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31/05/2011
PILATUS CUP 2011
 

Frost Freezes Out All-Comers In Kriens

Pilatus Cup 2011
Men's Draw
25-30 May, Kriens, Switzerland, $10k
Round One
27 May
Quarters
28 May
Semis
29 May
Final
30 May
[1] Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/5, 11/3, 11/7 (35m)
[Q] Jonas Daehler (Sui)
Chris Simpson
11-5, 11-7, 2-11, 11-7 (78m)
Steve Finitsis
Chris Simpson
12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12
Kristian Frost
Kristian Frost
11-5, 4-11, 11-6, 11-1
Julien Balbo
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11/4, 11/7, 6/11, 5/11, 11/8
Amr Swelim (Ita)
Reiko Peter (Sui)
11/9, 10/12, 11/5, 15/13
Lewis Walters (Eng)
Lewis Walters
11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (63m)
Kristian Frost
Kristian Frost (Den)
10/12, 12/10, 11/7, 6/11, 11/5
[3] Gilly Lane (Usa)
[4] Julien Balbo (Fra)
 11/8, 11/6, 4/11, 11/3
Dylan Bennett (Ned)
Julien Balbo
11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (67m)
Rasmus Nielsen
Julien Balbo
11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-2
Stéphane Galifi
[Q] Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
11/5, 7/11, 11/5, 11/3
[Q] Lucas Serme (Fra)
Tom Pashley (Eng)
11/4, 11/7, 12/10
[Q] Andre Haschker (Ger)
Andre Haschker
9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-5 (63m)
Stéphane Galifi
Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
11/7, 11/4, 11/3
[2] Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
Pilatus Cup 2011
Women's Draw
25-30 May, Kriens, Switzerland, $4k
Round One
28 May 
Quarters
28 May
Semis
29 May
Final
30 May
[1] Gaby Huber (Sui)
bye
Gaby Huber
11-1, 11-4, 11-8 (34m)
Cyrielle Peltier
Gaby Huber
11-4, 11-3, 11-8
Coline Aumard
Gaby Huber
11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (45m)
Lauren Briggs
[8] Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-3
Belen Etchechoury (Arg)
[3] Coline Aumard (Fra)
11-7, 11-4, 11-5
Agapi Kazamia (Sui)
Coline Aumard
11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (23m)
Carrie Ramsey
[7] Carrie Ramsey (Eng)
9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-1
Chloe Mesic (Fra)
Bine Lind (Den)
11-9 11-6 11-5
[5] Maud Duplomb (Fra)
Maud Duplomb
11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (22m)
Lauren Briggs
Lauren Briggs
11-6, 11-2, 11-9
Olga Ertlova
Julia Lecoq (Fra)
11-6, 11-3, 11-3
[4] Lauren Briggs (Eng)
Melissa Meulenbelt (Ned)
11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-3
[6] Célia Allamargot (Fra)
Célia Allamargot
7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10 (73m)
Olga Ertlova
Victoria Bell (Eng)
11-6, 11-8, 11-3
[2] Olga Ertlova (Cze)
 

Frost Freezes Out All-Comers In Kriens

 

Denmark’s Kristian Frost Olesen enjoyed his best-ever run on the professional squash circuit when he lifted the inaugural Pilatus Cup after defeating fourth-seeded Frenchman Julien Balbo in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at Sportpark Pilatus in the Swiss town of Kriens.

 

It was the climax of a genuine ‘giant-killing’ run by the unseeded 22-year-old from Odense who made his breakthrough in the opening round with a five-game defeat of USA’s third seed Gilly Lane.

 

But Frost, ranked 79 in the world, had enough left in his armoury to overcome top-seeded Englishman Chris Simpson, the world No48, in the semi-final before going on to despatch world No70 Balbo 11-5, 4-11, 11-6, 11-1 in the final.

 

“I didn't expect to win the first round because my draw was really tough,” explained the jubilant Dane later.  “So I had to change my flight at least when I won in the semis.

