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XVIII Abierto Colombiano 2015
03-08 Aug, Bogota, Colombia, $50k

08-Aug, Finals:

[1] Victoria Lust (Eng) 3-0[4] Catalina Pelaez (Col)
              11/5, 11/4, 11/5 (20m)

[Q] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
3-1 [6] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
              11/9, 8/11, 11/4, 11/8 (55m)

Amazing Avila takes the title in Bogota

Mexican qualifier Alfredo Avila completed his amazing run of upsets in Bogota as he beat Saurav Ghosal in the final to claim his seventh - and biggest by far - PSA title.

In the women's final England's top seed Victoria Lust went one better than last year as she beat home favourite Catalina Pelaez in straight games.

Juan Carlos Santacruz reports

Ghosal started pressuring with his drive drop shots always slowing down the match's rhythm, he started to exhaust the Mexican who reached the final after a 5 matches from the qualy round.

Rallies of over 40 hits were played in the first game with both players waiting with patience, 9-3 for Ghosal and then Avila came to his dimension and played 8 straight winning shots to win the first game and surprising the crowd.

Regaining his rhythm, Ghosal obtained parity. In the third game Avila played continuous winning shots to gain advantage.

In the fourth Avila maintained his rhythm by reaching every ball like in all his last matches with an amazing physical strength.

More mature in her game, in her second final in Bogota the English pressured from the start the inspired Colombian who was cheered by the crowd.

In the first game Catalina seemed anxious , less precise than the day before and Victoria summed points without problems.

The attacking rally's by the Colombian continued to be imprecise in the second game while Victoria gained more trust. Catalina played harder in the third fane, but the English was focused in her goal to win.

Men's Draw

Women's Draw

XVIII Abierto Colombiano 2015
03-08 Aug, Bogota, Colombia, $50k
Round One
05 Aug
06 Aug
07 Aug
08 Aug
[1] Miguel Rodriguez (Col)
 12/10, 11/5, 11/9 (38m)
Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)
[1] Miguel Rodriguez
 12/10, 9/11, 11/2, 11/8 (42m)
[8] Zahed Mohamed
[1] Miguel Rodriguez

11/8, 12/10, 7/11, 4/11, 12/10 (101m)

[6] Saurav Ghosal

[6] Saurav Ghosal


11/9, 8/11, 11/4, 11/8 (55m)


 [Q] Alfredo Avila

[8] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 11/6 (31m)
[Q] Todd Harrity (Usa)
[6] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/3, 11/1, 11/3 (18m)
[wc] Sebastian Laguna (Col)
[6] Saurav Ghosal
8/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/3 (48m)
Diego Elias
[4] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
9/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/2 (45m)
Diego Elias (Per)
[Q] Karim El Hammamy (Egy)
11/2, 11/5, 11/2 (27m)
[3] Borja Golan (Esp)
[3] Borja Golan
6/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (53m)
 [Q] Alfredo Avila
 [Q] Alfredo Avila

8/11, 7/11, 11/9, 11/1, 11/2 (71m)

[2] Peter Barker

[Q] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11/7, 11/6, 11/7 (39m)
[5] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
Lucas Serme (Fra)
11/7, 11/5, 11/13, 11/6 (43m)
[7] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
[7] Cesar Salazar
11/4 rtd
[2] Peter Barker
[Q] Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg)
11/5, 11/7, 11/3 (31m)
[2] Peter Barker (Eng)
04 Aug, Qualifying Finals:

Alfredo Avila (Mex) 3-0 Joe Chapman (Bvi)                      11-2, 11-2, 11-5 (17m)
Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg) 3-1 Arturo Salazar (Mex)            9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 (43m)
Todd Harrity (Usa) 3-1 Chris Hanson (Usa)             
 9-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-2 (36m)
Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-1 Chris Binnie (Jam)  12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 (60m)

