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Austrian Open 2016







Austrian Open 2016
04-09 Apr
Salzburg, Austria $5k
Round One
06  APR
07  APR
08 APR
09  APR
[LL] Jami Äijänen (FIN)
11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (38m)
[Q] Rudi Rohrmuller (GER)
Rudi Rohrmuller
11-9, 6-11, 3-11, ret. (40m)
Rui Soares
Rui Soares
11/4, 8/11, 6/11, 11/6, 11/6 (54m)
Baptiste Masotti
Rui Soares
11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (39m)
Joshua Masters
[5] Rui Soares (POR)
11-3, 12-10, 11-5 (34m)
Tristan Eysele (RSA)
[5]  (FRA)
11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (21m)
[wc] Jakob Dirnberger (AUT)
Baptiste Masotti
11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 13-11 (46m)
Aqeel Rehman
[3] Aqeel Rehman (AUT)
11-7, 14-12, 11-5 (45m)
[Q] Jan Ryba (CZE)
[Q] Daniel Mekbib (CZE)
11-6, 11-3, 15-13 (46m)
[4] Joshua Masters (ENG)
Joshua Masters
11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 (50m)
Micah Franklin
Joshua Masters
11/7, 11/5, 8/11, 11/7 (38m)
Sebastiaan Weenink
[Q] Elliot Selby (ENG)
11-7, 12-14, 14-12, 11-9 (60m)
[8] Micah Franklin (BER)
Ondrej Ukerka (CZE)
11-5, 13-11, 11-9 (40m)
[7] Augiste Dussourd (FRA)
Augiste Dussourd
5-11, 11-4, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8 (59m)
Sebastiaan Weenink
Nick Mulvey (ENG)
11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (37m)
[2] Sebastiaan Weenink (NED)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Austrian Open
[1] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt [6] Bradley Masters (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-1, 11-6, 11-5 (43m)
[L] Rudi Rohrmuller (GER) bt [5] Jami Aijanen (FIN) 3-1: 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7 (45m)
[4] Jan Ryba (CZE) bt [7] Ahmed Al Kiremli (IRQ) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 13-11 (30m)
[2] Elliot Selby (ENG) bt [L] Christoph Ressel (AUT) 3-0: 11-1, 11-2, 11-5 (19m)

Results – First Qualifying Round: Austrian Open
[1] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) (bye)
[6] Bradley Masters (ENG) bt [L] Stephan Stocker (AUT) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 (19m)
[5] Jami Äijänen (FIN) bt [L] Kevin Walander (AUT) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-2 (20m)
[L] Rudi Rohrmuller (GER) bt [3] Kyle Finch (ENG) 3-1: 13-15, 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (45m)
[4] Jan Ryba (CZE) bt [L] Michael Zanner (AUT) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-1 (20m)
[7] Ahmed Al Kiremli (IRQ) bt [L] Lukas Rosner (AUT) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (15m)
[L] Christoph Ressel (AUT) bt [L] Alexander Harml (AUT) 6-11, 11-3, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 (43m)
[2] Elliot Selby (ENG) (bye)



Masters Lifts Austrian Open Crown

English number three seed Joshua Masters captured the second PSA World Tour title of his career after a fine 3-0 victory over Portugal’s Rui Soares in the final of the 2016 Austrian Open, PSA M5 tournament.

The World No.83 from Maidstone opened up his event with wins over Czech qualifier Daniel Mekbib and Bermuda’s Micah Franklin, before sweeping past top seed Sebastiaan Weenink in style. Soares, meanwhile, came through an almighty five-game semi-final with Frenchman Baptiste Masotti, recovering from 2-1 down to book his place in the final.

Masters came flying out of the traps and exhibited some fine control of the court as he sought to seize the early initiative against an opponent ranked 74 places behind him in the World Rankings.

He took the opener 11-7 and followed that up by doubling his advantage for the loss of five points in game two.

Soares came out fighting in the third but it was to no avail as Masters held firm to close out an 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 win to claim the title just three days after his 21st birthday.

"I’m very happy, I have had a really good year so far," said Masters.

"I played really well and it was a great tournament for me. Now I have to put my racket aside for a bit to study for some exams at University. I am not looking forward to it, but it has to be done."
Masotti Through To Austrian Open Semis


French number four seed Baptiste Masotti vanquished local hopes of seeing a home winner of the 2016 Austrian Open, PSA M5 tournament after a 3-1 victory over second seed Aqeel Rehman.

Masotti had the better of the early exchanges and opened up a one-game lead before Austrian Nationals Champion Rehman levelled things up after battling his way into contention.

The momentum shifted back in Masotti’s favour as he took the third before falling behind to a resilient Rehman in game four. World No.112 Rehman built up a game ball and looked destined to take the match into a deciding fifth, only to squander it as Masotti edged the win over the line to secure an 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 13-11 victory.

Masotti will meet Portugal’s Rui Soares for a place in the final, who progressed after his opponent, qualifier Rudi Rohrmuller, retired from the match while holding a 2-1 lead due to illness.

