Catella Swedish Open 2003
04-09 Feb, Linkoping, Sweden,  $30k

09 Feb - Final:
[2] Stewart Boswell bt [1] John White  6/15, 15/7, 15/6, 15/12

Stewart Boswell claimed his first PSA title since 1999, with a 3/1 victory over top seed John White in the final in Linkoping.
Full report

08 Feb - semi-finals:
John White bt Joe Kneipp  15/13, 15/6, 11/15, 15/13
Stewart Boswell bt Martin Heath  15/13, 15/10, 7/15, 15/9

Scotland's No1 seed John White and Australia's second-seeded Stewart Boswell, ranked four and five in the world respectively, will meet in the anticipated final after surviving tough four-game semi-finals in Linköping. Full story

Quarter-Finals: Top seeds on course
Round one: Durbach deposes Ong in Linkoping

Catella Swedish Open 2003
1st Round, Thu 6th Quarters, Fri 7th Semis, Sat 8th Final, Sun 9th
[1] John White (Sco)
15/14, 15/9, 15/13 (42m)
Daniel Forslund (Swe)
John White
15/12, 15/10, 14/15, 15/10 (54m)
Amr Shabana
John White

5/13, 15/6, 11/15, 15/13

Joseph Kneipp




John White

6/15, 15/7, 15/6, 15/12

Stewart Boswell

[5] Amr Shabana (Egy)
15/13, 15/10, 13/15, 15/9 (70m)
Paul Price (Aus)
[3] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
15/12, 15/13, 9/15, 13/15, 15/13 (94m)
[Q] Rodney Durbach (Rsa)
Rodney Durbach
15/11, 15/7, 15/12 (52m)
Joseph Kneipp
[6] Joseph Kneipp (Aus)
15/12, 15/11, 15/12 (53m)
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
[8] Simon Parke (Eng)
12/15, 12/15, 15/13, 15/5, 15/11 (77m)
[Q] Mika Monto (Fin)
Simon Parke
17/16, 17/14, 15/13 (57m)
Martin Heath
Martin Heath

15/13, 15/10, 7/15, 15/9

Stewart Boswell

[4] Martin Heath (Sco)
15/9, 15/12, 14/15, 15/9 (61m)
[Q] James Willstrop (Eng)
[7] Mansoor Zaman (Pak)
15/13, 15/10, 15/10 (38m)
Graham Ryding (Can)
Graham Ryding
15/6, 16/17, 15/6, 15/7 (67m)
Stewart Boswell
[2] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
15/7, 15/13, 15/12 (57m)
[Q] Jean Michel Arcucci (Fra)
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RESULTS & Reports


09 Feb - Final:
[2] Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt [1] John White (Sco)   6/15, 15/7, 15/6, 15/12

Report from Swedish Squash
Stewart Boswell, the number 2 seed at this year’s Catella Swedish Open, won an enthralling final against top seed, John White, at the Linkoping Sports Arena.

White stormed into an early lead in the first game with a mixture of fiercely hit drives and early volleys. Boswell struggled to get in front of his opponent who dominated the tactics. White was much quicker on the ball and after just 16 minutes, the 29 year old Scotsman, ranked number 4 in the world, won the first game 15-6.

The young Australian is made of stern stuff and showed both mental and physical strength in opening up a lead of 4-1 in the second game. White pegged it back to just one point but then an electrifying rally won by Boswell with a dying length into the rear forehand re-opened a 3 point gap to give Boswell a score of 9-6. White started to go for a few early shots, trying to win rallies earlier but there were too many unforced errors to harm Boswell. Just keeping the ball in play, Boswell waited for the errors to come from his opponent and only dropped one more point to take the second game 15-7 and level the match score.

The beginning of the third game was tight. Boswell seemed to have difficulty holding his racket each time a decision by the referee went against him and there was a flurry of lets with the score at 6-4 to the 24 year old from Canberra, Australia. Boswell was looking strong now and increasingly kept White away from the front court. At 8-6 the third game had taken the same length of time to play as the whole of the first game. Some of this was because Boswell wanted to question virtually every decision made by the referee but despite this he managed to keep his concentration and maintain a 2 or 3 point lead. More errors were made from White and it seemed that the steadier Boswell was gaining a strong grip on the match. He was playing the better length, moving his opponent off the T and despite a few attempts to work his backhand volley to the front, White slipped further and further behind until he lost the third game 6-15.

Boswell started the fourth game looking very confident and sprightly. He stormed into 4-1 lead after just 4 minutes and capitalised on an increasingly frustrated White. More errors came from the Scotsman’s racket and he looked down and out after 60 minutes of play. Some great play from White, this time with two forehand volleys and a forehand drop shot kept him in the match but Boswell still managed to keep a 2 point lead. Boswell could scent victory and a flying dive to retrieve a White shot at the front followed by a flashing cross court drive opened a 4 point lead at 9-5.

