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13/12/2016
Channel VAS Championships St. Georges Open

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Channel VAS Classic
St Georges Hill Open

06-12 Dec

St George's Hill,
Surrey, UK, $100k

Round One
 09 DEC
Quarters
10 DEC
Semis
11 DEC
Final
12 DEC
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
13-11, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (89m)
Daryl Selby (ENG)
Daryl Selby
11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (45m)
Saurav Ghosal
Daryl Selby
11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5 (59m)
Paul Coll
Paul Coll
11-7, 13-11, 11-4 (57m)
Tarek Momen
[7] Borja Golan (ESP)
v
Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[8] Max Lee (HKG)
11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 (64m)
[Q]
Paul Coll (NZL)
Paul Coll
9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (102m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
[4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4 (75m)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[3] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (64m)
Chris Simpson (ENG)
Marwan Elshorbagy
12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (45m)
Tarek Momen
Tarek Momen
11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (55m)
James Willstrop
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (64m)
[WC] Joe Lee (ENG)
[6] James Willstrop (ENG)
11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (43m)
[Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
James Willstrop
6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (59m)
Stephen Coppinger
[Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA
11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-3 (77m)

[2] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Qualifying
Qualifying finals:
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 5-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (50m)
Paul Coll (NZL) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (59m)
Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt Charles Sharpes (ENG) 4-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (41m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 11-3 (59m)

1st qualifying round:
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 12-10, 5-11, 11-0, 11-7 (40m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3 (66m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Matthew Broadberry (ENG) 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (33m)
Paul Coll (NZL) bt Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 11-4, 11-9, 11-2 (30m)
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 11-5, 11-6 ret. (16m)
Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt Tristan Eysele (RSA) 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (28m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 6-11, 11-0, 11-8, 11-6 (53m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Declan James (ENG) 11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (37m)
REPORTS
Final

Qualifier Coll Lifts Channel VAS Championship Crown After Defeating Momen in Final

New Zealand’s World No.33 Paul Coll lifted the biggest title of his career after a sensational final performance saw him beat Egypt’s Tarek Momen to capture the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill in Weybridge.

Coll had started the match in the qualification stages and caused three huge shocks en route to his first ever PSA M100 final, scalping Hong Kong’s Max Lee, Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez and England’s Daryl Selby, all of whom are ranked inside the world’s top 20.

Momen had only dropped one game on his way to the final - beating former World No.1 James Willstrop in the last four - but it was Coll, the 24-year-old from Greymouth, who was in supreme form to take the match in straight games, with a steely display enabling him to claim an 11-7, 13-11, 11-4 victory that will see him surge into contention for a place inside the world’s top 20 in next month’s rankings.

"It's a bit surreal, I had no idea I would be in the final, let alone win it," said Coll.

"It's been an amazing week for me and a real confidence booster. I'm going to have a good Christmas and it will make the flight back to New Zealand a lot more enjoyable.

"Physically, I've had some tough matches and they've all been pretty long. But my body has held up well and I've been doing some good recovery. It's been a long week mentally, so I had to make sure I was switched on and focused the whole time because if you switch off against these guys you pay for it."

The iconic former World No.2 Ross Norman - the highest ranked New Zealander of all time and the man who ended Pakistani legend Jahangir Khan's incredible 555-match unbeaten run - was in attendance at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club, and the 57-year-old was full of praise for his younger compatriot.

"He played fantastically, he didn't do anything wrong, he just played the right game for the final," said the 1986 World Champion.

"He did everything right, and that's what wins you the matches in tournaments like these as well, it's fantastic."
 

Semi Finals

Coll and Momen Set Up Mouthwatering Final Clash

New Zealand’s Paul Coll and Egypt’s Tarek Momen will contest the final of the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill after they claimed big wins over English duo Daryl Selby and James Willstrop in the semi-finals of the PSA M100 tournament in Weybridge.

The duo’s only previous meeting on the PSA World Tour came during last month’s Qatar Classic, where a spectacular five-game-thriller, which lasted an incredible 101 minutes, saw Momen take it 17-15 in an entertaining decider.

World No.33 Coll - who started the tournament in qualification - earned his place in the final after following up shock wins over Hong Kong’s Max Lee and Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez with a stunning win over World No.16 Selby, taking the victory 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5 to reach a maiden PSA M100 final.

“I'm so happy, it's been a wicked tournament for me and it's given me a real confidence boost” said Coll.

