Ricketts & Beachill In Virginia Pro Final
3 Feb 2007
Top seeds Anthony Ricketts and Lee Beachill will meet in the final of the Virginia Pro Championship - both players reaching the climax of the 5-star PSA Tour event in Virginia, USA, without conceding any games throughout the tournament.
Ricketts, the event favourite from Australia, ended the giant-killing run of Egyptian qualifier Hisham Mohd Ashour. Clearly feeling the effects of his five-game dismissal of third seed John White 24 hours earlier, the 24-year-old from Cairo was unable to match the pace of the Australian who was runner-up in last month's Windy City Open in Chicago.
A few late surges were quickly quashed by the gutsy 27-year-old from Sydney and Ricketts ultimately booked himself a place in the final with an 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 scoreline after 40 minutes.
It took Englishman Beachill seven minutes longer to achieve his straight games win over another Egyptian, seventh seed Mohammed Abbas. The 29-year-old second seed from Pontefract in Yorkshire extended his unbeaten PSA Tour record over the 26-year-old from Cairo with an 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 victory.
Ricketts is celebrating his 16th appearance in a PSA Tour final, while Beachill is marking his 17th. While the Australian claimed the Super Series Finals crown last year - beating Beachill in the final - the Englishman is looking for his first Tour win since becoming the US Open champion in November 2005.