Joe Lee Lands Biggest Title in Oregon

OR Open 2014 for US Squash Web

Report courtesy of the Professional Squash Association. Image courtesy of Jay Prince. 

England’s Joe Lee claimed the biggest PSA World Tour title of his career after cruising to success in the final of the Oregon Open, the PSA Challenger 15 squash event at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon.

Lee, the London-born No. 4 seed, reached the final after surviving an eighty-five-minute semifinal marathon against Mexican qualifier Alfredo Avila. 

But his final opponent Omar Abdel Meguid, the top seed from Egypt, was stretched to 140 minutes in the other semi by third-seeded Scot Alan Clyne—and this came after the World No. 30 from Giza was taken again to five games in his quarter-final against fellow countryman Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry before coming through in a bruising ninety-six minutes.

“Less than twenty-four hours after playing the match of the tournament, the ‘Big Guy’ found himself back on court, this time against the in-form Englishman,” said event spokesman Adam Perkiomaki, reporting on the final.

“Lee started rock-solid, laying the foundation for what was to become an impenetrable brick wall of pressure. Many times the masterful ‘Dr.’ Meguid tried to slice his way back in, but couldn’t summon the strength needed to stop General Lee’s mounting attack.

“Joe took the final match 3-0, and is the well-deserving 2014 Oregon Open champion,” continued Perkiomaki. “All respects to this year’s runner-up Omar who put up a valiant effort. It was a pleasure and an honor to see this level of squash back in Portland, Oregon. Until next year!”

World No. 34 Lee was celebrating his tenth appearance in a PSA Tour final with a third title triumph. The success also denied Meguid—who was marking his twelfth final appearance—the perfect present on the eve of his twenty-sixth birthday.

First round:
[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [Q] Shahjahan Khan (PAK) 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (38m)
[5] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY) bt [Q] Andrew Schnell (CAN) 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (37m)
Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [8] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9 (70m)
[3] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [Q] Todd Harrity (USA) 11-6, 5-11, 11-5, 11-5 (55m)
[4] Joe Lee (ENG) bt [WC] Adam Perkiomaki (USA) 11-2, 11-6, 11-3 (26m)
[6] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 11-3, 11-5, 17-15 (57m)
[Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [7] Julian Illingworth (USA) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (44m)
Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [2] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 14-12, 6-11, 10-12, 13-11, 11-8 (94m)

[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [5] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY) 18-20, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-1 (96m)
[3] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (44m)
[4] Joe Lee (ENG) bt [6] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (42m)
[Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Shawn Delierre (CAN) 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (37m)

[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [3] Alan Clyne (SCO) 4-11, 11-8, 18-16, 11-13, 11-9 (140m)
[4] Joe Lee (ENG) bt [Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX) 11-6, 11-3, 7-11, 4-11, 11-6 (85m)

[4] Joe Lee (ENG) bt [1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (34m)