Round One in Pittsburgh

Adrian Grant beat Jaymie Haycocks 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 in 33 min.
The number one seed lived up to his billing in the first round, playing almost error free squash.

Henrick Mustonen beat Stephan Galifi 11-7.11-5. 11-6 in 29 min.
Running off points in chunks of 6 and 7 in a row, Mustonen was too much for Galifi tonight.

Cambell Grayson beat Scott Arnold 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 in 44 min.

Shahier Razik beat Arturo Salazar 11-7, 11-5, 6-1 (retired) in 21 min.
Razik had no trouble putting away Salazar, who was slowed by an injury that forced him to retire in the third.

Cesar Salazar beat Eric Galvez 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 in 35 min.
In a match between 2 very quick players, Salazar was the quicker, and he was able to retrieve enough of Galvez’s attacking shots to score a comfortable win.

Ryan Cuscully beat Olivier Pett 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5. 11-4 in 74 min.
In a match that had the crowd gasping and applauding, Cuscully was able to hang on and win against Pett.  Cuscully and Pett played this match in all four corners of the court, with one player hitting a nick and the other still managing to scrape the ball off the floor and keep the point alive, almost nothing separated these two for most of the match.  Unfortunately for Pett, he seemed to tweak a hamstring injury in the middle of the match, and Cuscully was able to control the final 2 games.

Chris Simpson beat Joel Hinds 12-10, 10-12, 11-4, 11-6 in 65 min.
Hinds got up 10-7 in the first, only to see Simpson put together a string of outright winners to come back and win the game 12-10.  Hinds then got up in the second again, this time 10-6, only to see Simpson put together another string of winners and tie it at 10.  This time, Hinds was able to refocus and close out the game 12-10.  Losing those two leads seemed to shake Hinds’ concentration, though, and after Hinds won the first 3 points of the third, Simpson won 8 of the next 9, to take an 8-3 lead and then to close it out 11-4.  The fourth game was close most of the way, with Simpson leading 7-6 before winning the final 4 points to take the match.

Alister Walker beat Amr Kalifa 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-4 in 78 min.
In the last match of the first round, it looked for a bit like we might see the first significant upset.  Young Egyptian Kalifa was playing strong Egyptian style squash, mixing up low hard drives with attacking shots into the nick.  Kalifa was up in the first game 6-1 and 9-8, but the experienced Walker came back to win.  Kalifa then built another 6-1 lead in the second, and this time held on to win 11-8.  But the first two games seemed to wear Kalifa down, and the experience, skill, and fitness of Walker came through in the next 2 games, where the veteran seemed in control.

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