NYAC Invitational Shocker: Top Seeds Julian Illingworth and Tim Wyant Ousted In Opening Round By WDSA Women’s Stars Suzie Pierrepont And Narelle Krizek       
By Rob Dinerman, for DailySquashReport.com

Dateline March 3rd, 2012
--- In one of the most stunning squash-doubles results in recent memory, reigning seven-time U. S. National singles champion Julian Illingworth, a mid-2000’s intercollegiate doubles champion who teamed with fellow Yale alum Todd Ruth to qualify into the main draw of the ISDA Heights Casino pro doubles tournament just eight days ago, and Tim Wyant, a finalist in this event with Bernardo Samper last year and currently the co-holder (along with Emily Lungstrum) of the U. S. National Mixed Doubles title, the top-seeded team in the Open Doubles portion of the third annual New York Athletic Club Invitational, were eliminated, three games to one, in their opening-round match against 2010 U. S. National Doubles women’s champs Suzie Pierrepont and Narelle Krizek early Saturday morning.

Pierrepont and Krizek, winners of five of the seven WDSA women’s pro doubles tournaments they have entered during the two years of their partnership, were competing in their first event since losing to Steph Hewitt and Meredeth Quick this past autumn in the final of a WDSA tour stop at the Philadelphia Country Club. Against Illingworth, a PSA top-30 who is based at the host club, and Wyant (who had originally entered with Trevor McGuinness before the latter had to withdraw a few days ago), Pierrepont was a tower of strength on the left wall, Krizek was on fire with a host of sharply-hit forehand reverse-corner winners in front of Illingworth on the right, and the two talented women, the only female entrants in this powerful 23-team draw, sensed an opportunity for a major upset win and fully earned their completely unexpected victory, which they punctuated by then also taking their subsequent quarterfinal match, in straight sets no less, against Peter Kelly (a finalist several months ago with partner Dave Barry in the Silver Racquet Invitational) and Marshall Sebring. Their top-half Sunday-morning semifinal will be against mid-2000’s Penn teammates Graham Bassett and Gilly Lane, who triumphed over Eric Vlcek and Baset Chaudhry, overcoming a two games to one deficit by rolling through the 15-6 fourth and moving out to a 13-6 lead in the fifth, at which point Vlcek, who had started cramping midway through the game, announced that he couldn’t continue.

In the much more surprise-free bottom half, the two seeded teams, namely defending champs Dylan Patterson and Steve Scharff, the second seeds, and third-seeded Hamed Anvari and Josh Schwartz, both won their respective quarterfinal matches, with Patterson and Scharff prevailing in straight sets over Ruth and Francis Johnson, and Anvari and Schwartz doing the same at the expense of Dave Barry and Peter Cipriano. Krizek has a busy Sunday ahead of her, having also advanced (with partner Lee Belknap) to the final of the women’s doubles draw, where they will face Lungstrum and Dana Betts, winner of this tournament in 2011, in a rematch of the William White final at the Merion Cricket Club in suburban Philadelphia two months ago, in which Lungstrum and Betts emerged victorious, but only by a slight margin, after a four-game match in which two of those games were decided in overtime.

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