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Kemp Conquers Galifi In French Final

Internationaux de France 2010
04-09 May, Bordeaux, $20k
Round One
06 May
07 May
08 May
09 May
[1] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11/8, 11/8, 11/7
[Q] Joel Hinds (Eng)
Jonathan Kemp
11/6, 11/2, 11/7
 Julien Balbo
Jonathan Kemp
11-8, 11-6, 11-8
Mark Krajcsak
Jonathan Kemp
11-4, 11-6, 1-11, 11-9
Stephane Galifi
[7] Julien Balbo (Fra)
12/10, 11/8, 11/9
[Q] Kristian Frost (Den)
[4] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/3, 11/5, 12/10
Johan Bouquet (Fra)
Mark Krajcsak
15/13, 11/7, 11/7
Shaun Le Roux
[8] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
7/11, 11/5, 11/9, 8/11, 11/7
[Q] Shaun Le Roux (Eng)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
11/9, 8/11, 11/3, 11/8
[5] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Yann Perrin
11/4, 13/11, 11/8
Chris Ryder
Yann Perrin
11-7, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7
Stephane Galifi
Adrian Waller (Eng)
11/4, 11/4, 11/9
[3] Chris Ryder (Eng)
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11/5, 12/10, 11/6
[6] Stephane Galifi (Ita)
Stephane Galifi
11/8, 11/7, 15/13
Borja Golan
[Q] Borja Golan (Esp)
12/10, 11/9, 2/11, 13/15, 11/5
[2] Tom Richards (Eng)

Kemp Conquers Galifi In French Final

Englishman Jonathan Kemp, who picked up five PSA World Tour squash titles last year, collected his first of 2010 when he beat Italian Stephane Galifi in today's (Sunday) final of the Internationaux de France, the $20,000 event at Squash Ornano in the French city of Bordeaux.

Top seed Kemp reached the final without dropping a game - and took the first two against Galifi, the sixth seed from Aix-en-Provence who was celebrating his first Tour final appearance since taking up Italian nationality last September.

But the 31-year-old former Frenchman, ranked 52 in the world, fought back to reduce the deficit, taking the third game against world No21 Kemp for the loss of just a single point.

Kemp came back, however, clinching the fourth game to win the title 11-4, 11-6, 1-11, 11-9.

The triumph marks the 29-year-old left-hander from Halifax's 11th Tour title since his first in Spain in 2003.

Kemp & Galifi To Contest Bordeaux Final

England's top seed Jonathan Kemp will face sixth-seeded Italian Stephane Galifi in the final of the Internationaux de France after both achieved successes in the semi-finals of the $20,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Squash Ornano in the French city of Bordeaux.

Galifi faced unseeded Frenchman Yann Perrin - and earned the third successive Tour win over his fellow Aix-en-Provence-based opponent in an 11-7, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7 victory.

French-born Galifi, aged 31, is now celebrating his 13th appearance in a Tour final - but his first since taking up the Italian nationality of both his parents in September 2009.

Left-hander Kemp, who had not dropped a game en-route to the semi-finals, maintained his 'clean sheet' by beating Hungary's fourth seed Mark Krajcsak 11-8, 11-6, 11-8.

The 29-year-old world No21 from Halifax is celebrating the 14th PSA Tour final of his career - but his second of the year after finishing as runner-up in last month's Chennai Open in India.

Galifi Beats Borja In Bordeaux Battle

Borja Golan's bid to reach the final of the Internationaux de France for the second time in three years came to an end in Bordeaux when the Spanish qualifier lost in straight games to sixth seed Stephane Galifi in the quarter-finals of the $20,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Squash Ornano.

Golan, who reached 10 in the world last year to become the highest-ranked Spaniard of all-time, was making his first Tour appearance since a career-threatening knee injury in September.

The 27-year-old from Santiago DC battled through the qualifiers - then removed second seed Tom Richards in the first round.

But his battle against Galifi for a place in the semi-finals was a match too far for the Spaniard as the France-based Italian progressed 11-8, 11-7, 15-13.

"This is my first PSA tournament after my injury eight months ago - and I feel better than I thought," explained Golan, who reached the final of the 2008 championship in Paris as sixth seed after beating two higher-seeded players. "I started to play training matches four weeks ago - first week 20 minutes, second week 30 minutes ... but my body is still struggling because I'm playing my first tough matches.

"It is only a question of time before I get better. My goal now is not to win or lose these first matches - only to compete well and have good games.

"I'm a happy boy playing the Tour again. Squash is not only a job for me - it is a passion too!"

Galifi will face Yann Perrin after the unseeded 24-year-old from Aix-en-Provence became the only Frenchman through to the last four following an 11-4, 13-11, 11-8 upset over England's No3 seed Chris Ryder.

The other match will be the semi predicted by the seedings, between England's Jonathan Kemp and Hungarian Mark Krajcsak. Top seed Kemp beat France's No7 seed Julien Balbo 11-6, 11-2, 11-7, while the 26-year-old fourth seed from Budapest ended the run of English qualifier Shaun le Roux after beating the Yorkshireman 15-13, 11-7, 11-7.

Borja Battles To Bordeaux Win

Making his first Tour appearance since a career-threatening knee injury last September, Spaniard Borja Golan survived a tough test against second seed Tom Richards in the opening round of the Internationaux de France to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the $20,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Squash Ornano in the French city of Bordeaux.

Golan, a former world No10 whose current world ranking of 103 forced him to first fight through the qualifiers, took the opening two games against Richards - then stemmed a fightback by the world No30 from England to record an impressive 12-10, 11-9, 2-11, 11-13, 11-5 win.

The highest-ranked Spaniard of all-time will now face Stephane Galifi, the France-based Italian who is the sixth seed. Galifi defeated Australian Steve Finitsis 11-5, 12-10, 11-6.

But Golan was not the only qualifier to progress in Bordeaux. England's Shaun le Roux, ranked 91 in the world, was taken to five games by eighth seed Kashif Shuja - but ultimately overcame the world No55 from New Zealand 7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7.