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Le Roux Wins Cape Town Crown

10 May 2014

Home-town boy Shaun le Roux triumphed in the final of the Laser Western Province Open, upsetting number one seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda of Egypt in five games in the final of the PSA Challenger 10 tournament at the WPCC Sports Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

Le Roux was made to work hard for his title in front of a capacity crowd - with Reda, the world No41, pushing the home favourite all the way in a thrilling 84-minute back and forth battle, eventually winning 10-12, 13-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-6.

The victory sees Le Roux claim his third PSA World Tour title so far in 2014, with the UK-based star having already lifted the Northumbria Open and the IG Open De Paris.

"The last two weeks have been really special for me to play in front of my home crowds, I don't often get to play here and in front of my family so to see the huge crowds turn out and create the atmosphere they have for all the players has been really incredible," said Le Roux.

"Reda and I played just over a year ago and he won 11-8 in the fifth so it was hard not to think about that - but I felt I was able to give it one last push mentally towards the end and that made the difference today.

"A special thank you to Paul (Atkinson) and WP Squash for putting the event on and a massive thank you to Phil and The Laser Group for supporting the tournament."

While Le Roux claimed the title in Cape Town, it was another local, Gary Wheadon, who captured the imagination of the fans with a dramatic and unexpected run to the semi-finals where he eventually fell to Le Roux.

Having lost in the event's qualifying stages, Wheadon found himself back in the tournament as a 'Lucky Loser' and he made the most of his opportunity, dispatching number six seed Alex Ingham and number three seed Tayyab Aslam on his way to the semi-finals.

"Having stopped playing on tour a few years ago, I relish the chance to give the current players a bit of a run, even more so on my own doorstep," said Wheadon.