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Fernando Vidal Salva Memorial
Trofeo Barcelo Resorts
16-20 Dec, Majorca, $10k
Rosner takes Majorca title

Top seeded German Simon Rosner claimed the Fernando Vidal Salva Memorial title in Majorca with an impressive victory over Scotland's Alan Clyne in the final.

Rosner was in control, finding a good length and volleying nearly everything and, of course, playing at the front his stunning winners as always.

On the other hand, Clyne was not completely there. He was moving fast like he usually does, but he clipped the tin so many times today. It seemed that he wanted to play to accurate and he just couldn't under the pressure the german was putting on the ball.

There were very good rallies with some unbelievable pick ups and winners from nowhere, specially at the beginning of each game, but in the end, it was Rosner who raised his fist after the last rally.

Fernando Vidal Salva Memorial
Trofeo Barcelo Resorts
16-20 Dec, Majorca, $10k
Round One
17 Dec
18 Dec
19 Dec
20 Dec
[1] Simon Rosner (Ger)
11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (35m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (Eng)
[1] Simon Rosner
9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5) 60
[5] Dylan Bennett
[1] Simon Rosner

11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (32m)

[3] Kashif Shuja
[1] Simon Rosner

11-7, 11-7,
11-6 (30m)

[6] Alan Clyne

[5] Dylan Bennett (Ned)
1-8, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9 (38m)
Johan Bouquet (Fra)
[3] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
8-5 rtd
Shaun Le Roux (Eng)
[3] Kashif Shuja
-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 50m)
[7] Steve Finitsis
[7] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 12-10 (55m)
Chris Truswell (Eng)
[Q] Jethro Binns (Wal)
3-11, 5-11, 11-9, 2-11 (44m)
[8] Adrian Waller (Eng)
[8] Adrian Waller
11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (40m)
[4] Jens Schoor
[8] Adrian Waller

11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (30m)

[6] Alan Clyne
[Q] Leandro Romiglio (Arg)
11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 2-11 (45m)
[4] Jens Schoor (Ger)
[Q] Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy)
9-11, 11-8, 5-11, 6-11 (50m)
[6] Alan Clyne (Sco)
[6] Alan Clyne
11-5, 11-1, 11-7 (52m)
David Vidal
David Vidal (Esp)
11-8, 12-10, 11-5 (40m)
[2] Julien Balbo (Fra)
 In Memoriam

Fernando Vidal Salva died in a tragic accident on August 3 2001.

Most of you did not know him, in fact it should say you did not have the luck to have known him, because to meet Fernando was quite a good luck.

From him I stress that was a person committed all that he did, in his work as a social worker he was it with all those people who attended and to all those he worked with, with his family and of course with the sport in general and in particular with the squash, He practiced mostly enjoying it. Fernando would listen and had an enormous capacity to understand why each one is as is and does what he does.

He listened, understood and approached people to reign in its interior no rancour and in this way they projects the good of everyone and thus make live of each and of people around us something worth enjoying.


From the first edition, this tournament had different formats. It normally was a local Masters, and once it was the Spanish Championship. And, this last edition has become a PSA tournament.

National players as Albert Codina, Salvador Miró, Alex Garbí and Oriol Salvia had played this tournamnent. But the most representative player in this tournament has been always Borja Golán, who has come there every year. Unfortunately he is injured right now and cannot participate.

But, the most important thing, is the friendship feeling and healthy competitiveness that all the players had here.
Rosner to meet Clyne
in Majorca final

Top seed Simon Rosner controlled his semi-final with Kashif Shuja completely, volleying at will and finding some stunning winners that made Kashif suffer a lot. The pace that Rosner put on the ball was just unbelievable and Shuja could not do anything against it. After 32 minutes the match was closed and Rosner claimed his place in the final.

Then it was the turn of Alan Clyne and Adrian Waller. Adrian was trying to attack the ball and finish of the rallies, but unfortunately he clipped the tin too often.
And Clyne just played a better game today. Crossing the ball low and hard making his opponent turn so quickly that he just could defend. Alan was controlling the pace of the match and find some lovely straight dropshots glued to the wall that forced Waller's mistakes. Half an hour later we had the second finalist ... 

Vidal beats Balbo
in first round upset

Seven of the eight seeds progressed to the quarter-finals in Majorca, with Spain's David Vidal generating the only upset as he beat seed number two Julien Balbo in the first match of the day.

Vidal took the first game and clawed back from 6-0 down in the second to 6-6. Then Balbo woke up again and took three points in a row and got a 10-7 lead. The spaniard came back and forced the tie break to win the game by 12-10. After that game the frenchman lost his concentration in the third and made too many unforced errors and lost by 11-5.

Adrian Waller looked in control against Jethro Binns, and was managing to control the first and the second games quite comfortably, but in the third Jethro made a great push and took it 11-9. That push took a lot of energy from him and he was out of the court in the last game.

Top seed Simon Rosner had the control against qualifier Ben Coleman. He always seemed to have an answer to Ben's attacking shots, and never looked under real pressure as he took the match with a consistent 3-0. Congrats to Ben who did a great tournament.

Jens Schoor against Leandro Romiglio was quite a physical match, specially Leandro, who was doing the hard job running from corner to corner. In the end he got tired and could not do anyhing in the last game.

Alan Clyne and Amr Khaled Khalifa showed a great performance. The first two games were really close, although the egyptian got really tired as Clyne's counter dropshots were killing him and paid dividends in the third and fourth game as Alan took them quite comfortably.

Kashif Shuja and Shaun Le Roux had a short match, as unfortunately Shaun got injured at 8-5 in the first game.
After he played a lob, Shuja played a boast from the back and Le Roux just crouched down and felt an intense pain in the ligament of the abductor muscle. He tried to continue but finally he retired.

16-Dec, Qualifying Finals

Ben Coleman beat Piedro Pchweeterman         7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11 (75m)
Jethro Binns beat Mathias Toumi                      7-11 11-7 11-1 11-5 (43m)
Leandro Romilglio beat Alex Ingham                8-11, 4-11, 7-11, 13-15 (55m)
Amr Hhaled Khalifa beat Charles Sharpes        6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12 (50m)

15-Dec, Qualifying Round One:

Ben Coleman won a very physical match to Phil Nightingale. Especially,
the last game was a very hard push from both, playing at a very fast pace.

Matias Tuomi played very well agains Chris Fuller. Both of them were playing a lot to the back hitting the ball hard and try to volley a lot.

Jethro Binns and Fausto Gomez, our junior local, played a very close match with a few too many lets sometimes. But Fausto did a great match in patches.

Alex Ingham won a very close match against Alex Garbi. He was picking up nearly everything until Garbi got tired and clipped the tin. There were some discussion about the referees decisions with the crowd not very happy, but you know... Garbi was the local hope. In the end, Ingham got his revenge from the last week in Tenerife.


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