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Cleveland Skating Club 2017
25-28 Oct, Cleveland, USA, $10k

Five in a row for Sherbini

Match reports by Joey Applebaum and Chase Greppin

Final: Shawn Delierre v Mohamed Elsherbini

Delierre comes up with a few great shots to take a 3-1 lead. The next point is a point of amazing gets, shots, and fast pace which lasted about two minutes but still ended in a let. ElSherbini gets two more making it three all. ElSherbini make a few more errors give Delierre a 5-3 lead. ElSherbini gets a lucky crosscourt rolling off the back wall nick and then a no let to Shawn tying it up at five. An error from each makes it tied at six. Delierre make another two great shots making it 8-6, ElSherbini gets one more but still has a stoke against him making it 9-7. Delierre goes for a drop shot from the back but clips the tin giving ElSherbini that much closer. ElSherbini got another one putting a lot of pressure on the first game at 9-9. Delierre has a great length forcing Mohamed to hit the ball out and then winning it off of a stroke.

With a one zero lead Mohamed kept it close. During another amazing rally, Delierre hit a tweener, to extend the rally. The amazing rally ended on an unforced error from the racket of Delierre. He took a 6-4 lead. Delierre scored one more point before all of the strokes and errors started to flood in from Shawn. Mohamed took the game on an error 11-6.

With a few strokes and errors ElSherbini comes out with a super quick 6-0 lead. Delierre gets a great drop shot before ElSherbini hits an almost-perfect crosscourt nick. Another error from Delierre and a beautiful Crosscourt nick making it 9-1. Two errors from Delierre give the game to ElSherbini 11-1. Four minutes!

ElSherbini took a quick 2-0 lead against Shawn. Delierre got his game back and took 5-2 lead. The hard rallies continued as many of the rallies lasted over a minute. With many decisions being made it made the rallies even tougher. Mohamed managed to score one more point before Shawn played incredible. The score was 5-3, and almost 90% of Delierre’s points came from errors. With Mohamed giving up Shawn took the game 11-3.

We all know in the final, there is pressure on every point, but especially in the fifth game. Both players came on about fifteen seconds early looking very confident. The first point went to Delierre off of an error. The second went to Mohamed off of a stroke. He won the next two of of great shots and an error coming in at 4-1. The next point was a great length from Mohamed and Delierre got stuck behind him. Another great shot but Delierre hits an absolute winner drop making it 2-6. With a stroke to ElSherbini and once again another error from Delierre he comes up with an 8-2 lead. The next point Mohamed hits a drop shot and Delierre gets stuck in the back. Mohamed then hits a drop shot absolutely ‘glued” to the side wall. At 10-3 he is one point away from his 28th straight win and winning another title. He wins it off once again, an error.

That is Mohamed’s 5th title back to back and his 28th straight win.

Cleveland Skating Club 2017
25-28 Oct, Cleveland, USA, $10k
Round One
25 Oct
26 Oct
27 Oct
28 Oct
[1] Peter Creed (Wal)
 8/11, 11/6, 10/12, 11/6, 11/5 (84m)
Shahjahan Khan (Pak)
[1] Peter Creed

11/7, 9/11, 11/5, 11/5 (75m)

[6] Shawn Delierre
[6] Shawn Delierre


11/5, 11/5, 11/5 (46m)


[7] Mike McCue



[6] Shawn Delierre


9/11, 11/6, 11/1, 3/11, 11/3 (66m)


Mohamed ElSherbini

5th PSA title for Mohamed

[6] Shawn Delierre (Can)
 11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (30m)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
[7] Mike McCue (Can)
11/5, 11/5, 11/8 (40m
 Anthony Graham (Eng)
[7] Mike McCue

9/11, 8/11, 13/11, 15/13, 11/9 (111m)

 Robertino Pezzota
 [4] Chris Binnie (Jam)
10/12, 11/7, 11/1, 11/8 (79m)
 Robertino Pezzota (Arg)
Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
 11/8, 11/8, 11/5 (36m)
 [3] Andrew Schnell (Can)
Aqeel Rehman

11/3, 11/8, 13/11 (42m)

Mohamed ElSherbini
Mohamed ElSherbini


11/7, 14/12, 11/5 (43m)


[2] Vikram Malhotra

Mohamed ElSherbini (Egy)
11/6, 11/3, 11/3 (35m)
[5] Leandro Romiglio  (Arg)
Dylan Cunningham (Usa)
 11/2, 11/7, 11/9 (30m)
[8] Ahsan Ayaz (Pak)
[8] Ahsan Ayaz

11/6, 11/3, 4/11, 6/11, 11/5 (57m)

[2] Vikram Malhotra
Mario Yanez (Mex)
 11/7, 11/6, 11/6 (37m)
[2] Vikram Malhotra (Ind)
Two  surprise finalists in Cleveland

Match reports by Joey Applebaum and Chase Greppin

[6] Shawn Delierre (Can) 3-0 [7] Michael McCue (Can)

The first game went back and forth but at 5-5 Delierre got a few exquisite shots and takes a 10-5 lead. The last point of the game McCue barely clips the tin giving the game 11-5 to Delierre.

