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Grant Claims Double AR Rotterdam Open Title

Rotterdam Open 2013
27-8 - 1-9
Rotterdam, Netherlands $15k

Round One
Thu 29 Aug

Fri 30 Aug

Sat 31 Aug

Sun 01 Sep

[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11/6, 11/7, 11/3 (42 mins)
[Q] Declan James (Eng)
Laurens Jan Anjema
11/3, 11/9, 11/6
(43 mins)
Raphael Kandra

Laurens Jan Anjema
11/8, 11/8, 11/3
(48 mins)
Mathieu Castagnet

Mathieu Castagnet
6/11, 11/8, 11/13, 15/13, 13/11
(132 mins)
Adrian Grant

Raphael Kandra (Ger)
11/1, 11/6, 11/5(24 mins)
[Q] Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
Lucas Serme (Fra)
11/9, 11/3, 11/9 (50 mins)
Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
Lucas Serme
10/12, 11/3, 11/7, 11/7 (76 mins)
Mathieu Castagnet
Kristian Frost (Den)
12/10, 11/8, 11/7 (83 mins)
[4] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
[3] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
13/11, 13/11, 11/5 (43 mins)
[Q] Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
Olli Tuominen
11/4, 11/7, 11/4
 (33 mins)
Jens Schoor

Olli Tuominen
7/11, 11/5, 12/10, 11/3 (62 mins)
Adrian Grant

Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
11/9, 11/9, 11/3 (39 mins)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11/8, 11/2, 11/4 (32 mins)
[Q] Nathan Lake (Eng)
Steve Finitsis
12/10, 11/4, 11/7
(69 mins)

Adrian Grant
Jan Koukal (Cze)
12/10, 11/6, 11/9 (50 mins)
[2] Adrian Grant (Eng)

Grant Claims Double AR Rotterdam Open Title

England’s Adrian Grant secured the 19th PSA World Tour title of his career on Sunday by winning the Double AR Rotterdam Open Squash 2013 in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.

The 32-year old London based player, ranked 24 on the PSA World Ranking, beat surprising finalist Mathieu Castagnet in a brutal and extremely long two-hour plus final of the new PSA Challenger 15 championship in the Netherlands, which went right down to the wire in front of a capacity-crowd at the centercourt of Victoria Squash, which also hosted the combined Men’s & Women’s World Squash Championships in 2011.

Castagnet took the first with ease, but the Englishmen levelled after around 30 minutes of play. Grant looked set to go 2-1 up at 10-6 in the third, but the French international fought back and unexpectedly took the lead. The world number 28 from Aix-en-Provence continued his good form in the fourth to reach match ball at 10-7, but this time it was Grant’s turn to come back and sneak the game on a tiebreak.

The fifth and final game saw yet another couple of turnarounds with Castagnet fighting back from 0-7 down to 8-8, before Grant regrouped to reach match ball at 10-8. Yet again Castagnet fought back, but Grant finally clinched the title on his fourth match point after 132 minutes of intense and high-quality squash: 6/11, 11/8, 11/13, 15/13, 13/11.

“It’s great to win the title here, in particular after such an intense match. At the end it was a lottery and I am really glad that I managed to sneak the win”, said the newly crowned champion. “I want to thank Neeraj and Tommy for putting up this event, and off course Double AR (which is also my personal sponsor) and the city of Rotterdam for making it happen.”

Tournament promoter Neeraj Aggarwal added: “It was a fantastic and fitting end to this championship. The athleticism and determination Adrian and Mathieu displayed, showed yet again that squash deserves to be an Olympic sport. The effort they put in was simply incredible. From an event perspective I can’t be more happier either with the great matches and crowds we have had all week.”


Castagnet Stuns Anjema At Double AR Rotterdam Open

Mathieu Castagnet caused a stunning upset at the Double AR Rotterdam Open Squash 2013 by ousting top seed and home crowd favourite Laurens Jan Anjema in the semi finals of the new PSA Challenger 15 championship in the Netherlands.

Entering the match with a 0-6 head-to-head record, things weren’t looking good for the world number 31 when he quickly went down 5-1 in the first game. The 26-year old Aix-en-Provence settled soon after though and managed to contain his higher ranked opponent by slowing down the pace and mixing it beautifully with bursts of high-paced attacking squash. As a result Castagnet made Anjema do a lot of work, forcing openings to put the ball away, which he took full advantage off throughout the 48-minute match: 11/8, 11/8, 11/3.

In Sunday’s Double AR Rotterdam Open final Castagnet will face Adrian Grant, after the Englishmen recovered from one game down to beat Finland’s Olli Tuominen, the reigning European champion, in a 62-minute encounter. The win of the third-game tiebreak proved crucial as the global ambassador of title sponsor Double AR never looked back after taking the important lead: 7/11, 11/5, 12/10, 11/3.

Top Seeds To Contest Double AR Rotterdam Open Semi’s

The top four seeds moved into the semi finals of the Double AR Rotterdam Open Squash 2013 on Friday, but it wasn’t plain sailing for all of them in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.

Laurens Jan Anjema, Adrian Grant and Olli Tuominen all came through unscratched in their quarter finals. Top seeded Anjema, the home favourite, won the first and third game with ease, but had to fight back from 9-6 down in the second to overcome Germany’s Raphael Kandra in straight games: 11/3, 11/9, 11/6.

