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07/09/2009
EQUADOR OPEN
 

Alarcon Battles To Ecuador Open Success

Ecuador Open 2009
01-06 Sep, Quito, Ecuador, $21k
Round One
03-Sep
Quarters
04-Sep
Semis
05-Sep
Final
06-Sep
[1] Borja Golan (Esp)
w/o
Mateo Guarderas (Ecu)
Mateo Guarderas
11-1, 11-3, 11-4 (22m)
Leandro Romiglio
Leandro Romiglio
11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (22m)
Jorge Ferreira
Jorge Ferreira
11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7 (79m)
Rafael Alarcon
[8] Rob Sutherland (Wal)
 11-5,11-7,4-1 rtd (21m)
[Q] Leandro Romiglio (Arg)
Jorge Ferreira (Mex)
11-8,11-8,11-9 (24m)
[Q] Miled Zarazua (Mex)
Jorge Ferreira
10-12, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9 (47m)
Robin Clarke
Robin Clarke (Can)
11-2,11-3,11-7 (21m)
Regardt Schonborn (Rsa)
Bernardo Samper (Col)
11-6,7-11,11-6,12-14,11-9 (49m)
[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Bernardo Samper
11-7, 11-4, 1-11, 11-9 (52m)
Eric Galvez
Eric Galvez
11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (38m)
Rafael Alarcon
[Q] Rodrigo Torres (Col)
11-6,11-1,11-9 (24m)
[3] Eric Galvez (Mex)
[Q] Eric Tepoz (Mex)
11-8,11-5,11-7 (26m)
Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
Rafael Alarcon
11-5, 16-14, 11-8 (44m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11-9,9-11,11-7,11-6 (49m)
[2] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)

Alarcon Battles To Ecuador Open Success

 

Brazilian outsider Rafael F Alarcon concluded a trio of upsets in the Ecuador Open to win the title after battling to a dramatic five-game victory over Mexican Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira in the climax of the $21,500 PSA World Tour squash event at the Quito Tenis Y Golf Club in the Ecuador capital Quito.

 

The 32-year-old from Sao Paulo ousted second-seeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the quarter-finals before despatching Mexican Eric Galvez, the third seed, in the semis.

 

Fourth seed Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira had reached the final for the second year in a row - and was hoping for his first title success.

 

And the 26-year-old world No58 from Mexico City took a 2/1 lead and looked to be heading for victory in the fourth.

 

But seventh seed Alarcon clinched the tie-break to force the match into a fifth-game decider.

 

"The fifth and final game was all about the mental strength; this is where Alarcon made the difference," explained tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz.

 

The underdog played precisely and wore out his opponent - rescuing every single ball and playing a succession of winners before celebrating his stunning 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7 win after 79 minutes.

 

Alarcon's triumph marks the 13th PSA Tour title of his career - and the fourth over the past three months after successes in the Paraguay Open in Asuncion in June, the Ponta Grossa-Parana Open in his home land in August, and in the Peru Open in Lima last month.

 

Rafael Romps Into Ecuador Open Final

 

Brazilian outsider Rafael F Alarcon stunned the crowds at the Quito Tenis Y Golf Club when he secured his second successive straight-game upset in the Ecuador Open to reach the final of the $21,500 PSA World Tour squash event in the Ecuador capital Quito.

 

The 32-year-old from Sao Paulo ousted second-seeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-5, 16-14, 11-8 in the quarter-finals in his first Tour victory over his South American rival in more than three years.

 

But there was no stopping the No7 seed in the semis when he faced third seed Eric Galvez - and denied the event an all-Mexican final by despatching the world No41, ranked 23 places higher, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 in 38 minutes.

 

Alarcon is rediscovering the form which saw him reach a career-high 36 in December 2006.  The world No64 is celebrating the 19th Tour final of his career - and looking for his third title triumph this year.

 

His opponent in the final will be Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira, the fourth seed from Mexico City who ended Leandro Romiglio's run in just 22 minutes, beating the Argentina qualifier 11-3, 11-8, 11-4.

 

It marked the end of a fine run by Romiglio, an 18-year-old from Mar Del Plata in only his fourth appearance in a PSA Tour event.

 

But it takes Baltazar Ferreira into the Quito final for the second year in a row - and moves the 28-year-old into the 13th Tour final of his career.

 

South Americans Prosper In Ecuador Open

 

There will be five South Americans in the quarter-finals of the Ecuador Open after Colombian Bernardo Samper, Argentinean Leandro Romiglio and local hope Mateo Guarderas prevailed against expectations in the opening round of the $21,500 PSA World Tour squash event at Quito Tenis Y Golf Club in the Ecuador capital Quito.

 

Wildcard Mateo Guarderas became the luckiest quarter-finalist when top seed Borja Golan failed to recover from the knee injury sustained in last week's Colombian Open final.

 

"Golan felt his knee was still very unstable, and despite the effort he put in to play he didnít feel confident to continue," explained tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz.  "To the audience's dismay, he decided to retire."

 

Quito-based Guarderas, ranked 399 in the world, will face Leandro Romiglio after the Argentinean became "the grand revelation of the Ecuador Squash Open" by beating sixth-seeded Welshman Rob Sutherland 11-5, 11-7, 4-1 (ret.) in just 21 minutes.

 

"A surprised Sutherland ran out of air and couldnít find his game," said Santacruz.

 

Unseeded Colombian Bernardo Samper scored a notable scalp when he beat fifth seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, twice stemming fight-backs by the Malaysian before clinching his 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 12-14, 11-9 in 49 minutes after six match-balls.

 

Bogota-born Samper, now based in New York, will be joined by fellow countryman Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the last eight.  In an emotive hour-long match, second seed Rodriguez beat Mexican opponent Cesar Salazar 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6.

 

Mexican Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira successfully began his bid to make the final for the second year in a row after beating fellow countryman Miled Zarazua, a qualifier, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9.

 

The 26-year-old from Mexico City will now meet Robin Clarke, the only North American in the draw.  Clarke, the No8 seed from Ottawa in Canada,  took just 21 minutes to despatch US-based South African Regardt Schonborn 11-2, 11-3, 11-7.