SWEDISH OPEN 2012
Classy Gaultier Wins Swedish Open Crown
Swedish Open 2012
31 Jan - 05 Feb, Linkoping, $70k
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11-8, 11-3, 11-6
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11-6, 11-2, 11-5
11-1, 11-3, 11-2
Tom Richards (Eng)
6-11, 6-11, 11-7,
11-8, 12-10 (70m)
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
11-9, 8-11, 7-11,
14-12, 11-4 (92m)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
11-5, 11-4, 11-5
Rasmus Hult (Swe)
11-4, 11-8, 11-7
 Peter Barker (Eng)
 Thierry Lincou (Fra)
4-11, 9-11, 11-9,
11-7, 11-3 (68m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
2-11, 11-8, 11-8,
11-2, 11-2, 6-11,
Simon Rosner (Ger)
11-5, 11-9, 11-5
[Q] Amr Khalid Khalifa (Egy)
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11-8, 9-11, 11-9,
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11-5, 11-7, 6-11,
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-7, 11-7, 11-4
 Karim Darwish (Egy)
Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt Chris Ryder (ENG) 11-8, 11-6,
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-9, 9-11,
12-10, 10-12, 11-4
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Max Lee (HKG) 6-11, 11-6, 11-9,
Gaultier Wins Swedish Open Crown
quality performance by top seed Gregory Gaultier saw the
Frenchman win the Case Swedish Open title and notch up the 20th
PSA World Tour title of his career at the long-established PSA
International 70 squash event at the Linköping Sporthall in
Gaultier, described by PSA COO and former world number one Lee
Beachill as being "in indescribably good form at the moment", took
on second seed Karim Darwish,
29-year-old from Aix-en-Provence reached the final without dropping a
game - and kept up his good form, showing good movement and stopping
Darwish from hitting decisive shots.
quality of squash was still immense with some amazing pick-ups and
rallies, much to the applause of an excited crowd in Linköping Sporthall,"
said event spokesman Niklas Lillman.
Gaultier was in control throughout, going on to take the match 11-3,
11-6, 11-8 in 46 minutes to win the prestigious title for the first
didn't actually think I was going to play this well, since I have had
back spasms since I came back from New York," explained the world No3
later. "I want to become world No1 again, and I need the motivation from
the crowd to get back to my top form.
have been fortunate to have my physio with me all along, he has done a
great job on me all week long. I also want to thank Fredrik (Johnson)
and his team, the city of Linköping, sponsors etc for making sure that
this tournament grows every year, which I hope it will keep doing for
many years to come.
wish we had a similar event in France. I wish you all the best of luck
and as last few words I hope that Karim's home country of Egypt soon
will regain some peace and calm."
Darwish, the 2004 champion, said that always enjoyed coming to Linköping
to play this tournament - but acknowledged that "Greg today was simply
too good for me to handle.
played against each other since we were 10 years old, but I've never
seen him play this good. I would love to come back here for next year's
tournament. Many thanks to Fredrik and his team for a very well
Gaultier & Darwish Make Swedish Open Final
seeds Gregory Gaultier and Karim Darwish will contest the
final of the Case Swedish Open after victories over Englishmen in
the semi-finals of the long-established PSA World Tour International
70 squash event at the Linköping Sporthall in Linköping.
in-form Gaultier, the world No3 from France, brushed aside Peter
Barker in 34 minutes - beating the world No7 from London 11-1, 11-3,
was a very good match for me and I felt very strong, despite having just
arrived from New York," said the Frenchman, now in the 45th Tour final
of his career.
feel fit and physically strong and it shows in my game. I hope the
audience enjoyed the match and I'm really looking forward to the final."
Left-hander Barker was less than happy with his performance: "I'm not
sure if I deserve any applause today. I tried to catch up with Greg and
in the end I improved myself a bit and got the result ..... 11-3!
I'm going home and rest myself up for the next tournament."
