Pittsburgh Open Champion
beat David Palmer 11-13, 14-12, 11-7, 10-12, 1-2 (retired)
L to R: Steven Baicker-McKee, Thierry Lincou, Duilio Costa, Tom Arbogast
November 11, 2012 - Thierry Lincou beat David Palmer to win the Pittsburgh Open at the Rivers Club in the heart of the city's downtown.
"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 that David had to retire early . . . we were having another great battle. But the fans enjoyed great squash throughout the weekend, and that is what's important."
In the third place match, Wade Johnstone beat Bradley Ball 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4.
Fans who stayed late to get a photo with the champion
Thierry Lincou beat Wade Johnstone 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7
David Palmer beat Bradley Ball 4-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
Quarter Final Results
Wade Johnstone beat Josh Cardwell: 13-11, 11-7, 11-9
Bradley Ball beat Bradbury Thompson: 11-5, 11-1, 11-6
Thierry Lincou beat Adrian Leanza: 11-7, 11-4, 11-3
David Palmer beat Alex Grayson: 11-6, 11-7, 11-8
Friday Match Results
Alex Grayson beat Ian Sly 11-5, 13-11, 11-8
Bradbury Thompson beats Steven Baicker-McGee 11-5, 11-6, 11-5
Alex Reynolds beat Josh Cardwell 11-6, 11-5, 11-6
Adrian Leanza beat Mick Joint 11-7, 9-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8
Wade Johnstone beat 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.
Thursday Night Results
Ian Sly (CAN) beats Jeremy Feinstein 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) beat 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.
The draw was re-seeded Thursday night. "This is not our protocol," said PST Commissioner Joe McManus. "However, there were extenuating circumstances.
"At the urging of US Squash and World Squash, Stephane Galifi was denied permission to compete at the club," noted McManus. "I don't fully understand, at this moment, what happened. But it appears the CEO's of US Squash and World Squash surreptitiously contacted the host club and interfered with our tournament."
Galifi is a player in good standing with PST, which is its own sanctioning body. PST tournaments are not sanctioned by either US Squash or World Squash Federation.
"I do not understand why the leaders of those two organizations chose to interfere with our event. Nor do I understand why they chose to contact the host site instead of PST staff.
"At the conclusion of the tournament, I will seek to learn why US Squash and World Squash meddled with an event beyond their purview."
Lincou and Palmer at Top of Draw
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