New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson survived a 94-minute battle in the final of the Prairie AutoHaus Saskatoon Boast Open in Canada to upset top-seeded Australian Zac Alexander and win the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event in its 11th successive year at the Saskatoon YMCA in Saskatoon.
Both players come through marathon encounters en-route to the climax – Alexander a 94-minute semi-final and New Zealand national champion Grayson a quarter-final which was two minutes longer.
“The crowd was ecstatic to witness a fantastic five-game final match,” commented event promoter Brad Birnie. “Grayson put on a demonstration of determination and will by earning the victory over defending-champion Alexander in five games.
“Obviously gassed after his last two extremely long matches, Grayson took plenty of time between rallies, retrieved many winners from Alexander and played immaculate length and numerous precise short shots at the right moments.”
The 11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 3-11, 11-9 victory marks the 26-year-old from Auckland’s fifth career Tour title.