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24/04/2006
COMPANION CHALLENGE CUP
 

Rafael Rallies To Sao Paulo Success

Companion Challenge Cup

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Rafael Rallies To Sao Paulo Success

 

Rafael F Alarcon was taken the full distance by his teenaged opponent Tarek Momen in the final of the Companion Challenge Cup in Brazil – but the country's six-times national champion did not disappoint local supporters in his home town Sao Paulo where he recorded an 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5 victory over the sixth seed from Egypt.

 

Alarcon, the 28-year-old second seed, was celebrating his second successive PSA Tour title after winning the Verao Open in Santos, also in Brazil, last month.

 

Momen, the 18-year-old from Cairo who upset top-seeded Frenchman Jean-Michel Arcucci in straight games in the semi-finals, can expect to take another significant leap in the next PSA world rankings after rising 90 places to reach 137 this month after making it to his first PSA final in the Thessaloniki Open in Greece in March.


Tarek Topples Top Seed To Reach Companion Final In Sao Paulo

Egyptian teenager Tarek Momen recorded his best victory on the PSA Tour since joining the professional circuit only last year when he upset top-seeded Frenchman Jean-Michel Arcucci in straight games in the semi-finals of the Companion Challenge Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 win takes the 18-year-old from Cairo into his second PSA final in four weeks after reaching the climax of the Thessaloniki Open in Greece in March.

Momen will take on local hero Rafael F Alarcon, Brazil's six-times national champion who beat Sao Paulo-based Canadian Sabir Butt 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 in the other semi-final.

Alarcon, the 28-year-old second seed who also hails from Sao Paulo, is one victory away from his second successive PSA title victory after winning the Verao Open in Santos, Brazil, last month.

 




Tuesday 25th - interviews
by Silvia Mathieson

Jean-Michel Arcucci
" I think I played well. Tarek was just to good in the front. There was nothing to be done.
Now I can drink caipirinha !!"

Tarek Momem
"Everything ran well: I felt much better, I was used with the court, all my shots went to the right place.
I'm very happy !! "

Sabir Butt
I tryed to put pressure on Rafael but he has better physical condition than
me.
I was tired and unable to control the match.

Rafael Alarcon
"I'm happy to be consistent !!"

Match Reports by Laura Malta
Jean-Michel Arcucci x Tarek Momen
The first semi-final of the tournament was between the French first-seed Jean Michel Arcucci with the Junior Tarek Momem. The Frenchman had difficulties imposing his own rhythm. He showed tiredness from the other two matches played before during the tournament.
Jean-Michel was unable to keep up with the speed and better physical condition of the talented Junior Egyptian, that won the match in straight sets
.

Sabit Butt x Rafael Alarcon
The second semi-final was a dé-jà vu of the Verão Open with Rafael Alarcon beating for the second time his coach Sabir Butt. The only difference was that Rafael played a lot more aggressively and showed more control of the match.


Alarcon Wins Brazilian Battle In Sao Paulo

Six-times national champion Rafael F Alarcon survived an all-Brazilian battle against Ronivaldo Santos, also a former Brazilian champion - beating the eighth seed 11-4, 11-7, 11-10 (2-0) in the quarter-finals of the Companion Challenge Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 28-year-old second seed from Sao Paulo now meets Brazil-based Canadian Sabir Butt in a repeat of the Verao Open semi-final they played last month en-route to Alarcon's victory in the PSA Tour event in Santos.

Egypt's Tarek Momen eliminated further local interest in the event when he beat qualifier Luciano Alves Barbosa 3-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8.

The 18-year-old No6 seed from Cairo will now face top seed Jean-Michel Arcucci in the other semi-final after the Frenchman beat Argentina's Roberto Pezzota 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8

Barbosa Upsets Johnstone In Companion Opener

Brazilian qualifier Luciano Alves Barbosa delighted local crowds at the Companion Challenge Cup when he upset Australia's fourth seed Wade Johnstone 11-10 (2-0), 11-9, 9-11, 11-8 in the new PSA Tour event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 29-year-old former Brazilian National Champion now meets Tarek Momen in the quarter-finals after the sixth seed from Egypt beat another Brazilian, lucky loser Bruno Bolzan, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8.

