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Goshen Open 2009
26-31 Oct, Indiana, Usa, $4k

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by Laura Ainamo and Jill Perry

Corren takes Goshen title

Mike Corren (AUS) bt Peter Creed (WAL)
      11/8, 13/11, 11/8 (47m)

Mike Corren showed the clinical precision of a true student of the game as he kept the ball far away from Peter Creed in the Goshen Open final.

Mike got himself out of trouble again and again, and used more pace tonight compared to last night's slowing down. Especially effective were his deep cross-courts and low kill drives. Peter fought hard, but found himself retrieving more than controlling, the opposite of the previous three nights.

Peter said he felt as though he had a "glass arm" due to nerves, which made his accurate short game difficult to execute. Mike, on the other hand, used his great depth and width to keep Peter back, and was then able to bring about short shots that ended rallies. It was a great tournament and performance for both.

Jim Wellington reports

Mike Corren (AUS) bt Matthew Serediak (CAN)
        11/6, 11/2, 11/8 (26m)

Serediak came out firing with a plan to keep the pace high and make Mike move, but Mike's intelligence and talent showed as he was able to slow the pace down to a crawl.

Matt was able to use some effective cross-courts and drops to twist and turn Mike, but Mike's use of lobs, drops, soft straight, all mixed with occasional, surprising pace, applied more pressure to Matt than it might have seemed, ultimately giving him little to work with.

The squash was very clean (8 decisions in 3 games), especially when compared to Corren's last match with El Kashef (43 decisions in 3 games).

Peter Creed (WAL) bt. Tyler Hamilton (CAN)
     11/6, 11/2, 11/7 (28 min.)

Peter has yet to lose a game here, and once again played too early, tight, and smart for his opponent to get into any rhythm at all.

Peter's shots always seemed to stretch Tyler a step too far, preventing Tyler from getting any real control.

Another dive and rally won was a real crowd pleaser, and adversary deflator on Creed's way to the final.

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Goshen Open 2009
26-31 Oct, Indiana, Usa, $4k
Round One
27/28 Oct, from 17.00
29 Oct  from 17.00
30 Oct
31 Oct
[1] Mike Corren (Aus)
11/8, 8/11, 11/3, 11/9 (45 m)
[Q] Ehimen Ehalen (Ngr)
[1] Mike Corren
11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (48m)
[Q] Omar El Kashef
[1] Mike Corren

11/6, 11/2, 11/8 (26m)

[3] Matthew Serediak

[1] Mike Corren


11/8, 13/11, 11/8 (47m)


[5] Peter Creed

[8] Rudi Willemse (Rsa)
11/7, 11/3, 8/11, 11/8 (49m)
[Q] Omar El Kashef (Egy)
[3] Matthew Serediak (Can)
11/2, 11/3, 11/2 (20m)
Paul Mathieson (Ita)
[3] Matthew Serediak
11/8, 7/11, 11/9, 6/11, 11/3 (52m)
[7] Lekgotla Mosope
[7] Lekgotla Mosope (Bot)
11/4, 11/6, 11/4 (24m)
Jonas Laursen (Den)
[Q] Tiago Cabral (Bra)
11/4, 11/2, 11/6 (27m)
[5] Peter Creed (Wal)
[5] Peter Creed
11/4, 14/12, 11/3 (36m)
[Q] Jonathan Ramos
[5] Peter Creed

11/6, 11/2, 11/7 (28m)

[2] Tyler Hamilton

[Q] Jonathan Ramos (Mex)
11/8, 11/3, 12/14, 11/9 (72m)
[4] TG Raubenheimer (Rsa)
Mauricia Dasso (Per)
15/13, 11/13, 11/9, 9/11, 12/10 (80
[6] Fernando Lopez (Mex)
[6] Fernando Lopez
12/10, 6/11, 5/11, 11/7, 11/7 (49m)
[2] Tyler Hamilton
Ben Oliner (Usa)
11/4, 13/11, 11/13, 11/4 (46m)
[2] Tyler Hamilton (Can)
Jim Wellington reports

Mike Corren (AUS) bt Omar El Kashef (EGY)
   11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (48m)

"Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill..." so the saying goes, although there was definitely a lot of skill on both sides here. The treachery lay in the fact that Mike gave Omar very little to work with, and this frustrates a pure shot-maker. All the games were close, but Mike's deliberate pace seemed to always lend him the upper hand. In the third, Omar changed his tactics and tried to slow it down on the left wall, but this also played into Mike's hand. It was a great performance by both players, and the match every one had been waiting for.

Matthew Serediak (CAN) bt Lekgotla Mosope (BOT)
   11/8, 7/11, 11/9, 6/11, 11/3 (52m)

There really was nothing in this match, both players talented and quick, trading games as the score-line shows. It was fitness in the end that left Mosope unable to contest the fifth game against Serediak, who was not going to let this opportunity pass by.

Peter Creed (WAL) bt Jonathan Ramos (MEX)
   11/4, 14/12, 11/3 (36)

Peter showed incredible quickness and razor sharp lengths and drops as he wasted no time taking it to Ramos. In the second Ramos adjusted to the pace and raised his level of play for the third day in a row, and held three game balls, but Peter's concentration proved to be the difference. Peter kept up the momentum in the third and Jonathan finally gave up the ghost, but he did have a great tournament.

