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08/02/2010
SWEDISH OPEN
 

Nick Matthew Retains Swedish Open Title

CASE Swedish Open 2010
Men's Draw
2-7 Feb, Linkoping, Sweden, $60k
Round One
04 Feb
Quarters
05 Feb
Semis
06 Feb
Final
07 Feb
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/7, 11/4, 5/11, 11/5
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Nick Matthew
11/6, 11/7, 11/8
Stewart Boswell

Nick Matthew
11-3, 14-12, 11-2 (47m)
Cameron Pilley

 
Nick Matthew

11-9, 11-6, 6-2 ret. (39m)
James Willstrop

[8] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
 11/6, 11/7, 11/8
Christian Drakenberg (Swe)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
 11/3, 11/5, 11/5
[Q] Robbie Temple (Eng)
Gregory Gaultier
14/11, 11/6, 11/4, 12/14, 11/9 (83m)
Cameron Pilley
[7] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11/8, 9/11, 11/4, 9/11, 11/7 (71m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
[Q] John Rooney (Irl)
11/4, 11/4, 15/13
[6] Alister Walker (Eng)
Alister Walker
11/8, 11/3, 7/11, 11/6 (48m)
James Willstrop
Amr Shabana
9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (39m)
James Willstrop
Joey Barrington (Eng)
11/4, 11/9, 14/12
[4] James Willstrop (Eng)
[Q] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
7/11, 8/11, 11/3, 11/8, 11/4
[5] Adrian Grant (Eng)
Adrian Grant
11/4, 9/11, 11/6, 11/5
Amr Shabana
[Q] Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/2, 11/3, 11/7
[2] Amr Shabana (Egy)
3 Feb, Qualifying Finals:
Simon Rösner GER bt Steve Finitsis AUS 13/11, 11/5, 4/11, 11/7
John Rooney IRL bt Henrik Mustonen FIN 11/5, 11/8, 2/11, 11/8
Robbie Temple ENG bt Kashif Shuja NZL 12/10, 9/11, 8/11, 11/8, 11/4
Stephen Coppinger RSA bt Karim Abdel Gawad EGY 11/9, 11/7, 11/9


2 Feb, Qualifying Round One:
Simon Rösner GER bt Foad Hammouni SWE 12/10, 11/6, 11/2
Steve Finitsis AUS bt Andre Wikstrom SWE 11/3, 11/2, 12/14, 11/8
John Rooney IRL bt Chris Simpson ENG 11/8, 11/7, 11/6
Henrik Mustonen FIN bt Mathieu Castagnet FRA 11/5, 11/6, 6/11, 11/5
Robbie Temple ENG bt Rasmus Hult SWE 11/7, 11/8, 11/7
Kashif Shuja NZL bt Carl-Johan Lofvenborg SWE 11/8, 11/3, 11/8
Karim Abdel Gawad EGY bt Yann Perrin FRA 11/7, 11/8, 8/11, 11/8
Stephen Coppinger RSA bt Dylan Bennett NED 11/8, 11/6, 11/4
 
ZACK Swedish Open 2010
Women's Draw
4-7 Feb, Linkoping, Sweden, $6.2k
Round One
04 Feb
Quarters
05 Feb
Semis
06 Feb
Final
07
Feb
[1] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
11-2, 11-4, 11-1
[Q] Saara Valfola (Fin)
Vanessa Atkinson
11-2, 11-5, 11-9
Laura Pomportes
Vanessa Atkinson
12-10, 11-5, 11-1 (28m)
Nicolette Fernandes
Vanessa Atkinson
9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (30m)
Annelize Naudé
[6] Anna-Carin Forstadius (Swe)
11-2, 12-10, 11-4
Laura Pomportes (Fra)
[4] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3
Joseffa Bertilsson (Swe)
Lucie Fialova
9-11, 15-13, 11-7, 12-10
Nicolette Fernandes
[7] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
11-3, 11-6, 11-7
Veronika Koukalova (Cze)
Carrie Ramsey (Eng)
7-11, 11-3, 11-2, 10-12, 11-9
[8] Maud Duplomb (Fra)

