The past two weeks have been productive – and winning – ones for Mexico’s Eric Galvez on the pro squash tour.
Galvez survived a five-game battle with English pro Lewis Walters on Sunday to win the Charlotte Open’s championship match at the Charlotte Squash Club.
Galvez, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, beat the fourth-seeded Walters 11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 to win his second Professional Squash Association title in an eight-day span.
“I’ve been training very hard the past two months,” said Galvez, who also won last week in Rochester, N.Y. “I’ve been playing for a long time and have some pretty good experience. But playing five games (Saturday) and five games today, I’m pretty tired now.”
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The wear and tear of back-to-back five-game matches began to show with Galvez in the deciding game of Sunday’s final – at 97 minutes, the four-day tournament’s longest match.
Down 5-1 early against Walters behind a string of errors, Galvez decided to change tactics. He started playing closer to the wall, taking the ball earlier and forcing the tempo.
The move worked – Galvez ripped off four straight points to tie the match. After battling through three more ties, he closed out the game and match with three straight points on serve.
“Towards the end, he was definitely getting tired,” Walters said. “He just went for his shots. They were either going to come off, or they weren’t. They came off. It was pretty even until that point, and his more aggressive approach paid off.”
“I wanted to move him around with my shots. It’s tough, because there’s a lot of risk in playing at the front. But if I had played back with this guy, he was fresher than me. So I took the risk, took fast shots and it started working for me. Those few points were the difference, because it was a very close match.” – Galvez.
Galvez pocketed $1,070 for Sunday’s win, the 13th tournament title of his 16-year PSA career. It was also his 28th career tournament final. … Walters was playing in his eighth PSA tournament final, and his first since October 2014. However, his last title came in June 2010 in Chicago.
The next PSA Tour event in the United States is the Life Time Fitness Houston Open, scheduled for April 28-May 3 in Houston, Texas.