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03/06/2008
FLUIDLINE GOLDEN OPEN
 

Four In A Row For Finitsis

Fluidline Golden Squash Open, YMCA Courts, Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia

 

1st round:

[1] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [Q] Rex Hedrick (AUS)                   11-8, 11-6, 11-10 (4-2)

[6] Jacob Lohrisch (AUS) bt Paul Ratcliff (AUS)                     5-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-2

[4] Nathan Turnbull (AUS) bt Nathan Stevenson (AUS)           10-11 (0-2), 11-10 (2-0), 11-3, 11-10 (2-0)

[Q] Carl Hampson (RSA) bt [5] Joseph Desira (AUS)                10-11 (0-2), 11-4, 11-1, 11-6

[8] Justin Beard (AUS) bt [Q] Tim Cowell (AUS)                      5-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-10 (2-0)

[3] Steven Robinson (AUS) bt [Q] Cheng Yao Huang (TPE)        11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7

[7] Seyed Mohammad Hossein Sanaee (IRI) bt Josh Cardwell (AUS)   7-11, 11-6, 11-10 (2-0), 2-11, 11-9

[2] Zac Alexander (AUS) bt Neeraj Aggarwal (AUS)                11-2, 11-3, 11-3

    Quarter-finals:

[1] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [6] Jacob Lohrisch (AUS)               11-5, 11-7, 11-8

[Q] Carl Hampson (RSA) bt [4] Nathan Turnbull (AUS)             11-5, 11-5, 11-10 (5-3)

[3] Steven Robinson (AUS) bt [8] Justin Beard (AUS)              11-7, 11-6, 11-9

[2] Zac Alexander (AUS) bt [7] Seyed Mohammad Hossein Sanaee (IRI)         11-9, 11-2, 11-3

    Semi-finals:

[1] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [Q] Carl Hampson (RSA)                 11-9, 11-4, 11-10 (2-0) (40m)

[2] Zac Alexander (AUS) bt [3] Steven Robinson (AUS)           11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-4 (43m)

    Final:

[1] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [2] Zac Alexander (AUS)                6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (40m)

 

Four In A Row For Finitsis

 

Australia’s Steve Finitsis became the first player since compatriot Stewart Boswell to win four successive PSA Tour squash events when he beat compatriot Zac Alexander in today's (Monday) final of the Fluidline Golden Open in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

 

The 25-year-old Queenslander beat 19-year-old Alexander 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 in 40 minutes to add the Golden Open to titles he won in Darwin, Merredin (WA) and Perth over the last month.

 

Despite losing the first game to his younger opponent, Finitsis said he hadn’t panicked:  "He started well, but I knew it would be hard for him to keep the pace up, and when he slowed down after the first game I was able to go on and win comfortably.

 

"But he’ll be a good player when he is able to keep that pace going for longer," added Finitsis, unbeaten this year.

 

Originally from Innisfail but now based in Brisbane, Finitsis said he had begun the Australian tour “quietly confident” of doing well, so winning four tournaments in a row had not been a complete surprise.  “It’s definitely a result of all the training I’ve been doing, both mentally and physically,” he said.

 

Boswell went on to win seven in a row in 2005 and Finitsis said there’s no reason why he can’t add to his own record this year.