03 Aug, Qualifying Round One:

Alfredo Avila (Mex)  3-0 Dairo Sandaval (Col)
Joe Chapman (Bvi) 3-1 Andres Herrera (Col)       11-9, 6-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-?
Arturo Salazar (Mex) 3-0 Arthur Gaskin (Irl)               11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4 (39m)
Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg) 3-0 Nicolas Caballero (Par)                      11-7, 11-2, 11-3 (19m)
Todd Harrity (Usa) 3-2 Jan vdHerrewegen (Bel)  11-3, 13-15, 11-2, 9-11, 11-6 (48m)
Chris Hanson (Usa) 3-0 Daniel Tajc (Col)                               11-5, 11-1, 11-7 (16m)
Chris Binnie (Jam) 3-0 Inaki deLaurraui (Col)                        11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (17m)
Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-1 Chris Gordon (Usa)     12-14, 11-9, 11-5, 15-13
XVIII Abierto Colombiano 2015
03-08 Aug, Bogota, Colombia, $15k
Round One
05 Aug
06 Aug
07 Aug
08 Aug
[1] Victoria Lust (Eng)
[1] Victoria Lust
11/2, 11/5, 11/8 (21m)
[8] Nayelly Hernandez
[1] Victoria Lust

 11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (23m)

[3] Nikki Todd

[1] Victoria Lust


11/5, 11/4, 11/5 (20m)


[4] Catalina Pelaez

[8] Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)
11/7, 11/3, 11/1 (21m)
Aline de Sousa (Bra)
[6] Diana Garcia (Mex)
19/17, 11/4, 11/3 (25m)
Ivone Diaz (Mex)
[6] Diana Garcia
 11/8, 11/8, 15/17, 8/11, 11/8 (44m)
[3] Nikki Todd
[3] Nikki Todd (Can)
11/6, 5/11, 11/6, 11/7 (27m)
Laura Tovar (Col)
Giselle Delgado (Col)
11/5, 11/4, 12/10 (19m)
[4] Catalina Pelaez (Col)
[4] Catalina Pelaez
11/9, 11/6, 15/13 (16m)
[7] Melina Turk
[4] Catalina Pelaez

9/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/7 (33m)

[2] Samantha Teran

Karina Heredia (Mex)
11/5, 11/6, 11/7 (16m)
[7] Melina Turk (Can)
Juliana Pereira (Bra)
11/6, 11/5, 11/2 (19m)
[5] Thaisa Serafini (Bra)
[5] Thaisa Serafini
11/9, 11/5, 11/4 (25m)
[2] Samantha Teran
[2] Samantha Teran (Mex)

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Day of upsets in Bogata

It was a day of upsets in at the Club el Nogal in Bogota as three of the four semi-finals produced unexpected winners ...

Mexican qualifier Alfredo Avila recorded his third - and most impressive yet - upset win in the semi-finals at Club El Nogal as he beat four-time champion and second seed Peter Barker in five games.

The English took the first game after he played with patience and resolution against the Mexican Avila who gave it his all in spite of his 120 minutes in court because he came from the qualy. With an ordered game, working with varied shots in his rally's Barker took a 2-0 lead.

In the third game everything was tight thanks to Avila and Barker started to feel the effort and the match was 2-1. In the fourth game the fast lead from Avila forced Barker to give in to 2-2.
Avila continued running like it sas the first game while the English seemed unfocused and tired.

The great revelation reached a historic final. From the 18 versions of the Open, its the first time a qualifier reaches the final.

“I am really happy to have won today and all the other matches, every match I have played was really hard and today I sent the exception, I was 2-0 down and I just try to keep pushing and change my game and it works till the 5 game. I'm so excited to my first final a tournament of this size.”

An even bigger upset - as far as the home crowd were concerned - followed as Saurav Ghosal beat top seed and defending champion Miguel Rodriguez in a marathon five-setter

Very adjusted to altitude and trying to impose his rhythm, Ghosal took the advantage of the first game after some unforced errors from Miguel.

In the second game he pressured Miguel with counter drop shots from left and right and when he was leading 6-9 the Colombian reacted forcing a tie break.

