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Saskatoon International Movember Boast 2018
15-18 Nov, Saskatchewan, Canada, $11k

James Stephenson reports

Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) def. Shawn Delierre (CAN) 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-5. 35min)

Steinmann was fresh for the final after yesterday’s comfortable win. Dimitri was able to push himself to absorb Shawn’s attacks and force the Canadian to fire lower and lower often encountering the tin.

The Swiss player forced Delierre diagonally from the back left to front repeatedly taking the wind out of his sails. Gradually, the younger player broke the Canadian’s spirit and took his first $10k championship on his third championship ball.


Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) def. Chris Hanson (USA) 3-1 (5-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-5. 45min)

The American started calm and collected with excellent length and control in the first game. A new Dimitri came out and the second game and was shooting for winners and finding great success.

The third was a continuation of aggressive pace of the player from Switzerland and continued to let his racket go through the final two games to convincingly close the match.

Shawn Delierre (CAN) def Vikram Malhotra (IND) 3-1 (14-12, 13-15, 11-6, 15-13. 99min)

Unlike his previous rounds the Indian player came out with a very guarded approach towards the seasoned Canadian. Rallies were long with the court being closed so no winners were easily accessible. As was expected, Shawn was able to create many stoppages in play and frustrating the younger player with having to replay every point.

Two extremely tight extra point games have the match tied at one game each, in the third Vikram stayed with Sean up to four all when Sean found a small break in the Indian players concentration was able to run Up a three point lead and close the shortest game of the match.

The final game was extremely close with many points being replayed over and over with Sean‘s experience coming through to win the match in four and find his way to his fourth Boast final.

Saskatoon Boast 2018
15-18 Nov, Saskatchewan, Canada, $11k
Round One
15 Nov
16 Nov
17 Nov
18 Nov
[1] Chris Hanson (Usa)
11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (26m)
[wc] Cory McCartney (Can)
[1] Chris Hanson

11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (40m)

Micah Franklin
[1] Chris Hanson

5-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-5 (54m)

[3] Dimitri Steinmann

[3] Dimitri Steinmann


11-5, 11-6, 11-5. 35min)


[4] Shawn Delierre
[8] Fernando Magdaleno (Mex)
10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (49m)
Micah Franklin (Ber)
[6] Nick Sachvie (Can)
11-3, 11-5, 11-2 (28m)
Thomas King (Can)
[6] Nick Sachvie

11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 6-0 rtd (42m)

[3] Dimitri Steinmann
[3] Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
11-9, 11-9, 12-10 (38m)
David Cromwell (Usa)
Jamie Ruggiero (Usa)
14-12, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5 (44m)
[4] Shawn Delierre (Can)
[4] Shawn Delierre

12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-8 (101m)

[5] Leonel Cardenas
[4] Shawn Delierre

12-14, 15-13, 11-6, 15-13 (91m)

[2] Vikram Malhotra

Brock Janzer (Can)
18-16, 11-2, 11-2 (40m)
[5] Leonel Cardenas (Mex)
Charlie Cowie (Eng)
11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (42m)
[7] Matias Tuomi (Fin)
[7] Matias Tuomi

11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (23m)

[2] Vikram Malhotra
Hasnaat Farooqi (Eng)
11-7, 11-2, 11-4 (28m)
[2] Vikram Malhotra (Ind)
James Stephenson reports

Chris Hanson (USA) 3-0 Micah Franklin (BER)

Chris was ready to make Micah work for every point and keep the ball away from the game younger players racket. After a strong 10-2 lead in the first, he let a few points slide but secured a dominant first game. He continued to control the younger player for a determined berth to a semifinal

Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 3-1 Nick Sachvie (CAN)

What looked to be a tight match started close and continued to fade after the Canadian continued to feel heel pain and slow his movement throughout the match. It only took a few points in the fourth to spell the end of his Boast 2018.