White is a fighter though and after 3 more rallies, Boswell had to dive again but this time he didn’t win the rally, hitting the ball out of court. Suddenly, White was back in the match, looking sharper and volleying the ball hard and low. He reduced the lead to just 1 point but Boswell then won two rallies with penalty strokes to go 12-9 up. An extraordinary winner played between his legs took him to 13-9. The end was in sight and his consistently accurate and hard drives brought him to match point. White hung in and managed to win three consecutive rallies to give him hope, but Boswell finished with a forehand volley drive to give him his first Swedish Open title.

Boswell was celebrating his seventh PSA Tour title victory and his first since lifting the Bolzano Open trophy in Italy in May 1999.  White's loss marked the Nottingham-based Scot's fourth successive defeat in a final, after finishing as runner-up in last year's British Open, South African Challenge and World Open.


[1] John White (Sco) bt [6] Joe Kneipp (Aus) 15/13, 15/6, 11/15, 15/13
[2] Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt [4] Martin Heath (Sco)  15/13, 15/10, 7/15, 15/9

Scotland's No1 seed John White and Australia's second-seeded Stewart Boswell, ranked four and five in the world respectively, will meet in the anticipated final after surviving tough four-game semi-finals in Linköping.

Boswell, 24, from Canberra, took on the experienced and highly talented Martin Heath, the fourth seed from Scotland. After slipping down the rankings last year, Heath has recently enjoyed some good results to surge back into the top 10. Always trailing by no more than two points in the first game, Martin managed to level the score at 13-all only to see the game slip away in the next two points. Boswell then played near faultless squash to take the second game and the match seemed to be all over, especially with the Scot becoming increasingly frustrated with the referee's decisions.

However, Heath drew on all his experience and fought back well, dominating the third game with a mixture of solid basic squash and exciting shot play, executed with great precision and accuracy. The fourth game showed that Boswell is one of the new generation of players who will soon be challenging for the top position in the world. Pushing further up the court, he took the ball earlier, attacking the ball and keeping Heath behind him. His variation of shot out-thought and wrong-footed the Scotsman several times in what was to be the final game. Boswell comfortably took the game to become the first player to gain a place in the final with a 15-13 15-10 7-15 15-9 scoreline.

In the second semi final, John White - a Scotsman born in Australia and living in England - faced Joe Kneipp, an Australian who nearly changed his allegiance for his native country to play for the Netherlands 18 months ago. The first game was tight all the way through and played in a good humour, except for two occasions when Kneipp left the court to remonstrate with the referee for not giving him a let on each occasion - decisions which television replays later confirmed were entirely appropriate! White was lucky to win the first game when he hit a forehand volley that caught the corner between front and side walls to spin out at an angle that Kneipp could not retrieve.

The top seed then ran away with the second game in just nine minutes to go two games up. Unforced errors by White in the third, finally allowed Kneipp to bring the score back to 2/1 - but White got off to a great start in the fourth game, streaking into a 5-1 lead. Joe reduced this to 5-7 before levelling the score at 13-all - but at match ball up, White received a stroke off a loose shot from Kneipp to clinch his place in the final with a 15-13
15-6 11-15 15-13 victory.

Whilst the Swedish final will mark the 16th PSA Tour climax of White's career, and the 17th of Boswell's, neither has claimed a title for more than two years. White, runner-up in last year's World and British Opens, scored his most recent triumph in the Flanders Open in February 2001, whilst it was in May 1999 that Boswell claimed his last trophy in the Bolzano Open in Italy.



[1] John White (Sco) bt [5] Amr Shabana (Egy)  15/12, 15/10, 14/15, 15/10
[6] Joe Kneipp (Aus) bt [Q] Rodney Durbach (Rsa)  15/11, 15/7, 15/12
[4] Martin Heath (Sco) bt [8] Simon Parke (Eng)  17/16, 17/14, 15/13
[2] Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt Graham Ryding (Can) 15/6, 16/17, 15/6, 15/7

White & Boswell on course for final showdown
Both semi-finals will be Australian/Scottish affairs, after tight quarter-finals in Linköping in
which all the fancied players survived.

After a shock upset over Malaysia's third-seeded defending champion Ong Beng Hee in the first round, South African qualifier Rodney Durbach met his match in Australia's Joseph Kneipp, going down to the sixth seed from Queensland 15-11 15-7 15-12.

