Dutch top seed Laurens Jan Anjema will face fourth-seeded Spaniard Borja Golan in the final of the PSA $35k Manitoba Open in Winnipeg, Canada, after both enjoyed straight-game semi-final victories.
Anjema, after surviving a tough first round encounter with Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, made it two straigh-game wins in a row as he beat third-seeded Englishman Tom Richards 11/5, 11/6, 11/5 in 56 minutes.
“Lost 3/0 to a very strong performance from LJ today,” said Richards on twitter. “Thought I was hitting it pretty well out there too! 2 days and then back into it…”
“Very happy with that performance,” tweeted Anjema. “Tomo final vs the ‘Hurricane’. Borja ‘Hurricane’ Golan that is.”
Golan’s matches have followed a similar pattern, and he reached the final with an upset 11/3, 11/8, 11/6 win over his room-mate Cameron Pilley, the second seeded Aussie who has been entertaining the Winnipeg spectators with his hard-hitting exploits.
Pilley, after surviving two 75-minute matches to reach the semis, commented: “Body is done, time to recharge for Montreal, might struggle with all the French going on there!” referring to the upcoming $35k Open de Squash Banque Nationale Groupe Financier.
Tournament Page: www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/manitoba2012.htm