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Vargas and Cornett Take Simon Warder Memorial Titles

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World No.340 Juan Camilo Vargas battled all the way from qualification to win the Simon Warder Memorial Prostate Cancer Tournament, securing his first ever title on the PSA World Tour after beating Frenchman Vincent Droesbeke at the Huron Oaks Squash Club.

The Colombian entered the tournament in Sarnia, Canada as a qualifier but blitzed his way past all four of his main draw opponents to secure the title without dropping a single game.

Bogota-born Vargas was ranked almost 200 places below World No.148 Droesbeke in the PSA World Rankings, but showcased his incredible speed and agility to build up a 2-0 lead.

Droesbeke forced a tie-break in the third and held a game ball, but Vargas wasn’t to be denied as he closed out an 11-9, 11-4, 13-11 victory to open his PSA World Tour title account.

“It was a great match with fair play,” said 22-year-old Vargas.

“The hospitality of this tournament was exceptional and I was treated very specially. I would like to return to Sarnia for this tournament next year.”

In the women’s tournament, the winner also claimed the title without dropping a single game, with Samantha Cornett, who was born just north of Sarnia in Deep River in the state of Ontario, defeating Emilia Soini of Finland in the final to secure the victory in her home state.

Cornett comfortably beat fellow Canadians Holly Delavigne and Nicole Bunyan to set up an intriguing semi-final clash with Nessrine Ariffin. The Malaysian was no match for Cornett though, who earned her place in a second PSA World Tour final of the year.

21-year-old Soini also had to navigate her way past two Canadians in the first two rounds, beating Deirdre Bradd and Micaala Seth, respectively. She then cruised past India’s Janet Vidhi to book a place in her first Tour final.

Two of the three games went to tie-breaks, but Cornett came out on top every time to secure a hard-fought 12-10, 11-3, 12-10 victory, lifting her first PSA World Tour title since April 2015.

“I knew Emilia was going to be fresh and tough in her first Tour final, so I did my best to dig in, make the rallies longer and get everything back,” Cornett said.

“I’m so happy to have pulled it off tonight.

“I can't thank the folks here in Sarnia enough for putting on a great event. They have looked after the players so well.

“Alongside the pro and amateur events, the squash community here raised over 40k for the local prostate cancer clinic in Simon Warder's name which is so amazing. It's been a pleasure, I'm sad to leave and head back to Toronto.”

RESULTS

Simon Warder Memorial Prostate Cancer Tournament 2016, Sarnia, Canada

Men’s

FINAL
[Q] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [7] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 13-11

SEMI-FINAL
[Q] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [4] Anthony Graham (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-9
[7] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt [1] Arthur Gaskin (IRL) (Retired) 11-3, 12-10

QUARTER-FINAL
[Q] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [5] Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-0: 15-13, 11-2, 11-4
[4] Anthony Graham (ENG) bt [Q] Cameron Seth (CAN) 3-1: 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3
[7] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt [3] Lewis Walters (JAM) 3-1: 11-8, 2-11, 11-7, 11-5
[1] Arthur Gaskin (IRL) bt [8] Emyr Evans (WAL) 3-1: 11-9, 11-7, 11-7

FIRST ROUND
[Q] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [LL] David Mill (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-3
[5] Lyell Fuller (ENG) bt Supreet Singh (IND) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-9
[Q] Cameron Seth (CAN) bt [6] Reuben Phillips (ENG) 3-1: 12-14, 11-3, 11-7, 11-9
[4] Anthony Graham (ENG) bt Jon Geekie (SCO) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-6
[3] Lewis Walters (JAM) bt [Q] Francisco Mendez Correa (MEX) 3-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5
[7] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt [Q] Tess Jutte (NED) 3-2: 12-10, 11-5, 12-14, 7-11, 11-2
[8] Emyr Evans (WAL) bt Albert Shoihet (CAN) 3-1: 4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10
[1] Arthur Gaskin (IRL) bt David Haley (WAL) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-7

Women’s

FINAL
[5] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt [4] Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 12-10

SEMI-FINAL
[5] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt [7] Nessrine Ariffin (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-4
[4] Emilia Soini (FIN) bt [2] Janet Vidhi (IND) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-3

QUARTER-FINAL
[7] Nessrine Ariffin (MAS) bt [1] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) 3-1: 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7
[5] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt [3] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-4
[4] Emilia Soini (FIN) bt [6] Micaala Seth (CAN) 3-1: 5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5
[2] Janet Vidhi (IND) bt Paula Jenkins (CAN) 3-1: 11-8, 2-11, 11-7, 11-5

FIRST ROUND
[1] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) (Bye)
[7] Nessrine Ariffin (MAS) bt Laura Savage (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
[5] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Holly Delavigne (CAN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-1, 11-4
[3] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) bt Margo Dewsnap (CAN) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-9
[4] Emilia Soini (FIN) bt Deirdre Bradd (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-2
[6] Micaala Seth (CAN) bt Natasha Seth (CAN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-2
Paula Jenkins (CAN) bt Mackenzie Elliott (CAN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-0, 11-2
[2] Janet Vidhi (IND) bt Hannah Guthrie (CAN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-4

By Sam Allsop

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