Leeuw Outlasts Binnie In Florida Marathon
14 Dec 2012
South African Clinton Leeuw had to survive a 95-minute first round marathon in the Betty F Griffin Memorial Florida State Open before claiming his place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Lifetime Athletic Club in Boca Raton, USA.
The Cape Town-born 30-year-old beat Jamaican qualifier Christopher Binnie 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 14-12.
"The match between Leeuw and Binnie was spectacular," said event spokesman Kevin Jullion. "Lots of tough points and athleticism on display. Leeuw was very focused throughout and Binnie showed a great deal of grit in levelling the match at two-all - coming back from a score of 4-8 in the fourth game, and ultimately winning that game 11-8.
"That was a pre-cursor to the fifth game, as the two traded off several match points but were unable to close out. Finally, at 12-13 with a an overhead forehand volley nick attempt Binnie tried to extend the match still further but the shot clipped the top of the tin to end it."
"First upset win of season in the last tourn before xmas," tweeted Arnold later. "Didn't need another reason to love Florida but I'll take it!"
US interest in the event is being led by top seed Julian Illingworth. The record eight-time US champion beat Canadian Thomas Brinkman 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 and will now face Mexican Erik Tepos Valtierra for a place in the semi-finals.
 Julian Illingworth (USA) v Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX)
 Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) v Clinton Leeuw (RSA)
 Peter Creed (WAL) v Scott Arnold (AUS)
 Shawn Delierre (CAN) v Alfredo Avila (MEX)
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 Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Thomas Brinkman (CAN) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (37m)
Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) bt Steven London (ENG) 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (47m)
Clinton Leeuw (RSA) bt [Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM) 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 14-12 (95m)
 Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) bt [Q] Tom Pashley (ENG) 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (42m)
 Peter Creed (WAL) bt Fred Reid (CAN) 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 (39m)
Scott Arnold (AUS) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (40m)
Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [Q] Michael McCue (CAN) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (35m)
 Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [Q] Pablo Rawden (ENG) 11-1, 11-5, 14-12 (40m)