Halco Atlanta Open 2003
05-11 May, Atlanta, USA, $8k

Canada's Viktor Berg celebrated the first PSA Tour title of his career when he beat England's Mark Heather in an epic 90-minute final of the Atlanta Open in Georgia, USA.

Losing the first game 15-11, top seed Berg bounced back to win the next two 15-12 and 15-6. The fourth game was all square at 10-10 before Heather, the sixth seed from Portsmouth, hit five excellent winners to seal the game and draw level.

The fifth game was a thriller - the Englishman took a 3-0 lead before Berg caught up to move 7-4 ahead. The 25-year-old from Toronto then led up to 13-12 before Heather hit back with two impressive winners which took him to match-ball at 14-13. At 14-14, Heather called 'three' before the match reached the ultimate knife-edge scenario with both players having match-ball at 16-16.

The final point went to Viktor Berg as he clinched his fist to claim his first Atlanta Open win 11-15 15-12 15-6 10-15 17-16.
Halco Atlanta Open 2003
1st Round
Wed 7th
hu 8th
Sat 10th
Sun 11th
[1] Viktor Berg (Can)
17/15, 15/12, 15/10
Julian Wellings (Eng)
Viktor Berg
15/6, 15/11, 15/12
Peter Barker
Viktor Berg

15/10, 15/12, 14/15, 15/10

Gavin Jones
Viktor Berg


15/11, 12/15, 6/15, 15/10, 17/16


Mark Heather

Peter Barker (Eng)
15/7, 15/14, 9/15, 8/15, 15/7
[Q] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
Gavin Jones (Wal)
13/15, 15/8, 15/6, 15/6
[Q] Karim Yehia (Egy)
Gavin Jones
15/8, 15/11, 6/15, 12/15, 17/16
 Joey Barrington
[4] Joey Barrington (Eng)
15/6, 15/13, 15/4
[Q] Beau River (Usa)
[3] Eric Galvez (Mex)
15/11, 15/7  rtd
[Q] Kumail Mehood (Pak)
Kumail Mehood
15/8, 15/8 rtd
John Rooney
John Rooney

15/8, 15/14, 15/6

Mark Heather
John Rooney (Irl)
15/9, 15/12, 15/10
Andrew Whipp (Eng)
Ian Power (Can)
15/8, 15/5, 15/6
Mark Heather (Eng)
Mark Heather
15/10, 15/11, 15/6
Scott Fitzgerald
Scott Fitzgerald (Wal)
15/12, 16/17, 15/8, 15/6
[2] Mikkel Korsbjerg (Den)

Qualifying finals (Tue 6th):
Rafael Alarcon (Bra) bt Preston Quick (Usa)  15/12, 15/11, 15/13
Karim Yehia (Egy) bt Sam Miller (Eng)  12/15, 15/13, 15/13, 15/11
Kumail Mehood (Pak) bt Patrick Chifunda (Zam)  15/9, 15/11, 14/15, 15/9
Beau River (Usa) bt Andrea Capella (Ita)  15/12, 16/17, 15/13, 14/15, 15/5

Qualifying first round (Mon 5th):
Rafael Alarcon (Bra) bt Rob McFadzean (Usa)  15/5, 15/8, 15/12
Sam Miller (Eng) bt Joe Russell (Eng)  15/5, 15/6, 15/4
Kumail Mehood (Pak) bt Rodolphe Bigot (Fra)  15/12, 15/10, 15/3
Andrea Capella (Ita) bt Michael Elford (Eng)  15/10, 15/4, 15/6

Results & Reports

Berg & Heather In Maiden
PSA Tour Title Bid In Atlanta

Canada's Viktor Berg and Englishman Mark Heather will meet in the final of  the Atlanta Open in Georgia, USA, with each seeking to claim his first title on the PSA Tour.

Top seed Berg, 25, from Toronto, survived a close four-game semi-final battle with third-seeded Welshman Gavin Jones to win 15-10 15-12 14-15 15-10 and reach his fifth Tour final - but his first since December 2001.

Heather, the 26-year-old sixth seed from Portsmouth, needed only three games to overcome unseeded Irishman John Rooney 15-8 15-14 15-6 in the other semi-final to register his fourth appearance in a PSA Tour final.

While Viktor Berg, John Rooney and Mark Heather all enjoyed a comfortable passage into the quarter-finals of the Atlanta Open at the Concourse Club, Welshman Gavin Jones needed a full two hours to see off the challenge of England'sJoey Barrington.

