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Raanana Festival 2016







Raanana Festival 2016
19 -22
Raanana, Israel, $5k
Round One
19 MAY
20 MAY
21 MAY
22 MAY
[1] Aqeel Rehman (AUT)
11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (40m)
Joeri Hapers (BEL)
Aqeel Rehman
11-4, 11-7, 11-2
Nir Zisman
Aqeel Rehman
11-13, 11-4, 11-7, 11-3
Bernat Jaume
Aqeel Rehman
7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-1
Edmon Lopez Moller
[Q] Nir Zisman (ISR)
14-12, 11-8, 12-14, 11-6 (37m)
[6] Jakob Dirnberger (AUT)
[5] Bernat Jaume (ESP)
11-0, 11-5, 11-3 (30m)
[Q] NadavRaziel (ISR)
Bernat Jaume
9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4
Auguste Dussourd
[Q] Hendrik Vossing (GER)
9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (47m)
[4] Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
[3] Edmon Lopez Moller (ESP)
11-8, 11-9, 12-14, 11-6 (58m)
[Q] Ron Levy (ISR)
Edmon Lopez Moller
11-6, 11-6, 11-3
Roee Avraham
Edmon Lopez Moller
7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-1
Iker Pajares Bernabeu
Roee Avraham (ISR)
12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 (43m)
[7] Alex Noakes (ENG)
[8] Julian Tomlinson (ENG)
11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (49m)
[WC] Nir Cohen (ISR)
Julian Tomlinson
11-1, 11-1 (ret.)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu
Richard Williams (ENG)
11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5 (42m)
[2] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)


Results Ė Final Qualifying Round: Raanana Squash Center 30th Anniversary Festival 2016
L] Nadav Raziel (ISR) bt [1] Dan Bergin (WAL) 3-1: 11-3, 11-4, 13-15, 11-2
[L] Ron Levy (ISR) bt [L] Ido Avron (ISR) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-6
[L] Nir Zisman (ISR) bt [L] Dovi Haruzi (ISR) 3-1: 11-6, 11-13, 11-2, 11-3
[6] Hendrik Vossing (GER) bt [2] Tiago Goriely (BEL) 3-1: 11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9



Rehman Secures Back-to-Back Titles After Israel Triumph

Top seed Aqeel Rehman has lifted back-to-back PSA World Tour titles for the first time in his career after coming through a dramatic five-game thriller against Spainís Edmon Lopez Moller in the final of the Raanana Squash Center 30th Anniversary Festival, PSA M5 tournament.

Rehman overcame Joeri Hapers, Nir Zisman and Bernat Jaume to achieve his final berth, while Lopez recovered from a two-game deficit to dispatch compatriot Iker Pajares Bernabeu in the semi-final.

Rehman, competing in his third PSA World Tour final in a row, looked to be sailing towards a comfortable victory after powering to a 2-0 lead, with the second game being won without dropping a solitary point.

But Lopez rallied and, after improving the consistency of his shots, clawed a game back in the third before maintaining his improvement into the fourth to bring the fixture back to all square.

Rehman was soon back in the ascendancy though, and the World No.99 moved up through the gears to sail to victory in the fifth game for the loss of just three points, seeing out an 11-9, 11-0, 6-11, 9-11, 11-3 victory to capture his second PSA World Tour crown of 2016 after winning the Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Squash Open last month.
Jaume Advances To Raanana Festival Semi-final


Fifth seeded Spaniard Bernat Jaume sealed his place in the last four of the Raanana Squash Center 30th Anniversary Festival, PSA M5 tournament with a strong display over Frenchman Auguste Dussourd setting up a meeting with top seed Aqeel Rehman for a place in the showpiece finale.

The duo were meeting for the first time since the 2015 IMET Open, where Jaume prevailed to reach his first ever PSA World Tour final. However, it was to be Dussourd who made the early running and he soon built up a one-game lead to give him a chance of reaching a third Tour semi-final.

Jaume fought back impressively though, and halted Dussourdís early momentum as he levelled proceedings by taking the second. A vital third game also went in Jaumeís favour and he cantered to victory in the fourth to close out the win courtesy of a 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 triumph.

Meanwhile, Rehman achieved a straightforward 3-0 win over Israeli qualifier Nir Zisman to ensure that he will put his wits against Jaume in an exciting semi-final clash.

Second seed Iker Pajares Bernabeu will also participate in the last four after an injury to Englandís Julian Tomlinson cut short their encounter, and he will do battle with Edmon Lopez Moller, who swept past Roee Avraham.
Rehman Roars Past Hapers In Israel


Top seed Aqeel Rehman sealed his place in the last eight of the Raanana Squash Center 30th Anniversary Festival, PSA M5 tournament with a comfortable 3-0 win over Belgiumís Joeri Hapers in Israel.

Rehman is bidding to win a second PSA World Tour on the bounce after triumphing at last monthís Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Squash Open, and showcased his title credentials with a devastating 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 victory to reach the quarter-final.

Local qualifier Nir Zisman, the only qualifier left in the tournament, will take on Rehman for a place in the semi-final after he achieved a fine win against Austriaís Jakob Dirnberger in round one.

Spainís Iker Pajares Bernabeu is also through to the next round after he overcame Englandís Richard Williams 3-1. Pajares stormed into a two-game lead and, despite conceding the third to his opponent, went up a gear in the fourth to see out the win and set up a quarter-final clash with another Englishman, Julian Tomlinson, who downed wildcard Nir Cohen.

Pajaresís compatriot, Edmon Lopez Moller, will join his fellow Spaniard in the last eight after he shrugged off the attentions of Ron Levy. He will go up against Israelís Roee Avraham in the next round, with the World No.229 progressing thanks to a 3-1 win over Englandís Alex Noakes.

Franceís Auguste Dussourd will take on Spainís Bernat Jaume in the other quarter-final fixture after they managed respective triumphs against qualifying duo Hendrik Vossing Nadav Raziel.
Qualifying Draws To A Close In Raanana Festival


The final qualifying round of the Raanana Squash Center 30th Anniversary Festival, PSA M5 tournament saw three local players secure their spots in the main draw in Israel.

Nadav Raziel earned his place in the main draw after toppling the number one qualifying seed, Dan Bergin, in four games. Raziel went 2-0 up after a confident start to the match and, despite losing the third on the tie-break, remained steadfast as he saw out an 11-3, 11-4, 13-15, 1-2 triumph to progress.

He will do battle with Spanish number five seed Bernat Jaume in the main drawís opening round, with Jaume in decent form recently after a semi-final finish in his last PSA World Tour outing at the Lviv Karakal Lion Squash Cup.

Ron Levy and Nir Zisman are the other Israelis to advance to the main draw after they rose to respective victories over compatriots Ido Avron and Dovi Haruzi.

Levy will go head-to-head with the main drawís number three seed, Edmon Lopez Moller, in the next round, while Zisman will do battle with Austriaís Jakob Dirnberger.

Meanwhile, Germanyís Hendrik Vossing was the sole non-Israeli player to make it through the qualifying stages unscathed after he defeated both Idan Hare and Tiago Goriely en route to the main draw. The World No.402, who is appearing in only his second PSA World Tour, will play Franceís Auguste Dussourd as he bids to reach a first ever quarter-final.