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19/10/2010
ECUADOR OPEN
 

Rodriguez Clinches Quito Crown

Ecuador Open, Quito, Ecuador

Rodriguez Clinches Quito Crown

Colombia's in-form Miguel Angel Rodriguez scored his fourth PSA World Tour title in a row - and extended his unbeaten Tour run to 16 matches - when he beat Mexican Arturo Salazar in the final of the $15,000 Ecuador Squash Open at the Quito Tenis Y Golf Club in the Ecuador capital Quito.

Top seed Rodriguez reached the final after beating Arturo's twin brother Cesar Salazar, the fifth seed, in the semi-finals.

Arturo Salazar was the event's fourth seed - and made his breakthrough in the other semi-final match when he upset second-seeded Italian Stephane Galifi.

The 22-year-old Mexican led in the first two games against Rodriguez - but the 24-year-old Colombian edged ahead to take the first 12-10, before Salazar levelled the match by the same score in the second.

But Rodriguez, the world No28 from Bogota, was in no mood to give up his impressive Tour run - and battled to take the next two games to record his 10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 11-7 title-winning victory after 65 minutes.

The win marks the Colombian's 16th PSA Tour title - just one fewer than the career total boasted by Egypt's world number one Ramy Ashour!

1st round:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Bart Ravelli (NED) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (24m)
[6] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) bt Chris Truswell (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (37m)
[3] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt [Q] Rodrigo Torres (COL) 5-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-2 (40m)
[5] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Juan Sebastian Chacon (ECU) 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (29m)
[Q] Jonathan Uriel Ramos Islas (MEX) bt [8] Tyler Hamilton (CAN) 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (47m)
[4] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Gerardo de Paul Garcia (MEX) 11-4, 13-11, 11-7 (22m)
[7] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt Thomas Brinkman (CAN) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (31m)
[2] Stephane Galifi (ITA) bt Jose Facchini (ITA) 13-11, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [6] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) 11-1, 10-12, 11-4, 11-3 (36m)
[5] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [3] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 6-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-1 (42m)
[4] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Jonathan Uriel Ramos Islas (MEX) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (29m)
[2] Stephane Galifi (ITA) bt [7] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (33m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [5] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)
[4] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [2] Stephane Galifi (ITA) 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (31m)

Final:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [4] Arturo Salazar (MEX) 10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 11-7 (65m)