SANTIAGO OPEN 2011 (Men)
Home Hero Golan Celebrates Santiago Success
17-22 Oct, Spain, $25k
 Adrian Grant (Eng)
11/5, 9/11, 11/4, 11/7 (45m)
Stephane Galifi (Ita)
9-11, 11-7, 8-11,
11-6, 11-9 (77m)
8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (49m)
14-12, 11-0, 8-11,
Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
11/9, 11/5, 11/4 (32m)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Jan Koukal (Cze)
10/12, 11/7, 11/1, 11/4 (28m)
[Q] Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11-8, 11-7 (49m)
Gregoire Marche (Fra)
8/11, 11/5, 11/8, 4/11, 11/8 (60m)
 Chris Simpson (Eng)
 Borja Golan (Esp)
11/7, 11/3, 11/6 (37m)
[Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
11-5, 11-4, 11-1
7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (60m)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/7, 6/11, 3/11, 13/11, 12/10 (56m)
Carlos Cornes (Esp)
Adrian Waller (Eng)
8/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/8 (51m)
[Q] Olivier Pett (Eng)
8-11, 11-4, 11-5,
[Q] Fabien Verseille (Fra)
11/5, 11/4, 11/2, (12m)
 Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
Golan Celebrates Santiago Success
Home town hero
Borja Golan delighted the packed crowd at the Shopping Center Area
Central in Santiago de Compostela in Spain when he upset England's
top seed Adrian Grant in the final of the Santiago Open to reclaim
the PSA World Tour International 25 squash title he last won in 2008.
marks Golan's biggest PSA Tour title success since the former world No10,
Spain's highest-ranked player of all-time, underwent major knee surgery in 2009.
seed, born and raised in Santiago, dropped just one game en-route to the final
where he met Grant, the defending champion from London who was celebrating his
third successive appearance in the event's climax.
the lengthy opening game after a tie-break - then moved 2/0 up after taking the
second in a whitewash.
But Grant, the
world No17 - ranked almost 20 places higher than his opponent - regrouped to
reduce the deficit after the third.
spurred on by the partisan crowd, however, Golan regained the upper hand in the
fourth before closing out the match 14-12, 11-0, 8-11, 11-6.
win extends Golan's impressive PSA World Tour record to 24 title triumphs from
33 final appearances.
Grant & Golan Reach Santiago
England's defending champion Adrian Grant reached the final of the Santiago Open
for the third year in a row - and will meet local hero and former champion Borja
Golan in the climax of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event at
Shopping Center Area Central in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
In a repeat of his first round match in Santiago last year, Londoner Grant took
on Gregoire Marche. The Frenchman stretched Grant to five games in their 2010
clash, but this time the top-seeded Englishman had the measure of his
lower-ranked opponent in four games, winning 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-2.
World No17 Grant is celebrating the 27th PSA Tour final appearance of his
career, and his second this year.
This seed Golan, born and raised in Santiago, is marking his fourth appearance
in his hometown Tour event since 2007. After winning the title in 2008, he was
forced to miss out the following year after undergoing major knee surgery.
The 28-year-old former world No10 - Spain's highest-ranked player of all-time -
faced Olivier Pett, a qualifier from England who upset second seed Stephen
Coppinger in the quarter-finals.
Pett took the opening game, but - cheered on by the partisan crowd - Golan, now
ranked 36 in the world, regained the upper hand to close out the match 7-11,
11-7, 11-4, 11-6.
The triumph takes Golan into the 33rd PSA Tour final of his career - but the
second this month after winning the Valencia Open, also in Spain, two weeks ago.Pett Powers On
qualifier Olivier Pett continued his giant-killing run in the Santiago
Open in Spain when he upset second seed Stephen Coppinger to reach
the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event at
Shopping Center Area Central in Santiago de Compostela.
It was 24
hours earlier - on his 23rd birthday - that Pett made his breakthrough by
beating higher-ranked fellow countryman Adrian Waller to secure a
surprise place in the quarter-finals
But the world
No87 from Sussex secured one of the biggest scalps of his career when he
recovered from a game down to beat South African number one Coppinger, ranked
more than 50 places higher, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 18-16.
Pett now faces
local hero Borja Golan, the top-ranked Spaniard from Santiago de
Compostela who downed club-mate Carlos Cornes Ribadas, the event's
wildcard, 11-5, 11-4, 11-1.
also be English interest in the other semi-final where top seed Adrian Grant
takes on Frenchman Gregoire Marche. Londoner Grant, the defending
champion looking to make the final for the third year in a row, twice had to
fight back from behind to see off New Zealander Campbell Grayson 9-11,
11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9.
Marche maintained his impressive Santiago run by following his first round upset
over fourth seed Chris Simpson with a 10-12, 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 victory
over higher-ranked Czech number one Jan Koukal.
Pett Scores In Santiago
qualifier Olivier Pett celebrated his 23rd birthday in fine style in the
first round of the Santiago Open in Spain when he upset fellow countryman
Adrian Waller to secure a surprise place in the quarter-finals of the
PSA World Tour International 25 squash event at Shopping Center Area
Central in Santiago de Compostela.
Sussex, battled back from a game down to beat 21-year-old Waller, ranked 32
places higher, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 in 56 minutes.
But it was
Frenchman Gregoire Marche who earned the biggest scalp when he despatched
England's No4 seed Chris Simpson 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8.
21-year-old from Aix-en-Provence goes on to meet Czech number one Jan Koukal,
who beat English qualifier Charles Sharpes 10-12, 11-7, 11-1, 11-4.
Carlos Cornes Ribadas set up a dream all-Santiago quarter-final clash
when he stunned experienced Hungarian Mark Krajcsak 11-7, 6-11, 3-11,
the world top 400, 22-year-old Santiago club hero Cornes now faces Santiago-born
and raised Borja Golan, the top-ranked Spaniard.
Golan, the event's champion in 2008, ousted English qualifier Joe Lee
11-7, 11-3, 11-6.