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03/02/2018
Swedish Open 2018

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Swedish Open 2018
08-11 Feb
Linköping Sporthall, Sweden, $70k
Round ONE
08 Feb
Quarters
09
Feb
Semis
10 Feb
Final
11 Feb
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY)
12-14, 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (97m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Tarek Momen
8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-8 (54m)
Cameron Pilley
Tarek Momen
11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 (62m)
Simon Rösner

 

Simon Rösner
11-7, 6-11, 11-3, 11-5 (51m)
Ali Farag

[8] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-3 (59m)
[Q] Tom Richards (ENG)
[6] Daryl Selby (ENG)
7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (79m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Daryl Selby
11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (40m)
Simon Rösner
[4] Simon Rösner (GER)
6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 (79m)
Declan James (ENG)
[3] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-13, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (72m)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
Paul Coll
11-4 , 12-10, 11-5 (44m)
Omar Mosaad
Paul Coll
11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 12-10 (66m)
Ali Farag
[7] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (32m)
[WC] Rasmus Hult (SWE)
[5] James Willstrop (ENG)
11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (27m)
[Q] Olli Tuominen (FIN)
James Willstrop
11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (30m)
 Ali Farag
[Q] Joshua Masters (ENG)
11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (27m)
[1]
Ali Farag (EGY)

Seeds

Qualifying

Qualifying finals:
[6] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [4] Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-2: 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 (61m)
[2] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [7] Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-1: 10-12, 12-10, 11-4, 12-10 (71m)
[3] Tom Richards (ENG) bt Peter Creed (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 (32m)
[8] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [1] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-3 (39m)

1st qualifying round:
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Michael Babra (SWE) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (23m)
Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (29m)
Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Filip Krüeger (SWE) 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Carl Remle (SWE) 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (27m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Jami Äijänen (FIN) 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (29m)
Peter Creed (WAL) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 5-11, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9 (65m)
Joshua Masters (ENG) bt Erik Jakobsson (SWE) 11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2 (37m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Charlie Lee (ENG) 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3 (43m)
 

 
REPORTS
Farag Claims 2018 Swedish Open Crown

Egypt's Ali Farag, the World No.3, won his first PSA World Tour title since October 2017 courtesy of a 3-1 victory over in-form Simon Rösner in the final of the 2018 UCS Swedish Open in Linköping, Sweden.

Farag last tasted title success when he triumphed at the U.S. Open to win the first World Series title of his career, but capped off a sublime week that saw him return to his best form in Sweden with a comfortable victory over Rösner - preventing the German from adding the Swedish Open to the Tournament of Champions crown he collected last month.

30-year-old Rösner started strong, looking to pick up on where he left off following an impressive semi-final defeat of Tarek Momen. But ultimately he came up short as 25-year-old Farag began to turn the screw, exerting consistent pressure that eventually sapped the energy from Rösner and paved the way for a victory that came after 51 minutes of action.

"I'm over the moon to have won the title here at this great event," said Farag.

"I've heard great things about this event for years and it exceeded all my expectations. It has been a great event.

"Today, after losing the second game I got some great words from Tarek (Momen) so I have to thank him, and my wife and family back home, for their support because without a full team behind me I wouldn't have been able to do it."

After the match Rösner said: 'He was too good today. I just tried to hang in there but I didn't have enough in the tank to make it harder. He was controlling and playing smart."
 
Rösner And Farag To Meet In Swedish Open Final

Germany's Simon Rösner will be hoping to collect his second PSA World Tour title in succession when he faces Egyptian World No.3 Ali Farag in the final of the 2018 UCS Swedish Open tomorrow.

The 30-year-old from Paderborn made history last month when he claimed the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title - becoming the first German ever to win a World Series event - and he continued to go from strength-to-strength in Linköping as he defeated Tarek Momen, whom he beat in the Tournament of Champions final, to set up a showdown with Farag tomorrow.

