Former Columbia No. 1 Ramit Tandon won his first PSA title against fellow Indian Kush Kumar in the final of the $5,000 SYS Open Sunday, May 14, at Southampton Youth Services on Long Island, New York.
The main draw included a raft of first round upsets that included all four qualifiers advancing to the quarterfinals. Former U.S. world juniors teammates Timmy Brownell and Spencer Lovejoy both recorded their first PSA main draw victories in the first round. Lovejoy upset seven seed Joshua Hollings in four games, before falling short in the fifth game against Trinity No. 1 Kush Kumar in the quarterfinals.
Brownell made a surprise run to the semifinals beginning with a three-game first-round upset over five seed Stu Hadden, and a five-game win over qualifier Mohammed Nabil in the quarterfinals. Kumar then dispatched Brownell 11-7 in the fifth in the semifinals.
After winning two qualifying matches, Tandon progressed through the draw without dropping a game, including in the semifinals against two seed Clinton Leeuw. In the final, Tandon defeated his compatriot 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 in thirty-one minutes.
Mexican nineteen-year-old Jesus Camacho upset the top three seeds on his way to winning the largest title of his career—the $10,000 Madison Open—this weekend at Madison Squash Workshop in Wisconsin.
Camacho first upset England’s five seed Chris Fuller in a four-game, first-round match, before taking out Seattle-based three seed Shahjahan Khan in a three-game quarterfinal.
The Cuautitlan Izcalli-native pulled off two major upsets in the final two rounds of the tournament. First, a three-game upset over two seed and U.S. champion Chris Hanson to reach Sunday’s final. In the final, Camacho held off a two-game comeback from top seed Piedro Schweertman to win the title 13-11 in the fifth game.
The Madison Open marks Camacho’s second career PSA Tour title in addition to the $5,000 2016 British Virgin Islands Open, and first U.S. Pro Series title.
S.L. Green U.S. men’s champion Chris Hanson enters the $10,000 Madison Open as the two seed this weekend at Madison Squash Workshop in Wisconsin.
The twenty-six year old is making his second PSA appearance since claiming his first national title last month. Hanson, world No. 92, is predicted to face fellow American Faraz Khan, the seven seed, in the second round Friday, April 21, and Seattle-based Pakistani Shajahan Khan in the semifinals Saturday, April 22.
If the draw plays out according to seeding, Hanson will meet Dutch world No. 72 Piedro Schweertman in Sunday’s final.
Last month one week after the S.L. Green, Schweertman defeated Hanson in a five-game, first-round match at the $15,000 Manitoba Open.
The Madison Open is live streaming and scoring all weekend on www.usprosquashseries.com/live. First round matches begin Thursday, April 20, at 5:30pm local time, 6:30pm ET.
Americans Todd Harrity, Chris Gordon and Faraz Khan advanced to the quarterfinals of the $15,000 Wasatch Advisors Salt Lake City Open Wednesday night at Squash Works in Utah.
Harrity, the two seed, and Gordon, the three seed, are the highest-seeded players remaining after Mexican top seed Arturo Salazar was forced to concede his match against Khan after two games due to injury. Khan will face New Zealand’s seven seed Martin Knight for a spot in the semifinals.
Gordon, world No. 55, will face Mexican five seed Alfredo Avila in the quarterfinals after a three-game victory against England’s Reuben Phillips. Avila, former world No. 35 and current No. 75, defeated Gordon in their only previous match up in the 2016 Squash Colombia Open.
In the bottom half of the draw, Harrity recovered from losing the first game against Cayman Islander Cameron Stafford to reach the quarterfinals in four games. The two-time U.S. champion will take on Australian eight seed Joshua Larkin for a place in the semifinals.
Canada’s Nick Sachvie, a Cornell graduate, defeated recent Trinity graduate Juan Vargas to win his first PSA Tour title—the $10,000 Life Time Minneapolis Open in Minnesota.
The unexpected final saw unseeded Sachvie move through the top half of the draw, upsetting four seed Danish Atlas Khan in three games in the quarterfinals before reaching the final after Mexican top seed Arturo Salazar was forced to retire due to injury after one game in the semifinals.
Making his U.S. Pro Series debut, Vargas made it through two rounds of qualifying before taking out England’s two seed Angus Gillams in three games in the first round. The Colombian international then upset Team USA’s eight seed, Faraz Khan in the quarterfinals and England’s seven seed Anthony Graham in the semifinals to reach the final.