All eyes will be on an all-Brazilian clash at the bottom of the draw when second seed Rafael F Alarcon takes on Ronivaldo Santos, the No8 seed, in the match that should have been last November's Brazilian national final. Alarcon, who reclaimed the title in 2005 after Santos conceded the match, beat Egypt's Mohamed Elkeiy 11-7, 11-5, 11-8, while Santos took five games to overcome Argentinean qualifier Rodrigo Pezzota 11-4, 11-3, 7-11, 10-11 (1-3), 11-10 (2-0).

Companion Challenge Cup 2006
21-26 April, Sao Paulo, Brazil $10k

Round One
Apr 23
Quarters
Apr 24
Semis
Apr 25
Final
Apr 26
[1] Jean-Michel Arcucci (Fra)
11/4, 11/8, 8/11, 13/11
[Q] Jorge Gutierrez (Arg)
Jean-Michel Arcucci
7/11, 11/4, 11/6, 11/8
Roberto Pezzota
Jean-Michel Arcucci
11-4, 11-7, 11-6
Tarek Momen
Tarek Momen
11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5
Rafael Alarcon
[8] Roberto Pezzota (Arg)
11/4, 11/6, 11/7
[Q] Matias Valenzuela (Arg)
[4] Wade Johnstone (Aus)
12/10, 11/9, 9/11, 13/11
[Q] Luciano Barbosa (Bra)
Luciano Barbosa
3/11, 11/7, 11/4, 11/8
Tarek Momen
[6] Tarek Momen (Egy)
12/10, 11/3, 11/8
[LL] Bruno Bolzan (Bra)
Manoel Pereira (Bra)
10/12, 11/5, 11/7, 11/6
[5] Tony James (Aus)
Tony James
11/8, 12/10, 11/8
Sabir Butt
Sabir Butt
11-7, 11-4, 11-6
Rafael Alarcon
Edilson Nunes (Bra)
11/7, 11/4, 11/4
[3] Sabir Butt (Can)
Mohamed Elkeiy (Egy)
11/7, 11/5, 11/8
Ronivaldo Santos (Bra)
Ronivaldo Santos
11/4, 11/7, 12/10
Rafael Alarcon
[Q] Rodrigo Pezzota (Arg)
11/4, 11/3, 7/11, 11/13, 12/10
[2] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)

Qualifying Finals:
Rodrigo Pezzota (Arg) bt Bruno Bolzan ( Bra) 11/9, 11/6, 11/8
Jorge Gutierrez (Arg) bt José Pedro Escobar ( Bra) 3/1
Matias Valenzuela (Arg) bt Antonio Christovam ( Bra) 3/1
Luciano Barbosa (Bra) bt Vinicius Costa (Bra) 3/1

Qualifying round one:
Rodrigo Pezzota (Arg) bt Roni Duarte (Bra) 11/8, 11/7, 11/2
Bruno Bolzan (Bra) bt Julio Caseiro (Bra) 11/6, 11/6, 7/11, 11/9
José Pedro Escobar (Bra) bt Conrado Ramos (Bra) 5/11, 3/11, 11/5, 11/9, 11/5
Jorge Gutierrez (Arg) bt Diego Bolzan (Bra) 11/4, 12/10, 8/11, 11/4
Antonio Christovam (Bra) bt Guilherme Mello (Bra) 11/8, 11/3, 11/5
Matias Valenzuela (Arg) bt Roberto Sciencia (Bra) 9/11, 3/11, 9/11
Luciano Barbosa (Bra) bt Luis André Couto (Bra) 7/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/7
Vinicius Costa (Bra ) bt Lucky Odeh (Ngr) 11/2, 11/6, 11/6