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30/11/2016
Xmas Airport Challenger 2016

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Xmas Airport Challenger 2016
30 Nov - 3 Dec
Berlin, Germany, $5k
Round One
30 NOV
Quarters
01 dec
Semis
02
dec
Final
03
dec
[1] Adam Murrills (ENG)
11-6, 11-7, 11-2
[Q] Tiago Goriely (BEL)
Adam Murrills
7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 2-11, 12-10
Douglas Kempsell
Douglas Kempsell
11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4
Dimitri Steinmann
Douglas Kempsell
11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9
Mohammad Al Sarraj
[7] Douglas Kempsell (SCO)
11-4, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4
Kristian Rautiainen (FIN)
[8] Roee Avraham (ISR)
11-9, 11-5, 11-6
[WC] Seigo Masuda (JPN)
Roee Avraham
11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7
Dimitri Steinmann
[4] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
13-11, 12-10, 11-8
Joeri Hapers (BEL)
[3] Rui Soares (POR)
11-5, 11-5, 11-5
[Q] Omar Elkattan (EGY)
Rui Soares
8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9
Jami Äijänen
Rui Soares
10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9
Mohammad Al Sarraj
[5] Jami Äijänen (FIN)
11-6, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10
[Q] Scott Young (ENG)
[6] Manuel Wanner (SUI)
11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-1
Hendrik Vossing (GER)
Manuel Wanner
2-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-1
Mohammad Al Sarraj
[2] Edmon Lopez (ESP)
11-7, 11-5, 2-11, 9-11, 11-7
[Q] Mohammad Al Sarraj (JOR)
Qualifying
Qualifying finals:
Tiago Goriely (BEL) bt Julian Wollny (GER) 11-5, 11-6, 11-7
Mohammad Al Sarraj (JOR) bt Ahmed Effat Ashoush (EGY) 11-6, 11-7, 11-6
Scott Young (ENG) bt Yannik Omlor (GER) 13-11, 11-6, 11-3
Omar Elkattan (EGY) bt Ismail Hafez (EGY) 11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8
 
REPORTS
Kempsell Secures Back-to-back Titles After Xmas Challenger Triumph

Scotland’s Douglas Kempsell claimed back-to-back titles for the first time in his career after he ended the charge of qualifier Mohammad Alsarraj in the final of the Airport Xmas Challenger in Berlin – adding that to the Open International Niort Venise Verte crown he lifted last month.

World No.133 Kempsell, whose World Ranking took a huge 38-place leap after his victory in Niort, claimed a big win over tournament top seed Adam Murrills in the last eight, winning 12-10 in the fifth to add that win to his victories over Kristian Rautiainen and Dimitri Steinmann.

18-year-old Alsarraj, who hails from Jordan, began the tournament in the qualification stage, but battled through to reach the main draw, where his hot streak continued as he progressed to a second PSA World Tour final.

Alsarraj’s semi-final clash with Portugal’s Rui Soares – which went all the way to five games – seemed to have an effect on the World No.237 on the early stages of the final as a rampant Kempsell went two games to the good.

A short resurgence from Alsarraj saw him halve the deficit by taking the third, but Kempsell worked his way back on top to edge the fourth, sealing an 11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 triumph to capture the fifth PSA World Tour title of his career – and ensuring that he will make another charge up the rankings when they are released next month.

 

 

 

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