Avila Powers To Proteva Prize

4 Dec 12

Top seed Alfredo Avila claimed the inaugural Proteva Sports Open title after surviving a 50-minute all-Mexican final of the PSA Challenger 5 squash event at Squash Insurgentes in Xalapa, Veracruz, in Mexico.

In this week's latest PSA world rankings, the 21-year-old from Mexico City rose to a career-high No72 - becoming, for the first time, the second highest-ranked player in his country.

His opponent in the final was 29-year-old Eric Galvez, a long-time former Mexican number one who is enjoying a significant return to form over the past month.

But Avila was too strong for the former world No33, now ranked outside the top 100 - winning 15-13, 11-7, 11-9.

The title triumph marks young Mexican Avila's fourth PSA World Tour title - but his first on home soil.

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1st round:
[1] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Juan Gomez Dominguez (MEX) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (15m)
Jonathan Geekie (SCO) bt [Q] Victor Manuel Garcia Ramirez (MEX) 12-10, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7 (41m)
[Q] Mario Yanez (MEX) bt Micah Franklin (BER) 11-3, 11-3, 8-11, 11-5 (40m)
[4] Joe Chapman (IVB) bt Fernando Lopez (MEX) 11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-8 (72m)
[3] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) bt Christopher Binnie (JAM) 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 (60m)
[Q] Benjamin Fischer (SUI) bt Josue Enriquez (GUA) 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (30m)
[Q] Josue Gomez (MEX) bt Miguel Angel Gomez (MEX) 8-11, 11-7, 11-13, 12-10, 11-7 (55m)
[2] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Gerardo de Paul Garcia (MEX) 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (52m)
Quarter-finals:
[1] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Jonathan Geekie (SCO) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (19m)
[Q] Mario Yanez (MEX) bt [4] Joe Chapman (IVB) 11-5, 3-11, 11-9, 12-10 (45m)
[3] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) bt [Q] Benjamin Fischer (SUI) 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
[2] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [Q] Josue Gomez (MEX) 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (15m)
Semi-finals:
[1] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [Q] Mario Yanez (MEX) 11-4, 11-3, 11-5 (25m)
[2] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [3] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (50m)
Final:
[1] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [2] Eric Galvez (MEX) 15-13, 11-7, 11-9 (50m)