CASE SWEDISH OPEN 2011
Matthew Celebrates Swedish Open Hat-Trick
Swedish Open 2011
01-06 Feb, Linkoping, $60k
 Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/8, 11/4, 11/8 (44m)
Tom Richards (Eng)
11-6, 8-11, 8-11,
11-4, 11-5, 8-11,
11-7, 11-6, 11-5
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)
11-6, 11-7, 11-9
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/5, 11/5, 11/8
 Daryl Selby (Eng)
 Peter Barker (Eng)
11/4, 11/4, 11/6
Rasmus Hult (Swe)
11-4, 11-6, 11-3
11-7, 9-11, 11-9,
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)
11-8, 11-9, 11-8
Simon Rosner (Ger)
8/11, 11/6, 9/11, 11/8, 13/11 (66m)
 Karim Darwish (Egy)
(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,
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.
Barker Make All-English Swedish Open Final
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.
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.
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
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,
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
"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
Matthew Tested In Swedish Quarters
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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."
Stretched In Swedish Opener
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.
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
"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!"
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!"
progresses to meet Australian Stewart Boswell for a place in the last
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,
"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!"
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
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
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,
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,
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.