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Charlton Charges To Czech Championship Success

Ixi Open 2011
13-16 Oct,
Pardubice, Czech Republic, $5k

Round One
14 Oct
14 Oct
15 Oct
16 Oct
[1] Dylan Bennett (Ned)
11/2, 11/7, 11/3 (25m)
Philip Nightingale (Eng)
Dylan Bennett
8/11, 11/4, 11/8, 10/12, 13/11 (80m)
Chris Fuller
Dylan Bennett
11/5, 11/9, 11/13, 11/8 (67m)
Joan Lezaud
Dylan Bennett
 11/3, 11/6, 11/5 (33m)
Eddie Charlton
Chris Fuller (Eng)
 12/10, 11/5, 11/1 (42m)
[Q] Florent Pontiere (Fra)
Joan Lezaud (Fra)
12/10, 11/3, 11/4 (43m)
[Q] Lucas Serme (Fra)
Joan Lezaud
 3/11, 11/4, 12/10, 12/10 (64m)
Ben Coleman
Ben Coleman (Eng)
11/8, 6/11, 11/6, 11/1 (53m)
[3] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
[4] Eddie Charlton (Eng)
11/3, 11/4, 11/6 (35m)
Bart Ravelli (Ned)
Eddie Charlton
4/11, 11/3, 13/11, 11/9 (68m)
Amr Swelim
Eddie Charlton
11/1, 11/1, 7/0 rtd (23m)
Geoffrey Demont
Amr Swelim (Ita)
11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (34m)
[Q] Reiko Peter (Sui)
Sebastian Weenink (Ned)
11/9, 11/8, 8/11, 11/8 (67m)
[Q] Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
Geoffrey Demont
12/10, 11/4, 11/3 (40m)
Lukas Jelinek
Zbynek Standera (Cze)
15/13, 11/4, 11/7 (47m)
[LL] Lukas Jelinek (Cze)

Charlton Charges To Czech Championship Success

England's Eddie Charlton charged to his first PSA World Tour title success when he won the inaugural Ixi Open, the PSA Challenger 5 squash event at the Ixi Club in Pardubice in the Czech Republic.

It was fifth time lucky for the 23-year-old from Nottingham who had finished up as runner-up in four Tour final appearances in separate countries since November 2007.

Fourth seed Charlton had an easy route though to the final when his semi-final opponent Geoffrey Demont, a qualifier from France, conceded the match after 23 minutes when sickness made it impossible for the 20-year-old to carry on.

Top seed Dylan Bennett also had to overcome a Frenchman in the other semi, where he beat unseeded Joan Lezaud 11-5, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8 in 67 minutes.

"Eddie played very accurate and tight squash and was able to keep Dylan behind him and dominate the middle of the court," explained tournament organiser Tomas Forter. "Dylan wasn't moving very well and his defence wasn't tight enough."

Charlton, ranked ten places behind Dutchman Dylan, led throughout the first two games - and fought back from 3-5 down in the third before racing to 10-5, then clinching his first match-ball to claim his historic 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 victory in 33 minutes.

"I'm very pleased - I felt I played really well," said the the delighted Charlton afterwards. "Dylan didn't play as well as he can, but I'd like to think that was down to me!

"This is my first title so it obviously means a lot. I put in a good summer's training and it's nice to see some rewards.

"Thanks has to go to all the people who are helping me with my game (they know who they are!). Thanks to my parents for their support and finally to my girlfriend Emma who puts up with me!

"Tomas and all the people here at the Ixi club have made it a great event and I look forward to coming back in future," concluded Charlton.