Shawn Delierre (CAN) 3-2 Leonel Cardenas (MEX)

What started out as a simple test match for the Mexican junior turned tables midway through. 2-0 down he pushed the senior player into the deep water and he didn't have the experience to see it through.

Shawn is seasoned in these hard contested matches and saw his experience hold stead in the face of multiple lets. Even though the entire tournament was put behind schedule, we watched another victory from our most senior campaigner.

Vikram Malhotra (IND) 3-0 Matias Tuomi (FIN)

From the moment he stepped on court, Vikram showed he had a job to do. Celebrating his birthday, he found the nick to be his ever-giving present. Matias had few answers for the determined #2 seed tonight.
Round One:
James Stephenson reports

Chris Hanson (USA) 3-0 Cory McCartney (Can)

Hanson played a consummate professional match, applying consistent pressure and stifling the creativity of the Canadian. Immaculate length kept the game McCartney on the back foot the entire time. Exactly the type of match the top-seeded American needed to get a tournament going. Both players were incredibly impressed by the the quality of the local ref, who also was able to write this amazing summary of the match.

Micah Franklin (BER) 3-1 Fernando Magdeleno (MEX)

The first game was very close with long rallies and both players moving well. A good surge from Micah led him to an 8-4 lead before Fernando stole the momentum and was able to force a tiebreak. The Mexican surged ahead to take his first game ball. The second game was very close again until 9-7 down Micah won a tough rally and uncharacteristically chose to serve from the left side. This worked and he was able to close the second game. The third started tight but Magdeleno started to fade and by the middle of the fourth he had resigned himself to the loss and presented the first upset of the seedings.

Nick Sachvie (CAN) 3-0 Thomas King (CAN)

This was Nick's 4th year at the November boast and he came out strong against Saskatchewan's own Thomas King. Nick controlled a lot of the match with solid length and continuous pressure. His experience and pressure proved too much for the young local pro.

Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 3-0 David Cromwell (USA)

Both players were returning for their second Boast. Dimitri was relaxed and using many holds and late wrist flicks to deceive his opponent. After dropping the first two, it looked like Cromwell was going to push the match into the deep water, but Dimitri was resilient enough to close out the match with two points in a row from the tiebreak.

Shawn Delierre (CAN) 3-1 Jamie Ruggiero (USA)

A seasoned veteran vs a new addition to the PSA. Showing excellent skills and experience on the court, Shawn led the first game with dominant force. Although, within that game Jamie’s perseverance tightened the score. After a loss in the first and second game, Jamie’s game settled with lengthy rallies and impressive knick-shots from both players. Realizing by both players that neither was going to win this match by impressive nicks, both settled into squash with wise shot choice making. Delierre was the victor.

Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 3-0 Brock Janzer (CAN)

After Brock shot out to a quick 6-2 lead, Leo settled in and scored three in a row to bring it close. A great battle back and forth with opportunities on both sides finally culminated in a win for the Mexican on the longest game of the evening. It seemed as though the Canadian had given his all in the first and was crestfallen and not able to muster much resistance to the young campaigner and he succumbed in the two quick games that followed.

Matias Tuomi (FIN) 3-1 Charlie Cowie (ENG)

Surely suffering from jet lag after the late withdrawal of the number 3 seed and being called to come from England off the reserve list, Charlie made a game effort to nullify Matias. By the third game the young Englishman was able to start to impose his will on the Finn. Tummy kept calm and weathered the storm to secure a second round berth.

Vikram Malhotra (IND) 3-0 Hasnaat Farooqi (ENG)

In the third rally of the match, Vikram went hard into the back left corner trying to retrieve a crosscourt winner. He seemed to jam his left ankle in the movement and took a moment to recover. Play was steady throughout the first game with the elder player not seeming troubled. After testing his ankle off court between games, it was clear that the Indian player wanted to get off court as fast as possible to rest and ice his ankle. Letting his racket go, he thundered nick after nick and ran up the score to 10-0. The third played similarly with Vikram trying to finish the match to put his sore ankle on ice so that he could survive the tournament.

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