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Coppinger and Huisman Swoop To Swiss Open Titles

Sigma Swiss Open Squash Championships, Geneva, Switzerland

First Round:
Coppinger Crashes Into Swiss Open Quarters
Quarters and Semis:
Surprise Finalists In Swiss Open
Coppinger & Huisman Swoop To Swiss Open Success

1st round:
[1] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt Chris Truswell (ENG) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4
[16] David Vidal (ESP) bt [Q] Rasmus Hult (SWE) 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8
[8] Regardt Schonborn (RSA) bt Alex Ingham (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-6
[9] Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt [Q] Karim AGA Samy (EGY) 11-3, 11-8, 11-0
[3] Andre Holderegger (SUI) bt Pedro Espeleta (ESP) 11-3, 11-4, 11-2
[13] Joe Lee (ENG) bt Johan Bouquet (FRA) 7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5
[5] Fabien Verseille (FRA) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8
[15] Thibault Gouti (FRA) bt [Q] Luke Forster (NZL) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
[11] Shaun le Roux (ENG) bt [Q] Gary Wheadon (RSA) 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8
[6] Dick Lau (HKG) bt Tom Pashley (ENG) 10-11 (1-3), 11-9, 11-8, 11-6
[10] Andrea Capella (ITA) bt Foad Hammouni (SWE) 11-6, 11-10 (2-0), 11-5
[4] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Thibault Prandi (FRA) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3
[12] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Thomas Phipps (ENG) 11-5, 11-10 (2-0), 11-9
[7] Neil Hitchens (ENG) bt Bruno Vega (ESP) 11-5, 11-5, 11-8
[14] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [Q] Eddie Charlton (ENG) 11-0, 10-11 (1-3), 11-7, 11-8
[2] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Lewis Walters (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
2nd round:
[1] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [16] David Vidal (ESP) 11-6, 11-5, 11-6
[9] Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt [8] Regardt Schonborn (RSA) 11-8, 4-11, 5-11, 11-3, 11-9
[3] Andre Holderegger (SUI) bt [13] Joe Lee (ENG) 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
[5] Fabien Verseille (FRA) bt [15] Thibault Gouti (FRA) 4-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-2
[11] Shaun le Roux (ENG) bt [6] Dick Lau (HKG) 11-4, 11-5, 10-11 (0-2), 11-5
[10] Andrea Capella (ITA) bt [4] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-7, 6-4 ret.
[12] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [7] Neil Hitchens (ENG) 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5
[2] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [14] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9

[1] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [9] Joan Lezaud (FRA) 11-3, 11-10 (2-0), 11-9
[5] Fabien Verseille (FRA) bt [3] Andre Holderegger (SUI) 8-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-4, 11-7
[11] Shaun le Roux (ENG) bt [10] Andrea Capella (ITA) 11-4, 11-1, 11-0
[12] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [2] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 5-11, 11-10 (2-0), 6-11, 11-5, 11-3
[1] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [5] Fabien Verseille (FRA) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7
[12] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [11] Shaun le Roux (ENG) 11-7, 11-10 (2-0), 10-11 (2-4), 8-11, 11-8
[12] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [1] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-9, 11-2, 11-8

1st round:
[1] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [Q] Olivia Hauser (SUI) 9-7, 10-8, 9-3
[6] Celia Allamargot (FRA) bt Adel Weir (RSA) 9-7, 9-7, 3-9, 9-5
[3] Margriet Huisman (NED) bt [Q] Victoria Lust (ENG) 9-5, 9-2, 9-5
Milja Dorenbos (NED) bt [5] Soraya Renai (FRA) 5-9, 5-9, 10-9, 9-5, 9-7
[7] Deon Saffery (ENG) bt Anna-Carin Forstadius (SWE) 9-3, 7-9, 9-7, 4-9, 9-6
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Charlotte Delsinne (FRA) 9-1, 9-1, 9-0
[8] Susannah King (ENG) bt [Q] Carrie Hastings (ENG) 9-2, 9-3, 9-6
[2] Christina Mak (HKG) bt [Q] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 9-2, 9-2, 9-6
[1] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [6] Celia Allamargot (FRA) 9-7, 9-1, 9-3
[3] Margriet Huisman (NED) bt Milja Dorenbos (NED) 9-7, 9-4, 9-2
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [7] Deon Saffery (ENG) 4-9, 9-6, 10-9, 9-2
[2] Christina Mak (HKG) bt [8] Susannah King (ENG) 9-5, 9-3, 9-0
[3] Margriet Huisman (NED) bt [1] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 4-9, 9-2, 5-9, 9-4, 9-0
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [2] Christina Mak (HKG) 7-9, 9-2, 3-9, 9-6, 9-0
[3] Margriet Huisman (NED) bt [4] Camille Serme (FRA) 9-7, 9-5, 9-1

Coppinger & Huisman Swoop To Swiss Open Success
Margriet Huisman, the third seed from the Netherlands, and South Africa's Stephen Coppinger, the 12th seed, became the surprise winners of the Sigma Swiss Open Squash Championships titles after straight games wins in the semi-finals of the 34th staging of this popular international circuit event in Geneva.

