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Sporta International 2016







Sporta International 2016
18 - 19 May
Guatemala, Guatemala, $50k
Round One
18 May
19 May
20 May
21 May
[1] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
15-13, 11-3, 11-9
Diego Elias (PER)
Diego Elias
7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
Cesar Salazar
Cesar Salazar
6/11, 6/11, 11/4, 11/7, 11/8
Zahed Mohamed
Cesar Salazar
11-8, 13-11, 11-4
Borja Golan
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
11-2, 11-5, 11-5
[8] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[6] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
11-6, 11-5, 11-8
[WC] Eddie Charlton (ENG)
Zahed Mohamed
11-9, 5-11, 7-11, 11-5,
Alfredo Avila
Alfredo Avila (MEX)
11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 12-10
[4] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
[3] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7
[Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM)
Mazen Hesham
4-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5,
Stephen Coppinger
Mazen Hesham
11/8, 11/7, 11/5
Borja Golan
Greg Lobban (SCO)
11-8, 11-9, 11-4
[5] Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
[7] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
16-14, 11-6, 12-10
[Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
Omar Abdel Meguid
7-11, 15-13, 14-12, 11-6
Borja Golan
[Q] Arturo Salazar (MEX)
7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8
[2] Borja Golan (ESP)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta 2016
[1] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [6] Eric Galvez (MEX) 3-2: 1-11, 12-10, 11-6, 15-17, 11-5
[4] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [8] Vikram Malhotra (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-2
[3] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt [5] Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7
[7] Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt [2] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-2: 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10

Results – First Qualifying Round: Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta 2016
[1] Campbell Grayson (NZL) (bye)
[6] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Reuben Phillips (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-7
[8] Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt Italo Bonatti (GUA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-3
[4] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [L] Ricardo Toscano (GUA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-1, 11-7
[3] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Mark Broekman (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-5
[5] Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Mauricio Sedano (GUA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-3
[7] Christopher Binnie (JAM) v Josue Enriquez (GUA) 3-1: 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4
[2] Olli Tuominen (FIN) (bye)



Golan Captures PSA Sporta Crown in Guatemala

Spanish World No.14 Borja Golan landed his second PSA World Tour title of the 2015/16 season after defeating Mexico’s Cesar Salazar in the final of the Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta, PSA M50 tournament.

Golan made an inauspicious start to the event after battling through in five against Salazar’s brother, Arturo, in the opening round, before improving with victories over Egyptian duo Omar Abdel Meguid and Mazen Hesham in the quarter-final and semi-final stages, respectively, to secure his final berth.

Salazar, meanwhile, claimed notable wins against World Junior Champion Diego Elias and number six seed Zahed Mohamed en route to the showpiece finale, with the latter seeing the Mexican fight back from two games down to progress.

The duo’s final encounter saw Golan narrowly take the first, before overcoming a tenacious Salazar on a second-game tie-break to double his advantage.

From there, the Spaniard rattled off a number of points in quick succession to seize the initiative in the third game, and the former World No.5 closed out an 11-8, 13-11, 11-4 triumph to lift a 31st career PSA World Tour crown.
Golan Sees Off Meguid To Reach Psa Sporta Semis


Spanish former World No.5 Borja Golan fought back from a game down to defeat Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid and reach the semi-final of the Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta, PSA M50 tournament.

The 33-year-old went down 11-7 in the opening game after a typically industrious display from Meguid allowed the World No.14 to dominate the ’T’ against his higher-ranked opponent.

The second and third games were pivotal moments in the match, with a plethora of gruelling rallies sending each of them to tie-breaks. Golan, boosted by his 15 years of experience at the top level, managed to edge ahead in both to take the lead for the first time and powered to a win in the fourth to close out the victory by a 7-11, 15-13, 14-12, 11-6 scoreline to secure his place in the last four.

The Spaniard will take on Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham for a place in the final after he narrowly staved off an upset by Stephen Coppinger. The 22-year-old found himself 2-1 down but finally found his rhythm as his superior shot-making abilities came to the fore and he recovered to claim the win.

Elsewhere, Cesar Salazar and Zahed Mohamed will go head-to-head in the other semi-final fixture. Salazar overcame Peru’s Diego Elias, who had earlier defeated top seed Marwan ElShorbagy, with a 3-1 triumph, while Mohamed came through in five against Alfredo Avila.
Elias Stuns Elshorbagy In Guatemala


World Junior Champion Diego Elias secured the biggest win so far in his burgeoning career with a superb 3-0 victory over in-form World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy in the opening round of the Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta, PSA M50 tournament.

