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Rosner Celebrates Sixth In Santiago

Santiago Open 2012
15-20 Oct, Santiago, Spain, $25k
Round One
17 Oct 
18 Oct
19 Oct
20 Oct
[1] Adrian Grant (Eng)
 12-10, 11-3, 11-2 (37m)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
Adrian Grant
11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (32m)Ivan Yuen
Adrian Grant
11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
Cameron Pilley
Cameron Pilley
8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 16-14 (74m)
Simon Rosner
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
4-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-6 (54m)
[Q] Yann Perrin (Fra)
Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7 (50m)
[Q] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
Omar Abdel Aziz
9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-1 (43m)
Cameron Pilley
[4] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (22m)
Carlos Cornes (Esp)
Chris Ryder (Eng)
 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (25m)
[3] Simon Rosner (Ger)
 Simon Rosner
11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (30m)
Shaun Le Roux
Simon Rosner
11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 (73m)
Borja Golan
Joe Lee (Eng)
 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (50m)
[Q] Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)
Adrian Waller (Eng)
11-8, 11-3, 10-12, 12-10 (53m)
[Q] Andrew Wagih (Egy)
Adrian Waller
11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 (62m)
 Borja Golan
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (39m)
[2] Borja Golan (Esp)

Rosner Celebrates Sixth In Santiagoa

Germany's Simon Rosner celebrated the sixth PSA World Tour title of his career after triumphing in four games in the final of the Santiago Open, the PSA International 25 squash event staged on an all-glass court at the Central Area Shopping Center in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

After making his breakthrough in the semi-finals, where he stunned local hero and defending champion Borja Golan in a 73-minute marathon, it took the world No18 from Paderborn a minute longer to subdue Australian Cameron Pilley in the climax.

Fourth seed Pilley also overturned the seedings in the semis - removing 2010 champion Adrian Grant, the top seed from England.

And the world No17 from New South Wales took the opening game in the final before Rosner - ranked a single place lower - battled back to move 2/1 up.

Both players gave it their all in the fourth, with Pilley reaching game-ball three times in a bid to take the match into a fifth game decider.

But Rosner held his nerve to close out the match 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 16-14 to win his first Tour title of the year.

"I'm just so happy to have won my sixth PSA title," said the jubilant German afterwards. "I have been working really hard and that paid off finally.

"I would also really like to congratulate my opponent and roomie for a great match and a fair final," added the 24-year-old.

Rosner Races Into Santiago Semis

Germany's Simon Rosner claimed the quickest quarter-final win in the Santiago Open in Spain when he ended qualifier Shaun le Roux's run in the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event staged on an all-glass court at the Central Area Shopping Center in Santiago de Compostela.

The third seed from Paderborn despatched South African Le Roux 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 in just 30 minutes to earn a clash with top seed Borja Golan, the top-ranked Spaniard playing in his home town.

"I played well apart from the first points in the first game, but managed to just sneak that game 11-9," said the six-time German national champion. "Afterwards I played better and managed to hit the corners!

"I'm looking forward to my match tomorrow and hope to reach the final," added the 24-year-old world No18.

Golan, the defending champion bidding for his third Santiago Open title since 2008, survived the longest match of the day - stretched to four games and 62 minutes before seeing off British U23 champion Adrian Waller 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9.

In the top half of the draw, Englishman Adrian Grant moved closer to his fourth final in a row after beating Malaysian Ivan Yuen 11-8, 11-5, 11-5.

The top seed, ranked 19 in the world, will now face fourth seed Cameron Pilley. The Australian number recovered from a game down to defeat Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-1.

Incredibly, Grant and Pilley - who have shared places in the world top 20 for more than six years and first met in 2002 - will be celebrating their first PSA World Tour meeting since 2007!

Le Roux Leaps Over Lee In Santiago Surprise

South African Shaun le Roux became the only qualifier to claim a place in the quarter-finals of the Santiago Open in Spain when he upset England's Joe Lee in the first round of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event staged on an all-glass court at the Central Area Shopping Center in Santiago de Compostela.

Lee, who celebrated a career-high world No53 ranking this month and went on to qualify for his first PSA World Series event this year at the US Open, took the opening game.

But Le Roux, winner of the recent Central Gauteng Open in his home country and ranked almost 30 places lower, recovered the initiative to take the next three to win 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 in 50 minutes.

The Cape Town-born 26-year-old will now face third seed Simon Rosner after the German number one despatched England's Chris Ryder 11-7, 11-7, 11-5.

Local hero Borja Golan, the defending champion, swept into the quarter-finals after taking out Indian number one Saurav Ghosal, the highest-ranked unseeded player in the draw.

Second seed Golan, born and raised in Santiago de Compostela and twice a winner of the event, brushed aside the world No23 11-7, 11-4, 11-6.

Golan, ranked 16 in the world, is expected to face England's top seed Adrian Grant in a repeat of last year's final. Londoner Grant, the 2010 champion, successfully embarked on his bid to make the final for the fourth year in a row by beating top-ranked Hungarian Mark Krajcsak 12-10, 11-3, 11-2.

Grant will face Malaysian Ivan Yuen for a place in the semi-finals, while Golan takes on Englishman Adrian Waller.