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17/09/2012
MARINGA PARK OPEN 2012
 

Charlton Robs Rafa In Maringa Park Upset

Charlton Robs Rafa In Maringa Park Upset

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Maringa Park Open, Maringa, Brazil

England's Eddie Charlton celebrated his first appearance in Brazil for more than two years by upsetting local hero Rafael Alarcon in the final of the Maringa Park Open to win the inaugural PSA World Tour Challenger 5 squash event at Shopping Mall Maringa Park in Maringa.

Top seed Alarcon, the Brazilian number one, is enjoying one of the best runs of his career. Ranked 16 places higher the Englishman, the 35-year-old was celebrating his fifth successive appearance in a PSA Tour final this year.

But it was Charlton who took the early lead on the all-glass court at the Maringa Park Shopping Mall, before Alarcon drew level after the second game.

The win pattern was repeated in games three and four before the match moved into a fifth game decider - the first for both players in the tournament.

But, in his first clash with Alarcon for more than three years, it was second seed Charlton who held his nerve to close out the match 13-11, 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6 and record his first ever win over the illustrious Brazilian.

The title triumph marks the 24-year-old from Nottingham's second Tour title.

1st round:
[1] Rafael Alarcon (BRA) bt Vinicius Rodrigues (BRA) 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6
[Q] Rodrigo Pezzota (ARG) bt Josimar Silva (BRA) 11-5, 11-4, 11-8
[Q] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) bt Adam Murrills (ENG) 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8
[4] Geoffrey Demont (FRA) bt Fabio Luiz Milani (BRA) 11-0, 11-4, 11-4
[3] Dane Sharp (CAN) bt [Q] Pablo Rawden (ENG) 11-7, 11-3, 11-9
Reuben Phillips (ENG) bt Juan Pablo Roude (ARG) 11-4, 14-12, 11-6
Manoel Pereira (BRA) bt Jonathan Geekie (SCO) 11-8, 11-5, 11-4
[2] Eddie Charlton (ENG) bt [Q] Pedro Momento (BRA) 14-12, 11-1, 11-6

Quarter-finals:
[1] Rafael Alarcon (BRA) bt [Q] Rodrigo Pezzota (ARG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9
[4] Geoffrey Demont (FRA) bt [Q] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10
[3] Dane Sharp (CAN) bt Reuben Phillips (ENG) 11-1, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6
[2] Eddie Charlton (ENG) bt Manoel Pereira (BRA) 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8

Semi-finals:
[1] Rafael Alarcon (BRA) bt [4] Geoffrey Demont (FRA) 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4
[2] Eddie Charlton (ENG) bt [3] Dane Sharp (CAN) 11-9, 11-9, 12-10

Final:
[2] Eddie Charlton (ENG) bt [1] Rafael Alarcon (BRA) 13-11, 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6