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Attacking Avila wins 2011 Rochester ProAm

FINAL: Alfredo Avila bt. Wade Johnstone 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (70m)


Video by Michael Kuklik (Games 1-4):


Match report by Thomson Chew/Photos by Paul Schwartz:

The 2011 Rochester ProAm men’s final came down to the two players that performed consistently throughout their main draws. Wade Johnstone (Australia) and Alfredo Avila (Mexico) survived over 90 minutes of squash the previous evening. They won their semifinal matches in front of a packed gallery and found themselves face to face on the University of Rochester court at 12 noon Saturday.

Game 1:
After their introductions the players initiated their match with steady pace and conservative shooting. After over two minutes of back and forth rails and cross courts Alfredo pumps his shot into the tin to give Wade the first point of the match. The second point followed the same pattern as the first with Wade placing steady shots around the court but Alfredo hits a winner to tie the score 1-1. Alfredo shows his skills on the next point as he crushes an overhead into the nick to make it 2-1. An error by Wade on his back court boast adds another point to Alfredo.
Finally, Wade takes advantage of a loose shot by Alfredo and hammers it into the rail for a winner. Another long rally at 4-2 Wade starts working the boast to force Alfredo into more diagonals and catches him leaving a weak return that Wade drops to the front left corner to win the point. An error by Alfredo gives Wade 4-4 tie. The pace of the shots is picking up with each player pushing each other deeper into the back corners. As Wade uses his boast, Alfredo shows his flexibility as he stretches for each shot to keep it in play. Wade plays a poor shot to give Alfredo a 6-5 lead. A great drop and counter drop sequence in the front right wall ends with Wade hitting good length to get it out of Alfredo’s reach.
Wade goes up 7-6 on another loose shot by Alfredo. Wade continues to roll and at 10-6 he puts the finishing touch on his drive and closes the first game 11-6.

Game 2:
The second game starts quickly with Wade getting to 3-1 on two tins by Alfredo. It doesn’t take long for Alfredo to catch up with his deceptive rail and an error by Wade. At 3-3 both players are using their shots to put pressure on each other. Alfredo appears to be getting the better of it by forcing Wade to retrieve boasts and scramble toward the back walls. Wade starts lobbing more but Alfredo is up to the challenge by playing them in the air and forcing Wade to use more energy to retrieve them. At 5-4 Alfredo picks up another point from Wade’s tin. This is followed by another missed drop shot and a second one as Wade tries to end the points sooner. The score is 6-4 with Alfredo showing confidence in his shooting. Wade gets a stroke from Alfredo, but the game swings back to Alfredo as he goes 8-5 with a low cross court winner.
The crowd is enjoying the non-stop retrieving by Alfredo as he scrambles around the four corners of the court. A great point ensues with both players retrieving their opponent’s shots well. The point ends on a stroke given to Wade. The score goes to 9-7 with Alfredo gaining the win on two more tins by Wade. The game ends 11-8.

Game 3:
Alfredo is back on the court first after the break. His win is giving him more confidence against the more experienced Wade. Despite the confidence Wade goes 2-1 in the first 2 minutes. Both players trade tins and Alfredo gets to 3-2, then 4-2 after another tin by Wade.
Both players continue to deploy the back court boast and front wall drops to move each other around. Alfredo continues to look energized despite Wade’s efforts to force him into tougher retrievals. The score is 5-5 and Alfredo holds his own on a cross court return that he hits tightly down the rail for a winner. The next point finds Wade diving for a back wall shot. He stays in the point for two more shots before Alfredo hits a winner that is out of reach. Wade fights back to 7-7, but he tins another potential winner to give Alfredo the lead again. The game ends on three errors from Wade and concludes 11-7 in Alfredo’s favor.