Rösner started the tournament slowly, struggling to get past England's Declan James in round one. But, after impressing in a straight games victory over Daryl Selby yesterday, he continued to improve as he came through a compelling 62-minute encounter 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7.

"It's feels good to finally be in the final here after many years of trying," said Rösner.

"And it's amazing to be into my second final this year already - after only two events played. I'm a little speechless.

"I only just won my first round match here. It could easily have been over for me (against Declan James) so to be in the final now is a great achievement and I'm happy with how my game went today.

"I was lucky to come out on top of this first two games - and that 2-0 lead is a huge difference to being level at 1-1."

Momen had spent over 150 minutes on court leading into their match, a fact Rösner played on as he attacked out of the blocks in the first game.

While the Egyptian World No.7 began to grow in confidence throughout the second, becoming more competitive in the rallies and using his speed to move Rösner and sap at his physical strengths, World No.6 Rösner ultimately stood firm to prevail.

He'll now face Farag after the 24-year-old came through a nail-biting four-game battle with Paul Coll of New Zealand

Farag steamrollered past former World No.1 James Willstrop in the quarter-finals courtesy of a sumptuous and flawless display and he carried that into today's encounter, outclassing Coll to take an early 2-0 game lead.

Coll gamely fought back, saving match ball in the third to extend the match and drag Farag into an attritional battle. But, with game ball in hand in the fourth, a ragged error allowed Farag back into it and he pounced to take the match 11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 12-10.

"In the first two games today I felt like I picked up where I left off last night," said Farag

"I was controlling the T very well, but he stepped up after that and made it very hard for me from the third onwards. I was getting edgy out there but at 6-3 down in the fourth I told myself to try and step it up, which I was able to do and I'm very happy to be through."
 
Farag Produces Masterclass To Storm Into Semis

An absolute masterclass performance from Ali Farag saw the Egyptian World No.3 dispatch former World No.1 James Willstrop with ease to secure his place in the semi-finals of the 2018 UCS Swedish Open and underline his credentials as title favourite.

Farag was sublime as he moved with an effortless grace and hit with devastating precision to twist and turn Willstrop at every opportunity, leaving the tall Englishman unable to find a way to stop the onslaught as Farag wrapped the match up 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 in just 30 minutes.

"Players like James are the guys who I grew up watching and dreaming of playing against so it is an honour to play against him here today," said Farag.

"I am really happy with how I played. Everything unfolded the way I wanted. I was in control of the T for most of the match and whenever I went for a shot it came off as well - so I couldn't ask for any more than that."

Farag will face New Zealand's Paul Coll for a place in the final after he defeated Omar Mosaad 3-0, while Egypt's Tarek Momen showed impressive grit and desire to back up his first round, 97 minute victory over Mathieu Castagnet with a 54-minute defeat of Australian Cameron Pilley.

Momen was far from his usual explosive self during the first, losing it 11-8 as Pilley controlled the court. But the World No.7 cut an altogether different figure in the second as he began to impose his speed and agility on play and make life difficult for the tall Australian.

After levelling Momen then showed off his soft hands in the third to take it 11-2 before keeping his composure to take the match in four games.

"I'm happy that I managed to recover and regroup from yesterday and just play as good as I can," said Momen.

"I think today's match was really good and I'm happy that it didn't go to 5 (games), as that will allow me to have some more recovery for tomorrow."

Momen will face Germany's Simon Rösner in the semi-finals after he defeated England's Daryl Selby 3-0 courtesy of a polished and crisp performance.

"I had a really tough match yesterday but today I found my rhythm and found my length and found my short game as well - everything seemed to be working well," said Rösner.
 
Marathon Match-ups Dominate Day One

The opening day of action at the 2018 UCS Swedish Open was dominated by marathon match-ups as the world's best players treated the local crowd in Linköping, Sweden, to a thrilling display that saw five matches stretch beyond the hour mark.

The opening match set the tone for what was to follow as recent J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rösner was required to call upon all his experience to see off England's Declan James in a tense 79-minute encounter.