But Ghosal calmed down and led 2-0. In the third game the Colombian played strong in attack while Ghozal lost confidence, 2-1. In the fourth game Miguel regained his rhythm and precision, Ghosal made mistakes, now 2-2.

Once again the match was difficult buy Miguel took the lead even after argued decisions with the judge that were responded with exceptional winning shots even after the strong effort.

The match was 10-7 but Ghozal pushes with drops disappointing the Colombian who didn't find a way to close the match.

“I am delighted to have won today!" said a delighted Ghosal. "It is a great win to beat Miguel in Colombia and I guess it required a special match and performance to beat him. He is one of my best friends on tour and I hope we entertained the crowd, as much as we were hurting! Miguel pushed like crazy and showed what a champion he is! Hopefully, I will recover well for tomorrow!”

Rodruigues commented: “Tough days for me before starting the Colombian Open, doing my best to be at my best but unfortunately could not reach the final this year after a brutal semi with Saurav who played really well. I

" wish him all the best on his first appearance in Bogota. However, Proud with all the effort i did now its time to recover well because the season is on his way."

There was some consolation for the home crowd in the women's draw, as Colombia's Catalina Pelaez beat second seed Samantha Teran.

The Colombian played focused and solid, but in the final points of the game Samantha find a way to finish with patience and control.
The first game was for the Mexican after Catalina's unforced errors but reached parity after a succession of inspired winning drop shots by the Colombian.

Secure and convinced, Catalina adjusted her shots and pressured by mixing lengths and drops against the surprised Mexican. The 10 year-old difference of both players marks the triumph of the generation that asks for its time. Enormous happiness by the crowd who saw Catalina grow.

"I am feeling incredibly happy right now," said Catalina. "I have played Sam many times and had never won, but we have had good matches. Today, i felt great playing, all my shots were on. From the start I knew it was going to be a really tough match and that i had to keep her behind me.

"Sam is a really strong player and i have a lot of respect for her. Besides this we have know each other for many years and we are good friends. I am really happy I was able to reach the final here at my home club. Congratulations to Sam and I am ready and excited for tomorrow."

"It is never easy to lose," said Teran, "but there are times and circumstances in the life of the athlete that complicate things. Today tasting juice an excellent squash, with precise and winning balls which gave him victory.

"As Catalina says we have played many times and I always enjoy our games, today was no exception and nor is it to be here in Colombia. With this event, I close a season a bit complicated as a result of an injury that left me out 5 months.

"For the moment I'll take a few days rest and will take to be in this beautiful country and then prepare for the next season which begins in late September.

She'll face top seed Victoria Lust for the title after the top seed beat Canadian Nikki Todd in straight games.

“Happy to win today," said Lust. "I thought I played well and stuck to my game plan. Looking forward to the final tomorrow."
"Wish it would have gone the other way," said Todd, "but Vicky was to strong today."

Men's Draw

Women's Draw

06-Aug, Quarter-finals:
Avila advances in Bogota

Mexican qualifier Alfredo Avila followed up his first round win over Fares Dessouki with an even more impressive upset as he beat third seed Borja Golan in four games in the quarter-finals at the Club El Nogal in Bogota.

He'll meet four-time champion Peter Barker, the second seed, in the semis after the Englishman benifitted from the retirement of Cesar Salazar after one game.

Top seed and defending champion Miguel Rodriguez is still on course after beating Egypt's Zahed Mohamed in four games, and his opponent in the semi-final will be Saurav Ghosal, the Indian sixth seed who ended the run of world junior chmpion Diego Elias.

In the women's draw the top four seeds all made it through to the semis, although Canadian Nikki Todd needed all five games to get past Diana Garcia.

Quick reports from Juan Carlos Santacruz ...

Nikki Todd 3-2 Diana García

More secure with her drop shots, the Canadian started to impose her capacity in attack against the Mexican that played anxious and lost the first two games yet tied the match and forced a fifth game. Yet in the final game Nikki found her game again and won.

