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Abdel Aziz Is Valencia Victor

PSA Valencia 2012
22-27 Oct, Spain, $15k
Round One
24 Oct 
25 Oct
26 Oct
27 Oct
[1] Adrian Grant (Eng)
11-7, 11-6, 11-8
Raphael Kandra (Ger)
Adrian Grant
11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5
Harinder Pal Sandhu
Harinder Pal Sandhu
5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (80m)
Chris Ryder
Harinder Pal Sandhu
11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (65m)
Omar Abdel Aziz
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11-7, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4
[Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind)
Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy)
11-8, 14-12, 11-2
[Q] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
 Davide Bianchetti
7-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-5, 0-1 ret.
Chris Ryder
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11-9, 11-7, 11-9
[3] Chris Ryder (Eng)
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
12-10, 11-4, 11-7
Alejandro Garbi (Esp)
 Omar Abdel Aziz
11-5, 11-4, 11-8
Steve Finitsis
Omar Abdel Aziz
-9, 11-6, 13-11 (55m)
Kristian Frost
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5
[Q] Jens Schoor (Ger)
Kristian Frost (Den)
11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-9
[Q] Joel Hinds (Eng)
Kristian Frost
11-7, 11-8, 11-2
Rasmus Nielsen
Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
11-9, 16-14, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9
[2] Alan Clyne (Sco)

Abdel Aziz Is Valencia Victor

Egypt's Omar Abdel Aziz brought Harinder Pal Sandhu's giant-killing run in the PSA Valencia to an end when he defeated the Indian qualifier in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in its second year at Club Olympia in Valencia in Spain.

Fourth seed Abdel Aziz, runner-up in 2011, reached the final without dropping a game - and also without facing an opponent who was higher-ranked!

Meanwhile Sandhu, the 23-year-old world No98 from Chennai, defeated a succession of higher-ranked opponents - even in the qualifying competition. His biggest scalp was top seed Adrian Grant, the world No19 from England.

But the clash with 29-year-old Aziz was a match too far. The world No41 from Cairo fought for 65 minutes, however, to keep Sandhu at bay - ultimately winning 11-8, 12-10, 11-8.

The triumph marks the fifth PSA Tour title of Abdel Aziz's career - but his first since winning the first NSC Series event in Malaysia more than five years ago.


Hari Hangs On In Valencia

Indian qualifier Harinder Pal Sandhu extended his mighty run in the PSA Valencia in Spain when he defeated third seed Chris Ryder to reach the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in its second year at Club Olympia in Valencia.

The triumph marks the fifth - but biggest - Tour final appearance of Sandhu's career.

The 23-year-old from Chennai began his giant-killing charge in the qualifying finals where he overcame higher-ranked New Zealander Kashif Shuja to make the main draw against expectation.

Victory over England's Charles Sharpes saw Sandhu line up against top seed Adrian Grant in the quarter-finals - but the Indian underdog despatched the world No19 in a five-game thriller.

Ryder, ranked 43 in the world, provided Sandhu a hat-trick of English victims. The Chandhigarh-born world No98 recovered from a game down to beat 32-year-old Ryder 5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 after 80 minutes of intense squash.

For a change, Sandhu will now face an Egyptian - fourth seed Omar Abdel Aziz. The 29-year-old from Cairo, ranked 41 in the world, ended Danish interest in the event when he beat Kristian Frost Olesen 11-9, 11-6, 13-11 in 55 minutes.

Aziz, runner-up in the recent Arab Championship, is celebrating his 12th appearance in a PSA Tour final.

Sandhu Sinks Top Seed Grant In Valencia

Indian qualifier Harinder Pal Sandhu recorded the most impressive win of his career in the PSA Valencia in Spain when he overcame England's world No19 Adrian Grant to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in its second year at Club Olympia in Valencia.

The world No98 from Chennai had already taken out higher-ranked Englishman Charles Sharpes in the opening round - but dug even deeper to recover from 2/1 down against top-seeded Londoner Grant, a former world No9, to win 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 in a match which kept the crowd enthralled for almost two hours.

"We all at the Indian Squash Academy are delighted with Harinder's result," said Indian National Coach Cyrus Poncha, from Chennai, when he heard the news. "This is certainly his best win and one which has been overdue.

"Harinder has over the past few months been working very hard and deserves full credit."

Chandhigarh-born Sandhu, who reached last year's Indian National Championship final for the third year in a row against expectations, is enjoying an excellent run on the PSA Tour. Earlier this month, as fourth seed, the 23-year-old secured his fourth Tour final appearance at the Royal Lake Club Open in Malaysia.

Sandhu now faces his third English opponent in a row in a bid to reach the event's final. Chris Ryder, the No3 seed from Leamington Spa, looked to be heading home when qualifier Davide Bianchetti took the opening two games.

But Ryder fought back to draw level, and immediately dropped the first point in the decider when the 35-year-old Italian surprisingly announced his decision to retire, with the score standing at 7-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-5, 0-1 in Ryder's favour.

Kristian Frost Olesen won the all-Danish duel in the other half of the draw, beating Rasmus Nielsen 11-7, 11-8, 11-2.

The unseeded 23-year-old from Odense now takes on Omar Abdel Aziz, the third seed from Egypt who defeated Australia's Steven Finitsis 11-5, 11-4, 11-8.

Clyne Clobbered In Valencia Upset

Unseeded Dane Rasmus Nielsen reached more than 50 ranking places above him to overcome No2 seed Alan Clyne in the biggest upset on the opening day of action in the PSA Valencia, the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in its second year at Club Olympia in Valencia, Spain.

"Gone through 6 shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 sets of shoes, 3 wristbands and 2 sets of socks.......in one match!" tweeted Scot Clyne, ranked 29 in the world, after the marathon five-game thriller.

Nielsen, the world No80 from Odense, took a two-game lead - but Clyne came back to force a decider. The 29-year-old underdog regained the upper hand however - closing out the match 11-9, 16-14, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9 to set up an all-Danish quarter-final clash with Kristian Frost Olesen.

World No63 Olesen also survived a five-game battle - outlasting English qualifier Joel Hinds 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-9.

Here were further upsets in the other half of the draw where two qualifiers earned surprise quarter-final appearances. Indian Harinder Pal Sandhu, a 23-year-old qualifier from Chennai, defeated England's higher-ranked Charles Sharpes 11-7, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4 and will now face top seed Adrian Grant for a place in the semi-finals.

Italian Davide Bianchetti rolled back the years to despatch 2010 world junior champion Amr Khaled Khalifa in straight games. The 35-year-old former world No24, now ranked outside the world top 100, beat the 19-year-old Egyptian 11-8, 14-12, 11-2 - and moves on to meet England's No3 seed Chris Ryder in the last eight round.