Early in the second McCue takes a 3-0 lead. Shortly after, Delierre comes out with a quick six points. While McCue gets one more, Delierre gets two more making it eight to five. Delierre gets another quick three taking it 11-5.

Delierre takes an easy 5-1 lead and then barely tipping the tin to make it 5-2. With another error from each of them it is 6-3. With a few great shots and a stroke, Michael McCue finds himself 9-3, 2-0 down. With an insane tricky boast off of a great length, Delierre has seven match balls to get him into the finals. With a questionable stroke to Delierre he wins it 11-5 and has put himself into the finals.

Mohamed ElSherbini (Egy) 3-0 [2] Vikram Malhotra (Ind)

ElSherbini takes an early lead of 8-3 with an absolute extrordinary ‘megarally’ with some insane gets. ElSherbini gets the next but Malhotra gets four more making it 7-9. ElSherbini hit a great length and then winning it 11-7 of of an error.

It started as a back-and-forth game but Malhotra took a 8-5 lead off of two great lengths and a stroke. ElSherbini took a great drop shot, a great length, and a stroke tying it up at eight. Malhotra hits the tin off of a volley drop shot, but Malhotra hits a length ‘glued’ to the sidewall. Malhotra has a debatable stroke and having a 10-9 lead. ElSherbini hits a tight drop shot and Malhotra can’t get it and he ties it up at ten. Malhotra gets a stroke once again having another game ball. He hits the tin, once again, tying it up at eleven. Another stroke (again?) going to Malhotra. With another call, a no let to Malhotra and it is tied at twelve. This time Malhotra hits the tin and finds himself game ball down for the first time this game. Malhotra clips the tin giving the game to ElSherbini 14-12.

The third starts off at a steady pace of back and forth pace and ElSherbini hits a half-volley roller drop shot. ElSherbini comes up with a 7-4 lead off of two amazing drop shots. He gets a stroke and a mega rally dying length. Malhotra gets a ‘no let’ give ElSherbini 6 match balls to have a 27-win-streak. Malhotra gets one more before he loses it 11-5 which does give Mohamed his 27th.

Quarters in Cleveland

Match reports by Joey Applebaum and Chase Greppin

[7] Mike McCue (Can) 3-2 Robertino Pezzota (Arg) 111m

The first game was a very close game. A lot of “cat and mouse” squash. The game itself had a total of 12 calls. Pezzota took the game 11-9.

In the second, Pezzota had an 8-3 lead but Michael came back to come within one point at 8-7. The business end of the game saw Pezzota take a 10-7 lead. McCue scored one more point before Robertino took the game 11-8.

The third game was one of the best games of the tournament. McCue came back from 10-7 match ball down to tie. It involved a “conduct stroke”. McCue took the game 13-11.

McCue yet again comes in clutch in the fourth game. Both of the players fighting off game balls before McCue took it 15-13. McCue played supremely well.

Pezzota had a great lead in the last game. He stated off strong but McCue was even stronger. McCue was down in the beginning but came back strong. Pezzota was playing superbly but McCue kept on fighting pulled it through and won the match 11-9.

[6] Shawn Delierre (Can) 3-1 [1] Peter Creed (Wal)

In the first game, Creed came back from 3-8 to 7-8, but Delierre was just too strongm taking the game 11-7. Delierre’s power was not enough to stop Creed in the second game. Creed, hitting many winners, edged past Shawn to take the game 11-9.

The third game was pretty straight forward. Delierre took a 6-0 lead, but Creed came back to 4-6 before Delierre pulled ahead. Delierre won the game 11-5.

With Delierre having a confidence boost, he was almost unbeatable. He powered through and won the game and match 11-5.

Mohamed ElSherbini (Egy) 3-0 Aqeel Rehman (Aut)

ElSherbini makes it look easy as he cruises to win the first game 11-3. Rehman posed a threat to ElSherbini in the second, playing much better than he did in the first. He had an 8-6 lead but Mohamed came back to win the game 11-8.

In a very eventful third game, ElSherbini saved two game balls to level at ten all. Aqeel saved a match ball, but it was not enough to surpass him. ElSherbini won the game and match 13-11.

[2] Vikram Malhotra (Ind) 3-2 [8] Ahsan Ayaz (Pak)

Malhortra boosts himself with a one game to none lead. During the game, there were some great shots from both players. Malhotra wins the game 11-6.

The second game was like the first. Both had great shots. There were also some incredible rallies. Vikram takes the game 11-3.

The third game saw a major turn-around. Ahsan played extremely well and took the game 11-4. The audience was shocked as Ahsan played off his rocket to take the fourth game 11-6.

The last game was just as good as the others. There were many great rallies but Vikram took the match 11-5 in the fifth.

Chase and Joey are the Cleveland Skating Club Under 13 Club Championship Finalists. Stay tuned for more match reports from the pair tomorrow from the semifinals -- matches begin at 5:30!

