronto who also had to overcome a first game deficit to beat unseeded German Simon Rosner 6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 14-12 in a 75-minute first round encounter.

But Lane was not the only qualifier to make the last eight: Australian Scott Arnold, who survived two qualifying rounds, fought for 86 minutes to get the better of sixth seed Hisham Ashour, ultimately edging through in a lengthy fifth-game tie-break to beat the Egyptian 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 9-11, 16-14.

The Sydney-born 24-year-old now faces Adrian Grant, the second seed from England who was stretched to four games over 87 minutes before finally despatching Canadian qualifier Shawn Delierre 16-14, 11-5, 12-14, 11-4.

"It was just a very hard fought win. The court is very bouncy and I was just trying to stick in and play solid squash. Peter's game is something that I try to aspire to so I think I had that in the back of my mind to keep pushing as much as I did.

"I have been working really hard lately and I'm really pleased with this win. It is definitely the best win of my squash career."

02-Mar, Qualifying Finals:
Delierre advances in Montreal

Louis Daignault reports

Shawn Delierre of Brossard, Que., in his first tournament since last October, advanced to the main draw Tuesday at the $40,000 National Bank Financial Group men’s professional squash tournament.

The tournament being held at the recently renovated Midtown le Sporting Club du Sanctuaire, is a stop on both the Canadian Circuit and the Professional Squash Association tour.

Delierre, who opened the qualifying round Monday with a come from behind five-game victory over Robin Clarke of Ottawa, defeated Eric Galvez of Mexico 12-10, 11-4, 11-6. Last fall, Delierre underwent leg surgery.

“I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished so far but I’m not totally where I want to be,” said Delierre, 27, a two-time world championship team member.

He said the turning point in the match was overcoming a 7-10 deficit in the first game.

“I was pretty lucky to win that one,” Delierre said. “But I used that to my advantage for the rest of the match. I hit better lengths and controlled the match.”

David Phillips of Pointe-Claire, Que., was eliminated losing to Campbell Grayson of New Zealand 11-2, 12-10, 11-2.

Delierre joins Canadian number-one and world number-32 Shahier Razik of Toronto and Maxym Leclair of Montreal in the main draw which starts Wednesday. Delierre opens against second-seed Adrian Grant of England, currently ranked 10th in the world.

Razik, seeded seventh, opens against Simon Rosner of Germany while Leclair faces fourth-seed Daryl Selby of England who climbed from 15th to 12th in the world rankings announced Monday. The top-seed is Peter Barker of England ranked seventh internationally.

01-Mar, Qualifying Round One:
Under way in Montreal

Maxym Leclair reports

It was a busy day at Midtown Sanctuaire for the 1st Qualifying Round of the National Bank Financial Group International Squash Tournament, 8 matches beginning at 2pm and ending at around 10pm.

We saw some good battles in this first round beginning with Robbie Temple and Clinton Leeuw. Robbie started strong in the opening game with a 3-0 lead but Clinton managed to get 8 points in a row and take the first game 11-3. In the second game it was looking like Clinton was going to take a 2-0 lead when he was 5-2 up but Robbie started to play good patient squash and took the 2nd 11-6.

The third game looked pretty weird on the scoring sheet as Robbie took the first 4 points but then the South-African refocused and took a 6-4 lead but Robbie came from behind to close it 11-6. Last game was pretty short with a 11-6 for Robbie.

Campbell Grayson, with his small Kiwi crowd composed of Martin Knight, Joelle King and Glen Wilson got a good win over Eddie Charlton after loosing the opening game.

Good long rallies in this match that the crowd seems to appreciate a lot.

The draw was unlucky today as we saw Shawn Delierre playing Robin Clarke and David Phillips facing Michal Reid. However, on paper, Delierre and Clarke was certainly the match of the night, Shawn is currently trying to make a return to the circuit after a injury and Robin is having some good results recently. The crowd was not disappointed with a five setter. Robin took a 2-0 lead but Shawn came strong in the third and completely changed the momentum to take the last two pretty easily.

In his second PSA tournament, the youngest player of the tournament and local boys, Maxime Blouin had a strong opponent in Ryan Cuskelly. However Maxime did pretty well but Ryan managed to cut-off all the loose balls thrown by the Montrealer and take a spot in the final qualifying round.

Play resumes at 5pm on Tuesday.



Sanctuaire ready for 2010

Montréal, QC. From March 1st to the 6th, the recently renovated Midtown le Sporting Club du Sanctuaire will be host to the biggest squash tournament ever to be held in Montreal as the world's best will be competing in the 40 000$ USD National Bank Financial Group International.

Twenty-eight players from 13 countries - including England, Egypt, Australia, the United States and South Africa - will be showcasing their talent against Englishmen top seeds Peter Barker (world #7) and Adrian Grant (#10), as well as many top 30 players and Canadian star Shahier Razik.

Local elite players will also by fighting for a place in the main draw.

Last year's edition was won by another Englishman, Alister Walker, who defeated Razik in the final.

Thanks to the participation of National Bank Financial Group, the tournament has gained even more in prestige and now ranks amongst the major events on the pro circuit.


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