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Illingworth Nets Third Tour Title In Rhode Island

23 Nov 2009

US number one Julian Illingworth romped to the third PSA Tour squash title of his career when he beat Egyptian Amr Swelim in the final of the Rhode Island Open, the $10,000 event at St George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island, in the USA.

The 25-year-old top seed from New York survived a tough five-game test in the semi-finals where he faced another Egyptian, the former world No13 Mohammed Abbas.

But second seed Swelim was also taken the full distance in the other semi - where he took 62 minutes to overcome Ireland's No4 seed Liam Kenny.

But world No30 Illingworth was fully in control in the climax, beating Swelim 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 in 49 minutes to consolidate his status as the USA's most successful squash player on the PSA Tour.

Final:
[1] Julian Illingworth (USA) bt [2] Amr Swelim (ITA) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (49m)