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01/05/2007
LOOSE SWISS CLASSIC
 

Mexican comes through to win Loose

TOURNAMENT:
Losone Swiss Squash Classic, Losone, Switzerland

RESULTS:
1st round:
[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Yann Perrin (FRA) 11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (45m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [8] Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) 4-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (31m)
[Q] Patrick Gaessler (GER) bt [3] Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) 10-4 ret.
[5] Julian Illingworth (USA) bt [Q] Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 11-2, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 (53m)
[7] Badr Abdel Aziz (SWE) bt [Q] David Barnett (ENG) 10-11 (0-2), 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (52m)
[4] Scott Handley (ENG) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-6, 10-11 (0-2), 11-3, 11-4 (40m)
Tony James (AUS) bt [6] Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-6, 11-8, 1-11, 3-11, 11-7 (49m)
[2] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [Q] Friedrich Scheel (GER) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (24m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6 (48m)
[5] Julian Illingworth (USA) bt [Q] Patrick Gaessler (GER) 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-10 (3-1) (69m)
[4] Scott Handley (ENG) bt [7] Badr Abdel Aziz (SWE) 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3 (33m)
[2] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt Tony James (AUS) 11-10 (2-0), 9-11, 11-3, 11-3 (34m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [5] Julian Illingworth (USA) 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 (92m)
[2] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [4] Scott Handley (ENG) 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (33m)

Final:
[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [2] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) 4-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (66m)

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QUALIFING
Qualifying finals:
David Barnett (ENG) bt Ryan Thompson (NAM) 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-10 (2-0) (48m)
Patrick Gaessler (GER) bt Andre Haschker (GER) 11-3, 11-4, 11-6 (35m)
Friedrich Scheel (GER) bt Mohamed Elkeiy (EGY) 11-3, 10-11 (2-4), 9-11, 11-3, 11-8 (60m)
Arthur Gaskin (IRL) bt Stuart Crawford (SCO) 11-5, 11-3, 7-11, 4-11, 11-9 (74m)

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REPORTS

FINAL:
Galvez Gets Champion Alarcon In Losone Final


Mexico's Eric Galvez justified his seeding in the Losone Swiss Squash Classic when he defeated Brazil's defending champion Rafael F Alarcon in the final of the PSA Tour event in its third year at the Squash Center in Losone, Switzerland.

The 23-year-old top seed from Puebla recovered from the effects of a marathon 92-minute encounter with US National Champion Julian Illingworth in the previous round to fight back from a game down to beat Alarcon, seeded two, 4-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 in 66 minutes.

It was the fourth straight PSA Tour win by Galvez over his Pan American rival - and a victory which brought the world No36 his first Tour win of the year, but the sixth of his career.
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SEMI-FINALS
Top Seeds Reach Losone Final


Mexican favourite Eric Galvez and Brazil's defending champion Rafael F Alarcon will contest the final of the Losone Swiss Squash Classic after contrasting semi-finals at the Squash Center in Losone, Switzerland.

Galvez was pushed to the limit by the ever-improving Julian Illingworth, the fifth seed from the USA. The Mexican held off tough resistance from his American opponent - his experience on the big points shining through as he secured his 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 victory after 92 minutes.

In the other semi final, second seed Alarcon easily defeated Scott Handley, the No4 seed from England. The Englishman, clearly troubled by a groin injury, was unable to sustain the kind of pressure necessary for him to stay in the match as the Brazilian marched through to his second successive final appearance following an 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 win in 33 minutes.
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QUARTER-FINALS
Illingworth Tested By Gaessler In Losone

US champion Julian Illingworth was taken the full distance by Patrick Gaessler before beating the German qualifier in a tie-break to reach the semi-finals of the Losone Swiss Squash Classic in Switzerland.

After a tight battle all the way, it was 22-year-old Gaessler, from Stuttgart, who had the upper hand all the way through the fifth game to reach match-ball at 10-8. But Illingworth hung in and recovered to record a morale-boosting 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-10 (3-1) victory in 69 minutes.

The fifth seed from Portland will now meet Eric Galvez, the top seed from Mexico who ended the brave run of Switzerland's 'young gun' Nicolas Mueller. The 17-year-old recently-crowned European Junior Champion managed to stay with the favourite well into the third game - but then the Mexican's high-tempo game started to tell physically on his younger opponent as he went on to win 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6 in 48 minutes.

Brazil's defending champion Rafael F Alarcon is one match away from his second successive final appearance at the Squash Center in Losone after beating Australia's Tony James 11-10 (2-0), 9-11, 11-3, 11-3.

The 29-year-old second seed from Sao Paulo now meets England's Scott Handley. The fourth seed from Oxfordshire beat Sweden's No7 seed Badr Abdel Aziz 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3.
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FIRST ROUND
Junior Champion Mueller Shines On Senior Stage At Home

Nicolas Mueller, who became Switzerland's first winner of the European Junior U19 Championship earlier in the month, showed off his skills on the senior stage on home soil when he upset Italy's No8 seed Luca Mastrostefano in the first round of the Losone Swiss Squash Classic.

The 17-year-old from Hirzel, near Zurich, fought back from a game down to beat Mastrostefano 4-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the PSA Tour event in its third year at the Squash Center in Losone, Switzerland.

Mueller will now face Eric Galvez, the top-seeded Mexican who despatched France's Yann Perrin 11-3, 11-4, 11-9.

Another surprise winner was German qualifier Patrick Gaessler. Up 10-4 in the first game against India's third seed Ritwik Bhattacharya, the 22-year-old from Stuttgart found himself in the quarter-finals when the world No46 from New Delhi was forced to retire with a knee injury.

Gaessler will meet fifth seed Julian Illingworth, the US National Champion who overcame Irish qualifier Arthur Gaskin in four hard-fought games.
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QUALIFYING
Scheel & Gaessler Boost German Hopes In Losone


Germans Patrick Gaessler and Friedrich Scheel won through the qualifying finals of the Losone Swiss Squash Classic to secure places in the main draw of the PSA Tour event in its third year at the Squash Center in Losone, Switzerland.

Scheel produced the biggest upset of the day, fighting his way back against Mohammed Elkeiy of Egypt from two games to one down to win 11-3, 10-11 (2-4), 9-11, 11-3, 11-8 in 60 minutes. The 22-year-old from Paderborn meets Brazil's No2 seed Rafael F Alarcon, the defending champion, in the first round.

German National Team members Patrick Gaessler and Andre Haschker fought it out together - but 22-year-old Gaessler proved too strong, comfortably winning in three games to stretch his winning run against Haschker to five matches in recent meetings.

In the last match between Arthur Gaskin and Stuart Crawford, Irishman Gaskin saw his two love lead whittled back to two all. At 9-9 all in the decider, Gaskin played a backhand crosscourt volley-nick off Crawford's serve and followed it up with a fine backhand drop winner to book his place in the first round.