Round One in Cleveland

Match reports by Joey Applebaum and Chase Greppin; Photos by Jeff Fehn

[7] Mike McCue 3-0 Anthony Graham

First game: The very first point is very long, over a minute, Michael barely clips the tin. The rest of the game is a back-and-forth pace but at 6-5 Michael pulls ahead winning the game 11-5.

Second game: Anthony takes an early lead of 4-1, McCue gets 8 more to comeback and win the game with an easy 11-5 game win.

Third Game: Anthony again comes up with another decent lead in the third game with a 5-0 lead. McCue once again comes up with four more points but he gets denied to tie it up at five-all as Anthony hits a perfect crosscourt nick. Anthony get another lead to seem to have the game at 8-6 but McCue racks up five more to win the game 11-8.

Robertino Pezzota 3-1 [4] Chris Binnie

The first game is a simple start. Binnie pulls out with a 10-5 lead but Robertino comes back to tie it at 10. With 4 calls in the last two points Christopher wins it 12-10. (27m)

The beginning is a back and forth points with a whole bunch of asks from Binnie but Robertino gets a 9-6 lead while he takes it 11-7. Robertino comes out with an 8-1 while the next few errors from Binnie gives him a 11-1 game.

With 6 calls and only 3 points things are heating up in the fourth. At five-all, Binnie goes the wrong but dives for it barely missing it. Robertino hits a drop shot while having a lot of contact hurting his foot needing an injury time out. He comes back into the game with a one point lead of 7-6. With two errors and a stroke Robertino has three match balls. Robertino wins it off a stroke to upset the seeds.

[1] Peter Creed 3-2 Shahjahan Khan

Khan being down 2-0 fought back and presented himself with 7 game balls 10-3, Creed shows his spirit and got himself to 8-10 to lose the next point giving Khan the game 11-8.

Creed came back strong coming up 9-3 and with a few more taking it 11-6.

Creed had a 6-0 lead but Khan shows he's not done yet by getting five straight to be 7-5. Creed fought off two game balls but Khan still won it 12-10.

Creed played very well in the fourth being a simple 11-6 win.

Creed pulls out ahead in the fifth with many ‘megarallies’ and wins it 11-5. “You have to believe it and come out on the other side.” He said after he had won.

[6] Shawn Delierre 3-0 Arthur Gaskin

The first game is a back and fourth points while Delierre comes up with a 8-6 but two quick errors brings it to eight all. Delierre gets two more to make it 10-8 and wins it 11-8.

Shawn quickly gets up to 5-1 but Arthur racks up a few more tying it at five. Shawn then gets an 10-5 lead and wins the second 11-8.

Delierre again takes an early lead of 8-2. Arthur shows he isn't done yet when he gets five more points. Then Delierre hits a perfect drop shot and gets it in three.

Mohamed ElSherbini 3-0 [5] Leandro Romiglio

Mohamed played very well in the first and had some amazing shots. He took the game 1--6. ElSherbini takes control in the second and powers to a 2-0 lead, and made it look easy in the third to take the match 3-0.

Aqeel Rehman 3-0 [3] Andrew Schnell

The first few rallies went to Schnell but Aqeel pulled ahead and made it 8-5. Schnell won the next two but still lost the first 11-7.

Aqeel comes out ahead 7-2. Andrew comes back to make it 7-9 but Aqeel hits a lucky ‘roller’ crosscourt to make it 10-7. Andrew gets one more but cant get the last two and Aqeel comes up 2-0.

The audience is very nervous as Andrew was the runner-up at this tournament last year, and a ‘fan-favorite’. Aqeel comes up with a few great shots and pulls up quickly 8-2. Andrew has 2 perfect drop shots. Aqeel has a perfect crosscourt and wins it the next point 11-5.

[8] Ahsan Ayaz 3-0 Dylan Cunningham

With many errors coming off from the racquet of Cunningam, Ahsan took the first 11-2.

Cunningham plays much better in the second but Ayaz is too good. He wins the game 11-6.

In a very tight game, Ahsan came back from 8-6 to win the game 11-7.

[2] Vikram Malhotra 3-0 Mario Yanez

Mario starts strong with a 4-2 lead but Vikram comes back and ties it at six. Vikram plays a few perfect points and has three game balls. He wins it off of a stroke. Mario has had some serious running and amazing gets put Vikram’s squash is just too good.

Vikram comes out with a 4-1 lead but a few great shots from Mario makes it 5-4. Vikram comes back to be up 9-5 and another great recoveries from Mario but still can’t get t.he game and loses it 11-6.

Vikram comes out with an early lead of 5-2. They had an about two-minute rally which really exhausted both players. Mario at 8-3 is still tired but pulls out a few more to make it 5-8. Vikram pulls out the next one with a beautiful crosscourt nick. Mario hits the tin which gives Vikram four match balls and pulls it off with a volley drop.

Chase and Joey are the Cleveland Skating Club Under 13 Club Championship Finalists. Stay tuned for more match reports from the pair tomorrow from the quarterfinals -- matches begin at 5:30!

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