Maud Duplomb
11/4 11/4 11/9
Dipika Pallikal
Dipika Pallikal
11-9, 11-8, 14-12 (30m)
Annelize Naudé
Lovisa Forstadius (Swe)
11-1, 11-1, 11-0
[3] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
Sina Wall (Ger)
10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9
[5] Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
Sina Wall
11-7, 11-9, 11-7
Annelize Naudé
[Q] Emily Whitlock (Eng)
6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8
[2] Annelize Naudé (Ned)

Nick Matthew Retains Swedish Open Title

 

England's top seed Nick Matthew retained his Case Swedish Open title in Linköping - but it was not the final the packed crowd at Linköping Sporthall wanted when opponent James Willstrop, the 2008 champion, suffered a shoulder injury during the first game of the climax of $60,000 PSA World Tour squash event.

 

The match opened at high tempo and the two Englishmen delivered high class squash - but towards the end of the first game Willstrop sustained an injury to his right shoulder which made it difficult for the world No6 to play at his best.

 

Matthew, the world number two from Sheffield, took the first two games - but, midway through the third, Willstrop offered his hand to his Yorkshire rival, unable to continue further.

 

"I really suffer with James, it's never fun to win a tournament or even a game like this," said 29-year-old Matthew afterwards.  "But I have played very well in the recent months and was worth the victory here in Linkoping."

 

The success continues a sensational run for the England number one who will now bid to retain his British National Championship title in Manchester.  Matthew's appearance in the Linkoping climax marked his fourth Tour final in the last five events, and the triumph gives him his 11th Tour title since 1999.

 

After the final, Tournament Director Fredrik Johnson announced that Case have signed a deal for continued sponsorship in the Swedish Open 2011 - and that the PSA World Tour championship will be back next year in Linkoping.

 

"It was an excellent tournament all-round, but unfortunately James Willstrop couldn't carry on in the final," said Johnson, a former Swedish international.  "But overall it has been great squash from some of the best players in the world.

 

"And it's great that Case will be the title sponsor next year as well, and now the work for the Case Swedish Open 2011 begins."

 

Matthew & Willstrop To Contest All-English Swedish Open Final

 

An all-English final - the second in three years - will be the climax of the Case Swedish Open after Yorkshiremen Nick Matthew and James Willstrop prevailed in the semi-finals of the $60,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its seventh year at Linköping Sporthall in Linköping.

 

Top seed Matthew, the defending champion and world number two from Sheffield, faced surprise opponent Cameron Pilley, the unseeded Australian who reached the last four after overcoming third seed Gregory Gaultier in his first ever win over the world No5 from France.

 

After being overwhelmed by Matthew in the first game, world No17 Pilley dug deep in the second to extend his higher-ranked opponent into a tie-break. 

 

But Matthew repelled the Aussie's fightback to win the game and cruise through the third to claim an 11-3, 14-12, 11-2 victory after 47 minutes.  The win marks the 29-year-old from Sheffield's third appearance in the Swedish Open final since 2004 - and the 31st PSA World Tour final of his career.

 

"It was definitely the best match here in Linkoping, and I feel stronger every day," said Matthew later.  "Cameron opened heavy and had a hard time, but in the second he played up and it was difficult to match him.

 

"But having won the second game in the tie-break, I gained momentum.  The second game was crucial for the outcome of the game.

 

"Now I just need to rest and recharge the batteries before the final," added the title-holder.

 

Willstrop, the fourth seed and winner of the title in 2008 (when he beat fellow countryman Peter Barker in the final), was up against second seed Amr Shabana, the former world number one from Egypt.

 

Shabana boasted a 14-6 career head-to-head advantage over the Englishman before the match - but the pair's last meeting last month saw Willstrop, ranked six in the world, prevail en-route to winning the prestigious Tournament of Champions title in New York.

 

The 30-year-old world number three from Cairo took the opening game, but the wily Willstrop battled back to gain the upper hand, ultimately beating his higher-ranked opponent 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 in 39 minutes.

 

"It felt good the entire match, even though I lost the first game - but there was certainly no pushover," explained the jubilant Englishman afterwards.  "I had to fight for every point and it was really a great game to play.  Amr is one of the best in the sport, a good ambassador who is fantastic to meet because he has a good attitude to the game and shows good sportsmanship."

