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El Shorbagy Wins Colombian Open Crown

Colombian Open 2011
30 Aug - 04 Sep, $35k
Round One
01 Sep
02 Sep
03 Sep
04 Sep
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
12-10, 11-4, 11-8 (40m)
Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
3-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (50m)
Max Lee
Mohamed El Shorbagy
11-7, 4-11, 12-10, 12-10 (53m)
Alister Walker
Mohamed El Shorbagy
7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 15-13 (77m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Max Lee (Hkg)
[Q] Eric Galvez (Mex)
Martin Knight (Nzl)
12-10,6-11,11-9,11-1 (69m)
[Q] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
Martin Knight
11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10 (54m)
Alister Walker
Andres de Frutos (Col)
11-3,11-3,11-7 (22m)
[3] Alister Walker (Bot)
[4] Miguel Angel Rodrigues (Col)
11-6, 8-11, 12-10, 11-2 (56m)
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
Miguel Angel Rodrigues
-7, 10-12, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6 (67m)
Rafael Alarcon
Miguel Angel Rodrigues
11-3, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7 (57m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
11-7,11-4,11-4 (22m)
[Q] Gonzalo Miranda (Arg)
Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
14-12, 11-3, 11-9 (39m)
Erik Tepoz (Mex)
Henrik Mustonen
12-10, 11-0, 11-4 (28m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Jan Koukal (Cze)
11-2, 7-11, 11-3, 11-3 (47m)
[2] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)

El Shorbagy Wins Colombian Open Crown

Mohamed El Shorbagy became the first Egyptian winner of the Colombian Open trophy after outlasting Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema in a marathon final of the PSA World Tour International 35 event at Club El Nogal in Bogota.

Top seed El Shorbagy dropped the first game after a series of unforced errors, but took control of the second to draw level.

The 20-year-old from Alexandria, competing in his first event in Colombia, moved ahead after winning the third, but again lost concentration in the fourth as second seed Anjema forced a decider.

"The final game was highly emotional," said event spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz. "Crowd favourite Anjema came onto the court cheered by the tribune. Winning shots and unforced errors were committed by both players looking for precision."

Anjema, the world No12, forced the game into a tie-break but it was El Shorbagy - ranked three places higher - who ultimately prevailed, winning 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 15-13 in 77 minutes.

"Great match, great level, great champion," said Santacruz.

A downcast Anjema said: "Losing a final so close in the fifth is painful. It hurts a lot. But at the same time I cannot be that frustrated because I feel I put in a good performance and I hit a bit of bad luck in the end. This invisible coin in life sometimes falls your way and sometimes the other way. Today was Shorbagy's way. We played hard and fair and although I lost today, I enjoy playing well."

El Shorbagy was celebrating his third PSA Tour title success of the year - and his second in a row after surviving a 15-13 fifth game: "What can I say after this brutal match. I came into this match knowing he had an advantage over me as he trained in the high altitude this summer so I needed to play clever squash to overcome that.

"In the first game he was just too good for me. When it came to 1/1 and 8-8 we were both absolutely dead at that time and I knew this game would make a lot of difference so I gave it a big push. And the fourth, I didn't try - I just thought I would take the risk and save my energy for the fifth.

"This is actually the first time I have left a game, but I guess that's what the altitude can do to you. We both just gave it all in the fifth and when I was 9-5 down, I just didn't want to give up - I wanted to win so badly, so I gave a huge push and kept telling myself I need only six points and I can do it.

"He had only one match point and I had all the rest - and every time I was match point up he used to hit a stunning winner. He is such a great guy and such a great player that was our first meeting and I'm sure we're going to have a lot of more hard matches. The way he takes the loss only champions can take it that way.

"I loved the place here - it was just amazing and it was such a great experience to play in the high altitude," concluded the new champion.

Top Seeds Make Colombian Open Final

A new Colombian Open champion is assured after Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema beat two-time champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 event in Bogota to set up a final against Egypt's Mohamed El Shorbagy at Club El Nogal.

Colombian number one Rodriguez, the defending champion based in Bogota, was bidding to make the final of his country's premier event for the fourth time since 2006.

But second seed Anjema, the world No12 from The Hague, was too strong for the recently-injured 25-year-old fourth seed, winning 11-3, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7 in 57 minutes to reach the 27th Tour final of his career.