Saurav Ghosal 3-1 Diego Elías
In spite of Elias' clear tiredness after the Pan American Games and the World Juniors in the last two weeks he made a solid and fast presentation against the Indian player who capitalized on his experience and patience.

The back hand drop was Elias favorite shot to win points as a closing to the long rally's of the first game. A very tight second game began to show the Peruvians physical condition who in spite of leading couldn't maintain and lost the game.

The strength and reaction of Ghozal consolidated his advantage to win in a vibrant and emotive match that marks the first important tournament of the Peruvian junior in the PSA tour.

Catalina Peláez 3-0 Melina Turk
A succession of unforced errors marked the trend of game yet the first game was won by the most accurate. Afterwards the Colombian fixed her shots and started to build her way to the semifinal

Alfredo Avila 3-1 Borja Golan
With exceptional speed and reaction, reaching the balls with strength in every attack from the Spanish Golan, the Mexican Avila tied the match 1-1 and followed through to 2-1.

This was due to his permanent pressure frustrating the Spanish.In the fourth game Golan adjusted his attack combining drop shots with lengths and when he seemed to take the lead the Mexican regained his strength and focus winning the match. A clear surprise in the Colombian Open.

Samantha Teran 3-0 Thaisa Serafini
A technical match, varied shots and well played rallys by the two Latin players.In the first two games the Brazilian Thaisa took the lead, but Samantha little by little found her best moments to take the lead, always alert to react, with tight two side boasts to conquer a spot in the semifinal in Colombia where she is an adopted child.

Peter Barker 3-0 Cesar Salazar
The match ended early after an injury from Salazar. It was due to an inflammation in the sole of his feet that took him off the first game. The strong pain couldnt be resisted and so Salazar couldnt continue.

Victoria Lust 3-0 Nayelly Hernandez
The security and control of th English were determinant to force errors by the Meixcan, who couldnt find a formula to unstable Victoria, who played more precise in attack with her two side drive boasts. Nayelly only found her strategy in the third game, but it was too late.

Miguel Rodriguez 3-0 Zahed Mohamed
Excellent definitions with cross court drops and unforced errors by the Colombian allowed a partial advantage from the Egyptian in the first game, yet Miguel gained confidence and pressured with drive lenghts winning the tie break.

A higher disposition in attack by Mohamed allowed 1-1. In the third game the Colombian played with tight drops taking the lead and continued to grow in the fourth game in spite of the Egyptians great disposition thanks to consistent winning shots.

Men's Draw

Women's Draw

05-Aug, Round One:
Diego delivers in Bogota
Peruvian Diego Elias, the 18-year-old who last week became just the fourth player to win the Wold Junior Championship for a second time, produced a great performance to knock out fourth seed Marwan Elshorbagy in the first round of the Abierto Colombiano in Bogota.

Elshorbagy, the last player before Elias to lift the World Junior title twice, took the first game but Elias, who is in a rich vein of form having also claimed the PanAm Games Silver medal just before the World Juniors.

Juan Carlos Santacruz reports

Elias and El Shorbagy played an exceptional match. Elias took the lead in the first game by being more precise in his attack and capitalizing on the unforced errors, up to 7-2, but the Egyptian began to adjust his game and turned the game around to his side.

In the second game Elias was more consistent and reached parity. Elias maintained his vanguard, adding points since the start of each game while the Egyptian pulled from behind with frustration because his shots were recovered by Elias.

Great demonstration by the Peruvian after winning his second world junior championship.

Elias will now face Indian number one Saurav Ghosal in the quarter-finals after the 28-year-old from Kolkata dismissed wildcard Sebastian Laguna in just 18-minutes.

Another former World Junior Champion fell as Karim El Hammamy, the 2013 winner, was beaten in straight games by Spanish third seed Borja Golan.

 Local favourite and top seed Miguel Rodriguez, the defending champion looking to claim a fourth home title, moved into the last eight with a straight games win over South African Shaun Le Roux.

