Anyos Park Open 2022
01 - 05 Jun
Andorra la Vella, Andorra, $6k
 Robert Downer (ENG)
11-7, 14-12, 11-6, (44m)
 Abhay Singh (IND)
11-7, 6-11, 11-3, 11-4 (47m)
 Edmon Lopez (ESP)
11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)
 Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA)
 Yuri Farneti (ITA)
5-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (50m)
 Edwin Clain (FRA)
9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4 (67m)
 Emyr Evans (WAL)
11-8, 15-13, 11-5 (40m)
 Perry Malik (ENG)
 Curtis Malik (ENG)
11-5, 4-11, 3-11, 11-5, 11-3 (45m)
 James Peach (ENG)
11-13, 3-11, 13-11,
11-9, 11-4 (63m)
 Leandro Romiglio (ARG)
11-4, 11-4, 11-3 (16m)
Joshua Phinera (FRA)
 Sergio Garcia Pollan (ESP)
8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 (44m)
 Nilo Vidal (ESP)
Sergio Garcia Pollan
12-14, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 (82m)
Finnlay Withington (ENG)
11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 11-5 (48m)
 Ivan Perez (ESP)
 Robert Downer (ENG) bye
 Abhay Singh (IND) bt [WC] Alvaro Martin (ESP) 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (32m)
 Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [WC] Iluis Suarez (AND) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
 Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt Lukas Windischberger (AUT) 11-2, 11-3, 11-6
 Yuri Farneti (ITA) bt Manu Paquemar (FRA) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (28m)
 Edwin Clain (FRA) bt [WC] Pablo Dolz (ESP) 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3,
 Perry Malik (ENG) bt [WC] Joel Jaume Izcara (ESP) 15-13, 10-12,
11-9 ret. (37m)
 Emyr Evans (WAL) bt Alasdair Prott (SCO) 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (36m)
 Curtis Malik (ENG) bt Laouenan Loaëc (FRA) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 (17m)
 James Peach (ENG) bt [WC] David Forne (AND) 11-1, 11-4, 11-3 (20m)
Joshua Phinera (FRA) bt  Fergus Richards (SCO) 12-10, 11-9, 4-11,
 Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bt Quint Mandil (FRA) 11-3, 11-4, 11-0 (20m)
 Sergio Garcia Pollan (ESP) bt [WC] Tino Mackay (SCO) 11-5, 11-2,
 Nilo Vidal (ESP) bt Javier Martin (ESP) 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8,
Finnlay Withington (ENG) bt  David Zeman (CZE) 8-11, 11-6, 11-7,
9-11, 11-7 (54m)
 Ivan Perez (ESP) bye
Lopez Downs Romiglio To Take Crown
Spaniard Edmon Lopez has secured his second title of the season, thanks
to a victory over Argentinian Leandro Romiglio in the final of the PSA
Anyospark in Andorra la Vella, Andorra.
The World No.88 came into the Challenger 5 level tournament as the No.6
seed, and his part of the draw opened up early with the top seed being
beaten in the second round of the competition.
Lopez started his run in Andorra with a win over Austria’s Lukas
Windischberger in straight games, before then getting the better of
Frenchman Toufik Mekhalfi, the tournament’s No.10 seed, in the last 16.
The Spaniard then took on India’s Abhay Singh, who had defeated the top
seed the previous day, in the quarter finals of the competition, after
after dropping the second game to see the Indian level the match, Lopez
fought through to win in four and advance to the semis.
Due to injury, Welshman Emyr Evans was unable to play in the
semi-finals, giving Lopez a walkover into the final, and he used that to
his advantage, as he defeated Argentina’s Leandro Romiglio, the World
No.70, in straight games in the final, winning 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 to take
his second title of the season.
Overcomes Kalik To Advance
The quarter finals of the PSA Anyospark saw four lengthy matches, with
Argentina’s Leandro Romiglio causing the sole upset of the day, as he
came from behind to defeat England’s No.3 seed Curtis Malik to make it
through to the semi-finals.
The Argentinian, who featured at the PSA World Championships for the
first time earlier this year, found himself two games down to the
Englishman, including having lost the first game on a tie-break 13-11.
However, Romiglio fought back to win the third game by the same
scoreline before going on to win both the fourth and fifth games as well
to secure a 3-2 victory to make the last four of the competition.
Romiglio will now face Spaniard Ivan Perez in the semi-finals, after the
tournament’s No.2 seed overcame compatriot Sergio Garcia Pollan in the
longest match of the day. Pollan took the first on a tie-break, before
Perez, the World No.104, took the second 11-4 to level it up. He then
won thee third on a tie-break, to keep the momentum in his favour,
eventually winning in four games after 82 minutes of action.
The other semi-final in Andorra la Vella will see Welshman Emyr Evans
and Spain’s Edmon Lopez go head-to-head after they won their respective
last eight clashes. Evans needed five games to defeat Italian No.1 Yuri
Farneti, while Loped overcame the challenge of India’s Abhay Singh.
The semi-finals of the Challenger 5 level PSA Anyospark will take place
on Saturday, June 4, with the last four doing battle to make it through
to Sunday’s finals.
Singh Downs Top Sedd To Make Last Eight
The second round of the PSA Anyospark took place on Thursday afternoon
in Andorra la Vella, and India’s Abhay Singh overcame the tournament’s
top seed to join the rest of the top eight seeds in the quarter finals
of the competition.
