Yannick Wilhelmi reaches Canadian Open quarter-finals

March 05 2024

Yannick Wilhelmi produced another impressive performance at the 2024 PSA Canadian Squash Open in Calgary before eventually being denied a semi-final place by 2nd seed Mazen Hesham of Egypt who claimed a tightly contested 11-9 11-9 11-9 victory.

The young Swiss dominated the opening exchanges of the match to secure a commanding lead of seven points in the first game, leaving Mazen Hesham momentarily unsettled.

However, Mazen Hesham, often referred to as 'the Falcon', possesses the resilience and skill to mount impressive comebacks, even in the face of daunting deficits. This resilience was evident as the No.2 seed gradually shifted the momentum in his favour, ultimately clinching the first game 11-9.

Despite Yannick Wilhelmi once again taking the lead in the second game, Mazen Hesham managed to reel him in to win the game 11-9 to secure a hard-fought two-game advantage. The Egyptian continued to press on in the third game, maintaining his momentum to secure the match with another 11-9 game win.

PSA Canadian Squash Open Quarter-Final Results

Yannick Wilhelmi reached the quarter-finals of the 2024 PSA Canadian Squash Open 2024 presented by AirSprint Private Aviation in Calgary with impressive wins over Sanjay Jeeva of Malaysia and sixth seed Auguste Dussourd of France in the 1st and 2nd rounds respectively.

Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt [6] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3 (46m)

Yannick Wilhelmi produced a commanding performance to beat 6th seed Auguste Dussourd 11-3 11-4 9-11 11-3 in 46 minutes to progress to the quarter-finals of the PSA Canadian Squash Open 2024 presented by AirSprint Private Aviation.

The young Swiss player surged to a 2-0 lead with decisive 11-3 and 11-4 game wins. Auguste Dussourd fought valiantly, despite restricted movement which was particularly evident in his challenge to respond to shots directed towards the front court.

The third game witnessed glimpses of a latent threat from Auguste Dussourd, as he unleashed precise winners early on, however Yannick Wilhelmi maintained his composure and surged ahead to a seemingly unassailable 9-5 lead. Auguste Dussourd defied expectations, summoning remarkable resilience to mount a stirring comeback, reeling off six consecutive points to snatch the third game 11-9.

Undeterred by his opponent’s resurgence, Yannick Wilhelmi showed his mental fortitude, regaining control in the fourth game which he won 11-3 to secure his berth in the quarter-finals where he will face 2nd seed Mazen Hisham.

[1] Diego Elias (PER) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (37m)
Despite a valiant effort, Todd Harrity was denied a place in the quarter-finals of the 2024 PSA Canadian Squash Open by top seed Diego Elias of Peru, who started his campaign with an impressive performance to secure an 11-8 11-3 11-5 win.

In the opening game, Diego Elias faced a stern challenge from Todd Harrity but managed to maintain a consistent lead, ultimately clinching the first game 11-8. The top seed accelerated his momentum to secure the second game 11-3 with decisive shot play.

With his confidence soaring, the World No.3 pressed on relentlessly, asserting his superiority over Todd Harrity in the third game with impeccable control to claim the third game 11-5.

PSA Canadian Squash Open 2nd Round Results

Todd Harrity (USA) bt Joseph White (AUS) 11-6, 11-9, 11-2 (35m)
UNSQUASHABLE player Todd Harrity showed impressive form on the opening day of the PSA Canadian Squash Open with a 35 minute 11-6 11-9 11-2 victory over Joseph White of Australia to progress to the 2nd round where he will play the formidable top seed and World No.2 Diego Elias of Peru.

Throughout his 1st round match, characterised by prolonged rallies, the former US No.1, Todd Harrity, demonstrated remarkable consistency in applying pressure. Despite facing a resilient opponent, the 33-year-old asserted his dominance, securing a 2-0 lead after two hard-fought 12-minute games, with the American staging an impressive comeback in the second game, rallying from a 4-9 deficit to clinch the game 11-9.

The World No.53 controlled the tempo of the third game, manoeuvring his opponent with a masterful performance to clinch the game 11-2 in emphatic style.

Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) 11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6 (54m)
Yannick Wilhelmi, ranked World No.64, and another UNSQUASHABLE player competing in this year’s PSA Canadia Squash Open, emerged victorious over Malaysian challenger Sanjay Jeeva, deafening the World No.88 in 54 minutes 11-6 10-12 11-7 11-6.

Yannick Wilhelmi asserted his dominance early on, clinching the opening game impressively 11-6.

Undeterred by his initial setback, Sanjay Jeeva launched a spirited comeback in the second game. Employing unorthodox attacking strategies, the Malaysian caught Yannick Wilhelmi off guard and managed to level the score, triumphing in a closely contested tiebreak 12-10.

Refusing to let his momentum falter, Yannick Wilhelmi showed remarkable resilience in the subsequent games. Showing great accuracy and a carefully considered strategic gameplay, the young Swiss reclaimed the advantage, winning the third game 11-7. In a closely contested fourth game, the composed Swiss No.3 sealed the encounter, taking the game 11-6 to advance to the 2nd round where he will face 6th seed Auguste Dussourd of France.

PSA Canadian Squash Open 1st Round Results