Airport Xmas Challenger 2015
Berlin, Germany, $5k
Quarters 05 Dec
Semis 06 Dec
Final 07 Dec
(1) Reiko Peter SUI
8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
Bernat Jaume ESP
11-6, 11-5, 12-10
13-11, 11-8, 11-8
11-5, 11-6, 11-9
12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 6-11
(6) Jaakko Vähämaa FIN
(7) Ahmed Hussein EGY
11-7, 11-4, 11-6
Steven London ENG
11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6
Tarek Shehata EGY
11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10
(4) Baptiste Masotti FRA
(3) Benjamin Fischer SUI
11-8, 11-3, 12-10)
Daniel Mekbib CZE
11-4, 11-9, 15-13
11-7, 12-10, 11-8
6-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 10-12 Jonas Daehler (5) SUI
(8) Manuel Wanner SUI
11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-2
Jakob Dirnberger AUT
11-2, 5-11, 11-4, 11-5
7-11, 6-11, 15-13, 4-11
(2) Sebastiaan Weenink NED
Powers to Xmas Challenger Crown
Swiss top seed Reiko Peter wrapped up a strong 2015 in style after
securing his fourth PSA World Tour title of the year with victory
over compatriot Benjamin Fischer in the final of the Airport Xmas
Challenger, PSA M5 tournament.
Peter was irresistible throughout the event and dropped just one
game, in his opening round clash with Bernat Jaume, on his way to
the final. Fischer meanwhile downed fellow countrymen Jonas Daehler
and Manuel Wanner in the quarter-final and semi-final stages,
respectively to confirm his final berth.
World No.67 Peter started the match in the ascendancy, moving
Fischer around the court well and pouncing on some lose shots to
drop some inch-perfect shots into the front.
This approach paid dividends in the opening two games but a
resurgent Fischer attempted to battle his way back into contention
in a hard-fought third game.
However, Peter steadied the ship and held on impressively to close
out an 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 triumph to ensure that his last PSA World
Tour event of the year was a victorious one.
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The Airport Xmas Challenger, PSA M5 tournament starts on Friday
December 4 with a competitive draw chasing honours at the
Airport Squash and Fitness Club in Berlin, Germany.
Reiko Peter appears at his final PSA World Tour event of the
season and is looking to end a successful year, where he has
captured three PSA World Tour titles, in style.
The Swiss World No.67’s last piece of silverware came at the
Pilatus Cup back in June and, despite dropping out of the PSA
Men’s World Championship in the qualifying stages, has shown
title-winning pedigree on a number of occasions this year.
Peter goes up against Bernat Jaume in the opening round as he
looks to open with a victory.
Second seed Sebastiaan Weenink is also amongst the forerunners
for the title and is looking to improve on his good form that
has seen him reach two successive semi-finals at the Cleveland
Skating Club Open and Life Time Fitness Minneapolis Open.
Italy’s Yuri Farneti stands in the Dutchman’s way in the opening
round but Weenink will be expecting to win the encounter against
an opponent making only his third PSA World Tour main draw
Benjamin Fischer has reached four quarter-finals in his last
five PSA World Tour tournaments but needs to go further if he is
to break his PSA World Tour title duck.
Fischer, who turns 28 the day the event begins, will be hoping
for a late birthday present by lifting silverware in Berlin. He
meets Daniel Mekbib for a place in the quarter-final.
France’s Baptiste Masotti has an outside chance of taking the
crown and, like Fischer, is still yet to find success on the PSA
World Tour. A runner-up finish at the Suez Helsinki Summer
Challenger in August showed his ability to reach the latter
stages and Masotti will be hoping for greater things this time
around. He does battle with Tarek Shehata in round one.