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Azan Ousts Au In Japan

Pro Kansai 2012
27 Sep - 02 Oct, Kobe, Japan, $10
Round One
29 Sep  10.30 - 16.15
30 Sep
01 Oct
02 Oct
[1] Jan Koukal (Cze)
 11/7, 11/7, 12/10 (30m)
[Q] Yuta Fukui (Jpn)
Jan Koukal
 9/11, 11/7, 11/5, 8/11, 11/6 (65m)
Shinnosuke Tsukue
Jan Koukal
11/5, 11/6 rtd
Leo Au
 Leo Au
11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9 (76m)
 Muhd Asyraf Azan
Dick Lau (Hkg)
11/5, 12/10, 7/11, 11/5 (51m)
Shinnosuke Tsukue (Jpn)
Nathan Lake (Eng)
11/4, 11/6, 11/8 (34m)
[Q] Tomotaka Endo (Jpn)
Nathan Lake
11/8, 9/11, 11/5, 11/3 (45m)
Leo Au
[4] Leo Au (Hkg)
11/13, 11/5, 14/12, 10/12, 11/4 (85m)
James Huang (Tpe)
[Q] James Earles (Eng)
11/7, 11/8, 11/8 (39m)
[3] Kamran Khan (Mas)
 Kamran Khan  
11/6, 6/11, 11/8, 11/8 (64m)
Declan James
Kamran Khan
11/7, 5/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/4 (82m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan
Declan James (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (52m)
Steve London (Eng)
Carlos Cornes (Esp)
11/8, 11/7, 11/7 (33m)
[Q] Bart Ravelli (Ned)
Carlos Cornes
11/9, 11/6, 14/12 (45m)
 Muhd Asyraf Azan
 Fred Reid (Can)
14/12, 11/8, 11/5 (22m)
[2] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)

Azan Ousts Au In Japan

Malaysia's Muhd Asyraf Azan won the third PSA World Tour title of his career - but his first in Japan - when he beat Leo Au, of Hong Kong, in today's final of the Pro Squash Kansai, the PSA Challenger 10 squash event in its second year at Entente Fitness Club in Kobe.

While fourth seed Au made the final after his semi-final opponent retired injured midway through their match, Azan was taken the full distance in the other semi by fellow countryman Kamran Khan before prevailing after an 82-minute marathon.

But the second-seeded Malaysian was ready for another long battle - and kept Au at bay for 76 minutes before clinching his 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9 title-winning victory.

Azan, the world No69 from Kuala Lumpur, now races home to compete in the Royal Lake Club Open in Kuala Lumpur where he is the event's No3 seed.

Koukal Crashes To Au In Kobe

A neck injury sustained during his sleep caused Czech favourite Jan Koukal to withdraw midway through his match against Leo Au in today's semi-finals of the Pro Squash Kansai in Japan.

At 11-5, 11-6 down, Koukal was unable to continue - leaving Au, the fourth seed from Hong Kong, to march through to the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its second year at Entente Fitness Club in Kobe.

Celebrating the seventh Tour final of his career, the 22-year-old world No56 will now meet second seed Muhd Asyraf Azan.

The 23-year-old from Selangor survived a tight all-Malaysian semi-final against third seed Kamran Khan, ultimately beating his lower-ranked compatriot 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4 in 82 minutes to make the sixth final of his career.

Tsukue Stretches Koukal In Kobe

Top seed Jan Koukal duly claimed his place in the semi-finals of the Pro Squash Kansai in Japan - but the Czech number one was taken the full distance before overcoming a spirited performance by local hero Shinnosuke Tsukue in today's quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its second year at Entente Fitness Club in Kobe.

Tsukue, a 23-year-old from Kanagawa, made his breakthrough in the opening round when he outplayed Hong Kong's higher-ranked Dick Lau.

And despite a gap of more than 120 ranking places between the pair, the Japanese underdog took the opening game against Koukal - then drew level after the fourth to force the match into a decider.

But world No47 Koukal held his nerve to close out the match 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 after 65 minutes to secure his anticipated place in the last four following the longest match of the day.

Koukal will now meet Leo Au, the No4 seed from Hong Kong who despatched England's Nathan Lake 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3.

The other semi will be the all-Malaysian affair predicted by the seedings between Muhd Asyraf Azan and Kamran Khan.

In a match described by the organisers as "the most comical match ever in Prosquash", second seed Azan defeated Carlos Cornes Ribadas of Spain 11-9, 11-6, 14-12.

Third seed Khan needed four games to see off English teenager Declan James 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 in 64 minutes.

Tsukue Takes Out Lau In Kansai Upset

Shinnosuke Tsukue provided unexpected home interest in the quarter-finals of the Pro Squash Kansai in Japan when he upset Hong Kong's higher-ranked Dick Lau in four games in today's opening round of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its second year at Entente Fitness Club in Kobe.

The 23-year-old from Kanagawa, ranked almost 100 places lower than Lau, held his nerve to win the match 11-5, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5 in 51 minutes to set up a last eight clash with top seed Jan Koukal.

Czech number one Koukal, the world No47, denied the crowd an all-Japanese quarter-final after beating qualifier Yuta Fukui, a 24-year-old from Nagoya, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10.

Fourth seed Leo Au ensured some Hong Kong interest on the second day by beating James Huang - but Au had to survive the longest match of the day to overcome his Taiwan opponent 11-13, 11-5, 14-12, 10-12, 11-4 in 85 minutes.

World No57 Au now faces unseeded Englishman Nathan Lake for a place in the semi-finals.