Savcor Finnish Open 2016
16-31 Jan, Mikkeli, Finland, $5k
31-Jan, Final: Top seed Essam takes the
title in Mikkeli
Shehab Essam from Egypt was crowned
Finnish Open Champion on Sunday in Mikkeli. In the final Essam beat
Geoffrey Demont from France in a tough and hard fought match.
match started very evenly with both players scoring one after the
other. This continued to the end of the first which Demont won
16-14. The second game started with Demont taking command and a 6-3
lead. Essam was not happy with some of the referee’s decisions and
his game was ruined for the rest of the game.
Demont continued to lead the match in the third. He reaached a 7-4
lead, before Essam got back into the game. Point by point he cam e
closer and finally won the game 11-9.
Essam’s command continued in the fourth although Demont still hang
in there. Game 11-9 to Essam and the match went to a deciding game.
Now Essam was in command and Demont was unable to threaten the
Game 11-5 to Essam, and a first PSA title for the world #100.
30-Jan, Semi-finals: Essam and Demont through to Mikkeli final The Finnish Open has reached the semi finals which were played
today on the glass court at Stella shopping center.
Top seed Shehab Essam from Egypt had recovered well from the
quarters where he beat Pakistan's Asim Khan in five games.
Semifinal opponent David Poleshchuk from Israel had a much easier
match in the quarters, but that didn’t seem to help. Essam started
strongly and took an early 6-2 lead but Poleshchuck came back and
nearly levelled the score at 7-8. That was how far he came. Essam
took the first 11-8 and dominated the match from there on.
In the second semi final England's Ashley Davies strarted with a
good pace and cruised to take the first game 11-4. Frenchman
Geoffrey Demont kept cool and came into the second game well
concenrated. He got the game under control and point by point Demont
proceeded towards a 3-1 victory.
29-Jan, Quarters: The Äijänens were not able to produce the same standard as in
the first round. Miko Äijänen was at times able to press
England's Ashley Davies, but did not manage to make use of
it. A 3-0 victory took Davies to the semi finals.
Older brother Jami Äijänen was far from yesterday’s standard.
Frenchman Geoffrey Demont had control for most of the time
and a 3-1 victory secured him a place in semis.
Israel's David Poleshchuk did not give any chances to
Switzerland’s Manuel Wanner, although he lost one game.
Topseed Shehab Essam from Egypt looked to take the match
against Pakistan's Asim Khan in straight games but that was not to
be. Khan came back after teo games down and was only defeated in the
tiebreak of the fifth.
The Äijänen brothers Jami and Miko survived the first round in the
Savcor Finnish Open in Mikkeli. Older brother Jami got a wild card
for the event and came up agaista 7th seed Baptista Masotti from
France. Jami played one of his best matches and Masotti did not find
ways of stopping Jami.
Younger brother Miko came from the qualification and was drawn
against 2nd seed Aqeel Rehman from Austria. Few thouht Miko would
have a chance, but fortunately Miko did not think so. The scores
were even and a tiebreak in the fith was needed to decide the
winner. A good win for Miko and a place in the quarter finals.
First seed Shehab Essam , 6th seed Asim Khan , 8th seed Manuel
Wanner and 4th seed Daniel Poleshchuck scored 3-0 victories while
3rd seed Geoffrey Demont and 5th seed Ashley Davies ENG needed five
games to get through
Finals: Qualifying complete in Mikkeli
Bradley Masters and Roshan Bharos had the honour to kick off
the qualifying finals on Wednesday in Mikkeli, Finland.
Masters started strongly and took an early 7-2 lead before Bharos
got into the game. He took eight of the ten next points and got game
ball. That was not enough as Masters clinched the game 12-10. The
second game started with Masters dominating and at 5-1 Bharos
through in the towel with an injury.
second match was much awaited by the Mikkeli crowd, but the
beginning did not look very good for the Finn Tatu Kmuutila.
Englishman Robert Dadds took the first two games and looked
the stronger of the two. The third game was still dominated by Dadds,
but at 4-7 Knuutila found a new rhythm and took point after point
and the game 11-8.
the fourth game Knuutila was in the driver’s seat and he leveled the
match to two games all. The fith was on it’s way to go to Knuutila
but at 45-6 it was Dadds’ turn to find a new gear. This took him to
match ball at 10-6 and after three saved match balls by Knuutila
Dadds took the match and a place in the main draw.
The last match of the night was between country- and clubmates
Miko Äijänen and Ville Karsikas. There was never any doubt of
who was going to win the match. Äijänen eased the pace after the
first game but made sure he stayed that much ahead that he could win
in three games.