May 2012

Alarcon takes Paraguay Trophy!

Brazilian Rafael Alarcon (le) celebrated his maiden appearance in a PSA World Tour event this year in perfect style by winning the Tour de las Americas Paraguay Open in Asuncion.

Winner of the title in 2009 and 2010, the 35-year-old from Sao Paulo faced top seed Jan Koukal (ri) in the final. Whilst Alarcon had come through his semi-final against Argentinean Gonzalo Miranda in straight games 11-4, 11-6, 17-15, the Czech No1 had survived an 80-minute marathon against Joan Lezaud 11-7, 9-11, 14-12, 7-11, 11-7.

The 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 title triumph marks the Brazilian’s 18th Tour title – making the world No75 the South American with the most titles on the PSA World Tour.

Final:
[2] Rafael Alarcon (BRA) bt [1] Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (31m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [3] Joan Lezaud (FRA) 11-7, 9-11, 14-12, 7-11, 11-7 (80m)
[2] Rafael Alarcon (BRA) bt Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) 11-4, 11-6, 17-15 (41m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Evan Williams (NZL) 11-8, 13-11, 11-7 (50m)
[3] Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt Leandro Romiglio Fernandez (ESP) 11-9, 11-7, 11-3 (38m)
Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt [4] Fabien Verseille (FRA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8 (59m)
[2] Rafael Alarcon (BRA) bt Juan Pablo Roude (ARG) 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)

1st round:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Luke Butterworth (ENG) 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 (38m)
Evan Williams (NZL) bt Vinicius Rodrigues (BRA) 11-3, 11-1, 14-16, 11-4 (36m)
Leandro Romiglio Fernandez (ESP) bt [Q] Nicolas Caballero (PAR) 11-6, 11-5, 11-13, 11-6 (39m)
[3] Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt [Q] Bryan Bonilla (GUA) 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (24m)
[4] Fabien Verseille (FRA) bt [Q] Andre L’Heureux (PAR) 11-3, 2-11, 11-4, 11-3 (28m)
Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt Hernan D’Arcangelo (ARG) 12-10, 12-10, 11-9 (51m)
Juan Pablo Roude (ARG) bt Fernando Lopez (MEX) 11-8, 11-7, 1-11, 11-5 (38m)
[2] Rafael Alarcon (BRA) bt [Q] Esteban Casarino (PAR) 11-3, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 (46m)


Palmer claims Namur Legends trophy!

Australia’s David Palmer (ri) claimed the Namur Legends of Squash 2012 title by beating England’s Peter Nicol (le) in the climax of the new Legends tournament in the Belgium city of Namur.

2-times World Champion and 4-times British Open Champion Palmer lost the opening game to his equally legendary opponent, losing out in a nail-biting tiebreak, but from the 2nd game onwards Palmer upped the pace and dominated the game. Nicol, 1-time World Champion and 2-times British Open Champion, was unable to find an answer and lost 10-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 to the powerful play of the only recently retired Aussie.

Englishman Simon Parke secured 3rd place, beating Scot Martin Heath in a 3rd/4th play-off match best-of-3: 11-9, 9-11, 11-9.

Final:
[1] David Palmer (AUS) bt [3] Peter Nicol (ENG) 10-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7

Third place play-off:
[4] Simon Parke (ENG) bt Martin Heath (SCO) 11-9, 9-11, 11-9

Semi-finals:
[1] David Palmer (AUS) bt [4] Simon Parke (ENG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-9
[3] Peter Nicol (ENG) bt Martin Heath (SCO) 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7

5th – 8th place play-offs:
Lee Beachill (ENG) bt Derek Ryan (IRL) 9-11, 11-9, 11-8
[2] John White (SCO) bt Tim Garner (ENG) 11-6, 11-9

1st round:
[1] David Palmer (AUS) bt Derek Ryan (IRL) 11-7, 11-8, 11-10
[4] Simon Parke (ENG) bt Lee Beachill (ENG) 10-11, 11-6, 11-10, 10-11, 11-5
[3] Peter Nicol (ENG) bt Tim Garner (ENG) 11-6, 11-10, 7-11, 11-5
Martin Heath (SCO) bt [2] John White (SCO) 9-11, 11-10, 2-11, 11-6, 11-8


Serme and Tuominen take European titles!

