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Alarcon Pockets PSA Paraguay Prize

Paraguay Open 2009
15-20 Jun, Asuncion, Paraguay, $6k
Round One
17 Jun
18 Jun
19 Jun
20 Jun
[1] Gilly Lane (Usa)
11/5, 11/6, 4/11, 11/6
Gonzalo Seminario (Per)
Gilly Lane
10/12, 11/5, 12/10, 11/-4
Miled Zarazua
Gilly Lane
11/7, 11/5, 10/12, 11/6
Esteban Casarino
Gilly Lane 
11/8, 11/6, 9/11, 9/11, 11/5
Rafael Alarcon
[8] Miled Zarazua (Mex)
11/6, 11/8, 11/9
Andre L'Heureux (Per)
[4] Esteban Casarino (Par)
12/10, 11/4, 12/10
Andres Duany (Per)
Esteban Casarino
 5/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/8
Manoel Pereira
[5] Manoel Pereira (Bra)
11/8, 11/5, 11/8
Nahuel Ramos (Arg)
Bruno Alvarenga (Par)
11/7, 11/4, 11/9
[7] Paul Mathieson (Ita)
Paul Mathieson
11/5, 11/2, 11/4
Bart Ravelli
Bart Ravelli
11/9, 11/6, 11/4
Rafael Alarcon
Nicolas Caballero (Par)
11/5, 11/5, 11/5
[3] Bart Ravelli (Ned)
Mario Dominguez (Par)
11/5, 11/4, 11/5
[8] Leandro Romiglio (Arg)
Leandro Romiglio
11/8, 11/4, 11/0
Rafael Alarcon
Edilson Nunes (Bra)
11/3, 11/3, 11/6
[2] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)

Alarcon Pockets PSA Paraguay Prize

There was unexpected South American success in the "Tour de las Americas" Paraguay Open when Brazilian Rafael F Alarcon upset US favourite Gilly Lane in the final of the $6,000 PSA Tour Satellite squash event at Club Internacional de Tenis in the Paraguay capital Asuncion.

It was a popular climax to the first Professional Squash Association event in Paraguay for 18 years - which attracted players from Italy, Holland, USA, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Argentina and spectators from as far away as Córboba, Buenos Aires and La Plata, all more than 1,000 kilometres away!

Alarcon, the 32-year-old second seed from Sao Paulo, took control of the first two games and looked to be romping to a straight games upset. But Lane, nine years younger than the Brazilian, started lengthening the rallies in the third and reached game-ball at 10-7

The underdog clawed back the next two points - but the US favourite took the game, then sped to a 6/1 lead in the fourth. Again 'Rafa' fought back - but again Lane maintained his advantage to draw level.

Alarcon forced his opponent into errors in the decider and led 5-1 and 7-2 before finally closing out the match 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5 in just over an hour to claim the tenth PSA Tour title of his career.

"Congratulations to Rafa for the great victory, but also congratulations to Gilly for the great effort and commitment," said event spokesman Mario Dominguez.

Dominguez also paid tribute to Paraguay's top player Esteban Casarino, who reached the semi-finals before losing in four games to Lane. "He was the engine of this event, with great enthusiasm he covered all the details for this tournament to emerge this way. Obviously, besides a great player, we have a great host, that, he contagious all of us with his optimism in advance and managed to host an event that seemed impossible for the economic conditions facing the country and the world at large."

PSA World Tour Celebrates Return To Paraguay


The Professional Squash Association World Tour returns to Paraguay for the first time for 18 years with the staging of the "Tour de las Americas" Paraguay Open this week in the South American country's capital Asuncion.


The $6,000 Super Satellite championship will take place at the Club Internacional de Tenis from 17-20 June, following qualifying from 15 June.


The Paraguay Open was a popular event on the South American professional circuit from 1987 to 1991, boasting champions from Sweden, Canada and England.


US number two Gilly Lane is named as top seed in the 2009 championship.  The 23-year-old from Philadelphia is expected to meet number one Brazilian Rafael F Alarcon in the final.


Local interest in the event will be led by Esteban Casarino, the Paraguayan number one since 1992 and a bronze medallist in the recent South American Championship.  Casarino first became the Paraguay National champion in 1992, aged 16, and first joined the PSA in 1999 - but has never before played in a PSA Tour event on home soil!


Alex Gough, CEO of the PSA, commented:  "We are proud to be announcing that Paraguay is back on the PSA World Tour.  I know how hard Esteban has been working over the past 12 months to make this a reality.  Esteban has been in constant contact with Gus Cook, PSA's North American Representative, and was a volunteer in this year's North American Open in Richmond. 


"He has therefore had first hand experience of how an event can grow from a $5,000 event to a $90,000 major.  The result of him being able to compete in front of home support will be a great reward for all of his efforts so far."


The event has attracted many of the leading players from the region, including Argentineans Romiglio Leandro, Matias Valenzuela and former top 20 player Federico Usandizaga, a two-time South American Champion and three-time Pan American champion; top Mexican junior Miled Zarazua; and Uruguayan champion Jean Paul Bragard.