Last Canadian Eliminated at World Championship
Shawn Delierre of Montreal, the lone Canadian remaining in the 2015 Men's World Championships, had his run ended last night in four sets by Egypt's Mohamed Abouelghar.
Delierre advances at 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship
The Championship began in Bellevue, Washington, USA on November 13 and runs through to November 22. Three Canadians are participating. The event web page, including links to live streaming, an be viewed at http://www.worldsquashchamps2015.com/
Canadian team member, Shawn Delierre, won both of his qualifying round games on November 14 and 15 to advance to the main draw. Shahier Razik won his opener, but lost in the qualifying finals. Andrew Schnell dropped a tough 4-set match on day 1.
Qualifying Round 1, Nov. 14
Shawn Delierre (CAN) def. Babatunde Ajagbe
Shahier Razik (CAN) def. Matias Tuomi (FIN), 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-2 (32m)
Evan Williams (NZL) def. Andrew Schnell (CAN), 3-1: 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 13-11 (50m)
Qualifying Finals, Nov. 15
Shawn Delierre (CAN) def. Shehab Essam (EGY), 3-1: 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5 (59m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) def. Shahier Razik (CAN), 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (33m)
Nov. 16 Match up, 6:00 pm
“To overcome his abilities today, I had to send him on long rallies, and I could, because nowadays, I believe in myself, thanks to my losses actually, not just from my wins, I got a lot of fitness, a lot of heart….
I was happy to go for it, because as you make the rallies longer, and you just pick up everything, they’ve got to go finer and finer, and I forced a few errors out of him… But he is talented, fast and witty! And when that Egyptian Steamroller gets under way, with their way of coaching, so many people around them….
So I just stayed as calm as I could, I didn’t yell, I didn’t attract attention on me, I closed the box down, put my head down, and just carried the torch for Canada into the World Champs…”