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Koukal Steps On the Gas In Medicine Hat

Gas City Pro-Am 2014
28 Jan - 02 Feb,
Medicine Hat, Canada, $10k
Round One
30 Jan
31 Jan
01 Feb
02 Feb
[1] Leo Au (Hkg)
11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (40m)
Alex Ingham (Eng)
Leo Au
11-9, 6-11, 11-1, 11-6 (63m)
Andrew Schnell
Leo Au
8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (102m)
 Raphael Kandra
 Leo Au 
11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (48m)
Jan Koukal
[8] Andrew Schnell (Can)
11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (67m)
Graeme Schnell (Can)
[7] Dane Sharp (Can)
7-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (67m)
Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
Sebastiaan Weenink
11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (46m)
Raphael Kandra
[3] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (50m)
[Q] James Huang (Tpe)
[Q] Ritchie Fallows (Eng)
11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (50m)
[4] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
Rex Hedrick
12-10, 11-5, 11-7
Jan Koukal
 Jan Koukal
11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (53m)
Ben Coleman
Mike McCue (Can)
11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (45m
[6] Jan Koukal (Cze)
Alejandro Garbi (Esp)
12-10, 13-11, 11-6 (87m)
[5] Ben Coleman (Eng)
Ben Coleman
7-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (93m)
Martin Knight
[Q] Reiko Peter (Sui)
11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (55m)
[2] Martin Knight (Nzl)

RESULTS:         Holtrand Gas City Pro-Am, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Koukal Steps On the Gas In Medicine Hat

Czech squash star Jan Koukal despatched three higher-seeded players en-route to lifting the Holtrand Gas City Pro-Am trophy in Canada, thereby notching up the 28th PSA World Tour title of his career.
The sixth-seeded 30-year-old from Prague reached his 48th career final at the
PSA Challenger 10 event at Medicine Hat Downtown YMCA in Medicine Hat, Alberta, after successive straight games upsets over fourth seed Rex Hedrick and No.5 seed Ben Coleman.
It was defending champion
Leo Au that awaited World No.71 Koukal in the final.  But the top seed from Hong Kong had been taken the full distance by Raphael Kandra in the semis before finally emerging victorious over the No.3 seed from Germany in 102 minutes.
"Koukal pressed his strategy from the beginning of the final, taking an all-important first game after being down 8-3 in the first," reported tournament promoter
Taylor Martin.  "Au did not have the lightning speed we saw in the semi-final versus Raphael, so it was evident that the 102 minute semi-final match took a toll on the young player from Hong Kong.
"Jan still had to work hard to upset the first seed and his attacks on court came out far more in this match than the ones played leading up to it.  Koukal has been in both final matches that have been held in Medicine Hat, and now has his name etched on the championship trophy."
Koukal maintained his 3/0 win run throughout the event by clinching the match 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 in 48 minutes.
When asked before the match if his game plan was to win in three games, Koukal replied:  "That's always my game plan!"
Martin was delighted with the event:  "Jan lived up to his word by taking the tournament with a perfect win record.  What an amazing performance from all the players we had this year."
Presentation picture features Jan Koukal (2nd left) with his championship trophy, and the title sponsors of the event from Holtrand Holdings, (L to R) Mark Holtom, Matt Teel and Mark Swaenepoel.