"I just relaxed out there and let everything go and it paid off for me. I knew I played really well in the first two and I played quite fast, so I knew that there was going to be a drop off in pace. He really stepped up and made me pay for it, and I knew in the fourth that I really had to tell myself to step up on the ’T'.

"Physically, I was feeling fine, but it's been a long week for me, so I had to really make myself step up on the 'T' and push the pace. I didn't expect to get this far, I'm going to have to change my flights back to New Zealand for Christmas."

Momen, meanwhile, ended a two-match losing streak against former World No.1 Willstrop, with a magnificent performance from the World No.11 seeing him take it in straight games.

The 28-year-old from Cairo chased and harried Willstrop throughout the 55-minute fixture at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club to claim an 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 triumph that sees him join Coll in his biggest ever final.

“I didn't think we would be facing each other that soon,” said Momen about his final opponent.

“Paul is a unique player, he's so quick and elastic. You know you're not going to get away with putting the ball away against him, so the game plan has to be very, very disciplined and executed quite well. He's a great player and I hope we have a great match tomorrow.

“It would mean a lot [to win], it would be my biggest title. My biggest so far is a 50K, so to win tomorrow would be such a privilege. I don't like to focus too much on the title, I prefer to focus on the match in hand and hopefully, if I can get the win, I can enjoy it.”
 

Quarter Finals

Coll Claims Shock Win Against Rodriguez to Reach Semis

New Zealand qualifier Paul Coll claimed his second major shock of the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill after he came through a thrilling five-game battle with World No.13 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in Weybridge to reach his first ever PSA M100 semi-final.

The previous two days of action had seen a number of surprise results, with the top two seeds Mohamed ElShorbagy and Omar Mosaad bowing out, while Coll himself had caused a big upset on day one after the World No.33 defeated Hong Kong’s World No.18 Max Lee.

But the 24-year-old from Greymouth raised his game even further against Rodriguez as the duo wowed the gathered spectators at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club with a series of high-octane exchanges throughout the 102-minute encounter. Coll twice came back from a game behind, before he battled to victory in the decider to wrap up the biggest win of his career by a 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 margin.

“I'm very happy at the moment,” said Coll.

“I’m a bit tired, it was a long match, but I'm excited just to keep playing and to get some experience against these top guys.

“I just tightened up [in the fifth game], got him behind me, and stopped giving away strokes and lets."

Coll will go up against in-form Englishman Daryl Selby for a place in the final after Selby kept up his terrific recent form with a fine display against Ghosal to reach a fourth straight PSA World Tour semi-final.

The 34-year-old from Essex opened up his tournament with a sensational victory over World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, and he followed that up with an 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 win over Ghosal to move to within one win of the final.

“I felt like I played really well, I don't know how it looked from the outside, but I felt like I hit my targets well and can't have made too many mistakes,” said Selby.

“I don't think Saurav played badly, I made two mistakes in the match, which says it all really. I guess Saurav still hit winners in the double figures.

“If I keep playing like that I'll be tough to beat. If someone beats me, they're going to have to play well, so I've just got to keep it going. It’s nice to win 3-0 for once.”

Former World No.1 James Willstrop and Egyptian World No.11 Tarek Momen will go head-to-head in the other semi-final after they achieved respective wins over South African Stephen Coppinger and World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy.

Willstrop recovered from a game down to take the match in four, and the 33-year-old Yorkshireman is now just one win away from reaching back-to-back PSA World Tour finals for the first time since 2013 after he also made it to the final of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix earlier this week in Manchester.

"I don't think the tactics really changed that much from either of us, the game kept on the same pattern," Willstrop said.

"It was just about who was going to come out of the first two games the better. I suppose that's where I can sometimes impose myself on players, so I've got to try and make sure that I can do that."

Momen, meanwhile, went 10-3 down in the opening game of his match against ElShorbagy, but a drop in intensity from his opponent saw Momen storm back to take the next nine points in a row, and that first game triumph acted as the catalyst for a straight games victory.

"I can't tell you how pleased I am to win in three today," said Momen.

"I wish Marwan all the best, I know he is a great player. It wasn't his day, but I'm sure he can bounce back much stronger."
 

Round One Lower Half

Qualifier Coppinger Scalps Mosaad on Second Day

South African qualifier Stephen Coppinger bridged a 16-place World Rankings gap to upset World No.8 Omar Mosaad as the first round action at the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill, PSA M100 tournament drew to a close in Weybridge.

