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Prague Open 2016







Prague Open 2016
02 - 05 Jun
Prague, Czech Republic, $5k
Round One
02 jun
03 jun
04 jun
05 jun
[1] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (31m)
[WC] Jan Ryba (CZE)
Joel Makin
11/8, 11/9, 13/11 (40m)
Daniel Mekbib
Joel Makin
11/7, 5/11, 12/10, 3/11, 11/7 (83m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu
Iker Pajares Bernabeu
11/8, 11/9, 8/11, 11/6 (61m)
Jan Koukal
Daniel Mekbib (CZE)
13-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7 (48m)
[5] Bernat Jaume (ESP)
Richard Williams (ENG)
11-7, 11-2, 11-2 (26m)
[6] Sam Gould (USA)
Richard Williams
11/5, 11/7, 11/6 (39m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu
[3] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (48m)
[Q] Miles Jenkins (ENG)
[4] Jan Koukal (CZE)
11-4, 11-9, 13-11 (34m)
[Q] Taminder Gata-Aura (ENG)
Jan Koukal
6/11 14/12 11/3 11/7 (48)
Martin Svec
Jan Koukal
7/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (40m)
Petr Martin
[8] Martin Svec
14-12, 11-7, 14-12
Ondrej Uherka (CZE)
[Q] Petr Martin (CZE)
11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5
[7] Sean Conroy (IRL)
Petr Martin
11/4, 11/8, 3/11, 11/9 (37m)
Sebastiaan Weenink
[2] Sebastiaan Weenink (NED)
11-7, 11-9, 11-8
[Q] David Haley (WAL)


Pajares Prevails Against Home Hope Koukal in Prague Open Final

Spainís Iker Pajares Bernabeu vanquished local hopes of having a home winner after he downed Jan Koukal of the Czech Republic in the final of the City of Prague Open, PSA M5 tournament to lift his maiden PSA World Tour title.

Pajares secured his place in the final after a climactic 3-2 win against Welshman Joel Makin in the semi-final, while Koukal, who is the joint-third most successful active player on the PSA World Tour with 33 titles to his name, recovered from a game down to dispatch compatriot Petr Martin at the same stage in the Hamr Sports Club.

It was the Spaniard who started the better of the two as he romped to a 5-2 lead, but a series of well-constructed rallies from Koukal enabled the World No.130 to overturn that three-point gap. The momentum then shifted back in Pajaresís favour, and the 20-year-old took four points in a row to earn three game balls, which the World No.112 converted at the second attempt to build up a one-game advantage.

Koukal had the lead for much of the second game, but a number of uncharacteristic mistakes from the 32-year-old allowed Pajares to take the game and double his lead, before Koukal clawed the third back to send the match into a fourth game.

Pajares managed to get back on top as the match drew to its conclusion after unsettling Koukalís rhythm, which forced the number four seed to go for some ambitious shots in a bid to get back into the fixture. Pajares remained patient and a composed finish to the match from the up-and-coming Spaniard saw him close out the win with an 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6 margin of victory to open his PSA World Tour title account.

"Iíve finally won my first PSA title after a lot of defeats and hard work," said Pajares.

"I am very happy to end the season with the victory. Itís such an honour to beat Jan Koukal in his home town, he is a legend. Now itís time to rest and enjoy the holidays.

"The environment here was amazing, and I had a lot of support from my friends. I am very happy to win this title in this club because I played my first junior international tournament here. Thanks to [Tournament Promoter] Tomas [Forter] for such a good job with the tournament. For sure, I will come again."

Koukal added: "It wasnít my day today. Iker played well, wanted the win more than me, and that made the difference."
Martin Marches Into Last Eight


Home hope Petr Martin continued his impressive run in the City of Prague Open, PSA M5 tournament after winning his first round match against seventh seed Sean Conroy.

Martin was inspired form, with a number of intelligent shots, mixed with his superb court craft, enabling him to dominate the íTí in an enthralling contest. After going two games to the good, Martin conceded the third, but was soon back on top to complete an 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5 win to move through to the next round.

Martinís reward is a quarter-final tie with second seed Sebastiaan Weenink following the Dutchmanís win over Welsh qualifier David Haley.

ďIt was a very fair match,Ē said Martin.

ďI was a bit stronger than him and I played more volleys. At the beginning of the third, he hit some good shots, got a good lead, and I could not come back. But in 4th I got in front of him again and I won the match.Ē

World No.232 Richard Williams caused the dayís other big upset after he overcame a 67-place World Rankings gap to eliminate Sam Gould. Williams will line up against number three seed Iker Pajares Bernabeu in the quarter-final, with Pajares seeing off Miles Jenkins in three.

Meanwhile, Daniel Mekbib of the Czech Republic triumphed on home soil at the expense of Spainís Bernat Jaume to set up a quarter-final clash with top seed Joel Makin, who downed wildcard Jan Ryba.

Another home favourite, Martin Svec, will compete in the last eight courtesy of a victory against Ondrej Uherka, and the 21-year-old will do battle with compatriot Jan Koukal, who along with three-time World Champion Nick Matthew is the joint-third most successful active player on the PSA World Tour with 33 titles to his name.