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09/04/2012
WEST OF IRELAND OPEN 2012
 

Krajcsak Wins Tenth Title At West of Ireland

West of Ireland Open 2012
03-08 April, Galway, $10k
Round One
05 Apr  from 17.00
Quarters
06 Apr
Semis
07 Apr
Final
08 Apr
[1] Joe Lee (Eng)
13-11 11-8 11-9 (45')
Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
 Joe Lee
6-11 11-6 11-9 11-6
Dylan Bennett
 Joe Lee
11-3 11-1 11-7 (34')
 Rasmus Nielsen
Joe Lee
11-4, 11-3, 11-2 (45m)
 Mark Krajcsak
Dylan Bennett (Ned)
11-7 11-8 11-7 (35')
[Q] Alex Phillips (Eng)
Ben Ford (Eng)
1-11 12-10 15-13 11-7 (82')
[Q] Alex Ingham (Eng)
Ben Ford
13-11 11-4 11-8
Rasmus Nielsen
[3] Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
11-6 11-5 11-13 6-11 11-6 (75')
Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
Stuart Hadden (Irl)
11-5 11-4 11-6 (27')
[4] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
 Steve Finitsis
9-11 10-12 11-7 18-16 11-7 (110')
Arthur Gaskin
Arthur Gaskin
11-5 11-8 9-11 11-2
Mark Krajcsak
[Q] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11-3 11-5 11-7 (25')
Fred Reid (Can)
[Q] Mark Fuller (Eng)
8-11 11-13 11-3 11-5 11-9 (79')
Chris Truswell (Eng)
 Mark Fuller
9-11 11-5 11-4 9-11 11-6 (65')
 Mark Krajcsak
Lucas Serme (Fra)
11-9 11-5 11-7 (40')
[2] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)

PSA International 10 Paddy 'Whack' West of Ireland Open, Galway, Ireland

 

Krajcsak Wins Tenth Title At West of Ireland

Hungarian number one Mark Krajcsak claimed the tenth PSA World Tour title of his career when he upset favourite Joe Lee in today's final of the Paddy 'Whack' West of Ireland Open, the PSA International 10 squash event in its sixth year at Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Galway.

The two top seeds arrived in the final in contrasting styles - Englishman Lee brushing aside third seed Rasmus Nielsen in straight games in just 34 minutes, while the record nine-time Hungarian champion needed 65 minutes to overcome local hero Arthur Gaskin in four games.

"But, as play got under way, it was very clear from the beginning that Krajcsak was fully prepared and hungry to add another trophy to his collection," explained tournament organiser Edwin Brennan. "He started like a bullet train setting a high pace from the strike of the first ball. Both players worked hard in the early stages rallying up and down the wall with a mix of attacking volleys and beautiful drop shots. Lee struggled to find his form as Krajcsak never allowed him time on the ball to try and change the pace."

Krajcsak, currently ranked 60 in the world - five places above his opponent - took the opening game and outclassed Lee in the second to open up a two-game lead.

And from two-all in the third, Krajcsak changed the tempo once again - winning nine straight points to close out the match 11-4, 11-3, 11-2 in 45 minutes.

"You know it's pretty funny because earlier in the week I said it wasn't my day," said the new champion afterwards. "But today was the opposite because I played really close to my best. Somebody from the crowd just told me I only made two mistakes the whole match.

"I don't think that Joe played badly - but I think I had the answer today and I was full of energy, I was really fresh and I was surprised because I spent nearly twice as long as him on court this week," added the 28-year-old from Budapest.

"My legs were heavy yesterday but my girlfriend gave them a massage last night and that help a lot. I really enjoyed my time in Galway - it's a lovely small city which has some great restaurants. Today was special for me as it's my 10th tour title!

"My coach Colin White is from Ireland, which gives my win an extra special feel. I am looking forward to him coming back to Budapest and getting on court with him again. I still feel that I can push harder and work to reach my best which I believe I have in me."

Top Seeds Get To Galway Final

The top two seeds Joe Lee and Mark Krajcsak will line up in the final of the Paddy 'Whack' West of Ireland Open after prevailing in today's contrasting semi-finals in the PSA World Tour International 10 squash event in its sixth year at Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Galway.

English favourite Lee had a comfortable 11-3, 11-1, 11-7 win over Rasmus Nielsen, the No3 seed from Denmark, to claim the eight final World Tour appearance of his career.

Nine-time Hungarian champion Krajcsak took on local hero Arthur Gaskin, the Irish qualifier who pulled off two impressive upsets to claim a shock place in the event's last four.

"A large local crowd gathered for the match and were willing Gaskin on from the start, which had to be a help to the Irishman," said tournament organiser Edwin Brennan. "As always with matches of this level the opening game always has more than its fair share of long and punishing rallies.

"Krajcsak, I'm sure, wanted to keep the pace high and rallies long keen to exploit any fatigue Gaskin may have been suffering from. However Gaskin looked quite fresh considering. Krajcsak dictated the pace early on and worked Gaskin extremely well playing a combination of very tight drops and lovely lengths."

But it was the end of the line for the brave Dublin-born 27-year-old who is the reigning Irish champion as Krajcsak battled through to an 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-2 victory in 65 minutes to reach the 15th Tour final of his career.