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Coppinger causes big upset at US Open
- Updated: October 12, 2015
South Africa’s top-ranked squash player, Steve Coppinger has provided a major upset at the US Open Championships, writes Mark Etheridge.
Coppinger, who retained his 15th spot when the latest world rankings were released this week, beat fourth-seeded Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the first round of the Philadelphia competition.
The match saw 70 minutes of clinically controlled squash as the Capetonian ousted the player ranked 10 places above him with a 3-0 scoreline (12-10 11-6 11-7).
He will now take on England’s Daryl Selby in the next round. Selby is ranked 18th in the world.
The victory will be sweet revenge after he had lost to Rodriguez in the final of the Motor City Open in Detroit at the beginning of the year.
Coppinger, who turned 31 last month, is one of six South Africans in the top 200 world rankings. After Coppinger is Shaun le Roux (45th), JP Brits (160th), Christo Potgieter (180th) and Thoboki Mohlolo (183rd).
The country’s top-ranked woman, Siyoli Waters, is 34th and there are three other South Africans in the top 100 (Cheyna Tucker, 66th), Alexandra Fuller, 76th and Milnay Louw (99th).