Crouin

Victor Crouin, right, faces England’s Nathan Lake in the semifinals of the SouthState Bank Marietta Open over the weekend. Crouin went on to defend the title he won in 2019 by beating Egypt’s Aly Abou Eleinen in the final.

Victor Crouin, the defending champion from 2019, defeated Aly Abou Eleinen 3-0 to win the SouthState Bank Marietta Open at Old School Brewery & Squash Club over the weekend.

Eleinen, from Egypt, jumped to leads of 3-0 and 5-2 lead in Game 1, surprising Crouin with several whipsaw cross-court drops. Crouin, though, scored three straight to make it 5-all, then methodically ran off six points to take Game 1 11-5.

In Game 2, Crouin, a native of France who plays squash at Harvard University, began to wear down his opponent by constantly keeping the ball in play. Crouin won Game 2 11-6, then closed the match with an 11-1 win in Game 3.

Eleinen, who entered the tournament ranked 125th in the world, was the 17th seed. To get to the final, he won four straight matches, upsetting higher-ranked players each team, culminating with a 3-1 win over world No. 42 Alan Clyne of Scotland on Saturday night.

World No. 33 Crouin cruised through the bracket, enjoying a first-round bye and then three 3-0 wins, on his way to the final including dispatching Nathan Lake, ranked No. 46 in the world, in the semifinal.

The match capped a long weekend of world-class squash action where 24 players from 13 different countries — including South Africa, Nigeria, the Czech Republic and Colombia — vied for the $22,500 purse.

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