Australian Mike Corren, now based in Salt Lake City, delighted his new
US fans when he pulled off the biggest upset in the men's quarter-finals
of the Squashworks Salt Lake City Open Squash Championships by defeating
fourth seed Laurent Elriani.
was a dramatic marathon encounter in which the unseeded Corren withstood
a brave fight-back by the Frenchman, then survived a nail-biting fifth-game
tie-break to prevail 11-10 11-7 4-11 8-11 11-10 in 90 minutes.
now meets fellow Australian Stewart Boswell, the No2 seed who brushed
aside Ireland's Niall Rooney 11-2 11-3 11-5 in just 35 minutes
was a notable upset in the women's quarter-finals when England's 20-year-old
Suzie Pierrepont upset Canada's experienced third seed Melanie Jans
Burke 9-4 9-1 9-4 to earn a surprise semi-final clash with another Canadian,
second seed Runa Reta.
PLAY: PIERREPOINT CREATES UPSET [WISPA
The first match of the evening paired Engy Kheirallah (EGY) and Jenna
Gates (ENG). Each game followed the same pattern with Gates staying
close early but Kheirallah's consistency and better offensive game slowly
took its toll and she was able clearly pull away at the end of each
game, 9-3, 9-1, 9-5 (28 min).
The second match saw Tara Mullins (CAN) fall to Alana Miller (CAN).
Mullins definately showed the fatigue of her first round struggle with
Karina Herrera Zuniga (MEX)...not to mentioned that it took her two
days of flight delays and airport waiting to final arrive in Salt Lake.
She was no match for a well rested Alana Miller who enjoyed a bye in
the first round. Miller was in control from the beginning and closed
the match 9-0, 9-2, 9-5 (25 min).
The third match between tour veteran and third seeded Melanie Jans Burke
(CAN) and fifth seeded Suzie Pierrepont (ENG)
provided an intriging contrast between age and experience. The younger
and lower seeded Pierrepont prevailed mainly because of her superior
movement. From the beginning, Pierrepont looked relaxed and confident
as she stayed in front of Jans Burke with good length and then finished
rallies with precise shots to the front 9-4, 9-1, 9-4 (26 min).
Finally, the last match of the evening between Runa Reta (CAN) and Shabana
Khan (USA) was really a story of a very tight first game that could
have gone either way, and when it slipped away from Khan she could not
recover. Uncharacteristically (for a 37-year-old tour veteran), Khan
could not rebound and lost the match: 10-8, 9-0, 9-1 (25 min).
PLAY: DELIERRE STREAK CONTINES [PSA
the men's first match, Phillip Barker (ENG) showed exceptional athleticism
and very steady play and capitalized on David Phillips' (CAN) impatience
and errors to claim the match easily after a tight first game 11-8,
11-4, 11-4 (30 min).
The second match between Rafael Alarcon (BRA) and Shawn De Lierre (CAN)
started slowly with each player splitting easy games: DeLierre won the
first 11-2, Alarcon returned the favor 11-3 in the second. It was the
third game where things started to get very tight and a bit confrontational.
The third game was tough all the way with the players forcing a lot
of decisions from the referee. The game went to 10-10 and then each
player had several game balls and DeLierre was eventually able to close
the game 17-15. Despite only being 2-1, the match was now well over
an hour long and although Alarcon gamely tried to bring the match to
a tie he eventually lost the fourth game and the match 11-2, 3-11, 17-15,
11-8 (92 min).
Mike Corren (AUS) used the advantage of the homecrowd to help propel
him to victory over Laurent Elriani (FRA) in the third match. Corren
jumped out to a big 2-0 advantage only to see Elriani storm back to
tie 2-2. It all came down to the fifth and final game and Elriani made
the first push to claim a 5-2 lead. Just as it seemed it was going to
slip away, Corren started placing the ball better. Without over-hitting
he simply kept Elriani going deep to the back corners with softer but
effective length. This change in pace calmed Corren's nerves and allowed
him to once again reclaim the front of the court and end rallies with
deadly drops and hard angled nicks. The last half of game five was the
most interesting stretch of the tournament thus far. The partisan crowd
reacted to each rally. Elriani was very determined and pushed another
lead to 9-6 only to see Corren move back to a tie at 10-10. It seemed
that each time Elriani had a chance at a match ball he played an overly
aggressive shot and ended up making a mistake. The final two rallies
demonstrated the difference as Corren seazed and open alley and hit
a hard low drive just above the tin which Elriani could not get; then,
at match ball 13-12 for Corren, Elriani tried a overhead forehand volley
nick to front left corner only to find the camera box under the tin...shattered
The final match between Stewart Boswell (AUS) and Niall Rooney (IRL)
ended in another routine victory for Boswell. Rooney simply couldn't
find any answers to Boswell's steady and precise play. Aside from a
five game match with Eric Galvez (MEX) in June, Boswell has not dropped
a game in any match of the seven tournaments he has entered since his
comeback in April. Salt Lake fans are anxious to see if his fellow Australian
and current Salt Lake resident, Mike Corren, in action with Boswell
in the semi finals on Friday.
 Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt  Jenna Gates (ENG)
9-3, 9-1, 9-5 (28m)
 Alana Miller (CAN) bt  Tara Mullins (CAN) 9-0, 9-2, 9-5 (25m)
 Suzie Pierrepont (ENG) bt  Melanie Jans Burke (CAN) 9-4, 9-1,
 Runa Reta (CAN) bt  Shabana Khan (USA) 10-8, 9-0, 9-1 (25m)
 Phillip Barker (ENG) bt  David Phillips (CAN) 11-9, 11-4, 11-4
Shawn De Lierre (CAN) bt  Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) 11-2, 3-11, 11-10
(7-5), 11-8 (92m)
Corren (AUS) bt  Laurent Elriani (FRA) 11-10 (2-0), 11-7, 4-11, 8-11,
11-10 (4-2) (90m)
Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt  Niall Rooney (IRL) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (35m)
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) vs. Alana Miller (CAN) @ 5:00 PM
Phillip Barker (ENG) vs. Shawn De Lierre (CAN) @ 6:00 PM
Suzie Pierrepont (ENG) vs. Runa Reta (CAN) @ 7:00 PM
Mike Corren (AUS) vs. Stewart Boswell (AUS) @ 8:00 PM