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10/05/2009
ROMA EST OPEN
 

Stephane Stuns Bianchetti In Rome Final

Roma Est Open 2009
05-10 May 2009, Rome $10k
Round One
07 May
Quarters
08 May
Semis
09 May
Final
10 May
[1] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (29m)
[Q] Johan Bouquet (Fra)
Davide Bianchetti
11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 12-10 (61m)
Adrian Waller
Davide Bianchetti
11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10 (138m)
Mark Krajcsak
Davide Bianchetti

11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (55m)
Stephane Galifi

[7] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
11-7, 11-13, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 (82m)
[Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
[3] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
7-11, 11-6 rtd (32m)
Joe Lee (Eng)
Mark Krajcsak
8-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (82m)
Rtiwik Bhattacharya
[5] Rtiwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
11-9, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10 (75m)
[Q] Kristian Frost (Den)
[Q] Neil Cordell (Eng)
11-7, 11-6, 12-10 (35m)
[8] Nicolas Mueller (Swi)
Nicolas Mueller
11-3, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6 (57m)
Stephane Galifi
Stephane Galifi
11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7 (62m)
Chris Simpson
Yann Perrin (Fra)
13-11, 11-4, 11-3 (32m)
[4] Stephane Galifi (Fra)
Ben Ford (Eng)
5-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-0 (41m)
[8] Jesse Engelbrecht (Rsa)
Ben Ford
11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (37m)
Chris Simpson
Jose Facchini (Ita)
11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-4 (65m)
[2] Chris Simpson (Eng)

Stephane Stuns Bianchetti In Rome Final

 

Frenchman Stephane Galifi denied Italian squash star Davide Bianchetti a sixth PSA World Tour title on home soil when he defeated the top seed in straight games in the final of the Roma Est Open, the $10,000 event in its second year at the Shopping Centre Roma Est in the historic city of Rome.

 

Fourth seed Galifi made his breakthrough in the semi-finals when he upset Chris Simpson, the No2 seed from England.

 

But the 30-year-old world No52 from Aix-en-Provence topped that in the final by prevailing 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 in 55 minutes over Italian number one Bianchetti, ranked 23 places higher.

 

The title triumph marked Galifi's first win of the year - and the eighth Tour title of his career.

 

Bianchetti Wins Longest Match To Reach Rome Final

 

Italian squash star Davide Bianchetti survived the longest match of his career when he beat defending champion Mark Krajcsak in a 138-minute marathon to reach the final of the Roma Est Open, the $10,000 PSA World Tour event in its second year at the Shopping Centre Roma Est in the historic Italian city of Rome.

 

The 32-year-old top seed from Brescia twice stemmed fight-backs by Krajcsak to beat the third-seeded Hungarian 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10.  The match was not only also Krajcsak's longest ever, but the longest of the year on the PSA Tour.

 

Bianchetti, ranked 29 in the world, is now celebrating the 21st Tour final of his career - and his ninth on home soil.

 

But the top seed will be meeting a surprise opponent in the final after fourth-seeded Frenchman Stephane Galifi upset England's Chris Simpson, the second seed, 11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7 in 62 minutes.

 

Galifi, the 30-year-old world number 52 from Aix-en-Provence, is marking his first Tour final of the year - but reached five in 2008, with title successes in four!

 

Champion Krajcsak Survives Quarter-Final Marathon In Rome

 

Defending champion Mark Krajcsak had to fight back from two games down to beat fifth seed Ritwik Bhattacharya in the Roma Est Open to earn his anticipated place in the semi-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its second year at the Shopping Centre Roma Est in the historic Italian city of Rome.

 

The 25-year-old third seed from Hungary was forced to battle for 82 minutes before overcoming Indian Bhattacharya 8-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4.

 

Krajcsak will now face top seed Davide Bianchetti, the Italian number one who was also stretched by English qualifier Adrian Waller before winning 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 12-10 in 61 minutes.

 

Bianchetti, the 32-year-old world number 29 from Brescia, is one match away from his ninth PSA Tour final on home soil.

 

Second seed Chris Simpson came through an all-English clash with Ben Ford, beating the unseeded 33-year-old from Kent 11-9, 11-4, 11-6. 

 

The 22-year-old from Guernsey will now face Stephane Galifi, the fourth-seeded Frenchman who defeated No8 seed Nicolas Mueller 11-3, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6.

 

English Players Break Through In Rome

 

Upsets in the first round of the Roma Est Open saw two Englishmen securing surprise places in the quarter-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its second year at the Shopping Centre Roma Est in the historic Italian city of Rome.

 

Qualifier Adrian Waller survived an 82-minute marathon to beat France's No7 seed Mathieu Castagnet 11-7, 11-13, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7. 

 

The 19-year-old from Enfield will now face event favourite Davide Bianchetti, the top-ranked Italian who despatched French qualifier Johan Bouquet 11-3, 11-5, 11-6.

 

Unseeded Ben Ford downed the biggest scalp, recovering from a game down to beat sixth-seeded South African Jesse Engelbrecht 5-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-0.

 

The 33-year-old from Kent progresses to face fellow countryman Chris Simpson, the No2 seed who battled for 65 minutes to overcome 37-year-old Italian wild card Jose Facchini 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-4.