Williams Retains PSA Title
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Top seed Evan Williams of Wellington defended his Pak'nSave PSA title in style against England's Adam Murrills in Tauranga yesterday.
Williams won 11-3, 11-5, 8-11 and 11-7 on the splendid Carrus Glass Court located inside the Tauranga Boys' College gym.
The court was the centre stage of the professional men's tournament, which was run over three days.
A top-class field of men and women competed in the Open tournament held concurrently at the Devoy Squash Centre and Mount Squash Club.
Williams, 26, said it was nice to win any title but a tournament of this calibre would help to boost his current world ranking of 101.
"I am trying to get as close to the top 50 as I can. I think if I have a good season I can get around that area in the 50s and 60s, and long-term that is the goal for this year," he said.
Williams, who spent the last four weeks based in England, said he and his fellow pros were highly impressed with the glass court and the tournament's organisation.
"It is unique for anyone. The court has not been up for six years in New Zealand, so it is unbelievable that it is here.
"It is great for us because we don't get a lot of experience on the glass court so to play on it has been unbelievable. It is great viewing for the spectators, great for the kids, it is perfect, really.
"For me the court really suited my style of squash. I am really proud of myself and how it all went. I really like playing here and really like the people ... The organisers do the best job of any PSA [Professional Squash Association] event I have been to - and that's saying a lot."
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