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Martin Knight applies some pressure against Daniel Poleshchuk

Knight Blows Away Poleshchuk to Capture Guilfoyle Financial Classic Crown


Experienced New Zealander Martin Knight has captured his eighth PSA World Tour title after overcoming Israel's Daniel Poleshchuk in a one-sided final at the Guilfoyle Financial Classic, PSA M5 tournament.

World No.83 Knight showcased his best form throughout the week in Toronto, producing scintillating squash to march to the final without losing a single game. Number six seed Poleshchuk, meanwhile, had performed exceptionally to defeat second seed Jaymie Haycocks in the quarter final, before beating surprise package Nick Sachvie, the Canadian who rose from qualifying to reach the last four, to secure his place in the final.

The gathered spectators in Toronto were treated to a blistering display of squash from the outset, with Knight edging a competitive first game 11-9 to take the lead.

In the second, Knight began to lift the pace, applying continual pressure to outmanoeuvre an opponent 12 years his junior. The pressure soon told as Poleshchuk went on to sustain a hamstring strain, forcing him to take a three minute injury break. The World No.115 failed to recover and a focused Knight stormed to a commanding 2-0 lead, taking the game 11-5.

Poleshchuk continued to be hampered by his injury in the third game and struggled to compete with the relentless pace set by top seed Knight. Building on his momentum throughout the match and the entire tournament, Knight won the game 11-5 to clinch a first PSA World Tour title since 2014 in impressive fashion.

Result – Final: Guilfoyle Financial PSA Classic 2016
[1] Martin Knight (NZL) bt [6] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-5

By Jonny Coverdale

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