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26/10/2006
DUNLOP POLISH OPEN
 

Aziz Triumphs In Polish Open In Krakow

McWIL Dunlop Polish Open Squash Championship,
Krakow , Poland

Final:
[1] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [Q] Patrick Gaessler (GER) 11-10 (4-2), 11-3, 11-8 (58m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [5] Jonathan Harford (ENG) 11-6, 11-0, 11-7 (31m)
[Q] Patrick Gaessler (GER) bt [2] Bradley Hindle (AUS) 11-9, 11-5, 10-11 (2-4), 11-8 (83m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [7] Jago Nardelli (ENG) 11-0, 11-0, 11-6 (27m)
[5] Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt [4] Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 (64m)
[Q] Patrick Gaessler (GER) bt [3] Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) 11-10 (3-1), 11-7, 11-1 (40m)
[2] Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt [6] Andre Holderegger (SUI) 11-8, 6-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8 (63m)

1st round:
[1] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [Q] Romain Tenant (FRA) 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-10 (3-1) (61m)
[7] Jago Nardelli (ENG) bt Mohamed Elkeiy (EGY) 11-9, 9-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9 (80m)
[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Marton Szaboky (HUN) 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (40m)
[5] Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt [Q] Ahmed Gamal Swaify (EGY) 11-8, 11-4, 11-2 (38m)
[Q] Patrick Gaessler (GER) bt [8] Fabien Verseille (FRA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (35m)
[3] Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) bt Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 5-11, 10-11 (4-6), 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (66m)
[6] Andre Holderegger (SUI) bt [Q] Morten W Sorensen (DEN) 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (35m)
[2] Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt Philip Nightingale (ENG) 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 (31m)

Aziz Triumphs In Polish Open In Krakow
The first PSA Tour event ever to be staged in Poland ended in triumph for Omar Abdel Aziz when the top-seeded Egyptian beat German qualifier Patrick Gaessler in the final of the McWIL Dunlop Polish Open Squash Championship at the SquashClub Stare Kino in Krakow to claim his third Tour title of the year.

The 23-year-old from Cairo is enjoying a spectacular year on the PSA Tour, reaching five finals and leaping from 157 in the world rankings at the beginning of the year to 57 this month.

After stumbling in the first round – where he had to fight back from 0/2 down to beat French qualifier Romain Tenant – Aziz maintained a clean sheet through to the final where he defeated Gaessler 11-10 (4-2), 11-3, 11-8.

"I thank God for finding my game after the first match - this first match was like a wake up call for me," said Aziz after his Krakow conquest. "I think I played well in the semis and in the final. I’m so happy by this title. This year I have given everything to squash and it’s time to pay off.”

Gaessler, a 22-year-old from Stuttgart , also enjoyed a successful event – brushing aside the eighth, third and second seeds before falling to the Egyptian champion.

Gaessler Goes Through To Polish Open Final
Qualifier Patrick Gaessler gained his third successive upset in McWIL Dunlop Polish Open Squash Championship to reach the final of the first PSA Tour event ever to be staged in Poland.

The 22-year-old from Stuttgart needed 83 minutes to overpower Australia's No2 seed Bradley Hindle 11-9, 11-5, 10-11 (2-4), 11-8 in the semi-finals to become the first German to reach a PSA Tour final for more than three years.

In the other semi-final at the SquashClub Stare Kino in Krakow, England's fifth seed Jonathan Harford was unable to maintain the momentum which saw him win last week's Leinster Open in Ireland.

The 23-year-old from Gloucestershire went down 11-6, 11-0, 11-7 in 31 minutes to top seed Omar Abdel Aziz.

The success marks the 23-year-old from Cairo's fifth appearance in a PSA Tour final this year.

Harford & Gaessler In Polish Open Upsets
England's fifth seed Jonathan Harford and German qualifier Patrick Gaessler claimed unexpected places in the last four of the McWIL Dunlop Polish Open Squash Championship after notable upsets in the quarter-finals of the first PSA Tour event ever to be staged in Poland.

Gaessler continued his fine form of the first round to take out Italy's third seed Luca Mastrostefano 11-10 (3-1), 11-7, 11-1 in 40 minutes at the SquashClub Stare Kino in Krakow.

The 22-year-old from Stuttgart will now face Australian Bradley Hindle after the No2 seed overcame Switzerland's sixth seed Andre Holderegger 11-8, 6-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8 in a 63-minute battle.

Harford, fresh from his unexpected triumph in last week's Leinster Open in Ireland, toiled for 64 minutes before getting the better of Jan Koukal, the No4 seed from the Czech Republic, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8.

The 23-year-old from Gloucestershire, who is based in Leeds, goes on to meet the top seed Omar Abdel Aziz, the Egyptian who crushed Englishman Jago Nardelli, the seventh seed, 11-0, 11-0, 11-6 in 27 minutes.

Gaessler Crashes Into Krakow Quarters
German qualifier Patrick Gaessler upset the form book in the McWIL Dunlop Polish Open Squash Championship when he upset eighth seed Fabien Verseille to reach the quarter-finals of the first PSA Tour event ever to be staged in Poland .

The 22-year-old from Stuttgart swept to an 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 victory in 35 minutes at the SquashClub Stare Kino in Krakow .

Gaessler will now face Luca Mastrostefano for a place in the semi-finals after the third seed from Italy fought back from two games down to beat Ireland's Arthur Gaskin 5-11, 10-11 (4-6), 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 in 66 minutes.

Favourite Omar Abdel Aziz also had a fight on his hands to claim his anticipated place in the last eight. The top-seeded Egyptian defeated French qualifier Romain Tenant 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-10 (3-1) in 61 minutes to set up a quarter-final clash with England's No7 seed Jago Nardelli who overcame Egypt's Mohamed Elkeiy 11-9, 9-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9 in an 80-minute marathon.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) v [7] Jago Nardelli (ENG)
[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) v [5] Jonathan Harford (ENG)
[3] Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) v [Q] Patrick Gaessler (GER)
[2] Bradley Hindle (AUS) v [6] Andre Holderegger (SUI)