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Home Hero Rodriguez Wins Colombian Open Crown

Colombian Open 2010
31 Aug - 05-Seo, Bogota, $30k
Round One
[1] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11-1,11-3,11-3 (20m)
[Q] Gonzalo Miranda (Arg)
Olli Tuominen
11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (30m)
Jan Koukal
Olli Tuominen
11-6,11-6,11-3 (34m)
Arturo Salazar
Olli Tuominen
9-11, 11-9, 11-5,
11-5 (54m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
[8] Jan Koukal (Cze)
6-11,11-6,11-7,11-5 (42m)
[Q] Eric Tepoz (Mex)
[4] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
11-3,4-11,12-10,11-4 (37m)
[Q] Jorge Ferreira (Mex)
Rafael Alarcon
10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 (76m)
Arturo Salazar
[6] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
11-2,11-2,11-4 (16m)
Simon Martinez (Col)
Chris Gordon (Usa)
 6-11, 11-6,11-7,11-5 (47m)
[5] Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
Stéphane Galifi
11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (27m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-3,11-8 rt (28m)
Shahier Razik
Robin Clarke (Can)
11-5,11-9,11-7 (24m)
[3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
9-11,13-11,11-6,4-11, 11-5 (56m)
[7] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
Cesar Salazar
11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (39m)
Shahier Razik
[Q] Fabien Verseille (Fra)
11-8,5-11,1-11,11-3,11-5 (69m)
[2]Shahier Razik (Can)

Home Hero Rodriguez Wins Colombian Open Crown

Spurred on by his jubilant home club crowd, local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez upset top-seeded Finn Olli Tuominen in the final of the Colombian Open to win the $30,000 PSA World Tour squash title at Club El Nogal in the capital Bogota.

"The final was certainly the best match of the tournament, with two vibrant games in the beginning that perfectly defined what was going to be Miguel Rodriguez's second victory in his third final of the Colombian Squash Open," said tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz.

Tuominen, the world No25 from Helsinki, forced his opponent to all corners of the court to win the opening game. But Rodriguez showed more patience in the second and, at nine-all, played two cross-court winners to tie the match.

"Without doubt, this game was a turning point in the match," said Santacruz.

Maintaining his pressure and forcing Tuominen to make errors, Rodriguez rook the third game in just eight minutes as the crowd sensed a possible local triumph.

At 3-2 up in the fourth, Tuominen became increasingly frustrated and committed eight unforced errors in a row to give the 24-year-old world No32 from Bogota - Colombia's highest-ranked player of all-time - the advantage.

The Finn refocused, but it was too late as Rodriguez finally converted his third match ball to celebrate a popular 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 triumph after 54 minutes.

The victory marked the Colombian's second title success in the event since 2008.

Salazar Takes Out Alarcon In Colombian Open Upset

Sixth-seeded Mexican Arturo Salazar upset fourth seed Rafael F Alarcon in a marathon quarter-final match in the 2010 Colombian Open to claim an unexpected place in the last four of the $30,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Club El Nogal in the capital Bogota.

In his second win over the higher-ranked Brazilian this year, 22-year-old Salazar came back from a game down to beat the world No36 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 in 76 minutes.

Salazar moves on to face top seed Olli Tuominen in his second meeting this year with the Finn. Tuominen, ranked 25 in the world, bounced out Czech number one Jan Koukal 11-9, 11-5, 11-6.

Twin brother Cesar Salazar will not be joining Arturo in the semi-final line-up. The No8 seed went down 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 to second-seeded Canadian Shahier Razik.

The 32-year-old from Toronto will now face local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the third seed from Bogota who won the title two years ago.

The 24-year-old Colombian reached the semi-finals for the third year in a row when he defeated Italy's fifth seed Stephane Galifi 11-6, 11-8, 11-3.

Home Hero Miguel Makes Colombian Open Quarters

Top-ranked Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez made swift work of reaching the quarter-finals of the 2010 Colombian Open by defeating his opponent in just 24 minutes in the opening round of the $30,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Club El Nogal in the country's capital Bogota.

Third seed Rodriguez, who celebrated his maiden Tour title at the event in 2008, delighted his loyal fans by despatching unseeded Canadian Robin Clarke 11-5, 11-9, 11-7. The 24-year-old from Bogota will now face fifth seed Stephane Galifi in a bid to make the semi-finals on his home club's courts for the third year in a row.

Italian Galifi recovered from a game down to beat unseeded American Christopher Gordon 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5.

Canada's second seed Shahier Razik was taken the full distance by Fabien Verseille before overcoming the French qualifier 11-8, 5-11, 1-11, 11-3, 11-5 in a 69-minute marathon.

Razik, the 32-year-old from Toronto who will lead Canada's medal bid in next month's Commonwealth Games in Delhi, will now face eighth-seeded Mexican Cesar Salazar - who also prevailed in a five-game battle, beating Finn Henrik Mustonen 9-11, 13-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-5.

By contrast, Cesar's twin brother Arturo Salazar needed just 16 minutes to claim his place in the next round - beating Colombian wildcard Simon Martinez, aged just 17, 11-2, 11-2, 11-4.