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Colony Ford Lincoln NSA Open 2015
10-15 Aug, Toronto, Canada, $5k

15-Aug, Final:

[5] Shahjahan Khan (
Pak) 3-2 [2] Arthur Gaskin (Irl) 
               6/11, 12/10, 11/2, 4/11, 11/7 (69m)

Khan goes one better in Toronto

The final opened with both players laying out their traditional tactics; Gaskin taking the ball short liberally with varied pace, and Khan hammering low drives to a savage width and hunting the crosscourt nick.

An early lead for Khan dissipated due to some errors, and Gaskin ran away with the game 11-6 as the Pakistani continued to attack prematurely and cut his margins too fine. This trend continued into the second game, and at 10-7 for the Irishman, it looked like his experience might pay dividends in this edgy final.

Khan amazingly reeled of five consecutive points though, won the game, and entirely reset the momentum of the match. He carried this high into the third and Gaskin hardly featured, only managing two points in the game as Shah put himself 2-1 up and on the verge of a first PSA title.

Arthur of course had some fight left in him yet, and surged ahead early in the fourth with trademark assertiveness. Despite leveling the match at 2-2, Gaskin looked war weary after 60+mins of unrelenting pace combined with 30 degree temperatures inside the NSA. Khan opened the fifth with one final injection of hard hitting that pushed Gaskin over the edge physically.

Despite some nerves and tension at 10-5, Khan was eventually able to secure his first tournament win on the PSA Tour.

14-Aug, Semis:
Khan makes another NSC final,
Gaskin ends Camacho run ...

Jamie Nicholls and Mike McCue Report

Pakistan's fifth seed Shahjahan Khan reached a second successive NSC Open final as he dashed home hopes by beating Mick McCue in the semis. His opponent in the final will be Irish second seed Arthur Gaskin, who ended the run of teenage Mexican qualifier Jesus Camacho.

#4 Shahjahan Khan (Pak) 3-1 Mike McCue (Can)

With a capacity crowd and triple digits watching on the live streaming, the first semi final was highly anticipated as Canadian hopes were left in the hands of the young star Mike McCue against the hungry Shahjahan Khan.

Khan had been preparing professionally all week, arriving a few days early, going through his daily glass court routines with coach and father Zarak Jahan Khan and was determined and focused in the lead-up to this match. McCue was equally prepared and had the backing of family and friends cheering him on.

The first game saw Shah set a furious pace with booming drives straight and cross court while McCue attempted to slow the ball down and try to disrupt his opponents intentions. With the court conditions extremely hot, the ball continued to fly around the court despite Mike’s best efforts playing into Khan’s favor. He played error free squash and sprinkled in a few cross court backhand nicks to take the first game.

The second was more of the same with Mike starting to make some inroads, using his boast to change up the rhythm and winning a handful of points originating from the front left corner. However,

Shahjahan continued his frenetic hitting and was still able to keep Mike on his back foot during the big points while going short just enough to keep his opponent honest. Shahjahan takes the 2nd game 11-9 to go firmly in the driver’s seat.

In the 3rd game Khan now had the bit between his teeth with a 2-0 cushion, a weary opponent and playing his best squash of the tournament. Mike knew he had to make adjustments and started both slowing the pace down and playing more to the front of the court. The tactic was effective, but likely too late as Shah was still fresh enough to generate his own power on the drives and cover everything short.

Khan continued to play confidently and cruised to a 10-7 lead with 3 match balls in his pocket when the dramatic occurred. Shah for the first time in the match showed some tension at the same time as Mike loosened up with nothing now to lose and the crowd was treated to a thrilling comeback as McCue summoned every ounce of his reserve strength to pull even at 10-10 and then to take the game 12-10 with a series of uncanny gets, spectacular winners and raw determination.

As the 4th started, the ball was in Shahjahan’s court to see how he would regroup after the missed opportunity and he responded by taking his game to an even higher level. McCue battled like a warrior but had drained the tank in the 3rd game and once Khan started so positively in the 4th there was little he could do to stop him.

Shahjahan advances to the championship match with Mike McCue putting in a valiant effort in an entertaining semi final.

