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Golden Open 2010
04-07 June, Kalgoorlie, Australia

07-Jun, Final:
Corren equals winning record


South Australian Mike Corren won a record equalling 26th PSA title when he cruised to a straight games win over Queensland’s Nathan Stevenson in the final of the Golden Open in Kalgoorlie on Monday.

Corren downed second seeded Stevenson 11-9, 11-2, 11-4 to move alongside fellow Australian David Palmer and Egypt’s Amr Shabana on the highest number of PSA titles won by current players.

Stevenson was taken the distance in all his earlier rounds while Corren had an easier run to the final, and this became obvious when after a tight first game the top seed raced away with the second and third to clinch his second consecutive Golden Open.

The 36-year-old Corren has the chance to move ahead of Palmer and Shabana at this week’s South Australian Open, where he has been named as the second seed behind New South Welshman Matthew Karwalski.

While former top 40 player Corren is somewhat embarrassed when he is compared with his colleagues, both ex-world number ones, his achievement cannot be underestimated.

Corren won his first title in Hong Kong in 1996 and has been collecting them all over the world ever since, despite missing significant parts of his career through a series of injuries.

The colourful Corren, currently ranked 87th in the world, shows no signs of slowing down at a time when most of his earlier opponents have retired from the tour.

He claimed six titles in 2009 including the Golden Open, has already won two this year and been in the final of two others.

He has given himself a gruelling schedule this winter and has entered every tournament on the Australian Squash Tour.

His next target on the all-time winners’ list is Canadian Jonathan Power’s total of 37 PSA titles.

Final:

1-Mike Corren (SA) bt 2-Nathan Stevenson (Qld) 11-9, 11-2, 11-4

 

Stevenson last hurdle facing Corren

Second seeded Queenslander Nathan Stevenson is the last remaining hurdle for Mike Corren as the South Australian bids to win his 26th PSA title at the Golden Open in the West Australian gold mining city of Kalgoorlie.

Corren downed New Zealand’s Alex Grayson in straight games 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 in the semi-finals on Sunday to move into Monday’s final. He earlier thrashed New Zealand junior Edward Dromgool 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 in the quarter-finals.

If Corren beats Stevenson he will move equal with fellow Australian David Palmer and Egypt’s Amr Shabana on 26 PSA titles, the most won by any current player.

Stevenson got to the decider by beating fourth seeded Victorian Rex Hedrick in five tough games 6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9.

The 36-year-old Corren will go into the final, a repeat of last year’s decider, the fresher of the two after winning all his matches in straight games.

By contrast Stevenson, 22, has been taken the distance in all his matches and was kept on court for 80 minutes in his quarter-final against Jake Alexander and just under an hour by Hedrick.

Quarter-finals

1-Mike Corren (SA) bt Edward Dromgool (NZL) 11-2, 11-2, 11-4
7-Alex Grayson (NZL) bt 3-Justin Beard (SA) 5-11, 6-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-7
4-Rex Hedrick (Vic) bt 6-Peter Taylor (Qld) 11-7, 11-8, 12-10
2-Nathan Stevenson (Qld) bt 5-Jacob Alexander (Qld) 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 9-11, 11-7

Semi-finals

1-Mike Corren (SA) bt 7-Alex Grayson (NZL) 11-8, 11-4, 11-9
2-Nathan Stevenson (Qld) bt 4-Rex Hedrick (Vic) 6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9

 
Corren’s record bid starts well
Andrew Dent reports

Mike Corren’s bid for a record-equaling 26th PSA title began well on Saturday when he downed young Queenslander Jamie Mcervale in the first round of the Golden Open in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

Corren, the 36-year-old South Australian, beat Mcervale in straight games 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 and looks in fine touch as he bids to win back to back tournaments following his triumph at last week’s City of Perth International.

He will now play New Zealand’s Edward Dromgool after the young Kiwi upset eighth seeded South Australian Ben Werchon 11-7, 11-7, 11-6.
Dromgool produced the only upset in the first round although second seed Nathan Stevenson was made to fight after fellow Queenslander Sunil Seth took a two games to one lead, the second seeded Stevenson fighting back to win 12-10, 8-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7.

Round One:

1-Mike Corren (SA) bt Jamie Mcervale (Qld) 11-5, 11-4, 11-9
Edward Dromgool (NZL) bt 8-Ben Werchon (SA) 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
3-Justin Beard (SA) bt James Skiffington (NZL) 11-4, 11-2, 11-6
7-Alex Grayson (NZL) bt Walter Koteka (WA) 11-7, 11-1, 11-8
6-Peter Taylor (Qld) bt Jack Molloy (WA) 11-8, 11-6, 11-9
4-Rex Hedrick (Vic) bt Tim Cowell (WA) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
5-Jake Alexander (Qld) bt Jake Davidson (WA) 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
2-Nathan Stevenson (Qld) bt Sunil Seth (Qld) 12-10, 8-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7

 

 

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