ElShorbagy has been in scintillating form of late, with last week’s Houston Open win complimenting the Grasshopper Cup crown he won in April. However, the Egyptian succumbed to a tie-break loss in the first game as the talented Peruvian, who won the only previous meeting between the pair last August, showcased his vast potential with a number of powerful shots.

Elias then surged to a two-game lead for the loss of just three points in the second, before fending off a late fightback from ElShorbagy to close out the win with an 15-13, 11-3, 11-9 scoreline to ensure that he will face Mexico’s Cesar Salazar for a place in the semi-final.

Houston Open runner-up Mohamed Abouelghar also fell to a shock loss after he went down in four games to Alfredo Avila. The scores were delicately poised at a game apiece, before Avila prevailed on the tie-break in games three and four to wrap up a big upset. He will take on Egypt’s Zahed Mohamed in the next round after he saw off the challenge of wildcard Eddie Charlton.

Spanish second seed Borja Golan flirted with elimination after he was pushed all the way to five games by Mexican qualifier Arturo Salazar, but the former World No.5 pulled through to set up a quarter-final clash with Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid, who defeated New Zealand’s Campbell Grasyon to advance.

World No.17 Mazen Hesham will take on South Africa’s Stephen Coppinger in the other quarter-final fixture after they beat Christopher Binnie and Greg Lobban, respectively.
Grayson Seals Sporta Main Draw Berth


New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson overcame Mexico’s Eric Galvez in a thrilling five-game affair to book his place in the main draw of the Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta, PSA M50 tournament.

The number one qualifying seed had almost the worst start to the match imaginable after going down 11-1 in the opener, but he soon recovered to build up a 2-1 lead. A high-octane fourth game went all the way to a dramatic tie-break, which Galvez took 17-15, before Grayson re-established his grip on proceedings to close out the fifth and take an extremely hard-fought victory.

Another difficult tie is in store for Grayson in the main draw’s first round as he goes up against World No.28 Omar Abdel Meguid, the Egyptian who won three straight PSA World Tour titles between December 2015 and February of this year.

Finland’s Henrik Mustonen has also achieved a main draw berth after he too came through in five games. The 25-year-old went up against fifth qualifying seed Nathan Lake and was pushed hard by the Englishman as points ebbed and flowed throughout the match. Mustonen twice saw leads erased by a dogged Lake, but he held on in the fifth to push the win over the line and set up a fixture with Mexico’s Cesar Salazar up next.

Christopher Binnie, the World No.86, came up against experienced campaigner Olli Tuominen in his match and recovered from a 2-1 deficit to overcome the 37-year-old. Binnie will line up against Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham in the first round of the main draw, with Hesham aiming to improve on a semi-final finish at last week’s Houston Open.

Arturo Salazar, who is the brother of the aforementioned Cesar, will join his sibling in the main draw thanks to a comfortable straight games win over India’s Virkam Malhotra. His reward is a round one matchup with former World No.5 Borja Golan.
Mustonen Moves Through To Psa Sporta Final Qualifying Round


Finnish World No.63 Henrik Mustonen moved to within one win of reaching the main draw of the Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta, PSA M50 tournament after downing England’s Mark Broekman 3-0 in the first round of qualifying.

Mustonen, a three-time PSA World Tour title winner, was in confident form and fashioned a number of chances for himself to attack as he eased to an 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 victory to seal his final qualifying round berth.

England’s Nathan Lake defeated local Guatemalan Mauricio Sedano to advance to the final stage of qualifying and he will take on Mustonen as he bids to make it to his first PSA M50 main draw.

Elsewhere, Mexico’s Arturo Salazar, who prevailed in his last PSA World Tour event in April’s Northern Open, defeated Ricardo Toscano 3-0 to set up a final qualifying round clash with India’s Vikram Malhotra, who shrugged off Italo Bonatti.

Salazar’s compatriot, the experienced Eric Galvez, will join his fellow Mexican in the next round thanks to a comfortable straight games dismantling of Reuben Phillips, and he will take on top qualifying seed Campbell Grayson, who received a bye in round one.

Finland’s Olli Tuominen is also through to the next round after he too was given a bye, and he will pit his wits against Christopher Binnie after the Jamaican World No.86 overcame Josue Enriquez.