#2 Arthur Gaskin (Irl) 3-0 (Q) Jesus Camacho (MEX)

The second semi was a more dynamic and varied match than the opener. Both players were taking the ball short given half a chance right from the first rally.

Gaskin looked slightly wary of his Mexican opponent's rapid court coverage and deception on the counter-attack. As such, Camacho took an early 6/2 lead. The Irishman found his comfort zone from here though, and constructed a series of clinical rallies to ultimately win the opener 11/9.

The second game followed a similar pattern and saw Gaskin consistently take the attacking initiative, with Camacho trying to reverse the pressure while generally on the back foot. Following some spectacular dives and winners from the 17 year-old qualifier, he forced a tiebreak which was certainly the key point of the match.

Gaskin's more structured tactics now finally paid dividends, as a couple of Camacho's ambitious attacks clipped the tin to put Arthur in pole position with a 2-0 lead. Jesus' final push came at 3-6 down in the third game when Gaskin showed some mild signs of fatigue and impatience.

However, summoning his decade of experience on Tour, the Irish champion accelerated from 6-6 to 10-6 and eventually closed out the game 11-8 to clinch a straight-game win.

Massive credit goes to Camacho, who showed excellent poise and maturity (tactically and psychologically) all week. Another great prospect coming from Latin America.


Draw & Results

Live Streaming

Photos by
Matthew Cloutier

NSA Open 2015
10-15 Aug, Toronto, Canada, $5k
Round One
12 Aug 
13 Aug
14 Aug
15 Aug
[1] Chris Hanson (Usa)
11/7, 11/7, 12/10 (30m)
[wc] Cameron Seth (Can)
[1] Chris Hanson
7/11, 11/9, 12/10, 11/4 (52m)
[6] Mike McCue
[6] Mike McCue

11/9, 11/9, 10/12, 11/2 (58m)

[5] Shahjahan Khan


[5] Shahjahan Khan


6/11, 12/10, 11/2, 4/11, 11/7 (69m)

[2] Arthur Gaskin

[6] Mike McCue (Can)
11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (42m)
[Q] Rahul Sehrawat (Can)
[8] Babatunde Ajagbe (Ngr)
11/2, 11/3, 11/4 (26m)
[Q] Kale Wilson (Tri)
[8] Babatunde Ajagbe
11/9, 11/7, 5/11, 11/4 (45m)
[5] Shahjahan Khan
[5] Shahjahan Khan (Pak)
 6/11, 11/9, 8/11, 11/7, 11/5 (60m)
Nicolas Caballero (Par)
[Q] Jesus Camacho (Mex)
13/11, 11/8, 11/8
[3] Dane Sharp (Can)
[Q] Jesus Camacho
11/9, 11/7, 11/3 (34m)
David Ballargeon
[Q] Jesus Camacho

11/9, 12/10, 11/8 (56m)

[2] Arthur Gaskin

David Ballargeon (Can)
11/8, 11/5, 11/6 (27m)
[7] Fred Reid (Can)
James Bamber (Eng)
11/7, 11/4, 11/3 (27m)
[5] Joe Chapman (Bvi)
[5] Joe Chapman
11/3, 11/3, 11/3 (27m)
[2] Arthur Gaskin
Albert Shoihet (Can)
11/5, 15/13, 1/6 (48m)
[2] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11-Aug, Qualifying Finals:

Kale Wilson (Tri) 3-1 Elliot Selby (Eng)                       17-15, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4 (53m)
Rahul Sehrawat (Can) 3-0 Francisco Mendez (Mex)                11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (34m)
James Bamber (Eng) 3-2 Winston Buzzo (Bra)   11-6, 6-11, 11-3, 4-11, 12-10 (64m)
Jesus Camacho (Mex) 3-1 Miled Zarazua (Mex)            11-8, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5 (39m)

10-Aug, Qualifying Round One:

