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23/03/2009
INTERNACIONAL SPORTA
 

Miguel Angel Rodriguez Wins 10th Tour Title In Guatemala

Internacional Sporta 2009
17-22 Mar, Guatemala, $15k
Round One
19 Mar
Quarters
20 Mar
Semis
 21 Mar
Final
22 Mar
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
12/10, 11/8, 11/7
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-9, 13-15, 11-2, 11-5
Eric Tepos Valtierra
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-9, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9
Arturo Salazar
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
7-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-2
Eric Galvez
[8] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
1/11, 11/13, 12/10, 11/1, 11/7
[Q] Eric Tepos Valtierra (Mex)
[3] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
11/0, 11/6, 11/2
Mauricio Sedano (Arg)
Arturo Salazar
11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2
Yann Perrin
[7] Yann Perrin (Fra)
11/6, 11/8, 11/9
[Q] Lewis WAlters (Eng)
Bernardo Samper (Col)
11/4, 11/7, 11/6
[6] Gilly Lane (Usa)
Bernardo Samper
9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8
Jorge Ferreira
Bernardo Samper
11-6, 11-8, 11-6
Eric Galvez
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
11/9, 11/8, 11/4
[4] Jorge Ferreira (Mex)
Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
11/9, 9/11, 11/3, 11/4
[5] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
Rafael Alarcon
11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6
Eric Galvez
[Q] Fabien Verseille (Fra)
11/7, 11/6, 11/4
[2] Eric Galvez (Mex)

Miguel Angel Rodriguez Wins 10th Tour Title In Guatemala

 

Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez extended a winning run over Eric Galvez when he beat his Mexican rival in the final of the Internacional Sporta Open to win the $15,000 PSA Tour squash event in its second year at Sporta in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala.

 

"It was an awesome final, with a packed crowd of more than 250 at Sporta with high hopes of watching an excellent game," said event promoter Luis Arturo Mérida.

 

Second seed Galvez dominated the first game and led 6-4 in the second.  But top seed Rodriguez fought back to draw level.

 

The third game saw the 23-year-old from Bogotá raise his game even further as Rodriguez went on to win the match 7-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-2 to lift the title.

 

The triumph marked the tenth PSA Tour title for Rodriguez, the world No23 and highest-ranked Colombian of all-time.

 

"The event was a total success in all aspects," added Mérida.  "The level of play was amazing and the sportsmanship shown by the players on every game.  We had such a good experience that we plan to run the tournament again next year - hopefully with more benefits to the players."

 

Rodriguez & Galvez Line Up In Guatemala

 

Top seeds Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Eric Galvez will contest the final of the Internacional Sporta Open after contrasting semi-final victories in the $15,000 PSA Tour squash event in its second year at Sporta in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala.

 

Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez needed four games to overcome his second Salazar twin in 48 hours.  After beating Cesar Salazar in the first round, the top seed from Bogotá defeated Arturo Salazar, the fourth seed, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9 to reach the 17th Tour final of his career.

 

It was also a Mexican/Colombian clash in the other semi - but this time it was a Mexican success as second seed Galvez despatched unseeded Bernardo Samper 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 to earn his 16th appearance in a PSA Tour final.

 

The final will mark the pair's eighth Tour meeting since September 2005 - but their first since contesting the Mexico City Open final in December 2007.  Galvez will be looking to reduce the Colombian's 5-2 head-to-head advantage.

 

Samper Secures Semi-Final Slot In Sporta Open

 

Unseeded Colombian Bernardo Samper produced his second successive upset in the Internacional Sporta Open by beating fourth-seeded Mexican Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira in five games to reach the semi-finals of the $15,000 PSA Tour squash event in its second year at Sporta in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala.

 

After despatching sixth seed Gilly Lane in the opening round, the New-York-based 26-year-old battled to a 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8 victory over Baltazar Ferreira, the world No55 from Mexico City.

 

Samper, the world No 111 competing in his first Tour event since November, will now face a further Mexican Eric Galvez.  The second seed from Puebla dismissed Brazilian Rafael F Alarcon 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6.

 

The other semi-final will also be a Colombian/Mexican encounter.  Miguel Angel Rodriguez, from the Colombian capital Bogotá, ended the run of Mexican qualifier Erik Tepos Valtierra, winning 11-9, 13-15, 11-2, 11-5.  The top seed will now meet Arturo Salazar, the twin brother of his first round victim Cesar Salazar.

 

Third seed Arturo Salazar concluded European interest in the Guatemala event when he beat France's Yann Perrin, the No7 seed, 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2.

 

Valtierra Vanquishes Gaskin In Guatemala

 

Mexican qualifier Erik Tepos Valtierra stunned eighth seed Arthur Gaskin in the opening round of the Internacional Sporta Open to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the $15,000 PSA Tour squash event in its second year at Sporta in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala.

 

The 22-year-old from Mexico City – ranked 219 in the world – recovered from two games down to topple Irishman Gaskin, the world No83, 1-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-1, 11-7.

 

Tepos Valtierra will now face top-seeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, who beat last year's runner-up Cesar Salazar – also from Mexico - 12-10, 11-8, 11-7.

 

Two other players also failed to fulfil their seedings:  Sixth seed Gilly Lane, from the USA, went down 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 to unseeded Colombian Bernardo Samper, while Brazilian Rafael F Alarcon, also unseeded, defeated New Zealand's No5 seed Campbell Grayson 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4.