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Colombian Open 2012
27 Aug - 01 Sep, Bogota, $35k
01-Sep, Final:

Tarek takes the title in Bogota

There was disappointment for the home crowd as Egypt's Tarek Momen claimed the biggest PSA title of his career as he came from a game down to beat local favourite Miguel Angel Rodriguez at Club El Nogal in Bogota.

[3] Tarek Momen (Egy) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
           3-11,11-4,11-3-12-10 (58m)

Juan Carlos Santacruz reports

The patience and concentration to move its rival gave Rodriguez the lead in the first game, while Momen was adjusting his strategy. In the second game, Rodriguez’s endurance began to wear out given the previous matches and became imprecise, while Momen tightened his drop shots and tied the match to 1-1.

The continuous unforced errors of Rodriguez and his anxiety in the rallies gave the Egyptian the advantage becoming more confident in his attack. More focused and motivated by his crowd Rodriguez proposed a winning game until 5-5 when the amazing drop shots from Momen led to 8-5.

Miguel attacked and was up to 9 yet and an accidental hit with racket put him out of a game for a few seconds. He entered after the ordered time ended and the match became dramatic to 10-10.

A drop shot gave the Egyptian the match ball becoming the tournaments winner.

Tarek on his biggest win

"Today was a really tough match as I expected tough competition from Miguel, but I wouldn’t have though he would put on such a great performance after two hard matches he had during past couple of days.

"He is a true Champion and I am so happy to be pushing myself so hard and winning that fourth game.

"I have had the most amazing week here in Colombia. I would like thank the organizing committee, the sponsors and all the amazing Nogal Club members for their great hospitality and support during this entire week, and making this event a great success.

"I also want to thank the people who have supported me all the way back home, my parents, coaches, teammates and friends…. I am not mentioning names, so no one gets upset, hahaha…”

Tarek, who won the Arab Games gold medal last December, had only claimed one PSA title in six final appearances before this, winning last year's $25k Irish Open.

Official site
from Bogota

Colombian Open 2012
27 Aug - 01 Sep, Bogota, $35k
Round One
29 Aug
30 Aug
31 Aug
01 Sep
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (26m)
[Q] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy
6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (73m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Miguel Angel Rodriguez

11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-0 (66m)

[4] Steve Coppinger

Miguel Angel Rodriguez


3-11,11-4,11-3-12-10 (58m)


[3] Tarek Momen

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
12-10, 11-6, 11-8 (42m)
[Q] Eric Galvez (Mex)
Robbie Temple (Eng)
11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5 (42m)
[Q] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
[Q] Jaymie Haycocks
11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (37m)
[4] Steve Coppinger
[Q] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11-4, 11-1, 3-11, 11-5 (47m)
[4] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
[3] Tarek Momen (Egy)
11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 (39m)
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
[3] Tarek Momen
11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (27m)
Martin Knight
[3] Tarek Momen

11-7, 11-5, 11-2 (20m)

Henrik Mustonen

Martin Knight (Nzl)
 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 (21m)
Andres de Frutos (Col)
Andrew Wagih (Egy)
9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 12-10 (72m)
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
Ali Anwar Reda
11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9 (62m)
Henrik Mustonen
Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-4, 11-6, 15-13 (28m)
[2] Hisham Ashour (Egy)

Qualifying Finals, 28-Aug:

Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Dane Sharp (CAN)                            11-8,11-4,11-3 (32m)
Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Gonzalo Miranda (ARG)        11-7,9-11,11-4,11-7 (51m)
Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Hernan D'Arcangelo (ARG)            5-11,11-4,11-4,11-5 (41m)
Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX)        11-3,11-8,6-11,11-8 (51m)

Qualifying Round One, 27-Aug:

Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt Javier Castilla (COL) 11-2,11-7,11-3 (20m)
A solid Mexican played with comfort regarding the altitude with great speed and definition in his attack.

Erik Tepos (MEX) bt Johan Bouquet (FRA) 4-11,11-2,11-9,11-6 (40m)
The Mexican imposed his rhythm, playing long rallies that wore out the French player.

Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Fernando Lopez (MEX) 12-10,11-4.11-13,11-6 (32m)
Warming up the engines, the Mexican Avila promises to be one of the tournaments revelation.

Dane Sharp (CAN) bt Erick Herrera (COL) 11-8,11-6-11-7 (21m)
With a mature and solid squash, the Canadian Sharp showed his progress in his return to Colombia. The local couldn’t find the strategy to attack and lost.

Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Armando Olguin (MEX) 11-4,11-5,11-5 (20m)
With an unforgettable English style, Haycocks showed why he is a firm candidate for the main draw.

Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt Felipe Tovar (COL) 11-5,11-5,11-5 (19m)
A more experienced Argentinean imposed his rhythm against the young Colombian.

Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Nicolas Valderrama (COL) 11-5,11-3,11-1 (21m)
The Mexican Galvez won his first match demonstrating his clarity and great level against the junior Colombian.

