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Friday
Sep272019

ASPIN Kemp Pro Event

It was another great evening at the University of Prince Edward Island Squash Center. Eight matches, three of which went the distance and three based upon the August rankings were considered upsets.

We thought that we would be in for a very long night of squash when both court 1 and 2 did not free up until well into the second hour, and these were matches which involved both our number one seeds. In each case our number ones were up against the sixth seed and in each case it was a five game battle.
On the women's side, like the men it certainly could have gone either way, but in this case the lower ranked Ali Thomson from Scotland after surviving a 12-10 victory in the fourth and one match ball in the fifth before she could say that she upset the WR #60 15-13 in 64 min. 
The men's match lasted 10 more minutes but had a different rhythm. No 1 seed and Nash Cup champ Auguste Dessourd could not find an answer for the young speedster from Mexico who just seemed to hit the last good shot every time in those 30 plus shot rallies. But the continued fast pace and long rallies were beginning to take their toll on Camacho. The 21 year old from Mexico City could only come up with 12 points in the next three games. Again Dessourd was in a semi-final.
The middle four matches were certainly quicker and less tense. Marina Stephanoni the world class 16 year old got off to a very quick start winning her first game in 6 min, but then was quickly halted by Marie Stephane in equally quick fashion. But then the two women dug their heels in and played two very tough games, but it was the young speedster from the US who seemed to bear down the best during 'end game' points and proved to be just that little bit better than her French adversary on the day.
It was an upset on paper, but the Egyptian Hana Moataz certainly showed that her ranking will soon displace that of Anna Kimberley who just couldn't make any inroads against the 19 year old who is definitely on the rise. Two relatively quick three gamers on the men's side kept scheduling on time. The veteran Canadian de Lierre just had too many weapons for his younger compatriot Thomas King, as did Caribbean champ Chris Binnie in his match with American Guy Davidson.
The final matches on the program involved our number two seeds Nicole Bunyan and Shah Khan. Khan just got out foxed by the wily ol' Jaymie Haycocks. Haycocks demonstrated his experience when Shahjahan would often get caught in behind the Englishman and then just couldn't deal well with the oncoming variety of shots and pace. It may have been a different story if the younger man was able to have taken the very exciting overtime second game. Now we will have two seasoned pros both over 35 years of age playing the  semis tomorrow evening.
The last women's match of the evening treated the full house to virtually a duplicate of the women's opening match three hours earlier. The #2 seed Canadian Nicole Bunyan was pushed to the limit by the exciting Mexican, Maria Garcia, but this time the higher seeded player was able to pull it out, holding her nerves in a great 11-9 in the fifth decision. 
Here is a pic of the youngest player (16 year old Maria Stephanoni)  and the oldest player (Shawn DeLierre 37) in the draw

 

 

mens division draw https://psaworldtour.com/tournaments/view/9853?tab=mens_main

Womens division: https://psaworldtour.com/tournaments/view/9853?tab=womens_main

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