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Barker Is Three-Times Winner In Colombia

Club El Nogal 2007
Bogota, Colombia, 21-26 Aug
Round One
23 Aug
24 Aug
25 Aug
26 Aug
[1] Adrian Grant (Eng)
11/9, 6/11, 11/6, 11/7 (48m)
Bernardo Samper (Col)
Adrian Grant
11/8, 7/11, 6/11, 12/10, 11/7 (87m)
Rafael Alarcon
Rafael Alarcon
11/9, 11/3, 14/12 (38m)
Borja Golan
Borja Golan
11-10 (3-1), 11-8, 11-6 (59m)
Peter Barker
[8] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
11/3, 11/2, 13/11 (23m)
Ernesto Lucena (Col)
[3] Borja Golan (Esp)
11/4, 11/4, 11/3 (18m)
[Q] Robertino Pezzota (Arg)
Borja Golan
8/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/6 (82m)
Eric Galvez
[5] Eric Galvez (Mex)
11/5, 11/5, 11/6 (17m)
[Q] Chris Gordon (Usa)
Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/2, 11/8, 6/11, 12/14, 12/10 (79m)
[6] Shawn Delierre (Can)
Simon Rosner
11/9, 12/10, 11/8 (55m)
Joey Barrington
Joey Barrington
11/9, 11/5, 11/9 (79m)
Peter Barker
[Q] Ryan Donegan (Usa)
11/3, 11/7, 11/3 (20m)
[4] Joey Barrington (Eng)
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
8/11, 11/7, 11/1, 11/5 (46m)
[7] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (57m)
Peter Barker
[Q] Scott Arnold (Aus)
11/6, 11/1, 11/3 (21m)
[2] Peter Barker (Eng)

Qualifying, 21/22 Aug:

Finals, 22-Aug:
Chris Gordon (Usa) bt Rodrigo Pezzota (Arg) 11/8, 14/12, 9/11, 12/10
Robertino Pezzota (Arg) bt Javier Castilla (Col) 11/13, 11/7, 11/9, 11/8
Ryan Donegan (Usa) bt Gonzalo Tapiz (Arg) 10/12, 11/2, 15/13, 11/3
Scott Arnold (Aus) bt Matias Valenzuela (Arg) 9/11, 11/3, 11/8, 11/1

Round Two, 21-Aug:
Chris Gordon (Usa) bt Rodrigo Torres (Col) 12/10, 10/12, 6/11, 11/6, 13/11
Rodrigo Pezzota (Arg) bt Edilson Nunes (Bra) 11/7, 12/10, 11/8
Robertino Pezzota (Arg) bt Yann Perrin (Fra) 11/3, 11/8, 6/11, 4/11, 11/6
Javier Castilla (Col) bt Sergio Lopez (Mex) 11/5, 13/11, 11/2
Gonzalo Tapiz (Arg) bt Armando Olguin (Mex) 11/2, 11/4, 11/5
Ryan Donegan (Usa) bt Alfonso Vargas (Col) 11/7, 11/5, 11/4
Matias Valenzuela (Arg) bt Daniel Echavarria (Col) 11/4, 9/11, 11/6, 11/8
Scott Arnold (Aus) bt Fernando Lopez (Mex) 11/7, 11/9, 11/6

* eight players received byes in the first round

Round One, 21-Aug:
Rodrigo Torres (Col) bt Arturo Jaramillo (Col) 11/9, 11/8, 11/6
Rodrigo Pezotta (Arg) bt Nelson Amaya (Col) 11/5, 11/4, 11/7
Robertino Pezotta (Arg) bt Erick Herrera (Col) 11/7, 11/0, 11/8
Sergio Lopez (Mex) bt Juan Diego Lopez (Col) 11/2, 11/6, 11/7
Gonzalo Tapiz (Arg) bt Jorge Laureano (Col) 11/8, 11/4, 11/6
Alfonso Vargas (Col) bt Hernan Marino (Ven) 11/7, 13/11, 11/8
Daniel Echavarria (Col) bt Marco Olguin (Mex) 11/4, 11/4, 11/6
Fernando Lopez (Mex) bt Andreas Vargas (Col) 12/10, 7/11, 11/7, 12/10


Barker Is Three-Times Winner In Colombia

England's Peter Barker triumphed in straight games in the final of the Club El Nogal Colombian Open to claim the established PSA Tour squash title in the Colombian capital Bogotá for the third successive year.


In the pair's first PSA Tour meeting for almost four years, second seed Barker faced Spain's third seed Borja Golan at the Club El Nogal.


Golan led in the first two games, but left-hander Barker, showing consistency and patience, regained the lead on both occasions.  Barker saved four game balls in the opening game, forcing a tie-break before clinching the game 13-11.


With less pressure in the third game, the 23-year-old England international from Essex produced "incredible shots that began to frustrate the Spaniard", according to tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz.

After 59 minutes, Barker celebrated his 11-10 (3-1), 11-8, 11-6 victory - and the 10th PSA Tour title of his care.

