Professional Squash World Tour at Global
The Tree Brewing Kelowna Open squash tournament wrapped up with a thrilling five game extra point final match on Sunday afternoon that saw Kyle Finch of England win his first ever Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour title. The seventeen year old came into the tournament hot. Only two weeks before he had won the British Junior under 19 title, his fourth consecutive title at the British Junior Championships. But in this tournament Finch, the seventh seed, was the underdog.
On his way to the final Finch played two consecutive marathon 5 game matches. He defeated third seed Anthony Graham of England in the quarter final. His semi-final match was against Chris Hanson of the United States, the tournaments top seed with a current world ranking of 78. Hanson had Match ball at 10-9 in the fifth game when Finch hit a massive cross court kill shot off a slightly loose serve. It rolled out of the nick without bouncing and the game was tied. He then won two lengthy rallies to triumph. Game scores were 13-11,11-13,11-13,11-3,12-10 and the match took a whopping 87 minutes.
In the final he faced a tough competitor in Adam Murrills. Murrills, 26, also from England was the second seed and had reached the final with much less court time en route. Similar to the semi final, Finch found himself down two games to one, but again he battled back to tie the game score at two. In the fifth game, the score remained close and neither competitor could gain much advantage. It was only fitting that the final game also went to “extra points” and Finch was able to convert his second match ball for the hard fought victory. Game scores were 13-11,10-12,4-11,11-6,12-10 and the match time was once again over 80 minutes.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better tournament” said promoter Joey Forster. “Matches were played before packed crowds and we may have witnessed the first of many PSA World Tour titles for young Kyle Finch. We may say his very first title was in Kelowna. He’s a rising star in the squash world.”
The major tournament sponsors were Tree Brewing, Kemtek Industries, Prestige Collision, Associated Property Management, and Falcon Group of Companies. Tournament co-promoter Joel Casey says, “The feed back from pro players, spectators, and sponsors alike was nothing but positive. People are already looking forward to having a professional squash tour event at Global Fitness and Racquet Centre in Kelowna again next year.”
Contact: Joel Casey