Gustav Detter beats Mohamed El Sherbini: 13-11, 12-10, 4-11, 8-11, 11-9
Gustav Detter made his Pro Squash Tour debut this weekend. He won the New England Open despite being the lowest seeded player in the tournament.
In the championship match, he faced the charismatic Egyptian Mohamed El Sherbini who was seeded #1. Sherbini squandered game balls in both game one and game two and lost each game in extra points.
Sherbini returned to the court with a passion he had not displayed earlier in the match and cruised with an 11-4 victory in game 3. Game 4 had all of the athleticism and shot making seen in the opening two games. However, Sherbini was able to close out the game.
Game 5 was a flurry of shots, sprawling bodies and passion. With the game tied 8-8, the tension in the crowded room was palpable. The next four rallies continued in form. However, Detter won three of them and the championship.
Adrian Leanza beats Sean Wilkinson: 11-4, 11-9, 11-7
Adrian Leanza, who made his professional debut a few weeks ago in Providence, won the third place match in the New England Open. The match-up featured Leanza facing his coach at Brown University, Sean Wilkinson. Both were complimentary of one another in post-game remarks.
Mohamed El Sherbini beats Adrian Leanza 13-11, 11-3, 11-7
Sherbini started slow and found himself in an early deficit as the Egyptian was down 0-4 in game 1. But he was patient in finding his rhythm and recoved to win game one 13-11 in 12 minutes. Game 2 was a shorter affair with the top seed winning in under 5 minutes. Game 3 saw more patient play from both players. Rallies were long and neither player was quick to look for a winner. Sherbini closed out the game 11-7 and the match 3-0
Gustav Detter beats Sean Wilkinson 11-5, 11-6, 11-4
Gustav made his pro squash tour debut in impressive fashion. He takes the ball early off the front wall and punishes his opponents for their loose shots. Wilkinson is one of the tour's more cerebral players, and he thought his best opportunity for victory today was to stand toe to toe with Detter and attack throughout the match. This made for exciting points and delighted the crowd. However, this played to Detter's strength. Gustav won the match in 27 minutes.
1st match: Sean Wilkinson beats Mike Semprucci 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (33 minutes)
The players like each other and have known each other for years. However, that did not stop the on court "trash talking" and intense play. Semprucci was able to close out game 1and had Sean searching for answers. Sean was able to regroup in the break between games and won game 2 comfortably 11-5. Game 3 was similar to game 3 with Wilkinson again comtrolling play. Game 4 was more closely fought and the on court chirping increased in volume throughout. The crowd could be heard asking one another what they players were saying to one another. By game's end, Wilkinson had had enough of Semprucci and protested to both his opponent and the referee - to no avail. WIlkinson was, however, able to close out the game 11-7 and the match in 4 games and 33 minutes.
2nd match: Adrian Leanza beats Ned Marks 11-7,11-8,11-9 (35 minutes)
Leanza and Marks have similar styles. Both are comfortable covering the court in a workman like fashion and will wait for the opponent to make an error. The 35 minute match saw both players criss-crossing the court, retrieving, and returning. Ultimately, Leanza was simply able to win the last couple rallies in each game and win the match in three.
3rd match: Gustav Detter beats Mohamed Nabil 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8 (40 minutes)
Nabil was uncharacteristically slow to start and found himself down 7-0 in game 1. His struggle back was too little too late and he dropped game 1. Game 2 was a see-saw battle and found both players knotted at 7. Detter was aggressive and pushed tempo and looked for opportunities to end rallies. It worked and he won the last 4 out of 5 rallies of the game. Game three was an intense and closely fought battle. Nabil edged Detter 12-10. Game 4 was much of the same and saw both players knotted at 8. Detter again was more aggressive in looking for winning opportunities and closed out the game 11-8 and the match in 4.
Mohamed El Sherbini receives a walkover due to his opponent's illness.