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Adrian Waller (2nd right) defeated Campbell Grayson (3rd left) to win in Chicago

Weekend Round-Up: British Quartet and Malaysian Pair Lift Challenger Tour Titles

It was a good week on the Challenger Tour for British and Malaysian players, with all six titles shared between the two nationalities.

Four Brits took crowns, with three of those coming Stateside. Adrian Waller was the victor at the biggest event of the week, the Life Time Chicago Open, and Challenger 30 tournament.

The World No.24 overcame New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson in the final, winning in exactly half an hour to lift the eighth PSA Tour title of his career.

He made the most of a quick semi-final, as he got past Vikram Malhotra in the same match time, half an hour, while Grayson needed 80 minutes to overcome Shahjahan Khan in the last four.

In fact, the Englishman went through the entire tournament without dropping a game, as he defeated Henrik Mustonen and Chris Hanson in the second round and quarter finals, respectively.

Meanwhile, in Texas, it was England’s Nathan Lake that took the 2nd Novum Energy Texas Open Squash Championships win, as he defeated home favourite Christopher Gordon in the final.

Nathan Lake (left) and Christopher Gordon after the final of the 2nd Novum Energy Texas Squash Championship

The World No.57 overcame the American in a one hour, straight games final, as he went through his entire week without dropping a game in Houston.

Scotland’s Greg Lobban took the crown took the Cleveland Skating Club Open crown, as he defeated young French starlet Victor Crouin in the final.

The Scot needed just over an hour to take the victory, as he recovered from losing the second game on a tiebreak to win the match 3-1, lifting the 11th title of his career.

Lobban (right) and Crouin (left) in action in the final [Photo Credit: Jeffrey Fehn]

The fourth and final Brit to win a trophy this week did so on home soil, as Patrick Rooney was victorious at the Arnold Homes Tring Open.

The tournament’s No.8 seed Rooney defeated compatriot, and No.3 seed, Ben Coleman in the final, having gotten the better of No.1 seed Daryl Selby in the last four.

In India, there was a pair of Malaysian wins, as both Ivan Yuen and Rachel Arnold were victorious in the Chennai Leg of the HCL SRFI Indian Tour.

Yuen got the better of home favourite Mahesh Mangaonkar in the final, in an epic match, which lasted over 75 minutes. The Malaysian came back from losing the first to win the match 3-2 to lift his tenth title on the PSA Tour.

Rachel Arnold and Ivan Yuen (middle) with the Chennai trophies

In the women’s final, Rachel Arnold overcame a fellow Malaysian in Wen Li Lai, winning 3-1 in just over half an hour, to win her fourth PSA Tour title.

Result – Final: Life Time Chicago Open
[2] Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [3] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (30m)

Result – Final: Cleveland Skating Club Open
[1] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [2] Victor Crouin (FRA) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9 (62m)

Result – Final: 2nd Novum Energy Texas Open Squash Championships
[1] Nathan Lake (ENG) bt [4] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (60m)

Result – Final: Arnold Homes Tring Open
[8] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt [3] Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (47m)

Result – Men’s Final: HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Chennai Leg
[1] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [2] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-2: 7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 (77m)

Result – Women’s Final: HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Chennai Leg
[1] Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt [5] Wen Li Lai (MAS) 3-1: 11-1, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5 (33m)

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