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Rafa Romps To Paraguay Prize

Paraguay Open 2012
21-26 May, Asuncion, $10k
Round One
23 May
24 May
25 May
26 May
[1] Jan Koukal (Cze)
11/9, 11/6, 8/11, 11/8 (38m)
Luke Butterworth (Eng)
Jan Koukal
11/8, 13/11, 11/7 (50m)
Evan Williams
Jan Koukal
11-7, 9-11, 14-12, 7-11, 11-7 (80m)
Joan Lezaud
Jan Koukal
11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (31m)
Rafael Alarcon
Vinicius Rodrigues (Bra)
11/3, 11/1, 14/16, 11/4 (36m)
Evan Williams (Nzl)
Leandro Romiglio (Arg)
 11/6, 11/5, 11/13, 11/6 (39m)
[Q] Nicolas Caballero (Par)
Leandro Romiglio
11/9, 11/7, 11/3 (38m)
Joan Lezaud
[Q] Bryan Bonilla (Gua)
11/9, 11/6, 11/4 (24m)
[3] Joan Lezaud (Fra)
[4] Fabien Verseille (Fra)
11/3, 2/11, 11/4, 11/3 (28m)
[Q] André L´Heureux (Par)
 Fabien Verseille
11/5, 11/6, 11/13, 11/8 (59m)
Gonzalo Miranda
Gonzalo Miranda
11-4, 11-6, 17-15 (41m)
Rafael Alarcon
Gonzalo Miranda (Arg)
12/10, 12/10, 11/9 (51m)
Hernan D'Arcangelo (Arg)
Fernando Lopez (Mex)
 11/8, 11/7, 1/11, 11/5 (38m)
Juan Pablo Roude (Arg)
Juan Pablo Roude
11/5, 11/9, 11/7 (35m)
Rafael Alarcon
[Q] Esteban Casarino (Par)
11/3, 7/11, 11/9, 11/5 (46m)
[2] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)

PSA Challenger 5 Tour de las Americas Paraguay Open, Asuncion, Paraguay


Rafa Romps To Paraguay Prize

Brazilian Rafael Alarcon celebrated his maiden appearance in a PSA World Tour event this year in perfect style by winning the Tour de las Americas Paraguay Open, the PSA Challenger 5 squash event in its fourth year at Club Internacional de Tenis in Asuncion.

Winner of the title in 2009 and 2010, the 35-year-old from Sao Paulo faced top seed Jan Koukal in the final. Whilst Alarcon had come through his semi-final against Argentinean Gonzalo Miranda in straight games, the Czech number one had survived an 80-minute marathon against Joan Lezaud, only squeezing past the third-seeded Frenchman 11-7 in the decider.

"Koukal's semi took its toll - and Rafa was always in control," said event organiser Esteban Casarino after the Brazilian cruised to his 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 title triumph in 31 minutes.

The win marks Alarcon's 18th Tour title - making the world No75 the South American with the most titles on the PSA World Tour.

Koukal On Course In Paraguay

Czech squash star Jan Koukal remains on course to reach his second PSA World Tour final in a row in South America after beating New Zealand's Evan Williams in straight games in the quarter-finals of the Tour de las Americas Paraguay Open, the PSA Challenger 5 event in its fourth year at Club Internacional de Tenis in Asuncion.

Top-seeded Koukal, runner-up in last week's Regatas Resistencia Open in Argentina, despatched the 22-year-old from Wellington 11-8, 13-11, 11-7 and will now face Joan Lezaud, the No3 seed from France who ousted Spaniard Leandro Romiglio Fernandez 11-9, 11-7, 11-3.

There was an upset in the lower half of the draw when unseeded Argentinean Gonzalo Miranda battled for almost an hour to overcome fourth-seeded Frenchman Fabien Verseille 11-5, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8.

The 22-year-old from La Plata will now take on fellow South American Rafael Alarcon, the No2 seed from Brazil. The 35-year-old from Sao Paulo, competing in his first Tour event of the year, defeated Argentina's Juan Pablo Roude 11-5, 11-9, 11-7.