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Salazar Upsets Galvez For Guatemala Title

Internacional Sporta Open 2010
11-16 May, Guatemala, $15k
Round One
13 May
14 May
15 May
16 May
[2] Eric Galvez (Mex)
11/5 - 5/11 - 11/8 - 11/4
[Q] Anthony Graham (Eng)
Eric Galvez
11-5, 11-5, 11-6
Rodrigo Torres
Eric Galvez
13-11, 2-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-6
Stéphane Galifi
Eric Galvez
11-2, 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-6
Arturo Salazar
[5] Chris Gordon (Usa)
11/9 - 6/11 - 11/5 - 11/4
[Q] Rodrigo Torres (Col)
[3] Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
11/4 - 12/10 - 11/2
Maxym Leclair (Can)
Stéphane Galifi
11-9, 11-5, 11-3
James Snell
[7] James Snell (Eng)
11/0 - 11/3 - rtd
[Q] Sergio Lopez (Mex)
Thomas Brinkman (Can)
11/8 - 11/1 - 11/5
[6] Eddie Charlton (Eng)
Eddie Charlton
11-9, 11-2, 11-6
Cesar Salazar
Cesar Salazar
11-4, 11-5, 11-6
Arturo Salazar
Tiago Cabral (Bra)
11/6 - 11/4 - 11/6
[4] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
[Q] Omar El Kashef (Egy)
11/6 - 11/4 - 6/11 - 11/9
[8] Chris Truswell (Eng)
Omar El Kashef
11-5, 11-6, 11-8
Arturo Salazar
Matthew Serediak (Can)
11/4 - 11/4 - 11/5
[1] Arturo Salazar (Mex)

Salazar Upsets Galvez For Guatemala Title

National pride was at stake when fellow Mexicans Eric Galvez and Arturo Salazar battled for the Internacional Sporta Open title after reaching the final of the $15,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Sporta in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala.

And for the second time since their last Tour meeting in November 2008, it was underdog Salazar who prevailed.

The second seed from San Luis Potosi took the opening two games against Galvez, the top seed.

But world No51 Galvez fought back to take the next two games to draw level.

Salazar, ranked three places lower, held his nerve, however, and took the decider to claim his title-winning 11-2, 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-6 victory.

The success extends Salazar's unbeaten record in PSA Tour finals, bringing his career tally to five titles - and boost his chances of overtaking rival Galvez in the PSA world rankings to become the top-ranked Mexican for the first time.

Galvez & Salazar To Contest All-Mexican Sporta Open Final

Top seeds Eric Galvez and Arturo Salazar will contest an all-Mexican final of the Internacional Sporta Open after surviving contrasting semi-finals in the $15,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Sporta in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala.

Favourite Galvez twice had to stem fight-backs from third seed Stephane Galifi before beating the France-based Italian 13-11, 2-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-6.

The win takes Panamerican Champion Galvez into the 19th PSA Tout final of his career, but the first this year.

Second seed Arturo Salazar maintained his unbeaten run over his twin brother Cesar Salazar when he despatched the fourth seed 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.

The 22-year-old from San Luis Potosi is now celebrating his fifth Tour final appearance - and will be hoping to maintain his impressive unbeaten run after emerging triumphant in the previous four!

Salazar Twins Line Up For Sporta Open Semi

Mexican twins Arturo Salazar and Cesar Salazar will face each other for the first time in the main draw of a PSA World Tour squash event when they contest the semi-finals of the $15,000 Internacional Sporta Open at Sporta in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala.

The 22-year-olds from San Luis Potosi both overcame their quarter-final opponents in straight games - world No54 Arturo, the second seed, despatching Egyptian qualifier Omar El Kashef 11-5, 11-6, 11-8, while Cesar, the fourth seed ranked 14 places below his brother, ousted England's sixth seed Eddie Charlton 11-9, 11-2, 11-6.

There will also be Mexican interest in the other semi-final where favourite Eric Galvez takes on Italian Stephane Galifi. Galvez, the world No51 from Puebla, defeated seventh-seeded Englishman James Snell 11-9, 11-5, 11-3, while France-based Galifi, the No3 seed, ended qualifier Rodrigo Torres' run - beating the 29-year-old Colombian 11-5, 11-5, 11-6.

Torres Topples Fifth Seed In Sporta Open

Despite more than 300 world ranking positions separating the pair, Colombian qualifier Rodrigo Torres took out fifth-seeded US opponent Christopher Gordon in the first round of the Internacional Sporta Open to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the $15,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Sporta in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala.

The 29-year-old from Bogota - ranked 402 in the world - celebrated his maiden first round Tour win in six attempts since 2005 when he despatched Gordon, the world No82, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4.

Torres will now take on top seed Eric Galvez, the world No51 from Mexico who beat English qualifier Anthony Graham 11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4.

There was further qualifying success when Egyptian Omar El Kashef defeated eighth-seeded Englishman Chris Truswell 11-6, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9.

El Kashef, ranked 203 in the world, now faces Mexico's Arturo Salazar, the world No54 who ousted Canadian Matthew Serediak 11-4, 11-4, 11-5.