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Matthew Celebrates Swedish Open Hat-Trick

Final             Semi Finals         Quarter Finals           1st Round
Case Swedish Open 2011
01-06 Feb, Linkoping, $60k
Round One
03 Feb
04 Feb
05 Feb
06 Feb
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/8, 11/4, 11/8 (44m)
Tom Richards (Eng)
Nick Matthew
11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 13-11
Cameron Pilley
Nick Matthew
11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5
Daryl Selby
Nick Matthew
11-7, 11-6, 11-5
Peter Barker
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/8, 12/10, 11/8
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
12/14, 12/10, 11/2, 12/10 (82m)

[Q] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
Davide Bianchetti
11-6, 11-7, 11-9
Daryl Selby
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/5, 11/5, 11/8
[4] Daryl Selby (Eng)
[3] Peter Barker (Eng)
11/4, 11/4, 11/6
Rasmus Hult (Swe)
Peter Barker
11-4, 11-6, 11-3
Farhan Mehboob
Peter Barker
11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8
Karim Darwish
Farhan Mehboob (Pak)
11/7, 11/6, 6/11, 11/9
[Q] Mathieu Castagnet
Stewart Boswell (Aus)
11/6, 11/2, 11/5 (26m)
Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
Stewart Boswell
11-8, 11-9, 11-8
Karim Darwish
Simon Rosner (Ger)
8/11, 11/6, 9/11, 11/8, 13/11 (66m)
[2] Karim Darwish (Egy)

Qualifying finals:

Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt Joey Barrington (ENG) 11-4, 11-4, 11-7
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 4-11, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-3
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Robbie Temple (ENG) 11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7


Matthew Celebrates Swedish Open Hat-Trick

England's Nick Matthew claimed his third successive Case Swedish Open title after beating fellow countryman Peter Barker in the final of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at Linköping Sporthall in Linköping.

It was the pair's third meeting this year - and Matthew was able to clinch his third win, overcoming his London-based England team-mate 11-7, 11-6, 11-5.

"It was a close match, but today I deserved to win," said Matthew, the world number one from Sheffield, after the match.

Matthew, who became England's first ever world champion in December, has now increased his PSA Tour title haul to 18.

"Tournament Director Fredrik Johnson announced after the match that the Swedish Open will be played in Linköping again next year - and the cooperation with Case will continue," said event spokesman Andreas Suihko. "Both Nick Matthew and Peter Barker said that they hope to return for next year's tournament."

Matthew will now turn his attention to domestic matters and the British National Championships this week in Manchester, where he is seeded to win the men's title for a record-equalling fourth time.


Semi Finals

Matthew & Barker Make All-English Swedish Open Final

Londoner Peter Barker upset second-seeded Egyptian Karim Darwish in the semi-finals of the Case Swedish Open to set up the third all-English final of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at Linköping Sporthall in Linköping in the last four years.

Third seed Barker battled for four games to overcome Darwish, the world No3 from Cairo who was competing in his first event since sustaining a hamstring injury in December's World Open in Saudi Arabia.

"It's sad that Karim's not 100% fit," said world No8 Barker after his 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8 victory in the day's first semi-final. "I'm glad that I handled the pressure it means to step on court at this major tournament.

"Now in the final, it doesn't matter who I play, because they're both my best friends on tour (Selby and Matthew), and I know their style of playing well," added the 2008 runner-up, now in his 19th Tour final.

The other semi was an all-English clash between world number one Nick Matthew and fourth seed Daryl Selby, the world No10.

Matthew, the 30-year-old from Sheffield hoping to win the title for the third time in a row, seemed to be one step ahead of his England team-mate and took the first two games.

However, Selby mounted a huge comeback in the third and, with an array of dazzling shots which impressed the crowd, reduced the deficit.

But top seed Matthew upped his game in the fourth to close out the match 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5.

"Squash players are mentally ridiculous, because when I threw away my headband it felt like I got my energy back and was back in the match again," said a humorous Selby afterwards.

Matthew added: "I felt fresh today even though I'm probably the hardest trainer on the tour.

"And Daryl was a good competitor - with or without a headband," said Matthew, now celebrating the 39th Tour final appearance of his career.

The final will mark the two Englishmen's 12th Tour clash since April 2007 - and, incredibly, their third encounter this year, since meeting in the ATCO PSA World Series Finals in London and the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions last month.


Quarter Finals

Champion Matthew Tested In Swedish Quarters

England's world number one Nick Matthew took his anticipated place in the last four of the Case Swedish Open, but the defending champion was taken the full distance before overcoming unseeded Australian Cameron Pilley in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at Linköping Sporthall in Linköping.

