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Partnertel Atlanta Open 2004
12-16 May, Atlanta, USA, $10k

16-May, FINAL:
Golan outlasts
Walker in Atlanta
In a thrilling match which went the full distance, Spain's Borja Golan beat England's unseeded Alister Walker in the final of the Atlanta Partnertel Open to extend his remarkable record of six successive PSA Tour final appearances without defeat.

Golan, the 21-year-old second seed from Santiago, led after the first and third games - but Walker, also 21, fought back to draw level on both occasions to take the match into his third successive five-game battle.

It was in the decider, however, that the brave Englishman - who had upset sixth-seeded Irishman John Rooney in a semi-final marathon - ran out of steam and found himself 1-10 down before he was able to muster a brief comeback to take six further points.

After 102 minutes, Golan finally claimed his 15-12 8-15 15-10 7-15 15-7 victory - and the sixth PSA title of his brief career since netting the first just two years ago.

  • 2003 Event

Borja Golan with
tournament director Andre Maur

Partnertel Atlanta Open 2004
12-16 May, Atlanta, USA, $10k
1st Round
Wed 12th
Thu 13th
Sat 15th
Sun 16th
[1] Shahier Razik (Can)
15-10, 15-10, 13-15, 15-5
[Q] Karim Yehia (Egy)
Shahier Razik
17-16, 12-15, 15-12, 8-15, 15-11
John Rooney
John Rooney

15-12, 8-15, 13-15, 15-8, 15-6

Alister Walker

Alister Walker

15-12, 8-15, 15-10, 7-15, 15-7 (102m)

Borja Golan

John Rooney (Irl)
11-15, 12-15, 15-11, 15-3, 15-4
[Q] Shawn De Lierre (Can)
[LL] Callum O'Brien (Nzl)
15-8, 15-8, 15-5
Alister Walker (Eng)
Alister Walker
13-15, 15-9, 15-4, 3-15, 15-13
Mark Heather
Mark Heather (Eng)
15-10, 10-15, 15-9, 17-15
[Q] Matthew Giuffre (Can)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
15-8, 15-7, 15-4
Lars Harms (Sui)
Lars Harms
17-16, 15-10, 15-14
Bradley Ball
Bradley Ball

15-12, 15-10, 15-7

Borja Golan

Bradley Ball (Eng)
15-13, 15-6, 15-4
Jean-Michel Arcucci (Fra)
Glenn Keenan (Irl)
8-15, 15-10, 4-15, 15-10, 15-10
Alex Stait (Eng)

Alex Stait
15-11, 4-15, 15-13, 7-15, 15-13
Borja Golan

[Q] Eric Galvez (Mex)
9-15, 15-12, 15-11, 15-11
[2] Borja Golan (Esp)

Pre-final entertainment from the
Georgia Force Cheerleaders

Final Qualifying:
Matthew Giuffre (CAN) bt Kumail Mehmood (PAK)  15-12, 12-15, 15-12, 11-15, 15-7
Karim Yehia (EGY) bt Callum O'Brien (NZL)  15-9, 15-7, 13-15, 15-5
Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Ashley Flathers (ENG)  15-13, 15-8, 15-3
Shawn De Lierre (CAN) bt Ben Howell (ENG)  15-6, 15-13, 15-7

1st qualifying round:
Matthew Giuffre (CAN) bt Takehide Hota (JPN) 15-5, 15-6, 15-7
Kumail Mehmood (PAK) bt Matt Jenson (AUS) 15-12, 15-7, 15-5
Callum O'Brien (NZL) bt Patrick Chifunda (ZAM) 15-9, 12-15, 15-17, 15-11, 17-15
Karim Yehia (EGY) bt Lucky Odeh (NGR) 15-7, 15-8, 15-9
Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Beau River (USA) 17-15, 15-12, 15-9
Ashley Flathers (ENG) bt Muhammad Sadiq (PAK) 13-15, 15-6, 12-15, 17-15, 15-7
Ben Howell (ENG) bt Lefika Ragontse (BOT) 15-4, 15-8, 15-10
Shawn De Lierre (CAN) bt Colin Musonda (ZAM) 13-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-9


15-May, Semi-Finals:
England's unseeded Alister Walker will play Spain's second seed Borja Golan in the final of the Atlanta Open, after Walker staged a fightback against Iriahman John Rooney and Golan defeated England's Bradley Ball in the semi-finals.

13-May, Quarters:
Seeds Tumble In Atlanta
After a day of shocks in Atlanta, Georgia, Borja Golan became the only seeded semi-finalist to reach the last four of the Atlanta Partnertel Open - but the second-seeded Spaniard was taken the full distance before scrambling to a 15-11 4-15 15-13 7-15 15-13 victory over England's No7 seed Alex Stait.

Golan, 21, from Santiago, will now face another Englishman Bradley Ball after the unseeded 27-year-old from Suffolk despatched his second successive seed, Switzerland's Lars Harms, 17-16 15-10 15-14.

The biggest upset on day two of the PSA Tour event in the USA was claimed by Ireland's sixth seed John Rooney - who took two hours to quash top-seeded Canadian Shahier Razik 17-16 12-15 15-12 8-15 15-11.

The Nottingham-based Irishman will meet unseeded Alister Walker who survived an all-English quarter-final clash with fifth seed Mark Heather to win 13-15 15-9 15-4 3-15 15-13.

12-May, Round One:
Ball Bursts Into
Atlanta Quarters
Unseeded Englishman Bradley Ball burst into the quarter-finals of the Atlanta Partnertel Open after upsetting France's fourth seed Jean-Michel Arcucci in straight games in the opening round in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ball's 15-13 15-6 15-4 victory takes him into a last eight clash with Switzerland's eighth seed Lars Harms who defeated Irish wildcard entrant Arthur Gaskin 15-8 15-7 15-4.

Canada's top seed Shahier Razik demonstrated his speed and shot-making against Egyptian qualifier Karim Yehia. Egypt-born Razik won the first two games with ease, but after losing the third, came back in style with a lightning performance in the fourth to win 15-10 15-10 13-15 15-5.

In the longest game of the day, second-seeded Spaniard Borja Golan fought back from a game down to beat Mexican qualifier Eric Galvez 9-15 15-12 15-11 15-11 in 100 minutes.

'Lucky' O'Brien in Atlanta
Final qualifying in Atlanta saw two Canadians, Shawn De Lierre and Matthew Giuffre, reach the main draw, raising the Canadian contingent temporarily to four.

The withdrawal of Victor Berg, the defending champion, left a lucky loser spot, and it was New Zealander Callum O'Brien who was drawn to fill it.



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