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28/06/2009
INTERNATIONAUX DE LA REUNION
 

Thierry Takes Title On Reunion Island

Internationaux De La Reunion 2009
22-27 Jun, Saint Pierre, $30k
Round One
24 Jun
Quarters
25 Jun
Semis
26 Jun
Final
27 Jun
[1] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
11/6, 11/6, 12/10 (32m)
[Q] Eddie Charlton (Eng)

Thierry Lincou
11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (39m)
Renan Lavigne
Thierry Lincou
11-6, 11-5, 11-2 (47m)
Ali Anwar Reda
Thierry Lincou
13-11, 11-3, 11-7 (48m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
[5] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
11/4, 11/4, 11/1 (28m)
[Q] Johan Bouquet
[4] Tom Richards (Eng)
11/7, 11/9, 1/11, 11/9 (65m)
Liam Kenny (Irl)
Liam Kenny
6-11, 11-7, 2-11, 11-5, 11-2 (72m)
Ali Anwar Reda
 
[7] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11/7, 11/8, 11/6 (24m)
[Q] Rory Pennell (Eng)
[Q] John Rooney (Irl)
8/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/1 (31m)
[6] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
Aaron Frankcomb
11-1, 11-8, 11-3 (32m)
Omar Mosaad
Omar Mosaad
6-11, 13-11, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10 (78m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
6/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (73m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
[8] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/3, 11/5, 7/11, 13/11 (62m)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
Yann Perrin
9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 6-11, 11-5 (67m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Scott Arnold (Aus)
8/11, 11/6, 11/3, 11/4 (48m)
[2] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)

Thierry Takes Title On Reunion Island

 

The inaugural Internationaux de la Reunion on Reunion Island celebrated the perfect conclusion when former world champion Thierry Lincou - born on the Indian Ocean island 33 years ago - lifted the $30,000 PSA World Tour squash title at ASCTR-Stade Michel Volnay in Saint Pierre without dropping a game.

 

Much to the delight of the organisers, event favourite Lincou was in stunning form all week - ultimately setting up the dream climax when he faced second seed Laurens Jan Anjema in the final.

 

While the former world number one Frenchman despatched Egypt's Mohd Ali Anwar Reda in straight games in the semi-finals, Dutchman Anjema twice had to come from behind before overcoming third-seeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad in a 78-minute marathon.

 

But after a close first game which went to a tie-break, world number eight Lincou cruised to a 13-11, 11-3, 11-7 victory in 48 minutes to claim the Reunion crown.

 

The triumph takes Lincou's PSA Tour title tally to 21 - putting the Marseille-based Frenchman just one title below PSA Tour rival Amr Shabana, the three-time world champion from Egypt.  Shabana is in second place in the current players' title-winning list - headed by David Palmer, the Australian who boasts 25.

 

Lincou & Anjema To Contest Reunion Island Final

 

The top two seeds, Thierry Lincou of France and Laurens Jan Anjema of the Netherlands, will contest the final of the inaugural Internationaux de la Reunion after coming through contrasting semi-finals in the $30,000 PSA World Tour squash event at ASCTR-Stade Michel Volnay in Saint Pierre on Reunion Island.

 

Lincou, the former world champion and world number one who is competing for the first time in a Tour event on the island of his birth, ended the run of Egypt's Mohd Ali Anwar Reda - beating the No7 seed 11-6, 11-5, 11-2 in 47 minutes.

 

The straight games success - Lincou has yet to drop a game in the tournament - takes the 33-year-old top seed from Marseille into the 39th PSA Tour final of his career.

 

Second seed Anjema had a much tougher test before claiming his anticipated place in the climax.  The 26-year-old world No18 from The Hague twice had to come from behind before overcoming third-seeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad 6-11, 13-11, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10, in 78 minutes.

 

The four-time Dutch champion is celebrating his second Tour final in a week after winning the Movida International Toulouse Open in France on the eve of his arrival in Reunion.  It will be the 21st PSA final of his career - but, surprisingly, only the second time on the Tour the Dutchman has faced European rival Lincou since their maiden meeting in the Qatar Classic in November 2005.

 

Reda Rallies Into Reunion Semis

 

Egypt's Mohd Ali Anwar Reda secured a surprise semi-final slot in the Internationaux de la Reunion on Reunion Island after surviving a marathon 72-minute battle with Irishman Liam Kenny in the inaugural $30,000 PSA World Tour squash event at ASCTR-Stade Michel Volnay in Saint Pierre.

 

Unseeded Kenny had reached the last eight after a shock first round upset over England's fourth seed Tom Richards.  But, despite twice leading, the US-based 31-year-old was unable to stop seventh seed Reda marching to a 6-11, 11-7, 2-11, 11-5, 11-2 victory - and a place in the last four.

 

Reda now faces Reunion-born former world champion Thierry Lincou for the first time in his career.  The top-seeded local star despatched French team-mate Renan Lavigne, the fifth seed, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5.

 

There will also be Egyptian interest in the other semi-final after third seed Omar Mosaad defeated Australian Aaron Frankcomb, the No6 seed, 11-1, 11-8, 11-3. 

 

The Cairo-based world No23 will now face Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, the second seed.  Anjema, fresh from his title triumph in last week's Movida International Toulouse Open in France, was fully stretched by opponent Yann Perrin before beating the unseeded Frenchman 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 6-11, 11-5 in 67 minutes.
 

Thierry Takes Reunion Return In His Stride

 

France's former world champion Thierry Lincou marked the return to the island of his birth in confident style with a comfortable straight games win in the first round of the Internationaux de la Reunion, the inaugural $30,000 PSA World Tour squash event at ASCTR-Stade Michel Volnay in Saint Pierre on Reunion Island.

 

Lincou, making his maiden PSA appearance on the Indian Ocean island which is some 200 km south west of Mauritius, beat English qualifier Eddie Charlton 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 in 32 minutes.

 

The top seed, ranked eight in the world, will now meet French team-mate Renan Lavigne, the fifth seed who despatched French qualifier Johan Bouquet 11-4, 11-4, 11-1 in just 28 minutes.

 

French interest in the last eight was boosted when unseeded Yann Perrin battled to an 11-3, 11-5, 7-11, 13-11 shock win over Hungary's No8 seed Mark Krajcsak in 62 minutes.  The 23-year-old from Aix-en-Provence earns a clash with second seed Laurens Jan Anjema.

 

The Dutchman, fresh from his title triumph in last week's Movida International Toulouse Open in France, recovered from a game down to beat Australian Scott Arnold 8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-4.

 

But the event's biggest upset came when unseeded Irishman Liam Kenny ousted England's fourth seed Tom Richards 11-7, 11-9, 1-11, 11-9. 

 

Kenny, making amends for an unexpected first round exit in Toulouse, will now take on Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the seventh seed from Egypt who gained his place in the last eight courtesy of an 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 win over English qualifier Rory Pennell.