Kale Wilson (Tri) 3-2 John Lamont (Can)             9-11, 4-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 (42m)
Elliot Selby (Eng) 3-0 Jackson Kay (Can)                             11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (29m)
Rahul Sehrawat (Can) 3-1 Bryan Cueto (Mex)             6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (42m)
Francisco Mendez (Mex) 3-0 George Crowne (Can)             11-5, 11-9, 14-12 (32m)
James Bamber (Eng) 3-0 Guillermo Valles (Can)                  11-1, 11-3, 11-2 (21m)
Winston Buzzo (Bra) 3-0 Alexander Riedelsheimer (Can)     11-6, 12-10, 11-6 (24m)
Miled Zarazua (Mex) 3-0 Thomas King (Can)                         11-2, 11-0 11-4 (22m)
Jesus Camacho (Mex) 3-0 Julien Gosset (Can)                   11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (24m)

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13-Aug, Quarters:
McCue ousts top seed in Toronto quarters:
Jamie Nicholls Reports:

Two big upsets in the quarter-finals as home favourite Mike McCue beats top seed Chris Hanson and 16-year-old Mexican qualifier Jesus Camacho also advances to the semifinals ...

#4 Shahjahan Khan (Pak) 3-1 Babatunde Ajagbe (Ngr)

The opening quarterfinal match featured NSA Open veteran Shahjahan Khan and newcomer Babatunde Ajagbe. Khan was coming off an edgy first round victory while Ajagbe was not tested on Day 1. Once again Shahjahan started with some nerves and made several uncharacteristic tins.

Unfortunately the Nigerian did not capitalize and responded with tins of his own as Shahjahan was able to hold on for the first game. The second game provided better quality from both players as the rallies lengthened and the tins disappeared. At 6-6 a long rally ended with a perfect Khan backhand drop and that rally carried him through the game. Ajagbe responded with several winners early in the 3rd game and once the lead was large enough, Khan started to set his sights on the fourth.

After regrouping with his coach Zarak, Shahjahan reached for another gear and played his best tactical squash with only 1 error to take the match and advance to the semifinals.

(Q) Jesus Camacho (Mex) 3-0 David Baillergeon (Can)

Both young players came into this match after upset wins the night before and looked very relaxed and confident leading into the match. The crowd had started to build up as the first game started as many wanted to catch a glimpse of the giant slayer Camacho to see if he was indeed the real deal. He did not disappoint playing with the same aggressiveness as the night before throwing in kills and boasts at the first sign of a loose ball from Baillergeon.

David fought hard in the first game and did not back down in the least, hitting several of his trademark forehand cross-courts for winners. The second was close until 5-5 with the effects of Camacho’s relentless attacks starting to take their toll on the southpaw Canadian as from that point onwards, the Mexican junior showed that he is indeed the real deal advancing easily to the semifinals.

#6 Mike McCue (Can) 3-0 #1 Chris Hanson (Usa)

A much anticipated tilt between the home town and home club favorite Mike McCue taking on the first seed and extremely solid American Chris Hanson.

The match started with both players feeling out the court and their opponents with lots of length and long, conservative rallies. McCue started to try and play some balls short from the back of the court to get Hanson moving early on but Hanson responded decisively with a nice array of counter drops and hold-flick-cross courts to run away with the 1st.

The second saw Hanson once again in control as Mike was unable to push up and volley anything from the strong left hander. However, the armour started to chink ever so slightly as the game wore on with the heat on the court and Mike’s ability to hang around longer and longer in each rally as Hanson made a few errors for McCue to escape with the 2nd game.

Clearly the 3rd game was pivotal and proved to be a see saw affair. Hanson got off to a big lead only to see McCue even the score and then McCue jumped out to 10-8 and two game balls only to see Hanson tie it up at 10-10. An error from Hanson and then a great rally from McCue ending with a crosscourt winning drive from the front left handed the Canadian the 2-1 lead.

After 45 minutes and only 3 games, it was McCue who looked the fresher starting the 4th game with Hanson slightly behind in each rally which as we know can have a huge effect on the outcome, with Mike now stepping in front and really for the first time in the match dictating the rallies. McCue, sensing the upset did not get too excited and his concentration was laser sharp right to the final point as he advances to the semifinals versus Shahjahan Khan.

A mammoth effort by both players and a very entertaining match.