Upsets in both finals of the European Individual Championships in Finland led to Olli Tuominen (le) and Camille Serme winning the titles for the 1st time – local hero Tuominen delighting the crowd at the Talihalli in Helsinki by becoming the 1st Finn to put his name on the men's trophy and Serme by stopping Dutch favourite Natalie Grinham from claiming the women's crown for the 3rd time in 4 years.

Tuominen, the 33-year old world No23 from Helsinki, drove the home crowd wild by beating No2 seed Borja Golan (ri) of Spain 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 in the men's final.

The women's final was a replay of the 2011 climax – but this time Camille Serme reversed the result against the experienced Natalie Grinham, as the 23-year old of France came back strong from 1 game down to beat the 11-years-elder Dutch-women 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 to take her 1st title.

Men – Final:
[3/4] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [2] Borja Golan (ESP) 11-8, 11-9, 11-3

Third place play-off:
[1] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [5/8] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 6-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-7

Semi-finals:
[2] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [5/8] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4
[3/4] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [1] Simon Rosner (GER) 11-9, 6-11, 11-3, 11-4

Quarter-finals:
[2] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [5/8] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 11-1, 11-5, 11-7
[5/8] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [3/4] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4
[3/4] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [5/8] Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
[1] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [5/8] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-4

Women – Final:
[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [1] Natalie Grinham (NED) 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9

Third place play-off:
[3/4] Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt [3/4] Gaby Huber (SUI) 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7

Semi-finals:
[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [3/4] Gaby Huber (SUI) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6
[1] Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [3/4] Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6

Quarter-finals:
[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [9/16] Maud Duplomb (FRA) 11-2, 11-3, 11-1
[3/4] Gaby Huber (SUI) bt [5/8] Orla Noom (NED) 5-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-2
[3/4] Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt [9/16] Laura Pomportes (FRA) 11-4, 11-4, 11-7
[1] Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [5/8] Coline Aumard (FRA) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6


Chinappa takes Chennai Open title!

World No 71 and 2nd seed Joshna Chinappa (le) of India claimed her 1st ever WSA title on home soil, when she came from 1 game down to beat 3rd seed English-women Sarah Jane Perry (ri) 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 12-10 in the final of the Chennai Open. For former Indian number one, it was the 6th WSA title in her career.

Final:
[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 12-10 (47m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Anaka Alankamony (IND) 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 14-12, 11-6 (69m)
[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [5] Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed (EGY) 13-11, 11-4, 11-8 (30m)

Quarter-finals:
Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt [1] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 4-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4 (63m)
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [8] Victoria Bell (ENG) 8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4 (38m)
[5] Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed (EGY) bt [4] Pushppa Devi (MAS) 7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (37m)
[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [6] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-6

1st round:
[1] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt [Q] Saai Meera (IND) 11-4, 11-1, 12-10
Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt [7] Zulhijjah Binti Azan (MAS) 9-11, 11-0, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-4, 11-2, 11-6
[8] Victoria Bell (ENG) bt [Q] Lakshya Ragavendran (IND) 11-8, 11-3, 11-6
[5] Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed (EGY) bt [Q] Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) 11-6, 6-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-5
[4] Pushppa Devi (MAS) bt Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND) 11-8, 12-10, 12-10
[6] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt [Q] Ashita Bhengra (IND) 11-5, 11-0, 11-2
[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Nouran Ahmed Gohar (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7


European Individuals suffering from absence of stars!

After this year’s lack of stars as no European player out of the world’s top 18, Germany’s Simon Rosner was top seeded. But in the semi-finals pushed Finnish home hopes as Olli Tuominen (pic) beat Rosner 11-9, 6-11, 11-3, 11-4 to reach the final. His opponent will be the Spaniard Borja Golan who overcame Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet in straight games 11-8, 11-9, 11-4.

The women’s final is a repeat of last year. Titleholder Natalie Grinham (NED) will face French Camille Serme. Both eased into the final as they beat their opponents Gaby Huber (SUI) and Lucie Fialova (CZE) without any problems in straight games.


Matthew Tops PSA World Series Standings

A blistering victory in Sunday's final of the Allam British Open has taken Nick Matthew (ri) back to the top of the 2012 Dunlop PSA World Series Standings.

The 31-year-old Englishman ended a run of 4 successive defeats by Ramy Ashour to overcome his Egyptian rival in straight games before a sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena in London.

The triumph in the 4th PSA World Series event of the year makes Matthew the 1st Englishman to claim a hat-trick of titles in the 82-history of the world’s most famous squash tournament.

Matthew, winner of the first World Series event of the year at the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York in January, moves ahead of fellow Englishman James Willstrop by just 10 points.

