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El Salvador Open 2010
17-22 May, Club Maya, San Salvador, $6k
Koukal claims
San Salvador title
Czech squash star Jan Koukal celebrated his 12th appearance in a PSA event already this year by winning the 'Tour De Las Americas' El Salvador Open at Club Maya in San Salvador.

With three event appearances in each of the first three months of 2010, it's been a busy competitive year for the 26-year-old from Prague - who also found time to win his latest Czech national title last month in his home town.

But Koukal's 2010 campaign has been a successful one - with his triumph in San Salvador marking his fifth final of the year, and his third title triumph.

The top seed dropped just one game en-route to the final, where he faced second-seeded Englishman Eddie Charlton. But Koukal was too strong for the 21-year-old from Nottingham, winning 11-9, 11-2, 11-5 to collect the 14th Tour title of his career.

"Jan played well," said Charlton, "and I was suffering a bit from my semi-final last night.

"I was hoping to be able to take my first PSA title at the same time that Nick Matthew became world number one, but I'll have to wait until next time. Still, not too bad a week considering I was match ball down in the first round!

"A big thanks to Gerardo, who's made all the players feel welcome and helped us with anything we've needed."

El Salvador Open 2010
17-22 May, Club Maya, San Salvador, $6k
Round One
19 May
20 May
21 May
22 May
[1] Jan Koukal (Cze)
11/7, 11/1, 11/5
[Q] Italo Bonatti (Gua)
[1] Jan Koukal
11/2, 13/11, 11/7
Miled Zarazua
[1] Jan Koukal

 11/8, 11/6, 11/13, 11/4 (64m)

Omar El Kashef

[1] Jan Koukal

11/9, 11/3, 11/6

[2] Eddie Charlton

[LL] Fernando Lopez (Bra)
11/6, 11/6, 11/7
Miled Zarazua (Mex)
[4] Matthew Serediak (Can)
8/11, 11/6, 11/9, 11/6
Omar El Kashef (Egy)
Omar El Kashef
13/15, 10/12, 13/11, 11/9, 11/4
[Q] Adam Murrills
[6] Maxym Leclair (Can)
11/5, 11/5, 11/5
[Q] Adam Murrills (Eng)
[Q] Anthony Graham (Eng)
11/3, 13/11, 11/8
[5] Thomas Brinkman (Can)
[Q] Anthony Graham
5/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/8, 12/10
[3] Erik Tepos
[3] Erik Tepos

11/8, 11/13, 12/10, 11/7 (75m)

[2] Eddie Charlton

Byron Garcia (Esa)
5/11, 11/3, 11/4, 11/50
[3] Erik Tepos (Mex)
 Salvador Martinez (Mex)
12/10, 11/7, 12/10
[8] Josh Cardwell (Aus)
[8] Josh Cardwell
11/3, 11/8, 11/1
[2] Eddie Charlton
[Q] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
6/11, 6/11, 13/11, 11/7, 11/8
[2] Eddie Charlton (Eng)

Qualifying finals:
Italo Bonatti (Gua) bt Armando Olguin (Mex)            11-7, 11-5, 11-5
Anthony Graham (Eng) bt Fernando Lopez (Mex)      11-7, 11-7, 11-8
Adam Murrills (Eng) bt Nahuel Hernan Ramos (Arg)   11-6, 11-9, 11-4
Alfredo Avila (Mex) bt Sergio Lopez (Mex)                11-4, 11-3, 11-5

Qualifying round one:
Armando Olguin (Mex) bt Mario Flores (Esa) 11-3, 15-13, 11-6
Italo Bonatti (Gua) bt Milton Vargas (Esa) 11-5, 11-9, 11-3
Anthony Graham (Eng) bt Antonio Recinos (Esa) 11-6, 11-3, 11-8
Fernando Lopez (Mex) bt Víctor Paredes (Esa) 11-3, 11-2, 11-4
Nahuel Hernan Ramos (Arg) bt Mauricio Sedano (Gua) 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-5
Adam Murrills (Eng) bt Fernando Arrieta (Esa) 11-6, 11-4, 11-3
Alfredo Avila (Mex) bt Rodrigo Torres (Col) 11-9, 12-10, 11-3
Sergio Lopez (Mex) bt Gerardo Menjivar (Esa) 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4
No luck for the locals
in El Salvador Openers

Gerardo Porras reports

Armando Olguin looked strong and had control all over the game against Mario Flores. Flores tried to take advantage to of being a local and grab a game for his own, but Olguin's patience paid and he advanced to next round.

Italo Bonatti has improved his game a lot since the last time I saw him, great game for the Guatemalian who always had control over the young Milton Vargas for who this was a first experience in PSA tournaments

Anthony Graham showed superiors skills to take a 3/0 win over Antonio Recinos, another Salvadorian debutant in PSA tournaments. No sweat for the Englishman.

Victor Paredes never managed to get the rhythm of the game imposed bt Fernando Lopez. Paredes, who will be fifteen next Tuesday, fought to his limits but Lopez's tactics were too much for the youngster.

One of the best matches of the night was between Nahuel Ramos and Mauricio Sedano. Ramos was in control and took a quick advantage 2/0 but Sedano pulled himself together and took the third game.
Nahuel, with a combination of dropshots and good lengths finally won 3/1. Good game for the audience.

Adam Murrills had to work for a couple of minutes in order to get used to the bounce ball for a hot court, but once in control it was his game and that all. No chance for Fernando Arrieta

The best match of the night was between Alfredo Avila and Rodrigo Torres. The young Mexican Avila showed impressive skills, retrieving impossible balls, while Torres was getting more and more desperate thinking where to put the ball for Avila not to be there!. Avila controlled second and third games with a series of drop shots and eventually won the match.

Sergio Lopez took a quick 2/0 advantage over Gerardo Menjivar with strong lengths and crosscourts, the local players fought back to win the third game 12/10, but Lopez regrouped to win the fourth. Good match.


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