Meanwhile, top seed Sebastiaan Weenink and England’s Joshua Masters are set to face off in a mouth-watering semi-final showdown. Weenink came through a five-game thriller against Auguste Dussourd, while Micah Franklin was put to the sword as Masters continued his fine displays thus far.
Home Favourites Rehman And Dirnberger To Meet In Austrian Open


Spectators gathered inside Salzburg’s Eurosport Shopping Mall will have a quarter-final with plenty of local interest in store as Aqeel Rehman and Jakob Dirnberger get set to face off against each other in their native country after defeating Jan Ryba and Baptiste Masotti, respectively, in the opening round of the 2016 Austrian Open, PSA M5 tournament.

Rehman was in fine fettle throughout his 45-minute encounter with Ryba as he surged to an 11-7, 12-10, 11-5 triumph after controlling the ’T’ and displaying impressive guile to outmanoeuvre his opponent.

Meanwhile, Dirnberger, the tournament’s wildcard, came into his fixture with Masotti as the underdog given the 62-place gap between the pair in the World Rankings, but the World No.204 came up with a virtuoso performance to vanquish any hopes Frenchman Masotti may have had of reaching the latter stages.

Top seed Sebastiaan Weenink will also participate in the next round after an assured victory over England’s Nick Mulvey enabled him to progress. The Dutchman had the better of the opening two games and defended his lead in an exceedingly close third to close out the win and set up a meeting with Auguste Dussourd, the number seven seed who beat Ondrej Uherka.

Mulvey’s compatriot, third seed Joshua Masters, had better luck after a fine straight games win over Daniel Mekbib and his reward is a quarter-final tie against Micah Franklin, who saw off Elliot Selby.

Germany’s Rudi Rohrmuller is the only qualifier to make it to the last eight thanks to victory over Jami Aijanen. The pair had met just a day previously, with Rohrmuller winning, but Aijanen was granted a place in the main draw after Jaymie Haycocks’ withdrawal. Aijanen was unable to reverse his fortunes at the second attempt though and succumbed to a 3-0 defeat. Rohrmuller will look to continue his impressive tournament thus far against Rui Soares, with the man from Portugal dispatching Tristan Eysele.
Rohrmuller Romps Past Aijanen To Set Up Repeat Main Draw Fixture


Germany’s Rudi Rohrmuller sealed his place in the main draw of the 2016 Austrian Open, PSA M5 tournament after defeating Jami Aijanen in the final round of qualifying – and a quirk of fate means that the duo will also square off in the main draw’s first round.

Rohrmuller put in a composed performance and, after both players had taken a game apiece, he pushed up a gear to take a further two and settle an 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7 victory.

Aijanen joins the main draw due to Jaymie Haycocks’ withdrawal and will face Rohrmuller again as he looks to turn the tables.

Meanwhile, England’s Elliot Selby ensured that no Austrian qualifier would make it to the main draw after he eased to victory against Christoph Ressel. Selby had received a bye in the first qualifying round and came into the encounter with fresh legs against a player who had battled to a 3-2 victory the day before. After a dominant display, the World No.237 closed out the win in just 19 minutes to set up a main draw meeting with Micah Franklin.

Top qualifying seed Daniel Mekbib has also moved through to the main draw action after defeating Bradley Masters in four. Mekbib will face Masters’ brother, Joshua, in the next round and the older Masters, who turns 21 the same day, will be looking to avenge his sibling’s defeat.

Jan Ryba is the other qualifier to reach the next round thanks to victory over Iraq’s Ahmed Al Kiremli and he faces a difficult test against local hero Aqeel Rehman as he bids to reach the quarter-final stage of a PSA World Tour event for the first time in his career.
Austrian Open Qualifying Begins


The first qualifying round of the 2016 Austrian Open, PSA M5 tournament saw a solitary home player move through to the next round with Christoph Ressel coming out on top in an all-Austrian affair with Alexander Harml.

The tournament takes place on an all-glass court staged in the Europark shopping mall in Salzburg and the gathered spectators were treated to an entertaining and dramatic five-game battle that eventually saw Ressel recover from a game down to win, recording the victory courtesy of a 6-11, 11-3, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 scoreline.

Up next for Ressel is a fixture against second qualifying seed Elliot Selby, with the latter eyeing up a first main draw spot of 2016 after receiving a bye in round one of qualifying.

Local player Rudi Rohrmuller is also through after defeating 17-year-old Englishman Kyle Finch in four. Finch went a game to the good after triumphing during a tense tie-break but German-born Rohrmuller soon found his rhythm and went up a gear to take three games without reply and complete the win in 45 minutes. Jami Äijänen lies in wait for Rohrmuller in the next round thanks to his win against Kevin Walander.

Elsewhere, Czech World No.251 Jan Ryba overcame Michael Zanner in a straightforward 3-0 victory to set up a final qualifying round clash with Iraq’s Ahmed Al Kiremli after the 34-year-old dispatched Manuel Kurzweil.

Bradley Masters saw off Stephan Stocker to reach the next round and will line up against Daniel Mekbib who will be hoping to take advantage of a rest after he too was the recipient of a bye.