Interlingua Liechtenstein Open 2004
08-11 Apr, Vaduz, Liechstenstein, $15k

11-Apr, Final:
[2] Alex Gough (Wal) bt [6] Wael El Hindi (Egy) 
     15/12, 15/13, 15/13  (70m)

Gough Grabs
Vaduz Title
Wales' Alex Gough has claimed the title in the inaugural Interlingua Liechtenstein Open, prevailing in a high standard 3-game final.

It was Gough who was able to survive some long, entertaining rallies with some great retrieving and countering against El Hindi's silky skills. The match ended with a stroke, much to the disappointment of the crowd, but all in all the spectators at The Squash House in Vaduz walked away very impressed and satisfied with what they had seen in the past 6 days.


Photo from
Elisabeth Lamprecht

1st Round
Sat 10th
Sun 11th
[1] Paul Price (Aus)
15-14, 15-9, 8-15, 15-11 (74m)
[Q] Jean-Michel Arcucci (Fra)
Paul Price
15-13, 5-15, 15-5, 12-10 rtd
Wael El Hindi
Wael El Hindi

15-11, 15-9, 15-17, 17-15 (91m)

Borja Golan

Wael El Hindi

15-12, 15-13, 15-13

Alex Gough

[6] Wael El Hindi (Egy)
15-11, 15-13, 15-13 (72m)
[Q] Eric Galvez (Mex)
[3] Martin Heath (Sco)
15-12, 17-14, 8-15, 10-15, 15-9 (97m)
Rafael F Alarcon (Bra)
Martin Heath
17-16, 15-9, 15-6 (56m)
Borja Golan
[5] Borja Golan (Esp)
15-6, 15-13, 15-8 (46m)
John Williams (Aus)
Laurens Anjema (Ned)
15-9, 15-5, 15-5 (50m)
[8] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
Davide Bianchetti
15-11, 15-7, 15-10 (64m)
Rodney Durbach
Davide Bianchetti

10-15, 12-15, 15-13, 15-8, 15-9 (101m)

Alex Gough

Hisham Mohd Ashour (Egy)
12-15, 15-10, 15-8, 13-15, 15-12 (67m)
[4] Rodney Durbach (Rsa)
[Q] David Evans (Wal)
11-15, 15-13, 15-9, 15-10 (89m)
[7] Simon Parke (Eng)
David Evans
15-9, 9-15, 15-5, 15-11 (68m)
Alex Gough
[Q] Lars Harms (Sui)
15-7, 15-13, 15-13 (60m)
[2] Alex Gough (Wal)

Qualifying Finals:
Jean-Michel Arcucci (FRA) bt Andrew Whipp (ENG)  15/8, 15/0, 15/9
Lars Harms (SUI) bt Nicholas Kyme (BER)  15/9, 15/8, 15/8 
Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Rafael Alarcon (BRA)  15/9, 15/7, 15/9
David Evans (WAL) bt Christian Drakenberg (SWE)  5/15, 15/8, 15/11, 15/6

1st qualifying round:
Jean-Michel Arcucci (FRA) bt Marcel Rothmund (LIE)  15-13, 15-11, 15-13
Andrew Whipp (ENG) bt David Phillips (CAN)  11-15, 15-11, 15-6, 15-6
Lars Harms (SUI) bt Laurent Elriani (FRA)  17-16, 9-15, 15-13, 15-13
Nicholas Kyme (BER) bt Timo Vogel (LIE)  15-10, 17-15, 15-5
Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Jago Nardelli (ENG)  15-10, 15-6, 15-8
Rafael Alarcon (BRA) bt David Heath (SCO)  15-8, 15-13, 15-7
Christian Drakenberg (SWE) bt Ralf Wenaweser (LIE)  15-10, 15-7, 15-11
David Evans (WAL) bt Andre Holderegger (SUI)  15-11, 15-4, 13-15, 15-9


10-Apr, Semi-Finals:
[6] Wael El Hindi (Egy) bt [5] Borja Golan (Esp)
15-11, 15-9, 15-17, 17-15 (91m)

[2] Alex Gough (Wal) bt [8] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
10-15, 12-15, 15-13, 15-8, 15-9 (101m)

Marathon semis in Vaduz
Two marathon semi-finals on the hot courts of the Squash House in Vaduz saw Wales' Alex Gough and Egypt's Wael El Hindi win through to the final of the inaugural Liechtenstein Open.

El Hindi, the fifth seed, took 91 minutes to beat Spain's sixth-seeded Borja Golan, while Gough found himself two games down to Italy's Davide Bianchetti before recovering to record a 101-minute victory.

09-Apr, Quarters:
Price bows out
in Vaduz

Top seed Paul Price was forced to concede in the fourth game of his quarter-final against Egypt's Wael El Hindi as the Australian's troublesome back seized up. Sixth seed El Hindi now meets fifth seed Borja Golan in the semi-finals, with the young Spaniard making his youth and fitness tell on the bouncy Vaduz courts against third seed Martin Heath.

A fresh Davide Bianchetti took advantage of Rodney Durbach's travel woes from Chicago to set up a semi-final against top seed Alex Gough who wrapped up the quarter-finals with a tidy performance over a tiring David Evans to win the all-Welsh quarter-final.

08-Apr, First Round:
Evans sets up Welsh
Quarter in Vaduz

The first round clash between two former world number threes saw David Evans win a marathon encounter with Simon Parke to set up a meeting with fellow Welshman and second seed Alex Gough in the quarter-finals. Newport-born Gough, now based in Berkshire in England, ended local interest in the event with a one-hour dismissal of Switzerland's Lars Harms.

It took Evans, a qualifier, 89 minutes to see off seventh seed Parke, but the longest match of the day was between Scotland's third seed Martin Heath and Brazilian 'Lucky Loser' Rafael Alarcon. Heath went two games up, but then had to stem a fightback by Alarcon, eventually winning the fifth 15-9 after 97 minutes of play. Heath now faces Spain's Borja Golan, who defeated the Australian event organiser John Williams

Top seed Paul Price beat qualifier Jean-Michel Arcucci, and meets Egypt's Wael El Hindi in the quarter-finals.

The other quarter-final will feature South Africa's fourth seed Rodney Durbach and Italy's Davide Bianchetti.

Parke & Evans To Renew Rivalry
In Liechtenstein Opener

Leading British squash players Simon Parke and David Evans have been drawn to meet in the first round of the Interlingua Liechtenstein Open, the first PSA Tour event to be staged in the Principality in central Europe which lies between Austria and Switzerland.

Parke, the seventh seed from Nottingham in England, who is a former US Open champion, will face Welshman David Evans, a former British Open champion who came through the qualifiers after beating Sweden's Christian Drakenberg 5-15 15-8 15-11 15-6.

Both players - who share former world number three rankings - are fighting back to form after injury setbacks, with eight-times Welsh champion Evans currently languishing outside the world top 50.

Local interest in the event will be led by Switzerland's Lars Harms, who defeated Bermuda's Nicholas Kyme in the final qualifying round to earn a first round clash with Welsh No1 Alex Gough, the second seed.