In the final, Sachvie stormed to the title in three games defeating Vargas 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 to win his first U.S. Pro Series title.
Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi held off Team USA’s Chris Hanson in a marathon five-game Life Time Fitness Atlanta Open final Sunday at Life Time Athletic in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Hanson was making just his second and largest PSA final appearance after progressing through the main draw as the two seed. Hanson didn’t drop a game on his way to the final, which included a semifinal victory over three seed and former world No. 33 Eric Galvez.
Top-seeded Al Tamimi lost just one game before the final against surprise semifinalist and eight seed, Clinton Leeuw, who upset four seed Kush Kumar in the quarterfinals.
The final was the first PSA match up between the top two seeds. Al Tamimi earned the early advantage in the first game 11-9, before Hanson responded by winning the second and third games 11-4, 11-9. Al Tamimi forced a fifth game by claiming the fourth 11-9, where he claimed his maiden PSA title 11-5.
After making his SquashTV debut as the Wild Card in the world series Windy City Open last week, and his second PSA final appearance this weekend, Hanson now readies for the U.S. S.L. Green Men’s Championship in Charlottesville, March 17-19.
For the first time in tournament history, the 2016 Samson Seattle Open will feature prize money parity with $10,000 men’s and women’s draws at the Seattle Athletic Club Downtown in Washington.
Last year, the Seattle Open included a $10,000 men’s draw for just the second year, and revived the women’s side for the first time since 2005 with a $5,000 draw.
Main draw matches begin at 2pm local time, 5pm ET. Follow live scores throughout the weekend on U.S. Pro Series Live.
Denmark’s Line Hansen leads the women’s draw as the top seed, and is seeded to meet Holland’s Milou van der Heijden in Sunday’s final.
Seattle-based Dutch junior Elena Wagenmans qualified for the main draw and will take on Australia’s three seed Christine Nunn.
The men’s side is seeded for an all-English final between one seed Tom Ford and two seed Nathan Lake. Canada’s Andrew Schnell is seeded third, while Seattle-based Pakistan international Shahjahan Khan will play on his home courts as the five seed.
One week after his appearance as the men’s wild card in the 2016 Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim Partners & Equitrust, Team USA’s Chris Hanson travels to the southeast where he is the 2016 Life Time Atlanta Open two seed this weekend.
The $10,000 main draw begins play Thursday at 5pm ET at Life Time Athletic in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Follow live scores throughout the weekend on U.S. Pro Series Live.
Hanson initially entered the draw as the three seed, but two seed Arturo Salazar was forced to withdraw, shifting the draw in Hanson’s favor. The Dartmouth graduate is seeded to face Mexico’s Eric Galvez in the semifinals, and a predicted final against Qatar’s one seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.
The twenty-five-year-old moved up the world rankings from world No. 75 to No. 73 in March, and is poised to reach what would be just his second career PSA final.
Two rounds of qualifying complete the main draw by Wednesday night.
Team USA’s Todd Harrity came up short in $16,000 Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic final Sunday afternoon, losing in four games against Egyptian top seed Omar Abdel Meguid at the Foley Squash Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona.
Harrity, world No. 52, had fought through five-games in both his quarterfinal and semifinal leading into the final, while Meguid had dropped only one game all tournament in the semifinals. Meguid held a 2-0 career record against the American three seed going into Sunday’s final, and would make it 3-0.
“As Meguid and Harrity were warming up, there was an obvious feeling that the mojo in the crowd was firmly behind the No. 1 U.S. player,” reported David Foley, Tournament Director. “Play began with Omar taking the first three points. Not a good start for the U.S. Meguid took the first game 11-7.
“The second held hope for the biased spectators. When the game was tied at 10-10, Meguid was too strong and took the next two points, giving him a commanding 2-0 lead. Harrity slowed the pace in the third with some well placed lobs and was off to a 5-1 start. Todd kept the U.S. hopes alive winning 11-9. Mequid, however, was not to be denied. Harrity was no match for the big Egyptian, and fell quickly giving Omar Meguid his third 15K title in a row. Dohar Qatar, Portland Oregon, and now Phoenix Arizona!”
Harrity and U.S. teammate Chris Hanson now head to Chicago for the World Series Windy City Open.