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Savcor Finnish Open 2016





  • Essam Lifts Finnish Open Crown



Savcor Finnish Open 2016
28-31 Jan
Mikkeli, Finland, $5k
Round One
28 Jan
29 Jan
30 Jan
31 Jan
[1] Shehab Essam (EGY)
11-2, 11-3, 11-5
Triatan Eysele (RSA)
Shehab Essam
11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-13, 12-10
Asim Khan
Shehab Essam
11-8, 11-5, 11-4
Daniel Poleshchuk
Shehab Essam
14-16, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5
Geoffrey Demont
[6] Asim Khan (PAK)
11-8, 11-8, 11-7
[Q] Bradley Masters (ENG)
[7] Manuel Wanner (SUI)
11-8, 11-5, 11-8
Kale Wilson (TRI)
Manuel Wanne
3-11, 12-10, 4-11, 1-11
Daniel Poleshchuk
[4] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
11-5, 11-0, 11-7
[LL] Pascal Gomez (ESP)
[Q] Robert Dadds (ENG)
11-7, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3
[3] Geoffrey Demont (FRA)
Geoffrey Demont
11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9
Jami Äijänen
Geoffrey Demont
5-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
 Ashley Davies
[wc] Jami Äijänen (FIN)
11-3, 11-7, 11-2
[4] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[Q] Kristian Rautiainen (FIN)
12-14, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 17-15
[7] Ashley Davies (ENG)
 Ashley Davies
11-8, 14-12, 11-9
Miko Äijänen
[Q] Miko Äijänen (FIN)
11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 5-11, 12-10
[2] Aqeel Rehman (AUT)


Essam Lifts Finnish Open Crown

Top seed Shehab Essam secured his first ever PSA World Tour title with a dramatic come-from-behind victory against Geoffrey Demont in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open, PSA M5 event.

The Egyptian dispatched Israel’s Daniel Poleshchuk in impressive style in the previous round to seal his spot in the final while a fine display from Demont saw him move past number two seed Ashley Davies in four games.

Proceedings started on an even keel with both players trading points in a match that ebbed and flowed. Demont took the opening game and, after some decisions went in his favour in game two, pulled away to open up a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead over his opponent.

It looked like Demont would wrap up the match in straight games after he surged into a 7-4 lead in the third but a gargantuan effort from Essam saw the World No.89 turn the match on its head to halve the deficit and his fightback continued into the fourth as he levelled up the fixture, setting up a climactic fifth game showdown.

Essam was in command of the tie from that point onwards and powered through to triumph in the final game, completing the win with a 14-16, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5 victory to break his PSA World Tour title duck.
 Äijänen Brothers Cause Upsets In Finland


The opening round of the Savcor Finnish Open, PSA M5 tournament saw two major upsets stun an enraptured crowd as the Äijänen brothers, Miko and Jami, claimed scalps over second seed Aqeel Rehman and Frenchman Baptiste Masotti, respectively.

Miko came through qualifying without dropping a game to secure his main draw berth and the 18-year-old rode the wave of fervent support from his home crowd to come through a brutal five-game-thriller with an 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 5-11, 12-10 victory.

His reward is a quarter-final clash with England’s Ashley Davies after he saw ousted Kristian Rautiainen 3-2.

Wildcard Jami eliminated seventh seed Masotti in a scintillating three-game salvo in one of the finest displays of his burgeoning career. The Fin will face another Frenchman, Geoffrey Demont, for a place in the semi-final after he laboured to victory against Robert Dadds.

Top seed Shehab Essam will face Asim Khan in the next round, meanwhile, after they rose to respective victories over Tristan Eysele and Bradley Masters.

Israeli number four seed Daniel Poleshchuk is also through to the quarter-final thanks to his win over Pascal Gomez and he will contest his last eight fixture with Manuel Wanner who defeated Kale Wilson.