Borja Golan became Spain’s first winner of the Metro Squash Windy City Open title after prevailing in four games over South African Stephen Coppinger in the final of the long-established PSA World Tour International 25 event at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago, USA.
Second seed Coppinger, riding high this week after becoming the first South African for over three decades to make the world top 20, took the opening game – the first dropped by favourite Golan this week in Chicago.
Golan, the world No10, struck back in the second – moving 6-3 ahead before reaching game-ball at 10-6. Coppinger saved two but was unable to prevent the 30-year-old Spaniard from drawing level.
“In game three, Coppinger tried to resume control by applying even more pressure,” explained event spokesman William James. “Golan now seemed to absorb it easily, and Coppinger errors started to creep in. This is the game where the tide noticeably turned, Coppinger being pressured more than pressuring.”
Golan’s intelligence and athleticism began to show as the Spaniard strengthened his grip on the match to move on to his 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 victory after 74 minutes.
“It was a really intense match and Steve started really well,” conceded Golan later. “In the second, I started to mix my shots more, moving him away from the T – and it was working!
“I kept doing the same for the next two games, playing aggressive squash and keeping my focus all the way.”
“I’m happy with this win – and now it’s time to train hard for my next tournament: Kuwait,” added Golan.