The opening day of the tournament saw three of the four matches go the way of the lower-ranked player - with World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy being the biggest casualty after he lost to Daryl Selby - and Coppinger looked to be following suit after an error-strewn performance from Mosaad saw the World No.24 go two games ahead.

Former World No.3 Mosaad managed to vary the range of his hitting though in the third and fourth games to restore parity, but the errors on his backhand side in particular handed the momentum back to Coppinger in the decider, and he pressed on to take it 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-3 in 77 minutes.

"I think today I was far, far more relaxed than I normally would be," said Coppinger.

"Normally, I would be looking to really push the pace and just throw everything at it from the word go. I think that actually helped because I didn't feel like I was going for high risk shots.

"It's been a good season so far, so I've been fairly confident with my game. I'm just looking forward to the rest of tournament and long may it last, every day is a bonus."

Former World No.1 James Willstrop also got his tournament off to a successful start after the Yorkshireman defeated Swiss qualifier Nicolas Mueller in straight games.

Willstrop was appearing at the event just four days after losing out to bitter rival Nick Matthew in the final of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix in Manchester, but showed no signs of fatigue as he dictated the tempo in the early exchanges, finding all four corners with his pinpoint accuracy to unsettle Mueller’s rhythm and go a game ahead.

Mueller responded with an attacking brand of squash in the second as he looked to play the ball into the front corners, but Willstrop pushed through to victory, before coming out on top in a high-quality third game to seal the win by an 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 margin.

"I backed up alright, if I can play Nicolas and win 3-0 against him, then it's a promising start," said Willstrop, who will play Coppinger next.

"I've done my best over the last couple of days to get away from the squash court, keep the body moving and I’m doing everything I can to keep it healthy.

"It feels like I've done a decent job, and I've got to keep looking after it because it is a bit heavy to play back-to-back tournaments like that, but I was ready for it. I would much rather it was tough and back-to-back than being out early, so it's good."

Elsewhere, World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy ensured that he didn’t follow his brother out of the tournament after he came through against defending champion Chris Simpson in four games.

The 64-minute battle was a high-quality fixture, with both players trading blows in an absorbing encounter that saw few unforced errors and consistent line hitting throughout, and it was the man from Alexandria who recovered from a game down to claim a 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 victory.

“I was really looking forward to being on court today, I like this venue, especially because my sponsors [Channel VAS] are sponsoring this event,” said ElShorbagy.

“Every match that I play now is going to be tough and you have to prepare mentally for each match. I'm really happy to get the win today.”

World No.11 Tarek Momen set up a mouthwatering quarter-final clash with ElShorbagy after he defeated tournament wildcard and local hero Joe Lee to dash home hopes at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club.

“From the very beginning, I knew that I wasn’t going to play a regular match, I knew that he would be a very tough opponent for me," said Momen. “He played really well today.”
 

Round One Top Half

Selby and Coll Pull Off Huge Upsets

England’s Daryl Selby came up with a magnificent display on his 400th PSA World Tour appearance to shock World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in five games on the opening day of main draw action at the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill held in Weybridge.

The 34-year-old had lost his last five matches against ElShorbagy and looked to be heading to a sixth successive defeat after falling 2-1 behind. Selby showed nerves of steel though to halt his opponent’s momentum in the fourth and draw level, and he followed that up by edging the fifth to wrap up a fantastic win by a 13-11, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 margin.

“It's about confidence and belief,” said Selby.

“I’ve always believed I was a top 10 player, but having the confidence to believe that I can play a top five player and win is a whole different kettle of fish.

“I played well and I really am delighted to beat Mohamed because he deserves that World No.1 status. His consistency is without a doubt the best on Tour, and to beat the World No.1 is a special feeling.”

New Zealand’s Paul Coll was also in inspired form to claim one of the biggest wins of his burgeoning career against Hong Kong’s Max Lee, recovering from a game down to defeat the World No.18 by a 3-2 margin.

World No.33 Coll battled through qualification to reach the main draw, but his tournament looked to be coming to an end after he fell 2-1 behind to an experienced Lee.

However he responded brilliantly to force errors from his opponent and, with cramp beginning to take hold of Lee in the latter stages of the decider, Coll pressed on to close out a superb 9-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4 victory to advance to his first ever PSA M100 quarter-final.

“I'm very happy, Max is a quality player, I've been watching him for a few years and I've always thought he had the potential to get into the top 10,” said Coll.

