Junior no pushover in open squash championship

OTTAWA – Two area players came away from the Canadian Squash Championships with strong finishes on the weekend.

Oakville’s Hollie Naughton, 17, rated the No. 2 junior player in Canada, finished sixth in the women’s open division after losing to former national team member Melanie Jans.

In the highly anticipated women’s open final, tournament No. 2 seed Miranda Ranieri of Waterloo defended her title defeating Ottawa’s Samantha Cornett, the tournament No. 1 seed. Miranda captured her third consecutive national open title.

Tyler Hamilton of Burlington picked up a seventh place finish in the men’s open category. He defeated David Letourneau of Calgary.

The tournament’s No. 1 seed in the men’s open went to Shahier Razik of Toronto, his 6th Canadian Squash Championship title. He defeated long-time rival and Canadian No. 2 rated Shawn Delierre of Montreal in a marathon match lasting well over 2 hours.

Over 290 players from Canada participated in the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Squash Championships. The event featured age-group events from 30+ to the 70+ age categories as well as companion events A, B, C graded divisions. Bringing a new dimension to the Open Division matches was the inclusion of all-glass court sponsored by Manta Sports.