CASE SWEDISH OPEN
Willstrop's Swedish Open Win Caps Best Ever Tour Run
Swedish Open 2008
05-10 Feb, Linkoping, $55k
James Willstrop (Eng)
11-4, 11-9, 11-2
Omar Elborolossy (Egy)
11-5, 11-3, 11-7
11-7, 11-7, 6-11,
Joey Barrington (Eng)
(1-3), 11-10 (2-0), 11-7 (77m)
[Q] Chris Ryder (Eng)
Stewart Boswell (Aus)
(2-0), 11-4 (49m)
Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
9-11, 11-3, 11-9,
Adrian Grant (Eng)
11-8, 11-4, 11-5
Badr Abdel Aziz (Swe)
Jon Harford (Eng)
11-4, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (66m)
 Alex Gough (Wal)
11-3, 11-10 (2-0),
11-7, 11-6, 11-2
11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (73m)
 Peter Barker (Eng)
[Q] Amr Swelim (Egy)
11-7, 11-6, 11-9
 Olli Tuominen (Fin)
3-11, 11-9, 3-11,
11-4, 11-1 (52m)
Simon Rosner (Ger)
11-8, 11-4, 11-10
 Lee Beachill (Eng)
Chris Ryder (Eng) bt Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) 9/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/5
Jonathan Harford (Eng) bt Stacey Ross (Eng) 4/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/5
Simon Rösner (Ger) bt Bradley Hindle (Aus) 11/5, 11/8, 11/6
Amr Swelim (Egy) bt Jesse Engelbrecht (Rsa) 9/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/7
05-Feb, Qualifying Round One:
Chris Ryder (ENG) bt Christian Drakenberg (SWE) 11/9, 12/10, 11/8
Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt Carl-Johan Löfvenborg (SWE) 11/8, 11/4, 11/5
Stacey Ross (ENG) bt Foad Hammouni (SWE) 11/4, 13/11, 11/4
Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt Rasmus Hult (SWE) 11/7, 11/3, 8/11, 11/3
Simon Rosner (GER) bt John Rooney (IRL) 12/10, 10/12, 11/4, 11/5
Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11/7, 10/12, 14/12, 11/5
Amr Swelim (EGY) bt André Wikström (SWE) 8/11, 11/3, 11/6, 11/5
Jesse Engelbrecht (SRA) bt Dylan Bennett (NED) 11/1, 11/9, 12/10
05-10 Feb, Linkoping, $7k
Sarah Kippax (Ung)
9-1, 9-4, 9-6
Lucie Fialova (Cze)
9-4, 9-2, 2-9, 9-3
9-4, 9-1, 9-1
9-0, 4-1 ret.
Lauren Selby (Eng)
9-1, 9-4, 7-9,
[Q] Olga Ertlova (CZE)
| Dagmar Vermuelen
9-5, 9-5, 9-4
Fiona Moverley (Eng)
9-10, 3-9, 9-3,
| Milou Van Der
8-10, 9-6, 9-4,
Carrie Hastings (Eng)
9-5, 9-0, 6-9,
 Kerri Shields (Irl)
9-3, 9-7, 9-5
9-6, 10-9, 9-0
|Anna Detter (Swe)
9-5, 9-1, 9-4
 Anna-Carin Forstadius (Swe)
[Q] Elina Kononen (FIN)
9-6, 9-3, 9-2
 Birgit Coufal (Aut)
9-5, 9-2, 9-0
|Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
9-0, 9-1, 9-0
 Carla Khan (Pak)
Elina Kononen (Fin) bt Lovisa Forstadius (Swe) 9/1, 9/0, 9/2
Olga Ertlova (Cze) bt Kira Petersen (Den) 9/5, 9/1, 9/3
Elina Kononen (Fin) bye
Lovisa Forstadius (SWE) bt Diana Leguss (EST) w/o
Olga Ertlova (CZE) bt Eliza Kargioti (GRE) 9/0, 9/0, 9/0
Kira Petersen (Den) bye
Swedish Open Win Caps Best Ever Tour Run
James Willstrop beat compatriot Peter Barker in the final of the
Case Swedish Open Squash Championship to cap the best ever PSA
Tour run of his career in Linköping.
Winner of the Mamut English Open in Sheffield in December, the
24-year-old world No6 from Pontefract in Yorkshire went on to reach the Bear
Stearns Tournament of Champions final in New York last month, before - in
his third Tour event in a row - he clinched the $55,000 title at the
It was after triumphs over fellow Englishmen Joey Barrington and
Adrian Grant, the eighth and sixth seeds, respectively, that Willstrop faced
England team-mate Barker in the Swedish Open climax.
first game in front of a packed house at Linköping Sporthallen was one of high
quality - in which the English pair were neck and neck until a run of points
gave Willstrop the early advantage. The Yorkshireman took the second game
comfortably and had an answer for everything that Barker threw at him in the
third to win 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 in 38 minutes.
"The first game was all-important with Peter having played so well all week,"
later. "We both raised our games very early and I just managed to nick it.
I've been working on a few parts of my game and feel that things are coming
"I'm very happy to win here in front of a big knowledgeable crowd and in a
tournament which has a great feel about it with so many age groups players
coming here to watch in the last few days. That really makes a difference.