“I'm very happy with the win and with the way I stuck in the game. It's one of my best wins for sure, he's in the top 20 and he's been there for a while.

“I was just happy to make the main draw, so everything is just a bonus from now on. It's a good Christmas present already and hopefully I can get better.”

Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal will take on Selby in the last eight after he ended a seven-match losing streak to former World No.5 Borja Golan.

Golan had spent three months on the sidelines due to a herniated disc, and Ghosal capitalised on the former World No.5’s lack of match fitness as he claimed a 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 despite strong resistance from the Spaniard.

“In my head, I've been working really hard, but the results haven't shown the work that I've put in, and it gets to you mentally, no matter how long you've been on the Tour," explained World No.22 Saurav Ghosal.

“We all want to win, and we all want to prove ourselves to get higher in the rankings. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out for me the way I would have liked this year, but I just have to keep working, which is in my control. If I keep doing that then hopefully the results will go my way.”

Colombian World No.13 Miguel Angel Rodriguez was the other player to emerge victorious on day one after he defeated Frenchman Gregoire Marche in straight games to set up a quarter-final clash with Coll.

“It was tough because he is very talented and he’s been improving over the last six months,” said Rodriguez.

“It’s never easy because he’s also very fast and he has quick hands. He must be very proud of the way he finished this year, he did a great job. But I came here with a purpose, to win my matches, to be a little bit more aggressive and enjoy it a little bit more."

Tickets for the tournament are priced from £10-£45 and can be booked online here: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ChannelVASSquash

Title sponsor Channel VAS has committed to donating 100 per cent of the ticket sales to children’s charity CLIC Sargent, who offer cancer support for young people.
 
Defending Champion Simpson Looking to End Year on a High at Channel VAS Championship

Defending champion Chris Simpson returns to the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club between December 8-12 as he kickstarts his attempts to retain his Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill crown in Weybridge.

Simpson, the World No.20, claimed his first ever PSA M25 title at last year’s tournament, beating experienced Englishman Daryl Selby in the final to end a 17-month title drought on the PSA World Tour.

After hovering just outside of the world’s top 20 for the past two and a half years, Simpson finally earned his place amongst the world’s elite last month and he is aiming to cap off 2016 in style.

"I’m really looking forward to the tournament, it's great to have another major tournament in England," said Simpson.

"I have been going to St George's Hill to play tournaments since I was 12, and have fond memories there. I qualified for my first World Series event there, and won my first 25k event on the all glass court there last year.

"The crowd is always great at St. George’s, and I will be looking to end the year on a high there once again."

The Channel VAS Championship offers the second biggest prize purse in Europe this season, with it’s $100,000 prize fund - a 300 per cent increase compared to last year - bettered only by the prestigious British Open, and will see the likes of World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, his brother, World No.6 Marwan, and former World No.1 James Willstrop all battle for honours in a top-class draw.

Title sponsor Channel VAS has also committed to donating 100 per cent of the ticket sales to children’s charity CLIC Sargent, who offer cancer support for young people.

Tickets for the tournament - the qualifying stages of which take place between December 6-7 - are priced from £10-£45 and can be booked online here: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ChannelVASSquash
 
World No.1 ElShorbagy to Top St George’s Hill Open Draw

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy will headline a high-quality draw when the Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill Open, PSA M100 tournament gets under way on Thursday December 8 at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club in Weybridge.

The tournament has grown exponentially over the past year, with it’s lucrative $100,000 prize fund - which is four times bigger than last year’s - making it the second biggest PSA World Tour event to take place in Europe after the iconic British Open.

ElShorbagy appears at his last PSA World Tour event of 2016 as the Egyptian looks to bring a year which has seen him win seven Tour titles to a triumphant close.

The Bristol-based 25-year-old has a tough first round encounter against 2015 runner-up Daryl Selby in store, with the Englishman in a rich vein of form after claiming a first World Series semi-final berth since 2012 at last week’s Qatar Classic - a tournament which saw ElShorbagy reach the final.

ElShorbagy is seeded to meet ‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Angel Rodriguez in a mouthwatering semi-final, with World No.8 Rodriguez facing a qualifier in round one.

On the other side of the draw, World No.4 Omar Mosaad and ElShorbagy’s younger brother, World No.7 Marwan, are seeded to line-up against each other in the last four.

Mosaad begins his tournament against a qualifier, but could come up against former World No.1 James Willstrop in the quarter-final stage if both players win their respective first round encounters, with Willstrop winning the most recent meeting between the two during last month’s Delaware Investments U.S. Open.