"I am very proud of myself - I did not expect the result due to the injury I had," explained Rodriguez afterwards. "On the other hand, of course, I wanted to do great at home with my home crowd.

"Laurens was very patient and I think we really played a great squash today. It is a good start of the season and I am looking forward to next upcoming tournaments."

El Shorbagy, the top seed competing in his first event in Colombia, faced third seed Alister Walker, the former Englishman playing in his first championship since taking on the country of his birth, Botswana.

It was the pair's first meeting, with the world No9 from Alexandria surviving the loss of the second game, and two tie-break games, to win 11-7, 4-11, 12-10, 12-10 in 53 minutes.

"The first tournament of the season is always tricky," said Walker, ranked 21 in the world. "However I can't be upset with how I played but perhaps somewhat frustrated with opportunities missed in the third and fourth games today. I could have had either and maybe ought to have!

"Mohammed played more consistently than in his previous round with fewer errors and came up with some big shots at ten-all in both of the last two games. It was a good game and I enjoyed playing. The Colombian crowd got very involved which made for an exciting event with a promising final tomorrow. I am sure I'll be back playing this event in the future."

El Shorbagy was delighted to have reached his fourth PSA Tour final this year: "It's my first time playing Alister, I think we both played well - it was a good fair match," explained the 20-year-old.

"Today is finally my first day that I felt fine on court so I am happy about that. Tomorrow is the last day of the tournament and there are two things I hate in this sport - which is losing after being 2/0 up, and losing in a final. So I know I am going to be giving it my all tomorrow, as I am sure LJ will as well!"

Rodriguez Rallies Into Colombian Open Semis

Local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez held off the quarter-final challenge of Brazilian rival Rafael Alarcon in the Colombian Open in his home city of Bogota to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 event at Club El Nogal.

Fourth seed Rodriguez, the Colombian number one who won his country's premier title last year for the second time, had to battle for 67 minutes to overcome 34-year-old Alarcon.

In a clash described by tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz as a "sensational match played by Rodriguez and Alarcon in five vibrant games", the Colombian triumphed 11-7, 10-12, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6 to reach the last four for the fifth time since 2006.

Rodriguez, the world No30, will now face second seed Laurens Jan Anjema after the Dutchman, ranked 16 places higher, despatched Finland's Henrik Mustonen 12-10, 11-0, 11-4 in just 28 minutes.

Alister Walker, the former Englishman making his first Tour appearance for his country of birth, secured his anticipated place in the last four after a four-game win over New Zealander Martin Knight.

After a series of unforced errors early in the match, third seed Walker - now flying the flag for Botswana - recovered to defeat Knight 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10 in 54 minutes to set up a meeting with Egyptian favourite Mohamed El Shorbagy.

The world No9 from Alexandria, making his Tour debut in Colombia, had to fight back from a game down to overcome rising Hong Kong star Max Lee 3-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 in 50 minutes.

Walker Waltzes Into Colombian Open Quarters

Alister Walker, the former Englishman making his first PSA World Tour appearance for his country of birth, cast aside Colombian teenager Andres Felipe de Frutos to reach the quarter-finals of the Colombian Open, the PSA International 35 event at Club El Nogal in Bogota.

Wildcard player De Frutos was making his Tour debut - and, aged just 17, was the youngest player ever to compete in the long-established Colombian Open.

But third seed Walker, the former England international now flying the flag for Botswana, needed just 22 minutes to overcome the rising Colombian star 11-3, 11-3, 11-7.

New York-based Walker, ranked 21 in the world, will now face Martin Knight for a place in the semi-finals. Knight, the world No46 from New Zealand, battled for 69 minutes to overcome Australian qualifier Matthew Karwalski 12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-1.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez led local interest into the last eight after beating Mexican Cesar Salazar 11-6, 8-11, 12-10, 11-2 in 56 minutes. The No4 seed from Bogota, returning from the injury which ruled him out of last week's world team championship in Germany, will now line up against Rafael Alarcon.

The top-ranked Brazilian brushed aside Gonzalo Miranda, a qualifier from Argentina, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 in 22 minutes.

Top seeds Mohamed El Shorbagy and Laurens Jan Anjema secured their quarter-final berths in contrasting styles. Egyptian El Shorbagy, the 20-year-old event favourite, defeated Mexican Arturo Salazar 12-10, 11-4, 11-8, while second-seeded Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema needed four games to see off Czech champion Jan Koukal 11-2, 7-11, 11-3, 11-3.