Grant, the global ambassador of title sponsor Double AR, displayed great skill and athleticism in his match against Steve Finitsis. Grant started off slowly, but managed to claw his way back in time to edge the first game against his hard-hitting Australian opponent. From there the Englishmen looked at ease on the show court of Victoria, dominating the next two games to secure a 3-0 win against a dangerous opponent: 12/10, 11/4, 11/7.

Tuominen had an easier time against Jens Schoor. The reigning European champion took control from the outset and simply outplayed his German opponent who couldn’t find an answer to the fast and explosive play of the Finnish number one: 11/4, 11/7, 11,4.

In the last match of the evening Castagnet proved too strong for compatriot Lucas Serme in a highly competitive and long French encounter. Serme took the first after nearly half an hour, but this seemed to take it’s toll on the youngster, who kept working hard but lacked the explosively of the early stages of the match to really trouble his countrymen in the next three games. The final score line: 10/12, 11/3, 11/7, 11/7.


Favourites cruise through at Double AR Rotterdam Open

Tournament favourites Laurens Jan Anjema, Adrian Grant, Olli Tuominen and Mathieu Castagnet all made it safely through to the quarter finals of the Double AR Rotterdam Open Squash 2013 in the Netherlands.

Top seeded Anjema took 42 minutes to see-off in-form qualifier Declan James. The 30-year old top seed from The Hague dominated play from start to finish and never looked in danger of losing in front of a near-capacity audience on the show court of the renowned Victoria sporting club.

Grant, Tuominen and Castagnet also came through without dropping a game, although all of them had to work very hard for it. Grant survived three game-balls in the opening game against Czech number one Jan Koukal, before taking control of the match. European champion Tuominen needed two narrow tie-break wins to break the spirit of South Africa’s Clinton Leeuw, whilst Castagnet just got the better of Kristian Frost Olesen (Denmark) in a 83-minute match to finish of the first round main draw action.

Other first round winners at the new PSA Challenger 15 championship in the Dutch city of Rotterdam are Raphael Kandra (3-0 vs. Geoffrey Demont), Lucas Serme (3-0 vs. wildcard Sebastiaan Weenink), Steve Finitsis (3-0 vs. Nathan Lake) and Jens Schoor (3-0 vs. Aqeel Rehman).

Qualifying Complete At Double AR Rotterdam Open

Clinton Leeuw, Geoffrey Demont, Nathan Lake and Declan James claimed the four available (qualifier) spots in the main draw of the Double AR Rotterdam Open Squash 2013, a new PSA Challenger 15 championship in the Netherlands.

South Africa’s Leeuw took four games to see-off Johan Bouquet from France, Demont (Fra) outlasted England’s Lewis Walters in a 70-minute tussle, young Englishmen Lake fought back from two games down against compatriot Adam Auckland and in-form James (also from England) just got the better of Kuwaiti Ammar Altimimi in a fifth-game tiebreak in the final match of the evening.

Tournament favorites Laurens Jan Anjema, Adrian Grant, Olli Tuominen and Mathieu Castagnet kick-off their Double AR Rotterdam Open campaign on Thursday. Dutch champion Anjema faces qualifier James in his opening match, while Grant, the global ambassador of title sponsor Double AR, starts against Czech number one Jan Koukal. Finnish starlet Tuominen, the reigning European champion, plays Leeuw who came through qualifying, whilst Castagnet (from France) takes on Denmark’s Kristian Frost Olesen.

Other first round matches are Raphael Kandra vs. Demont, Aqeel Rehman vs. Jens Schoor, Lucas Serme vs. Sebastiaan Weenink and Steve Finitsis vs. Lake.


Rotterdam To Host New PSA Tour Event

Almost two years after the combined World Championship for men and women took place in Rotterdam, the Dutch capital of sports will play host again to another professional squash championship on the PSA World Tour calendar.

Italy's fast-growing stringing manufacturer Double AR has been confirmed as the primary sponsor for the Double AR Rotterdam Open Squash 2013, which will take place from 27 August - 1 September at the renowned squash club Victoria in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, which hosted the early rounds of the highly successful world championship at the end of 2011.

The Double AR Rotterdam Open Squash 2013 offers a total prize fund of US $15,000 and is registered as a PSA Challenger 15 championship. As a result, the new event has attracted a stellar line-up led by former world top 10 players Laurens Jan Anjema, the Dutch No1, and England's Adrian Grant.

Hans Zoethoutmaar, deputy director of Rotterdam Topsport, welcomed the return of professional squash to Rotterdam: "The 2011 World Open was one of the sporting highlights in our city over the past ten years and we are delighted to be able to stage another world class squash event in Rotterdam. We truly hope that we can turn the Double AR Rotterdam Open into an annual event and look forward to seeing many familiar faces in action again on the show court of Victoria."

Executive director Brenno Zuccarello from Double AR added: "The sponsorship of the Double AR Rotterdam Open offers us the opportunity to increase our brand awareness in squash, but also provides our younger Double AR players with an opportunity to gain valuable world ranking points on the PSA World Tour. We were looking to sponsor a PSA event for quite some time and found the perfect partner in Rotterdam, given its central location in Europe and its tremendous track-record of hosting world class squash events."