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Gibraltar Open 2016







Gibraltar Open 2016
23-25 Jun
Gibraltar, $5k
Round One
24 jun
24 jun
25 jun
[1] Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL)
11/3, 11/7, 11/7
[Q] James Peach (ENG)
Jan van den Herrewegen
11/9, 10/12, 6/11, 14/12, 11/5
 Claudio Pinto
Claudio Pinto
11/6, 13/11, 11/13, 11/9
Dani Pascual
Claudio Pinto
11/8, 11/4, 11/8
Jan Koukal
[Q] Claudio Pinto (POR)
11/5, 11/5, 11/6
[5] Sam Gould (USA)
[6] Ben Coates (ENG)
11/5, 7/11, 11/5, 11/2
Dani Pascual (ESP)

Dani Pascual
13/11, 11/8, 11/9
Rui Soares
Charlie Lee (ENG)
14/12, 12/14, 11/8, 11/9
[4] Rui Soares (POR)
[3] Jan Koukal (CZE)
11/6, 11/4, 11/6
[WC] Adam Auckland (ENG)
Jan Koukal
11/13, 11/4, 11/9, 11/3
Tristan Eysele
Jan Koukal
11/8, 7/11, 11/7, 11/8
Mark Fuller
[Q] David Haley (WAL)
9/11, 4/4 rtd
[7] Tristan Eysele (RSA)
[8] Emyr Evans (WAL)
7/11, 11/4, 11/6, 4/11, 15/13
[Q] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA)
Vincent Droesbeke
11/5, 11/6, 11/2
Mark Fuller
Jakob Dirnberger (AUT)
12/10, 9/11, 11/9, 11/8
[2] Mark Fuller (ENG)


Results Ė Final Qualifying Round: Gibraltar Squash Association Gibraltar Open 2016
[1] Claudio Pinto (POR) bt [8] Matthew Broadberry (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 11-0 (35m)
[7] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt [4] Bradley Masters (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (33m)
[6] James Peach (ENG) bt [3] Phil Nightingale (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 5-1 ret. (18m)
[2] David Haley (WAL) bt [5] Owain Taylor (WAL) 3-1: 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 12-10 (63m)



Koukal Makes History After Winning Gibraltar Open

                                                                                                                                   Jan Koukal (right) with runner-up
                                                                                                                                                      Claudio Pinto (left)

World No.130 Jan Koukal became the first player to win PSA World Tour titles in 13 consecutive years after defeating Portuguese qualifier Claudio Pinto in the final of the Gibraltar Squash Association Gibraltar Open, PSA M5 tournament.

Koukal, who was looking to win his first Tour title of 2016, was a losing finalist in the City of Prague Open just three weeks previously and was looking to win his first tournament since the Madeira International in July 2015.

Meanwhile, Pinto was the tournamentís surprise package after battling through qualification and, after overcoming fifth seed Sam Gould in round one, went on to recover from 2-1 down to beat top seed Jan van den Herrwegen in a shock quarter-final victory, before beating Dani Pascual in the next round to reach his maiden PSA World Tour final.

Despite a strong performance from 20-year-old Pinto, Koukalís experience proved invaluable as the man from the Czech Republic, who turned 33 five days prior to the final, stormed to an 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 victory to secure his 34th PSA World Tour title.

That tally sees Koukal overtake luminaries such as three-time World Champion Nick Matthew, legendary Egyptian Amr Shabana and current World Champion Gregory Gaultier to become the sole occupier of third place on the list of the most successful active players on the PSA World Tour - just three titles behind four-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, who is in second place.
Nightingale Injury Sends Peach Into Main Draw


Englandís James Peach has qualified for only his fourth ever PSA World Tour main draw after an injury to his final qualifying round opponent, compatriot Phil Nightingale, enabled him to advance in the Gibraltar Squash Association Gibraltar Open, PSA M5 tournament.

The 19-year-old was a game up and went 5-1 ahead in the second, before injury struck for his older opponent, allowing Peach to emerge unscathed as he bids to make an impact in the main draw.

Peach will go head-to-head with Belgiumís Jan van den Herrewegen in a difficult first round fixture, with van den Herrewegen being the pre-tournament title favourite as he looks to capture a second PSA World Tour crown.

The other two Englishman in the final qualifying round, Bradley Masters and Matthew Broadberry, were unable to join their compatriot in the main draw after they fell to Vincent Droesbeke and Claudio Pinto, respectively.

Droesbeke, 24, will take on Welshman Emyr Evans for a place in the quarter-final, while Pinto will pit his wits against United States player Sam Gould.

David Haley was the other victor in the final round of qualifying, beating Owain Taylor, and his reward is a main draw matchup with South African number seven seed Tristan Eysele.



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