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Coppinger Captures Finnish Open Crown

Savcor Finnish Open 2011
08-13 Feb, Mikkeli, Finland, $15k
Round One
10 Feb  14.00-21.00
11 Feb
12 Feb
13 Feb
[1] Joey Barrington (Eng)
11/5 11/3 11/3 (33 min)
[Q] Leandro Romiglio (Esp)
Joey Barrington
11/7 11/9 11/2 (46 min)
Jonathan Harford
Joey Barrington
4/11, 11/13, 11/6, 11/4, 11/6
Bradley Hindle
Joey Barrington
13-15, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 (67m)
Steve Coppinger
[Q] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
 11/5 11/7 11/9 (39 min)
[Q] Jonathan Harford (Eng)
Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
11/5 11/6 6/11 11/8 (49 min)
Bradley Hindle (Mlt)
Bradley Hindle
8/11 11/4 8/11 11/7 11/8 (111 min)
Davide Bianchetti
Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
11/7 11/13 8/11 11/6 11/5 (94 min)
[4] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
[3] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11/3 rtd.
Robbie Temple (Eng)
Steve Coppinger
11/4 11/3 11/4 (37 min)
Henrik Mustonen
Steve Coppinger
11/7, 11/9, 14/12
Omar Abdel Aziz
Kristian Frost (Den)
11/8 11/5 11/3 (32 min)
Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
9/11 11/9 11/7 11/8 (55 min)
[Q] Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
Rasmus Nielsen
 11/4 12/10 11/2 (42 min)
Omar Abdel Aziz
Matias Tuomi (Fin)
 11/6 9/11 11/2 9/11 11/9 (57 min)
[2] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)

Coppinger Captures Finnish Open Crown

South Africa's Stephen Coppinger scored his second upset in 24 hours to win the Savcor Finnish Open, the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at the Sport Forum in Mikkeli, Finland.

It was after dismissing Egypt's No2 seed Omar Abdel Aziz in straight games in the semi-finals that Coppinger, the third seed, reached the 11th Tour final of his career - where he faced Joey Barrington.

In the other semi, the English favourite had recovered from two games down to overcome unseeded Bradley Hindle, from Malta, to reach his 17th final.

Barrington made a good start to the game, leading 5-0 and 7-3 before finally surviving 15-13.

But the 26-year-old from Cape Town fought back to take the second game and was level at six-all in the third when it became clear that Barrington was suffering some problems with the back of his thigh.

Coppinger took the game and, with the Englishman barely able to compete in the fourth, went on to clinch his 13-15, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 victory after 67 minutes.

"Of course I'm happy with the title, but it's never nice to win when your opponent is injured," said the Finnish Open's first ever South African champion after collecting the sixth PSA Tour title of his career.

Bradley Survives Marathon To Make Mikkeli Semis

Malta's unseeded Bradley Hindle battled for 111 minutes to claim an unexpected place in the semi-finals of the Savcor Finnish Open, the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at the Sport Forum in Mikkeli, Finland.

Hindle came back from 2/1 down to overcome Italian Davide Bianchetti 8-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8.

The Australian-born 30-year-old will now face top seed Joey Barrington for a place in the final.

Barrington, the world No35 from England, prevailed in his second straight games win in the event, beating fellow countryman Jonathan Harford, a qualifier, 11-7, 11-9, 11-2.

Finnish interest in the event was led by Henrik Mustonen, a 20-year-old from Hollola who is ranked 64 in the world.

"The quarter was the one the home crowd had been waiting for," said event spokesman Poku Salo. "Unfortunately it was let down by a brilliant performance from Stephen Coppinger. Mustonen was forced to make a lot of errors while Coppinger managed to make only one or two."

Coppinger secured an 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 victory which takes the third seed from South Africa through to a semi-final clash with Egypt's second seed Omar Abdel Aziz.