Amsterdam-based Kneipp now faces former compatriot John White, the Australian-born Scot who is favourite to win the Swedish title for the first time - but was given a stiff test by Egypt's Amr Shabana before beating the fifth seed 15-12 15-10 14-15 15-10.

The closest quarter-final clash of the day was staged by Scotland's Martin Heath, the fourth seed, and eighth-seeded Englishman Simon Parke. Heath ultimately prevailed 17-16 17-14 15-13, leaving Parke to head home to fine-tune his final preparations for next week's British National Championships in Manchester.

Heath, just 30, from Oban, now meets Australia's second seed Stewart Boswell, who ended unseeded Canadian Graham Ryding's run in four games, 15-6 16-17 15-6 15-7.

First Round  

Round One:
[1] John White (Sco) bt  Daniel Forslund (Swe) 15/14, 15/9, 15/13 (42m)
[5] Amr Shabana (Egy) bt Paul Price (Aus) 15/13, 15/10, 13/15, 15/9 (70m)
[Q] Rodney Durbach (Rsa) bt [3] Ong Beng Hee (Mas) 15/12, 15/13, 9/15, 13/15, 15/13 (94m)
[6] Joseph Kneipp (Aus) bt  Olli Tuominen (Fin) 15/12, 15/11, 15/12 (53m)
[8] Simon Parke (Eng) bt [Q] Mika Monto (Fin) 12/15, 12/15, 15/13, 15/5, 15/11 (77m)
[4] Martin Heath (Sco) bt  [Q] James Willstrop (Eng) 15/9, 15/12, 14/15, 15/9 (61m)
Graham Ryding (Can) bt [7] Mansoor Zaman (Pak) 15/13, 15/10, 15/10 (38m)
[2] Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt  [Q] Jean Michel Arcucci (Fra) 15/7, 15/13, 15/12 (57m)

Durbach deposes Ong in Linkoping
Qualifier Rodney Durbach produced a stunning upset in Linkoping, beating defending champion Ong Beng Hee 3/2 in a 94-minute marathon. Durbach went two games up, only to be pegged back to 2-all, but eventually won 15/13 in the fifth to set up a quarter-final against sixth seed Joe Kneipp, who ended Scandinavian interest with a 3/0 win over Olli Tuominen.

Simon Parke fought back from two games down to finally end the run of Finland's Mike Monto. Monto had survived two 3/2 marathons to qualify, and had enough left in the tank to establish a lead against Parke, the eighth seed, but Parke eventually reeled the Finn in after 77 minutes. Parke now plays Martin Heath, who took just over an hour to beat world junior champion James Willstrop.

Top seeds John White and Stewart Boswell both enjoyed comfortable first round victories, and meet Amr Shabana and Graham Ryding respectively in the quarters.

Qualifying | Previews  

Qualifying finals:
England's James Willstrop continues his squash education when he tackles Scotland's No.4 seed Martin Heath in the first round of the Catella Swedish Open in the first round Linkoping. Willstrop accounted for long-term junior rival Peter Barker in the final qualifying round 15-13, 13-15, 15-12, 15-7 and will no doubt have received a detailed game plan from father Malcolm as he prepares to tackle one of the most gifted players in the game.

Two other English players fell by the wayside in qualifying, with South Africa's Rodney Durbach removing Joey Barrington 15-12, 15-10, 15-11 and Finland's Mika Monto beating Andy Whipp 15-13, 15-5, 11-15, 11-15, 15-3.

Durbach faces reigning champion Ong Beng Hee while Monto tackles England's No.8 seed Simon Parke. Top seed John White (Scotland) opens his campaign against the home nation's Daniel Forslund, while No.2 seed Stewart Boswell (Australia) faces a fourth qualifier, Jean Michel Arcucci of France, who beat Sweden's Christian Drakenberg 15-11, 15-12, 8-15, 15-7. 

05 Feb
Qualifying Finals:
Rodney Durbach (Rsa) bt Joey Barrington (Eng)  15/12, 15/10, 15/11
Jean-Michel Arcucci (Fra) bt Christian Drakenberg (Swe)  15/11, 15/12, 8/15, 15/7
Mika Monto (Fin) bt Andrew Whipp (Eng)  15/13, 15/5, 11/15, 11/15, 15/3
James Willstrop (Eng) bt Peter Barker (Eng)  15/13, 13/15, 15/12, 15/7

04 Feb
Qualifying round one
Rodney Durbach bye
Joey Barrington (ENG) bt Martin Dzur (CZE)    15-7,15-7,15-8
Christian Drakenberg (SWE) bt  Henrik Lofvenborg (SWE)    15-1,15-6,15-10
Jean-Michel Arcucci bye
Andrew Whipp (ENG) bt Badr Abel Aziz (SWE)    15-8, 15-14, 15-11
Mika Monto (FIN) bt Anders Thoren (SWE)    15-13,12-15,16-17,15-9,15-9
Peter Barker (ENG) bt Joakim Karlsson (SWE)    15-10,15-8,15-11
James Willstrop bye

Australia's Sarah Fitz-Gerald will make her first international appearance on a squash court since winning her record fifth World Open title last November when she attends the Catella Swedish Open in Linkoping in Sweden from 6th to 9th February.

