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Cleveland Classic
October 19-21, 2012

21st-Oct-2012 - Final

Thierry Lincou (Fra) 3-2 Wael El Hindi (Egy)
          7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6
3/4 play-off
David Palmer
(Aus) 3-2 Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
         5-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9
 
He hold it strong today, this is my first tournament of the season, we hadn't played for a long time, so I had to get used to his game all over again. He had an excellent length and width, he kept on twisting and turning me but overall, I'm happy with my performance for the start of the season.

We both really wanted to win tonight, Thierry wanted to win his first tournament, I wanted to keep my winning stream, so it was a fiesty battle, but it's alright. We are friends, and I'm happy he is taking the trophey home to his family...

I have a six months daughter now, I can't wait to go home, with a very sore body now! I'm happy my daughter is not running everywhere yet!

It's so hard to get Wael out of the middle of the court, because he is so accurate and possesses a magnificent touch. Against that sort of players, you end up doing a lot of running!

So I had to try and find my accuracy at the back to make him move out of the T and force him to run more. It was all about strategy today, again, like yesterday, very small margin, and it's mine today...

I feel that Squash is growing everywhere in the world, especially in Malaysia, India, Egypt, and also here, in the States. That's why we need to give it a big push to try and get into the Olympics, it would be so beneficiary for the game.

I always tried during my career to present a good image, and keeping that delicate balance between wanted to win and still make people happy. It's about staying cool really, I guess, it's only a game of squash after all...

20th-Oct-2012 - Semis

Wael El Hindi (Egy) 3-0 Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
                   11/9, 11/1, 11/5
Thierry Lincou (Fra) 3-1 David Palmer (Aus) 
                   11/7, 9/11, 11/5, 11/6
 
Wael is a legend, I tried, I did my best,  but his shots were just too good.

I had a hard match with Bradley, it was a great match, well, not as great right now I feel ! But I had a great time, so happy to be here, to play squash…



No better place to get injured than Cleveland ! I’m staying with two doctors, so they helped me to get back on my feet ! Thanks to everybody here who helped me and took care of me!

I came prepared, I knew Stephan had a hard match with Bradley, so I tried to keep my focus to keep the score as low as possible. Happy with my performance tonight, and detlighted to be in the final once again.

He was too good, but I thought it was a good match.

At 1/1, I thought I was still in it, but then he picked up the pace, and I didn't follow him. Still the start of the season for me I guess, I need a few more matches, I get better with a few tournaments under my belt. I think I was a bit underdone physically tonight! In the past, I had success playing fast, but when you are not strong enough physically, you get in a lot of troubles!



As you said, I'm a freshman on the tour... I'm not that young but I'm very keen!

Well, I'm not that old either, I just want to keep enjoying my squash a bit longer. And when I move like I did tonight, good accuracy and pace, I'm enjoying it. Now, when I can't move, that's another story!

David and I always have huge battle, and the margin is always very small. Tonight was mine, but we'll keep on having great battles for a very long time....

Quarters

Thierry Lincou (Fra) 3-0 Alex Grayson (Nzl)
                  11-7, 11-3, 11-7
Stéphane Galifi (Ita) 3-2 Bradley Ball (Engl)
                 4-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-2, 12-10
Wael El Hindi (Egy) 3-1 Adrian Leanza
                12-10, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8
David Palmer 3-0 Drewe Williams 11-6, 11-2, 12-10

Good matches in Cleveland...

It was Galifi's first PST tournament, and he appeared to be looking for oxygen throughout his match with PST’s 2011 Champion Bradley Ball.

The match saw several shifts in momentum, but Bradley seemed to be controlling much of the early action gaining a 2-1 lead in games. Game 4 was all Galifi as he coasted to an 11-2 victory, setting up a deciding fifth frame. The action in the fifth was brilliant as both players dug deeper and asked the referee to make increasing numbers of decisions. Knotted at 10-10, Galifi was fortunate to win the last two rallies and escape with a win.

“I am so pleased to come away with a win. Bradley is such a talented player and today obviously could have gone either way. I am just happy to be here and to be playing.”

Thierry Lincou, just retired from PSA and is now a "new American" living in Boston with his family, looked strong in comfortably winning his quarter final match against New Zealand’s Alex Grayson.

The Frenchman is making his PST debut this week after a two year time away from the tour. Grayson is young and quick to the ball. However, Lincou was able to take the ball so early off the front wall the Grayson was consistently on the defensive. Lincou’s victory sets up the much anticipated semi-final match with David Palmer.

