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Henderson Open 2012
Auckland, New Zealand, 23-26 Aug, $5k
26-Aug, Final:
Koukal denies Williams again
Gary Denvir reports

New Zealand's Evan Williams came agonisingly close to his first title on the PSA men's world squash tour.

Williams was been beaten in five games by top seed Jan Koukal in the final of the Henderson Open in Auckland.

The 22-year-old Kiwi started brilliantly, winning the opening two games and appeared to be on track to avenge his two defeats to Koukal earlier this year on tour.

However, the 29-year-old Czech refused to lie down, gradually clawing his way back into the match and eventually wrapping up a 10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 victory in 72 minutes to claim his 22nd PSA title.

Henderson Open 2012
Auckland, New Zealand, 23-26 Aug, $5k
Round One
24 Aug
25 Aug
25 Aug
26 Aug
[1] Jan Koukal (Cze)
11-13, 11-3, 6-11, 11-2, 11-3 (50m)
Tarek Salah Shehata (Egy)
[1] Jan Koukal
 12-10, 11-9, 11-3 (35m)
[Q] Alex Grayson
[1] Jan Koukal

 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (67m

Greg Lobban

[1] Jan Koukal

10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 (72m

[3] Evan Williams

Kevin Moran (Sco)
11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-2 (44m)
[Q] Alex Grayson (Nzl)
Greg Lobban (Sco)
8-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11 (80m)
Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
Greg Lobban
13-11, 11-7, 11-8 (37m)
[4] Chris Lloyd
[Q] Michael Pittams (Nzl)
 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (29m)
[4] Chris Lloyd (Nzl)
[3] Evan Williams Nzl)
11-9, 11-2, 11-5 (27m)
[Q] Cameron Jamieson (Nzl)
[3] Evan Williams
11-9, 11-5, 11-3 (26m
Luke Sims
[3] Evan Williams

4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 (63mi

[2] Kashif Shuja

James Skiffington (Nzl)
11-5, 11-7, 1-7 (32m)
Luke Sims (Aus)
Joseph Watts (Nzl)
11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (32m)
[Q] Seyhun Lee (Kor)
[Q] Seyhun Lee (Kor)
11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 (42m
[2] Kashif Shuja
Courtney West (Aus)
11-1, 11-6, 11-3 (24m)
[2] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)

Alex Grayson (NZL) 3-1  Michael Sunderland (NZL)         11-7, 12-10, 8-11 11-8 (51m)
Sehyun Lee (KOR) bt Jaejin Yoo (KOR) walkover
Cameron Jamieson (NZL) 3-1 Gary Duberly (NZL)        15-13, 19-17, 9-11 11-9 (42m)
Michael Pittams (NZL) 3-1 Matiu Te Kani McQueen (NZL)  11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (45m)
25-Aug, Quarters & Semis:
Williams gets another shot at Koukal
Gary Denvir reports

New Zealand's Evan Williams will be hoping for third time lucky in the final of the PSA World Tour's Henderson Open in Auckland.

Williams is through to the title decider after an upset win over fellow Kiwi Kashif Shuja in the semis. The world number 108 gained revenge for his loss to Shuja in the Central Open last month, with a gruelling 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 victory in just over an hour.

The 22-year-old will face top seed Jan Koukal from the Czech Republic in the final. Koukal advanced with an equally difficult 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 victory over Scotland's Greg Lobban.

The two finalists are at vastly different stages in their careers, with Koukal chasing his 21st title on the PSA World Tour, while Evans is hoping for his first.

The pair have already met twice on tour this year, with the 29-year-old Czech victorious on both occasions. However, Williams will have taken heart from the second of those matches, when he took Koukal to four.

Close call for Koukal in Henderson
Gary Denvir reports

A narrow escape for top seed Jan Koukal at the PSA World Squash Tour's Henderson Open in Auckland.

Koukal twice fought back from a game down to win through to the quarterfinals, edging out Pakistan's Naseem Khan 11-13, 11-3, 6-11, 11-2, 11-3. The world number 50 will face Kiwi qualifier Alex Grayson in the last eight.

No such problem for the other three seeds in the draw. Second seed Kashif Shuja made light work of his opening match against Australian Courtney West, taking just 24 minutes to dispose of his trans-Tasman rival 11-1, 11-6, 11-3. Third seeded Evan Williams was also untroubled in an 11-9, 11-2, 11-5 victory over fellow New Zealander Cameron Jamieson, while fourth seed Chris Lloyd also won an all Kiwi battle, downing Michael Pittams 11-4, 11-4, 11-7.

Main draw complete in Auckland
Gary Denvir reports

Another title beckons Czech squash star Jan Koukal on the PSA World Squash Tour this weekend.

The world number 50 is the top seed in the Henderson Open in New Zealand, as he guns for the 21st PSA title of his career.

Standing in his way is second seeded Kiwi Kashif Shuja, who has 13 titles of his own. The pair have only ever met once on tour, with Koukal winning a very tight three game battle in the Czech Republic last year.

Third seeded New Zealander Evan Williams will also fancy his title chances, after making rapid inroads up the world rankings this year. He's currently ranked number 108 in the world, and while he's yet to win a tournament on the PSA Tour, he's made two semi-finals and a final already this year.

Meanwhile, the draw for the tournament has just been completed, with the final four places in the first round snapped up by three New Zealanders and a South Korean in qualifying.

Kiwis Alex Grayson, Cameron Jamieson and Michael Pittams all advanced with hard fought four game victories, while Sehyun Lee is through on a walkover over compatriot Jaejin Yoo.

The first round gets underway on Friday.

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