Willstrop, the world No1 and winner of the Davenport North American Open in February, fell to Ashour in the British Open semi-finals.

But Ashour, who also beat Willstrop in last month’s final of the El Gouna International Open in Egypt, strengthens his grip on 3rd place in the latest standings – 100 points ahead of 4th-placed Frenchman Greg Gaultier.

The top eight players in the list at the end of the year qualify for a place in the 2012 ATCO PSA World Series Finals in London early next year.

Latest 2012 PSA World Series Standings:

Position (Prev)
1 2 Nick Matthew (ENG) 280
2 1 James Willstrop (ENG) 270
3 3 Ramy Ashour (EGY) 230
4 4 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 130
5 6 Amr Shabana (EGY) 90
6= 5 Karim Darwish (EGY) 75
6= 8 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 75
8= 7 Simon Rosner (GER) 65
8= 19 Peter Barker (ENG) 65
10= 9 Adrian Grant (ENG) 60
10= 14 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 60
12= 11 Daryl Selby (ENG) 50
12= 11 Cameron Pilley (AUS) 50
14= 9 Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) 45
14= 14 Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 45
14= 14 Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 45


The Squash World Loves iLoveSquash!

As the world’s famous squash event, the British Open, marks its return to the world stage at London’s O2 Arena after a two-year absence, iLoveSquash becomes the latest success in the sport which is bidding to join the Olympic Games programme in 2020.

Launched on Facebook in 2009, the standalone page provides regular news from the world of squash for Facebook fans – not using the presence to drive traffic onto a separate webpage. The daily posts inform the Facebook squash community of tournament news, player features, pictures and videos.

In addition the posts are also fed onto the www.i-Love-Squash.com site which provides additional information for those who want more than the brief Facebook content.

Now with more than 30,000 fans, iLoveSquash leads its social media rivals in the sport by a significant margin.
“The aim for the next year is to create partnerships with players, clubs, tournaments, the governing bodies of the squash nations and the leading associations in the world of squash to support the principal aim – to get Squash into the Olympics,” said co-founder Peter Schmidl.

Alex Gough, CEO of the men’s international player body the Professional Squash Association (PSA), said: “iLoveSquash is a real success story for squash in terms of the game reaching as many squash fans as possible. I am sure they will continue to reach more and more fans and help to grow the sport further.”

Andrew Shelley, CEO of the World Squash Federation (WSF), added: “Squash players are great communicators, and iLoveSquash provides a great platform. It has been growing well since its formation and I am sure that it will get bigger and provide a great service in the years to come.”

Tim Garner, Tour Director of the Women’s Squash Association (WSA), said: “iLoveSquash has really grasped the social media concept and given those who love our sport the perfect vehicle to connect. It’s obvious from the number of fans that it is a success and I am sure that it will grow organically as our game evolves towards Olympic inclusion!!”

Leading players are also taken by the successful initiative: “I think iLoveSquash is a great idea about informing people and the squash community about all the world of squash,” said Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, the world No2. “We know how many people use Facebook and how important it is to talk about our sport and try to attract as many people as possible to be one day part of the Olympic family. I love the idea of the iLoveSquash concept.”

Nick Matthew, the two-time World Champion from England, added: “Social media is very important in the modern world. iLoveSquash is a great way for squash fans of all ages, from everywhere in the world, to interact and share their love for our game online.”

Nicol David, the Malaysian who has topped the women’s world rankings since August 2006, is also a fan: “The main aim for Squash is to be in the Olympics and I would do anything to get squash that spot it deserves in the Games. Squash2020.com is our bid campaign and it’s a way for the public to play their part in supporting squash to get into the Olympics. If Squash gets the bid in 2020, then I would continue to work hard and get myself ready to participate in the Games eight years from now. iLoveSquash is going to be a driving force for this too.”

Nico Limmeroth, the site’s creative partner, concluded: “We will implement new ideas to maintain our growth rate to get to 50,000 fans over the next 15 months.”

Facebook site: www.facebook.com/IloveSquash


Legends Of Squash!

The Legends will be hosted at Namur in Belgium. This event (25th to 27th May 2012) has a prestigious line-up of legends: David Palmer, Peter Nicol, Jonathon Power, John White. These four master-class legends will be accompanied by Simon Parke, Martin Heath, Tim Garner and Derek Ryan.

Don’t miss … Check out www.namurlegendsofsquash.com…

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