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Grupa O2 Cup 2011
01-04 Dec, Warsaw, Poland, $5k
Hinds beats Shuja to claim Grupa Cup

In a final featuring the top two seeds, it was England's Joel Hinds who triumphed over Kiwi Kashif Shuja to claim the inaugural Grupa O2 Cup in Warsaw, Poland, his second career PSA title but the first since he became World University Champion in 2010.

"Very pleased to win a title, have enjoyed my time here very much," said the champion, tt was another tough game."

Hinds added: "I'd like to say a couple of thankyous: To Rob Owen and other coaches who have helped me; my sponsors Black Knight & Ashway; finally, I'd like to dedicate this win to my number one armchair sports fan, Chris Tasker-Grindley."

Grupa O2 Cup 2011
01-04 Dec, Warsaw, Poland, $5k
Round One
02 Dec
02 Dec
03 Dec
04 Dec
[1] Joel Hinds (Eng)
11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (26m)
[Q] Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)
[1] Joel Hinds
11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5 (49m)
Sebastian Weenink
[1] Joel Hinds

8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (58m)

[3] Rasmus Nielsen

[1] Joel Hinds


6-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-8 (58m)


[2] Kashif Shuja

Reiko Peter (Sui)
9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (83m)
Sebastian Weenink (Ned)
Amr Swelim (Ita)
11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7 (75m)
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
Amr Swelim
11-9, 11-9, 3-0 rtd (39m)
[3] Rasmus Nielsen
[3] Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
11-3, 11-8, 12-14, 11-3 (67m)
Bart Ravelli (Ned)
 Wojciech Nowisz (Pol)
11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)
[4] Chris Truswell (Eng)
[4] Chris Truswell
4-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 (41m)
Matias Tuomi
[4] Chris Truswell

11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 (40m)

[2] Kashif Shuja

Matias Tuomi (Fin)
8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 7-11, 11-3 (56m)
[Q] Kama Khan (Pak)
Steve London (Eng)
7-11, 11-6, 13-11, 7-11, 12-10 (95m)
[Q] Jonas Daehler (Sui)
Steve London
11-1, 11-7, 11-4 (25m)
[2] Kashif Shuja
[Q] Dan West (Eng)
11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (59m)
[2] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)

01-Dec, Qualifying Finals:

Kama Khan bt Roman Svec 10/12, 9/11, 11/7, 11/4, 11/9 (80m)
Jakob Dirnberger bt Kostiantyn Rybalchenko 11/4, 11/9, 11/3 (27m)
Jonas Daehler bt Jonathan Geekie 11/6, 11/5, 11/3 (27m)
Dan West bt Ruslan Sorochinskiy 11/9, 13/11, 11/7 (41min)

Qualifying Round One:

Jakob Dirnberger bt Phillip John Bull 11/1, 11/7, 11/4 (21m)
Konstantyn Rybalchenko bt Zbynek Standera 12/10, 11/7, 11/5 (42m)
Kama Khan bt Maciek Maciantowicz 11/3, 12/10, 11/6 (29m)
Jonas Daehler bt Kamil Dominiak 11/4, 11/2, 11/3 (21m)
Jonathan Geekie bt Łukasz Stachowski 11/4, 11/13, 11/3, 11/5 (40m)
Dan West bt Marcin Karwowski 11/6, 7/11, 11/8, 11/4 (43m)

Hinds and Shuja set up Grupa final

Joel Hinds bt Rasmus Nielsen 3-1
   (8-11;11-4;11-7;11-4) 58 min

Joel: For the first game ball was flying around, so it was quite hard to control and I think he was better then me at that. From the second I thought the ball was a bit colder and I was able to move him around a lot more which made him tired.

Kashif Shuja bt Chris Truswell 3-1
(11-5;7-11;11-6;11-6) 40 min

Kashif: Chris got a lot balls back and I knew he is a capable player, so I knew that I have to be on my toes. I lost a bit of focus in the second , but I was glad to put it together. Tomorrow against Joel it will be a totally different ball game.

Top seeds through to Warsaw semsi

No sweat for the top four seeds as Joel Hinds, Kashif Shuja, Rasmus Nielsen and Chris Truswell all reach the semi-finals in Warsaw.

