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Atlanta Open 2023

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$12,000 Men's Atlanta Open 2023, Concourse Athletic Club, Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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Atlanta Open 2023
Men's Draw
19 - 23 Apr
Georgia, USA, $12k

ROUND TWO
20 Apr
QUARTERS
21 Apr
SEMIS
22 Apr
FINAL
23 Apr

[1] David Baillargeon (CAN)
11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (45m)
[9/16] Sanjay Jeeva (MAS)


David Baillargeon

11-5, 13-11, 11-9 (48m)
Addeen Idrakie
 
David Baillargeon
14-12, 11-2, 8-11, 11-4 (51m)
Ryunosuke Tsukue

Ryunosuke Tsukue
11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7 (63m)
Zahed Salem
[7] Addeen Idrakie (MAS)
9-11, 11-5, 11-3, 8-11, 11-3 (59m)
Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR)
[8] Christopher Gordon (USA)
11-6, 11-13, 11-7, 2-11, 11-6 (71m)
Edgar Ramirez (COL)
Christopher Gordon
11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (26m)
Ryunosuke Tsukue
[9/16] Ryunosuke Tsukue (JPN)
11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 7-11, 11-7 (70m
[3] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)
[9/16] Seif Shenawy (EGY)
11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (48m)
[4] Leandro Romiglio (ARG)

Seif Shenawy

9-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-3, 11-7 (61m)
Zahed Salem
 

Zahed Salem
12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 (95m)
Timothy Brownell
[5] Zahed Salem (EGY)
5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (62m)
[9/16] Nasir Iqbal (PAK)
[6] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (41m)
[9/16] Spencer Lovejoy (USA)
Ivan Yuen
11-9, 11-8, 14-12 (43m)
Timothy Brownell
[9/16] Mark Broekman (ENG)
11-5, 11-1, 11-5 (28m)
[2] Timothy Brownell (USA)

ROUND ONE

[1] David Baillargeon (CAN) bye
[9/16] Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) bt Abdelaziz Hegazy (EGY) 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (23m)
Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) bt [9/16] Finnlay Withington (ENG) 5-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 (51m)
[7] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) bye
[8] Christopher Gordon (USA) bye
Edgar Ramirez (COL) bt [9/16] Noor Zaman (PAK) 11-7, 12-10, 11-1 (33m)
[9/16] Ryunosuke Tsukue (JPN) bt Jamie Ruggiero (USA) 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 (19m)
[3] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bye
[4] Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bye
[9/16] Seif Shenawy (EGY) bt Chris Fuller (ENG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (32m)
[9/16] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [WC] Fletcher Cline (USA) 11-2, 11-1, 11-4 (20m)
[5] Zahed Salem (EGY) bye
[6] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bye
[9/16] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) bt [WC] Muhammad Ibrahim Noorani (PAK) 8-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (41m)
[9/16] Mark Broekman (ENG) bt [WC] Aaron Luque (USA) 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (22m)
[2] Timothy Brownell (USA) bye
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REPORTS

Salem Wins For First Time in Five Years

Zahed Salem (left) with Ryunosuke Tsukue (right) and tournament promoter Andre Maur (centre) after the final of the Atlanta Open
Zahed Salem (left) with the Atlanta Open trophy

Egyptís Zahed Salem is a winner again on Tour for the first time since 2018, as he claimed the Atlanta Open title this weekend.

The Egyptian reached as high as World No.14 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has since dropped out of the worldís top 50. However, this will be a big step in getting back into the majorís once again.

Salem came into the Atlanta Open as the No.5 seed for the Challenger 10 level competition. He would go on to play four matches at the Concourse Athletic Club, with all four going the distance.

He received an opening round by, before then defeating Pakistanís Nasir Iqbal in a five-game battle, one that lasted just over an hour, to make the quarter finals. In the last eight, he came up against compatriot Seif Shenawy, who had caused an upset the previous day. It looked like the same might happen again, with Shenawy taking a two-game lead, but Salem fought back brilliantly to win the next three games, dropping just 12 points on the way.

The semi-finals saw the Egyptian take on No.2 seed and home favourite Timothy Brownell. The American came form a game down to lead 2-1 after winning both the second and third games 11-9, but Salem would fight back one more. He won the fourth 11-7, before then taking the fifth 11-8 to book his spot in the final after a 95-minute classic.

Salem would then complete the set, and go the distance in the final as well. He took on the tournamentís surprise package, Japanís Ryunosuke Tsukue. The Japanese No.1 led after three games, but again, the former World No.14 battled. He won the fourth comfortably, before then taking the decider 11-7 to secure his first win in five years.
 
Quarter Finals

Tsukue Gatecrashes Semi-Finals

Ryunosuke Tsukue in action at the PSA World Championships Qualifying Event

Japanís Ryunosuke Tsukue is into the semis of the Atlanta Open despite being unseeded, after he beat Christopher Gordon in the last eight.

The Japanese No.1 had already defeated No.3 seed Juan Camilo Vargas to make the quarter finals, and he came up against the USAís Gordon for a place in the last four of the Challenger 10 level competition.

Tsukue, who featured at the PSA World Championships Qualifying Event in Birmingham last week, continued his good form. He won in straight games against the No.8 seed, taking an 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 victory to book his sei-final spot.

Japanís No.1 will take on Canadian David Baillargeon in the last four. The tournamentís top seed got the better of Malaysiaís Addeen Idrakie in straight games. The second went to a tie-break, which the Canadian came out on the right side of, 13-11, before then going on to win the third 11-9.

In the bottom half of the draw, Egyptís Zahed Salem got the better of compatriot Seif Shenawy in a tight five-game tussle. Salem went two games down after losing the second on a tie-break, but dropped just twelve points across the rest of the contest, to round off a great fightback.

He will now face American Timothy Brownell, the No.2 seed, in the semis. The World No.46 defeated Malaysiaís Ivan Yuen in the last eight, taking the victory with a third game tie-break win, 14-12.

The semi-finals of the Atlanta Open will be played on Saturday, April 22, and you can keep up to date with daily updates from the tournament on the PSA Challenger Tourís Twitter and Facebook.
 
Preview

One of three events taking place on the Tour in the USA this week is the Atlanta Open, with the Concourse Athletic Club playing host.

The venue returns to the Tour after hosting the Concourse Athletic Club Open in 2022, an event in which Englandís Sam Todd secured his biggest Challenger Tour victory to date.

This yearís event will be a Challenger 10 level prize, and will see a quartet from the Americas as the top four seeds. Canadian No.1 David Baillargeon will be the top seed this week in Atlanta.

However, American Timothy Brownell will be the highest-ranked player in the competition, having moved up to World No.46 following his second round result at the British Open in Birmingham. Colombiaís Juan Camilo Vargas and Argentinian No.1 Leandro Romiglio make up the top four seeds.

Egyptís Zahed Salem, the former World No.14, cannot be counted out, while Malaysiaís Ivan Yuen was among those victorious on the final day of the PSA World Championships Qualifying Event. He is joined in the top eight seeds by compatriot Addeen Idrakie and a second American, in Christopher Gordon.

Four more Americans will be in action on home soil this week, including two of the three tournament wildcards. Spencer Lovejoy and Jamie Ruggiero will feature, along with wildcards Aaron Luque and Fletcher Cline. Nigerian Faruq Sulaimon will be the other wildcard this week in Atlanta.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
 

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