21-24 Oct, Budapest, Hungary, $40k
 Jonathon Power (Can) bt  Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11/6, 11/10 (2-0), 11/10 (2-0) (56m)
wins at last
After three semi-finals disappointments in the last month when he was
top seed, Canada's Jonathon Power finally got back to winning ways
when he beat France's Gregory Gaultier in the final in Budapest.
Power took the first comfortably, but needed tie-breaks in the next
two games to clinch the title without dropping a game.
Hungarian Open 2004
11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 8/11, 11/8 (58m)
[Q] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
7/11, 11/9, 5/11, 11/7, 11/10(3-1) (76m)
11/9, 9/11, 11/3, 2/11, 11/7 (69m)
(2-0), 11/10 (2-0) (56m)
10/11(5-3), 11/8, 11/5, 11/7
[Q] Peter Barker (Eng)
11/5, 11/8, 5/11, 11/2 (47m)
Mark Chaloner (Eng)
11/4, 6/11, 7/11, 11/3, 11/7 (79m)
Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11/4, 11/9, 11/8 (49m)
Renan Lavigne (Fra)
Shahier Razik (Can)
11/6, 11/8, 11/1 (29m)
 Anthony Ricketts (Aus)
11/6, 11/10, 11/4 (34m)
11/10 (2-0), 11/8, 11/9 (49m)
6/11, 11/10, 11/2, 11/4
 Joe Kneipp (Aus)
11/8, 11/7, 5/11, 11/5 (35m)
 Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
11/5, 11/8, 11/9 (26m)
11/3, 11/2, 11/2 (15m)
 Jonathon Power (Can)
Davide Bianchetti (Ita) bt Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11/6, 5/11, 11/10 (3-1), 11/7 (70m)
Peter Barker (Eng) bt Jan Koukal (Cze) 11/2, 11/2, 11/2 (30m)
Ben Garner (Eng) bt Joey Barrington (Eng) 4/11, 11/10(3-1),
11/10(3-1), 7/11, 11/8 (90m)
Shahier Razik (Can) bt Alister Walker (Eng) 2/11, 11/9, 11/8,
1st qualifying round:
Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bye
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-7
Peter Barker (ENG) bt Sandor Fulop (HUN) 11-5, 11-7, 11-2
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Alex Stait (ENG) 9-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-10 (4-2),
Ben Garner (ENG) bt John Rooney (IRL) 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4
Joey Barrington (ENG) bt Andras Torok (HUN) 11-9, 11-6, 11-8
Alister Walker (ENG) bt Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 11-8, 11-1, 8-11, 11-0
Shahier Razik (CAN) bt Lee Drew (ENG) 9-11, 11-10 (3-1), 11-10
Gaultier on his week in Budapest
How are you ? Here is some news from the Hungarian Open…
When I came back from the States, I felt a bit tired. On top of which
I didn’t feel right over there, I was not playing well, it was all a
bit worrying really.
I was quite happy to spend a bit of time in France to recover before
starting the Hungarian Open.
As Renan [Lavigne] already mentioned, the tournament was extremely
well organised, and the superb glass court was probably the best I've
ever played on.
Two days before the tournament, I trained twice with Jonathan Power,
to try and get some rhythm.
First round, I had to play Renan, I won 3/0, but the match was
really close indeed, from start to finish. Luck played its part in me
taking the second game, and I thought the 3rd would never finish. I
had to work pretty hard…
In the quarters, I was meeting Nick Matthew, who won our last
two meetings, and it was time for me to put the record straight!
Once again, the match was extremely hard from start to finish. I
cracked up a bit physically in the third, he was up 2/1, but I found
my second wind, and was able to take the initiative again.
I had to play very tight, very often, he was expecting me to cross
court in order to attack with his lethal forehand volley.
Every time he would bring me forward, I had to cross court wide and
hit very hard to prevent him from volleying, that's how I succeeded to
fix him a few times. And I had to give it all in the 5th to make the
In the semis, I played Adrian Grant. The match was a bit up and
down, except for the first two games, which were solid enough. I won
the 3rd easily, he took the 4th, (I have to admit I let that one go a
bit, to try and recover).
In the 5th, the rallies were very tiring, when he would bring me
forward, he would try and guess my fixations. He counterattacked with
some super shots, and I had to keep on the rallies until he got weaker
physically. Another very tiring match.
In the final, I then played against Jon, who had won all his
matches in three. I knew I had a slight chance, as I do know his game
The first game was close, even if the score doesn’t say that much,
11/6, where the rallies were of high intensity, using the four
In the second, I slowed down the pace, got a game ball, but couldn’t
seize the opportunity.
In the last game, again I got two game balls, I was working him hard
combining lobs and drops, he was starting to suffer a bit, but he
didn’t let go, and finally got the match.
Nevertheless, I was mighty proud to get to the final, I got some of my
confidence back, and I hope that I’ll do well at the British Open next
See you soon,
The glass court in
 Grégory Gaultier (Fra) bt  Adrian Grant (Eng) 11/9, 9/11, 11/3, 2/11, 11/7 (69m)
Jonathon Power (Can) bt  Anthony Ricketts (Aus) 11/10 (2-0), 11/8, 11/9 (49m)
Power makes a final ... at last
Canada's Jonathon Power clinched a straight games win over
Australia's Anthony Ricketts in the semi-finals of the Nissan
Hungarian Open in Budapest to secure his first appearance in a PSA
Tour final for almost a year. The No2 seed from Montreal will face
fifth-seeded Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, who overcame England's
Adrian Grant in five games in the other semi-final.
