Rodriguez claims MCO crown

To the victor goes the spoils. Columbia's Miguel Angel Rodriguez gets the championship trophy, $12k, and a Rolex watch after defeating South Africa's Stephen Coppinger in the MCO finals . (Photo by Bryan Mitchell for MCO)

To the victor goes the spoils. Columbia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez gets the championship trophy, $12k, and a Rolex watch after defeating South Africa’s Stephen Coppinger in the MCO finals. (Photo by Bryan Mitchell for MCO)

Defeats Coppinger in tight, 112-minute marathon; Historic win for Columbian
By James Hawkins

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — After a week filled with stunning upsets, dramatic comebacks, and five-game thrillers, it seemed only fitting Tuesday’s final at the 16th Motor City Open presented by The Suburban Collection would end with another five-game epic.

In front of a standing-room only crowd at the Birmingham Athletic Club, World #8 Miguel Angel Rodriguez won his first-ever PSA International 70 event after rallying from a game down to beat World #22 Stephen Coppinger in a grueling, 112-minute championship match: 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3.

The victory came on the heels of Rodriguez’s semifinal run in last week’s Tournament of Champions in New York when he downed World #2 Greg Gaultier and #6 Peter Barker.

“This is like a dream come true. This is one of my favorite International 70 tournaments not only for the prizes, but for the squash community here. We always stay and they take care of us very well,” Rodriguez said. Read more →

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