#2 Arthur Gaskin (Irl) 3-0 Joe Chapman (Bvi)

The two “gentle giraffes” as the girls at the NSA front desk described Arthur and Joe played a very fair and sporting match in our nightcap. The rallies were long and polished but the former World #70 from Ireland Gaskin seemed to be on the right end of most of them. G

askin made less errors than could be counted on 1 hand and sprinkled in a nice array of winners to go with his precise depth and width in the 3-0 victory. Many now believe Gaskin to be the tournament favourite headed into the semifinals tonight.


Draw & Results

Live Streaming

Photos by
Matthew Cloutier

12-Aug, Round One:
Sharp in early exit in Toronto:
Jamie Nicholls Reports:

Six of the eight seeded players made it through to the quarter-finals at the National Squash Academy in Toronto, the main exception being three-time champion and third seeded Canadian Dane Sharpe, who was beaten in straight games by Mexican qualifier Jesus Camacho ...

Match reports:

#8 Babatunde Ajagbe (Ngr) 3-0 (Q) Kale Wilson (Tri)

The Nigerian Ajagbe seems to have been adopted by the ladies at the NSA front desk and his comfort within the facility showed when he took the court for his first round match today. Ajagbe moved fluidly and looked as if he could play all evening which was in sharp contrast to the qualifying weary Kale Wilson who looked a bit off the pace throughout the match. Ajagbe showed a nice arsenal of weapons and worked all of his shots with confidence to advance to the quarterfinals.

#5 Joe Chapman (Bvi) 3-0 (Q) James Bamber (Eng)

Jim Bamber had many around the NSA talking about a possible upset in the first round after an impressive qualifying run. However, the #5 Joe Chapman from the BVI’s had other ideas and completely shut down the young Englishman down with incredible precision and a very polished, professional approach.

The same attacking style that won him his first two qualifying matches was Bamber’s undoing today as Chapman responded with deft counter drops and well timed holds to keep his opponent off balance. Chapman advances decisively to the quarterfinals.

#4 Shahjahan Khan (Pak) 3-2 Nicolas Cabellero (Par)

Surely the match of the evening as the defending finalist Shahjahan Khan suffered a very real scare in the form of the unknown Paraguay player Cabellero.

Nicolas made his debut on the NSA glass court and played as though he had nothing to lose with great movement, a wide array of attacking shots early in the rallies and the determination to believe he could pull off the upset.

Khan, by contrast seemed tight and nervous as he struggled to find his offense, clipping several uncharacteristic tins and not moving as fluidly as he is capable of. Having his father and legend of squash Zarak Jahan Khan speaking with him in between games proved invaluable as at 2-1 down and 5-0 down with the upset looking more and more likely, Shahjahan finally steered the train back onto the tracks and started to play like the defending champ.

His tins became winners and he loosened up his approach, starting to accept that yes the young South American could play but that Khan could also play and was in fact the more experienced player. Shahjahan escapes with a 3-2 victory and a date with Babatunde Ajagbe in the quarterfinals.

David Baillergeon (Can) 3-0 #7 Fred Reid (Can)

David Baillergeon of Montreal clinched his first PSA quarterfinal berth with a decisive victory over Fred Reid in just 24 minutes. The former Canadian junior champion coaxed Reid into double digit unforced errors and several uncontested incorrect guesses off drives from the front corners. Baillergeon is the first Canadian player into the quarterfinals with fresh legs for tomorrow.

#6 Mike McCue (Can) 3-0 (Q) Rahul Sehrawat (Ca)

The second successive all-Canadian match-up pitted two training partners in the newly named Canadian National team member Mike McCue and #2 Canadian junior Rahul Sehrawat. Both knew the court and both knew the opponent with Mike showing no signs of the pressure a higher seeded player might feel against a qualifier with nothing to lose.

The score was 3-0 but Rahul played a mature game with relaxed movement and several winning mid-court kills on the backhand side to make a positive deposit in the experience bank. McCue who is playing in his 5th straight NSA open has gone from losing in the qualifying final in 2011, to a first round loss in 2012, to a quarterfinal loss in 2013 to losing 12-10 in the 5th to Zac Alexander in the semifinals last year. He will no doubt be looking to continue this upward trend in 2015.