Hernan D'Arcangelo (ARG) bt Peter Creed (WAL) 11-4 Rt
Unfortunately the injury Creed presented in Medellin, didn’t allow him to play. He once again tried but his leg was resented and withdraws from the match.

31-Aug, Semis:
Speed merchants Rodriguez and Momen in Bogota final
Juan Carlos Santacruz reports

The final of the Colombian Open will be between two of the world's fastest players as Egypt's Tarek Momen and Colombia's own Miguel Angel Rodriguez recorded contrasting semi-final victories at Club El Nogal in the country's capital Bogota.

Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
          11-7, 11-5, 11-2 (20m)

Mustonen played erratic and anxious losing the first game surprised by the driven attack of the Egyptian.

His immense agility to cover the court and left hand drops, consolidated his advantage in the second game. The geniality of winning shots gave Momen the final game.

It has been an excellent tournament for Tarek in the altitude. Mustonen played his best tournament in Bogota.

Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
      11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-0 (66m)

The first game was long and intense. With patience and sending the ball to the back in order to compete against the South Africans height. Rodríguez waited for the right moment to attack and won the first game.

Two exceptional drop shots in the second game motivated Coppinger to win the second game after 40 minutes. In the third game Rodriguezs unforced errors gave advantage to Coppinger yet the Colombian tied 6-6 and finished with a tie break that was won by his mental strength.

The match had reached 60 minutes. In the final game the Colombian attacked with precision and won to reach his fourth Colombian Open final.

Official site
from Bogota

30-Aug, Quarters:
Angel advances in Bogota
Juan Carlos Santacruz reports

Quarter-final roundup

The upsets continued in the quarter-finals of the Colombian Open at Club El Nogal in Bogota, with home favourite Miguel Angel Rodriguez producing the biggest of them all as he beat top seed Mohamed El Shorbagy. He'll face South Africa's fourth seed Steve Coppinger for a place in the final.

In the bottom half young Finn Henrik Mustonen followed up yesterday's win over second seed Hisham Ashour with a five-game win over Ali Anwar Reda, and now meets a third Egyptian in a row as he faces third seed Tarek Momen in the semis.

Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Martin Knight (NZL)

 The endurance and strong precision in the attack allowed the Egyptian Momen to reach the semi final. He won the first game with precise cross courts to the back hand. In the second game Momen kept his patience with excellent boasts and with less unforced errors. In the third game Knight tried to attack more but he was defeated by his anxiety. Momen is the first semi finalist.

Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
          11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (37m)

More patient in his attack, Coppinger won the first game. In the second game the British risked with no precision and lost 0-2. In the third game the South African was More aggressive and passed to the semi final.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY)
           6-11,11-8,11-4,11-8 (73m)

It was a match with no truce, great emotion, and happiness of a respectful and knowledgeable crowd. The Colombian won playing focused, with immense trust and motivated by his crowd.

The first game was apparently slow with straight lengths but immediately passed to killer shots or errors that were favorable to the Egyptian that had fewer mistakes. El Shorbagy accelerated in the second game, attacked more to be faster, yet he was neutralized by Rodriguez’s control and precision to tie the match. In the third both players were faster in attack but the Egyptian was more imprecise.

The fourth game El Shorbagy was more insecure, couldn’t concentrate to tie the match and found himself against a completely focused Colombian who had all the support of the crowd. Rodriguez who is known for making history, won for the first time against a top ten player in his club and city.

Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Ali Anwar Reda (EGY)
           11-9, 9-11,8-11,11-3,11-9 (62m)

Mustonen keeps surprising and today became the revelation of the Colombian Open. Two Egyptians have succumbed against the consistent deep game that is combined with a strong game in the front.

Mustonen won the first game with patience, waiting for the moment to hit and surprise but in the second the Egyptian was more secure and took the lead to tie the match. In the third game, Reda was more consistent and took the lead, yet in the fourth he committed unforced errors and lost.

In the fifth game, the Finnish strengthened and was 10-5 after several mistakes and the Egyptian reached 9-10, however Mustonen focused and defined the match 11-9.

Official site
from Bogota

29-Aug, Round One:
Henrik hurts Hisham in Bogota
Juan Carlos Santacruz reports

Home favourite Miguel Angel Rodriguez made it safely through to the quarter-finals of the Colombian Open at the El Nogal Club in Bogota, on an opening round that saw two upsets and the demise of the second seed.

Rodriguez won 3-0 against the many times Pan American winner Eric Galvez, qualifier Jaymie Haycocks defeated his compatriot Robbie Temple, and Finland's Henrik Mustonen produced the best win of his career in beating second seed Hisham Ashour.

Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Alfredo Avila (MEX)
       11-4,11-1,3-11,11-5 (47m)

With his height Coppinger managed to neutralize the Mexican’s speed in the first two games. Yet in the third, Avila surprised with his tight drop shots and forced the first errors from the South African.