Coppinger reached the final at Geneva Squash Club after three successive defeats of higher-seeded players, including Englishmen Neil Hitchens and Shaun le Roux, the 7th and 11th seeds, respectively, and France's second seed Mathieu Castagnet.

In the final, the UK-based 22-year-old faced Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the top seed who had reached the climax without dropping a game.

But Coppinger was simply too quick for the favourite, winning 11-9, 11-2, 11-8.

"After 20 hard games of squash, it was a credit to Stephen's fitness that he came through so convincingly, keeping his opponent under pressure throughout the match," said tournament organiser Bob Lincoln.

Coppinger now boasts an impressive record of two PSA Tour titles from two final appearances - after winning the Buler Challenge Cup in his Tour final debut in Hong Kong in January.

France's fourth seed Camille Serme, appearing in her maiden WISPA World Tour final, led in both the first two games against third seed Margriet Huisman. But the 17-year-old European Junior champion lost her momentum both times as Huisman caught up to take a two-game lead.

The 23-year-old from Arnhem didn't look back thereafter, however, dropping only one further point as she picked up her 9-7, 9-5, 9-1 victory.

The win marked Huisman's third WISPA title - and her second this year after securing the Swedish Open crown last month in Linköping.

Quarters and Semis:
Surprise Finalists In Swiss Open

While Stephen Coppinger overcame his third successive higher-seeded player to make the men's final of the Sigma Swiss Open Squash Championships, the other final of the 34th staging of this popular international circuit event in Geneva will also feature a surprise line-up after both the top two seeds failed to survive the women's semi-finals at Geneva Squash Club.

South African Coppinger, seeded 12, made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals earlier in the day when he battled to a 5-11, 11-10 (2-0), 6-11, 11-5, 11-3 victory over France's No2 seed Mathieu Castagnet.

In the semis, the UK-based 22-year-old resisted a fight-back by Shaun le Roux to beat the 11th seed from England 11-7, 11-10 (2-0), 10-11 (2-4), 8-11, 11-8.

"It was fast, exciting and included every shot you can think of - one of the most exciting matches we have had the pleasure to see at Geneva Squash Club," said tournament organiser Bob Lincoln.

The South African, now in his second PSA Tour final of the year, will face top seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda - " who has not yet been challenged in this event," said Lincoln. The Egyptian, who has not dropped a game in Geneva, eased into his second Tour final after beating France's fifth seed Fabien Verseille 11-5, 11-4, 11-7.

The women's event produced two remarkably similar semi-finals where both lower-ranked players twice fought back from behind to prevail. English favourite Sarah Kippax was unable to control her short game as in-form Dutch star Margriet Huisman, the third seed, came through to win 4-9, 9-2, 5-9, 9-4, 9-0. The 23-year-old from Arnhem is celebrating her second WISPA World Tour final this year.

France's 17-year-old Camille Serme kept up her recent run of form by beating No2 seed Christina Mak. Things seemed to be going the Hong Kong player's way when she was two-games-to-one and 6-1 up.

But fourth seed Serme raised her game thereafter, preventing Mak from scoring again as she romped to a 7-9, 9-2, 3-9, 9-6, 9-0 win and a place in her maiden WISPA final.

Coppinger Crashes Into Swiss Open Quarters

Stephen Coppinger emerged from two rounds of men's action in the Sigma Swiss Open Squash Championships - the 34th staging of this popular international circuit event at Geneva Squash Club in the Swiss city of Geneva - as the lowest seed to make the quarter-finals.

After despatching Thomas Phipps in the first round, the UK-based South African upset another Englishman, No7 seed Neil Hitchens, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 in the second round and will now face France's No2 seed Mathieu Castagnet.

In another upset in the men's PSA Tour event, Hong Kong's sixth seed Dick Lau became the highest seed to fall when he was beaten 11-4, 11-5, 10-11 (0-2), 11-5 by England's Shaun le Roux.

Milja Dorenbos staged an impressive upset in the other event when she fought back from two games behind, and from match-ball down in the third, to beat France's No5 seed Soraya Renai 5-9, 5-9, 10-9, 9-5, 9-7 in the women's first round.

The 23-year-old from the Netherlands - the only unseeded player in the last eight of the WISPA World Tour championship - now faces third-seeded compatriot Margriet Huisman for a place in the semi-finals.