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Tuominen Wins Historic Finnish Open Crown

Savcor Finnish Open 2008
Mikkeli, 11-16 Feb, $20k
Round One
[1] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11/3, 11/9, 8/11, 7/11, 11/3 (48m)
[Q] Rob Sutherland (Wal)
Olli Tuominen
9/11, 11/4, 11/13, 11/5, 11/5, 11/7 (70m)
Simon Rosner
Olli Tuominen
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (27m)
Jesse Engelbrecht
Olli Tuominen
-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 (93m)
Davide Bianchetti
[5] Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/8, 11/9, 11/9 (55m)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
[3] Scott Arnold (Aus)
14/12, 7/11, 6/11, 11/7, 11/5 (80m)
Badr Abdel Aziz (Swe)
Badr Abdel Aziz
11/8, 10/12, 11/6, 11/5 (47m)
Jesse Engelbrecht
[8] Jesse Engelbrecht (Rsa)
11/6, 11/2, 11/3 (25m)
Luca Mastrostefano (Ita)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
9/11, 12/10, 11/4, 6/11, 15/13 (85m)
[6] Scott Handley (Eng)
Mathieu Castagnet
11/4, 11/9, 8/11, 11/5 (62m)
Clinton Leeuw
Clinton Leeuw
1-2, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (75m)
Davide Bianchetti
[Q] Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
11/9, 11/6, 15/13 (42m)
[4] Julien Balbo (Fra)
[Q] Shaun Le Roux
7/11, 11/7, 11/3, 11/4 (50m)
[7] Bradley Hindle (Aus)
Bradley Hindle
11/5, 11/7, 11/2 (45m)
Davide Bianchetti
Matias Tuomi (Fin)
11/7, 11/8, 11/8 (45m)
[2] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)

Tuominen Wins Historic Finnish Open Crown
Olli Tuominen
battled for 93 minutes to beat Italian Davide Bianchetti in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open Squash Championship in Mikkeli to become the first Finn to win his country's men's Open title in the tournament's 30-year history.

Many of the world's leading players have won the Finnish Open trophy, including Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan, Rodney Martin and Rodney Eyles.

Top seed Tuominen had a poor start and dropped the first game.  The 28-year-old from
Helsinki fought back from 7-9 down in the second to draw level.  In the third, Tuominen dominated and at one stage it looked as if Bianchetti was giving in.

However, the second seed from Brescia struck back in the fourth to force the match into a fifth game decider.  By now, Tuominen was playing his best squash of the match and, after forcing the Italian into errors, took the match 9-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-6, 9-11, 11-6.

"I played a lot better than in my previous matches," said Tuominen after the match.  "I was happy to get the second game, as it's much better to be at one game all than two games down."

Bianchetti was pleased with the way he played:  "Seems I always play five games with the Finns, and unfortunately often lose," said Bianchetti.

Troubled Tuominen Makes Mikkeli Semis
For the second time in 24 hours, top-seeded Finn Olli Tuominen was taken to five games by a lower-ranked opponent before claiming a place in the semi-finals of the Savcor Finnish Open Squash Championship in Mikkeli.

The 28-year-old from Helsinki came from 1/2 down to beat Germany's fifth seed Simon Rosner 9-11, 11-4, 10-11 (1-3), 11-5, 11-7 in a marathon 70-minute quarter-final of the $20,000 PSA Tour event at Mikkeli Squash Club

Tuominen will take on eighth seed Jesse Engelbrecht for a place in the final. The South African was too strong for Badr Abdel Aziz, the unseeded Swede who beat the third seed Scott Arnold in the first round, winning 11-8, 10-11 (0-2), 11-6, 11-5.

Qualifier Clinton Leeuw surprised the crowd and himself by reaching the semi-finals. After a tough first round match, French opponent Mathieu Castagnet was unable to keep up with the pace of Leeuw - who won 11-4, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5 in 62 minutes.

Leeuw will meet second seed Davide Bianchetti, a semi-finalist in 2000 when the previous Finnish Open was played. The Italian was in commanding form, beating Bradley Hindle, the No7 seed from
Australia, 11-5, 11-7, 11-2.

Sutherland Tests Tuominen In Finnish Opener
Top-seeded Helsinki hero Olli Tuominen squandered a two-game lead against Rob Sutherland in the first round of the Savcor Finnish Open before beating the Welsh qualifier in five games in the $20,000 PSA Tour squash event at Mikkeli Squash Club in Mikkeli.

Tuominen's 11-3, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-3 victory takes the Finn into a quarter-final against Simon Rosner after the fifth seed from Germany beat New Zealand qualifier Campbell Grayson 11-8, 11-9, 11-9.

Australian Scott Arnold was the highest seed to fall - beaten 11-10 (4-2), 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5 in 80 minutes by unseeded Swede Badr Abdel Aziz.

There was mixed French success in the event - fourth seed Julien Balbo crashing out in straight games to South African qualifier Clinton Leeuw, while unseeded Mathieu Castagnet survived a marathon clash against Scott Handley before upsetting the sixth-seeded Englishman 9-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-4, 6-11, 11-10 (5-3) in 85 minutes.