The qualifying draw for the 2012 U.S. Open has thrown up some intriguing, some unfortunate, and some downright exciting matchups that are sure to kick off the PSA $115,000 World Series event in style.
The winner of the Mizuki like Hisham competition is Dylan Harris! 16 year old Dylan entered a video of his exceptional Mizuki shot, which won him the grand prize of two tickets to the 2012 Delaware Investments U.S. Open plus an autographed framed photo with international squash star Hisham Ashour, the inventor of the tricky Mizuki shot.
One of the biggest shake ups of the 2011 Delaware Investments U.S. Open was during the quarterfinals of the women’s event when sixth seed Kasey Brown, ranked #6 in the world at the time, beat the robust and long-standing world #1 Nicol David.
As a child, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up it’s likely James Willstrop replied ‘a top international professional squash player’ while other children were saying astronauts, racecar drivers, ballerinas or Hollywood actors.
Plenty of tough, well-contested, and entertaining squash was played at clubs across Philadelphia in the first rounds of the U.S. Open men’s and women’s local pre-qualifiers over the past week.
With just two months to go until the world’s best squash players arrive in the United States to challenge for the prestigious U.S. Open title, and local pre-qualifiers currently underway at clubs across the city, anticipation is growing within the Philadelphia and broader squash community as the 2012 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships near.
With the U.S. Open creeping up, the world’s most elite Olympic-level athletes will be heading to Philadelphia to challenge each other for one of the most coveted prizes in the world of squash.
The lead up to the 2012 U.S. Open Squash Championships has kicked off with the men’s and women’s local pre-qualifiers currently underway. U.S. Open pre-qualifiers will be held at clubs across Philadelphia through July and August to determine the local Philadelphia professionals who will compete in the U.S. Open qualifiers on October 4 and 5.