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20/08/2012
PONTA LAGOA CHALLENGER 2012
 

Fifth For Frost In Ponta Grossa

Ponta Lagoa Challenger 2012
14-19 Aug, Ponta Grossa, Brazil, $10k
Round One
16-Aug
Quarters
17-Aug
Semis
18-Aug
Final
19-Aug
[1] Joe Lee (Eng)
bye
Joe Lee
11/5, 11/6, 12/10 (37m)
Hernan D'Arcangelo
Joe Lee
11/9, 4/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/6 (86m)
Rafael Alarcon
Rafael Alarcon
11-7, 11-5, 13-11 (78m)
Kristian Frost
Hernan D'Arcangelo (Arg)
w/o
Ronivaldo Duarte (Bra)
Alex Ingham (Eng)
11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10 (56m)
Karamatullah Khan (Pak)
Alex Ingham
11/3, 11/9, 12/10 (31m)
Rafael Alarcon
[4] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
11-7, 11-9, 13-11 (43m)
Joe Chapman (Ivb)
Manoel Pereira (Bra)
11-7, 11-1, 11-6 (49m)
[3] Chris Gordon (Usa)
Chris Gordon
11/7, 11/5, 7/11, 12/10 (58m)
Vinicius Costa
Chris Gordon
11/6, 11/5, 11/4 (47m)
Kristian Frost
Josimar Silva (Bra)
11-8, 11-8, 11-2 (37m)
[Q] Vinicius Costa (Bra)
Vinicius Rodrigues (Bra)
11-2, 11-3, 11-8 (17m)
[Q] Ibrahim Nyanzi (Uga)
Vinicius Rodrigues
 4/11, 11/5, 11/8, 13/11 (51m)
[2] Kristian Frost
[Q] Pedro Momento (Bra)
 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (41m)
[2] Kristian Frost (Den)

Fifth For Frost In Ponta Grossa

Danish squash star Kristian Frost Olesen claimed his fifth PSA World Tour title of the year when he beat local hero Rafael Alarcon in the final of the Ponta Lagoa Internacional Challenger in Brazil.

After taking a two-game lead and going ahead 4-1 in the third game of the PSA Challenger 10 event at Clube Ponta Lagoa in Ponta Grossa, Olesen saw fourth seed Alarcon fight back to draw level - before the players shared the lead, point by point, until eleven-all.

"But then, to the frustration of the public that sold out the seats of Ponta Lagoa, Kristian won the match," explained event promoter Alexandre Bulyk.

Olesen's 11-7, 11-5, 13-11 victory after 78 minutes marks the Dane's fifth Tour title of the year, and the seventh of his career.

Home Hero Alarcon Ousts Favourite Lee

Brazilian number one Rafael Alarcon delighted the partisan crowd at the Ponta Lagoa Internacional Challenger when he overcame event favourite Joe Lee in an 86-minute semi-final marathon in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Clube Ponta Lagoa in Ponta Grossa, Brazil.

The No4 seed from Sao Paulo came back from two-games-to-one down - and from 4-7 behind in the fourth - to beat Englishman Lee 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6.

"It was a fantastic match with unbelievable recovering by Rafa," said event promoter Alexandre Bulyk.

The win takes 35-year-old Alarcon, ranked 82 in the world, into the 30th PSA Tour final of his career. The success also means that the Brazilian star has made the final in all three of his PSA Tour event appearances this year!

Much will ride on the final in which Alarcon faces Kristian Frost Olesen, the second seed from Denmark who will be celebrating his fifth Tour final this year - with title triumphs in all the previous four!

The 23-year-old from Odense ended North American interest in Ponta Grossa when he beat US number two Christopher Gordon, the third seed, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4.

Gordon Keeps US Hopes Alive In Brazil

Keeping North American interest alive in the Ponta Lagoa Internacional Challenger in Brazil, US number two Christopher Gordon battled for just under an hour to claim a place in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Clube Ponta Lagoa in Ponta Grossa.

In a clash described by event promoter Alexandre Bulyk as "the best match of night", third seed Gordon defeated Brazilian qualifier Vinicius Costa 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10 to set up the anticipated semi-final meeting with No2 seed Kristian Frost Olesen.

Dane Olesen also had to overcome local opposition, fighting back from a game down to beat Brazilian Vinicius Rodrigues 4-11, 11-5, 11-8, 13-11.

There will be Brazilian interest in the other semi-final, however, where the country's top-ranked player Rafael Alarcon will face Joe Lee, the top seed from England.

Alarcon, the No3 seed from Sao Paulo, despatched Englishman Alex Ingham 11-3, 11-9, 12-10 while Lee, playing his opening match in the event after receiving a bye in the first round, defeated Argentina's Hernan D'Arcangelo 11-5, 11-6, 12-10.

Alarcon Leads The Way In Ponta Grossa

Rafael Alarcon led a trio of home players through to the quarter-finals of the Ponta Grossa Open after a straight games win over Joe Chapman of the British Virgin Islands in the opening round of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Clube Ponta Lagoa in Ponta Grossa, Brazil.

Fourth seed Alarcon, the 36-year-old Brazilian number one, despatched Chapman 11-7, 11-9, 13-11 in 43 minutes and will now play England's Alex Ingham for a place in the last four.

Ingham, a 22-year-old from Surrey, survived the longest match of the day when he beat Pakistan's Karamatullah Khan 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10 in 56 minutes.

England's Joe Lee is seeded to win the title. But the London-born world No55 was handed a bye in the opening round - and now meets Hernan D'Arcangelo, an Argentinean who also rested on the opening day when his Brazilian opponent Ronivaldo Duarte was forced to withdraw after sustaining a wrist injury just minutes before the match.

Local qualifier Vinicius Costa claimed an unexpected place in the quarter-finals when he upset fellow Brazilian Josimar Silva 11-8, 11-8, 11-2.

The 28-year-old from Caxias Do Sul will now face third seed Christopher Gordon, the US number two who defeated Brazil's Manoel Pereira 11-7, 11-1, 11-6.