 

Willstrop's win signals his 21st PSA Tour final - and his meeting with Matthew will be his 20th on the Tour (of which two were in the Swedish Open, in 2004 and 2009), with Matthew boasting an 11-8 lead.

 

When asked how he felt about being in the final and meeting his Yorkshire rival, Willstrop responded:

 

"It just gets better every day on the glass court in Linkoping.  Last week I was in New York and played at Grand Central Station - the difference between the courts is big, I think.  The court feels much faster and the ball is easier to control here.

 

"But it'll be fun to meet Nick, who I have played against about a thousand times before," joked the 26-year-old from Leeds.

 

 Gaultier Goes As Pilley Pushes On In Swedish Open

 

Unseeded Australian Cameron Pilley continued his unexpected march through the field of the Case Swedish Open when he upset third-seeded Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to reach the semi-finals of the $60,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its seventh year at Linköping Sporthall in Linköping.

 

Pilley, the world No17 from New South Wales who beat Egypt's No7 seed Mohamed El Shorbagy in the first round, recovered from a game down to defeat Gaultier 4-11, 11-6, 11-4, 12-14, 11-9.  It was the 27-year-old Australian's first win against the Frenchman, who topped the world rankings last year, in six Tour meetings since 2007.

 

"It was big nerves in the match, starting on my part, but I noticed that Gaultier was increasingly under pressure from my game," explained Pilley afterwards.  "Although I lost the fourth game, which I should have brought home, I continued playing my game and it paid off."

 

The tall Aussie will now face defending champion Nick Matthew for a place in the final.  The top-seeded Englishman defeated another Australian, eighth seed Stewart Boswell, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.

 

"It was a difficult match, Stewart put up a really good fight," said the world number two from Sheffield.  "But it felt much better than in the previous match, because it is always difficult to adapt to a new court.  But after this morning's workout it felt so good.

 

"I'm in really good shape right now after playing steady squash for some months.  It is always fun to play in front of the audience in Linköping," added the 29-year-old title-holder, in his fourth appearance in the event.

 

The crowd will be treated to a mouth-watering clash in the other semi-final where second seed Amr Shabana takes on fourth seed James Willstrop in a repeat of last month's Tournament of Champions quarter-final in New York which Englishman Willstrop won en-route to claiming the prestigious 2010 PSA Super Series title for the first time.

 

Shabana, the former world number one from Egypt, beat England's fifth seed Adrian Grant 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, while Willstrop also took four games to overcome compatriot Alister Walker, the sixth seed, 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 11-6.

 

"I was far from happy with losing the third game, but eventually I managed to win," said 26-year-old Willstrop.  "Alister is always a difficult opponent because he plays a fast game, and the glass court also encourages a fast game which benefits him."

 

The Linkoping crowd will witness the 21st PSA Tour meeting between Willstrop and Shabana since their first at the 2004 Swedish Open.  While Willstrop was the most recent winner, it is the Egyptian who is ahead overall by a 14/6 margin.

 

Pilley Punishes El Shorbagy In Swedish Open Opener

 

Australia's Cameron Pilley pulled off the only upset on the opening day of the Case Swedish Open when he beat Egypt's No7 seed Mohamed El Shorbagy in the first round of the $60,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its seventh year at Linköping Sporthall in Linköping, Sweden

 

It was only three months ago in the second round of the World Open in Kuwait that the 27-year-old from New South Wales battled to a five-game win over the sport's rising teenage star.

 

And again, Pilley was taken the full distance before emerging an 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7 winner over 19-year-old El Shorbagy, ranked three places higher.

 

The world No17, making his debut in the sport's biggest event in Scandinavia, will now line up against Gregory Gaultier, the former world number one from France.  Third seed Gaultier, returning to Linköping for the first time since 2004, defeated English qualifier Robbie Temple 11-3, 11-5, 11-5.

 

Three former champions eased into the quarter-finals - though title-holder Nick Matthew, the top seed from England, needed four games to overcome UK-based Indian number one Saurav Ghosal 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-5.

 

James Willstrop, the 2008 champion from England, dismissed compatriot Joey Barrington 11-4, 11-9, 14-12, while Australia's 2003 champion Stewart Boswell dashed local hopes of success by beating wild card player Christian Drakenberg, a former world No70 now ranked 368.

