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Quarterfinal
Wrapup

    <read also Martin
Bronstein’s report
>
By
Ryan Barnett Reporting November 18, 2003, From Toronto;

© 2003 Squashtalk, all rights of reproduction reserved.

The first
Quarter-final match
, in which David Palmer defeats Graham
Ryding(15-13, 15-12, 15-13) … Graham Ryding will no
doubt have a few sleepless nights wondering how this one slipped away.
Ryding had big leads in both the first and third games only to see David
Palmer
come back and escape with a straight games victory. This
match was as even as they come but Palmer had that little extra when it
mattered most and as a result booked himself a slot in Wednesday’s
semi-final.

After the match I asked Palmer how it felt to be known
as the "Canadian
Killer" having dispatched Razik in Round #1 and now Ryding? He chuckled
and
said, "I feel fortunate to have won 3-0 as I actually think I played
a little better on Monday against Shahier. It wasn’t one of my best matches
as Graham played pretty well and I didn’t get into my rhythm. I was a
bit flat so to come away with the victory and to get into the semis is
something I’m obviously pleased with."

Ryding said pretty
much the same. "I thought that I should have had him. It hurts losing
that first game as after that he started to settle and once I was down
the margin for error became smaller and smaller. I never really found
my rhythm."

Second
Quarter-final of the evening
, Omar Elborolossy defeats Amr
Shabana(15-7, 10-15, 15-8, 15-13) … It was an all Egyption affair as
the two brother-in-laws went head to head.(Omar’s wife
Salma
is Amr’s sister.) Even the referee was
Egyptian. "Just in case there’s any swearing in Arabic" joked
WSF Rules and Referee Executive Graham Waters.

In what many called the most exciting match of the night,
this one was
played in the front of the court with both players utilizing the drop
attack. Hitting good length or hitting with pace to put the opponent at
the
back was virtually non-existant as these guys like the full on frontal
assault. Shabana has long be known as a shotmaker. A guy who lives by
the
winner and dies by the error. That pretty much sums up this match. Too
many
errors from Shabana allowed Elborolossy to keep it rolling and book his
semi-final slot with David Palmer.

Post match Omar commented saying, "It was a good
match. We always play good
matches as we have played each other many times before and know each other’s
games very well." As for his 6:15 PM date with Palmer? "I hope
we have a
good game . We haven’t played in three years and we’re tied at 1-1 so
it’s
going to be a good experience."

And Quarter-final
three
, the home-town-star Jonathon Power defeats Mark Chaloner(15-10,
15-9, 15-7)

Jonathon
Power
had a strategy for this match and it worked to perfection.
For the early part of each and every game Power played patient, up and
down
the wall attritional squash to tire out Chaloner. It was succssful as
Power
went on big runs in the middle part of each game then coasted home to
victory.

Once again Power has made it to the semi-finals giving
the hometown crowd
something to cheer about. Power says, "Chaloner’s quick and gets
a lot of
balls back. He’s strong on the ball so there’s a lot of physical play
out
there it’s kind of tough to get a rhythm. I felt I controlled the ball
well
and the pace well. I didn’t get too rattled even though I disputed a few
calls. I kept my composure and kept going. I made him do a little bit
more
work then me and he got tired towards the end of every game. It was a
good
match.

Does Power have a preferance for Wednesdays’ semi-final
showdown? "I’ve lost
a few times to White so I’d have to say I’d like to get the chance to
play
him here in Toronto as I usually play well.

And finally, Quarter-final
four, an Aussie affair in which John White defeats Paul Price(15-13, 17-14,
15-12) … You can say that Paul Price will be having
the same dreams as Graham Ryding(assuming they can sleep) Bad Dreams.
Price also had big leads but was unable to put the World #2 away and went
down in 3 hard fought close games.

The turning point
of this match was in game two with Price up 13-7 and for all intents and
purposes on cruise control. This is PAR scoring isn’t it? Well settle
down as White showed that he has a few tricks up his sleeve capitalizing
on numerous Price errors and hitting some tight rails he turned this one
around winning 17-14. That’s a 10-1 run..Absolutely unbelieveable.

White was in good
spirits after the match. He said, "On this court you can
actually put a few winners away and if you do you frustrate your opponent.
If
you hit two or three errors you go back to the basics which I did today
and
it paid dividends. I put it together today which makes it feeel really
good
for the 3-0 win.

What does Johnny White think about playing Jonathon Power
tomorrow? "Great
stuff. I’m looking forward to it already. It’s always great playing Jonnie
you just don’t know what to expect with his antics and the way he plays
and
the way I play it’s not really a long length game like Pete Nicol would
play
against Dave Palmer or Nicol would play against me or Jonathon so it’s
going
to be tough and I’m sure the home crowd is going to be rooting for him
and I
don’t think there’s anyone out there going to be rooting for me. I always
enjoy playing Jonnie Power it’s one of those things where he’s a phenomenal
player and it’s always great to play against him. He’s just completely
different out there. We’re both completely different players on the circuit.
We just go in there and play our own game when it comes down to it.