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Austrian Open 2015
13-18 Apr, Salzburg, $5k

18-Apr, Final:

[1] Peter Creed (Wal) 3-0 [2] Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
                  11/4, 11/8, 15/13 (55m)

Top seed Creed takes Salzburg title
Aqeel Rehman  reports

The Austrian Open Champion 2015 is Peter Creed. The top seed took the title after a 3/0 victory over second seed Sebastiaan Weenink from the Netherlands.

The third games was very crucial. Seb managed to come back from 5/10 down, saving in total nine match balls and missing a game ball for himself before Peter took the game 15/13 to win the match.

During the event the Welsh Number one showed why he was the favourite for this event and deserved to grab the title. Well done.

The crowd at the EUROPARK shopping mall was packed again and saw some great squash. It was the best advertisement for the sport in Austria ever in history, reaching an enormous number of views vie TV, Radio, print media and online.

The whole event 'Austrian Squash Challenge' was a great success and hopefully will be continued next year. Thanks to all the sponsors and people and staff who helped running this Challenge. Major Thanks as well goes to EUROPARK for their support in giving us this unique chance!

"In the third game I was 10/5 up and stopped playing Squash. Seb started playing much better and I was getting anxious. This caused a lot of collisions. But both of us very fighting hard and in the heat of the moment it is what sometimes happens.

"I am over the moon in winning in three especially. Thanks to all the sponsors making this event happening."

Twitter: @SquashChallenge

Austrian Open 2015
13-18 Apr, Salzburg, $5k
Round One
15 Apr
16 Apr
17 Apr
18 Apr
[1] Peter Creed (Wal)
11/6, 11/4, 8/11, 11/3 (55m)
[Q] Tom De Mulder (Bel)
[1] Peter Creed
12/10, 12/10, 11/4 (45m)
 [5] Mark Fuller
[1] Peter Creed

 12/10,7/11, 11/6, 11/5 (67m)

[4] Tim Weber

[1] Peter Creed


 11/4, 11/8, 15/13 (55m)


[2] Sebastiaan Weenink

[5] Mark Fuller (Eng)
11/4, 6/11, 11/4, 11/9 (40m)
[Q] Martin Svec (Cze)
[7] Jaako Vahamaa (Fin)
11/1, 11/6, 11/8 (25m)
[wc] Courtney West (Aus)
[7] Jaako Vahamaa
10/12, 11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (50m)
[4] Tim Weber
[4] Tim Weber (Ger)
11/7, 9/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/6 (60m)
Josh Masters (Eng)
Jamie Henderson (Sco)
11/9, 11/9, 12/10 (38m)
[3] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
[3] Aqeel Rehman
11/5, 11/5, 11/7 (37m)
[8] Jakob Dirnberger
[3] Aqeel Rehman

11/4, 11/7, 3/11, 11/5 (50m)

[2] Sebastiaan Weenink

[Q] Remo Handl (Sui)
8/11, 11/4, 11/6, 11/3
[8] Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)
[Q] Tristan Eysele (Rsa)
13/11, 11/6, 11/2
[6] Steve London (Eng)
[Q] Tristan Eysele
 11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (32m)
[2] Sebastiaan Weenink
Bernat Jaume (Esp)
11/9, 11/6, 11/6
[2] Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
14-Apr, Qualifying Finals:

Tristan Eysele (Rsa) 3-0 Phil Nightingale (Eng)    11/8, 11/4, 11/4 (23m)
Tom De Mulder (Bel) 3-0 Lewis Doughty (Eng)     11/2, 11/3, 11/8 (25m)
Remo Handl (Sui) 3-0 Miroslav Celler (Svk)        11/7, 11/2, 11/9 (24m)
Martin Svec (Cze) 3-0 Nick Mulvey (Eng)          11/7, 11/4, 13/11 (30m)

13-Apr, Qualifying Round One:

Nick Mulvey (Eng) 3-0 Manuel Kurzweil (Aut)            11/7, 11/9, 11/4
Tristan Eysele (Rsa) 3-0 Marcus Greslehner (Aut)      11/7, 11/1, 11/1
Remo Handl (Sui) 3-0 Robert Fasser (Aut)                11/4, 11/3, 11/3
Tom De Mulder (Bel) 3-0 Andreas Eibl (Aut)              11/4, 11/7, 11/4
Lewis Doughty (Eng) 3-0 Alexander Harml (Aut)        11/2, 11/3, 11/5
Martin Svec (Cze) 3-0 Mario Krabb (Aut)                   11/3, 11/2, 11/2
Phil Nightingale (Eng) 3-0 Simon Draxler (Aut)           11/3, 11/2, 11/0
Miroslav Celler (Svk) 3-0 Christoph Ressel (Aut)        11/1, 11/2, 11/7
17-Apr, Semis:
Top seeds Creed and Weenink
through to final ...

A packed crowd at EUROPARK shopping mall in Salzburg saw the semifinals of the Austrian Open on Friday evening. Due to the rainy weather and the local favourite Aqeel Rehman having a chance to reach the final it was a great atmosphere.

First on was top seeded Peter Creed against German Tim Weber. It was an even match where Weber was able to level to 1/1 after a good second game. His opponent though showed why he is the favourite for the title and managed to lift his quality again to pull away. The long rallies also help Peter to get more control over the german and deserved to win 3/1.

The crowd was fascinated by the rallies and movement and got even more excited when Austria's number one Aqeel Rehman stepped on court against the second seed Sebastiaan Weenink from the Netherlands.

Unfortunately the first game didn't went the way the spectators were hoping for, with Seb playing a good quality and most of the time dominating the rallies. The second game was a more open affair, with Aqeel finding his quality a bit better. But Seb kept his hitting up and there was hardly any way to be threatend for a longer period and the Dutchman went 2/0 up.

There was a big hope of a comeback in the third when Aqeel was hitting great targets at the front racing to a 9/1 lead and taking the game 11/3. The crowed was now chanting a war cry ('jetzt gehts los!') but after a good start from the Austrian in the fourth Seb wouldn't let himself intimidate and pushed back. He was able to find his control again and took the match as deserved winner.

However it was an absolute great advertisement for Squash with a lot of people getting attracted to the action even though many of them never heard of the sport!

It means the final will be between both topseeds Peter Creed and Sebastiaan Weenink ab 16:30 local time. There will be a big raffle of 100 prizes prior to that, to win an Ipad, heart rate monitor, runing gear etc and a double exibition, followed by the price giving ceremony which will be attended by local politicians.

This will be covered by national TV and press agents again.


Twitter: @SquashChallenge

16-Apr, Quarters:
Aqeel Rehman reports

All four top seeded players made it into the semifinal of the Austrian Open on the Glasscourt at the shopping mall EUROPARK Salzburg.

First player to go through was Peter Creed from Wales after a 3/0 win over Mark Fuller. However the first two games could have gone either way, only being decided in the tiebreak.

The top seeded welshman will face german Tim Weber who passed through Jaakko Vähämaa from Finland in four close games. This was also the longest match of the night.

The second semfinal will be between Dutch number two seed Sebastiaan Weenink and local favourite Aqeel Rehman.

Seb managed to win in three games against South African qualifier Tristan Eysele in similar style to the Austrian Champion Aqeel, who won the All-Austrian (actually All-Salzburg) affair against Jakob Dirnberger 3/0 as well.

The weather forcast for Friday is rainy, meaning a full shopping mall with lots of spectators watching. Semifinal action starts at 5:30 p.m. after the junior-showtraining of the SC80 Salzburg.

Today's media coverage was great, Press reporters including photographers from the biggest newspaper in Austria came to report as well as National TV and Radio ORF.

