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15/06/2008
PRIMAVERA OPEN
 

Krajcsak Captures Primavera Prize

Primavera Open 2008
Kecskemet, Hungary, 09-14 Jun, $6k
Round One
11-Jun
Quarters
12-Jun
Semis
13-Jun
Final
14-Jun
[1] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/3, 11/3, 11/5 (22m)
[LL] Bart Ravelli (Ned)
Mark Krajcsak
11/3, 11/8, 11/4 (28m)
 Neil Cordell
Mark Krajcsak
11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (39m)
 Joan Lezaud
Mark Krajcsak
11-9, 11-7, 12-14, 11-7 (52m)
Rob Sutherland
[6] Marton Szaboky (Hun)
11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (35m)
[Q] Neil Cordell (Eng)
[3] Yann Perrin (Fra)
11/8, 7/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/7 (75m)
[Q] Joan Lezaud (Fra)
Joan Lezaud
11/6, 11/5, 11/4 (27m)
 Neil Hitchens
[8] Neil Hitchens (Eng)
11/8, 11/2, 11/3 (24m)
Aron Balogh (Hun)
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11/8, 11/8, 16/14 (40m)
[5] Morten Sorensen (Den)
Morten Sorensen
12/10, 6/11, 11/9, 11/6 (55m)
Rob Sutherland

Rob Sutherland
11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-5 (55m)
Olivier Pett

Joe Lee (Eng)
11/13, 11/3, 6/11, 11/7, 17/15 (85m)
[4] Rob Sutherland (Wal)
[Q] Olivier Pett (Eng)
11/6, 11/8, 11/9 (35m)
Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)

 Olivier Pett
7/11, 11/4, 11/4, 11/9 (43m)
Ben Ford

Chris Truswell (Eng)
8/11, 11/3, 11/8, 11/6 (50m)
[2] Ben Ford (Eng)

Krajcsak Captures Primavera Prize

Local hero Mark Krajcsak captured the inaugural Primavera Open title in Kecskemet after beating Welshman Rob Sutherland in the final of the Super Satellite PSA Tour squash event in the eighth largest city in Hungary.

The final, on an all-glass court erected in the city's main square, started with the backdrop of rain and umbrellas - with Sutherland, in his first Tour Final, being the quickest to settle.  In a fast opening, the fourth-seeded Welshman held leads of 8-5 and 9-7, but just when it seemed that Sutherland would disappoint the home crowd, Krajcsak found a little extra to steal the first game.

The second saw Krajcsak, the top seed from Budapest, up the pace and really start to work the younger Welshman.  He moved quickly to 8-2 and, despite a brave fight back from Sutherland, the Hungarian closed it out 11-7 and moved two games up in under 20 minutes - much to the delight of the wet home crowd.

But the 22-year-old from Newport upped his work rate in the third and took the fight to the Hungarian.  They both took runs of points, but it evened out at 8-8, then Sutherland jumped to game ball, only for Krajcsak to hit back and move to 11-10 match ball.  Again Sutherland dug deep and they swapped a few points until the Welshman claimed his first game, 14-12.

The fourth started with the underdog showing that the last set wasn’t a fluke and he jumped out to a 6-1 lead.  The home crowd was getting nervous, then suddenly the older and more experienced Krajcsak won 10 of the next 11 points to claim the title in his home country 11-9, 11-7, 12-14, 11-7.

The win takes the Hungarian's career Tour title total to four - three of which have been this year.

Krajcsak Cruises Into Primavera Final

Local hero Mark Krajcsak cruised into the final of the Primavera Open in Kecskemet after beating French qualifier Joan Lezaud in straight games in the quarter-finals of the inaugural Super Satellite PSA Tour squash event in the eighth largest city in Hungary.

Krajcsak, the world No52 from Budapest, delighted the local crowd surrounding the all-glass court in the city's main square with the 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 victory which takes him into the sixth PSA Tour final of his career - and his third this year.

The top seed will meet Welshman Rob Sutherland, the fourth seed who also ended the brave run of a qualifier when he beat
England's Olivier Pett 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-5 in 55 minutes.

The win takes the 22-year-old from Newport into his first Tour final.

Qualifiers Lezaud & Pett Make Primavera Semis

European qualifiers Joan Lezaud and Olivier Pett secured surprise places in the semi-finals of the Primavera Open after impressive upsets in the quarter-finals of the inaugural Super Satellite PSA Tour squash event in Kecskemet, the eighth largest city in Hungary.

Englishman Pett pulled off the biggest shock by beating second-seeded compatriot Ben Ford.  The 19-year-old from
Sussex recovered from a game down to upset the experienced Ford 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 in 43 minutes.
Pett now faces fellow Briton Rob Sutherland, the fourth seed from Wales who defeated Dane Morten W Sorensen 12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6.

Joan Lezaud, a 22-year-old Frenchman from Aix-en-Provence, needed only 27 minutes to overcome seventh-seeded Englishman Neil Hitchens 11-6, 11-5, 11-4.

But the surprise semi-finalist will no doubt have more than his opponent to deal with when he takes on Mark Krajcsak, the event favourite from Hungary. 

Krajcsak, the world No52 from
Budapest, delighted the local crowd surrounding the all-glass court in the city's main square when he beat English qualifier Neil Cordell 11-3, 11-8, 11-4.

Krajcsak Cruises To Kecskemet Win

While top-seeded Hungarian Mark Krajcsak delighted home supporters with his opening victory in the Primavera Open, it was a good day for qualifiers in the first round of the inaugural Super Satellite PSA Tour squash event in Kecskemet, the eighth largest city in Hungary.

Action took place on an all-glass court erected in the city's Main Square, sited between the Town Hall and a Church.  "Maybe some of the players will be looking at the Church during their matches and hoping for divine intervention," commented event organiser Colin White.

Krajcsak, the world No52 from Budapest, faced 'lucky loser' Bart Ravelli - and beat the Dutchman 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 in 23 minutes.  But, instead of meeting fellow countryman Marton Szaboky in the next round, the favourite will take on qualifier Neil Cordell after the 18-year-old Englishman upset his sixth-seeded opponent 11-8, 11-7, 11-5.

The first match was an all-French affair, in which qualifier Joan Lezaud battled hard to upset his fellow countryman and room-mate Yann Perrin

"The 75-minute match started in good humour, but quickly turned into a lot of discussions between the two friends as both battled for a spot in the quarter-finals," said White.  In the end, it was Lezaud who prevailed, fighting back from 2/1 down to beat the third seed 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7.

Qualifier Olivier Pett made sure of a certain English semi-finalist when he upset
Austria's eighth seed Jakob Dirnberger 11-6, 11-8, 11-9.  The 19-year-old from Sussex will now come up against fellow countryman Ben Ford, the No2 seed from Kent who defeated compatriot Chris Truswell 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6.