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Galvez In Second Successive Final In Atlanta

16 May 2009

Eric Galvez is one match away from retaining his title in the Atlanta Open after beating fellow Mexican Cesar Salazar in the semi-finals of the $10,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta, USA.

The second seed from Puebla, who has not dropped a game in the event so far, despatched qualifier Salazar 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 to reach the 17th Tour title of his career - and his third Atlanta final since 2006.

It was disappointing end for 21-year-old Cesar Salazar, who upset fourth-seeded compatriot Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira to reach the last four - ahead of his twin brother Arturo Salazar, the third seed who fell in the quarter-finals.

Galvez, 25, will face favourite Jonathan Kemp in the final after the 28-year-old Englishman defeated Ryan Cuskelly, the sixth seed from Australia, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 in the other semi-final.

Kemp, the world No31 from Halifax in Yorkshire, is celebrating his tenth PSA final appearance - and his second US meeting with Galvez in two months since beating the world No36 in the semi-finals of the Pacific Athletic Club Open in California in March.

Semi-finals:
[1] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt [6] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-6, 11-8, 11-7
[2] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [Q] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8