#1 Chris Hanson (Usa) 3-0 (wc) Cameron Seth (Can)

Chris Hanson has been keeping a low profile all week – as the tournaments #1 seed he knows that 15 other competitors are gunning for a shot at him. First up to the plate was wildcard and Canadian Cameron Seth who is a notorious grinder and as mentally tough as they come.

Hanson passed the first test of the week with a straight forward 3-0 victory over the former junior Canadian champion with the precision expected of a top 100 player – tight drives from everywhere on the court, thoughtful tactics and another gear when required on both defence and offence. Hanson advances to take on the home court favorite Mike McCue in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

#2 Arthur Gaskin (Irl) 3-0 Albert Shoihet (Can)

The Western Mustang alumni started to enter the NSA shortly before this much anticipated match as former captain Albert Shoihet looked to cause an upset against our #2 seed Arthur Gaskin. After informing me that he had taken a call earlier that day from 94 year old former Wester coach and US college squash hall of famer Jack Fairs, it was apparent Albert would be up for a fight.

The first game saw Gaskin close the court down with tight length while keeping himself in front of the Canadian in most rallies. With Albert’s former teammates starting to make some noise from the bleachers, the intensity picked up in the second game. Shoihet fired in several winners, used his trademark deception and showed some feisty retrieving. He led at 9-8 and had game balls at 10-9 and 12-11 before some refereeing decisions seemed to affect his focus allowing the Irishman to escape and go up 2-0. Albert continued to fight hard but at 5-5 Arthur showed his class and took his game to another level to win his NSA Open debut. Gaskin faces Joe Chapman in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

(Q) Jesus Camacho (Mex) 3-0 #3 Dane Sharp (Can)

The upset of tournament as 3 time NSA Open champion Dane Sharp was defeated by the giant slayer Jesus Camacho in the nightcap. The young Mexican who dazzled in qualifying did not seem to register that Dane had a 17-1 all-time record on the NSA glass court in tournament play and showed no signs of backing down to the challenge of this first round match. Jesus attacked early in the rallies, using a quick boasts and hard low drives to try and assert himself.

However, Dane is a marathoner not a sprinter and after a quick lead to Camacho, Sharp started to drag out the rallies and grinding the junior down to get to a 10-7 lead. Uncharacteristically Dane let 3 game balls slip and then another at 11-10 which he could not recover from as Jesus wont the all-important first game. Sharp continued to fight for the hometown crowd spurring him on but Camacho now added the belief component to an already dangerous skill set. He went on to complete the stunning upset 3-0 to advance to meet David Baillergeon in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

Draw & Results

Live Streaming

11-Aug, Qualifying Finals:
Jamie Nicholls Reports:

It was another hot and humid night on the NSA all-glass court as four qualifiers were decided in the 2015 Colony Ford Lincoln NSA Open.

#1 Kale Wilson (Tri) 3-1 #5 Elliot Selby (Eng)

The first game proved critical in this match as the Englishman Selby held leads at 8-6 and 9-8 but could not convert, succumbing 17-15 in an 18 minute first game. After taking a much quicker second game by controlling the middle of the court with his precise volley drops and deceptive volley straight drives, Selby seemed to wilt under the humid glass court conditions.

In conjunction with Wilson finding his best patch of his NSA career with a non-existent error rate and trademark punishing low drives, the tide was turned in the 3rd and 4th as the former Western Mustang star and Trinidadian advanced to the main round. He matches up against the #8 seed Babatunde Ajagbe from Nigeria tomorrow.

Rahul Sehrawat (Can) 3-0 #3 Francisco Mendez (Mex)

Unfortunately for the NSA faithful, the second match featured the club’s top junior player Rahul Sehrawat and our beloved teaching pro Francisco Mendez.

The two train together frequently and certainly know each other’s games inside and out. The match was much closer than the score would indicate as Mendez actually dominated many rallies and played an uncharacteristically attacking game style with Sehrawat winning many of his points by simply “hanging in there” with his movement and ability to stay off the tin.

