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Abierto Colombiano 2015

XVIII Abierto Colombiano 2015
Men's Draw
03-08 Aug, Bogota, Colombia, $50k
Round One
05 Aug
06 Aug
07 Aug
08 Aug
[1] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
 12-10, 11-5, 11-9 (38m)
Shaun Le Roux (RSA)
Miguel Rodriguez
 12-10, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8 (42m)
Zahed Mohamed
Miguel Rodriguez
11-8, 12-10, 7-11, 4-11, 12-10 (101m)
Saurav Ghosal
Saurav Ghosal
11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (55m)
 Alfredo Avila
[8] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (31m)
[Q] Todd Harrity (USA)
[6] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-3, 11-1, 11-3 (18m)
[wc] Sebastian Laguna (COL)
Saurav Ghosal
8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (48m)
Diego Elias
[4] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (45m)
Diego Elias (PER)
[Q] Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
11-2, 11-5, 11-2 (27m)
[3] Borja Golan (ESP)
Borja Golan
6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (53m)
Alfredo Avila
 Alfredo Avila
8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-2 (71m)
Peter Barker
[Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX)
11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (39m)
[5] Fares Dessouki (EGY)
Lucas Serme (FRA)
11-7, 11-5, 11-13, 11-6 (43m)
[7] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Cesar Salazar
11-4 rtd
Peter Barker
[Q] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (31m)
[2] Peter Barker (ENG)
XVIII Abierto Colombiano 2015
Women's Draw
03-08 Aug, Bogota, Colombia, $15k
Round One
05 Aug
06 Aug
07 Aug
08 Aug
[1] Victoria Lust (Eng)
Victoria Lust
11-2, 11-5, 11-8 (21m)
Nayelly Hernandez
Victoria Lust
11-5 / 11-8 / 11-7 (23m)
Nikki Todd
Victoria Lust
11-5 / 11-4 / 11-5 (20m)
Catalina Pelaez
[8] Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)
11-7, 11-3, 11-1 (21m)
Aline de Sousa (Bra)
[6] Diana Garcia (Mex)
19-17, 11-4, 11-3 (25m)
Ivone Diaz (Mex)
Diana Garcia
 11-8, 11-8, 15-17,
8-11, 11-8 (44m)

Nikki Todd
[3] Nikki Todd (Can)
11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7 (27m)
Laura Tovar (Col)
Giselle Delgado (Col)
11-5, 11-4, 12-10 (19m)
[4] Catalina Pelaez (Col)
Catalina Pelaez
11-9, 11-6, 15-13 (16m)
Melina Turk
Catalina Pelaez
9-11 / 11-6 / 11-6 / 11-7 (33m)
Samantha Teran
Karina Heredia (Mex)
11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (16m)
[7] Melina Turk (Can)
Juliana Pereira (Bra)
11-6, 11-5, 11-2 (19m)
[5] Thaisa Serafini (Bra)
Thaisa Serafini
11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (25m)
Samantha Teran
[2] Samantha Teran (Mex)
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Men's Final

Avila Claims Colombia Crown

World No.54 Alfredo Avila completed a remarkable quartet of giant-killing performances to defeat Indian Saurav Ghosal in the final of the Abierto Colombiano de Squash Club el Nogal, PSA M50 tournament - becoming the tournament’s first Mexican champion in the process.

After coming through qualification to secure his place in the main draw the 24-year-old from Mexico City proceeded to upset all the odds by brushing aside World No.21 Fares Dessouki, World No.12 Borja Golan and World No.7 Peter Barker to secure his place in the final.

The title-decider began in edgy fashion, with both players happy to duel it out in extended rallies, before Avila surged to take eight consecutive points, and the game. While Kolkata’s Ghosal responded to take the second, Avila, buoyed by opening up the early lead, utilised his pace and physical style to eventually see out the match in 55-minutes, taking it 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 and become the first qualifier to triumph in Bogota.

“I am really, really happy to have won today, but not just today, also to have won every hard match during the tournament,” said Avila.

“This is my first title in a PSA M50 tournament and this is amazing for me and my people.”

Women's Final

Lust Wins At Her Second Final In Bogata

A more mature Victoria Lust in her second final in Bogota, the British pressed from the start, the Colombian, Catalina Pelaez who was inspired and encouraged by the audience.

The first game Catalina looked anxious, less precise than the previous day and Victoria took the first without major problems.

She continued to attack and the Colombian was inaccurate in the second game, while Victoria was  rallying strong and confidently. In the 3rd, Catherine made the game more even, but Victoria was clear in her intention not to miss his second chance in the final, with good game management she took the title.

Top Seeds Stunned In Bogota

Top seeded World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez and second seed Peter Barker, the World No.7, fell to shock defeats at the hands of India’s Saurav Ghosal and Mexican qualifier Alfredo Aliva in the semi-finals of the 2015 Abierto Colombiano de Squash Club el Nogal, PSA M50 tournament taking place in Bogota.

Defending champion and local hero Rodriguez lost out to Ghosal, the World No.19 from Kolkata, in a thrilling 101 minute encounter that enthralled the crowd. Ghosal, who halted World Junior Champion Diego Elias in the quarters, came out in inspired form to take the opening two games before the typically tenacious Rodriguez fought back to force a decider.

