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23/06/2014
LOCH NESS CHALLENGER 2014
 

Finitsis Hunts Down Loch Ness Title

Loch Ness Challenger 2014
18-22 Jul Inverness, Scotland $15k
Round One
19 Jun 
Quarters
20 Jun
Semis
21 Jun
Final
22 Jun
[1] Alan Clyne (Sco)
 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (37m)
[Q] Youssef Abdalla (Eng)
Alan Clyne
11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (50m)
Raphael Kandra
Alan Clyne
11-7, 11-4, 5-11,
11-7 (59m)

Mahesh Mangaonkar
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11-9, 11-2, 2-11, 11-5 (61m)
 Steve Finitsis
[6] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 (53m)
[Q] Kevin Moran (Sco)
[8] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-2 (67m)
[Q] Mike Harris (Eng)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11-13, 11-8, 3-11, 11-5, 11-6 (83m)
 Jaymie Haycocks
[4] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
11-5, 11-5, 13-11 (48m)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
Todd Harrity (Usa)
11-9, 11-3, 11-3 (42m)
[3] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
Steve Finitsis
11-6, 12-10, 11-13, 11-7 (73m)
Zahed Mohamed
Steve Finitsis
11-8, 8-11, 7-11,
11-8, 11-8 (116m)
Greg Lobban
[Q] Lewis Walters (Eng)
11-6, 11-5, 11-5  (39m)
[5] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
[wc] Jamie Henderson (Sco)
11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (34m)
[7] Joel Hinds
(Eng)
Joel Hinds
11-6, 11-3, 11-4 (45m)
Greg Lobban
Greg Lobban (Sco)
11-6 rtd (23m)
[2] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)

RESULTS:         PSA Challenger 15 Be Personnel Loch Ness Challenger
Inverness, Scotland

Finitsis Hunts Down Loch Ness Title

#PSAWorldTour
 
Australia's
Steven Finitsis clinched the biggest PSA World Tour squash title of his career when he defeated rising Indian star Mahesh Mangaonkar in the final of the Be Personnel Loch Ness Challenger, the inaugural PSA Challenger 15 event at Inverness Tennis & Squash Club in Inverness, Scotland.
 
"The tournament’s culmination before a packed Inverness Court No.1 was a predictably feisty affair, with both men squeezing one another’s shot-making and testing muscle recovery after some tough matches this week," commented event spokesman
Mike Gregson.
 
The two finalists denied the crowd an all-Scottish climax after dramatic semi-finals – eighth seed Mangaonkar ousting the event favourite
Alan Clyne, the Scottish No.1 ranked 35 in the world, and third seed Finitsis recovering from 2/1 down to beat Inverness-born giant-killer Greg Lobban in a 116-minute five-game marathon.
 
Unseeded Lobban, the 21-year-old World No.71, had reached the last four after upsets over No.2 seed
Omar Abdel Aziz and seventh seed Joel Hinds.
 
Finitsis, the Netherlands-based 31-year-old boasting a career-high World No.50 ranking, took a 2/0 lead in the final before Mangaonkar, a 20-year-old from Mumbai marking his third Tour final of the year, regained the upper hand to take the third game.
 
But the experienced Australian, celebrating his 24th final appearance, upped the pace again in the fourth before closing out the match 11-9, 11-2, 2-11, 11-5 after 61 minutes to claim the 12th – and biggest – Tour title of his career.
 
“I congratulate Mahesh on a great match, and look forward to his undoubted future success," said Finitsis afterwards.  "I can speak on behalf of the PSA players in thanking organisers, sponsors, referees and everyone involved here in Inverness – including Nessie – for a great tournament.
 
"I hope we are able to come back and enjoy your hospitality again.”
 
Dave Massey of the organising committee added:  “We really appreciate the pros who have given a superb exhibition.  It’s been a feast of squash, and Be Personnel and our other sponsors deserve our huge thanks.
 
"We wish all the best for Glasgow 2014 to Steve and Mahesh, and all the Scots players involved.”