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Sekisui Open 2016



Round One

Round Two








Sekisui Open 2016
Men's Draw
07-13 March
Kriens, Switzerland, $15k
First Round
09 Mar
second Round
10 Mar
11 Mar
12 Mar
[1] Greg Lobban (SCO)
11/5, 11/8, 11/5
Chi Him Wong (HKG)
Greg Lobban
11/7, 11/2, 11/6
Daniel Mekbib
Greg Lobban
11/6, 11/7, 11/7
Edmon Lopez Moller
Greg Lobban
7/11, 12/10, 11/5, 9/11, 11/8
Kristian Frost
Kristian Frost
12/10, 7/11, 12/10, 11/13, 11/8
Mahesh Mangaonkar
Joe Green (ENG)
11/4, 11/1, 6/0 rtd
[Q] Daniel Mekbib (CZE)
Edmon Lopez Moller (ESP)
 8/11, 11/9, 12/10, 11/5
[Q] Ondrej Uherka (CZE)
Edmon Lopez Moller
11/8, 12/10, 11/7
Evan Williams
[8] Evan Williams (NZL)
11/9, 11/9, 8/11, 10/12, 11/9
[wc] Patrick Miescher (SUI)
[6] Reiko Peter (SUI)
11/3, 11/3, 7/11, 11/7
Rui Soares (POR)
Reiko Peter
6/11, 7/11, 11/9, 11/9, 12/10
Tristan Eysele
Tristan Eysele
11/6, 11/6, 11/7

Kristian Frost
[Q] Tristan Eysele (RSA)
12/10, 11/3 11/4
[LL] Christoph Zust (SUI)
Benjamin Fischer (SUI)
8/11, 10/12, 11/4, 15/13, 11/8
[Q] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
Dimitri Steinmann
11/8, 11/9, 5/11, 13/11
Kristian Frost
[3] Kristian Frost (DEN)
14/12, 11/7, 11/6
Jonas Daehler (SUI)
Ahmad Alsaraj (JOR)
11/5, 11/8, 11/2
[4] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
Ivan Yuen
9/11, 11/7, 15/13, 11/9
Geoffrey Demont
Geoffrey Demont
11/7, 11/5, 11/9
Joshua Larkin
Geoffrey Demont
11/6, 11/9, 11/5
Mahesh Mangaonkar
Geoffrey Demont (FRA)
11/5, 11/2, 11/5
[Q] Julian Tomlinson (ENG)
Tang Ming Hong (HKG)
11/6, 11/6 13/11
[Q] Roee Avraham (ISR)
Tang Ming Hong
11/4, 4/11, 11/8, 11/7
Joshua Larkin
Joshua Larkin (NZL)
11-8, 11-9, 11-5
[7] Piedro Schweertman (NED)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
12-10, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7
[5] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11/4, 11/7, 11/6
Bernat Jaume
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11-7, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6
Raphael Kandra
[Q] Manuel Wanner (SUI)
11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7
Bernat Jaume (ESP)
[Q] Martin Svec (CZE)
7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 14-12, 11-9
Mark Fuller (ENG)
Mark Fuller
11/8, 13/11, 11/3
Raphael Kandra
[LL] Remo Handl (SUI)
9-11, 9-11, 5-11
[2] Raphael Kandra (GER)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Sekisui Open 2016
[7] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt [L] Andres Duany (PER) 11-9, 11-3, 11-8
[6] Julian Tomlinson (ENG) bt [9] Ben Coates (ENG) 6-11, 11-5, 11-4, 12-10
[4] Tristan Eysele (RSA) bt [10] Jakob Dirnberger (AUT) 11-7, 11-8, 11-1
[2] Martin Svec (CZE) bt Victor Crouin (FRA) 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9
[1] Manuel Wanner (SUI) bt [L] Christoph Zust (SUI) 12-10, 11-5, 11-6
Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) bt [14] Enzo Corigliano (FRA) 11-1, 11-1, 11-3
[5] Ondrej Uherka (CZE) bt [L] Lukas Burkhart (SUI) 11-6, 16-18, 11-1, 11-4
[15] Roee Avraham (ISR) bt [8] Remo Handl (SUI) 11-5, 12-14, 11-6, 11-3

