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Kemp Crowned Atlanta Open Champion

Atlanta Open 2009
11-16 May, Atlanta, Usa, $10k
Round One
13 May
14 May
15 May
16 May
[1] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11-8, 11-6, 11-3
Regardt Schonborn (Rsa)
Jonathan Kemp
11-4, 11-4, 11-6
Shahid Zaman
Jonathan Kemp
11-6, 11-8, 11-7
Ryan Cuskelly
Jonathan Kemp
11-4, 11-5, 13-15, 11-3 (50m)
Eric Galvez
[8] Shahid Zaman (Pak)
11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6
Scott Fitzgerald (Wal)
[4] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7
Amr Mansi (Egy)
Arturo Salazar
9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8
Ryan Cuskelly
[7] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11-4, 11-9, 11-5
[Q] TG Raubenheimer (Rsa)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
5-11, 11-7, 4-11, 15-13, 11-5
[8] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
Cesar Salazar
11-9, 11-6, 11-3
Jorge Ferreira
Cesar Salazar
11-6, 11-7, 11-8
Eric Galvez
Alan Clyne (Sco)
11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6
[4] Jorge Ferreira (Mex)
[Q] Stuart Crawford (Sco)
10-12, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
[5] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan
11-6, 11-8, 11-7
Eric Galvez
[Q] Kristian Frost (Den)
12-10, 11-7, 11-9
[2] Eric Galvez (Mex)

Kemp Crowned Atlanta Open Champion


England's Jonathan Kemp celebrated his fourth successive PSA World Tour final appearance in North America in grand style when he defeated defending champion Eric Galvez in four games to claim the Atlanta Open crown at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta, USA.


The in-form left-hander from Halifax in Yorkshire reached the final of the $10,000 squash event in its tenth year without dropping a game.


Kemp, currently ranked 31 in the world, was in full control in the first two games and soon reached match-ball at 10-8 in the third.  But second seed Galvez, who became the first Mexican to win the title last year, came back with some big winners to take the game 15-13.


But the top-seeded Englishman got off to a good start in the fourth and Galvez, still feeling the effects of the previous game, was unable to keep the momentum going.


Kemp conceded just three further points before claiming the match 11-4, 11-5, 13-15, 11-3 after 50 minutes to become the third Englishman (after Nick Matthew in 2001 and Bradley Ball the following year) win the Atlanta Open title.


The win marks Kemp's second successive PSA title triumph in the USA, his third of the year and the eighth of his career.


Galvez In Second Successive Final In Atlanta


Eric Galvez is one match away from retaining his title in the Atlanta Open after beating fellow Mexican Cesar Salazar in the semi-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta, USA.


The second seed from Puebla, who has not dropped a game in the event so far, despatched qualifier Salazar 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 to reach the 17th Tour title of his career - and his third Atlanta final since 2006.


It was disappointing end for 21-year-old Cesar Salazar, who upset fourth-seeded compatriot Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira to reach the last four - ahead of his twin brother Arturo Salazar, the third seed who fell in the quarter-finals.


Galvez, 25, will face favourite Jonathan Kemp in the final after the 28-year-old Englishman defeated Ryan Cuskelly, the sixth seed from Australia, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 in the other semi-final.


Kemp, the world No31 from Halifax in Yorkshire, is celebrating his tenth PSA final appearance - and his second US meeting with Galvez in two months since beating the world No36 in the semi-finals of the Pacific Athletic Club Open in California in March.


Mixed Success For Salazars In Atlanta


There were mixed fortunes for Mexican twins Cesar Salazar and Arturo Salazar in the quarter-finals of the Atlanta Open when only Cesar, a qualifier, prevailed to make it through to the last four of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta, USA.


The 21-year-old from San Luis Potosi, ranked 91 in the world, needed only three games to upset compatriot Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira, the fourth seed, 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 to set up an all-Mexican semi against Eric Galvez, the defending champion.


The second-seeded world No36 also came through in straight games, beating Malaysia's fifth seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 11-6, 11-8, 11-7.


Meanwhile Arturo, who was seeded to reach the semis, crashed out 9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 to Australia's Ryan Cuskelly.


World No64 Cuskelly, the New York-based sixth seed from New South Wales, will now face top seed Jonathan Kemp after the Englishman cruised to an 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 win over Pakistan's No7 seed Shahid Zaman.


Mexicans Excel In Atlanta Open


Qualifier Cesar Salazar twice came from behind to upset eighth seed Rafael F Alarcon on the opening day of action in the Atlanta Open to ensure that the quarter-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta, USA, will feature four Mexicans.


Cesar, 21, from San Luis Potosi, saved a match-ball in the fourth game before going on to beat experienced Brazilian Alarcon 5-11, 11-7, 4-11, 15-13, 11-5 to set up a quarter-final meeting with fellow Mexican Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira, the fourth seed.


It was a double Salazar success - as Cesar's twin brother Arturo Salazar also prevailed in a five-game marathon, overcoming Egypt's Amr Mansi 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7. 


But, according to tournament promoter Andre Maur - celebrating his 10th staging of the event - the best game of the day was between Pakistan's former number 14 Shahid Zaman and Welshman Scott Fitzgerald.  "It was a long battle for 60 minutes - and Shahid just squeezed through in the fifth," said Maur.