Game 4:
The 2-1 lead sets up the extra pressure on Wade to get a lead on Alfredo. He gets help from Alfredo who tins the first two points. If it is nervousness it does not last long. Despite a 0-3 situation, Alfredo fights back to 3-3. Wade pumps a shot into the tin to give the lead back to Alfredo 4-3. The back wall retrievals are becoming tougher on Wade. He finds himself down 7-3 after only five minutes of play.
A great point starts with the players using all four corners multiple times with great retrieving by both players. Wade tins the last shot to give Alfredo a look at closing out the match at 10-3. Wade wins the next three points and appears to be making his way back into the game, but he does a shot that lands in the tin to end the match in Alfredo’s favor 11-6. Alfredo wins his first Rochester Pro Am 3-1.
Both players received a standing ovation for the great play and for the week of exciting matches that they participated in. The Rochester squash community hopes to see both players again, either back here or progressing in one of the other PSA tournaments.

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Semifinals

The Rochester crowd was treated to not one but two marathon semifinals tonight, each worthy of being a final by itself.
First, it was speedy Alfredo Avila that battled his countryman Erik Tepos Valtierra for over an hour and a half in an epic match to earn a spot in the final. That is no typo in the score – the fourth game indeed went to 20-18 with both players giving it their everything. Long rallies, fast aggressive hitting and speedy retrievals, typical of the Mexican style of play. What a treat!
Compared to the first, the second semifinal was a complete contrast in playing styles characterized by deft hands, perfect drops and high lobs into the back corner. The big Australian, Wade Johnstone staged a massive comeback from 0-2 down to overcome the English #2 seed Eddie Charlton in a match that lasted another hour and a half. Both players peppered the game with a number of overhead volley nicks into the corner – and the crowd loved every bit of it!
Tomorrow promises to be an interesting final between Avila and Johnstone with oth finalists displaying two very different styles of play.

Alfredo Avila bt Erik Tepos Valtierra 13-11, 12-10, 9-11, 20-18 (101m)
Wade Johnstone bt Eddie Charlton 7-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (90m)

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Avila upsets Lane in Quarterfinal

Top seed Gilly Lane battled the incredibly fast Alfredo Avila this evening in a marathon match that lasted an hour and a half. In the end, it was Avila that prevailed to earn a semifinal spot. A match worthy of being a final!
The other court saw wildcard and Rochester favorite Patrick Chifunda take on another Mexican pro, Erik Tepos. Two games down, Chifunda was about to stage a comeback by winning the third. However, Erik’s consistent retrieval combined with a toe injury in the fourth took their toll on the veteran Zambian.

The second set of quarterfinals saw Australian Wade Johnstone overcome Gerardo De Paul Garcia who has had a long week battling through qualifying rounds to reach this stage.
Canadian Dane Sharp, with a set of heavy legs from the previous night, succumbed to second seed Eddie Charlton.

Tomorrow promises a great couple of semifinals and the crowd has been building everyday at the University of Rochester courts!

Quarterfinal results:
Alfredo Avila bt Gilly Lane 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8 (90m)
Erik Tepos Valtierra bt Patrick Chifunda 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-2 (73m)
Wade Johnstone bt Gerardo De Paul Garcia 11-2, 11-9, 12-10 (45m)
Eddie Charlton bt Dane Sharp 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 (40m)

Video by Michael Kuklik:


Gilly Lane vs Alfredo Avila (Games 1-5)



Eddie Charton vs Dane Sharp (Games 1-3)



Wade Johnstone vs Gerardo De Paul Garcia (end of Game 3):

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Round 1

Gilly Lane bt Maxym Leclair 11-4,11-6, 11-1 (20m)
Alfredo Avila bt Justin Todd 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (23m)
Patrick Chifunda bt Omar El Kashef 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6 (56m)
Erik Tepos Valtierra bt Jonathan Ramos 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (72m)
Wade Johnstone bt Lewis Walters 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 (45m)
Gerardo De Paul Garcia bt Thomas Brinkman 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (50m)
Dane Sharp bt Anthony Graham 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (76m)
Eddie Charlton bt Matt Serediak 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (45m)

Wade Johnstone bt Lewis Walters 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 (45m)
Match report by Will Newnham

It’s the eight o’clock matches and the spectators have gathered in anticipation for the Walters and Johnstone match. Both players started the match off finding good length and width, with Wade getting the better of the first few exchanges. Wade started dominating the T on more of a consistent basis towards the end of the first, edging it 11-8.

