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07/10/2010
NASH CUP 2010
 

Koukal Captures Nash Cup In Canada

Nash Cup, London, Ontario, Canada

Koukal Captures Nash Cup In Canada

In a final which featured a qualifier for the third year in a row, top-seeded Czech Jan Koukal recovered from a game down to overcome Mexican outsider Alfredo Avila to win the 2010 Nash Cup, the $6,500 PSA World Tour squash event at London Squash Rackets Club in London, Ontario, in Canada.

Qualifier Avila, a 19-year-old from Mexico City, made his breakthrough in the opening round with a straight games win over Australia's No2 seed Scott Arnold.

Victories over Canadians Thomas Brinkman and Dane Sharp then took the Mexican teenager into his career-first appearance in a PSA Tour final.

And Avila won the opening game against favourite Koukal before the world No61 from Prague took charge and closed out the match 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 13-11 in 72 minutes.

The triumph takes Koukal's career PSA Tour haul to 16 titles - five of which have been won this year.

1st round:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [Q] Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (39m)
[5] Johan Bouquet (FRA) bt Rory Pennell (ENG) 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (61m)
[3] Dylan Bennett (NED) bt [Q] Rodrigo Torres (COL) 11-7, 11-5, 3-11, 11-7 (37m)
Philip Nightingale (ENG) bt [7] Maxym Leclair (CAN) 11-3, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9 (56m)
Andrew Schnell (CAN) bt [8] Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-8, 11-13, 15-13, 12-10 (72m)
Dane Sharp (CAN) bt [4] Neil Hitchens (ENG) 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 3-11, 11-2 (68m)
[6] Thomas Brinkman (CAN) bt [Q] Anthony Graham (ENG) 15-13, 3-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 (71m)
[Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [2] Scott Arnold (AUS) 11-8, 11-3, 15-13 (50m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [5] Johan Bouquet (FRA) 7-11, 11-4, 11-2, 8-11, 11-5 (70m)
[3] Dylan Bennett (NED) bt Philip Nightingale (ENG) 11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7 (51m)
Dane Sharp (CAN) bt Andrew Schnell (CAN) 11-5, 11-2, 6-11, 11-6 (53m)
[Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [6] Thomas Brinkman (CAN) 11-9, 11-3, 10-12, 11-4 (44m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [3] Dylan Bennett (NED) 14-12, 11-8, 6-11, 14-12 (58m)
[Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Dane Sharp (CAN) 11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3 (77m)

Final:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX) 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 13-11 (72m)