Wael El Hindi looked frustrated throughout his match with Adrian. The ever graceful Hindi was on the receiving end of a collision with a very scrappy Adrian Leanza, who was ceding no territory today. Hindi appeared to be nursing a Charlie horse on his calf the rest of the way. Hindi survived, but it remains to be seen if the injury will impact his semi-final match.

And for the last quarter, David Palmer controlled every part of this match as local pro Drewe Williams earned a spot in today’s quarters. Palmer extended several rallies to get a good sweat in during his tournament opener. Palmer will face long time Nemesis Thierry Lincou in tonight’s semi-final.

19th-Oct-2012 - First round

Stéphane Galifi (Ita) 3-1 Mick Joint (Aus)
                     11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3
Drewe Williams (Eng) 3-0 Mason Ripka (Usa)
                   11-6, 11-1, 13-11
Alex Grayson (Nzl) 3-2 Joe Russell (Eng)
                    12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8
Adrian Leanza (Usa) 3-1 Ian Sly (Can)
                   11-2, 10-12, 11-2, 11-6

Pour un retour c'est génial !
Après 2 mois sans squash je n'avais pas beaucoup d'entraînement dans les jambes mais suffisamment pour bien faire bouger mes adversaires.

Mais surtout j'avais envie de rejouer après la convalescence..

      

A reunion with the Marine this afternoon. So happy to play with my most faithful rival on this symbolic day for the Bid 2020 and Squash inclusion in the Olympics.

PST allows me to keep the pace, and to stay in touch with competition...
 
Les retrouvailles avec David le marine cet après midi
Content de jouer avec David mon plus fidèle rival en ce jour symbolique pour l'inclusion du squash aux JO

La PST me permet de rester dans le rythme et de garder contact avec le haut niveau
 
      
 


LOCATION

Cleveland Skating Club:
2500 Kemper Road
Cleveland, OH 44120-1299
Phone: (216) 421-8211

Host pro: Ray Lindsay
 

 

Cleveland Classic 2012
October 19-21, Usa
Round One
19-Oct
Quarters
20-Oct
Semis
20-Oct
Final
21-Oct
Wael El Hindi (Egy)
bye
Wael El Hindi
12-10, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8
Adrian Leanza
Wael El Hindi

11/9, 11/1, 11/5

Stéphane Galifi
Wael El Hindi

7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6

Thierry Lincou
Adrian Leanza (Usa)
11-2, 10-12, 11-2, 11-6
Ian Sly (Can)
Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3
Mick Joint (Aus)
Stéphane Galifi
 4-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-2, 12-10
Bradley Ball
bye
Bradley Ball (Eng)
Thierry Lincou (Fra)
bye
Thierry Lincou
11-7, 11-3, 11-7
Alex Grayson
Thierry Lincou

11/7, 9/11, 11/5, 11/6

David Palmer
John Russel (Eng)
12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8
Alex Grayson (Nzl)
Mason Ripka (Usa)
11-6, 11-1, 13-11
Drewe Williams (Eng)
Drewe Williams
11-6, 11-2, 12-10
David Palmer
Bye
David Palmer (Aus)
 

Cleveland Clinic  custom rubber

Center for Easting Disorders Key Bank

Westlake Periodonitics  Thomas Eyecare    Urban Squash Cleveland

PLAYERS DRAW
Early Registered players:

David Palmer (Australia):
2011 American Open Champion, 2011 Cleveland Classic Champion
Wael El Hindi (Egypt):
2012 PST World Champion, 2010 Cleveland Classic Champion
Thierry Lincou (France):
11-time French National Champion, World Champion 2004
Bradley Ball (England):
2011 PST World Champion
John Rooney (Ireland): 2010 and 2011 Irish National Champion
Stephane Galifi (Italy):
Italian #1
Alex Grayson (New Zealand):
Making PST Debut
Adrian Leanza (United States):
2011 Philadelphia Open Champion
Ian Sly (Canada):
Former Top 10 Canadian Player
Drewe Williams (England):
Cleveland Racquet Club Teaching Pro
Mick Joint (Australia):
Head Pro Detroit Athletic Club
Jay Dolan (United States):
Touring Pro


LOCATION

Cleveland Skating Club:
2500 Kemper Road
Cleveland, OH 44120-1299
Phone: (216) 421-8211

Host pro: Ray Lindsay
 

Cleveland Clinic  custom rubber

Center for Easting Disorders Key Bank

Westlake Periodonitics  Thomas Eyecare    Urban Squash Cleveland

Cleveland 2012

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