Martin Bronstein, Toronto, 18 Nov 2001
© 2001 Squashtalk
Canadian fans cannot be complaining with three players out of 16 in
the main draw here in my wonderful ex-home town of Toronto. Shahier
Razik must be hungry to share some of the limelight with Canadian hero
Jonathon Power because he pulled off an upset by beating the on-form
Wael El Hindi of Egypt in a four game marathon.
I have to make a confession here: I'm a Razik fan. It started at when
I first saw
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him playing for Canada
in the World junior champs in Cairo in 1996. He had a wonderful touch
and his volley drops were the deadest in the game. He, along with Ong
Beng Hee, were two of eight highly idiosyncratic quarter-finalists,
the sort of variety that makes the games so interesting. I must also
admit that he has not made the progress that I forecast for him, having
risen to 41 in the world this year while Ong Beng Hee is in the top
ten. But to every man, his own moment and I will stick by my forecast
that Razik will make the world top ten list.
THE POWER TO BEAT
He could make a good start on this on Monday when he meets fellow Canadian
and number two seed Jonathon Power, but in previous meetings, even though
they have trained together in Toronto, Razik has never come close to
deposing the King of Canada. Should Power win that all-Canadian duel,
there is a chance that he could meet yet another Canadian in the quarters,
Graham Ryding who first has to beat world number 11 Paul Price. Now
by all accounts Price should win, but you never know what some vociferous
hometown support could do for Ryding who has dropped to 22 in the world
after some bad recent results.
NIX TO THE POWER
The all-Power match, Jonathon and Ian, never came to be as Ian was put
out after very creditable fight against Rodney Durbach. As it turned
out, the winner was drawn to meet Ong Beng Hee, Anthony Ricketts beat
England's Nick Matthew and will have to face Peter Nicol. It's just
the luck of the draw, but unless there is a massive upset, David Palmer
will cruise to the final in the top half of the draw while in the lower
half will probably be Ong Beng Hee, Nicol, Price and Power . And that
is tough, very tough. Whoever gets through to the final to play Palmer
will almost certainly be more fatigued than Palmer.
FINAL QUALIFYING ROUND.
Rodney Durbach (RSA) bt Ian Power Can) 15-12, 15-11, 13-15, 15-3.
Shahier Razik (Can) bt Wael El Hindi (Egy) 15-11,13-15, 15-13, 15-10.
Stephen Meads (Eng) bt Doug Parent (Can) 15-6, 15-10, 15-5.
Anthony Ricketts (Aus) bt Nick Matthew (Eng) 15-7, 12-15, 15-9, 15-5.