April 2012

Selby denies home hero Mueller Grasshopper glory!

England's Daryl Selby (ri) denied Nicolas Mueller (le) the chance to become the 1st local winner of the Grasshopper Cup in the 33-year history of the event when he beat the Swiss No1 in the final in Zurich.

And by doing so – in the 1st staging of the popular event for 11 years – Selby kept the trophy in English hands following the 2001 title triumph by former world No10 Mark Cairns.

Second seed Mueller, the world No24 and the country's highest-ranked player of all-time, became the 2nd ever Swiss player to reach the final. Ultimately it was the 29-year-old Daryl Selby who prevailed, winning 12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 in 70 minutes to celebrate the 11th PSA Tour title of his career.

Final:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 (70m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (38m)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (70m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (34m)
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Charles Sharpes (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)
[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 (24m)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (34m)

1st round:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Kashif Shuja (NZL) 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (41m)
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [Q] Fabien Verseille (FRA) 9-11, 13-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-8 (89m)
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [Q] Andre Haschker (GER) 11-8, 11-4, 14-16, 11-9 (58m)
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Steven Finitsis (AUS) 12-10, 15-17, 5-11, 12-10, 11-4 (95m)
[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [Q] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) 14-16, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (115m)
Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Reiko Peter (SUI) 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (40m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Yann Perrin (FRA) 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 12-14, 11-6 (72m)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (34m)


Alister Walker Wins Irish Open Crown

Alister Walker (ri) claimed his 2nd PSA World Tour trophy in 2 weeks when he beat Scot Alan Clyne (le) in the final of the Irish Open in Dublin. The top seed from Botswana arrived in Dublin fresh from winning the Berkshire Open in the USA – and reached the final after despatching England's No4 seed Jonathan Kemp in a 4-game semi-final.

His surprise opponent Clyne pulled off a notable upset in the other semi where he survived a 110-minute marathon against 2nd seed Borja Golan, saving a match-ball in the decider to beat the higher-ranked Spaniard and former Irish Open champion.

But despite Clyne’s determined efforts, favourite Walker maintained the upper hand to clinch the title 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3 after 54 minutes.

"I'm so happy to win my second event this week," said a delighted Walker after the 11th Tour title triumph of his career.

Final:
[1] Alister Walker (BOT) bt [3] Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3 (54m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Alister Walker (BOT) bt [4] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-2, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4 (46m)
[3] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [2] Borja Golan (ESP) 10-12, 11-13, 11-2, 11-8, 12-10 (110m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Alister Walker (BOT) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-9 (45m)
[4] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Robbie Temple (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (37m)
[3] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Rasmus Nielsen (DEN) 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (33m)
[2] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 10-12, 11-3, 12-14, 11-6, 11-3 (110m)

1st round:
[1] Alister Walker (BOT) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (42m)
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-2, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 (61m)
Robbie Temple (ENG) bt Chris Ryder (ENG) 7-11, 11-9, 11-3, 7-11, 11-3 (81m)
[4] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt [Q] Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (22m)
[3] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 9-11, 11-2, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6 (78m)
Rasmus Nielsen (DEN) bt [Q] Ben Ford (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (37m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 12-10, 11-4, 11-1 (44m)
[2] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Jens Schoor (GER) 11-0, 11-3, 11-7 (28m)


Clyne downs Golan to clinch final berth in Dublin!

Alan Clyne (pic) became the 1st Scot to reach the final of the Irish Open for 12 years when he survived a marathon battle against No2 seed Borja Golan in the semi-finals in Dublin. After the Spaniard managed to take a 2-0 lead in games, Clyne came back to level in games. As the decider took 30 minutes Golan reached match ball – at 10/9, but Clyne saved match ball and went on to get his own – winning 12-10.

Clyne's 10-12, 11-13, 11-2, 11-8, 12-10 victory in 110 minutes makes the 25-year-old from Edinburgh the 1st Scot to make the Irish Open final since his illustrious predecessor Peter Nicol in 2000.

In the tenth Tour final of his career, 3rd seed Clyne will face favourite Alister Walker after the world No18 from Botswana beat England's No4 seed Jonathan Kemp 11-2, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4.

Final:
[1] Alister Walker (BOT) v [3] Alan Clyne (SCO)

Semi-finals:
[1] Alister Walker (BOT) bt [4] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-2, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4 (46m)
[3] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [2] Borja Golan (ESP) 10-12, 11-13, 11-2, 11-8, 12-10 (110m)


Top four in Zurich semis!

All 4 seeds scored straightforward straight games wins in the Grasshopper Cup in Switzerland to set up the predicted semi-finals in Zurich.

Egypt's Karim Abdel Gawad, at 20 the youngest of the 4, swiftly despatched newly-crowned Danish champion Kristian Frost Olesen 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 in just 24 minutes.

The 4th seed from Cairo will now face local hero Nicolas Mueller (pic), the Swiss No1, who knocked out Gawad's compatriot Omar Abdel Meguid 11-5, 11-7, 11-3.

The other semi will feature English favourite Daryl Selby and 'Flying Finn' Olli Tuominen, the No3 seed. Selby, the world No11, defeated Czech No1 Jan Koukal 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 and Tuominen showed all his experience to overcome the 20-year-old Charles Sharpes (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7.

