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Edmonton Squash Club Open 2023


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Edmonton Squash Club Open 2023
Men's Draw
30 Mar - 02 Apr
Edmontoon, Canada, $6k

[1] Viktor Byrtus (CZE) v Veer Chotrani (IND)

[1] Viktor Byrtus (CZE) bt [3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) 12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5 (43m)
Veer Chotrani (IND) bt [2] Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) 11-8, 11-5, 12-14, 11-4 (47m)

[1] Viktor Byrtus (CZE) bt [8] Matthew Lai (HKG) 5-11, 15-13, 11-4, 11-4 (45m)
[3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt [5] Liam Marrison (CAN) 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 (55m)
Veer Chotrani (IND) bt [6] Connor Turk (CAN) 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 (27m)
[2] Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) bt [7] Harley Lam (HKG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (35m)

1st round:
[1] Viktor Byrtus (CZE) bt Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY) 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (25m)
[8] Matthew Lai (HKG) bt Amaad Fareed (PAK) 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (35m)
[5] Liam Marrison (CAN) bt Lewis Doughty (ENG) 11-1, 11-3, 11-5 (23m)
[3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt Chung Yat Long (HKG) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 (26m)
Veer Chotrani (IND) bt [4] Joseph White (AUS) 11-5, 11-2, 12-14, 11-6
[6] Connor Turk (CAN) bt Cory McCartney (CAN) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9
[7] Harley Lam (HKG) bt [WC] Abdul-Rahman Elnady (EGY) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5
[2] Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) bt Salah Eltorgman (CAN) 11-8, 11-5, 11-3
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Byrtus Secures Maiden Tour Title

Viktor Byrtus (green) was the winner in Edmonton this week
Viktor Byrtus (green) was the winner in Edmonton this week

Czech Republic’s Viktor Byrtus claimed his maiden Tour title this weekend, beating India’s Veer Chotrani in the final of the Edmonton Squash Club Open.

The Czech player came into the Challenger 5 level event in Canada as the top seed, and the only member of the world’s top 100 in action. He started his week with a confident performance to see off Egypt’s Abdelrahman Nassar, winning in straight games.

That was followed by a pair of 3-1 victories to reach the final. In the quarter finals, he defeated No.8 seed Matthew Lai, fighting back after losing the first game 11-5 to win in four. He then overcame the challenge of Brazil’s Diego Gobbi in the last four, recovering after losing the second to win 3-1.

The final saw the Czech player take on India’s Veer Chotrani, who had defeated three seeds to make it this far in the competition. It looked like another surprise could be on the cards, as the Indian won the opening game comfortably. However, a quick-fire 11-1 win for Byrtus in the second turned the momentum in his favour, and he went on to win in four games to claim his maiden Tour title.

The second event to take place in the Americas this week will be on the Canadian soil, with the Edmonton Squash Club Open beginning on Thursday.

The Challenger 5 level competition will take place at the Edmonton Squash Club in Alberta, Canada. The event returns for its second year on the calendar, with Hong Kong’s Tang Ming Hong winning last year’s edition.

Compatriot Chung Yat Long was the runner-up last year in Edmonton. The World No.158 is back this year to try and go one better. He will be unseeded for the event, with compatriots Harley Lam and Matthew Lai both in the top eight seeds this week.

Czech Republican Viktor Byrtus is the top seed for the Challenger 5 level competition. The World No.105 will be aiming to claim a maiden Tour title this week. Malaysia’s Sanjay Jeeva will be the No.2 seed, with Brazil’s Diego Gobbi and Australian Joseph White making up the rest of the top eight seeds.

The other two seeds will feature on home soil. Liam Marrison and Connor Turk will both be seeded for the competition, with fellow Canadians Salah Eltorgman and Cory McCartney both also in action. Turk plays McCartney in the opening round, guaranteeing a Canadian in the quarter finals.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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