Flying Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema celebrated the 12th PSA World Tour title triumph of his career when he upset top seed Alister Walker in the final of the Indian Summer Tournament Benefiting Beyond Walls, the inaugural PSA International 25 event at the Commodore Squash Club in St Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Third seed Anjema reached the final after masterminding an upset in the semi-finals, where he defeated England’s No2 seed Tom Richards after fighting back from a game down.
Botswana’s world No15 Walker, however, despatched his semi-final opponent star Nicolas Mueller, the No4 seed from Switzerland, in straight games.
Before a packed Commodore crowd, world No18 Anjema made up for two recent Tour defeats by Walker by beating his higher-ranked opponent 11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 67 minutes.
“My plan going in was to really make him beat me,” said the jubilant eight-time Dutch champion later. “I was not going to try and do special shots and make mistakes, I planned to play steady and be hard to beat.
“The third game was close; I was lucky to win the third. It was make-or-break, and really crucial. Either way going into the fourth you’re going to be up and tired or down and tired – so it’s better to be up 2/1 at that point.
“The match had a really high pace and the level of play was quite high.”
PSA CEO Alex Gough agreed that the event climax had been a tough encounter: “The deciding factor was tactics,” said the former world No5. “LJ decided to play an incredibly fast pace. Ali’s mistake was going with him. It was just tough, completely tough.”
Later, the 30-year-old Anjema, from The Hague, revealed to his Twitter followers: “Tournament victories are rare in an athlete’s life so gonna cherish this moment deeply. Thanks to the people of Minneapolis/St Pauls for being a cool new stop on tour.”
Indian Summer image courtesy of Tomy O’Brien
 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt  Alister Walker (BOT) 11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 (67m)
Article courtesy of the Professional Squash Association