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [3] Olli Tuominen (FIN)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (34m)
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Charles Sharpes (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)
[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 (24m)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (34m)


Serme takes Texas Open title!

Top seed Camille Serme won her 7th WSA World Tour title after beating Joelle King in the Texas Open final at the previous weekend.

After making short work of Maria Toor Pakay (PAK) and local hope Latasha Khan in the early rounds, the young Frenchwoman beat 3rd seed Samantha Teran of Mexico in the semis to assure her place in the final.

Her final opponent Joelle King of New Zealand, a former Texas Open champion, had similarly quick opening rounds against Deon Saffrey (WAL) and Lucie Fialova (CZE), before claiming a straight-games win over 2nd seed Annie Au of Hong Kong in the semi final.

Just two world ranking places separate the 23-year-old finalists, but it was Serme who took the early initiative in the final and beat King 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9.

Serme’s seventh WSA World Tour title is her first of the season and will help strengthen her position in the world’s top 10.

Final:
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [4] Joelle King (NZL) 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9

Semi-finals:
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [3] Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt [2] Annie Au (HKG) 16-14, 11-9, 11-7

Quarter-finals:
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [7] Latasha Khan (USA) 13-11, 11-5, 11-4
[3] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [5] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-5, 11-1, 11-1
[2] Annie Au (HKG) bt [8] Melody Francis (AUS) 11-2, 11-4, 11-4

1st round:
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [Q] Maria Toor Pakay (PAK) 11-0, 11-3, 11-3
[7] Latasha Khan (USA) bt Victoria Lust (ENG) 11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7
[3] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Larissa Stephenson (NZL) 11-3, 11-8, 11-7
[5] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [Q] Lisa Aitken (SCO) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5
Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt [6] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 11-7, 7-11, 3-11, 11-5, 11-5
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-2, 11-3, 11-0
[8] Melody Francis (AUS) bt Olivia Blatchford (USA) 11-8, 11-3, 11-8
[2] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Kristen Lange (USA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-6


Chan topples Grinham in Buler Cup!

Joey Chan pulled off a famous home-victory in the Buler Challenge Cup final last weekend, after beating No1 seed Rachael Grinham in 5 games.

The top seeded players seemed to struggle early on in Hong Kong, as both eventual finalists were forced to 4 games in round 1. Former world No1 Grinham, defeated local qualifier Tong Tsz-Wing followed by Joshna Chinappa of India and Ho Tze-Lok (HKG), whilst Chan beat compatriot Pansy Chan Pui-Hei, Coline Aumard (FRA) and Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) en-route to the final.

In a close 51-minutes battle, Chan closed out 5-game win (11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 ) in front of her home crowd, making it her 5th WSA title in 7 final appearances.

Final:
[2] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 (51m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 11-4, 11-3, 11-5 (21m)
[2] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [5] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (26m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [6] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-7, 6-11, 11-3, 11-5 (35m)
[Q] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) bt [7] Olga Ertlova (CZE) 9-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-8 (68m)
[5] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt [4] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-6 (65m)
[2] Joey Chan (HKG) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 11-6, 12-10, 11-6 (24m)

1st round:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3 (37m)
[6] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Karman Siu (HKG) 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (21m)
[Q] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) bt [3] Siyoli Waters (RSA) 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 (39m)
[7] Olga Ertlova (CZE) bt Carmen Lee (HKG) 11-3, 11-7, 11-6 (39m)
[5] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt [Q] Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND) 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (19m)
[4] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (23m)
Coline Aumard (FRA) bt [8] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (39m)
[2] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [Q] Pansy Chan Pui-Hei (HKG) 11-5, 7-11, 11-1, 11-2 (24m)


Barada collides with Power at the Al-Ahram International!

Match between Ahmed Barada and Jonathon Power at the Al-Ahram International 2000 as Barada followed up the boast and collides with Power in the right front corner. Letball, no let or stroke?


Aamir wins 4th COAS International crown!

Top seed Aamir Atlas Khan (pic) defeated defending champion Nasir Iqbal in today's final of the COAS International in Islamabad for the 4th time.

Iqbal, the 18-year-old world No140 from Peshawar, had carried on where he left off last year – upsetting seeds in both the quarter and semi-finals to reach the final against expectation for the second year in a row.

But Atlas Khan, the 21-year-old world No32 and highest-ranked player in Pakistan, was too strong for the teenager – winning 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 in 42 minutes to repeat his title triumphs of 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The success marks the 7th PSA World Tour title of Khan's career.

Final:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (42m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) 9-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-9 (57m)
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [3] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (61m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 11-9, 11-1, 11-5 (29m)
[4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) 4-11, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (57m)
[3] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (37m)
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [2] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (50m)

1st round:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [Q] Shamsul Islam Khan (PAK) 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (22m)
Waqas Mehboob (PAK) bt [Q] Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari (PAK) 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (52m)
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) bt Ammad Fareed (PAK) 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (29m)
[4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt Muhammad Shah Nawaz (PAK) 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (42m)
[3] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 11-8, 11-3, 4-11, 11-5 (70m)
Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Kashif Khan (PAK) 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (29m)
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [Q] Syed Ali Shah Bokhari (PAK) 11-2, 11-8, 11-1 (27m)
[2] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Aqib Hanif (PAK) 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (32m)

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