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Aspin Cup tourney semi finals

Semis : Moataz Keeps Marching Along

Jon Power reports

The unseeded 19 year old Hana Moataz who has slipped away from a few days of classes at Harvard University to improve her current PSA ranking of 138 is doing just that in fine fashion.

The former top Egyptian junior is in fine form, not losing a game to second seed Nicole Bunyan. She should be very confident for the final tomorrow having only lost one game the first three rounds. Her speed, consistency and power were just a little too much for the Canadian, particularly at the latter stages in the final two stanzas in which Hana squeezed those big points at the end of each game.

In the other women’s semi the number four seed, teenage superstar Marina Stefanoni lost the first game, but her ability to use the whole court, give away very few errors hurt the visibly tired Ali Thompson. Her huge win last evening against #1 seed Sarah Cardwell took it’s toll. Alison pushed to the limit, and even came within a point from extending the match into the fifth but just couldn’t find the answer against the young American. The four games of brutally hard squash took over an hour. But every minute was appreciated by the Charlottetown crowd..

On the men’s side two highly conditioned athletes put on a show for 70 minutes. The court coverage was spectacular with Chris Binnie covering more court than anyone could imagine for such a big man. The whole match was a back and for forth affair with the quick and well trained French athlete Auguste Dussourd just securing those important end game points. The boys traded blows in all three games, but the little extra speed and timely shot variation paid dividends for the higher ranked player.

The second match between our two tournament ‘old timers’ Shawn Delierre and Jaymie Hatcocks was certainly an exposure to squash of a bygone era. The half second delay in clearing, the exaggerated let calls, wrong path interference and constant dialogue with the referee presented delays which hadn’t been seen all week.

In the end it was Delierre who hit the timely winner or forced the critical error. Again for just over an hour the fans were treated three very slow but entertaining games.

Tomorrow with the men it will certainly be an all french affair… France vs La Belle Province du Canada. And the women will feature probably two future top 10 players. We look forward to the final day of action.

Women's Finals Start at 2.0 pm, Men's finals at 3 Pm Saturday the 28th at UPEI. Come watch the action.

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