Sarah, who has spent the past month in Australia training and working as a special ambassador for her home country's Australia Day celebrations, will play a series of challenge matches in Linkoping. In addition to matches against New Zealand's world No17 Shelley Kitchen, she will also participate in a mixed doubles event featuring PSA players competing in the Swedish Open.

"To have Sarah here will mean a lot for ladies squash in Sweden," said Tournament Director and former international player Fredrik Johnson. "We also hope Sarah will take part in the Pro-Am tournament we are organising, in which former Wimbledon tennis champion Stefan Edberg will be competing - so, who knows, there might be a Sarah v Stefan match!"

"The response to this year's Swedish Open has been fantastic," Johnson added. "Swedish TV will be doing a number of interviews, etc., and regional TV will be covering all Sarah's matches. We are working hard to organise one of the best squash tournaments in the world."

2002 Event  

Catella Swedish Open, Linkoping,  10-13 Jan, $25k

[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [3] Olli Tuominen (FIN)   15-10, 11-15, 15-12, 12-15, 15-8

Swedish Success for Beng Hee
Malaysia's Ong Beng Hee scored his first PSA Tour title of the new year when he beat Finland's Olli Tuominen 15-10 11-15 15-12 12-15 15-8 in an epic 89-minute finale of the $25,000 Catella Swedish Squash Open in Linköping - the first major PSA event in Sweden for almost a decade.

Top seed Beng Hee got off to the better start, showing the outstanding movement around the court that has been a feature of his game in Linköping. The world No7 took the first game 15-10 in 21 minutes and looked comfortable at the beginning of the second.  However, Tuominen had other ideas and worked brilliantly to get his own movement going and force his way into the match.  Stretching the young Malaysian with rapier-sharp cross-court shots, the third seed dropped and counter dropped his way to level the match.

Both players exerted intense pressure on each other in the third, trading volley for volley, drop for drop. Beng Hee finally opened a crucial gap at 11-9, and ultimately took the game on a penalty stroke. The match was now nearly an hour long and the crowd really got behind the young Nordic player as they both walked back on court. The Finn got off to a good start, and at 6-9 down Beng Hee looked as if he was tiring - but incredibly he soon levelled the score at 10-10. It was then, however, that the Finn strung together his best rallies of the match, and eventually held his nerve well to win the game 15-12 in 17 minutes.

Both players were now visibly tiring in the fifth and final game. The overall standard of play was still outstanding and when Beng Hee carved out a useful 8-4 lead, again Tuominen came back with tremendous attacking play to level at eight-all. The game then swayed back in the Malaysian's favour as two calls by the referee favoured Ong and he raced into a 13-8 lead. He wasn't going to miss his chance and a forehand volley into the nick and then a lob that died in the backhand court gave the 21-year-old from Penang the title of Catella Swedish Squash Open champion 2002.

[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [4] Graham Ryding (CAN)   15-8, 15-11, 15-9
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [7] John Williams (AUS)   15-11, 15-4, 13-15, 15-14

[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Nick Taylor (ENG)   15-11, 15-6, 15-7
[4] Graham Ryding (CAN) bt [5] Omar Elborolossy (EGY)   15-7, 4-15, 15-12, 15-10
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [Q] Adrian Grant (ENG)    15-7, 13-15, 15-12, 15-12
[7] John Williams (AUS) bt [Q] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
  14-15, 15-12, 17-15, 15-9

First round:
[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Nick Matthew (ENG)    15-11, 15-11, 15-12
Nick Taylor (ENG) bt Davide Bianchetti (ITA)    11-15, 15-12, 15-10, 15-6
[4] Graham Ryding (CAN) bt [Q] Ben Garner (ENG)   15-7, 15-12, 15-5
[5] Omar Elborolossy (EGY) bt Derek Ryan (IRL)   15-5, 15-10, 15-10
[Q] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [8] Peter Genever (ENG)   15-6, 15-12, 13-15, 15-10
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [Q] Gavin Jones (WAL)    15-7, 15-7, 15-10
[7] John Williams (AUS) bt Daniel Forslund (SWE)    15-7, 15-11, 15-11
[Q] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [2] Alex Gough (WAL)   5-15, 15-11, 13-15, 15-9, 15-12

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