7-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (93m)
[Q] Reiko Peter (Sui)
11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (55m)  Martin Knight (Nzl)
RESULTS: Holtrand Gas City
Pro-Am, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Steps On the Gas In Medicine Hat
Czech squash star Jan
despatched three higher-seeded players en-route to lifting the
Holtrand Gas City Pro-Am
trophy in Canada, thereby notching up the 28th PSA
title of his career.
The sixth-seeded 30-year-old from Prague reached his 48th career final
at the PSA
Medicine Hat Downtown YMCA
Alberta, after successive straight games upsets over fourth seed
and No.5 seed Ben
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
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
"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.