 

"Before the match, I knew it would be difficult to win because Christian is better than his ranking," said Boswell, the world No16 from Canberra after his 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 win.  "He could easily be on the top 100 or even top 50 in world rankings if he played more PSA tournaments.  Christian played very well and there was no easy victory."

 

Despite his defeat, Drakenberg clearly enjoyed the clash:  "It was a good match that was very fun to play, but Stewart Boswell is clearly a few steps ahead of me in his game.  The biggest differences were greater speed and precision of the strokes," said the 34-year-old.

 

Gaultier Goes As Pilley Pushes On In Swedish Open

 

Unseeded Australian Cameron Pilley continued his unexpected march through the field of the Case Swedish Open when he upset third-seeded Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to reach the semi-finals of the $60,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its seventh year at Linköping Sporthall in Linköping.

 

Pilley, the world No17 from New South Wales who beat Egypt's No7 seed Mohamed El Shorbagy in the first round, recovered from a game down to defeat Gaultier 4-11, 11-6, 11-4, 12-14, 11-9.  It was the 27-year-old Australian's first win against the Frenchman, who topped the world rankings last year, in six Tour meetings since 2007.

 

"It was big nerves in the match, starting on my part, but I noticed that Gaultier was increasingly under pressure from my game," explained Pilley afterwards.  "Although I lost the fourth game, which I should have brought home, I continued playing my game and it paid off."

 

The tall Aussie will now face defending champion Nick Matthew for a place in the final.  The top-seeded Englishman defeated another Australian, eighth seed Stewart Boswell, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.

 

"It was a difficult match, Stewart put up a really good fight," said the world number two from Sheffield.  "But it felt much better than in the previous match, because it is always difficult to adapt to a new court.  But after this morning's workout it felt so good.

 

"I'm in really good shape right now after playing steady squash for some months.  It is always fun to play in front of the audience in Linköping," added the 29-year-old title-holder, in his fourth appearance in the event.

 

The crowd will be treated to a mouth-watering clash in the other semi-final where second seed Amr Shabana takes on fourth seed James Willstrop in a repeat of last month's Tournament of Champions quarter-final in New York which Englishman Willstrop won en-route to claiming the prestigious 2010 PSA Super Series title for the first time.

 

Shabana, the former world number one from Egypt, beat England's fifth seed Adrian Grant 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, while Willstrop also took four games to overcome compatriot Alister Walker, the sixth seed, 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 11-6.

 

"I was far from happy with losing the third game, but eventually I managed to win," said 26-year-old Willstrop.  "Alister is always a difficult opponent because he plays a fast game, and the glass court also encourages a fast game which benefits him."

 

The Linkoping crowd will witness the 21st PSA Tour meeting between Willstrop and Shabana since their first at the 2004 Swedish Open.  While Willstrop was the most recent winner, it is the Egyptian who is ahead overall by a 14/6 margin.

 

2010 Swedish Open Boasts Star-Studded Field

 

The title-holder and two former champions lead a star-studded line-up - including half of the world's top ten - who will be competing in this week's Case Swedish Open Squash Championship in Linköping.

 

The $60,000 5-star PSA World Tour event will be staged for the seventh year on an all-glass court at Linköping Sporthall, from 4-7 February.

 

England's world No2 Nick Matthew is seeded to retain the title he won for the first time last year.  But the 29-year-old from Sheffield will have stiff opposition not only from former champions James Willstrop (2008) and Stewart Boswell (2003), but also from former world number ones Amr Shabana, the second seed from Egypt, and Gregory Gaultier, the third seed from France.

 

Willstrop will arrive in Sweden fresh from winning the first 2010 PSA Super Series championship.  The 26-year-old Englishman clinched the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions title in New York after becoming the first player ever to beat Egypt's three world number ones Amr Shabana, Karim Darwish and Ramy Ashour in the same tournament.

 

"This year's championship is the biggest PSA Tour event in Europe outside England," said Swedish Open tournament director Fredrik Johnson, the former Swedish international.

 

"In addition to the men's championship, we will be holding a $6,000 WISPA World Tour event as well as an 'all comers tournament' at the Squash Center with around 250 entries."