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29/04/2012
GRASSHOPPER CUP 2012
 

Selby Denies Home Hero Mueller Grasshopper Glory

Grasshopper Cup 2012
Official Site
23-28 Apr, Zurich, $25k
Round One
25 Apr
Quarters
26 Apr
Semis
27 Apr
Final
28 Apr
[1] Daryl Selby (Eng)
11/4, 11/7, 11/9 (41m)
Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
Daryl Selby
11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (34m)
Jan Koukal
Daryl Selby
11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (38m)
Olli Tuominen
Daryl Selby
12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 (70m)
Nicolas Mueller
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)
Charles Sharpes
11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)
Olli Tuominen
[LL] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
12/10, 15/17, 5/11, 12/10, 11/4 (95m)
[3] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
[4] 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 (24m)
Kristian Frost
Karim Abdel Gawad
6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (70m)
Nicolas Mueller
Kristian Frost (Den)
6/11, 11/5, 11/9, 11/7 (40m)
[WC] 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 (34m)
Nicolas Mueller
[Q] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
11/5, 11/5, 11/5 (34m)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)

Official Site

Selby 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.

And by 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.

Second 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.

And 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 the third.

But 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.

"I'm 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

Nicolas Mueller 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.

Second 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.

The 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.

"Very happy with a 3/0 semi final win over Olli," tweeted Selby later. "BIG final tomorrow against home favourite @MuellerNicolas. Should be fun!"

Seeds Sail Through In Zurich

All 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 11-year absence.

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.

The 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, 11-7, 11-3.

The other semi will feature English favourite Daryl Selby and 'Flying Finn' Olli Tuominen, the No3 seed.

"Daryl 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.

Selby, 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.

 

Local Hero Mueller Moves Into Grasshopper Quarters

While 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.

"It's 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?"

But 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.

"First round win at #grasshoppercup - amazing home crowd!!" tweeted Mueller later. "Hope there will be even more people for my 2nd round at 7.30pm"

The 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.

But the other two seeds were stretched to five games before being allowed to take their places in the last eight.

Olli Tuominen, 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.

The 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.

But 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.

But 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 quarter-finals.