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Bianchetti Battles To Liguria Success

Liguria Squash Open,
Genova, Italy

[1] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt [5] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 (54m)

[1] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt [6] Tom Richards (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-3 (39m)
[5] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-5, 11-10 (2-0), 11-4 (54m)

[1] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-2 (54m)
[6] Tom Richards (ENG) bt [4] Bradley Hindle (AUS) 11-10 (3-1), 11-10 (2-0), 11-6 (41m)
[5] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt [Q] Chris Ryder (ENG) 11-6, 11-3, 7-11, 11-4 (52m)
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt [7] Callum O'Brien (NZL) 11-4, 3-11, 11-10 (3-1), 11-5 (48m)

1st round:
[1] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt [Q] Jonathan Harford (ENG) 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 (29m)
Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) bt [8] Andras Torok (HUN) 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)
[4] Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt [Q] Andrea Capella (ITA) 10-11 (2-4), 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 (62m)
[6] Tom Richards (ENG) bt Marco Vercesi (ITA) 11-4 ret. (8m)
[5] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-2 (58m)
[Q] Chris Ryder (ENG) bt [3] Laurent Elriani (FRA) 11-10 (2-0), 6-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-10 (2-0) (72m)
[7] Callum O'Brien (NZL) bt [Q] Yann Perrin (FRA) 11-4, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9 (48m)
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt [2] Dylan Bennett (NED) 11-5, 10-11 (0-2), 11-9, 11-3 (51m)

Bianchetti Battles To Liguria Success
Italy's Davide Bianchetti delighted local squash fans at the Liguria Open when he beat Hungary's Mark Krajcsak to win the new PSA Tour event title in Genova.

The 29-year-old favourite from Brescia reached the final after beating England's sixth seed Tom Richards in the semi-finals.

Krajcsak, the fifth seed, ended unseeded Frenchman Julien Balbo's run in the semi-finals to earn his second place in a PSA Tour final.

But Bianchetti had the upper hand in the final, triumphing 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 in 54 minutes to claim the sixth PSA title of his career and his second on home soil in two months after winning the Mega Italia Open in his hometown in April.

Bianchetti Survives Italian Battle To Reach Liguria Semis
Local favourite Davide Bianchetti became the only one of the top four seeds to make the semi-finals of the Liguria Squash Open after surviving the longest quarter-final of the day against fellow Italian Luca Mastrostefano in the new PSA Tour event in Genova, Italy.

The 29-year-old from Brescia dropped the first game against Mastrostefano, but fought back to beat his unseeded opponent 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-2 in 54 minutes.

Bianchetti, winner of the Mega Italia Open in his hometown last month, now faces England's Tom Richards for a place in the final. Richards, the sixth seed, ended Bradley Hindle's semi-final hopes when he upset the fourth-seeded Australian 11-10 (3-1), 11-10 (2-0), 11-6.

Julien Balbo continued his giant-killing run to reach the other semi-final. The unseeded Frenchman knocked out New Zealand's No7 seed Callum O'Brien 11-4, 3-11, 11-10 (3-1), 11-5 – and will now face Hungary's Mark Krajcsak, the fifth seed who beat English qualifier Chris Ryder 11-6, 11-3, 7-11, 11-4.

Top Seeds Tumble In Liguria Upsets
Two of the top three seeds tumbled out of the Liguria Squash Open on the first day of action in the new PSA Tour event in Genova, Italy.

Dutchman Dylan Bennett was the biggest casualty. The 21-year-old second seed from Eindhoven was beaten 11-5, 10-11 (0-2), 11-9, 11-3 in 51 minutes by Julien Balbo. The unseeded Frenchman goes on to meet New Zealand's Callum O'Brien, the seventh seed who removed French qualifier Yann Perrin 11-4, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9.

In a mixed day for Frenchman, third seed Laurent Elriani also failed to make it beyond the first round. In his first PSA event since celebrating his 30th birthday this month, UK-based Elriani twice levelled his match against qualifier Chris Ryder but the 25-year-old Englishman ultimately prevailed 11-10 (2-0), 6-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-10 (2-0) in 72 minutes.

Local representation in the semi-finals is assured after unseeded Italian Luca Mastrostefano upset Hungary's eighth seed Andras Torok 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 in 36 minutes. The 2005 Italian champion now takes on top-seeded compatriot Davide Bianchetti, who beat English qualifier Jonathan Harford 11-2, 11-8, 11-3.