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27/01/2014
BANKERS HALL CLUB PRO-AM 2014
 

Leo Lands Bankers Hall Double

Bankers Hall Club
Pro-Am 2014
21-26 Jan, Calgary, Canada, $10k
Round One
23 Jan
Quarters
24 Jan
Semis
25 Jan
Final
26 Jan
[1] Leo Au (Hkg)
11/6, 11/9, 11/5 (38m)
[Q] Michael Harris (Eng)
Leo Au
11/6, 6/11, 11/6, 13/11 (73m)
Rex Hedrick
Leo Au
14-12, 11-5, 5-11, 8-11, 11-3 (91m)
Jan Koukal
Leo Au
11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (42m)
Raphael Kandra
[5] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
9/11, 11/5, 6/11, 11/9, 11/6 (80m)
[Q] Reiko Peter (Cze)
[7] Jan Koukal (Cze)
11/1, 19/17, 12/10 (42m)
David Letourneau (Can)
Jan Koukal
11/7, 11/6, 11/7 (47m)
Andrew Schnell
[3] Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11/9, 12/10, 11/9 (57m)
Andrew Schnell (Can)
Alex Ingham (Eng)
16/14, 11/4, 11/3 (38m)
[4] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
Raphael Kandra 11/4, 8/11, 9/11, 11/6, 11/4 (76m)
Alejandro Garbi
Raphael Kandra
6-11, 11-6, 0-11, 11-4, 11-5 (60m)
Martin Knight
Alejandro Garbi (Esp)
11/4, 11/6, 8/11, 11/6 (70m)
[6] Ben Coleman (Eng)
[Q] James Huang (Tpe)
11/7, 5/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/7 (66m)
[8] Dane Sharp (Can)
James Huang
 11/5, 11/5, 11/5 (46m)Martin Knight
[Q] Graeme Schnell (Can)
11/4, 11/4, 11/9 (54m)
[2] Martin Knight (Nzl)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Bankers Hall Club Pro Am, Calgary, Canada

Leo Lands Bankers Hall Double

The repeat of last year's final of the Bankers Hall Club Pro Am in Canada produced a repeat of last year's result when Hong Kong's Leo Au beat Raphael Kandra of Germany to successfully retain the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash title at the Bankers Hall Club in Calgary, Alberta.

"Defending champion Leo was flawless in the defence of his crown here at the Bankers Hall Club Pro Am in downtown Calgary," explained tournament host Bob Ballinger, the club's Head Squash Professional. "Matching Kandra shot for shot and with virtually no mistakes he was going to be tough to be on this day."

Top seed Au, the 23-year-old World No.41, took just 42 minutes to record his third successive Tour win over fourth seed Kandra, ranked 28 places below, 11-5, 11-4,
11-5.

The win marks Au's fifth PSA Tour title.

"So next year we will see if Au can be the first three-time champ of the tournament," added Ballinger. "He has now joined Arturo Salazar and Chris Simpson as back-to-back two-time champions!"
 

Comeback Kandra Into Calgary Climax

Germany's Raphael Kandra mounted two mighty comebacks in the semi-finals of the Bankers Hall Club Pro Am - one from an 11-0 game loss - to upset second-seeded New Zealander Martin Knight to reach the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event celebrating its 11th year at the Bankers Hall Club in Calgary, Canada.

The fourth seed from Essen finally triumphed 6-11, 11-6, 0-11, 11-4, 11-5 after exactly an hour to reach his second Tour final in a row - and the 11th of his career.

Kandra now faces top seed Leo Au, the title-holder from Hong Kong. The 23-year-old World No.40 reached the Bankers Hall Club final for the third year in a row after prevailing in a 91-minute marathon - stemming a determined comeback by Czech star Jan Koukal before beating the No.7 seed 14-12, 11-5, 5-11, 8-11, 11-3.

Au is celebrating his 10th Tour final appearance.

"Two electric semi-finals here at the Bankers Hall Club Pro Am have produced a repeat of last year's final," said tournament host Bob Ballinger, the club's Head Squash Professional. "Before a truly jam-packed audience, top seed and defending champion Au held off the comeback attempt of Koukal in a tremendous 91-minute match.

"Au played a flawless final game and despite that final game score line it was just as impressive from Koukal who did not do much wrong it was just that Au was oh so accurate.

"The other semi saw last year's finalist from Germany Kandra come from a 2/1 games deficit to knock out Knight the second seed here. Knight went up 4-0 in the final game but Kandra pegged off nine straight points to eventually gain the victory."
 

Koukal Conquers Calgary Hero Schnell

Czech squash star Jan Koukal disappointed the local crowd at the Bankers Hall Club Pro Am in Calgary when he defeated hometown hero Andrew Schnell in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event celebrating its 11th year at the Bankers Hall Club in the Alberta city in Canada.

"Koukal has been pretty much a regular at this event from the early years, while Schnell is from the host city and was hoping to continue a three-year streak of sorts that has seen himself and brother Graeme oust Koukal the last two years of this tournament," said tournament host Bob Ballinger, the club's Head Squash Professional.

"But the so called Family Streak is over as Koukal played a flawless match in this straight games victory over the local star in an entertaining three game match."

The 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 win takes the No7 seed from Prague, the runner-up in 2010, into a semi-final clash with Leo Au, the top seed from Hong Kong. Defending champion Au, ranked 41 in the world, defeated fifth-seeded Australian Rex Hedrick 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 13-11 in 73 minutes.

Germany's Raphael Kandra took one step closer to his second successive appearance in the final after beating event debutante Alejandro Garbi Caro. But the Spaniard led 2/1 before fourth seed Kandra regained control to win 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4 in 76 minutes.

Kandra now faces No2 seed Martin Knight after the 30-year-old New Zealander beat Taiwan qualifier James Huang 11-5, 11-5, 11-5.

"So - two great looking semis coming up," added Ballinger. "Defending champ Leo Au and Jan Koukal on one side with Raphael Kandra going up against number two seed Martin Knight.

"Both matches promise to be great squash here in the Stampede city of Calgary!"