Results – First Qualifying Round: Sekisui Open 2016

[5] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt Amadeo Costa (SUI) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 (23m)
[L] Andres Duany (PER) bt [10] Elliot Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (27m)
[7] Ben Coates (ENG) bt [L] Fabio Fuchs (SUI) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-5 (19m)
[4] Julian Tomlinson (ENG) bt [L] Nils Roesch (SUI) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-4 (23m)
[2] Tristan Eysele (RSA) bt [L] Jan Kurzmeyer (SUI) 3-1: 11-13, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (51m)
[8] Jakob Dirnberger (AUT) bt Luca Wilhelmi (SUI) 3-1: 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4 (39m)
[16] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt [11] Miles Jenkins (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8 (42m)
Martin Svec (CZE) bt Roman Allinckx (SUI) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 14-12 (39m)
Manuel Wanner (SUI) bt [L] Aitor Zunzunegui (ESP) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 11-6 (35m)
[L] Christoph Zust (SUI) bt [14] Xavi Blasco (ESP) 3-2: 9-11, 11-1, 6-11, 11-4, 11-2 (53m)
[12] Enzo Corigliano (FRA) bt [L] Cedric Kuchen (SUI) 3-2: 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5
[15] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) bt [1] Brian Byrne (IRL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (41m)
[3] Ondrej Uherka (CZE) bt Marc ter Sluis (NED) 3-2: 7-11, 5-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5
[L] Lukas Burkhart (SUI) bt [9] Richard Williams (ENG) 3-2: 11-8, 3-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9
[13] Roee Avraham (ISR) bt Sergey Grigoryan (ARM) 2-0: 11-1, 11-0 ret.
[6] Remo Handl (SUI) bt [L] Alex Imhof (SUI) 3-0: 11-2, 11-7, 11-6

Sekisui Open 2016
Women's Draw
07-13 March
Kriens, Switzerland, $15k
second Round
10 Mar
11 Mar
12 Mar
[1] Cyrielle Peltier (FRA)
11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 11-3
[Q] Xisela Aranda (ESP)
Xisela Aranda
11/5, 11/5, 11/5
Ineta Mackevica
Xisela Aranda
11/7, 11/9, 6/11, 11/7
Alexandra Fuller
Alexandra Fuller
11/8, 6/11, 11/4, 11/1
Chloe Mesic
[5] Nadia Usenko (UKR)
5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-2
Ineta Mackevica (L
[[7] Enora Villard (FRA)
11-7, 11-4, 11-1,

[wc] Cindy Merlo (SUI)
Enora Villard
11/4, 11/9, 11/7
Alexandra Fuller
[4] Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
11-5, 11-5, 11-9
[Q] Marta Latorre Ramirez (ESP)
[Q] Jasmin Ballmann (SUI
11/2, 11/4, 11/0

[3] Chloe Mesic (FRA)
Chloe Mesic
11/8, 11/7, 11/5
Birgit Coufal
Chloe Mesic
11/9, 11/3, 4/11, 11/8
Sina Wall
Milnay Louw (RSA)
11-6, 3-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8
[6] Birgit Coufal (AUT)
[Q] Rachael Chadwick (ENG)
7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9

Anna Klimundova (CZE)
Anna Klimundova
11/8, 11/6, 13/11
Sina Wall
Marija Shpakova (SUI)
11-8, 13-11, 11-3
[2] Sina Wall (GER)


Results – First Qualifying Round: Sekisui Open 2016
[1] Eleanor Epke (NZL) bt Elise Romba (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 12-10
[7] Xisela Aranda (ESP) bt [L] Simona Frevel (SUI) 3-0: 11-2, 11-0, 11-2
[5] Jasmin Ballmann (SUI) bt [L] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-8
[4] Julie Rossignol (FRA) bt [L] Nadine Frey (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-6
[3] Nadia Pfister (SUI) bt [L] Sarah Lüdin (SUI) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-3, 12-10
[8] Marta Latorre Ramírez (ESP) bt Farah Momen (EGY) 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-3
[L] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt [6] Tereza Svobodova (CZE) 3-1: 11-4, 10-12, 14-12, 11-5
[2] Marina de Juan Gallach (ESP) bt Eva Feřteková (CZE) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-8

Draw – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Eleanor Epke (NZL) v [7] Xisela Aranda (ESP)
[5] Jasmin Ballmann (SUI) v [4] Julie Rossignol (FRA)
[3] Nadia Pfister (SUI) v [8] Marta Latorre Ramirez (ESP)
[L] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) v [2] Marina de Juan Gallach (ESP)


Magnificent Mangaonkar Captures Sekisui Crown

Indian World No.65 Mahesh Mangaonkar lifted his first PSA World Tour title since 2014 after coming through a dramatic five-game affair against defending champion and number three seed Kristian Frost Olesen in the final of the Sekisui Open, PSA M15 tournament.

Mangaonkar, who hails from Mumbai, was superb throughout the event and dropped just one game, against German second seed Raphael Kandra, on his way to the showpiece finale. Olesen, who defeated Tom Ford in last year’s final, was also in strong form from the outset of the tournament and, a tense battle against top seed Greg Lobban in the semi-final aside, earned his place in the final fairly comfortably.

Mangaonkar prevailed in a long and hard-fought opening game which he took on the tie-break after a succession of gruelling rallies.