You can find the clip on http://tvthek.orf.at/program/Salzburg-heute/70019/Salzburg-heute/9589708

How well known this event is shows another VIP visit of Luka Grancar, Icehockey Goalkeeper of Red Bull Salzburg, who just won their League title on tuesday.

We are excited who will come along on friday!

Twitter: @SquashChallenge

15-Apr, Round One:
Aqeel Rehman reports

Only one seeded player didn't make it into the quarterfinal of the Austrian Open in the shopping mall EUROPARK in Salzburg.

South African Qualifier Tristan Eysele was the lucky one to upset Steve London in three games to secure himself a spot on the glasscourt on Thursday. His opponent will be second seeded Dutchman Sebastiaan Weenink who overcame the Spaniard Bernat Jaume in three games.

Josh Masters from England was close to an upset. He was twice able to come back from one game behind again German number four seed Tim Weber. However the experienced German was able to win in five and will meet Jaakko Vähämaa from Finland who beat Wildcard-entry Courtney West from Australia.

The last two matches were resereved for the Austrians Jakob Dirnberger and Aqeel Rehman. Jakob faced Swiss Qualifier Remo Handl and saw himself one game down. But he managed to lift his game and ended up winning 3/1. This means Jakob reached the Quarterfinal in Salzburg for the first time!

The crowd was then fully satisfied with another local victory of Austrian record 9-time Champion Aqeel Rehman against Jamie Henderson from Scotland. However the Austrian was stretched in each game before winning 11/9. 11/9, 12/10.

Both Jakob and Aqeel deserved to go through to the Quarterfinal. The only downside will be that those two will meet each other in Thursday in front of National TV ORF.

Although it also means there is a guaranteed Austrian representation in the semifinal, let's see who will be the lucky one.

Live Scores can be found on the tournament website
www.squash-im-europark.at  as well as on twitter (@SquashChallenge #austriansquashchallenge)

Also two TV-Clips from local TV Station RTS can be found here: https://twitter.com/squashchallenge  and http://www.rts-salzburg.at/sendung/2015-04-13/sport-magazin

Twitter: @SquashChallenge

Aqeel with Jonathan Soriano from Red Bull Salzburg football

15-Apr, Qualifying finals:
Aqeel Rehman reports

Today's second round of qualifying for the Austrian Open at the EUROPARK shopping mall in Salzburg brought four 3/0 victories for Tristan Eysele, Remo Handl, Tom De Mulder and Martin Svec.

Very remarkable was Remo's win, as he got into the Qualidraw as a reserve player in last minute!

The main draw action will start on Wednesday with eight matches, and two of them with local interest. Jakob Dirnberger and Aqeel Rehman, both Salzburg-born will count on a great home support on the All-Glasscourt and looking for a favorite-win to face each other in the quarterfinal hopefully.

But let's go match by match!

14-Apr, Qualifying round one:

Squash lands in Europark
Aqeel Rehman reports

The Austrian Open are held this year on an all-glasscourt in on of europe's most sucessfull shopping mall EUROPARK, as a part of the 'Austrian Squash Challenge' from 7-18 April

This is a huge event, including public activities, VIP events and the Austrian League Play-Offs where home team SC80 Salzburg (Cameron Pilley, Chris Simpson, Aqeel Rehman, Michael Gruber) finished second after beating reigning champions Wiener Neudorf.

It is being broadcast on the biggest national newspapers, national TV and radio, as well with its event website www.squash-im-europark.at

400.000 EUROPARK-visitors are expected during this event at the courtside, it will be Austria's biggest ever Squashevent!

Today's first round of qualifying for the Austrian Open had eight local players trying to beat some of the PSA Players. This year players from 14 different nations are taking part.

Unfortunately there was no Austrian progress in that first round. However two Austrians, Jakob Dirnberger and Aqeel Rehman (winner of 2013) are seeded in the main draw.

So this will be a great chance for Squash to expose and the interest from the public is absolutely great so far.

Twitter: @SquashChallenge

Aqeel with Jonathan Soriano from Red Bull Salzburg football

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