"I think this gives me a really good platform for retaining my British National
title next week which will be tough in itself with such a strong field," added
the British champion.
There was also English success in the women's Zack-sponsored Tour 4
WISPA World Tour
when Sarah Kippax, the top seed from Cheshire, beat Pakistan's No2 seed
Carla Khan 9-0, 4-1 (ret.)
Stops English Invasion In
Flying Finn Olli Tuominen put paid to an all-English semi-final line-up
in the Case Swedish Open after upsetting second seed Lee
Beachill in the quarter-finals of the men's $55,000
event in Linköping.
The fifth seed from
twice rallied from behind to topple the former world number one from Pontefract
in Yorkshire 3-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-4, 11-1 in 52 minutes. It was Beachill's
first Tour test since undergoing hernia surgery early in the New Year.
Tuominen now takes on Beachill's England team-mate Peter Barker, the
third seed from Essex who despatched Welshman Alex Gough, runner-up
twelve months ago, 11-3, 11-10 (2-0), 11-4 in 42 minutes.
also sprung an upset in the top half of the draw to set up a surprise
all-English semi. The sixth seed from
who arrived in Sweden fresh from his New Year victory in the Comfort Inn Open
in Vancouver, beat fourth seed Stewart Boswell - the Australian who won
the Linköping title in 2003 - 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 in 72 minutes.
Left-hander Grant now faces top seed James Willstrop, the Yorkshireman
who defeated compatriot Joey Barrington, the eighth seed, 11-5, 11-3,
In the women's Zack-sponsored Tour 4
unseeded Carrie Hastings fought back from two games down to beat English
compatriot Fiona Moverley 9-10, 3-9, 9-3, 9-6, 9-0 to claim a surprise
place in the semi-finals.
The 21-year-old from Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire will now face fellow
Englishwoman Sarah Kippax, the 24-year-old top seed from Halifax who beat
seventh seed Lauren Selby 9-4, 9-2, 2-9, 9-3.
Dominate Swedish Exchanges In Linköping
English players dominated the action on the opening day of the Swedish Open
Squash Championships, with top two seeds
Beachill earning comfortable straight-game wins in the Case-sponsored
English presence already guaranteed in the final of the women's Zack-sponsored
James Willstrop, the 24-year-old event favourite from Pontefract in Yorkshire,
took just 28 minutes to overcome Egypt's former world No14 Omar Elborolossy
11-4, 11-9, 11-2 to set up a quarter-final clash with compatriot Joey
Barrington, the No8 seed who beat English qualifier Chris Ryder 11-9,
10-11 (1-3), 11-10 (2-0), 11-7.
Second seed Lee Beachill, making his
comeback after hernia surgery early in the New Year, removed German qualifier
Simon Rosner 11-8, 11-4, 11-10 (2-0). Also from Pontefract, Beachill will
now face Finland's fifth seed Olli Tuominen for a place in the last four.
Welshman Alex Gough, the No7 seed hoping to reach the final for the
second successive year, battled for 66 minutes to overcome English qualifier
Jonathan Harford 10-11 (0-2), 11-4, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7.
Unseeded English players Fiona Moverley and Carrie Hastings pulled
off notable upsets over fourth seed Dagmar Vermeulen and fifth seed
Milou van der Heijden, respectively, in the women's event. Wins by top seed
Sarah Kippax and seventh seed Lauren Selby higher in the top half
of the draw ensures English presence in the final.
English Pair Qualify For Swedish Open
Chris Ryder and Jonathan Harford grabbed two of the qualifying
slots in the Case Swedish Open after four-game victories in the
qualifying finals of the $55,000
University champion from Wolverhampton, beat Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda
9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, while Harford, from Leeds, defeated compatriot Stacey
Ross 4-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5.
James Willstrop is favourite to win the
5-star title for the first time. The world No6 from Yorkshire faces Egyptian
Omar Elborolossy in the first round.
interest in the women's Zack Swedish Open qualifying event ended when
Finland's Elina Kononen
beat Swede Lovisa Forstadius 9-1, 9-0, 9-2. Kononen will face
Austria's Birgit Coufal in the fist round.
Swedish Open 2008.
Official website is:
5 star event, $55000
5th- 6th of February
7th-10th of February
At the same time the Zack Swedish Ladies Open will be played.
Around 8000 US dollars.
The matches in the Swedish Open will be played on the four glass
courts owned by the Swedish SRA in Linköping Sport Hall and we are awaiting a lot of spectators.
At the moment the Swedish Open is biggest PSA tournament this
season in Europe outside of England.
Alongside the Swedish Open for professionals we are also
presenting a full programme for Masters and
Juniors and also different ranking classes. Here we are awaiting
more than 250 entries.
The Organisers are ActiPro Event Marketing who are owned by former
squash professional Fredrik Johnson,
Swedish SRA and Linköping Squash Club.
This is the fifth time the same organisers are presenting the
Swedish Open at the same arena in Sweden.
2007 years final for men David Palmer from Australia won and the
ladies event was won by Margriet Huismann from Holland.
World number five Nick Matthew has already confirmed his entry
for the 2008 event.
The winner in the PSA tournament will also receive a watch worth
around 6000 US dollars.
For further information please see below for contact info.