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18/03/2013
MANITOBA OPEN 2013
 

Cesar Scores Salazar Success For Manitoba Title

Manitoba Open 2013
12-17 Mar, Winnipeg, Canada, $10k
Round One
14 Mar
Quarters
15 Mar
Semis
16 Mar
Final
17 Mar
[1] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
12-14, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6
Eric Galvez (Mex)
 Cesar Salazar
11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (45m)
Dane Sharp
Cesar Salazar
13-11, 7-11, 11-2,
11-6 (45m)
Chris Gordon
Cesar Salazar
11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4 (104m)
Arturo Salazar
Dane Sharp (Can)
11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (47m)
[Q] Richard Birks (Eng)
Andrew Schnell (Can)
11-8, 12-10, 11-9
[Q] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (Esp)
Andrew Schnell
 11-5, 11-4, 9-11,
 6-11, 11-8 (75m)
Chris Gordon
[3] Christopher Gordon (Usa)
11-2, 11-5, 11-7
Adam Murrills (ENG)
[Q] Chris Binnie (Jam)
11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (35m)
[4] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Arturo Salazar
11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (40m)
Yann Perrin
Arturo Salazar
11-6, 11-6, 11-13,
4-11, 11-5 (52m)
Jan Koukal
Yann Perrin (FRA)
11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (35m)
Thomas Brinkman (Can)
Scott Arnold (Aus)
11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6 (38m
Matthew Serediak (CAN)
Scott Arnold
9-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (55m)
 Jan Koukal
[Q] Mike McCue (Can)
11-8, 11-7, 11-3 (42m)
[2] Jan Koukal (Cze)

Cesar Scores Salazar Success For
Manitoba Title

Cesar Salazar justified his recent ranking supremacy over Arturo Salazar when he beat his twin brother in the final of the Qualico Developments Canada Ltd Manitoba Open in Canada - but it took the top seed 104 minutes to become the first Mexican winner of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its tenth successive year at Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club in Winnipeg.

"It was a very exciting match just like it was predicted and expected from everyone," said tournament promoter Gene Turk. "The two twins went at it tooth and nail.

"Both players were going short right off the bat and the fans witnessed attacking shots and great gets. Those twins have lots of speed!

"They traded back and forth all the way through until 3-4 of the fourth game. Arturo showed some fatigue and then half way through the fifth, he ran out of gas."

The 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4 victory earns Cesar the third PSA World Tour title of his career - and reduces the margin in the all-time Tour head-to-head record over his brother to 3/2 in Arturo's favour.

Salazars Set Up Surprise Manitoba Final

A five-game semi-final upset over No2 seed Jan Koukal in the Qualico Developments Canada Ltd Manitoba Open in Canada has led to a surprise final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club in Winnipeg between Mexican twins Arturo Salazar and Cesar Salazar.

"Arturo came out flying," said tournament promoter Gene Turk of the fourth seed. "He took the ball quickly, kept the pace high and attacked short every chance he got. It looked like he was going to be too strong today for Koukal.

"Jan, in typical 'kouki' fashion, started clawing back. His counters became tighter and he got his concentration zoned in. He survived one match ball and pulled out the third 13-11.

"In the fourth, Arturo looked like he was getting a little tired and Jan was getting stronger. Jan took him out 11-4. The fans were amazed at the turn of events.

"In the fifth, Jan came out shooting too soon, made a few mistakes and got down 5-0. It was too much of a lead to recover and Arturo sailed to a 11-5 victory."

The 52-minute 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 4-11, 11-5 win takes Arturo into the ninth PSA Tour final of his career - and the second final against his 25-year-old twin Cesar.

Top seed Cesar ended the run of the new US national champion Christopher Gordon, beating the third seed 13-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-6 in 45 minutes to reach his seventh Tour final.

The final will be the fifth PSA meeting between the siblings from San Luis Potosi. For most of their careers, Arturo has led Cesar in the rankings - and boasts a 3/1 head-to-head lead.

But world No52 Cesar is currently 20 places higher in the PSA world list - and claimed his first victory in their most recent clash, in the climax of the Internacional Sporta Open in Guatemala in May last year.

"The final should prove to be an exciting match," added Turk.

Seeds Safely Into Manitoba Semis

All four seeds safely made it through to the semi-finals of the Qualico Developments Canada Ltd Manitoba Open in Canada - but US champion Christopher Gordon, the No3 seed, was taken the full distance before overcoming local hope Andrew Schnell in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its tenth successive year at Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club in Winnipeg.

"What a great match and what fabulous squash," said tournament promoter Gene Turk. "Chris came out flying and dominated the game. Andrew tried everything to get the ball by Chris but with no avail. Chris went up 2/0 and in full command.

"In the third game, Andrew changed his tactics and started to get to the T and open his opportunities to execute some winning rallies. He was able to take the next two games and was looking quite strong.

"Andrew started fast in the fifth and got up three points and it looked like he might run with it. Chris showed his grit and fought back to go up 5-4. Chris managed to stay 2-3 points ahead the rest of the game to win."

The 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8 victory in 75 minutes takes the New York-born world No58 through to face Cesar Salazar, the top seed from Mexico who beat Canadian Dane Sharp 11-9, 11-5, 12-10.

Cesar's twin brother Arturo Salazar will contest the other semi after seeing off France's Yann Perrin 11-4, 11-4, 11-6.

Arturo will face second-seeded Czech Jan Koukal who had to recover from a game down to defeat Australian Scott Arnold 9-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 in 55 minutes.

 

US Champion Gordon Mighty In Manitoba

Just days after becoming the US National squash champion for the first time, Christopher Gordon maintained his winning run on the PSA World Tour in Canada in the first round of the Qualico Developments Canada Ltd Manitoba Open, the PSA Challenger 10 event in its tenth successive year at Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club in Winnipeg.

The New York-born 26-year-old brushed aside England's Adam Murrills 11-2, 11-5, 11-7.

Third seed Gordon will now face local hope Andrew Schnell, a 21-year-old from Calgary who beat Spanish qualifier Carlos Cornes Ribadas 11-8, 12-10, 11-9.

Dane Sharp will provide further Canadian interest in the last eight after despatching English qualifier Richard Birks 11-9, 11-6, 11-4.

Sharp, 26, from Toronto, now takes on top seed Cesar Salazar, the 12-14, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 winner of an all-Mexican clash with Eric Galvez.

Cesar will be joined by his twin brother in the quarter-finals after fourth seed Arturo Salazar beat Jamaican qualifier Christopher Binnie 11-4, 11-8, 11-6.