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Selby Celebrates Danish Open Success

Danish Open 2008
Herlev, Denmark,
01-06 April, $10k
Round One
[1] Daryl Selby (Eng)
11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (28m)
[Q] Jens Schoor (GER)
Daryl Selby
11-10 (2-0), 6-11, 11-6, 11-4 (44m)
Tom Hoevenaars
Daryl Selby
11-10 (2-0), 11-6, 11-3 (37m)
Badr Abdel Aziz
Daryl Selby
11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (37m)
Simon Rosner
[6] Tom Hoevenaars (Ned)
11-10 (4-2), 11-4, 11-8 (32m)
Jonas Laursen (Den)
[4] Badr Abdel Aziz (Swe)
11-8, 9-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-7, 11-4 (85m)
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
Badr Abdel Aziz
11-7, 11-10 (2-0), 11-8 (43m)
Morten Sorensen
[7] Ben Ford (Eng)
11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3 (45m)
Morten Sorensen (Den)
[Q] Gilly Lane (USA)
9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (41m)

[8] Romain Tenant (Fra)
Gilly Lane
11-3, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7 (58m)
Mathieu Castagnet
Gilly Lane
11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (38m)
Simon Rosner
Yann Perrin (Fra)
11-6, 11-9, 3-11, 7-11, 11-2 (58m)
[3] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
[Q] Rasmus Nielsen (DEN)
11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (32m)
[5] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
Steve Coppinger
11-10 (2-0), 5-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-10 (8-6) (78m)
Simon Rosner
[Q] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (27m)
[2] Simon Rosner (Ger)

Selby Celebrates Danish Open Success

England's Daryl Selby coasted to victory in the Squashlife Danish Open, comfortably beating Germany's Simon Rosner in straight games in the final of the $10,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Skinderskovhallen in Herlev, Denmark.

"It was a quick and painless victory for Daryl, who played a solid game and was in control throughout," said event spokesman Michael Bische.  "Simon made a lot of unforced errors and was never close to seal the deal.  He came back in the third game, but Daryl always had an extra gear if he needed it."

Selby, the event favourite from
England, only dropped one game en-route to the final before despatching his second-seeded opponent 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 in 37 minutes.

The victory extends 25-year-old Selby's remarkable record in PSA Tour finals - in which he has triumphed in six out of seven appearances over the past three years.

Top Seeds In Danish Open Final

Top seeds Daryl Selby and Simon Rosner will contest the final of the Squashlife Danish Open after straight games wins in the semi-finals of the $10,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Skinderskovhallen in Herlev, Denmark.

Selby, the event favourite from
England, faced a lone Scandinavian when he took on Badr Abdel Aziz, the No4 seed from Sweden. After surviving a tie-break in the opening game, the 25-year-old from Essex booked his place in the final with an 11-10 (2-0), 11-6, 11-3 victory in 37 minutes.

"I'm pretty happy with the win and I was more comfortable on the glass court today," said Selby as he celebrated reaching his seventh PSA Tour final. "Badr is a skilful player with the racket, so I had to keep him running since he's had two tough matches already. I'm looking forward to the final spot tomorrow."

Rosner, the second seed from
Germany, faced an unexpected opponent in the other semi after US qualifier Gilly Lane followed his first round upset over eighth seed Romain Tenant by claiming another French scalp, third seed Mathieu Castagnet, in the quarter-finals.

But the 22-year-old from Philadelphia was unable to pull off a hat-trick of upsets as Rosner, the 20-year-old world No63 from Wurzburg, rallied to an 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 win in 38 minutes.

"It was a good semi-final for me - I knew that this was Gilly's fifth match, so he would be a tired, so I tried to take that to my advantage," said Rosner, now in his second Tour final. "I'm glad that I won in three straight games after yesterday's five-gamer, so I'll feel fresh for the final tomorrow."

But Lane was not too downhearted: "Simon was too good today and he did some great attacking from the front. I just wish I had some more fuel in my tank to give more - but overall I'm very pleased with my performance - this is the best tournament so far for me and a great confidence boost as well."

Local Hero Sorensen Scores Popular Danish Open Upset

Unseeded Dane Morten W Sorensen delighted the local crowds on the opening day of the Squashlife Danish Open when he upset seventh seed Ben Ford to take an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the $10,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Skinderskovhallen in
Herlev, Denmark.

The 28-year-old from
Copenhagen battled for 45 minutes to defeat Englishman Ford 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3 and will now face fellow Scandinavian Badr Abdel Aziz for a place in the semis. Aziz, the fourth seed from Sweden, survived an 85-minute marathon against Clinton Leeuw before prevailing against the unseeded South African 11-8, 9-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-7, 11-4.

US qualifier Gilly Lane also had cause for celebration: The 22-year-old from Philadelphia recovered from a game down to beat eighth-seeded Frenchman Romain Tenant 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 to set up a further French clash with third seed Mathieu Castagnet.