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23/06/2014
CHRISTCHURCH OPEN 2014
 

Rehman Rallies To Christchurch Crown

Christchurch Open 2014
19-22 Jun, Christchurch, New Zealand, $5k
Round One
20 Jun
Quarters
21 Jun
Semis
21 Jun
Final
22 Jun
[1] Jan Koukal (Cze)
11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8 (32m)
[Q] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
Jan Koukal
 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8 (32m)
 Tristan Eysele
Jan Koukal
11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (35m)
Addeen Idrakie
Jan Koukal
7-11, 11-9,
11-1, 11-5 (42m)
Aqeel Rehman

 

[7] Jean-Pierre Brits (Rsa)
 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (68m)
[Q] Tristan Eysele (Rsa)
[5] Addeen Idrakie (Mas)
 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (71m)
[Q] Hannan Tarmidi (Mas)
Addeen Idrakie
2-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (37m)
 Matias Tuomi
[4] Matias Tuomi (Fin)
6-11, 18-16, 11-6, 11-5 (68m)
Arthur Moineau (Fra)
Manoel Pereira (Bra)
 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 (43m)
[3] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
Aqeel Rehman
11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (27m)
Adam Murrills
Aqeel Rehman
 8-11, 9-11, 11-6,
11-6, 11-6 (61m)
Kashif Shuja
[wc] Andrew Ellis (Nzl)
11-2, 11-9, 11-7 (22m)
[6] Adam Murrills (Eng)
[Q] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
11-4, 11-9, 3-11, 11-4 (37m)
[8] Jaakko Vahamaa (Fin)r
Kashif Shuja
11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (29m)
Mike Corren
Sanjay Singh (Mas)
 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 (47m)
[2] Mike Corren (Aus)

RESULTS:         PSA Challenger 5 Doubledot Media Christchurch International Open
Christchurch, New Zealand

Rehman Rallies To Christchurch Crown

#PSAWorldTour
 
Austrian
Aqeel Rehman upset top seed Jan Koukal in the final of the Doubledot Media Christchurch International Open, the PSA World Tour Challenger 5 squash event in its third year in Christchurch, New Zealand.
 
Seeded three, Rehman made his breakthrough in the semi-finals at
Burnside Squash Club when he fought back from two games down to end the giant-killing run of local qualifier Kashif Shuja, the former World No.36 who had dismissed second-seeded Australian veteran Mike Corren in the previous round.
 
Now in a surprise fourth PSA Tour final of his career, the 28-year-old from Salzburg
(pictured below, left, with Koukal) faced favourite Koukal, the in-form Czech star who was celebrating his fifth Tour final of the year and arrived in Christchurch after picking up his 30th career title last month at the City of Perth WA Open in Australia.
 
"Koukal, forced by a forearm tendon injury to play a style of game relying heavily on drops, lobs, guile and other generally gentle strokes, was effective in the opening exchanges," reported event spokesman
Antony Liken.  "His ability to find height and width with the shiny new Dunlop when lobbing, and to navigate around the cracks at the front of the court when dropping, meant there was little Rehman could do to prevent him taking a 1/0 lead."
 
But the UK-based Austrian, ranked 93 in the world, regained the initiative to close out the match 7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-5 after 42 minutes to record his first ever victory over European rival Koukal, the World No.62.
 
The title triumph marks the third PSA Tour title of Rehman's career but his first for more than a year.