Bogotá Hat-Trick Beckons For Barker

Spain's third seed Borja Golan will face second seed and defending champion Peter Barker in the final of the Club El Nogal Colombian Open - with the Englishman just one win away from a hat-trick of titles in the established PSA Tour squash event at Club El Nogal in the Colombian capital Bogotá.


Golan, the 24-year-old world No21 from Santiago DC, was in fine form as he defeated six-times Brazilian national champion Rafael F Alarcon in straight games.  Seventh seed Alarcon staged a fight-back in the third game to force a tie-break - but the higher-ranked Spaniard reasserted his authority to close out the match 11-9, 11-3, 11-10 (4-2) in 38 minutes.


In his 18th PSA Tour final appearance since May 2002, Golan will face England's world No15 Peter Barker - the pair, remarkably, meeting for only the second time since December 2003.


The 23-year-old England international from Essex faced compatriot Joey Barrington, the No4 seed from Glastonbury in Somerset.  In a match characterised by long and punishing rallies, Barker maintained the upper hand in the first two games - and only in the third did Barrington establish a lead for the first time.


But Barker fought back and, after 79 minutes, secured his 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 victory - and a place in his 13th Tour final.


Alarcon Ousts Grant In Colombian Upset

Brazilian number one Rafael F Alarcon claimed the biggest scalp of his career when he upset England's top seed Adrian Grant in the quarter-finals of the Club El Nogal Colombian Open Squash Championship at Club El Nogal in the Colombian capital Bogotá.


The six-times Brazilian national champion from Sao Paulo recovered from 2/1 down to beat Grant - his first world top twenty scalp - 11-8, 7-11, 6-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-7 in 87 minutes.


Alarcon, the No8 seed, will now take on third-seeded Spaniard Borja Golan, who needed 82 minutes to overcome Mexico's Pan Am Games gold medallist Eric Galvez, the fifth seed, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.


The other semi-final will be the all-English clash predicted by the seedings. Peter Barker, the second seed from Essex looking for his third successive Colombian Open title, beat local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the No7 seed from Colombia, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.


Fourth seed Joey Barrington ended Simon Rosner's run, beating the unseeded German 11-9, 11-10 (2-0), 11-8.


Rodriguez Revenge Provides Popular Colombia Win In Bogotá

Colombia's Miguel Angel Rodriguez avenged his defeat by Julian Illingworth in the Pan American Games semi-finals in July when he beat the American in the first round of the Club El Nogal Colombian Open Squash Championship to become the only local player to survive the first round of the $25,000 PSA Tour event at Club El Nogal in the Colombian capital Bogotá.


It took Illingworth, the three-times US National champion from Portland, 95 minutes to earn last month's upset over Rodriguez in Rio de Janeiro which took him into the gold medal play-off. But this time Rodriguez was keen to do well in his home city in the first major event on home soil since Colombia stunned the squash world by taking the Pan Am Games team gold medal for the first time.


Illingworth took the opening game, but 21-year-old Rodriguez - runner-up in the event last year - fought back to impose his authority on the match, eventually winning 8-11, 11-7, 11-1, 11-5 in 46 minutes, much to the delight of the partisan audience.


Fellow Colombian Bernardo Samper, however, was unable to join Rodriguez in the second round. The unseeded Colombian number two faced England's top seed Adrian Grant. After dropping the first game, 25-year-old Samper battled from 6-all in the second to draw level.


But, in what was described by local organiser Juan Carlos Santacruz as a "fantastic match" in which Samper "played his best squash ever in a Colombian PSA tournament", Grant regained the upper hand before coming through an 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7 winner after 48 minutes.


Germany's unseeded Simon Rosner pulled off the only surprise in the opening round, upsetting Canada's No6 seed Shawn Delierre 11-2, 11-8, 6-11, 10-11 (2-4), 11-10 (2-0) in a 79-minute marathon.


Gordon & Donegan Boost North American Interest In New Bogotá Tour Event

Christopher Gordon and Ryan Donegan will boost North American interest in the Club El Nogal Circuito Mundial De Squash after defeating a pair of Argentineans in the qualifying finals of the inaugural PSA Tour event at Club El Nogal in the Colombian capital Bogotá.


New Yorker Gordon defeated Rodrigo Pezzota 11-8, 11-10 (4-2), 9-11, 11-10 (2-0), while Chicago-born Donegan beat Gonzalo Tapiz 10-11 (0-2), 11-2, 11-10 (5-3), 11-3.


In the first major squash event to be held in Colombia since the nation stunned the squash world by taking the team gold medal in the Pan American Games in July, Gordon will face Mexico's individual gold medallist Eric Galvez, the fifth seed, in the first round - while Donegan will take on England's No4 seed Joey Barrington.


Pan Am Games enthusiasts will relish the $25,000 PSA Tour event's first round encounter between Colombia's seventh seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez and the US champion Julian Illingworth - a replay of the dramatic 95-minute semi-final encounter between the pair which Illingworth won before taking the sliver medal behind Galvez in the final.