MCO Semis: Rodriguez, Coppinger survive in five

Columbia's Miguel Rodriguez downed Mathieu Castagnet to reach his first PSA final. (MCO photo)

Columbia’s Miguel Rodriguez (right) downed Mathieu Castagnet to reach his first PSA final. (MCO photo)

Columbian in first career final; Lee overcome by cramps
By James Hawkins

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — One week after becoming the first South American squash player to reach the semifinals of a PSA World Series event, World #12 Miguel Angel Rodriguez can check another personal milestone off the list.

The 29-year-old Colombian advanced to his first ever PSA final by wearing down World #15 Mathieu Castagnet in Monday’s semifinals at the Motor City Open presented by The Suburban Collection: 7-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2.

Rodriguez will battle World #21 Stephen Coppinger in Tuesday’s championship match at 6:30 p.m. for the champion’s share of the $70,000 purse and a Rolex watch courtesy of Greenstone’s Jewelers.

Stephen Coppinger of South Africa prevailed in five against Hong Kong's Max Lee. (MCO photo)

Stephen Coppinger of South Africa prevailed in five against Hong Kong’s Max Lee. (MCO photo)

“I always wanted to win this tournament. It’s my fourth time here and I need to push one more match,” Rodriguez said. “It’s going to be hard with Stephen because we know each other’s game since we train together in Orlando.”

Rodriguez got off to a slow start in Game One as Castagnet controlled the pace on the way to a 6-2 lead. Read more →

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