Hisham Ashour takes Montreal crown!

Egypt’s 3rd seed Hisham Mohd Ashour (pic) continued his stunning run in the National Bank Open in Canada by upsetting No2 seed David Palmer in the final in Montreal to claim the biggest Tour title of his career. The 28-year-old from Cairo, who made his breakthrough in the previous round where he ousted Dutch favourite Laurens Jan Anjema, leapt to a 5-1 lead in the opening game. But the illustrious Palmer, the 34-year-old former world No1 and world champion who was celebrating his 55th appearance in a PSA Tour final, batted back to take the game. At 0-2 down, Ashour switched on, and as his movement improved, he began finding his marks at the front. Ashour went for his chances with his impressive shot-play to close out the match 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6 after 46 minutes. The triumph represents the third Tour title of Ashour’s career, but his biggest by a considerable margin.