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Securian Open 2016


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Securian Open 2016
12 - 15 Oct
St Paul, USA, $5k
Round One
13 oct
14 oct
15 oct
[1] Arthur Gaskin (IRL)
Arthur Gaskin
11-8, 11-3, 11-1
Julian Illingworth
Arthur Gaskin
Charlie Johnson
Arthur Gaskin
4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8
Ashley Davies
[8] Julian Illingworth (USA)
11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5
Sam Fenwick (WAL)
Jon Geekie (SCO)
11-2, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3
[7] Sam Gould (USA)
Jon Geekie
11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-2
Charlie Johnson
[3] Charlie Johnson (ENG)
11-4, 11-9, 11-9
Armando Olguin (MEX)
[4] Reuben Phillips (ENG)
11-7, 11-8, 11-7
Alex Noakes (EN
 Reuben Phillips
11-9, 11-8, 12-10
Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari
 Reuben Phillips
13-15, 11-7, 11-1,
Ashley Davies
Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari (PAK)
11/8, 11/1, 11/5
[6] Edgar Zayas (MEX)
[5] Faraz Khan (USA)
11-5, 11-4, 11-2
Francisco Mendez Correa (MEX)
Faraz Khan
11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6
Ashley Davies
[2] Ashley Davies (ENG)
Davies Lifts Maiden Title in Securian Open

Englandís Ashley Davies lifted his first ever PSA World Tour title after battling to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over top seed Arthur Gaskin in the final of the Securian Open, PSA M5 tournament held in St. Paul, United States.

Both players received byes in the opening round and they put their fresh legs into good use as they motored through the quarter-final and semi-final stages.

Davies, the World No.125, overcame home player Faraz Khan in the last eight, before moving on to recover from a game down to defeat good friend Reuben Phillips, reaching only his second PSA World Tour process in the final.

Meanwhile, Gaskin only had to play one match throughout the tournament as his quarter-final victory over Julian Illingworth was followed up with a walkover against Charlie Johnson, who had to withdraw on medical grounds after becoming unwell during his quarter-final clash with Scotlandís Jon Geekie.

The showpiece finale saw World No.90 Gaskin build up a 2-1 lead, before a resurgent Davies fought back to prevail in the fourth and fifth games, wrapping up a 4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 victory to claim his maiden Tour crown.
Top Four Seeds Seal Semis Spots

All four of the top seeded players competing in the 2016 Securian Open secured their semi-final berths in St.Paul as title favourite Arthur Gaskin led the way in the last eight of the PSA M5 tournament.

Gaskin, who hails from Dublin in Ireland, began his tournament with a bye in round one and made the most of his fresh legs as he powered to an 11-8, 11-3, 11-1 victory over United States player Julian Illingworth to reach the next round.

Gaskinís will receive a walkover in the next round after his would be semi-final opponent, Charlie Johnson of England, was forced to pull out of the tournament.

Johnson, 24, overcame Scotlandís Jon Geekie in four games, but felt unwell during the match, meaning he was advised to withdraw on medical grounds.

On the other half of the draw, World No.125 Ashley Davies is through after seeing off the attentions of Faraz Khan and he will line up against good friend Reuben Phillips in the semi-finals, with Phillips dispatching Mexicoís Edgar Zayas in straight games.
Securian Open Gets Under Way In St. Paul

The opening round of the 2016 instalment of the Securian Open, PSA M5 tournament saw Scotlandís Jon Geekie become the only unseeded player to make it through to the quarter-finals after overcoming home player Sam Gould in four games in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Geekie, the World No.213, had suffered first round defeats in each of his last four tournaments, but made a strong start after triumphing in the opening game for the loss of just two points.

Gould clawed the second game back by a narrow two-point margin, but Geekie was soon back on top and he took the next two games without reply to record the win 11-2, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3. Up next for 26-year-old Geekie is a meeting with number three seed Charlie Johnson, the World No.161 who put in an imperious display to down Mexicoís Armando Olguin in round one.

Elsewhere, fourth seed Reuben Phillips and number six seed Edgar Zayas will face off for a place in the last four thanks to respective straight games victories over Englandís Alex Noakes and Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari of Pakistan.

United States duo Faraz Khan and Julian Illingworth were the other victors on day one of the main draw, with Faraz beating World No.340 Francisco Mendez Correa, while Illingworth dispatched Welshman Sam Fenwick.

They will take on top seeds Arthur Gaskin and Ashley Davies, respectively, after both Gaskin and Davies received byes in the opening round.