South Africa

Le Roux wins 10th tour title

2014-04-14 20:00
Squash (AFP)

Johannesburg - South African Shaun le Roux has celebrated his 10th PSA World Tour title success when he defeated England's Ben Coleman in the final of the IG Open de Paris in the French capital on Sunday.

It was disappointing outcome for Coleman, after the sixth seed from Essex scored one of the best wins of his life when he upset second-seeded Malaysian Ivan Yuen 8-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 in the semi-finals.

The 105-minute battle proved to be his longest-ever win on the Tour but Coleman was denied his first title triumph.

The experienced United Kingdom-based Le Roux was marking his 15th Tour final appearance and his second of the year.

Despite surviving an energy-sapping 115-minute semi-final 24 hours earlier against Australia's number-three seed Rex Hedrick, top seed Le Roux had plenty in reserve to dispatch Coleman 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 in 62 minutes to notch up his tenth Tour title.

"I'm really happy to have won the tournament," the Cape Town-born Le Roux said.

"It's been a hard week ... and a lot of it was more mentally tiring than physical.

"It was hard because I had to be prepared for a long match every time I went on court so, from that point of view, I'm even more happy. I feel I've played solid squash all through the week and am pleased to get rewarded for it."

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