3 Rivers Capital Pittsburgh OPen, PSA $25k, 15-20 Nov
Steven Baicker-McKee reports
In the first match of the qualifier finals, Robbie Temple, the highest seeded qualifier, lost to fellow Brit Jaymie Haycocks. The first game was a real battle, lasting 20 minutes with neither player up by more than 2 points throughout. Haycocks worked hard to keep up with Temple’s constant volleying and drops, and pulled out the game in overtime when Temple hit a couple of tins. In game 2, however, Temple looked like he tweaked an injury, and even after taking injury time did not look like the player from the first game.
The second match was a rematch of one two years ago, when Joel Hinds came through the qualifier to win the Pittsburgh Open. Hinds met Peter Creed in the qualifier finals in 2009, with the same result in 2011. Creed’s speed kept him in every point, but in the end Hinds’ accuracy proved too much.
In the third match of the qualifier finals, Eric Galvez’s shot making prevailed over Scott Arnold’s precision drives. The first two games were long, close battles, with Galvez expending a lot of energy to win both. Arnold jumped out to a big lead in the third, and Galvez decided to save his energy for the 4th. The last game was another back and forth match, with some extremely exciting points in which both players showcased their quick feet and hands.
Olivier Pett beat Marwan El Shorbagy in a walkover. El Shorbagy, who had sustained a hamstring injury in Dayton, was unable to compete, advancing Pett to the main draw.
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) bt Robbie Temple (Eng) 12-10, 11-3, 11-1 (31m)
Joel Hinds (Eng) bt Peter Creed (Wal) 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (52m)
Eric Galvez (Mex) bt Scott Arnold (Aus) 12-10, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9 (72m)
Olivier Pett (Eng) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) w/o
Qualifying Round One:
Robbie Temple (Eng) bye
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) bt Arshad Iqbal Burki (Pak) 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (28m)
Peter Creed (Wal) bt Robert Downer (Eng) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (34m)
Joel Hinds (Eng) bt George Satler (Usa) 11-3, 11-2, 11-5 (30m)
Eric Galvez (Mex) bt Steve Baicker-McKee (Usa) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (30m)
Scott Arnold (Aus) bt Raphael Kandra (Ger) 11-9, 10-12, 11-2, 11-8 (42m)
Olivier Pett (Eng) bt Alex Reynolds (Usa) 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (40m)
Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bye
Tournament Page: www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/pittsburgh2011.htm