Tuominen Retains Finnish Open Title In Mikkeli
hero Olli Tuominen delighted the partisan crowd at the Mikkeli Squash
Club in Mikkeli when he successfully defended his Savcor Finnish
Open title after beating Australia's top seed Stewart Boswell in the
final of the established $25,000 PSA Tour squash event in Finland.
two seasoned players on the PSA Tour for at least the last ten years, it was -
remarkably - their first meeting. Boswell started well, keeping the ball close
to the wall and hitting good length. Rallies were long, but they mostly ended
in Boswell's favour.
two games down, however, flying Finn Tuominen came back strongly and began to
take control of the match.
6-4, the 29-year-old from Helsinki managed to win the longest rally of the match
- and that seemed to change the game. Early in the fourth game, the Australian
took a three-minute injury break for a back problem - and returned to court only
to retire four points later.
Second seed Tuominen was delighted with his 4-11, 5-11, 11-9, 6-1 (ret.) win -
but disappointed with the manner of the achievement.
Finnish Open triumph takes Touminen's Tour title tally to eight.
Boswell & Tuominen Set Up Maiden Tour Meeting In Mikkeli
The top two seeds
Stewart Boswell and local hero Olli Tuominen will meet in the final
of the Savcor Finnish Open after overcoming Egyptian opposition in the
semi-finals of the established $25,000 PSA Tour squash event at
Mikkeli Squash Club in Mikkeli, Finland.
Remarkably, for two
players who have been on the Tour for more than 10 years - both of whom have
been regulars in the world top 20 for much of that period - it will be the
pair's maiden meeting!
In the first semi,
Australian favourite Boswell got off to a good start and took an early 6-2 lead
against Omar Abdel Aziz. But the No7 seed from Cairo fought back to draw
level at eight-all, then reached his first game ball at 10-8 before clinching
the opener 14-12.
The Egyptian led 5-3 in
the second - but thereafter it was all Boswell. Abdel Aziz only managed a
further three points in the match as the 30-year-old from Canberra cruised to a
12-14, 11-6, 11-0, 11-2 victory in 60 minutes - and his 31st appearance in a PSA
Rallies were short in the
later semi-final where Omar Mosaad, the fourth seed from Cairo, managed
to hit a variety of winners to take a two-game lead over the defending champion
But the 20-year-old's
five-game matches in the previous two rounds began to take their toll as
Tuominen regained the initiative.
The 29-year-old second
seed delighted the packed crowd by taking the next three games to win 8-11,
7-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 in 44 minutes - and earn himself a place in his 13th Tour
Abdel Aziz Shocks Ashour In
Omar Abdel Aziz stunned Egyptian compatriot Hisham Mohd Ashour,
the third seed, in straight games in the quarter-finals of the Savcor Finnish
Open to reach the last four of the established $25,000 PSA Tour
squash event at Mikkeli Squash Club in Mikkeli,
25-year-old from Cairo never let his opponent into the match, winning 11-9,
11-5, 11-5 to set up a surprise semi against top seed Stewart Boswell.
30-year-old from Canberra, bidding to become the first Australian to win the
title since Rodney Eyles in 1991, beat last year's runner-up Davide
Bianchetti. Boswell led throughout, keeping the ball to a good length and
controlling the pace before winning 11-6, 11-7, 11-9.
much-awaited match between Omar Mosaad and Mohamed El Shorbagy -
Egyptians seeded four and five, respectively - proved to be as exiting as
expected. The first three games were as even as can be, and 18-year-old
Shorbagy took two of them. In the fourth, the more experienced 20-year-old
Mosaad was at his strongest and gave away only one point.
seed's dominance continued in the fifth game, but El Shorbagy staged a late
fight back to move from 3-7 down, to lead 8-7.
changed and Mosaad took the next four points to win the match 11-13, 11-8,
10-12, 11-1, 11-8 after 76 minutes.
face local hero Olli Tuominen, the second seed and defending champion
from Helsinki who beat Hungarian Mark Krajcsak 11-1, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4.
he has a tough challenge ahead: "Olli is very strong and I have had two hard
five games matches," said the 20-year-old.
Tuominen Tested In Finnish First Round
For the second year in a
row, local hero and defending champion Olli Tuominen overcame stiff
resistance from German opponent Simon Rosner in his opening match in
the Savcor Finnish Open before proceeding through to the quarter-finals
of the established $25,000 PSA Tour squash event at Mikkeli Squash
Club in Mikkeli, Finland.
The 29-year-old from
Helsinki - the country's top player for the past decade - battled for 36 minutes
before beating 21-year-old Rosner 11-7, 8-11, 11-2, 11-3.
Second seed Tuominen now
goes on to face Mark Krajcsak for a place in the semi-finals after the
eighth-seeded Hungarian ousted South African Jesse Engelbrecht 11-6,
Last year's runner-up
Davide Bianchetti was too strong for Finland and Europe's number one junior
Henrik Mustonen. The Italian won in straight games and now plays event
favourite Stewart Boswell in the next round.
Boswell, bidding to become
the first Australian to win the title since Rodney Eyles in 1991, needed
four games to quash US qualifier Gilly Lane 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6 in 56