The next three games saw the unrelenting action continue unabated with intense, fast pace shots being hit with skill and power by both competitors. The lead changed hands multiple times with Olesen taking two of the three games by the narrowest of margins to set up a deciding fifth game.

Mangaonkar had already relinquished his lead on two occasions but a determined display in the final game saw him edge ahead to close out a 12-10, 7-11, 12-10, 11-13, 11-8 victory, claiming his fifth PSA World Tour title in the process.

"Finally, I’ve won a PSA title after a year of brutal losing," Mangaonkar said on social media.

"I’m happy with the result and the performance but the work is still in progress."

Fuller Fells Mesic to Lift Women’s Sekisui Crown

South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller captured a maiden PSA World Tour title in the final of the Women’s Sekisui Open, PSA W5 tournament after a 3-1 victory over number three seed Chloe Mesic in Kriens, Switzerland.

Fuller went up against tournament surprise package Xisele Aranda in the previous round and, despite Aranda causing the biggest upset of the event when she defeated top seed Cyrielle Peltier, Fuller remained strong to defeat the Spaniard and seal her spot in the final. Meanwhile, Mesic defeated Jasmin Ballmann, Birgit Coufal and Sina Wall to set up a showdown with Fuller.

The opening game was a tightly contested affair with both players moving each other around court well as they looked to seize the initiative. Fuller took the first game 11-8 but soon found herself pegged back by a resurgent Mesic in game two.

From there, Fuller upped her game magnificently, with Mesic struggling to keep up with the pace and expert shot-making that the World No.70 was exhibiting.

As a result, Fuller motored to the victory, dropping just five points in the final two games to record an 11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-1 triumph.
Round 1 Women

Aranda Shocks Peltier In Women’s Sekisui Open


Spanish qualifier Xisela Aranda came up with the greatest win of her career in the first round of the Sekisui Open, PSA W5 tournament after a stunning 3-2 win over number one seed Cyrielle Peltier.

An excellent start to the match from World No.171 Aranda put her on the brink of victory but Peltier came storming back to level things up and send the tie into a climactic fifth game. Aranda wasn’t done there though and, as Peltier failed to carry her momentum into the decider, she took advantage to complete an intense 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 11-3 victory.

“Today, I've won one of the most important matches of my life,” said Aranda.

“She is a really good player but I knew that I can do it. To beat the number one seed and a player that is ranked 57th in the world rankings is very important for me. I'm really happy because I can continue playing the tournament.”

Up next for Aranda is a quarter-final fixture against Latvia’s Ineta Mackevica who eliminated Nadiia Usenko in another of the day’s surprising results.

Czech Republic player Anna Klimundova only arrived in Switzerland on the day of the first round action but showed no signs of fatigue from the travelling as she overcame English qualifier Rachael Chadwick. Klimundova dropped the opener but fought back in the next three games to progress and set up a quarter-final fixture with second seed Sina Wall, who defeated Marija Shpakova.

Elsewhere in the draw, number six seed Birgit Coufal overcame Milnay Louw in five and she will line up against Chloe Mesic after the Frenchwoman dispatched Jasmin Ballmann, while Alexandra Fuller and Enora Villard will go head-to-head in the other quarter-final.

Fuller saw off Marta Latorre Ramirez and wildcard Cindy Merlo was put to the sword by Villard.

Round 1 Men

Demont Downs Yuen In Sekisui Open


World No.104 Geoffrey Demont bridged a large gap in the world rankings to take out number four seed Ivan Yuen in the second round of the Sekisui Open, PSA M15 tournament and secure his place in the last eight.

The Frenchman, who has achieved both a runner-up and a semi-final finish in his last two PSA World Tour events, lost out in the pair’s only previous fixture back in 2012 but put in a mature display as he recovered from a game down to claim a 9-11, 11-7, 15-13, 11-9 victory over the World No.63.

“I’m so happy to win that one,” said Demont.

“Last time we played I lost 13-11 in the fifth game with a match ball so I was expecting a tough game and it was. I feel I made too many mistakes but I still got the win and that is what matters the most today.”

Demont will face off with Australia’s Joshua Larkin for a place in the semi-final after Larkin followed up a fine opening round win over Piedro Schweertman with a strong display against Hong Kong’s Tang Ming Hong.

South Africa’s Tristan Eysele is the only qualifier to remain in the tournament after he upset Reiko Peter with a stunning comeback from 2-0 down. Eysele was on the ropes early on after four-time PSA World Tour title winner Peter built up a seemingly unassailable lead to take the opening two games, but Eysele came back from the brink to edge to victory in the next three games, sealing his spot in the next round. Defending champion Kristian Frost Olesen is set to meet Eysele in the last eight after the Dane overcame Dimitri Steinmann.

