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
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
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
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
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
BORJA BACK TO DEFEND
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."