All hope of home success in the 2015 men’s World Squash Championship taking place in Bellevue, Washington will rest on the shoulders of Todd Harrity after the 25-year-old avoided the fate of his compatriots in the first round by defeating Scotland’s Alan Clyne in a tense 3-2 encounter.
Clyne came into the tournament after tasting success in the RC Pro Series 2015 in St Louis just two days ago but the exertions of that tournament looked to be catching up with him as Harrity pounced to secure the win.
“I feel great right now,” said Harrity. “That’s one of the biggest wins of my career maybe.
“We’ve played a few times and I’ve never beaten him. It was a close match but I think the pressure was on him and he was feeling it and I was happy I managed to stay relaxed at the key stages.
“I was taking it one match at a time and I was happy to get through qualifying. There was no expectation on me and I felt relaxed and free and I was pleased with how I played with staying in rallies and not trying to go for shots to easy.
“We’ve not had a top US player or a big force on tour so I’m just plugging away and trying to improve all the time and hopefully that person can be me.”
[Q] Todd Harrity (USA) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-2: 11-8, 2-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-3 (63m)