Grayson claims his biggest title in Houston
New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson claimed the 14th and biggest title of his career when he lifted the 2019 Life Time Northwestern Mutual Houston Open, beating #4 seed Alan Clyne from Scotland in a gruelling 80 minute final.
Grayson took the first 11-5 and looked very focused and sharp. In the second Clyne looked the fresher of the players but could not close out the game despite leading 7-4 and 8-6 before Grayson took the game 11-9.
The third game could have not been closer and every point was battled out where Clyne managed to win 11-9.
The fourth game looked like Clyne was a lot fresher and in control, but made a few errors, which cost him the match and Campbell hung in deep to win 11-7 to claim his second Houston Open.
“I’d been in the semis and finals of a few tournaments this big, but hadn’t won one. I’m stoked to win it, Alan is always tough and also to have beaten Ryan as well. I used good tactics to win that one.
“Winning this title has been great to start the season along with earlier in the year taking out the Irish Open and I did well at the British Open too, although I was a bit angry at the way I played in the Nationals final against Paul Coll and thought I could have offered more in that match.”
Grayson comeback denies top seed Cuskelly
Campbell Grayson produced one of his his finest comebacks to beat #1 seed Ryan Cuskelly in five games in gruelling match that lasted 95 mins. Cuskelly got off to a flying start winning the first two games but then Grayson fought back to win the next two games.
The final game had it all but at 6-4 to Grayson Cuskelly tweaked his ankle and had to take a 3 minute injury break before coming back on court. But Campbell took full advantage to close out the match and reach his second Houston Open on the Life Time Squash Tour.
The second semi final was a one sided game with Scotland’s Alan Clyne beating unseeded Frenchman Sebastian Bonmalais in 39 min. Clyne played steady the first two games and one could see Bonmalais feeling the effect of his 95 min match he had against Jagtap the night before.
Clyne stormed 11-1 in the third to claim a spot in the final of the 2019 Houston Open.