Darwish dominated the first two games against Daryl Selby, but
the unseeded Englishman turned it round in the third to reduce the
second-seeded Egyptian reclaimed the initiative in the fourth before
closing out the match 11-2, 11-2, 6-11, 11-8 in 47 minutes.
always difficult to play against Selby," said the world No4 from Cairo
who is celebrating his 38th Tour final. "He's usually a late starter
which means you have to be awake the whole match because he always comes
up towards the end."
responded: "It was a good crowd. I tried to give Karim a good match. I
had a very good week at one of the best squash tournaments in the world.
will gladly be back next year and then I hope for a more prominent
Seeds Into Swedish Open Semis
top two seeds moved safely into the semi-finals of the Case Swedish
Open following contrasting quarter-finals in the long-established
PSA World Tour International 70 squash event at the Linköping
Sporthall in Linköping.
what was described as 'the tournament's best game so far' by event
spokesman Niklas Lillman, Egypt's world No4 Karim Darwish
overcome Nicolas Mueller in four games to maintain his unbeaten
record over the Swiss number one.
second seed Darwish won the first two games in comfortable style,
Mueller got off to a good start in the third and went on to take the
game to reduce the deficit.
Darwish showed his class to keep ahead of his opponent in the fourth
before closing out the match 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10 in 49 minutes.
contrast, French favourite Gregory Gaultier took only 26 minutes
to earn his place in the last four after despatching England's Tom
Richards, ranked 19 in the world, 11-6, 11-2, 11-5.
Gaultier, the world No3, will now take on another Englishman Peter
Barker after the No3 seed beat South African Stephen Coppinger
11-5, 11-4, 11-5.
Unseeded Daryl Selby maintained his powerful run in the event.
After upsetting fourth seed Thierry Lincou in the opening round,
the world No12 from England recovered from a game down to see off
Germany's Simon Rosner 2-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 in exactly one
have had four very good days here at the Case Swedish Open, including
two days of qualification and now two days in the main draw on the glass
court," said tournament promoter Fredrik Johnson.
"Saturday looks very promising with all the semi-finalists being in the
top 12 in the world. It will be a very big crowd at the arena and it
looks as it will be sold out.
also a very good pro am when Greg Gaultier played a game with Stefan
Edberg," added the former top-ranked Swede.
Scores Swedish Open Upset
Daryl Selby scored one of the best wins of his career in the
first round of the Case Swedish Open - fighting back from two
games down to beat fourth seed Thierry Lincou and make the
quarter-finals of the long-established PSA World Tour International
70 squash event at the Linköping Sporthall in Linköping.
illustrious Frenchman, who boasted an unbeaten record against Selby in
three meetings since 2008, made an excellent start against the
29-year-old from Essex.
Selby, who moved ahead of the former world champion in the world
rankings for the first time this year, slowly took control of the match
- and after 68 minutes confirmed his ranking superiority by clinching a
4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3 victory.
comeback today against the legend Titi," tweeted the world No12 later.
"Happy to have finally beaten such a great player and not the easy way!"
countryman Tom Richards also had to come back from a two-game
deficit to earn his place in the last eight. Now ranked 19 in the world,
Richards fought back to overcome English qualifier Chris Simpson
6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 in 70 minutes.
will now meet Frenchman Gregory Gaultier after the top seed from
France despatched Indian number one Saurav Ghosal 11-8, 11-3,
11-6 in 49 minutes.
Mustonen Battles Into Swedish Open
boosted Nordic interest in the Case Swedish Open in Linköping
after surviving a five-game battle in the qualifying finals of the
long-established PSA World Tour International 70 squash event at
the Linköping Sporthall.
21-year-old Finn beat England's Adrian Waller 11-9, 9-11, 12-10,
10-12, 11-4 and will now face Egypt's No2 seed Karim Darwish in
the opening round.
day of upsets, New Zealander Campbell Grayson dismissed Hong
Kong's Max Lee, the highest-ranked player in the qualifiers,
6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 - while Egypt's Amr Khaled Khalifa ousted
England's Chris Ryder 11-8, 11-6, 11-4.
all-English clash produced the fourth qualifier when Chris Simpson
beat Joe Lee 11-5, 11-4, 11-4.
the world No3 from France, is the event's top seed - who lines up
against top-ranked Indian Saurav Ghosal in the first round.