11/8, 11/5, 8/11, 11/5 (51m) Jan Koukal
[Q] Juan Pablo Roude (Arg)
11/7, 11/9, 11/7 (30m)  Jan Koukal (Cze)
Campo Grande, Brazil
Closes In On Half Century In Brazil
Czech squash star Jan Koukal
celebrated his 49th PSA World Tour
final appearance in perfect style when he beat Argentina's
in the climax of the
Challenger 10 event
in its fifth year in Brazil, but its first at the Shopping Norte Sul
The No.2 seed from Prague, ranked 70 in the world, was expected to reach
the event's climax – unlike his South American opponent, the World
No.196 who was forced to qualify in what was his first Tour appearance
since June last year.
Qualifier Pezzota, a 31-year-old from Rosario, downed No.7 seed
then third-seeded compatriot Gonzalo Miranda,
before taking the event's biggest scalp – Australia's No.1 seed
Karwalski – to
reach the final.
It was Pezzoto's fourth appearance in a PSA Tour final – and the
underdog stunned the experienced Koukal by taking the opening game.
But the 14-time Czech champion, competing in his seventh Tour event this
year, soon regained control – winning the next three games to score an
impressive 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 title triumph in 46 minutes.
The success marks 30-year-old Koukal's second Tour title of the year –
and the 29th of his career!
Presentation picture below features Koukal (second from right) and
runner-up Pezzoto (third from left)