GRASSHOPPER CUP 2012
Selby Denies Home Hero Mueller Grasshopper Glory
23-28 Apr, Zurich, $25k
 Daryl Selby (Eng)
11/4, 11/7, 11/9 (41m)
Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
11-6, 11-4, 11-6
11-8, 11-5, 11-6
8-11, 11-4 (70m)
Jan Koukal (Cze)
9/11, 13/11, 14/12, 6/11, 11/8 (89m)
[Q] Fabien Verseille (Fra)
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11/8, 11/4, 14/16, 11/9 (58m)
[Q] Andre Haschker (Ger)
11-8, 11-6, 11-7
[LL] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
12/10, 15/17, 5/11, 12/10, 11/4 (95m)
 Olli Tuominen (Fin)
 Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
14/16, 6/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/8 (115m)
[Q] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-5, 13-11, 11-5
Karim Abdel Gawad
6-11, 11-9, 11-6,
Kristian Frost (Den)
6/11, 11/5, 11/9, 11/7 (40m)
Reiko Peter (Sui)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
11/5, 8/11, 11/5, 12/14, 11/6 (72m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
Omar Abdel Meguid
11-5, 11-7, 11-3
[Q] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
11/5, 11/5, 11/5 (34m)
 Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Denies Home Hero Mueller Grasshopper Glory
England's Daryl Selby denied Nicolas Mueller the chance to
become the first local winner of the Grasshopper Cup in the
33-year history of the event when he beat the Swiss number one in the
final of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event at the
Grasshopper Club in Zurich.
doing so - in the first staging of the popular event for 11 years -
Selby kept the trophy in English hands following the 2001 title triumph
by former world No10 Mark Cairns.
seed Mueller, the world No24 and the country's highest-ranked player of
all-time, became the first ever Swiss player to reach the final after
beating Egypt's No4 seed Karim Abdel Gawad in the semi-finals.
the 22-year-old from nearby Hirzel - who was also celebrating his 50th
appearance in a PSA Tour event - took world No11 Selby to a tie-break in
the first game, and forced the match into a fourth game after winning
ultimately it was the 29-year-old Englishman who prevailed, winning
12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 in 70 minutes to celebrate the 11th PSA Tour
title of his career.
very happy with my win today - it's been 15 months since my last PSA
title," said a jubilant Selby after his victory. "The tournament has
been fantastically organised and I think we played a great final today
to round off a superb week."
Mueller Makes Historic Grasshopper Cup Final
claimed a historic berth in the final of the Grasshopper Cup in
Switzerland when he became the first home player for more than 20 years
to reach the climax of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash
event at the Grasshopper Club in Zurich.
seed Mueller, the world No24 and already the country's highest-ranked
player of all-time, recovered from a game down to beat up-and-coming
Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 in 70 minutes.
Competing in the 50th PSA Tour event of his career, the 22-year-old from
nearby Hirzel is celebrating his ninth Tour final appearance - but his
first for more than two years.
Appropriately, after an 11-year absence from the international squash
calendar, the 2012 Grasshopper Cup will finish with a clash between the
event's top two seeds - after English favourite Daryl Selby
recorded his third straight games win in a row in the event.
world No11 from Essex defeated third-seeded Finn Olli Tuominen
11-8, 11-5, 11-6 in just 38 minutes to reach the 17th Tour final of his
career, and his second this month.
happy with a 3/0 semi final win over Olli," tweeted Selby later. "BIG
final tomorrow against home favourite @MuellerNicolas. Should be fun!"
Sail Through In Zurich
four seeds scored straightforward straight games wins in the
Grasshopper Cup in Switzerland to set up the predicted semi-finals
of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event making its
comeback at the Grasshopper Club in Zurich after an
Egypt's Karim Abdel Gawad, at 20 the youngest of the four,
swiftly despatched newly-crowned Danish champion Kristian Frost
Olesen 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 in just 24 minutes.
fourth seed from Cairo will now face local hero Nicolas Mueller,
the Swiss number one. Spurred on by the partisan crowd, second seed
Mueller knocked out Gawad's compatriot Omar Abdel Meguid 11-5,
other semi will feature English favourite Daryl Selby and 'Flying
Finn' Olli Tuominen, the No3 seed.
made it clear why he is the number one seed in the tournament, not
letting any chance to Jan Koukal over the whole match," said
event spokesman Mark Meyer.
the world No11, defeated Czech number one Koukal 11-6, 11-4, 11-6.
Tuominen took on rising English star Charles Sharpes - but the
experienced 33-year-old from Helsinki was too strong for the 20-year-old
Englishman, winning 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 in 36 minutes.
Hero Mueller Moves Into Grasshopper Quarters
marathon battles characterised the open day's play in the Grasshopper
Cup in Switzerland, local hero Nicolas Mueller progressed in
straight games to reach the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour
International 25 squash event making its comeback at the
Grasshopper Club in Zurich after an 11-year absence.
always a thrilling moment when the local hero enters the court for the
first appearance during a tournament," said event spokesman Mark
Meyer. "But it also creates a lot of pressure and expectation: How
would Nici Müller cope with that?"
the 22-year-old from nearby Hirzel - the world No24 who is already the
country's highest-ranked player of all-time - coped admirably,
despatching German qualifier Raphael Kandra 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 in
just 34 minutes.
round win at #grasshoppercup - amazing home crowd!!" tweeted Mueller
later. "Hope there will be even more people for my 2nd round at 7.30pm"
second-seeded Swiss star is expected to line up against favourite
Daryl Selby in the event's final. The world No11 from England also
prevailed in straight games - beating New Zealander Kashif Shuja
11-4, 11-7, 11-9 in 41 minutes.
the other two seeds were stretched to five games before being allowed to
take their places in the last eight.
the No3 seed from Finland, took on Australian Steven Finitsis, a
'lucky loser' who earned an unexpected place in the main draw after a
last-minute withdrawal. The first two games went to tie-breaks, the Finn
squeezing the first before Finitsis secured the second 17-15 with the
match already almost an hour long.
Australian took full advantage of too many errors by Tuominen to take a
2/1 lead before progressing to match-ball in the fourth at 10-9.
the Flying Finn fought back to force the match into a decider before
claiming his 12-10, 15-17, 5-11, 12-10, 11-4 victory after 95 minutes.
Experienced Davide Bianchetti, a 35-year-old qualifier from
Italy, surprised 20-year-old Karim Abdel Gawad, the No4 seed from
Egypt, by taking the first two games.
after five minutes short of two hours, Gawad emerged victorious 14-16,
6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 to claim his anticipated place in the