With the cheer of his public, proposing a varied game, with speed and the inspiration he evidences with his professional ranking the Colombian played patiently against the solid South African who was firm in his rallys. The first game was tight, but then the Colombian adjusted his plan and pressured with low shots winning in three successive games.

Elias wasn’t the only surprise victor of the day, with Mexican qualifier Alfredo Avila recording one of his best wins in beating fifth seed Fares Dessouki in straight games.

Avila will meet Golan in the quarters with the winner set to face either Peter Barker, the four-time Colombian Open champion seeded two here, or Mexico’s Cesar Salazar for a place in the final.

There were no upsets in the $15k women's draw as all the seeded players, including Colombia's fourth-seeded Cataline Pelaez, moved into the quarter-finals.

Fast and secure, the Colombian won in three successive games showing the good moment she is in as a proffessional. The Chilean couldnt find a way to threaten Catalina.

Men's Draw

Women's Draw

04-Aug, Qualifying Finals:
Hammamy confirms
while Harrity wins the US Derby
Juan Carlos Santacruz reports

Todd Harrity (Usa) 3-0 Chris Hanson (Usa)
9-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-2 (36m)

The two Americans proposed a very technical game, but the unforced errors in the moments of attack started to mark a winner.

The dispute was tight in the start of the match with lenghts and rhythm changes to the front.

Two similar game plans that in the end gave advantage to Harrity that adapted better to altitude and the court.

Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg) 3-0 Arturo Salazar (Mex)
9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 (43m)

With surprise in the attack moments and precision in his drive drops, the Mexican Salazar seemed to have the match in his hands, but due to a back pain he started to condition the match.

Fung Yip began to attack with more control and the match took a new direction.

Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-0 Chris Binnnie (Jam)
                         12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 (60m)

Exceptional match by Karim and Chris. Emotive, battled and with strong rhythm changes.

Fast and precise in his drop attacks, the Egyptian El Hammamy, 19, made a clear demonstration to enter the main draw.

The Jamaican Binnie showed his physical strenght but couldnt defeat the precise game of this young promise.

Alfredo Avila (Mex) 3-0 Joe Chapman (Ivb)
                         11-2, 11-2, 11-4 (17m)

Consistent, solid in his shots and with length the Mexican Avila advanced in three successive games. Chapman will reach the Top 100 ranking and is a clear triumph in his career.


Men's Draw

Women's Draw

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Countdown to the Colombian Open
Juan Carlos Santacruz reports

For a second consecutive year, the Colombian Open will have both men's and women's categories. For the first time in its 17 year history, the Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez will debut as #1 seed of the tournament, as one of the top four players in the world.

The Men's main draw has top 50 players in the world and for the first time the qualy draw had 120 players from around the world. More than 45 players couldn’t enter the qualy of the prestigious tournament held in El Bogal Club in Bogotá.

The top two seeds in the main draw are the two winners from 2013 and 2014, England's Peter Barker and Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez. Barker has won the tournament four times while Rodriguez has won three.

In the Women's draw top seeds are last year’s finalists, the best player of the continent Mexican Samantha Teran, and  England's Victoria Lust.

The Schedule

The event starts on Monday August 3rd with the qualy draw in the men’s category. The opening matches are scheduled for noon on Monday. By Tuesday 4th the final four qualifiers will be named to enter the main draw.

The organization established that for the women there will be no qualy draw. On Wednesday August 5th the first round of the main draw begins as well as the Men’s draw with a total of 14 matches and two byes from the women’s top seeds. On Thursday August 6th we will have the quarter finals, while on Friday 7th the semifinals will be disputed to have the honor of playing the final of the XVIII Colombian Open on Saturday August 8th.

An unforgettable week for world squash from El Nogal Club in Bogotá in its 20 years celebration.

Prizes and Level

In its 18th edition the Colombian Open in el Nogal Club the men's draw will have prize money of USD$ 50K and women's draw USD$ 15K.

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