England international Eddie Charlton claimed the seventh PSA Tour title of his career fulfilling his seeding to win the inaugural $5, 000 Delaware Pro Singles at Wilmington Country Club.
Although it is the twenty-eight-year-old’s seventh career title, it is his first since relocating to Chicago and first U.S. Pro Series title.
The Englishman entered the draw as the top seed, brushing off American David Cromwell in the first round and Canadian Cameron Seth in the quarterfinals.
The main draw was shaken up by three qualifiers who pulled off first-round upsets to reach the quarterfinals, including former U.S. men’s national team player Gilly Lane, who took out seven seed Stu Hadden in a three-game, first-round match.
Pakistani qualifier Syed Hamzah Bukhari made an unexptected run to the semifinals, upsetting Team USA’s four seed Faraz Khan in the first round and Bermuda’s Micah Franklin in the quarterfinals before losing out against Charlton in the semifinal.
In an all-English final, Charlton held off two seed Adam Murrills 11-9, 11-5, 4-11, 11-6 in fifty minutes to claim the title.
PSA squash returns to Delaware in two weeks in the form of the $10, 000 Corporation Service Company Delaware Women’s Open.