Marwan, meanwhile, locks horns with defending champion Chris Simpson in round one, and the 23-year-old will be eyeing up a final clash with his older brother.
 
Preview

The second biggest squash event to be held in Europe this year will be the $100K Channel VAS Championships which will take place on the all glass court at the prestigious St George's Hill Club in Weybridge Surrey from 6th-12th December.

The tournament will feature 16 of the world's top male squash players including World number 1 Mohamed El Shorbagy, World number 4 Omar Mosaad , Marwan El Shorbagy the world number 7 and Tarek Momen WR 9 four of the top six Egyptians who are currently the dominant nation in international squash.

Top British hope in the draw is former World number 1 James Willstrop who has climbed back to number 11 after a career threatening injury. Willstrop will be joined by last year's champion Chris Simpson WR20, one of several top class squash players to have come from the island of Guernsey and another former British Champion Daryl Selby WR 19 who is in the form of his life teaching the last 16 of the world championships having just won in Macau

The event will also display an impressive array of international talent including Canary Wharf Champion Frenchmen Mathieu Castagnet WR12, the spectacular retriever Miguel Angel Rodriquez from Columbia WR 8, Borja Golan WR15 the highest ever ranked Spaniard, , Hong Kong Open semi finalist Max Lee WR17.

Wild Card Joe Lee WR47 who has played at the host club since he was a small boy completes the line up of 12 players automatically in the main draw.

The players above will be joined by four qualifiers from the qualifying tournament which takes place on 6th and 7th December.

The qualifying tournament is also impressively strong with several big names including Indian number 1 Saurav Ghosal, top South African Steve Coppinger, Frenchman Gregoire Marche, New Zealand number 1 Paul Coll and Swiss number 1 Nicolas Mueller.

Local interest apart from wild card Joe Lee will centre around Tom Richards the England International who has been ranked as high as number 12 in the world. Tom has also played at St George's Hill since he was two years old.

ENGLAND junior number 1 Charlie Lee 18, brother of Joe Lee and also a lifelong club member will also be competing in qualifying alongside 19 year old Matthew Broadberry another impressive local who is currently studying at Nottingham University.

Tickets priced from £10-£45 are available from Ticketmaster http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ChannelVASSquash

The St George's Hill Club is a prestigious members club set in beautiful grounds on the world famous St George's Hill estate. The club has some of the finest grass courts in England and is one of only two clubs in the UK with an all glass squash court.
The court has a capacity of 230 which is small for a $100K PSA World Tour event but it's sure to be full to the rafters with fans who will provide an electric atmosphere for the players.
Website http://www.stghltc.co.uk 

Bassim Haidar the chairman of Channel VAS is an enthusiastic player at St George's Hill and it was his dream to bring the world's to players to the club.

The event was conceived by promoter and club professional Danny Lee, a former world top 30 player who ran a smaller tour event with Channel VAS's support last season. Mr Haidar was keen for the tournament to grow and along with raising the profile of his company, he has decided to donate all proceeds from ticket sales to CLIC Sargent, a charity which helps support children with cancer and their families. Mr Haidar's daughter Talia has suffered from leukaemia for several years and has been helped by CLIC Sargent. She presented last year's winner trophy to Guernsey's Chris Simpson.

The tournament will be televised worldwide by Squash TV which broadcasts in over 80 countries. In Europe live coverage will be provided on Eurosport player.

For further details of the tournament please contact Danny Lee on 07905 102094 or dannylee62@btinternet.com

The tournament is part of The PSA Tour and the Professional Squash Association can be contacted on +44 113 859 1000.

Any enquiries relating to St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club. Warreners Lane, Weybridge , KT13 0LL can be sent to celiag@stghltc.co.uk
or to Danny Lee above.

The event has a Facebook page http://m.me/ChannelVASSquash

a Twitter feed @StGgeSquash
and @DannyLeeSquash

and a website http://www.channelvassquash.com/

Please contact Danny Lee for more information about the local and British players competing.

For example:
James Willstrop is quite famous globally as former World no 1 and British no 1 he also writes for the Yorkshire Post weekly, has written many newspaper articles and a book which was short listed for Sports book of the year and highly commended in reviews worldwide . It is called " A shot and a ghost " He also acts, plays cricket and sings in a band with Simply Red's bass player Sylvan Richardson!!
 

 

 

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