Pittsburgh 2012











Pittsburgh Open
9-11th November 2012

11-Nov-2012 - Final :
Thierry Lincou (Fra) 3-2 David Palmer (Aus)
                 11/13, 14/12, 11/7, 10/12, 1/2 rtd back injury
3/4 Play-offs           
Wade Johnstone (Aus) 3-1 Bradley Ball (Eng)
                 11/9, 9/11, 11/7, 11/4

"Palmer came to Pittsburgh nursing a back injury sustained earlier in the week in a training match," said PST Commissioner Joe McManus. "He played brilliantly during the weekend, but the cumulative impact of intense play took its toll."

Lincou, in contrast, was magnificent throughout. He is in magnificent condition and was moving as nimbly as ever around the court.

The fans in Pittsburgh were enthralled by the world class squash back on their courts. Both Lincou and Palmer had come through Pittsburgh early in their careers on the PSA tour. They returned to the Rivers Club as legends of the game, and the room was electric when they took the court for the championship match.

Three of the first four games were decided by extra points. Palmer was shooting hitting some and missing some. Lincou was steady.

Between games three and four, Palmer took some treatment on his back. In game five, Palmer took an early 2-1 lead, but winced noticably at the end of the rally. He turned to Thierry and shook his hand, indicating that he could not continue.

Lincou, ever the gentleman was complimentary of his longtime rival.

"A real shame David had to retired injured, we are having as ever a great battle. But what's important is that the audience had some good squash to look at all weekend long, and they seemed to have really enjoyed it. After all, that's the purpose of it all..."

10-Nov-2012 - Semis :
Thierry Lincou (Fra) 3/1 Wade Johnstone (Aus)
                   11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7
David Palmer (Aus) 3-1 Bradley Ball (Eng)
                   4/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/7

"Just qualified for the final here in Pittsburg. Good semi, with a good mix between intensity and a good show.

Delighted to have the opportunity to play tomorrow and to enjoy my squash.

"Je viens de me qualifier pour la finale ici ŕ Pittsburgh. Bon match en demie mixant intensité et spectacle.

Je suis ravi de pouvoir jouer demain et de me faire plaisir.

Steven Baicker-McGee, Thierry Lincou, Duilio Costa, Tom Arbogast

or not Galifi


Previous Rounds

Pittsburg Open 2012
Rivers Club, 9-11th November, Usa
Round One
10-Nov from 5pm
Thierry Lincou (Fra)
Thierry Lincou
11-7, 11-4, 11-3
Adrian Leanza
Thierry Lincou

11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7

Wade Johnstone

Thierry Lincou

11/13, 14/12, 11/7, 10/12, rtd

David Palmer

Adrian Leanza (Usa)
 11-7, 9-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8
Mick Joint
Josh Cardwell (Aus)
11-6, 11-5, 11-6
Alex Reynolds (Local)
Alex Reynolds
13-11, 11-7, 11-9
Wade Johnstone
[Q] George Satler (Usa)
 11-1, 11-1, 11-4
Wade Johnstone (Aus)
Bradley Ball (Eng)
Bradley Ball
11-5, 11-1, 11-6
Bradbury Thompson
Bradley Ball

4/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/7

David Palmer

Bradbury Thompson (Usa)
11-5, 11-6, 11-5
[LL] Steve Baicker-McGee
Alex Grayson (Nzl)
11-5, 13-11, 11-8
[Q] Ian Sly (Can)
Alex Grayson
11-6, 11-7, 11-8
David Palmer
David Palmer

Thursday 8th November - Qualifying

Ian Sly (CAN) 3-0 Jeremy Feinstein (USA)                                            11-2, 11-7, 11-3
George Satler (USA) 3-0 Steve Baicker-McGee (USA)                         11-8, 11-8, 12-10

Ian Sly (CAN) 3-0 Jeremy Feinstein (USA)                     11-2, 11-7, 11-3
Ian Sly was in control throughout his opening round match against local wildcard Jeremy Feinstein, who as a former Yale player is no slouch.

George Satler (USA) 3-0 Steve Baicker-McGee (USA)  11-8, 11-8, 12-10
Two Pittsburgh players faced off in the other opening round qualifier. George Satler was able to edge Steve Baicker-McGee in three closely fought games.

Note: Steve Baicker-McGee received a "lucky loser" spot in the main draw.

10-Nov-2012 - Quarters
Wade Johnstone 3-0 Josh Cardwell 13-11, 11-7, 11-9
Bradley Ball 3-0 Bradbury Thompson 11-5, 11-1, 11-6
Thierry Lincou 3-0 Adrian Leanza      11-7, 11-4, 11-3
David Palmer 3-0 Alex Grayson        11-6, 11-7, 11-8

9-Nov-2012 - First Round
Alex Grayson 3-0 Ian Sly              11-5, 13-11, 11-8
Bradbury Thompson 3-0 Steven Baicker-McGee
                                                      11-5, 11-6, 11-5
Alex Reynolds 3-0 Josh Cardwell     11-6, 11-5, 11-6
Adrian Leanza 3-2 Mick Joint
                                    11-7, 9-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8
Wade Johnstone 3-0 George Satler  11-1, 11-1, 11-4

Alex Grayson and Ian Sly opened the evening with a cleanly played match. Though Grayson won smoothly, Sly earned a lot of fans with his gentlemanly play.

Brad Thompson beat local favorite Steven Baicker-McGee in three. But Baicker-McGee received the lions' share of fan support.

Though new recruit Josh Cardwell won in three over teenager Alex Reynolds, PST Commissioner McManus thinks he discovered a future star with Reynolds.

The match of the night was Joint v. Leanza. Joint controlled the pace of play throughout much of the match. And he certainly could have closed out the match in game four when he had an early lead. However, Leanza's legendary fitness won the day.

Wade Johnstone moved comfortably past local icon George Satler in three games.

Tournament Players:

Thierry Lincou (France): 11-time French National Champion
David Palmer
(Australia): 2012 American Open Champion
Bradley Ball
(England): 2011 PST World Champion
Wade Johnstone
(Australia): Making PST Debut
Stephane Galifi
(Italy): Italian #1
Alex Grayson
(New Zealand): Touring Pro
Josh Cardwell
(Australia): Making PST Debut
Adrian Leanza
(United States): 2011 Philadelphia Open Champion
Alex Reynolds:
Local Wild Card
Mick Joint
(Australia): Touring Pro
Bradbury Thompson
(United States): Touring Pro, Bobcat Classic Semi-finalist
Drewe Williams
(England): Cleveland Classic quarter finalist
Ian Sly
(Canada): Former Canadian Top 10 Player

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