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27/10/2010
SAU PAULO OPEN
 

Stephen Coppinger Scores Sao Paulo Success

Sao Paulo Open 2010
19-24 Oct, Brazil, $10k
Round One
21 Oct
Quarters
22 Oct
Semis
23 Oct
Final
24 Oct
[1] Rafael Alarcon (BRA)
11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (28m)
Fred Reid (CAN)
Rafael Alarcon
8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-4 (79m)
Bart Ravelli
Rafael Alarcon
 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (74m)
Chris Fuller
Rafael Alarcon
11-6, 13-11, 12-10 (79m)
Steve Coppinger
[7] Bart Ravelli (NED)
2-11, 13-11, 5-11, 11-3, 11-6 (82m)
Adam Murrills (ENG)
[4] Esteban Casarino (PAR)
11-9, 11-3, 11-5 (31m)
 Josimar Silva (BRA)
Esteban Casarino
 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (57m)
Chris Fuller
[8] Nahuel Hernan Ramos (ARG)
11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (27m)
[Q] Chris Fuller (ENG)
[Q] Ronivaldo Santos (BRA)
11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 (47m)
[6] Jose Facchini (ITA)
Jose Facchini
11-5, 11-9, 11-4 (31m)
Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon
6-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (69m)
Steve Coppinger
[Q] Max Camiruaga (CHI)
11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (29m)
[3] Chris Gordon (USA)
[Q] Vinicius Rodrigues (BRA)
13-11, 9-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 (55m)
[5] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG)
Gonzalo Miranda
 11-5, 11-2, 11-2 (26m)
Steve Coppinger
Colin Ramasra (TRI)
11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (28m)
[2] Steve Coppinger (RSA)

Stephen Coppinger Scores Sao Paulo Success

Marathon matches were the order of the day before second-seeded South African Stephen Coppinger finally clinched the PSA Sao Paulo Open, the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at the Academia Grupo Po de Acar in Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil.

The Dublin-born 26-year-old survived a 69-minute semi-final against Christopher Gordon, the third seed from the USA, before coming up against top-seeded Brazilian - and home town favourite - Rafael F Alarcon in the final.

Alarcon had taken 79 minutes to dispose of Dutchman Bart Ravelli, the No7 seed, in a five-game quarter-final, before digging deep to quell English qualifier Chris Fuller in a 69-minute semi to reach his fifth Tour final of the year.

Despite the final ultimately being resolved in straight games, another 79 minutes elapsed before Coppinger finally emerged triumphant - the world No45 taking out the player now ranked just a single place lower 11-6, 13-11, 12-10.

The victory marks Coppinger's first Tour title for almost a year, and the fifth of his career.