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12/05/2007
CZECH OPEN
 

Selby Beat Illingworth In Final

TOURNAMENT:
Lahudky Palma Czech Squash Open, Prague, Czech Republic

REPORTS:
 FIRST & SECOND ROUND:
Krajcsak Curtails Koukal's Czech Home Run
 SEMI-FINALS:
Top Seeds To Contest Czech Open Final
 
FINALS

Selby's Beats Illingworth In Final

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RESULTS:
 1st round:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Ahmed Gamal Swaify (EGY) 11-1, 11-8, 11-5
[6] Amr Swelim (EGY) bt Martin Stepan (CZE) 11-6, 11-7, 11-5
[3] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) 11-3, 11-1, 11-9
[5] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Jens Schoor (GER) 11-10 (3-1), 11-8, 11-3
[8] Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt Fabian Kalaitzis (GRE) 11-7, 11-5, 11-4
Tony James (AUS) bt [4] Julien Balbo (FRA) 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6
[7] Alex Stait (ENG) bt Ondrej Ertl (CZE) 11-4, 11-7, 11-9
[2] Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Niels Hoevenaars (NED) 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6

Quarter-finals:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [6] Amr Swelim (EGY) 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 10-11 (0-2), 11-4
[3] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt [5] Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-7, 11-5, 11-5
Tony James (AUS) bt [8] Bradley Hindle (AUS) 5-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-10 (3-1), 11-9
[2] Julian Illingworth (USA) bt [7] Alex Stait (ENG) 11-10 (5-3), 11-3, 11-9

Semi-finals:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [3] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 11-7, 11-10 (3-1), 11-10 (3-1) (60m)
[2] Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Tony James (AUS) 11-4, 11-10 (2-0), 11-8 (45m)

Final:
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [2] Julian Illingworth (USA) 11-5, 11-5, 11-10 (2-0) (47m)
 

REPORTS:
FIRST & SECOND ROUND:

Krajcsak Curtails Koukal's Czech Home Run

Jan Koukal's remarkable home run was brought to an end in the quarter-finals of the Lahudky Palma Czech Squash Open when the Czech number one went down in straight games to Hungarian Mark Krajcsak in the PSA Tour event at the SportNovni Areal in the Czech Republic capital Prague.

The 23-year-old from Prague won the first Tour event in his home town in February 2004, clinching the Czech Open crown as fourth seed. After winning five further PSA titles in the city - including the Czech Classic and Prague Open, with status ranging from qualifier to top seed - Koukal was poised to pick up his 30th successive 'home' match win against the third-seeded Hungarian.

But Krajcsak was too strong for the fifth-seeded local hero as Koukal crashed out 11-7, 11-5, 11-5.

The 23-year-old from Budapest now faces Daryl Selby, the top seed from England who defeated Egypt's No6 seed Amr Swelim 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 10-11 (0-2), 11-4.

The other semi-final will see USA's second seed Julian Illingworth face unseeded Australian Tony James. Illingworth despatched England's Alex Stait 11-10 (5-3), 11-3, 11-9, while James - runner-up in last week's Mega Italia Open in Brescia - beat compatriot Bradley Hindle 5-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-10 (3-1), 11-9.
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Final:

Selby Celebrates Czech Success

Englishman Daryl Selby extended his 100% record in PSA Tour finals this year when he secured the Lahudky Palma Czech Squash Open title after beating US champion Julian Illingworth in the climax of the 1-star event at the SportNovni Areal in the Czech Republic capital Prague.

The top seed from Essex dominated play in the first two games - but second seed Illingworth struck back in the third and forged a 5-0 lead. Selby recovered to level the score at 9-9 before the 23-year-old from Portland, in his maiden PSA Tour final, moved ahead to serve with game-ball 10-9.

Selby saved it with a cross court that hit the nick at the back of the court - then two rallies later clinched his first match-ball to secure an 11-5, 11-5, 11-10 (2-0) victory after 47 minutes.

The success marked 24-year-old Selby's third PSA title of the year - after winning the Bankers Hall Club Open in Canada in January and the Norwegian Open in February - and the fourth of his career.



SEMI-FINALS:

Top Seeds To Contest Czech Open Final

The top two seeds Daryl Selby and Julian Illingworth will contest the final of the Lahudky Palma Czech Squash Open after victories in the semi-finals of the PSA Tour event at the SportNovni Areal in the Czech Republic capital Prague.

Selby, the favourite from England, battled for exactly one hour - and survived two tie-break games - to overcome Hungary's No3 seed Mark Krajcsak 11-7, 11-10 (3-1), 11-10 (3-1).

With two PSA Tour titles to his name already this year, the 24-year-old from Essex is celebrating his fifth appearance in a Tour final.

Second seed Julian Illingworth ended the run of Tony James when he beat the unseeded Australian 11-4, 11-10 (2-0), 11-8 in 45 minutes.

Now in his maiden PSA Tour final, the 23-year-old from Portland is bidding to become the first US player to win a PSA Tour title since 1996!
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