Power loses national squash championship to Razik

Shahier Razik of Toronto upset perennial national champion and top-seeded Jonathon Power of Montreal to win the men's title Saturday at the 2006 Canadian squash championships.

Shahier Razik of Toronto upset perennial national champion and top-seeded Jonathon Power of Montreal to win the men's title Saturday at the 2006 Canadian squash championships.

Razik, the third seed, won the title in Toronto, 11-8, 6-11, 11-2, 11-9 in 59 minutes for his first Canadian title. Power, the most successful player in North America and the winner at six of the past seven nationals, had retired earlier this year from the pro circuit.

"I'm in shock and disbelief, it would probably be better to talk to me (Sunday)," said Razik, currently ranked 21st in the world.

"I really picked up my pace in the third game and tried to stay in front.

"That's when I saw he was having trouble and I could possibly take the match.I was more aggressive overall while he was on and off. I just stuck in there and hoped for the best. It's the biggest win of my career by far."

On Friday, Power was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

"I feel a little guilty," said Razik. "But I still had to do my job and get the win.

"Jonathon has been a great friend and teacher over the years and I've learned a lot from him. Maybe he taught me too much."

Fourth-seeded Carolyn Russell of Winnipeg won her first women's title, upsetting defending champion Melanie Jans of Vancouver 9-4, 4-9, 9-4, 3-9, 9-4 in a match that lasted one hour 45 minutes.

"I'm absolutely thrilled," said Russell, who needed two 10-minute breaks to tend to a cut on her knee. "The key for me this year is I've trained well and worked a lot harder.

"It was a bit of a strange match but Melanie was able to adapt to my strategies really well. In the fifth, was very close early on but I got a couple of quick points and pulled it out."