Singh came into the Challenger 5 level tournament as the No.9 seed, and
in the last 16 of the event, he came up against England’s Robert Downer,
the top seed. In the end, the Indian required just 45 minutes on court,
as he won out in straight games, thanks to a crucial tie-break win in
the second which kept the momentum in his favour, winning out in
straight games. He will now face Spain’s Edmon Lopez, the No.6 seed, in
the last eight on Friday.
Spain’s Ivan Perez, the tournament’s No.2 seed, safely made his way
through to the quarter finals after beating England’s Finnlay Withington
in four games. The Spaniard won the first two, before the young
Englishman won the third on a tie-break, but the World No.104 regrouped
to win the fourth comfortably to advance to the last eight, where he
will face compatriot and No.7 seed Sergio Garcia Pollan.
No.3 seed Curtis Malik had to come through a scare in his second round
contest in Andorra, as he fell behind through three games against fellow
Englishman James Peach. However, Malik was able to fight back, dropping
just eight points across the last two games to come back to win in five
to make it into the last eight where he will now face Argentina’s
The quarter finals of the PSA Anyospark will be held at Club Esportiu
Anyos Park on Friday, June 3, with the action being streamed live from
the club. We will publish the links for the action when play gets
Phinera And Withington Upset Seedings
The opening round of the PSA Anyospark was a busy one, with 14 matches
taking place across three courts at the Club Esportiu Anyos Park.
Frenchman Joshua Phinera and England’s Finnlay Withington caused upsets
in the first round to make it through to the last 16.
The Challenger 5 tournament level got underway on Wednesday afternoon in
Andorra La Vella, Andorra, and both Withington and Phinera came up
against seeded opposition in the opening round.
The Englishman took on No.12 seed David Zeman for a place in the last 16
of the competition, and he had to go the distance to make it through
against the Czech player. After going behind, Withington then led 2-1,
but saw Zeman fight back to send the match to a decider. It was the
World No.243 who eventually got over the line, winning the fifth to move
into the second round after 54 minutes on court.
The other man to cause an upset on the opening day of the tournament was
World No.347 Phinera, who downed the tournament’s No.14 seed, Scotland’s
Fergus Richards. The Frenchman won the first two games, including the
first on a tie-break, before Richards fought back to win the third.
However, Phinera regrouped to win the fourth, also on a tie-break, to
book his last 16 berth.
There were two other matches on the opening day that went all the way to
five, with France’s Edwin Clain having to come back from the brink,
while Nilo Vidal won out after almost 90 minutes. The Frenchman found
himself two games down to Spanish wildcard Pablo Dolz, but fought back
to win 3-2, while Vidal and compatriot Javier Martin did battle for 86
minutes, with the former winning the last two games to come from 2-1
down to take the win.
The second round of the PSA Anyospark will take place on Thursday, June
2 at the Club Esportiu Anyos Park, with the last 16 going head-to-head
for places n the quarter finals.
PSA Anyospark Preview
The sole Challenger Tour event on European soil this week will be the
PSA Anyospark, which will take place from Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday,
June 5 at the Club Esportiu Anyos Park in Andorra La Vella, Andorra.
The Challenger 5 level men’s event will feature players from 11 nations,
with the majority of those hailing from Europe. England’s Robert Downer
and Spaniard Ivan Perez will be the top two seed for the competition,
and will receive byes through to the second round after a pair of late
withdrawals from the event.
England’s Curtis Malik will be the No.3 seed for the tournament, and
after winning the NTA Squash Classic in his last outing, the World No.91
comes into this tournament full of confidence.
“I feel I'm currently playing some good squash again after a successful
week at the NTA Squash Classic in Boston,” he explained.
“I felt my squash had been at that level but just to remain consistent
match after match has been the difference to my recent form. I'm really
enjoying competing abroad again after COVID, so I'm just trying to make
the most of every situation I get to perform well.
“To get the win last week at the NTA Squash Classic was amazing. It was
one of those tournaments where I didn't put any expectations on myself
and just wanted to put what I've done into practice.
“It was especially nice to get wins over players that I haven't beaten
before, so that's always good for confidence, knowing you've got what it
takes. It was such a good experience out there and I leaned so much both
on and off the court which only makes me more motivated to continue
competing around the world.”
Malik will be the No.3 seed for this week’s tournament, and he currently
sits at his highest position in the World Rankings. The 22-year-old
broke into the world’s top 100 for the first time in January, and he is
continuing to look up.
“Obviously being No.3 seed means you've got a chance no matter what
tournament you're in. But the mindset is the same for me here as it was
in Boston, take each match as it comes and try not to look too far
ahead,” the Englishman admitted.
“All these Challenger Tour events are strong these days so I'll just be
ready for every challenge I face along the way. I'm just looking forward
to playing some good quality squash again!
“Breaking the top 100 was always a goal of mine but I want to continue
climbing as quick as I can. I'd love to be as close to the top 50 as I
can by the end of this year.
“It’s a tough goal but one I know is possible if I keep focusing on the
process of improving in training and competing to the best of my
ability. I'm just going to take each event as it comes and see where it
takes me this year. As long as I'm enjoying it and extracting the
absolute most out of myself then I'll be happy no matter what the
Welshman Emyr Evans rounds out the top four seeds, with Argentinian
Leandro Romiglio, one of two non-Europeans in the draw, will be in the
top eight seeds with Spain’s Edmon Lopez and Sergio Garcia Pollan, and
Italian No.1 Yuri Farneti.
There will be six wildcards for the tournament, including a pair of
Andorrans, in David Forne and Iluis Suarez, both of whom will be aiming
to impress on home soil this week.
The event takes place from Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 5 at the
Club Esportiu Anyos Park in Andorra.
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