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Barker Robs Rodriguez Of Colombian Gold

IX Abierto Colombian Squash Open,
Bogotá, Colombia

[2] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-6, 11-10 (3-1), 11-7

[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [1] Graham Ryding (CAN) 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
[2] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [5] Eric Galvez (MEX) 11-4, 11-8, 11-3

[1] Graham Ryding (CAN) bt [7] Bernardo Samper (COL) 11-6, 11-3, 11-1 (23m)
[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Jose Angel Becerril (MEX) 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 (52m)
[5] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [4] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) 8-11, 7-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-3, 11-6 (84m)
[2] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [8] Bradley Hindle (AUS) 11-10 (2-0), 11-8, 11-7 (39m)

1st round:
[1] Graham Ryding (CAN) bt [Q] Roberto Pezzota (ARG) 11-6, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0) (28m)
[7] Bernardo Samper (COL) bt Ian Power (CAN) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (23m)
[Q] Jose Angel Becerril (MEX) bt [3] Renan Lavigne (FRA) 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (40m)
[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Paul Davis (AUS) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (33m)
[5] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [Q] David Phillips (CAN) 11-8, 7-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-5, 11-3 (64m)
[4] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [Q] Robin Clarke (CAN) 11-4, 11-3, 7-11, 11-9 (33m)
[8] Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt Javier Castilla Conde (COL) 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 (35m)
[2] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (40m)

Barker Robs Rodriguez Of Colombian Gold
England's Peter Barker successfully retained his title in the IX Abierto Colombian Squash Open to deny local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez the chance of an historic victory in the 2-star PSA Tour event in Bogotá, Colombia

Sixth seed Rodriguez become the first Colombian to reach the country's national open event final when he upset top-seeded Canadian Graham Ryding in the semi-finals.

However, second seed Barker was too strong for the 20-year-old from Bogotá, ranked 55 in the world, in the final.

The world No26 from Upminster in Essex, who reached the final without dropping a game, won 11-6, 11-10 (3-1), 11-7 to secure the eighth PSA Tour title of his career.

Barker took time out to compliment the organisers on the successful staging of the event: "The tournament has built on the success from last year and, on behalf of all the players, we are truly thankful," said Barker.

"The final was a lot tougher than the scores may suggest. Despite Miguel's previous exertions, he seemed fired up for it. The second game was crucial, I felt, with Miguel 10-8 up. I was prepared for a battle. Fortunately, I sneaked the game 13-11 and that left an uphill battle for Miguel. He started well in the third but I know he was tiring from yesterday's great win over Graham.

"I am extremely happy to win the Colombian Open again. It was special playing Miguel, the Colombian No1, in the final - and I admit it feels better than last year. I've been very impressed with the contingent of players down here in South America and the future of squash here looks very bright indeed," added the 22-year-old England international.

"See you next year!"

Rodriguez Celebrates Historic Colombian Open Success
In an outstanding performance at the Club El Nogal in Bogotá, fifth seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez upset the event favourite in the semi-finals of the IX Abierto Colombian Squash Open to become the first Colombian in history to reach the country's national open event final.

"This is for sure an historic episode, taking into account that two years ago a Colombian player could only enter the main draw by receiving the wild card!" said tournament organiser Juan Carlos Santacruz.

Rodriguez, the No6 seed whose previous best effort in the event was a quarter-final appearance last year, recovered from a game down to beat top-seeded Canadian Graham Ryding 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8.

The 20-year-old from Bogotá is ranked 55 in the world, while Ryding boasts a top twenty ranking.

Rodriguez, now in his seventh PSA final, will meet defending champion Peter Barker, the No2 seed, in the climax of the 2-star PSA Tour event.

Barker, the 22-year-old England international from Essex, brushed aside Mexico's fifth seed Eric Galvez 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 to reach his tenth PSA final.

Becerril Bounces Into Bogotá Quarters
Mexican Jose Angel Becerril produced the only surprise on the opening day of the IX Abierto Colombian Squash Open when he upset third-seeded Frenchman Renan Lavigne in the first round of the 2-star PSA Tour event in Bogotá, Colombia.

Becerril, a 21-year-old qualifier from Mexico City, beat Lavigne 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 in 40 minutes – and will now meet one of two Colombians through to the last eight. Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the No6 seed, despatched Australian Paul Davis 11-5, 11-6, 11-6.

The other Colombian will face his second Canadian in two days. Seventh seed Bernardo Samper beat Montreal-based Ian Power 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 – and will now face top seed Graham Ryding, the Canadian No1, who defeated Argentina's Roberto Pezzota 11-6, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0).