After claiming his first ever World Series title in New York just over ten days ago, Rösner was quickly brought back to reality as James tested and probed from the offset, causing difficulty in all areas of the court before Rösner finally managed to do just enough to complete the win in five games.

"Declan is a big guy like me, so there were some traffic issues at times," said Rösner.

"He gave a huge fight today. I was playing well in patches - maybe a little edgy when going short, but that was because of the pressure he was putting me under as he was moving me around.

"The first round is sometimes the toughest. I was struggling to hit with quality and that got me frustrated at times - but credit to him because he got me to that stage.

"I'm just really glad to get it in the end."

Rösner will take on another Englishman, Daryl Selby, after he edged Frenchman Gregoire Marche in a similarly tight 79-minute match, while Egyptian Tarek Momen - the man who Rösner beat in the New York finale - required 97-minutes to get past Marche's compatriot Mathieu Castagnet.

Momen looked the stronger player throughout the first game as he pushed Castagnet into all four corners of the court. But the Frenchman hunted every ball with relentless hunger, retrieving and pressuring Momen at every opportunity, to steal the game after 30-energy-sapping minutes - before doubling his lead courtesy of an 18-minute second game.

With Castagnet beginning to tire in the third the Egyptian pounced on the opportunity, taking control of the rallies to establish a presence on the scoreboard before holding his nerve in a dramatic fifth-game to complete the victory which came after 97-minutes of play - setting a new record for the longest match in the history of the event.

"I have to be very thankful that I won today," said Momen. "I was playing against a superhuman out there. It was unreal.

"In the first game - I was annoyed to lose it of course - but I thought I had put a lot of work into him. But I was so wrong - he just didn't stop at all.

"Every now and then I got some momentum, but he he was just solid as a rock. I think I played well throughout the match and for me, it's a big boost to come back and win the mental battle at the end."

Momen will face Australian Cameron Pilley - who won an hour long encounter with Tom Richards of England - in the quarter-finals, while the bottom half of the draw will see Ali Farag clash with James Willstrop and Omar Mosaad take on Paul Coll, the New Zealander who defeated Malaysian Nafiizwan Adnan after a physically punishing 72-minute match.
 
Masters Downs Waller To Secure Swedish Open Main Draw Berth

England's Joshua Masters pulled off a major upset in the final round of qualification at the 2018 UCS Swedish Open to down top seeded Adrian Waller - ranked 23 places above him on the World Rankings - to secure a place in the main draw of the PSA M70 event taking place in Linköping, Sweden.

Masters had failed to impress as he struggled against local hope Erik Jakobsson in the first round of qualification, requiring four games to get past the Swedish challenger, but looked a more confident and complete player as he controlled Waller, taking a crucial second game 12-10, en route to an impressive win.

He'll now line up against tournament top seed and World No.3 Ali Farag in the first round with hopes of causing huge upset.

Elsewhere in qualification, experienced Finnish campaigner Olli Tuominen secured a 3-2 win over Germany's Raphael Kandra - setting up a first round match with England's James Willstrop - with Nafiizwan Adnan of Malaysia and Englishman Tom Richards completing the line up of qualifiers.

Main draw action from the tournament – which first began in the 1970s and this year sees ActiPro Event celebrate their 15th year running the tournament – gets underway from 1:00pm, with all main draw matches shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of the World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while tickets start from 100 SEK and can be purchased on the tournament website.
 

Gaultier Withdraws from Swedish Open to Send ElShorbagy to World No.1

World No.1 Gregory Gaultier has withdrawn from this week’s UCS Swedish Open after suffering a partial rupture of his adductor during last month’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions - meaning that current World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy will overtake the Frenchman at the summit of the men’s World Rankings next month.

Defending champion Gaultier will be unable to defend the ranking points he accrued while winning last year's Swedish Open and, with the points set to expire on February 28, will see his points average dip below ElShorbagy’s average on March 1, regardless of the Egyptian’s performance at the Windy City Open later this month.

