Unseeded Raphael Kandra has won the 2013 Champion Fiberglass Open at the Downtown Club at The Met in Houston, Texas. Third-seeded Cesar Salazar was the sole seed to reach the semifinals of the Professional Squash Association $10,000 Challenger as the other seeds were dispatched by unseeded opposition in the quarterfinals.
The Champion Fiberglass Open title marks Kandra’s second PSA title in the past month after winning the XV Trofeu Internacional Ciutat De Barcelona PSA 5 in September and largest prize money title of 2013. The 23-year-old German defeated unseeded South African Clinton Leeuw in four games 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, to collect his fourth career PSA title.
Despite the first round going according to seeding, the quarterfinals saw the one, two and four seeds crash out of the tournament. On his way to the final, Kandra knocked out Egyptian two seed Andrew Wagih Shoukry—ranked 17 places ahead of Kandra at world No. 59—in four games 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, setting up a semifinal against Mexican three seed Cesar Salazar. Kandra then swiftly defeated Salazar in three games 11-5, 11-5, 11-4, to reach the final.
2013 ilex Construction Charlottesville Open champion and one seed Martin Knight was in search of his second U.S. Pro Series title of the year but fell to 20-year-old Englishman Declan James.
James won his first PSA title in his hometown of Nottingham, England, earlier in the year but fell short of reaching his second career PSA final, losing out to Leeuw—ten years to his senior—in five games 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 4-11, 12-14, in the semifinals.