Prince Prague Squash Open, Prague,
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [Q] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 11-5, 11-0, 11-4 (21m)
Kviecinsky (SVK) bt  Marek Manik (SVK) 11-9, 11-4, 4-11, 12-14, 11-6 (90m)
Jaroslav Cech (CZE) bt  Colin Ramasra (TRI) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (30m)
Martin (CZE) bt  Stefan Brauneis (AUT) 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (25m)
Rene Mijs (NED) bt [Q] Lucas Vauzelle (FRA) 10-12, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-1 (53m)
Ondrej Ertl (CZE) bt  Issa Kamara (SLE) 11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-6 (54m)
Lukas Jelinek (CZE) bt [Q] Jakub Stupka (CZE) 11-6, 6-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6 (45m)
Ben Ford (ENG) bt Tomas Toth (SVK) 10-12, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (37m)
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Peter Kviecinsky (SVK) 11-3, 11-3, 11-9 (26m)
Martin (CZE) bt [Q] Jaroslav Cech (CZE) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (31m)
Rene Mijs (NED) bt Ondrej Ertl (CZE) 11-8, 11-8, 11-13, 11-4 (48m)
Ben Ford (ENG) bt  Lukas Jelinek (CZE) 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (63m)
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Petr Martin (CZE) 11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (22m)
Ben Ford (ENG) bt  Rene Mijs (NED) 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 (79m)
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt  Ben Ford (ENG) 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (29m)
Koukal Canters To Prague
National number one Jan Koukal delighted local crowds at the Prince
Prague Open when he beat Englishman Ben Ford in the final of the
$3,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Squashcentrum Strahov in the
Czech Republic capital Prague to win the title for the fourth time since
the top-seeded Czech reached the final after a straight games victory over
fellow countryman Petr Martin in just 22 minutes, second seed Ford was
made to toil for 79 minutes to overcome Dutchman Rene Mijs 9-11, 12-10,
9-11, 11-4, 11-9 before reaching the sixth Tour final of his career.
the final turned out to be a one-sided affair, with Ford only able to keep pace
with the local favourite for just the first few rallies.
"After that, it was obvious it was one match too far for him," explained
tournament organiser Tomas Forter. "The average length of Ford's three
matches so far was very similar to the amount of time Kouki spent on court in
his three matches together!
tried to slow the pace down and hit some shots but Kouki got everything back. He
was volleying a lot to keep the pace as high as possible and Ben was simply not
able to cope with it."
Koukal took just 29 minutes to despatch Ford 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 to win his fourth
Prague Open crown - and the 10th PSA title of his career.
happy I won," said the 26-year-old from Prague. "I have to thank Ben's
opponents from previous rounds for tiring him down. I tried to use it as much
as I could and it worked well."
admitted he was tired: "I was tired from the whole tournament but Jan played
really well," said the London-born 34-year-old. "I saw him play a few times
before and today was the best I ever saw him play. He was moving well and
taking the ball very early. I was always one step off the pace."