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18/01/2010
ZANTREX-3 SALT LAKE OPEN

Salazar Stuns Koukal For Salt Lake City Title

Salt Lake City Open 2010
11-16 Jan, Utah, USA, $10k
Round One
13 Jan
Quarters
14 Jan
Semis
15 Jan
Final
16 Jan
[1] Stephane Galifi (Ita)
11-7, 11-13, 11-9, 11-5 (44m)
Peter Creed (Wal)
Stephane Galifi
5-11, 11-4, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6 (71m)
Cesar Salazar
Cesar Salazar
11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (45m)
Max Lee
Cesar Salazar
11-9, 11-8, 2-11, 10-12, 11-8 (82m)
Jan Koukal
[5] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
3/0
[Q] Adam Murrils (Eng)
[4] Bernardo Samper (Col)
3/1
Jens Schoor (Ger)
Bernardo Samper
11-8, 16-18, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 (70m)
Max Lee
[7] Max Lee (Hkg)
3/2
Lekgotla Mosope (Bot)
Erik Tepos (Mex)
[6] Chris Gordon (Usa)
Chris Gordon
11-4, 11-9, 11-3 (27m)
Grégoire Marche
Grégoire Marche
11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (45m)
Jan Koukal
Grégoire Marche (Fra)
3/1
[3] Scott Arnold (Aus)
Manoel Pereira (Bra)
12-10, 3-11, 11-9, 14-12
[8] Dick Lau (Hkg)
Manoel Pereira
11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (33m)
Jan Koukal
[Q] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 (44m)
[2] Jan Koukal (Cze)

Salazar Stuns Koukal For Salt Lake City Title

 

Fifth-seeded Mexican Cesar Salazar twice upset the form book to win the inaugural Zantrex-3 International at Squashworks in Salt Lake City, USA.

 

The 22-year-old from San Luis Potosi made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event, where he upset top-seeded Italian Stephane Galifi in five games.

 

Salazar faced second seed Jan Koukal in the final, and battled for 82 minutes to overcome the Czech number one 11-9, 11-8, 2-11, 10-12, 11-8 to secure his maiden PSA Tour title.

 

Following Report courtesy of Craig Bennett in Utah

The quarterfinals Zantrex-3 International Professional Squash Tournament were held thursday evening with four very entertaining matches.

The first match of the night ended in an upset with Cesar Salazar of Mexico taking down the number one seed Stephane Galifi from Italy. Clearly, Salazar was more comfortable on the Salt Lake City courts than Galifi. Throughout the match, Galifi was having trouble keeping up with pace. The match went back and forth with each player alternating games. The final score: 5-11, 11-4, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6 (71 minutes).



The second match of the evening was a really long match between Max Lee of Hong Kong and Bernardo Samper of Columbia. Lee prevailed 3-2 in 70 minutes. The second game was the game of the tournament so far with Samper prevailing 18-16. During the game no player was able to gain more a two point advantage. Samper seemed to have full control of the match when he also took game 3, 11-7, to go up 2-1 in games; however, to Lee's credit he fought back and won the next two games and the match: 11-8, 16-18, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 (70 minutes)



The third match saw Gregoire Marche from France beat Christopher Gordon of the USA in 27 minutes. Marche used his quickness and athleticism to keep Gordon behind the pace all match. The second game was very close, tied at 9-9, but an unlucky bounce for Gordon followed by a careless tin left the American in a big hole down two games. He never recovered and Marche moved impressively into the semi finals: 11-4, 11-9, 11-3 (27 minutes).



The final match of the night saw the young Brazilian qualifier Manoel Pereira dismantled by the number two seed Jan Koukal from the Czech Republic. Koukal, a very smooth and deceptive player, forced Pereira to work extremely hard to stay in the rallies. Pereira was game but he was still feeling the stress of his first round upset of Dick Lau. Koukal smartly kept the rallies going without making errors. The final score: 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (33 minutes).



The semi-finals are now set:

Cesar Salazar
vs.
Max Lee

and

Gregoire Marche
vs.
Jan Koukal

 

 

   

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