Ciutat de Barcelona 2003
Barcelona, Spain, 25-28 September, $6k

28 Sep - FINAL:
[3] Jonathon Kemp (Eng) bt [Q] Scott Handley (Eng)
      15/6, 15/7, 15/11

Kemp Wins Maiden PSA
Tour Title In Barcelona

England's Jonathan Kemp claimed the first PSA Tour title of his career when he beat compatriot Scott Handley in the final of the Ciutat de Barcelona Squash Open in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

Third seed Kemp, 22, from Telford in Shropshire, reached the final after ending unseeded compatriot Alister Walker's impressive run in the semi-finals.  Walker, from Gloucestershire, had earlier upset local hope Borja Golan, the top seed.

In the final, former British Junior Open champion Kemp beat qualifier Scott Handley 15-6 15-7 15-11 to win his first PSA trophy in only his second Tour final.

Handley, 28, from Oxfordshire, had made it to the final after upsetting the 4th, 8th and 6th seeds following his appearance in the qualification tournament.

Jonathan Kemp
with the trophy

Ciutat de Barcelona 2003
1st Round - Thu 25th Quarters - Fri 26th Semis - Sat 27th  Final - Sun 28th
[1] Borja Golan (Esp)
15/7 10/15 6/15 15/12 15/8
Alister Walker (Eng)
Alister Walker
15/8 15/7 2/15 3/15 17/16
Tim Garner
Alister Walker

15/7 15/4 15/4

Jonathon Kemp

Jonathon Kemp


15/6, 15/7, 15/11


Scott Handley

[5] Tim Garner (Eng)
15/8 15/6 15/8
[Q] Oriol Salvia (Esp)
[3] Jonathon Kemp (Eng)
15/9 15/12 15/11
Ben Howell (Eng)
Jonathon Kemp
13/15 15/9 15/9 15/7
Christian Drakenberg
[7] Christian Drakenberg (Swe)
15/4 15/10 15/1
Iago Cornes (Esp)
[Q] Alex Garbi (Esp)
11/15 15/13 15/6 15/6
[8] Peter Pastijn (Bel)
Peter Pastijn
15/17 15/8 15/10 15/12
Scott Handley
Scott Handley

15/12 15/13 15/13

Glenn Keenan

[Q] Scott Handley (Eng)
15/13 15/8 11/15 15/9
[4] Mike Corren (Aus)
Raj Nanda (Aus)
9/15 13/15 15/9 15/8 15/10
[6] Glenn Keenan (Aus)
Glenn Keenan
15/8 17/15 14/15 8/15 15/11
Peter Genever
[Q] John Rooney (Irl)
8/15 15/12 15/1 15/6
[2] Peter Genever (Eng)

Qualifying (23rd/24th):

John Rooney (IRL) bt Sam Miller (ENG) 15/7 15/13 15/9
Alex Garbi (ESP) bt Duncan Walsh (ENG) 15/11 12/15 10/15 15/9 15/10
Oriol Salvia (ESP) bt Jesse Engelbrecht (ZIM) 15/8 15/8 15/11
Scott Handley (ENG) bt David Barnett (ENG) 15/6 17/16 15/8

Round One:
John Rooney (IRL) bye
Sam Miller (ENG) bt Oliver Post (GER) 17/15 15/10 15/6
Alex Garbi (ESP) bt Fabian Kalaitzis (GRE) 15/10 15/10 15/13
Duncan Walsh (ENG) bt Enric Falcon (ESP) 12/15 15/13 15/7 15/9
Oriol Salvia (ESP) bt Albert Codina (ESP) 11/15 16/17 15/3 15/5 15/10
Jesse Engelbercht (ZIM) bt Joakim Karlsson (SWE) 15/8 15/8 15/10
David Barnett (ENG) bt John A. Abrahamse (SUD) 16/17 15/9 4/15 15/6 15/9
Scott Handley bye

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RESULTS & Reports

27 Sep - Semi-Finals:

While the giant-killing runs of Alister Walker and Glenn Keenan came to an end in the semi-finals of the Ciutat de Barcelona, Scott Handley continued his run to set up an all-English final with third seed Jonathan Kemp.

Handley overcame Glenn Keenan in just over an hour in a match that was as close as the 15/12 15/13 15/13 scoreline suggests. Kemp took advantage of a fatigued Alister Walker to reach the final in little more than half an hour.

26-Sep - Quarters:
Walker Marches on in Barcelona

England's Alister Walker followed up his first round defeat of top seed Borja Golan with a 17/16 in the fifth victory over last year's top seed Tim Garner. Walker romped into a 2-0 lead, but barely competed in the next two games before rallying to take an exciting decider.

Garner, the fifth seed took a heavy blow on the nose from Walker's racket at 9/8 in the fifth, which resulted in a 20-minute injury break in the quarter-final match.

After returning to the court following treatment to his heavily bleeding nose, the score reached 16-all before Walker claimed the match in a 15-8 15-7 2-15 3-15 17-16 scoreline.

Walker meets fellow Englishman  Jonathan Kemp in the semis. Kemp, the third seed, beat Sweden's Christain Drakenberg in four games.

There was more success for England as qualifier Scott Handley beat eighth seed Peter Pastijn in four, but England's second seed Peter Genever lost out in a marathon five-game match to Australia's sixth seed Glenn Keenan. Genever recovered form 0-2 down to level the match, but couldn't recover from a bad start in the fifth.

Borja bows out in Barcelona ...

Top seed and defending champion Borja Golan was sensationally dumped out of the first round in Barcelona, losing an epic 95 minute battle with England's Alister Walker.

The evening session proved fruitful for the English contingent, with Tim Garner, Peter Genever and Jonathan Kemp all moving into the quarter-finals.

The first session saw locals Iago Cornes and Alex Garbi bow out to the 7th & 8th seeds Christian Drakenberg and Peter Pastijn.

English qualifier Scott Handley upset Australia's fourth seed Mike Corren to book a place in the quarters, while Glenn Keenan won the all-Aussie tussle with Raj Nanda.

Borja Golan is back in Barcelona to defend the Ciutat de Barcelona title he won as a qualifier in 2002, but this time the Spanish number one is top seed!

Last year Golan beat top seed Tim Garner in the quarters, but with Garner, now seeded five, due to meet Golan in the quarters once again the Englishman, who is turning his attention to coaching tournament promotion, will be looking for a measure of revenge. England's Peter Genever is seeded two.

The event takes place on an all-Glass court in the old port area of Barcelona. Garner was impressed with the setting on arrival last year:

"The court is in a fantastic setting next to the Maremagnum Shopping Centre in the Old Port area of town," said Tim. "There is a marina behind it and the port in front, with shops/discos on one side and an I-max cinema on the other, so it is all happening."

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