A nail-biting fifth game went all the way to a tie-break where Ghosal showed his steely determination to edge it and move into his second consecutive final.

“I am delighted to have won today,” said Ghosal. “It is a great win to beat Miguel in Colombia and I guess it required a special match and performance to beat him.

“He is one of my best friends on tour and I hope we entertained the crowd, as much as we were hurting. Miguel pushed like crazy and showed what a champion he is.

“Hopefully, I will recover well for tomorrow.”

Ghosal will now face Mexican qualifier Avila, who haven already beaten Egypt’s Farres Dessouki and Spain’s Borja Golan, continued his giant-killing form to come from two games down to take out Barker - who is ranked 47 places higher in the world rankings.

“I am really happy to have won today and all the other matches,” said Avila.

“Every match I have played was really hard and today isn’t an exception. I was 2-0 down and I just tried to keep pushing and change my game and it worked to get me to the fifth game. I am so excited to be in my first final in a tournament of this size.”


Alfredo Avila Pulls Off A Second Consecutive Upset

24-year-old qualifier Alfredo Avila, the World No.54, pulled off a second consecutive upset to defeat World No.12 Borja Golan in the quarter-finals of the Abierto Colombiano de Squash Club el Nogal, PSA M50 tournament taking place in Bogota.

The un-fancied Mexican completed a straight-games victory over Egypt’s World No.21 Fares Dessouki in the opening round and continued his rich vein of form to come from a game down and see off former World No.5 Golan in a tense 53-minute battle.

Avila utilised his pace and never-say-die attitude to weather and early storm from Golan, and despite dropping the first game 6-11, his unrelenting pressure paid dividends in the second as Golan cracked and Avila levelled by taking the game 11-9. The third and fourth games followed a similar pattern with the South American making the most of his high-altitude experience to take the crucial points and seal a 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 triumph.

He will now face Peter Barker in the semi-finals after the Englishman progressed unchallenged by Cesar Salazar, the Mexican succumbing to injury after the first game, while local favourite and tournament top seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez kept his hopes of winning back-to-back titles in his home town alive.

Rodriguez dominated against Egypt’s Zahed Mohamed, winning 3-1, as he asserted his credentials as the man to beat and he will take on India’s Saurav Ghosal in the last four after the 28-year-old from Kolkata ended the hopes of teenage sensation Diego Elias in a hard-fought 3-1 encounter.

Women's Event

All four of the top seeded players have claimed a spot in the next round of the Abierto Colombiano de Squash Club el Nogal, PSA W15 event after triumphing at the quarter-final stage.

Nikki Todd was the only player to flirt with elimination after a gruelling five-game-thriller against sixth seeded Mexican Diana Garcia.

The Canadian opened up an early 2-0 lead but found herself up against it in a mammoth third game which Garcia took after a gargantuan tie-break. Garcia continued her revival in the fourth to level things up but, after a highly-charged fifth and final game, Todd managed to edge out a hard-fought 11-8, 11-8, 15-17, 8-11, 11-8 victory to reach the semi-final stage for the first time this year.

She has a tough encounter with top seed Victoria Lust up next after she blasted past Nayelly Hernandez with a comfortable straight games victory while number two seed Samantha Teran put her fresh legs to good advantage after her first round bye to scythe through Thaisa Serafini in three games.

The World No.30 is set to face home hope Catalina Pelaez for a place in the final after she eased by seventh seed Melina Turk.

Elias Stuns Elshorbagy In Colombia

Peruvian Diego Elias, the 18-year-old who last week became just the fourth player in history to win the Wold Junior Championship for a second time, produced a sublime performance to knock out number four seed Marwan Elshorbagy (right) in the first round of the Abierto Colombiano de Squash Club el Nogal, PSA M50 tournament in Bogota.

Elshorbagy, the last player before Elias to lift the World Junior title on two occasions, began the encounter strongly by taking the opening game 11-9 but from there on in he couldn’t match the youngster who is in the form of his life - having also claimed PanAm Games Silver during the summer.

Elias dominated the last three games, outworking Elshorbagy to frustrate the World No.13 and seal an impressive 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (45m) triumph.

Elias will now face Indian number one Saurav Ghosal in the quarter-finals after the 28-year-old from Kolkata wasted no time in dismissing wildcard Sebastian Laguna, taking just 18-minutes to complete a 3-0 win, while local favourite and tournament top seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the World No.4 and 2015 PanAm Games Gold medal winner, moved into the last eight with a straightforward 3-0 win over Shaun Le Roux.

Elias wasn’t the only surprise victor during the opening day of competition, with Mexican qualifier Alfredo Avila producing one of his finest ever performances on the PSA World Tour to secure an impressive win over talented Egyptian player Fares Dessouki - utilising his on-court pace and attack to overcome the 33 places between the pairing on the World Rankings and seal a straight games victory.

Avila will face Spanish number three seed Borja Golan in the quarter-finals with the winner set to face either World No.7 Peter Barker of England or Mexico’s World No.28 Cesar Salazar in the last four.





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