Gilly Lane Gets his Biggest Pro Win in Montreal
March 4, 2010, by Howard Harding© 2010 SquashTalk.com , Independent News; SquashTalk LLC; Photos by Patricia Lyons Photography
(updated 4-mar-10 22:35 )
Lane Lands Top Seed Scalp In Montreal
In what he has described as the "biggest win of my career", US qualifier Gilly Lane defeated top-seeded Englishman Peter Barker in the opening round of the National Bank Financial Group International in Canada to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the $40,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire in Montreal.
It was only 24 hours earlier that the US number two from Philadelphia battled back from two games down to beat another Englishman Robbie Temple in an 88-minute marathon to earn his place in the main draw.
But Lane, the 24-year-old world No 59, recovered from a game down to beat Barker - the world No7 from London who won his first PSA Tour title in Canada - 7-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 63 minutes.
Lane now lines up against local hero Shahier Razik, the seventh seed from Toronto who also had to overcome a first game deficit to beat unseeded German Simon Rosner 6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 14-12 in a 75-minute first round encounter.
But Lane was not the only qualifier to make the last eight: Australian Scott Arnold, who survived two qualifying rounds, fought for 86 minutes to get the better of sixth seed Hisham Mohd Ashour, ultimately edging through in a lengthy fifth-game tie-break to beat the Egyptian 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 9-11, 16-14.
The Sydney-born 24-year-old now faces Adrian Grant, the second seed from England who was stretched to four games over 87 minutes before finally despatching Canadian qualifier Shawn Delierre 16-14, 11-5, 12-14, 11-4.
RESULTS: National Bank Financial Group Squash International, Montreal, Canada
[Q] Gilly Lane (USA) bt  Peter Barker (ENG) 7-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-6 (63m)
 Shahier Razik (CAN) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 14-12 (75m)
 Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Maxym Leclair (CAN) 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 (27m)
 Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-3 (60m)
 Tom Richards (ENG) bt Martin Knight (NZL) 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 (50m)
 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (46m)
[Q] Scott Arnold (AUS) bt  Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 9-11, 16-14 (86m)
 Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Shawn Delierre (CAN) 16-14, 11-5, 12-14, 11-4 (87m)
[Q] Gilly Lane (USA) v  Shahier Razik (CAN)
 Daryl Selby (ENG) v  Olli Tuominen (FIN)
 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v  Tom Richards (ENG)
 Adrian Grant (ENG) v [Q] Scott Arnold (AUS)