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17/11/2009
BALTIMORE CUP
 

Swelim Celebrates First 'Italian' Success In Baltimore

Baltimore Cup 2009
10-15 Nov, Baltimore, Usa $10k
Round One
12 Nov, from 17.00
Quarters
13 Nov
Semis
14 Nov
Final
15 Nov
[1] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
11/3, 11/5, 10/12, 11/4
Regardt Schonborn (Rsa)
Arturo Salazar
11-4, 11-6, 4-11, 12-10
Joel Hinds
Arturo Salazar
11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4
Scott Arnold
Scott Arnold
11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (40m)
Amr Swelim
[8] Bernardo Samper (Col)
15/13, 9/11, 11/5, 11/3
[Q] Joel Hinds (Eng)
[4] Scott Arnold (Aus)
11/7, 11/9, 11/4
[Q] Graeme Wilson (Nzl)
Scott Arnold
11-8, 11-9, 11-9
Elvinn Keo
[7] Robin Clarke (Can)
5/11, 11/8, 13/11, 11/13, 11/6
[Q] Elvinn Keo (Hkg)
Ben Garner (Eng)
11/7, 11/9, 11/6
[6] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
Cesar Salazar
11-5, 11-4, 11-9
Mohammed Abbas
Mohammed Abbas
11-9, 11-5, 11-8
Amr Swelim
[Q] Lukas Jelinek (Cze)
12/10, 11/7, 11/1
[3] Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
11/7, 13/11, 11/4
[5] David Phillips (Can)
David Phillips
9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11
Amr Swelim
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11/8, 8/11, 11/8, 6/11, 12/10
[2] Amr Swelim (Ita)

Swelim Celebrates First 'Italian' Success In Baltimore
 
Cairo-based Amr Swelim celebrated his first international squash circuit success since switching his national allegiance to Italy in July when he won the Baltimore Cup, the $10,000 PSA World Tour event at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, USA.
 
The 25-year-old second seed reached the final after beating third-seeded Egyptian Mohammed Abbas, the former world No13, in the semi-finals.
 
In the final, the world No51 faced fourth seed Scott Arnold - the Australian who upset top-seeded Mexican Arturo Salazar in the other semi.
 
Arnold started off strongly and raced into a 5-1 lead, but Swelim’s greater consistency saw him claw back the deficit and take the first game.
 
"From then on, Swelim looked very solid, moving the ball around the court well and retrieving Arnold’s best shots, frustrating the tall Australian into making too many mistakes," explained tournament organiser Ben Garner, the club's Head Squash Professional. "From 4-6 down in the third, Swelim won six straight points before clinching the title with his second match ball.
 
"The victory looked highly unlikely in the early rounds as the Italian had faced match balls in his first two rounds," added Garner.
 
The success marks the fourth PSA Tour title of Swelim's career.
Arnold Battles Into Baltimore Final

Australian Scott Arnold pulled off a five-game upset over top-seeded Mexican Arturo Salazar in the semi-finals of the Baltimore Cup to earn a surprise place in the final of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, USA.

After beating two qualifiers to reach the semis, 23-year-old fourth seed Arnold was facing his first seed in the event.

"This was a high quality match with Arnold’s attacking style battling against Salazar’s relentless retrieving," said tournament organiser Ben Garner, the club's Head Squash Professional. "There were some fantastic rallies, with the majority of the points ending with winners rather than errors."

The Brisbane-based Aussie started the fifth game with a series of winning kills and volley drops to move out to an 8-1 lead before closing out the game and the match 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4 to reach the ninth Tour final of his career.

Arnold will face Cairo-based Italian Amr Swelim in the final. The No2 seed had reached the final after surviving two five-game matches in the previous rounds - in both cases saving match balls in the deciders. His opponent was third seed Mohammed Abbas, the former world No13 from Egypt who was making his Tour comeback after a long injury layoff.

"Swelim showed no signs of fatigue from his two epic five setters in the tournament so far," explained Garner. "Abbas was slightly off the pace, and Swelim took full advantage, looking very sharp as he won three close games. There was some excellent shot-making from both players."

Swelim's 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 victory takes the 25-year-old into the seventh PSA final of his career - and his first meeting with Arnold since October 2007.

Mixed Success For Salazars In Baltimore

Mexican twins Arturo Salazar and Cesar Salazar enjoyed mixed success in the quarter-finals of the Baltimore Cup, the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, USA.

Top seed Arturo ended the magical run of Joel Hinds, beating the English qualifier who was competing in his 10th match in 11 days across two cities, having won the Pittsburgh Open as a qualifier last week.

Both players battled hard before Salazar sneaked through 11-4, 11-6, 4-11, 12-10.

Earlier Cesar, the 21-year-old sixth seed, went down 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 to Mohammed Abbas, the third seed and former world No13 from Egypt who is returning to the Tour after a long injury layoff.

"Abbas was mightily impressive tonight," said tournament organiser Ben Garner. "He dominated the first two games - hitting tight, dying lengths followed by some delightfully soft drop shots to keep Salazar moving around the four corners of the court.

"Salazar battled gamely but Abbas’s class was evident in his quality shot-making. The third game was much closer but his experience came through in the final couple of points."

Abbas now faces Italian Amr Swelim, though the Cairo-based second seed battled for five games before overcoming Canada's No5 seed David Phillips 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11.

"For the second night running, Swelim was 10-9 down in the fifth - and again he maintained his composure, saving three match balls to win 14-12 in the final game!" Garner explained.

Hinds & Keo Claim Quarters Berths In Baltimore
 
Just five days after beating Bernardo Samper in the final of the Pittsburgh Open, English qualifier Joel Hinds scored a second upset over the higher-ranked Colombian in the Baltimore Cup to reach the quarter-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, USA.
 
New York-based Samper has enjoyed significant recent success – winning two PSA Tour titles since September and only losing twice, to Hinds on both occasions. Hinds, ranked 163 in the world – almost 100 positions below Samper – needed four games to beat his eighth-seeded opponent 15-13, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3.
 
The 22-year-old from Derby goes on to face Mexican Arturo Salazar, the top seed who defeated South African Regardt Schonborn 11-3, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4.
 
There was a further qualifying success when Malaysian Elvinn Keo won his second five-game match in a row, this time defeating Canadian Robin Clarke, the No7 seed, 5-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-6.
 
Second seed Amr Swelim survived a real scare, saving a match ball at 10-9 down in the fifth against Malaysian teenager Ivan Yuen before sneaking through 12-10 in the decider.
 
"It was great to see former world No13 Mohammed Abbas return to action after a long injury lay-off," said tournament organiser Ben Garner. "With the smooth strokes and movement that saw him move to the top of the game, Abbas was very impressive and it will be interesting to watch his progress through the tournament."
 
Egyptian Abbas, now ranked 65 in the world, beat Czech qualifier Lukas Jelinek 12-10, 11-7, 11-1.