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Kemp Captures Berkshire Crown

Berkshire Open 2009
21-26 April, Berkshire USA, $20k
Round One
23 Apr
24 Apr
25 Apr
26 Apr
[1] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-4 (47
[Q] TG Raubenheimer (Rsa)
Omar Mosaad
8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (66m)
Robbie Temple
Omar Mosaad
12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (53m)
Julian Illingworth
Omar Mosaad

11-7, 3-11, 11-5, 11-2
Jon Kemp

[8]Robbie Temple (Eng)
11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (31m)
[Q] Arshad Iqbal Burki (Pak)
[4] Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11-6, 11-5, 12-10 (57m)
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
Julian Illingworth
11-6, 11-13, 11-4, 11-3
Cesar Salazar
[8] Bradley Hindle (Egy)
11-13, 11-8, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3 (64m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
Shaun Le Roux (Eng)
4-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-5 (50m)
[5] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Arturo Salazar
 14-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (60m)
Regardt Schonborn
Arturo Salazar
9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 (55m)
Jon Kemp
Regardt Schonborn (Rsa)
11-9, 10-12, 2-11, 11-8, 11-8 (70m)
[4] Omr Abdel Aziz (Egy)
Chris Gordon (Usa)
11-7, 3-11, 11-6, 12-10 (43m)
[6] Jorge Ferreira (Mex)
Jorge Ferreira
11-7, 11-2, 11-5 (24m)
Jon Kemp
[Q] Patrick Chifunda (Zam)
11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (40m)
[2] Jon Kemp (Eng)

Kemp Captures Berkshire Crown


England's Jonathan Kemp comfortably captured his seventh PSA World Tour squash title when he toppled top seed Omar Mosaad, of Egypt, in the final of the Berkshire Open at Williams College in Williamstown in the USA.


The 28-year-old second seed took control of the match early in the third game and cruised to an 11-7, 3-11, 11-5, 11-2 victory to take the $20,000 Tour title.


The triumph crowned a sensational six-week North American run by the world number 32 from Halifax in Yorkshire who won the Manitoba Open in Canada last month also as second seed before finishing as runner-up in the Pacific Athletic Club Open in California.


"I wasn't nervous at all out there today," said left-hander Kemp.  "I'm not sure what happened with Omar [in the last two games] but I don't think it was physical.  I've had the same thing happen to me before."


Mosaad, a 21-year-old from Cairo, was gracious in defeat:  "I played tough matches in this tournament and maybe that's why it came out this way today."


Kemp's impressive Tour record now stands at seven wins out of nine final appearances.


Top Seeds Mosaad & Kemp To Meet In Berkshire Final


For the first time in the event's five-year history, the top two seeds will contest the final of the Berkshire Open after Egypt's Omar Mosaad and Englishman Jonathan Kemp prevailed in the semi-finals of the $20,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Williams College in Williamstown in the USA.


The hopes of America's top-ranked player Julian Illingworth were dashed when favourite Omar Mosaad beat the five-time US national champion 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 in 53 minutes.


Illingworth, the 25-year-old third seed from New York, said of Mosaad:  "He's just dangerous.  He's got a cannon on his arm and I didn't really find the balance I wanted today."


Mosaad - now in his seventh PSA final - will play Jonathan Kemp.  The second seed from Halifax in Yorkshire overcame a determined effort from fifth-seeded Arturo Salazar of Mexico to win 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 in 55 minutes in the day's first semi-final.


The 28-year-old left-hander was glad to get through to the ninth Tour final of his career - and saw positives in the test that Salazar gave him:  "It's good having had a tough match heading into the finals. It usually helps me play better the next day and takes the edge off the nerves."


Arturo Salazar Makes Berkshire Semis


Mexico's fifth seed Arturo Salazar secured a surprise place in the semi-finals of the Berkshire Open after beating South African Regardt Schonborn in the quarter-finals of the $20,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its fifth year at Williams College in Williamstown in the USA.


Unseeded Schonborn made his breakthrough in the first round when he upset Egypt's fourth seed Omar Abdel Aziz in a 70-minute marathon.


But the 21-year-old from San Luis Potosi's superior quickness gave Salazar the edge over the South African as he clinched the match 14-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 in exactly one hour.


Twin brother Cesar Salazar pushed US number one Julian Illingworth all the way in another quarter-final at Williams College.  The third seed from New York ultimately won 11-6, 11-13, 11-4, 11-3.


"Cesar is truly one of the up-and-coming young players on the tour," said a relieved Illingworth afterwards.


Illingworth, 25, will now face top seed Omar Mosaad for a place in the final after the Egyptian beat England's No7 seed Robbie Temple 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9.


Mosaad was severely tested by the crafty left-hander from London, and was forced to draw on all of his skills to get through in a match that saw incredible pace and a lot of jockeying for court position and the referee's favour on numerous let calls.


There was English success, however, for Jonathan Kemp after the second seed from Halifax in Yorkshire beat Mexican Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira 11-7, 11-2, 11-5.


Left-hander Kemp made short work of his Mexican opponent, thoroughly outclassing the sixth seed with a dazzling variety of drops and drives in  the shortest match of the evening in Williamstown.