 

“I'm really happy about this win and I like to thank Mario (Tschopp) and all the guys who helped with the tournament.”

 

Balbo, who upset Italy’s second seed Stephane Galifi in a five-game semi-final marathon, was making no excuses:  “Yesterday’s match was tough - but we are used to play many hard matches in a few days,” said the Grenoble-born 32-year-old.

 

“So I was not too tired, but it was so difficult to get points against Kristian because he's such a good athlete.  Congratulations to him.”

 

Olesen was celebrating his third appearance in a PSA Tour final – but his first title triumph.

 

There was an upset in the final of the women’s WISPA World Tour 4 event when England’s Lauren Briggs outplayed local star Gaby Huber, the top seed from Langnau in Switzerland, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5.

 

Briggs, the fourth seed, made her breakthrough in the semis where she beat Czech Republic’s No2 seed Olga Ertlova, also in straight games.

 

“I’ve come back from a knee injury, so I'm glad to be back on tour,” said Briggs after picking up her third WISPA title in a row.  “I really like Lucerne, I've never been to this region of Switzerland before, but it is so lovely.”

 

Olesen Powers Into Pilatus Semis

 

Unseeded Dane Kristian Frost Olesen maintained his impressive run in the inaugural Pilatus Cup when he moved into the semi-finals PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Sportpark Pilatus in the Swiss town of Kriens.

 

After removing third seed Gilly Lane in a marathon first round battle, Olesen defeated fellow non-seed Lewis Walters, of England, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 to become the only unseeded player in the last four.

 

The 22-year-old from Odense will now face another Englishman Chris Simpson for a place in the final.  Top seed Simpson defeated Australian Steve Finitsis 11-5, 11-7, 2-11, 11-7.

 

"I'm very happy ... reaching the semis is very pleasing," said Olesen.  "Lewis played well today, but I managed to get in front of him, which made the difference. I'm looking forward to tomorrow where I'm playing Simpson!"

 

The other men's semi-final features Frenchman Julien Balbo and Italian Stephane Galifi.  Fourth seed Balbo beat Danish qualifier Rasmus Nielsen 11-9, 11-5, 12-10, while France-based second seed Galifi needed four games to overcome German qualifier Andre Haschker 9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-5.

 

There were no surprises in the first round of the women's WISPA World Tour 4 event in which Swiss interest is led by top seed Gaby Huber, the former Gaby Huber who has a bye into the last eight.

 

France's Coline Aumard denied local favourite Agapi Kazamia a place in her first WISPA Tour quarter-final when the third seed beat 19-year-old from Luzern 11-7, 11-4, 11-5.

 

Frost Bites Lane In Pilatus Upset

Unseeded Dane Kristian Frost Olesen produced the biggest upset in the Pilatus Cup when he ousted third seed Gilly Lane in a marathon first round battle in the inaugural PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Sportpark Pilatus in the Swiss town of Kriens.

After enduring two tie-break games which lasted almost an hour, the 22-year-old from Odense edged out Lane, ranked 16 places higher in the world, 10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 in 90 minutes.

"I am my pleased to get through to the quarter-finals," said Olesen later. "It was a very hard match with Gilly and I am just happy that I pulled through in the end after a terrible game."

Olesen will now face fellow non-seed Lewis Walters after the 23-year-old Englishman disappointed the local crowd by beating wildcard player Reiko Peter, from nearby Luzern, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5, 15-13.

But German qualifier Andre Haschker also secured a surprise quarter-final place after upsetting England's higher-ranked Tom Pashley 11-4, 11-7, 12-10.

The Dresden-born 28-year-old will now line up against Stephane Galifi, the No2 seed from Italy who beat New Zealander Kashif Shuja 11-7, 11-4, 11-3.

"The good old diesel is still running," said the delighted Haschker afterwards. "Also I could feel that Tom's movement wasn't smooth today so I tried to exploit it.

"Tomorrow I play two-seeded Stephane Galifi. It's an honour for me to play such a big character in the quarterfinal. I will give all I have left in the tank."