The withdrawal of the three-time winner, who injured himself during an epic quarter-final clash with England’s Nick Matthew last month in New York, sees compatriot Gregoire Marche move into the main draw, while Tournament of Champions runner-up Tarek Momen takes the number two seed spot and will face World No.27 Mathieu Castagnet.

Germany’s Simon Rösner, who beat Momen in New York to lift a maiden World Series title, becomes the number four seed and will play England’s Declan James, with Australia’s Cameron Pilley moving into the final seeded position to face a qualifier.

Despite Gaultier’s absence from the tournament, the Swedish Open - which takes place between February 8-11 at Linköping Sporthall - features a host of top-class talent, with new top seed Ali Farag looking to build on the superb form that has seen him rise to World No.3, while the likes of Rösner and Momen stunned the squash world to reach the title decider of the Tournament of Champions last month.

New Zealand’s Paul Coll - a finalist at last week’s Motor City Open - is also included, while the experience of former World No1 James Willstrop and 2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad will also be on show in an unpredictable draw.

The inaugural Swedish Open took place in the 1970s and the 2018 edition will see tournament promoters ActiPro Event celebrate their 15th year running the tournament.

Qualification for the tournament takes place between February 6-7 at Linköping Squash Center and Norrköping Squash Center, with main draw matches taking place on the glass court at Linköping Sporthall between February 8-11.

All main draw matches will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while tickets start from 100 SEK and can be purchased on the tournament website: www.swedishopensquash.se/tickets

Revised Main Draw – 2018 UCS Swedish Open
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[Qualifier] v [8] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[6] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Declan James (ENG) v [4] Simon Rösner (GER)
[3] Paul Coll (NZL) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Rasmus Hult (SWE) v [7] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[5] James Willstrop (ENG) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [1] Ali Farag (EGY)
Gaultier Ready to Defend Swedish Open Title

France’s World No.1 Gregory Gaultier is relishing defending his title when the UCS Swedish Open takes place February 8-11 at Linköping Sporthall.

The tournament – which first began in the 1970s and the 2018 edition will see ActiPro Event celebrate their 15th year running the tournament - will see a high-quality draw battle it out for the PSA M70 title, with the likes of World No.3 Ali Farag and J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rösner and runner-up Tarek Momen joining the current World No.1 at the event.

The charismatic Frenchman – who is a three-time winner at the Swedish Open – saw off 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad by an 7-11, 11-3, 11-0, 11-8 scoreline in the final last year and Gaultier is looking forward to playing at the tournament in Linköping once again this year.

“I’ve been playing Sweden since the first edition”, said the 35-year-old.

“At my first event there I remember beating [PSA Chief Executive and former World No.5] Alex Gough in round one. I keep playing there because I’ve known them for many years and they always do such a great job.

“It’s always full, they do a really good job with marketing and you can see all of the signs and photos in the city – I think we should take example from them when you see what kind of an event they can put on.”

Gaultier will start his title defence against compatriot and World No.27 Mathieu Castagnet and is keen to see more European events follow in the Swedish Open’s footsteps in the future.

“I want to encourage more people to organise tournaments in Europe,” said Gaultier.
“We travel so much and so far away that it’s good to have tournaments close by and in Europe.

“As long as the tournament will be there then I will keep going to encourage [Tournament Promoter] Fredrik Johnson and all of these guys that love squash so much. They always put on a successful event.”

Qualification for the tournament takes place between February 6-7 at Linköping Squash Center and Norrköping Squash Center, with main draw matches taking place on the glass court at Linköping Sporthall between February 8-11.

All main draw matches will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while tickets start from 100 SEK and can be purchased at: http://www.swedishopensquash.se/tickets

Main Draw – 2018 UCS Swedish Open
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[Qualifier] v [5] Simon Rösner (GER)
[7] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [3] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Rasmus Hult (SWE) v [8] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[6] James Willstrop (ENG) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)


 

 

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