Playing in his fourth PSA Tour event this month in which he was seeded
to make the final, Power is at last celebrating a semi-final victory -
after exits at this stage in the St Louis Open, Motor City Open and
last week's Cleveland Classic.
Ricketts, the Sydney-born sixth seed, is fighting back to full fitness
after a seven-month lay-off this year following knee surgery. But in
his second clash with the Canadian this month, the Australian forced
the first game into a tie-break before Power claimed the early
advantage by winning the first two points.
Sensing victory, Power went on to wrap up the match 11-10 11-8 11-9 in
49 minutes to secure his third straight games win in the event, and
his first appearance in the Hungarian Open final since winning the
title in 1997.
Gaultier was fully stretched in the semi-final in the top half of the
draw. The 21-year-old European Champion from Aix-en-Provence led after
the first and third games, but on both occasions eighth seed Grant
pulled level - in the fourth game allowing the Frenchman just two
But after 69 minutes, Gaultier claimed his 11-9 9-11 11-3 2-11 11-7
win and his third appearance in a PSA Tour final this year.
Grant & Gaultier in Budapest Upsets
Englishman Adrian Grant reached the semi-finals of the
Hungarian Open in Budapest with a hard-fought win over top seeded
Egyptian Amr Shabana. Grant fought back from 2-1 down to win in a
fifth-game tie-breaker after 76 minutes. Having beaten the then world
number one Peter Nicol in Hong Kong, Grant has now added the scalp of
the world champion to his trophy cabinet.
In the semi-final Grant meets
Gregory Gaultier, who caused a
minor upset when the Frenchman got the better of England's third seed
Nick Matthew in five games. Gaultier took the first, but had to fight
back after falling 2-1 behind to the world number five. Fight back he
did, to secure a semi-final place after 79 minutes.
The victory was a reversal of their previous meetings this year, when
Matthew beat Gaultier in the Windy City final and in Hong Kong.
Power Cruises On
In the bottom half of the draw Australia's
continued his return to action after an extended layoff with a
straight games win over Olli Tuominen, the in-form Finn.
Ricketts meets second seed
Jonathon Power in the semi-finals
after Power completed a second successive quick win, bypassing
Mohammed Abbas in just 26 minutes.
Power has fallen at the semi-final hurdle in his last three
tournaments, in St Louis, Detroit and Cleveland, but will be looking
for a repeat of his quarter-final victory over Ricketts in Detroit as
the Canadian aims to move back up the world rankings.
21-Oct, First Round:
Shabana tested in Budapest
Egypt's Amr Shabana progressed to the semi-finals of the Nissan
Hungarian Open in Budapest, but after taking a 2-0 lead the world
champion needed five games to overcome Italy's qualifier Davide
Bianchetti. Shabana faces a quarter-final against Adrian Grant,
who won his all-English duel with Peter Barker.
At the other end of the draw second seed
Jonathon Power needed
a mere 15 minutes to dismiss Hungarian wildcard Marton Szaboky, and
meets Egyptian Mohammed Abbas.
Third seed Nick Matthew won his all-English match against Mark
Chaloner, and now meets Gregory Gaultier, who won his all-French
tussle with Renan Lavigne.
Fourth seed Joe Kneipp was beaten by
Olli Tuominen, the Finn
who is enjoying a fine run of results, reaching the Motor City Open
final two weeks ago. Tuominen meets another Australian, Anthony
Ricketts, in the quarter-finals.
20-Oct, Qualifying Finals:
Ben betters Barrington
in Budapest ...
Final qualifying for the inaugural Nissan Hungarian Open in Budapest
featured English players in each of the four matches, and one
The shortest match of the day saw
Peter Barker score an
easy win over Czech Classic champion Jan Koukal 11/2 11/2 11/2
in 30 minutes to earn a match against Adrian Grant in the first round.
At the other end of the scale, Ben Garner and Joey
Barrington to exactly three times as long to decide their match.
Barrington took the first before Garner edged ahead with two tie-break
games, Barrington levelled, but after 90 minutes it was Garner who won
the day. He faces seventh seed Mohammed Abbas in the main draw.
Italy's Davide Bianchetti beat Jonathan Kemp in four
games to set up a match against top seed Amr Shabana, and Canadian
Shahier Razik also too four games in beating Alister Walker. Razik now
meets Australia's sixth seed Anthony Ricketts.
World Champion Shabana is seeded to face Canada's Jonathon Power in
the final. After missing the US Open through injury Power has failed
to progress to the final in Detroit, St Louis and Cleveland despite
bei9ng top seed for those events, and will be keen to get back to
winning ways. He faces local wildcard Marton Szaboky in the first
Shabana and Power
top Hungarian Draw
The inaugural Nissan Hungarian Open has drawn a strong field, with world
champion Amr Shabana seeded to meet Canada's mercurial Jonathon Power in the final.
In Shabana's top half of the draw it's English and French opposition,
with world number five Nick Matthew and world number eleven Gregory Gaultier, unluckily drawn to play compatriot Renan Lavigne
in the first round, the main threats.
Power faces, on paper, a slightly easier route to the final, with
Australians Joe Kneipp and Anthony Ricketts, along with
fellow Canadian Graham Ryding, the main contenders.
Final qualifying promises some
epic matches with strong English representation. Italy's Davide
Bianchetti faces Jonathan Kemp, Peter Barker takes on the in-form
Czech champion Jan Koukal, Alister Walker meets Canada's Shahier Razik
while Ben Garner and Joey Barrington feature in an all-English match.