|Henderson vs. Mill|
Saturday began bright and early and staying out late Friday night didn't seem to affect most players. I think this weekend set a tournament record for game 5s, and there were some epic matches. Luca Dalla Bona was able to recover from a mid-match injury to force Brad Steele into a 5th game. Game 5 remained tight the entire way. Luca's retrieving led to long rallies and as the match neared its end, neither Brad nor Luca were interested in risky shot-making. This led to some of the longest rallies of the weekend. In the end, Brad Steele was able to hang on for a 13-11 win in game 5.
In the B draw, Sara Khan battled it out with Andrew Garant. Andrew returned to the squash scene after a 2 year absence and his style of game hasn't changed. He chased every ball down, diving all over the court. This match had big consequences for the 50/50 draw as many people had both of these players winning it all. However, Andrew's retrieving eventually got the best of Sara in another game 5 extra points win.
On the other side of the B draw it was the opposite styles of Dean Lansens vs. Usman Khan. Dean is well-known for his shooting ability while Usman is well-known for his retrieving ability. This made for a long match that came down to the final points of game 5. At 11-10, Dean was able to hit one last winner to knock Usman into the consolation draw. By the end of the matches on Saturday, many brackets were busted.
Doubles matches were close all weekend. But it seemed liked every doubles match on Sunday was a 5 gamer, causing the doubles court to run way behind. Rallies were long and points were hard to come by.
A Doubles- Hanebury/Uffleman
B Doubles- Porter/Lansens
Mixed Doubles- Berling/Siedel
Women's Doubles- Guthrie/Elliott
The Open draw may have been the strongest Open draw we have had thanks to the Western Squash Team. In the end it was Western #1(David Mill) vs. Western #2(Matt Henderson). The match saw incredible retrieving ability and great shot-making. Mill went up 2-0 and had numerous match balls but could not close out the match. This opened the door for Henderson who won the next two games. Game 5 was tight and no player could pull away from the other. Henderson got hot for the last 2 points and finished the match with an impressive cross- court nick.
Open- Matt Henderson
Men's A- Paul Gabrael
Men's B- Gabe Boldt
Men's C- Ryan Macvoy
Men's D- Adam Kilner
WSF juniors were all over the draws. Some opted to not play in the junior draws and compete in the main rounds. Their impact was felt throughout all the draws. Some even showed some promise in the doubles draws. Vishaal Mehta continues his great season with a win in this tournament. However, the match of the draw goes to Carter Furmanek and Gavin Chamandy. At no point were they separated by more than a couple of points. Extra points was painful to watch as both players deserved a victory. However, Carter was able to edge Gavin out in the end. Watching these players rally showed just how good our juniors are.
Complete draws can be found here
50/50 Bracket Challenge can be found here.