Coppinger was precise, managed the speed and spaces in court making it small for him and huge for Avila. More than 20 cms difference, more control and rhythm became uncontrollable for Avila.

Jaimy Haycocks (ENG) bt Robbie Temple (ENG)
             11-8,6-11,11-6,11-5 (42m)
The British classic in Bogota was in favor of Haycocks after a technical match with a paired level in the first two games. Afterwards Haycocks attacked more, pressured and forced errors from Temple allowing him to add up the points to pass to the second round after arriving from the qualy.

Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX)
       11-8,11-6,7-11,11-5 (39m)

With important lead in the first game, Salazar allowed Momen to play dominantly with shots near the tin. The second game was filled with unforced errors and winning shots by Momen that found his rhythm with exceptional agility and attack for 2-0.

In the third game Salazar was solid and anticipated winning the game. For the fourth game, Momen once again played with confidence and won the match.

Martin Knight (NZL) bt Andres de Frutos(COL)
            11-2,11-2,11-4 (21m)

The strength and experience of the New Zelander were clear although he is only 28, against the 17 years old Colombia. Knight won in consecutive games after playing with pressure that forced errors from the Colombian.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) Eric Gálvez (MEX)
           12-10,11-6,11-8 (42m)

After some long rallies in which the Colombian studied his opponent, his tactic began to wear out the Mexican with rhythm and speed. The rhythm changes were constant throughout the match; Miguel moved every shot to every corner.

The tie break of the first game was vital in deciding the behavior of the match. Rodriguez player consistently and won in three consecutive games.

Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt Andrew Wagih (EGY) 
          9-11,11-8,12-10,12-10 (72m)

A marathon of minutes of outstanding squash was played today by the two Egyptians.

There was no pause form the beginning. They attacked always, from the back, from the front, from each side, from every corner and lifting up every rally with enormous conviction.

It was a tried match, with constant contact that ended with a Let ball. Anwar was more patient in the definition of every game; he committed less unforced errors and won the match.

Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Hisham Ashour (EGY)
            11-4,11-6,15-13 (28m)

 The 21 years old Mustonen more conditioned to the altitude after playing in Medellin with 1.600 mts, was the biggest surprise of the night after defeating the No. 2 seed of the tournament, the charismatic Hisham Ashour aged 30.

The Finnish imposed the rhythm, played to the back and was precise in his attack to the front court, wearing out Ashour who witnessed the altitude. Nonetheless he played with all his effort and generated multiple winning balls given his immense talent. Yet in the final tie break his physical strength wasn’t enough.

Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) Arturo Salazar (MEX)
          11-7,11-7,11-5 (26m)

Consistent, deep and with a great dynamic, El Shorbagy showed in three games that he is back in Bogota to repeat his title. Salazar played with his traditional speed, yet couldn’t propose a game to pressure the tournaments favorite. Great squash by the Egyptian

Official site
from Bogota

Players relax on the range ...

28-Aug, Qualifying Finals:
Three Mexicans reach main draw in Bogota
Juan Carlos Santacruz reports

With the Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez among the favorites in the main draw that begins tomorrow in the XV Colombian Squash Open in El Nogal Club today, the final four qualifiers were defined with the arrival of three Mexican players and one British.

The main draw has as No.1 and No.2 seeds two of the best players of the world, the Egyptians Mohamed El Shobagy current world No.8 and Hisham Ashour No.14.

Additionally two Egyptians, Tarek Momen No.21 and Ali Anwar Reda No. 26, that also play as favorites alongside the South African Stephen Coppinger No.28 and the Colombian Rodriguez No.27.

The main draw was completed with the Mexicans Arturo Salazar, Eric Galvez and Alfredo Avila in addition to the British Jaymie Haycocks.

Qualifying finals:

Alfredo Avila bt Dane Sharp 11-8, 11-4, 11-3
The 21 year old Mexican played fast and consistent to overcome the Canadians strategy that played tired after the long rallies that favored the Mexican who is more adapted to the altitude. Avila continues to show himself as the revelation in the PSA tour that started last week in Medellin, this week in Bogota and next week in Cartagena.

Jaymie Haycocks bt Gonzalo Miranda 11-7, 9-11, 11-4,11-7
Playing with a deep game without great rhythm changes yet precision in his attack, the British Haycocks defeated the No.1 player of Argentina in an emotive match given Miranda’s attitude.

Eric Galvez bt Hernan D'Arcangelo 5-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5
More solid in attack and with more experience in the tour, the Mexican imposed his speed, wore out the Argentinean and obtained a place in the main draw.

Arturo Salazar bt Erik Tepos 11-3, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8
In spite of the injuries that have followed the Mexican this year, Arturo returned strong and with a varied game. Very deep and precise in the front, Salazar defeated Tepoz in spite of his effort to play deep and patient.

Official site
from Bogota

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