Jones established a 2-0 lead, but Barrington pegged it back to two-all. Jones had match-balls at 14-11 in the fifth, but again Barrington came back to claim match-balls of his own at 14-al and 16-all before Jones clinched the final point.

Jones meets Canada's top seed Viktor Berg in the semi-finals, with the winner to meet either John Rooney or Mark Heather in the final.

First Round:
All but two of the seeded players progressed to the quarter-finals at Atlanta's Concourse Athletic Club, the exceptions being second seed Mikkel Korsbjerg, who lost out in four to Wales' Scott Fitzgerald, and Mexico's third seed who retired from 2-0 down to Pakistan's veteran Kumail Mehood.

Held at Atlanta's Concourse Athletic Club, the Atlanta Open is a well-established event on the PSA tour. Organised by Andre Maur, it always attracts a strong European entry, and this year is no exception with 9 Europeans in the main draw.

Canada's Viktor Berg is seeded to meet Denmark's Mikkel Korsbjerg in the final.

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2002 Event

Atlanta Open, USA, 15-19 May 2002, $5k

[1] Bradley Ball (Eng) bt [Q] Marcos Smith (Aus)  15/10, 17/15, 15/5

Smith Gets Super Ball Treatment In Atlanta
England's Bradley Ball collected his third PSA Tour title of the year when he beat Australian qualifier Marcus Smith in the final.Top seed Ball was taken to five games by unseeded Zambian Robby Lingashi in the semi-finals, but the 25-year-old from Ipswich clinched the title in straight games with a 15-10 17-15 15-5 win over Smith.

The Georgia final marked the third reached this year by Smith against the odds.  Ranked just inside the top 200 at the beginning of the year, Smith reached the Rocafort Open final in Spain in January as a qualifier (where he was beaten by Ball) - then last week clinched the Dartmouth Mudbowl Open title unseeded.  After qualifying in Atlanta, the Netherlands-based 25-year-old beat the 2nd and 8th seeds before bravely bowing out to the favourite in the final.

[1] Bradley Ball (Eng) bt Robby Lingashi (Zam)  15/9, 15/9, 16/17, 14/17, 15/6
[Q] Marcos Smith (Aus) bt Shawn De Lierre (Can)  15/12, 17/15, 15/12

[1] Bradley Ball (Eng) bt Stacy Ross (Eng)  15/8, 15/10, 8/15, 15/7
Robby Lingashi (Zam) bt Michael Hopkins (Eng)  7/15, 14/17, 15/6, 15/8, 15/11
Shawn De Lierre (Can) bt David McNeely (Usa)  11/15, 13/15, 17/14, 15/9, 15/10
[Q] Marcos Smith (Aus) bt [2] Viktor Berg (Can)  15/9, 5/15, 17/15, 15/7

First Round:
[1] Bradley Ball (Eng) bt [Q] Laurens Anjema (Ned)  17/14, 13/15, 15/9, 15/3
Stacy Ross (Eng) bt [Q] Ben Howell (Eng)  15/10, 15/9, 15/6
bt [4] John Rooney (Irl)  15-10 default 
Robby Lingashi (Zam) bt Ian Power (Can)  15/9, 17/14, 15/8
David McNeely (Usa) bt Matt Jenson (Aus)  15/12, 15/9, 15/4
Shawn De Lierre (Can) bt Mikkel Korsbjerg (Den)  12/15, 7/15, 15/12, 15/13, 15/8
[Q] Marcos Smith (Aus) bt Jago Nardelli (Eng)  15/10, 15/9, 15/12
[2] Viktor Berg (Can) bt [Q] Alex Stait (Eng)   12/15, 17/15, 5/15, 15/11, 15/14

Qualifying finals:
Howell bt River; Anjema bt Korsberg; Stait bt Guiffre; Smith bt Santo
Qualifying round one:
Ben Howell (Eng) bye; Beau River (Usa) bt Tim Wyant (Usa) w/o; Laurens Anjema (Ned) bt Patrick Chifunda (Zam) 15/12, 15/8, 15/7; Mads Korsberg (Den) bt Mark Burke (Aus) 15/6, 6/15, 15/10, 15/11; Alex Stait (Eng) bt Rob McFadzean (Usa) 15/10, 15/13, 15/7; Matthew Guiffre (Can) bt Imran Khan (Pak) 15/11, 15/13, 15/7; Marius Smith (Aus) bt Tony James (Aus) 12/15, 15/6, 15/13, 13/15, 15/9; Ronivaldo Santo (Bra) bye

2001 Event Final:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [3] Michael Robberds (AUS)  15-13 9-15 15-13 15-13 (70m)

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