Drexel’s John White was defeated in a hard fought battle against Miguel Angel Rodriguez during the first day of the U.S. Open qualifying matches.
Students and local fans flocked to the court to watch their local squash celebrity former world #1 and Drexel’s Head Squash Coach White play against the athletic Colombian, currently world ranked #24.
Rodriguez kept the game on his side with his fitness and agility, running his opponent around the court. Some loose shots led to a few contentious calls from the referee that distracted White’s state of mind
With White appearing to be running on fumes toward the end, Rodriguez, reaching match ball on a stroke which raised “ooohs” from the crowd as he slammed the ball into White’s leg. Then, after one final despairing dive from White, the Colombian took the match 11/8, 12/10, 12/10.
Rodriguez will play Siddharth Suchde (IND) on Friday in the final qualifying round at Drexel University.