Walters got off to a better start at the beginning of the second game. Taking a 6-3 lead over Johnstone. Clearly the advise from Charlton, his Nottinghamshire training partner and life friend, must have paid. Johnstone took the next two points with some tight drops shots to the backhand corner, and appeared to be taking control of matters. Johnstone asks for a let, but is denied by the referee, 7-5 to Walters. Both have been rallying back and forth, working hard for it, but Johnstone’s patience helps him fight back to an 8-8 dead heat. The rhythm changes in the last few points with Johnstone finding a bit more variation that seemed to have Walters running from corner to corner, second game to Johnstone 11-8.

Walters takes the first point of the second with an immaculate drop shot to the backhand, clinging it to the wall. Two unforced errors from Johnstone and Walter’s looks determined on fighting back, 3-0 Walters. A long rally at 4-1 is ended by a backhand straight volley nick from Johnstone, bringing Johnstone back in the game, with a score of 4 -2. A tight ball on the forehand wall by Walters, forces a loose shot by Johnson. Stroke to Walters, much to Johnstone’s dismay, 6-3 to Walters. Walters, is now attacking much more and constantly placing the ball in all for corners, Johnstone is on the run, while Walters applies the pressure, 8-4 Walters. Both players are now in full flow and Johnstone gets it back to 8-8 with some attacking squash. A game ball to Walters at 10-9, is denied by Johnstone after a long and tiring rally. Johnstone takes the next 2 points to secure the match in the tie break (2-0), 3-0 Johnstone.

Photos by Paul Schwartz:

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Qualifying complete – the final four!

Jonathan Ramos bt. Beni Fischer 14-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5 (42m)
Omar El Kashef bt. Joe Chapman 11-7, 11-9, 11-3 (27m)
Gerardo De Paul Garcia bt. Geoffrey Demont 9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-5 (50m)
Justin Todd bt. David Letourneau 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 14-12 (52m)

Final draw for tomorrow’s matches.

Video by Michael Kuklik:

Justin Todd vs Dave Letourneau (Games 1-4)


Omar El Kashef vs Joe Chapman (Games 1-3)



Gerardo De Paul Garcia vs Geoffrey Demont (Final game)



Photos by Michael Kuklik:

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Qualifying Round 1 complete

The 10th edition of the Rochester ProAm began with a strong showing by seven members of the University of Rochester squash team participating as locals (and reserve locals due to a spate of last minute injury withdrawals)

The evening began with the focused Adam Perkomaki trading points with the lightning fast Jonathan Ramos with Ramos eventually prevailing.
Rochester locals Benjamin Fischer and Joe Chapman edged their teammates Will Newnham and Hameed Ahmed respectively in strongly contested games.
Another Rochester player Oscar Lopez entered the qualifying draw as a reserve local due to a last minute withdrawal and faced a stiff challenge from fellow countryman Gerardo De Paul Garcia with Garcia forcing just one too many errors out of Lopez in a keenly contested match.

The last two matches of the night were the longest with Canada’s Justin Todd battling Scotsman Lyall Paterson in 5 games. On the other court, an equally competitive battle ensued with USA’s Graham Bassett stretching Canadian Dave Letourneau to five games.

Jonathan Ramos (MEX) bt. Adam Perkomaki (USA) 14-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5 (42m)
Beni Fischer (SUI) bt. Will Newnham (ENG) 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (39m)
Joe Chapman (BVI) bt. Hameed Ahmed (FIN) 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3 (48m)
Omar El Kashef (EGY) bt. Maxime Blouin (CAN) 11-9, 13-11, 11-7 (39m)
Gerardo De Paul Garcia (MEX) bt. Oscar Lopez (MEX) 11-9, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9 (53m)
Geoffrey Demont (FRA) bt. Matt Domenick (USA) 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
Justin Todd (CAN) bt. Lyall Paterson (SCO) 10-12, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 (80m)
David Letourneau (CAN) bt. Graham Bassett (USA) 11-9, 13-11, 14-16, 3-11, 11-4 (60m)

Photos by Paul Schwartz:

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