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30/11/2006
GRAYS OSLO OPEN
 

Krajcsak & Kitchen Crowned Oslo Champions

Tournament
Grays Oslo Squash Open,
Oslo , Norway

Men's final:
[2] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt [Q] Romain Tenant (FRA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)

Men's Semi-finals:
[Q] Romain Tenant (FRA) bt [8] Yann Perrin (FRA) 8-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (72m)
[2] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt [4] Jan Koukal (CZE) 8-11, 11-10 (3-1), 9-11, 11-6, 11-0 (76m)

Men's quarter-finals:
[8] Yann Perrin (FRA) bt Stuart Crawford (SCO) 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 (43m)
[Q] Romain Tenant (FRA) bt [Q] Shaun le Roux (ENG) 11-4, 11-7, 11-1 (24m)
[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [6] Luke Margan (AUS) 11-8, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0) (39m)
[2] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt [7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (54m)

Men's 1st round:
Stuart Crawford (SCO) bt [1] Tom Richards (ENG) 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4 (35m)
[8] Yann Perrin (FRA) bt [Q] Neil Hitchens (ENG) 11-6, 11-9, 10-11 (0-2), 11-7
[Q] Romain Tenant (FRA) bt [3] Amr Ramzy Swelim (EGY) 11-10 (2-0), 11-8, 11-9 (33m)
[Q] Shaun le Roux (ENG) bt David Barnett (ENG) 11-10 (2-0), 4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 (65m)
[6] Luke Margan (AUS) bt Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8
[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [Q] Jens Schoor (GER) 11-4, 11-8, 11-2 (22m)
[7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Rene Mijs (NED) 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8 (82m)
[2] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt Andre Haschker (GER) 11-4, 11-5, 11-10 (2-0) (30m)

Women's final:
[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [4] Tegwen Malik (WAL) 9-2, 6-9, 9-4, 9-2

Women's Semi-finals:
[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [3] Lauren Briggs (ENG) 9-0, 4-0 ret.
[4] Tegwen Malik (WAL) bt [Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) 3-9, 3-9, 9-6, 9-3, 9-7 (48m)

Women's quarter-finals:
[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [8] Aisling Blake (IRL) 9-3, 9-0, 9-0 (16m)
[3] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt [5] Samantha Teran (MEX) 9-6, 2-9, 9-2, 9-5 (50m)
[4] Tegwen Malik (WAL) bt [6] Louise Crome (NZL) 9-3, 10-9, 9-6 (31m)
[Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt Elise Ng (HKG) 9-6, 9-7, 5-9, 9-6 (36m)

Women's 1st round:
[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt Kirsty McPhee (ENG) 9-0, 9-4, 9-1
[8] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [Q] Margriet Huisman (NED) 9-2, 9-0, 9-4
[3] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt [Q] Lauren Siddall (ENG) 9-7, 9-7, 9-4 (32m)
[5] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Tara Mullins (CAN) 10-9, 8-10, 9-5, 9-1 (52m)
[6] Louise Crome (NZL) bt Lotte Eriksen (NOR) 9-5, 9-5, 9-3
[4] Tegwen Malik (WAL) bt [Q] Emma Chorley (ENG) 9-2, 9-0, 9-3 (29m)
Elise Ng (HKG) bt [7] Georgina Stoker (ENG) 7-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-4
[Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt [2] Annelize Naude (NED) 9-3, 9-5, 4-9, 10-8

Krajcsak & Kitchen Crowned Oslo Champions
Hungary's Mark Krajcsak and New Zealander Shelley Kitchen emerged triumphant in the new Grays Oslo Squash Open at the Myrens Sportssenter in the Norwegian capital.

Victory in the men's final brought to a climax three years of hard toil on the PSA Tour for second seed Mark Krajcsak and the reward of the first ever PSA Tour title win by a Hungarian.

The 22-year-old from Budapest was celebrating his third appearance in a PSA final this year as well as a runner-up position in the World University Championship in September.

But after triple disappointment, Krajcsak finally made his long-awaited breakthrough with an 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 victory in 30 minutes over Romain Tenant ending the French qualifier's giant-killing run at the new squash centre in Oslo.

By contrast top seed Shelley Kitchen notched up her seventh WISPA World Tour title success when she beat Welsh champion Tegwen Malik, the fourth seed, 9-2, 6-9, 9-4, 9-2 in the women's final.