Joel Hinds bt Sebastian Weenink
       (11-8; 11-8; 7-11; 11-5) 49 min

Joel: It was quite a though match. First two games were pretty tight. In the 3rd I was 6-4 up and then he hit 6 nicks... so I didn't do much wrong. I've got a good start in the 4th and manage to hang on

Rasmus Nielsen bt Amr Swelim
       (11-9; 11-9; 3-0 rtd) 39 min

Rasmus: Happy to get a 3-0 win. It was a very tight match. I don't know what happened to Swelim that he had to retire (Amr said it's hamstring injury). All I am happy about is that I got through

Chris Truswell bt Matias Tuomi
     (4-11; 11-5; 11-5; 11-8) 41 min

Chris: Fairly though match. He is training in Birmingham at the same club as I am. We've only trained once, but I've seen him playing so I knew what to expect . I was a little bit nervous in the first and he got a good start, but I knew that I had to stay on court and be aggressive which I did in the 2nd and 3rd. I felt comfortable then. In the 4th I was happy to close it out, it was tight, but I was able to squeeze few mistakes at the end.

Kashif Shuja bt Steve London
    (11-1; 11-7; 11- 4) 25 min

Kashif: I knew that he had a hard match yesterday so I knew that he struggled. I made sure that I kept the pace from the start to the end. I am sure that he will learn how to recover from the matches better. Pleased to get through.

Round One in Warsaw

No sweat for the top four seeds as Joel Hinds, Kashif Shuja, Rasmus Nielsen and Chris Truswell all reach the semi-finals in Warsaw.

Amr Swelin bt Jamie Haycocks 3-2 in 75mins
"Good game, started out slow at first I was playing well. I made a few mistakes in the 3rd and should have won the 4th but he played very well. It was good that I got the 5th as it was very tough, I had to come back from 6-3 down. I'm happy with the win."

Sebastian Weenink bt Reiko Peter 3-2 in 83mins
"In the beginning I didn’t play a basic game, I was all over the place keeping up with his pace. I changed in the 3rd, sorted it out which gave me more opportunities. In the 4th I was 8-6 down, I slowed it down not playing his game and in the 5th he made errors giving me an early lead. I had learned from a previous match. Happy to win from 2-0 down it was hard and I'm happy with the result."

Rasmus Nielsen bt Bart Ravelli 3-1 in 67mins
"Happy to get through. Obviously not an easy draw, he was ranked 5th in the tournament. It would have been better if I finished it in the 3rd but the 4th was easy so it was OK. Playing Swelin tomorrow, he had a tough match today. I haven't played with him recently, he's playing well. Hopefully I will get through, see how it goes."

Joel Hinds bt Jakob Dirnberger 3-0 in 26 mins
'Pleased to win 3-0 as there is a potentially tough day tomorrow. This is my last tournament of the year so hoping to finish this half of the season well.'

Matias Tuomi bt Kara Khan 3-2 in 74mins
"I was a bit nervous as I haven't played great lately. I wanted to do well here. It was not the prettiest match but I am happy that I won. Kama tried whatever he could to win, changing up his game but he had a tough match yesterday so maybe he was a bit tired which was OK for me. He played well."

Steve London bt Jonas Daehler 3-2 in 95 mins
"It was a long gruel! We both had a scrappy start. I lost the 1st but after advice got into it, straightened up and pulled it back to 1 all. Then he came back with good squash. The 5th could have gone either way. I'm really pleased to beat a Swiss as I lost the last time!"

Kashif Shuja bt Dan West 3-1 in 59 mins
"It's always tricky to play someone you've never seen before; it made for a good match. He's a handy player; good movement tough shots, I had to work really hard to get through. There are no easy matches in PSA these days, the game as a whole is improving. I was expecting a decent match and I got one."


Qualifying complete in Warsaw

After two rounds of play in the Grupa O2 Cup in Warsaw, four qualifiers went through to the main draw:

Jakob Dirnberger (AUT) bt Kostiantyn Rybalchenko (UKR) 11-4, 11-9, 11-3 (25m)

"I am pretty happy to have won this game. It's good to win two games in a row on a PSA Tour.

In particular this game as I lost to him in a close match the last time we played in the European Teams. I am looking forward to playing in the main draw tomorrow".

Kamatullah Khan (PAK) bt bt Roman Suec (CZE)
    10-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 (80m)

"In the first games he was very strong, I couldn't get his power shots. Then, after tips from Woytek Kazmierowski (Thanks!)

I began to concentrate, hit better lines and play better at the front. I wanted to qualify so badly!" from a very happy Kama!

Daniel West (ENG)bt Ruslan Sorochinskiy (UKR)
        11-9, 13-11, 11-7 (41mins)

Im very happy to have got through to the first round. It was a really good match,  we have played in the past.

I kept my head against his interesting movement,  he kept me thinking. Its nice to be back on court with decent players.

Jonas Daehler (SUI) bt Jonathan Geekie (SCO)
     11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (27mins)

"Im happy to qualify for the main draw. I played good squash today and am confident for tomorrow.

Jon wasn't playing his best. I stayed focused and just played my game."

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