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Krajcsak Captures Roma Est Crown

Roma Est Open 2008
Rome, Italy, 07-12 April, $10k
Round One
[1] Dylan Bennett (Ned)
11/1, 11/8, 7/11, 11/7 (64m)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
Steve Coppinger
11/7, 3/11, 11/7, 5/11, 17/15 (92m)
Joe Lee
Joe Lee
11/6, 7/11, 11/8, 11/9
Tom Hoevenaars
Tom Hoevenaars
11-4, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6 (50m)
Mark Krajcsak
[5] Bernardo Samper (Col)
10/12, 11/8, 11/9, 11/9 (62m)
[Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
[4] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
11/7, 11/3, 8/11, 11/4 (55m)
Tom Hoevenaars (Ned)
Tom Hoevenaars
11/13, 14/12, 8/11, 11/9, 11/2 (81m)
Joan Lezaud
[7] Tony James (Aus)
8/11, 11/9, 11/8, 8/11, 11/8 (90m)
[Q] Joan Lezaud
[Q] Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
11/3, 11/2, 11/5 (20m)
[8] Luca Mastrostefano (Ita)

Siddarth Suchde
11/7, 11/8, 11/8 (60m)
Mark Krajcsak
Mark Krajcsak
11/5, 11/8, 7/11, 11/9
Badr Abdel Aziz
[Q] Mark Rogers (Rsa)
11/9, 11/7, 11/6 (42m)
[3] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
Badr Abdel Aziz (Swe)
11/1, 11/6, 3/11, 12/10 (50m)
[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Badr Abdel Aziz
11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (50m)
Jose Facchini
Jose Facchini (Ita)
11/9, 7/11, 11/9, 11/7 (52m)
[2] Stacey Ross (Eng)
08-Apr, Qualifying Finals:
Joan Lezaud bt Aqueel Rehman 11/9, 6/11, 12/14, 11/7, 11/9 (75m)
Joe Lee bt Stuart Crawford 11/9, 11/9, 11/3 (35m)
Mark Rogers bt Jaymie Haycocks 6/11, 11/9, 11/4, 3/11, 11/9 (60m)
Siddharth Suchde bt Stephan Brauneis 11/4, 11/1, 11/6 (30m)

07-Apr, Qualifying Round One:
Aqueel Rehman (Aut) bt Paolo Allevato (Ita) 11/2, 11/6, 11/7
Joan Lezaud (Fra) bt Philip Nightingale (Eng) 11/6, 13/11, 11/3, 8/11, 11/6
Stuart Crawford (Sco) bt Jonas Laursen (Den) 11/2, 11/5, 11/7
Joe Lee (Eng) bt Lukas Jelinek (Cze) 11/5, 11/9, 11/3
Mark Rogers (Rsa) bt Andrea Torricini (Ita) 11/4, 11/9, 11/7
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) bt Simone Rocca (Ita) 11/8, 9/11, 11/7, 11/6
Stephan Brauneis (Aut) bt Domenico Cerabona (Ita) 12/10, 11/9, 6/11, 11/8
Siddharth Suchde (Ind) bt Gregoire Marche (Fra) 11/4, 12/14, 5/11, 11/9, 11/5

Krajcsak Captures Roma Est Crown

After becoming the only seed to survive the first round of the Roma Est Open, Hungarian Mark Krajcsak pushed on through the inaugural $10,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Shopping Centre Roma Est in Italy's capital city Rome to lift the title in impressive style.

The 24-year-old third seed from Budapest dropped his first game of the tournament in the semi-finals as he battled to a four game victory over unseeded Swede Badr Abdel Aziz.

In the final, Krajcsak faced Dutchman Tom Hoevenaars, also unseeded.  The 20-year-old from Utrecht had claimed his maiden appearance in a Tour final after ending the brave run of English qualifier Joe Lee in a 70-minute semi-final encounter.

But the Hungarian, who broke into the world's top 50 for the first time in February after winning the Austrian Open title the previous month, was too strong for his younger opponent.

After conceding only five points to Hoevenaars in the first two games, Krajcsak dropped the third - but stormed back to secure an 11-4, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6 win in 50 minutes to claim the third PSA Tour title of his career.

Krajcsak To Face Hoevenaars In Rome Final

Hungary's Mark Krajcsak will face Dutchman Tom Hoevenaars in the final of the Roma Est Open after dropping his first game of the tournament against Swede Badr Abdel Aziz in the semi-finals of the $10,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Shopping Centre Roma Est in Italy's capital city Rome.

The 24-year-old third seed from Budapest - the only seed to survive the first round - took 50 minutes to overcome unseeded Aziz 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 to reach the fifth PSA Tour final of his career.

The other semi-final took 70 minutes, with Hoevenaars and English qualifier Joe Lee each hoping to celebrate a maiden Tour final appearance.

But despite British Junior champion Lee taking the second game for the loss of just four points, it was the 20-year-old unseeded Dutchman who ultimately prevailed, winning 11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9.

Krajcsak Cruises On In Rome

After - incredibly - becoming the sole seed to survive the first round of the Roma Est Squash Open, Hungary's Mark Krajcsak continued his exclusive form in the $10,000 PSA Tour squash event in Italy's capital city Rome to win his quarter-final clash at the Shopping Centre Roma Est in straight games.

The 24-year-old third seed from Budapest beat Indian qualifier Siddharth Suchde 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 in exactly one hour - and will now face unseeded Swede Badr Abdel Aziz for a place in the final.

Aziz ended local interest in the event with an 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 win over fellow non-seed Jose Facchini, the 36-year-old world No 365 from Lucca who despatched England's No2 seed Stacey Ross in the first round.

But English teenager Joe Lee produced the grittiest performance of the day to become the only qualifier to reach the last four. The 18-year-old British Junior champion from Surrey battled for 92 minutes to overcome Stephen Coppinger 11-7, 3-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-10 (7-5). The unseeded South African had earlier ousted Dutch favourite Dylan Bennett.

Lee will now take on Tom Hoevenaars after the unseeded Dutchman beat French qualifier Joan Lezaud 10-11 (1-3), 11-10 (4-2), 8-11, 11-9, 11-2 in 81 minutes.