Malaysian Kamran Khan claimed an unexpected place in the final of the Betty F Griffin Memorial Florida State Open after defeating second seed Yann Perrin in straight games in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Lifetime Athletic Club in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
The 21-year-old No3 seed from Kuala Lumpur was in fine form as he despatched Frenchman Perrin 11-8, 11-2, 11-5 to reach the fifth Tour final of his career.
"Kamran continued his fine form of his prior matches, his court movement is cat-like - many times using his non-playing hand to retain his balance while scraping along the court floor and springing back to two feet nano-seconds later," said tournament spokesman Kevin Jullion.
"I recall a series of drop-shot front court rallies that had Yann on his back foot a bit and guessing that a cross-court off-speed counter drop might be coming only to find that Kamran had pushed a straight drive to impeccable length at the back of the court."
Khan will face Miguel Angel Rodriguez after the top seed from Colombia ended the run of unseeded Pakistani Yasir Butt, recovering from two games down to beat the 23-year-old from Lahore 10-12, 8-11, 13-11, 11-3, 12-10.
"Miguel was down two games to nil - and drew to two-all when Yasir went for a series of winners in the third and fourth games to try and stem the Miguel tidal change," explained Jullion.
"In the fifth game, Yasir had several match balls starting at 10-6 and it looked to everyone watching that it was just a matter of time before he hit another of his amazing overhead nick winners (he hits them with impunity from both the forehand and backhand sides); but none of these particular ones were perfect "rollers" and Miguel showed some cat-like reflexes on more than a few occasions to stay alive in points that he really had no chance at winning.
"Yet he scraped, scratched and clawed his way back to 10-10 and the eventual win when Yasir hit a few very tense drop-shots that appeared to be much more conservative than the ones he was hitting earlier in the match and alas those drops didn't put Miguel under any difficulty."
The win puts 25-year-old Rodriguez, from Bogota, into his second PSA World Tour final of the year - but the 25th of his career.
RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Betty F Griffin Memorial Florida State Open, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Yasir Butt (PAK) 10-12, 8-11, 13-11, 11-3, 12-10
 Kamran Khan (MAS) bt  Yann Perrin (FRA) 11-8, 11-2, 11-5
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