Tyler Hamilton (CAN) bt Fernando Lopez (MEX)
     12/10, 6/11, 5/11, 11/7, 11/7 (49m)

Fernando must not have not wanted to stay on court another 80 minutes tonight because he finally decided to bring out his short game. It didn't prevent him from going five games, but it did reduce his match time by 31 minutes. He said he didn't feel confident going short last night because he had just played several matches on a seventeen inch tin. Tonight he hit very effective boasts and straight drops from the front and back, and won most of the front court gambits, many through Hamilton tins. Tyler also played well, most of his trouble seeming mental, but in the middle of the fourth it was evident that Fernando's legs were gone and Tyler was able to gain complete control.

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The things some people do ...

... and yes, he won the rally !

Round One, bottom half

Peter Creed (WAL) bt Tiago Cabral (BRA)
     11/4, 11/2, 11/6 (27 min.)

Peter's early play of the ball, variety, and superior depth put Tiago under too much pressure to make any real inroads.

Jonathan Ramos (MEX) bt T.G. Raubenheimer (RSA)
    11/8, 11/3, 12/14, 11/9 (72 min.)

T.G. started out in control, and it looked like Jonathan would soon have done too much work to continue, but it turned out otherwise. It was T.G. who tired and couldn't bring off the shots he needed to. He resorted to some great gamesmanship to try to regain his breath, and managed to squeak game three. Game four was tough as well, but Jonathan maintained his focus through a bleeding stoppage, a ball break, seven perspiration court moppings, and much banter - a great effort.

Fernando Lopez (MEX) bt Mauricio Dasso (PER)
    15/13, 11/13, 11/9, 9/11, 12/10 (80 min.)

When two well-matched, fit guys with no effective short games collide, play can last a long time. As the score-line shows, it was extremely close, and Fernando had to save two match-balls before taking it. It really seemed like a draw.

Tyler Hamilton (CAN) bt Benjamin Oliner (USA)
      11/4, 13/11, 11/13, 11/4 (46 min.)

Ben took a while to warm up and Tyler was able to take the first game decisively, but Ben's length and court movement was much better in the second. His solid play gave him four game-balls, but nerves prevented him from capitalizing. It was Tyler's turn to get nervous in the third, with unforced errors creeping in to squander two match-balls and the game. Fitness was the difference in end, with Oliner suffering too much to make the fourth competitive.

Round One, top half

Mike Corren (AUS) bt Ehimen Ehalen (NGR) 11/8, 8/11, 11/3, 11/9 (45 min.)

Mike showed his experience and skill as he was able to overcome a slow start and some movement issues to win game one. It was tight in game two, and Ehimen did a lot of work and hustling to take it, but was too exhausted to compete in game three. Four was close, but one always had the feeling that Mike would take it, which he did. There was comedy throughout with lines such as "Let please," why, "because I'm slow," and "ref, please tell him to leave me alone."

Omar El Kashef (EGY) bt Rudi Willemse (RSA)
    11/7, 11/3, 8/11, 11/8 (49 min.)

This highly entertaining match was punctuated by hard hitting, shot making, and contentious banter throughout. Omar seemed to have a slight edge in both skill and fitness, but Rudi came up with the goods in game three, and looked like making it tough in game four until Omar really focused and came with some great shots to put him through.

Matthew Serediak (CAN) bt Paul Mathieson (ITA)
    11/2, 11/3, 11/2 (20 min.)

Paul simply had nothing to hurt Matthew tonight, and the result was never in doubt.

Lekgotla Mosope (BOT) bt Jonas Laursen (DEN)
    11/4, 11/6, 11/4 (24 min.)

This match never really got started because Jonas was carrying an injury from the last week in Madison. Jonas tried to compensate by going for nicks and over-hitting, but Lekgotla was unfazed and moved on without difficulty.

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26-Oct, Qualifying:             Qualifying photo gallery

Tiago Cabral (Bbr) bye

Jonathan Ramos (Mex) bt Maxym Leclair (Can) 11/7, 7/11, 11/3, 12/10 (45 min.),  After some first game jitters, Maxym controlled more of this match than not, but had trouble ending rallies. Jonathan's quickness kept him in it, and as both players fatigued Maxym was unable to close out the fourth even though he led 5/2, 7/5, and 10/9.

Omar El Kashef (Egy) bt Fred Reid (Can) 11/3, 11/9, 12/10 (31 min.)
 When shotmakers collide there are a lot of exciting exchanges. Omar had a slight edge throughout, but had to really play well to beat a his very quick and deceptive Canadian opponent.

Ehimen Ehalen (Ngr) bt Ned Marks (Usa) 11/7, 8/11, 10/12, 11/3, 11/7 (54 min.), Ehimen always looked as though he would come out on top of this one, but Ned kept fighting and fighting, and came up with many great shots on his way to a 2/1 lead. But he had paid to great a price on the way, and Ned was unable to keep up the same level for game 4 and 5.

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