Coleman Captures Atlanta Open Title

L-R: Andre Maur, Zac Alexander, Ben Coleman, Danielle Maur. (image: Matthew Pace)
L-R: Andre Maur, Zac Alexander, Ben Coleman, Danielle Maur. (image: Matthew Pace)

Article courtesy of the Professional Squash Association.

English World No.70 Ben Coleman saw off unseeded Zac Alexander 3-1 to secure victory in the final of the Life Time Fitness Atlanta Open, PSA Challenger 10, in what is the biggest win of his career so far.

Coleman was in imperious form throughout the event, failing to drop a game en route to the final while Alexander, who hails from Brisbane, had to come through difficult games against number three seed Charles Sharpes and six seed Todd Harrity in the first round and quarterfinal, respectively, in his first appearance at the tournament.

Coleman was the favorite for the match and duly lived up to his billing as he opened up with an 11-8 win in the first game. Alexander though had shown a lot of nerve throughout the event and the Australian dug in to level things up in the second.

The third game was a tense affair with both players struggling to gain the upper hand. It was Coleman though who raised his game to take it 11-9 and the twenty-three-year-old followed that up by winning the final game to earn his fifth PSA World Tour title.

“I’m happy with the win and I will be well prepared for the British Nationals in Manchester. I want to thank all the sponsors and I’m looking forward to playing the Life Time Houston Open in April,” said Coleman.

Alexander though will take heart from his performances throughout the tournament. Not only did he see off the aforementioned Sharpes and Harrity, he also shocked number five seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the semifinal. The Qatari knocked out number one seed Karim Ali Fathi in the previous round but found it hard to handle Alexander’s blistering start which saw him take all three games without reply to make it to the final against Coleman.