Knight Claims Second Career U.S. Pro Series Title in Rochester

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Rochester Pro-Am finalist Jan Van Den Herrewegen (l) and champion Martin Knight (r).

Report courtesy of PSA.

New Zealand’s Martin Knight won his second career U.S. Pro Series title and ninth career PSA Tour title this weekend, claiming the fifteenth $5,000 Rochester Pro-Am title on the University of Rochester’s Lyman squash courts in upstate New York.

The 32-year-old booked his place in the showpiece finale after claiming a one hundred and seventeen-minute victory against Clinton Leeuw in the semifinals, while van den Herrewegen defeated wildcard Adam Perkiomaki, Jesus Camacho and Lewis Walters to seal his final berth.

Knight adopted a tactically astute approach from the outset, with his consistent length and expert shot selection giving van den Herrewegen no chance to attack in a one-sided opening game which went in Knight’s favor.

Van den Herrewegen looked slightly fatigued in the second and Knight took full advantage, moving his Belgian opponent into the back of the court with some expertly-placed lobs and he duly doubled his lead.

The early exchanges of the third game saw both players begin evenly matched, but Knight’s pace proved too much for van den Herrewegen to handle in the end and the World No.80 pulled away mid-game to open up an 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 margin of victory and capture the ninth PSA World Tour title of his career.

Knight’s title comes one week after reaching the final of the $10,000 Madison Open in Wisconsin. The Rochester Pro-Am is Knight’s second-career U.S. Pro Series title, adding to the 2013 Charlottesville Open.

Result – Final: Rochester ProAm 2016

[1] Martin Knight (NZL) bt [2] Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (62m)