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07/10/2013
ROMANIAN OPEN 2013
 

Koukal Makes History In Bucharest

Romanian Open 2013
02-06 Oct, Bucharest, $5k
 
Round One
03 Oct 
Quarters
04 Oct
Semis
05 Oct
Final
06 Oct
[1] Chris Ryder (Eng)
11/1, 9/11, 11/9, 11/7 (58m)
Johan Bouquet (Fra)
Chris Ryder
11/5, 8/11, 11/9, 11/4 (66m)
Joan Lezaud
Chris Ryder
118/, 11/7, 11/8 (32m)
Sebastiaan Weenink
Chris Ryder
11/2, 11/6, 11/9 (42m)

 Jan Koukal
Joan Lezaud (Fra)
9/11, 11/8, 11/6, 9/11, 15/13 (88m)
Mike Harris (Eng)
Alex Ingham (Eng)
11/4, 11/7, 11/5 (48m)
[Q] Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
Sebastiaan Weenink
5/11, 11/9, 6/11, 11/3, 11/9 (78m)
Jens Schoor
Carlos Cornes (Esp)
11/7, 11/6, 11/6 (52m)
[3] Jens Schoor (Ger)
[4] Yann Perrin (Fra)
11/5, 11/4, 3/11, 11/9 (51m)
[Q] Richie Fallows (Eng)
 Yann Perrin
11/7, 11/4, 12/10 (47m)
Robert Downer
Yann Perrin
12/10, 6/11, 11/5, 11/1 (48m)
Jan Koukal
Karamatullah Khan (Pak)
11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (42m)
[Q] Robert Downer (Eng)
Reuben Phillips (Eng)
11/5, 5/11, 11/8, 11/6 (58m)
[Q] Lukas Burkhart (Sui)r
Reuben Phillips
11/5, 11/9, 11/8 (38m)
Jan Koukal
Alejandro Garbi (Esp)
5/11, 9/11, 11/7, 11/3, 11/8 (56m)
[2] Jan Koukal (Cze)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 COURTWALL Romanian Open, Bucharest, Romania

Koukal Makes History In Bucharest

Czech number one Jan Koukal made squash history this weekend when he upset top seed Chris Ryder in the final of the COURTWALL Romanian Open in Bucharest to become the first ever winner of an international Tour event to be held in Romania.

The PSA World Tour Challenger 5 event final, featuring the event's top two seeds, brought to a climax the championship which attracted players from 12 countries to the new five-court AERO Squash Club in the Romanian capital city.

Both players had testing semis - English favourite Ryder needing 52 minutes to get the better of Dutch qualifier Sebastiaan Weenink and second seed Koukal taken to four games in his encounter with fourth-seeded Frenchman Yann Perrin.

The final marked Ryder and Koukal's third Tour meeting of all-time, but their first for more than five years.

But despite being ranked eight places below Ryder, world No80 Koukal (pictured above, foreground, in action with Ryder) maintained his unbeaten record over the 33-year-old from Leamington Spa with his 11-2, 11-6, 11-9 title triumph in 42 minutes.

The win marks the latest milestone in Koulal's distinguished 14-year memberships of the PSA. The final was the 44th of his career and the victory marked his 24th Tour title.

And the indefatigable 30-year-old from Prague is one of the Tour's most active members, having already competed in 18 events in 13 countries this year!
 

PSA World Tour Expands Into Romania

The Professional Squash Association is marking a notable double this month with Romania not only hosting its first ever Tour event, but also providing its first members of the players' association.

The COURTWALL Romanian Open, a PSA Challenger 5 event, takes place this week at the new AERO Squash Club in the Romanian capital Bucharest.

Meanwhile, Bucharest players George Alexandru Constantinescu and Horia Naumescu have both joined the PSA and made their Tour debuts in the Romanian Open.

Interest in Squash in Romania has grown rapidly since the first squash courts were built in 2001. The European country which borders the Black Sea now boasts 20 squash clubs with over 40 courts. The latest is the five-court AERO Squash Club, near the international Airport in Bucharest, which is the largest squash centre in the country.

"The AERO Squash club owners are operating a helicopter rental service from the heliport in Bucharest - the squash club is built in a helicopter hangar," explained tournament sponsor Wolfgang Denk, CEO of court manufacturer Courtwall. "The winner of the PSA Courtwall Romanian Open will be taken on a helicopter flight around Bucharest after the price ceremony."

PSA CEO Alex Gough is delighted that Romania has become the latest country to be added to the Tour calendar which boasts more than 100 events in more than 40 nations spread across all five continents.

"It is always a pleasure to welcome a nation to our circuit - and the fact that the new event in Bucharest has attracted players from 12 countries is testament to the appeal of a country like Romania," said the former world No5.

"We also welcome George and Horia to our membership and hope that their success will inspire more Romanians to join the Tour."

Top seeds Chris Ryder, of England, and Jan Koukal from the Czech Republic, are on course to meet in Sunday's Romanian Open final after first round wins. World No72 Ryder defeated France's Johan Bouquet 11-1, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7 while second seed Koukal was taken the full distance before overcoming Spaniard Alejandro Garbi Caro 5-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-8.

Qualifiers will be in action in the quarter-finals after two impressive upsets. Dutch qualifier Sebastiaan Weenink, the world No173 and lowest-ranked player in the main draw, despatched England's Alex Ingham 11-4, 11-7, 11-5, while England's blushes were spared when Portsmouth-based 21-year-old Robert Downer beat experienced Pakistani Karamatullah Khan 11-8, 11-8, 11-7.