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Suez Helsinki Winter Challenger

Suez Helsinki Winter Challenger
22-26 Feb
Helsinki, Finland, $5K
Round One
22 Feb
23 Mar
24 Mar
[1] Shehab Essam (EGY)
9-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-7
[Q] Jami Äijänen (FIN)
Shehab Essam
11/8, 7/11, 11/7, 11/9
Baptiste Masotti
Baptiste Masotti
11/3, 11/8, 11/7
Josh Masters
Baptiste Masotti
9/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/7
Matthew Hopkin


Miko Äijänen (FIN)
Shehab Essam
[8] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[5] Joshua Masters (ENG)
11-4, 11-4, 11-7
[Q] Julian Tomlinson (ENG)
Josh Masters
7/11, 11/3, 11/4, 11/6
Geoffrey Demont
[Q] Roshan Bharos (NED)
5-11, 8-11, 4-11
[3] Geoffrey Demont (FRA)
[4] Matthew Hopkin (AUS)
11-3, 11-5, 11-8
Kale Wilson (TRI)
Matthew Hopkin
11/5, 10/12, 13/11, 13/11
Asim Khan
Matthew Hopkin
11/7, 7/11, 11/8, 11/6
Kristian Rautiainen
[Q] Bradley Masters (ENG)
9-11, 6-11, 11-5, 8-11
[7] Asim Khan (PAK)
[6] Ashley Davies (ENG)
11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 8-11
[WC] Kristian Rautiainen (FIN)
Kristian Rautiainen
11/8, 11/8, 10/12, 11/5
 Aqeel Rehman
Tristan Eysele (RSA)
11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 7-11
[2] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Helsinki Winter Challenger 2016
1] Julian Tomlinson (ENG) bt [7] Tatu Knuutila (FIN) 3-2: 11-5, 10-12, 11-4, 5-11, 12-10
[6] Jami Äijänen (FIN) bt [3] Robert Dadds (ENG) 3-2: 8-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5,
[4] Roshan Bharos (NED) bt Hendrik Vössing (GER) 3-0: 15-13, 11-6, 11-5
[5] Bradley Masters (ENG) bt [2] Elliot Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-1, 11-6, 11-5



Hopkin Lifts Helsinki Challenger Crown

Australian Matthew Hopkin collected the third title of his PSA career and the first outside of his homeland of Australia as he defeated Baptiste Masotti in the final of the 2016 Suez Helsinki Winter Challenger, inflicting a second consecutive runner-up finish on the Frenchman.

The number four seed was assured throughout the tournament as he recorded impressive wins over Asim Khan and Kristian Rautiainen en route to the final and he proved touch for Masotti, eventually securing the title 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7.

”I didn’t make mistakes and he did in the end – that was the difference,” said Hopkins after his win.
Inaugural Helsinki Winter Challenger Gets Under Way


The Suez Helsinki Winter Challenger, PSA M5 event makes its debut on the PSA World Tour on Friday January 22 with the main draw getting off to an exciting start as a talented field looks set for some spectacular showdowns.

Following on from 2015’s successful Suez Helsinki Summer Challenger, the Winter Challenger sees Egypt’s Shehab Essam named the number one seed as he looks to lift his maiden PSA World Tour title.

The 20-year-old, who is spending his third cumulative month inside the world’s top 100, has a solitary PSA World Tour final appearance to his name which came in October 2014. However, as the top seed, the onus will be on Essam to battle for the title in Helsinki to break his PSA World Tour title duck.

Essam will face off against Jami Äijänen in round one as he looks to progress to the quarter-final stage of a PSA World Tour event for the first time since October.

Austria’s Aqeel Rehman, on the other hand, does have a wealth of title-winning experience with four PSA World Tour crowns to his name. A 16-month barren spell has seen him drop out of the world’s top 100 though and he will be eager to bring an end to that drought this time around.

Rehman goes head-to-head with South Africa’s Tristan Eysele in the opening round as he looks to get his title challenge off to a good start.

World No.110 Geoffrey Demont is also without a PSA World Tour title since 2014 but did achieve a runner-up finish at the Goodlife Open towards the end of last year which helped move him closer to a place inside the world’s top 100.

Demont will need to get past Roshan Bharos to reach the quarter-final and is seeded to meet Essam in the last four if both players make it that far.

Australia’s Matthew Hopkin has had some mixed form in recent months but could successfully claim a third PSA World Tour title if he plays to his full potential in Helsinki. The 24-year-old reached the final of the LOC Charing Cross Classic in October of last year but followed that up with three consecutive first round defeats. He will aim to end that run against Kale Wilson in the first round.
Tomlinson Takes Out Knuutila In Winter Challenger Qualification


England’s Julian Tomlinson edged out local player Tatu Knuutila 3-2 in an extremely tight match in the final qualifying round of the Suez Helsinki Winter Challenger, PSA M5 event to reach the main draw.

Tomlinson, the top qualifying seed, had to fight tooth and nail throughout the gruelling encounter and was forced to go the whole distance against a player who was bidding to reach only his second PSA World Tour main draw since 2014.

World No.204 Tomlinson will now take his place in round one of the main draw against compatriot Joshua Masters who has a single PSA World Tour title to his name.

Representing his native Finland in the main draw is Jami Äijänen, who progressed courtesy of a surprise success against World No.240 Robert Dadds. His reward is a tie against title favourite Shehab Essam in the next round.

Elsewhere, Roshan Bharos cruised through to the main draw after disposing of Hendrik Vössing in an impressive 3-0 win but will have to be at his best to advance beyond the opening round of the main draw when he plays third seed Geoffrey Demont.

Finally, another shock result saw Bradley Masters, brother of Joshua, eliminate fellow Englishman and second qualifying seed Elliot Selby. Masters dominated from the off, taking the first game 11-1 before repelling any attempts from Selby to battle back. Masters will face Asim Khan in round one.

Results – Final Qualifying Round: Suez Helsinki Winter Challenger 2016
[1] Julian Tomlinson (ENG) bt [7] Tatu Knuutila (FIN) 3-2: 11-5, 10-12, 11-4, 5-11, 12-10
[6] Jami Äijänen (FIN) bt [3] Robert Dadds (ENG) 3-2: 8-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5,
[4] Roshan Bharos (NED) bt Hendrik Vössing (GER) 3-0: 15-13, 11-6, 11-5
[5] Bradley Masters (ENG) bt [2] Elliot Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-1, 11-6, 11-5