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Title winner Vikram Malhotra (second left) with runner-up Arthur Gaskin (third from right)

Qualifier Malhotra Stuns Gaskin to Take Florida Open Title


Giant-killing Indian qualifier Vikram Malhotra secured his maiden PSA World Tour title in stunning fashion after rising to claim a shock victory against number three seed Arthur Gaskin in the final of the Betty Griffin Memorial Florida Open, PSA M10 event.

Malhotra stunned top seed Farhan Zaman in the previous round to book his place in the final while Gaskin eased by Cameron Stafford in a straightforward semi-final triumph.

However, Malhotra showed no early signs of fatigue as he roared into action, hitting a number of perfect winners to take a one-game lead.

Gaskin posed more of a challenge in the second, pushing Malhotra into all four corners of the court with regularity but he was still powerless to stop a superb display from Malhotra allowing the World No.277 to double his advantage.

Malhotra, appearing in only his third ever PSA World Tour main draw, romped to victory in the third and final game to complete an 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 win.

“I’ve had a great week and I want to thank everyone for supporting me throughout the qualifying and main draw matches which has kept me focused,” said Malhotra. 

“I’m looking forward to coming back next year and defending my title.”

Result – Final: Betty Griffin Memorial Florida Open 2015
[Q] Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt [3] Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (45m)

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