Our former World Games team competitor, Steve Coppinger had one of his best squash results yet in the United States at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.
Currently ranked 23rd in the world, he’s now through to the quarter-finals of the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York.
In the first round he upset England’s Peter Barker in a four-game clash. He overcame the tournament’s fifth seed 12-10 11-6 6-11 11-1.
It was Coppinger’s first win over Barker in their six encounters to date.
In the second round he took another English player in Adrian Grant. This time it went to five games before the 28-year-old Coppinger came through 11-6 11-9 7-11 9-11 11-1 against the World No9.
The reward for the Cape Town based player is a quarter-final clash (his first ever ToC quarter-final berth) against top top seed James Willstrop of England.
Coppinger was a part of Team SA at the last World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. The next World Games are in Cali, Colombia later this year.