Edmon Lopez Moller, the World No.136, caused the day’s other big upset with an impressive straight games triumph over eighth seed Evan Williams, a player ranked 47 places above him. An even tougher fixture against title favourite Greg Lobban beckons for Moller in the quarter-final after the Scotsman dispatched Czech qualifier Daniel Mekbib.

There were also wins for second seed Raphael Kandra and number five seed Mahesh Mangaonkar who will do battle for a place in the last four after they prevailed over Mark Fuller and Bernat Jaume, respectively.


Epke Eases Through To Final Round Of Women’s  Qualifying


Number one qualifying seed Eleanor Epke advanced through to the final qualifying round of the 2016 Women’s Sekisui Open, PSA W5 tournament after a superb display against Elise Romba enabled her to take the win with a 3-0 triumph.

Epke took the opening two games fairly comfortably but was pushed all the way by a resilient Romba in the third game. That still wasn’t enough though to prevent Epke walking away with a 11-8, 11-6, 12-10 victory which has put her within one win of reaching only the fourth PSA World Tour main draw of her career.

The New Zealander is set to face Xisela Aranda in the next round after the Spaniard dispatched Simona Frevel in the previous round, dropping just four points in a one-sided contest.

Joining Epke in the final round of qualifying is Marina de Juan Gallach after she downed Eva Fertekova in straight games. Gallach overcame some early resistance from Fertekova to power to victory and set up a next round meeting with England’s Rachael Chadwick who defeated Tereza Svobodova.

Meanwhile, home player Nadia Pfister overturned a 1-0 deficit against Sarah Ludin to progress to the next round. Pfister will come up against Marta Latorre Ramirez after the number eight qualifying seed beat Farah Momen.

Julie Rossignol and Jasmin Ballmann will contest the other fixture in the final round of qualifying after they achieved respective wins against Nadine Frey and Ambre Allinckx.

Wanner Secures Sekisui Open Main Draw Berth In Switzerland


Switzerland’s Manuel Wanner sealed his spot in the main draw of the Sekisui Open, PSA M15 tournament with a straight games triumph over compatriot Christoph Zust on home soil in the final round of qualifying.

The 20-year-old World No.166 nearly went behind early on after a fearless display from Zust almost saw him take the opening game, but Wanner closed it out on the tie-break and moved on to take the next two games without reply and wrap up a 12-10, 11-5, 11-6 victory.

“It was a great performance by Christoph,” said Wanner.

“I had to dig in deep in the first game, then he luckily gave some points away with a few errors. I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow.”

Wanner’s opponent in the first round of the main draw will be Bernat Jaume, the Spanish 20-year-old who reached the final of the IMET Open three months ago on his last PSA World Tour appearance.

Dimitri Steinmann was the other Swiss player to progress through qualifying to reach the main draw after he comfortably saw off the challenge of Frenchman Enzo Corigliano. Corigliano looked to be suffering from an illness and Steinmann took full advantage to claim the win for the loss of just five points throughout the whole encounter. An all-Swiss fixture against Benjamin Fischer awaits Steinmann in the next round.

Elsewhere, second qualifying seed Martin Svec reached the main draw after a titanic tussle against Victor Crouin saw the man from the Czech Republic prevail in five games to set up a tie against the experienced Englishman Mark Fuller.

South Africa’s Tristan Eysele was another victor in the final qualifying round and his victory over Jakob Dirnberger sees the World No.204 through to face Zust in the main draw after Zust benefitted from lucky loser status thanks due to some main draw withdrawals.
Qualifying Commences In Sekisui Open


Swiss World No.166 Manuel Wanner secured his place in the final qualifying round of the 2016 Sekisui Open, PSA M15 tournament after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Spain’s Aitor Zunzunegui.

Wanner controlled proceedings to wrap up a 12-10, 11-3, 11-6 triumph and put himself within a single win of reaching the main draw.

He will line up against compatriot Christoph Zust in the final round of qualifying after Zust also defeated Spanish competition with a 3-2 win against Xavi Blasco.

Martin Svec is also through to the next round after a strong performance against Roman Allinckx saw him take the win in straight games. Svec surged to a two-game lead after a dominant display early on and he fended off a late revival from Allinckx to seal the victory and set up a meeting with France’s Victor Crouin who dispatched England’s Miles Jenkins.

Elsewhere, Ireland’s Brian Byrne fell to a shock defeat against Dimitri Steinmann who bridged a 64-place gap in the world rankings to battle to supremacy courtesy of a 3-0 triumoh. Steinmann’s final qualifying round opponent, Enzo Corigliano, beat local player Cedric Kuchen to advance.

World No.204 Tristan Eysele was also in action and he managed to down Jan Kurzmeyer in four games. Eysele will go head-to-head Austria’s Jakob Dirnberger for a place in the main draw after the Vienna-based 35-year-old saw off Luca Wilhelmi.