Team USA’s Todd Harrity is through to the $15,000 Wasatch Advisors Salt Lake City Open semifinals following a three-game quarterfinal victory Thursday night at SquashWorks in Utah.
Harrity, the two seed, took out England’s eight seed 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 in thirty-two minutes to reach the semifinals where he will face Finish four seed Henrik Mustonen.
“It was a tough match,” Harrity said. “I was just trying to keep the pressure on and keep him behind me as much as possible. I was losing points where he was getting in front of me or if there were loose balls in the front of the court. So glad to have made it through in three because the second and third games were getting pretty close.”
Harrity is competing in the Salt Lake City Open for the first time.
“It’s my first time in Salt Lake City, which is great,” Harrity said. “I thought coming out here with the altitude that the ball would be zipping around and difficult conditions, but the courts are pretty true.”
The Princeton graduate is the only remaining American in the draw after compatriots Chris Gordon and Faraz Khan both exited in the quarterfinals.
Khan’s tournament came to an unfortunate and abrupt end in the first game when he was forced to retire due to injury against New Zealand’s Martin Knight. In the same half of the draw, former world No. 35 Alfredo Avila upset the seedings against Chris Gordon 11-7, 11-1, 9-11, 11-13, 11-5 in sixty minutes.
Friday’s semifinals begin at 6:30pm local time, 8:30pm ET. Follow live scores and view the draw on www.usproseries.com/live.