By the 3rd game, Sehrawat had found his offensive range and played his best game so far of the tournament to earn a date with another training partner Mike McCue tomorrow in the main round.

#4 James Bamber (Eng) 3-2 #7 Winston Buzzo (Bra)

Another NSA Open Classic! This match had all of the elements the fans craved – two great athletes picking up everything the other could throw at them, great attacking rallies, wild lead swings and of course some refereeing controversy.

Both players are making their NSA Open debut and play a similar game style – lots of holds and flicks, boasts early in the rally and outstanding movement. Bamber looked very comfortable in the 1st game but lacked intensity in the 2nd and Buzzo capitalized.

Bamber who was being advised by family members via text over the live stream throughout the match tightened his britches in the 3rd but again opened the door to Buzzo in the 4th as he took his foot off the gas. The 5th saw the Brazilian on the verge of an upset with 6-3, 7-4 and 8-5 leads but play ground to a halt with a series of lets and stoppages that did not go Buzzo’s way.

The crowd sensed this match might go the distance and sure enough we found the score knotted at 2 all 10 all where anything can happened. A quick stroke and a winning forehand drive by Bamber brought the epic match to a close with the Englishman advancing to face Joe Chapman of the BVI’s tomorrow.

#2 Jesus Camacho (Mex) 3-1 #5 Miled Zarazua (Mex)

A much anticipated tilt between the future of Mexican squash Jesus Camacho and a battle tested veteran Miled Zarazua caught the interest of legends of squash Manuel Loza and Ian Power as they returned from a hard day of coaching to take in the action.

Camacho’s game plan seemed clear from the outset as he set a blistering pace in order to tire out the cagey Zarazua who despite his best efforts could not slow the ball enough down to halt the attack of his younger counterpart. Camacho continued to move well, hit with pace and look for every opportunity to attack anything remotely loose in taking the first two games decisively.

The veteran Zarazua finally started to get some traction in the 3rd game by rope-a-doping the tempo of the game and putting in some well-timed drops and boasts. Just as the crowd thought the worm might be turning, the 17 year old Camacho showed that he could be the heir apparent to the Mexican squash throne by playing his best game yet under duress and advanced to the main round of the NSA open.

He is rewarded with a date with the 3 time NSA Open champion Dane Sharp which will certainly be Camacho’s toughest PSA test to date.

Draw & Results

Live Streaming

10-Aug, Qualifying Round One:
Jamie Nicholls Reports:

The fifth edition of the NSA Open got under way  with eight qualifying round one matches on the permanent glass court at the National Squash Academy in Toronto ...

#1 Kale Wilson (Tri) 3-2 John Lamont (Can)

The first match on turned out to the be the best of the evening as Trinidad’s Kale Wilson showed his experience by clawing back from a 2-0 deficit to upend the Trinity College graduate John Lamont.

Lamont showed a bright PSA future as he set an early high pace with relentless volleying and blistering drives but the steamy temperature on the glass court took its toll as the Caribbean Wilson pulled away in the fifth.

#5 Elliot Selby (Eng) 3-0 Jackson Kay (Can)

Elliot has been living and training and training Toronto for the last 6 weeks and has been acclimatizing to the glass court leading up to this event. He played a polished game style and frustrated the home club favorite and Canadian junior star “NSA” Jackson Kay with consistent length and well timed drop shots.

Good experience for the 15 year old Kay who has been training hard and didn’t look at all out of place.

Rahul Sehrawat (Can) 3-1 #8 Bryan Cueto (Mex)

The only mild upset of the evening saw BU19 Canadian Junior Finalist Rahul Sehrawat put in an impressive performance against the Mexican Bryan Cueto. Sehrawat was a bit nervy in the first game but settled in and played consistent length with outstanding movement to wear down Cueto in four tough games.

Sehrawat will need to attack with greater frequency in order to qualify for the main draw but otherwise looked very comfortable.

#3 Francisco Mendez (Mex) 3-0 George Crowne (Can)

NSA teaching pro and crowd favorite Francisco Mendez spent 6 hours on court coaching in preparation for his first match of the tournament but didn’t look a touch fatigued as he took on Canadian Junior BU15 champion and NSA hero George Crowne.