In a repeat of their meeting in last year's semi-finals, the favourite won the opening game - but world No12 Pilley battled back to open up a 2/1 lead.

But Matthew went on to draw level before edging through in a tie-break decider - in which both players had match-balls - to prevail 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 13-11.

"After winning two games, I got confident and felt that this was my match to win," said Pilley after both players received a standing ovation following the match.

"Even though I lost this one, I feel fine actually," added the 28-year-old from New South Wales.

Matthew admitted: "There was lots of drama in this one, and it was hard to find the rhythm. Sometimes it was really scrappy."

Bidding to win the title for a third successive year, Matthew will now face England team-mate Daryl Selby after the fourth seed from Essex beat Italian qualifier Davide Bianchetti 11-6, 11-7, 11-9.

Egypt's No2 seed Karim Darwish also came through in straight games, beating fellow former champion Stewart Boswell, the former world No4 from Australia, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8.

"I managed to play my game and a more decent game than yesterday," said Darwish, who won the title in 2004. "Boswell is tough to beat, so I'm happy with the win."

World No3 Darwish now faces England's third seed Peter Barker for a place in his third final. Barker, the world No8 from London, defeated fellow left-hander Farhan Mehboob, the world No32 from Pakistan, 11-4, 11-6, 11-3.

"It felt good all the way," said Barker later. "I played well here. And it's lovely to play in front of this crowd."


1st Round

Darwish Stretched In Swedish Opener

Karim Darwish claimed his anticipated place in the quarter-finals of the Case Swedish Open - but the second-seeded Egyptian was taken the full distance by unseeded German Simon Rosner in the first round of the PSA World Tour International 50 event in Linköping, the biggest squash tournament in Northern Europe.

German number one Rosner produced one of the best performances of his life, twice leading the world No3 from Cairo. But Darwish, who is expected to reach the final for the third time since 2004, levelled the match both times and ultimately survived a tie-break in the fifth game decider to record an 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 13-11 victory.

"I think I played really well, but Karim is an amazing player, so it's tough to beat him," said Rosner, the world No33 from Paderborn. "But I feel that I get closer to the top-players every match against them. Next time I will, for sure, win against Karim Darwish if I meet him, and advance to at least quarter-finals!"

Darwish, the former world number one who won the title in 2004 and finished as runner-up two years ago, was delighted to be back in Linkoping: "The Swedish Open is really a great venue. It's so well organised and Freddie (Johnson), his staff and all visitors are so friendly to me. I just love it here!"

Darwish progresses to meet Australian Stewart Boswell for a place in the last four.

Winner of the Swedish Open in 2003, Boswell took on young Pakistani Aamir Atlas Khan. The experienced 32-year-old from Canberra defeated 20-year-old Khan 11-6, 11-3, 11-5.

"I think Aamir struggled a lot in the second game," said the former champion afterwards. "After that, he couldn't come back into the game. So my 14 years as a pro really helped me out here!"

Expectations were high at Linköping Sporthall when world number one Nick Matthew took on fellow Englishman Tom Richards. The 24-year-old from Surrey battled hard against defending champion Matthew - but the favourite maintained his winning run in Linköping to secure an 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 win.

"Tom is a young and hungry player, so it was a tough first round for me," said Matthew. "But I had the extra edge and I'm pleased to win by three straight games. But it gets even tougher for every year, since Freddie (Johnson) keeps getting more high-class player to the Swedish Open," added the 30-year-old from Sheffield.

Bianchetti Battles Back Into Swedish Open

Italy's 33-year-old Davide Bianchetti battled to a surprise straight games win over England's world No35 Joey Barrington in the qualifying finals of the Case Swedish Open to claim a place in the main draw of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event in Linkoping for the sixth time since 2002.

The former world No24 from Brescia, now ranked 65, despatched his English opponent 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 and will now line up against fellow qualifier Alan Clyne in the first round.

Scot Clyne, the world No47 from Edinburgh, had to fight back from two games down to overcome the Hungarian number one Mark Krajcsak 4-11, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-3.

Englishman Chris Simpson and Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet also made it through the qualifying finals - Simpson defeating compatriot Robbie Temple 11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, while Castagnet outlasted South African Stephen Coppinger 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7.

England's world number one Nick Matthew is seeded to win the title for the third time in as many years. The 30-year-old from Sheffield faces fellow countryman Tom Richards, ranked 31 in the world, in the first round and is expected to meet up with Egypt's world No3 Karim Darwish, the No2 seed, in a repeat of the 2009 final.

Darwish, who won the event in 2004, will be hoping for better luck than in 2009, when an ankle injury forced him to concede the final without striking a ball. The 29-year-old from Cairo begins his 2011 campaign against German number one Simon Rosner.