It was the perfect 27th birthday present for the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist from Auckland , who is currently based in Pontefract in England .

While Kitchen's campaign on the 2006 WISPA Tour is now completed, Swansea-based Tegwen Malik races to Monaca where she takes on fourth seed Jenny Duncalf in the first round of this week's Monte Carlo Classic.

Tenant Takes Final Place In Oslo
French qualifier Romain Tenant continued his giant-killing run in the Grays Oslo Squash Open by surviving a tough 72-minute semi-final against eighth-seeded compatriot Yann Perrin to reach the final of this new PSA Tour event at the Myrens Sportssenter in the Norwegian capital.

The similar giant-killing exploits of South African qualifier Tenille Swartz in the women's WISPA World Tour event were brought to an end by Welsh international Tegwen Malik in another lengthy five-game encounter.

Tenant, a 25-year-old ranked outside the world's top 150, made his breakthrough in the first Tour event in Norway this millennium when he despatched Egypt 's third seed Amr Ramzy Swelim in the first round.

In the semi-final, he fought back from 2/0 down to overpower Perrin 8-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 to reach his second PSA final.

The Frenchman's opponent in the climax will be Hungary's second seed Mark Krajcsak, the 22-year-old from Budapest who beat fourth seed Jan Koukal, from the Czech Republic, 8-11, 11-10 (3-1), 9-11, 11-6, 11-0 in 76 minutes. Krajcsak is celebrating his third PSA Tour final, and looking for his maiden win.

On the day that she leapt 77 up the WISPA world rankings to make her debut in the top 60, Tenille Swartz came to the end of her fourth impressive Tour run in a row. Malik was too strong for the 19-year-old South African, but had to fight back from 2/0 down to beat her plucky opponent 3-9, 3-9, 9-6, 9-3, 9-7 in 48 minutes.

The 31-year-old from Swansea , in her sixth WISPA final, will face favourite Shelley Kitchen. The New Zealander overcame an out-of-sorts Lauren Briggs after a game and a half when the No3 seed from England conceded the match with the score standing at 9-0, 4-0. The New Zealand champion is celebrating her 12th WISPA final.

Crawford & Swartz Stage Mighty Upsets In Oslo
Scotsman Stuart Crawford and South African Tenille Swartz staged sensational upsets on the opening day's play in the Grays Oslo Squash Open to oust the top men's seed and No2 women's seed, respectively, in this new Tour event at the Myrens Sportssenter in the Norwegian capital.

Unseeded Crawford beat English favourite Tom Richards 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4 in 35 minutes. The 25-year-old Scottish international from Edinburgh will now face Yann Perrin, the No8 seed from France who defeated English qualifier Neil Hitchens 11-6, 11-9, 10-11 (0-2), 11-7.

A qualifier is guaranteed a place in the last four after both Romain Tenant and Shaun le Roux upset higher-ranked opponents in the first round. Frenchman Tenant defeated Egypt 's No3 seed Amr Ramzy Swelim 11-10 (2-0), 11-8, 11-9, while Englishman le Roux took out compatriot David Barnett 11-10 (2-0), 4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 in a 65-minute marathon.

Tenille Swartz is continuing to demonstrate her considerable promise on the women's international circuit. The 19-year-old won her first WISPA title earlier this month in only her second Tour outing, then last week became the first player outside the top 100 to qualify for the World Open.

Swartz's scalp in Oslo was Annelize Naude, the world No14 from the Netherlands , whom she beat 9-3, 9-5, 4-9, 10-8.

The teenager goes on to face Elise Ng after the unseeded 25-year-old from Hong Kong pulled off the only other women's upset by beating England's No7 seed Georgina Stoker 7-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-4.

Men's quarter-final line-up:
Stuart Crawford (SCO) v [8] Yann Perrin (FRA)
[Q] Romain Tenant (FRA) v [Q] Shaun le Roux (ENG)
[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) v [6] Luke Margan (AUS)
[2] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) v [7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)

Women's quarter-final line-up:
[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) v [8] Aisling Blake (IRL)
[3] Lauren Briggs (ENG) v [5] Samantha Teran (MEX)
[4] Tegwen Malik (WAL) v [6] Louise Crome (NZL)
[Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) v Elise Ng (HKG)