This match was extremely entertaining with tons of attacking, many dives and several exhibition style rallies. Crowne at 14 years old showed that he has a bright future and dominated many rallies in the 2nd and 3rd games before Mendez’s professionalism finally broke him down.

Tomorrow, hopefully Francisco’s bosses Ian and Jonathon Power can give him the afternoon off to prep for his qualification finals.

#4 James Bamber (Eng) 3-0 Guillermo Valles (Mex)

Jim Bamber from England was an unknown entity to the NSA faithful and looked impressive from the warm-up onwards. He showed off all of his weapons tonight in dispatching the 15 year old Mexican junior Valles in short order and had the crowd wondering if he might be capable of providing a main round upset or two. A nice debut for the Englishman.

#7 Winston Buzzo (Bra) 3-0 Alexander Riedelsheimer (Can)

The Portuguse speaking Winston Buzzo of Brazil provided the quote of the tournament so far when the only English he spoke all day was upon winning his match, exclaiming “I love this court very much”.

Buzzo beat the talented Canadian junior Riedelsheimer with above average movement and several winning kills when he was given space to hit into. Riedelsheimer showed flashes of brilliance in the second game and represented himself well in this match but in the end Buzzo was not to be denied.

#6 Miled Zarazua (Mex) 3-0 Thomas King (Can) 3-0

Zarazua showed why he was one of the top juniors in the world and played in the top 3 of the championship Trinity College line-up. He nonchalantly went about his business this evening playing the ball in short anytime the Canadian junior King left it loose and used varied tempo to tie up his opponent.

Thomas could not get any tactical traction against Miled but the hardest working junior in the country King will no doubt put his nose to the grindstone to keep improving before his next PSA event.

#2 Jesus Camacho (Mex) 3-0 Julien Gosset (Can)

Always an awkward affair when the billet plays his host in the first round! Camacho who is one of the most entertaining juniors in the world (Jonathon Power himself is a huge fan) matched up unfortunately against his host Canadian junior Julien Gosset who is an extremely talented player in his own right.

Gosset pushed hard in the second game and hit some uncanny nicks but otherwise Camacho looked as if he might have had another gear in the 3-0 win.

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Preview: Five up for NSA Open in Toronto

The 5th annual NSA Open, presented by Colony Ford Lincoln, will run from August 10-15th in Toronto's Downsview Park at the National Squash Academy.

This year's field is perhaps the deepest ever seen at the event, which has become a late-summer staple on the PSA calendar.

The top four seeds can all be found within eight places of each other in the world rankings. USA's Chris Hanson is the favourite, but 2014 finalist Shahjahan Khan (USA) will be hoping to unseat the top seed in the semis, as he did last year.

Dane Sharp was the man Khan beat in that epic semifinal, which was the Canadian's first ever loss in this event, having won in 2011, '12 and '13! The veteran Canadian is drawn to meet #2 seed Arthur Gaskin in the bottom-half semifinal. Irish Champion Gaskin is making his NSA debut and faces Torontonian Albert Shoihet in the first round.

Elsewhere, #6 seed Mike McCue will be looking to cause some upsets on the NSA's permanent glass court, which has become a favorite for the adopted Torontonian. 2014 Canadian Junior champion and rising star David Baillergeon from Montreal hopes to springboard his PSA career as he makes his NSA Open debut and faces fellow Canadian and #7 seed Fred Reid.

Local NSA junior talent Thomas King, Jackson Kay and Rahul Sehrawat will be hoping to survive the rigors of qualifying to earn some main draw experience, while wildcard Cameron Seth of Elora, who is an experienced NSA glass court campaigner rounds out the Canadian contingent.

With thanks to our title sponsor Colony Ford Lincoln, our presenting sponsor IPS insurance and facility partners PACE credit union and Smart Centres the event will played in conjunction with the 2015 North American Junior Open (August 14th – 16th) and is free for all spectators.

In addition the event will be professionally streamed by Josh Ginou and the Squash Stream crew at www.squashstream.tv.
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