Seeds assert in Ottawa semis

Seeds assert in Ottawa semis

Heather Wallace reports

After taking out the top seeds in the quarter-finals, Lucas Serme and Clinton Leeuw fell to the fourth and third seeds in the semi-finals of the GoodLife Open in Ottawa.

Fourth seeded Canadian Shawn Delierre beat young Frenchman Serme in a very close match. Shawn won the duels at the front of the court at the crucial times at the end of each game he won. His experience came through as he won 13-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5 in 51 minutes.

Third seed Martin “The Sponge” Knight was extremely sharp as he soaked up everything Leeuw threw at him. Knight, moving extremely well, ran down all of Leeuw’s short volleys to take the first two games in a close battle, 11-9, 12-10. Leeuw started to make errors in the third game, losing his patience & Knight took it 11-5.

Quarters: Leeuw and Lucas take out top seeds

Heather Wallace reports

Just like the weather today in Ottawa, a balmy 25 celcius, Clinton Leeuw & Lucas Serme were also hot at the PSA $10k GoodLife Open.

Leeuw dispatched No. 2 seed Chris Simpson in 3 games. Leeuw dominated the T, putting Simpson under extreme pressure. Leeuw was on to the ball fast, attacking the volley & moving extremely well. Simpson managed to get 1 game ball in the second game, but could not convert it. That was the closest he got, with Leeuw winning 11-8, 12-10, 11-9.

In the other major upset of the night, Lucas Serme was very steady against No. 1 seed Zac Alexander, losing the first game easily & hanging in the second game coming from 2 game balls down to win it.

Alexander made squandered his 2 game balls with errors & Serme punished him with a couple of nicks to win it. Serme calmly played his way through the 3rd game taking it, before Alexander took the 4th. Again in the 5th, Serme calmly handled everything Alexander did. With Alexander ultimately making errors, Serme took the 5th game easily.

The second match in contrast was a war of attrition of long rallies with No. 3 seed Martin Knight prevailing over Aqeel Rehman 11-9, 13-11, 12-10.

The other match to go the distance tonight was No. 4 seed Shawn Delierre overcoming Olivier Pett. Pett took the first game comfortably, but Shawn, a master of upsetting the rythmn of players, frustrated Pett.

Pett lost his patience & focus, to allow Shawn to take the 2nd & 3rd game. The 4th game swung back in Pett’s favour when his length got better & his patience returned. After all of his comeback work in the 4th game, however, he gifted Shawn the 5th game & the match with 6 errors at the start of the game.

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