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Global Relocations Israel Open 2014
19-22 Feb, Ra'anana, $5k

Final:
[1] Kristian Frost
(Den) 3-0 [6] Christophe Andre (Fra)
          11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (68m)           9th PSA title for Frost

Frost takes inaugural Israel title
Arthur Caplan reports

Kristian Frost of Denmark justified his #1 seeding at the Global Relocations Israel Open 2014 by defeating sixth seed, Christophe Andre from France, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 in a close and tightly fought final that took just under 70 minutes.

Both players led marginally in the opening game. After 4-2 to Andre, Frost led 5-4 and 7-6 and then three in a row enabled Frost to close out at 11-7 after 30 minutes.

In the second game Frost benefited from too many errors by his opponent and won it convincingly 11-5 after a further 20 minutes.

The third, like the first, was close from the start. Andre led 2-1, 3-2, 4-3 and 6-4 before Frost put on the pressure taking 4 points in succession to lead 8-6. This run was followed by another point to Andre and 2 more for Frost who thus reached match point at 10-7.

Andre saved one but another error gave Frost victory and the title after 68 minutes of fast pace squash.

The match was watched by a full stand of spectators whose lengthy applause for the players showed how much they appreciated the high standard displayed on court.

Both players expressed their thanks to the spectators, the promoter and the organizers, and the wish that there will be a repeat tournament next year.
  

Israel Open 2014
19-22 Feb, Ra'anana, $5k
Round One
20 Feb
Quarters
20 Feb
Semis
21 Feb
Final
22 Feb
[1] Kristian Frost (Den)
11-9, 11-6, 11-8
[Q] Rui Soares (Por)
[1] Kristian Frost
118-, 11-2, 11-7 (48m)
[8] Ollie Holland
[1] Kristian Frost

9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (82m)

[4] Tom Ford

9th PSA title for Frost

[1] Kristian Frost

 

11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (68m)

 

[6] Christophe Andre

[Q] George Parker (Eng)
11-7, 11-3, 11-8
[8] Ollie Holland (Eng)
[7] Wojtek Nowisz (Pol)
11-7, 11-4, 11-5
[Q] David Haley (Wal)
[Q] David Haley
11/7, 11/8, 11/1 (43m)
[4] Tom Ford
[WC] Roee Avraham (Isr)
11-3, 11-6, 11-3
[4] Tom Ford (Eng)
[3] Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
11-3, 11-9, 11-7
Anthony Brindle (Gib)
[3] Geoffrey Demont
11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (42m)
[Q] Bart Ravelli
[3] Geoffrey Demont

11-8, 11-6, 11-1 (42m)

[6] Christophe Andre

[Q] Bart Ravelli (Ned)
11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3
[5] Daniel Poleshchuk (Isr)
[6] Christophe Andre (Fra)
11-7, 11-3, 11-3
Claudio Pinto (Por)
[6] Christophe Andre
11/4, 6/11, 11/5, 11/9 (63m)
[2] Aqeel Rehman
Phillip Bull (Eng)
11-4, 11-7, 11-3
[2] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
19-Feb, Qualifying Finals:

[1] Rui Soares (Por) 3-1 [7] Sam Ellis (Eng)            11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 13-11 (44m)
[4] George Parker (Eng) 3-1 Ori Elimelech (Isr)         11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (39m)
[8] Bart Ravelli (Ned) 3-0 [3] Paul Rawden (Eng)               11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (48m)
[6] David Haley (Wal) 3-0 [2] Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)     13-11, 12-10, 11-6 (38m)


19-Feb: Qualifying Round One:

[1] Rui Soares (Por)3-2 Ido Avron (Isr)             9-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-3, 11-3 (37m)
[7] Sam Ellis (Eng) 3-0 Nir Zisman (Isr)                           11-6, 11-6, 12-10 (31m)
Ori Elimelech (Isr) 3-1 [5] Xavier Blasco (Esp)       13-11, 3-11, 11-2, 11-7 (58m)
[4] George Parker (Eng) 3-1  Dovi Haruzi (Isr)       11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4 (41m)
[3] Paul Rawden (Eng) 3-0 Nadav Raziel (Isr)                  11-3, 11-3, 11-6 (18m)
[8] Bart Ravelli (Ned) 3-0 Noam Peer (Isr)                      11-4, 11-2, 11-4 (13m)
[6] David Haley (Wal) 3-0 Nadav Wilensky (Isr)               11-9, 11-4, 14-12 (28m)
[2] Jakob Dirnberger (Aut) 3-0 Jonathan Kovac (Irs)         11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (23m)
Frost and Andre through to final
Arthur Caplan reports

Qualifying:

Although the eight local players in the opening round of the qualifying draw of Israelís first ever PSA tournament included three former national champions, the visiting professionals were too strong for seven of their opponents..

Dovi Haruzi, nowadays a seeded 40+ player in European masters tournaments, fell to George Parker in 4. Parker, who arrived a little under the weather, was deceived by Israelís hot and sunny climate and didnít help his health by imbibing an excess of vitamin C in its natural form.

Nevertheless, his natural fitness was sufficient to beat his much older second round opponent, Ori Elimelech, a member of Israelís national team that was promoted to group B at the last European Team Championships, and the only local to win in the first round.

Ido Avron, who played several PSA tournaments in the past, was 2-1 up against Spainís Rui Soares but succumbed to his younger opponent.

Nadav Wilensky, one of the former national champions and, like Haruzi, now a full time coach, showed plenty of skill against David Haley but couldnít match him for fitness.

Nadav Raziel, only 16 and ranked 13 in the ESF U17 Category showed promise but was unable to make headway against his older and more experienced opponent, Paul Rawden.

Soares, Bart Ravelli and David Haley joined Parker in the main draw, defeating Sam Ellis, Rawden and Jakob Dirnberger, respectively.

Round One:

Round one of the main draw saw 3-0 victories for the two Frenchmen, Christophe Andre (6) over Claudio Pinto and Geoffrey Demont (3) over Anthony Brindle. Similar scores were recorded by Aqeel Rehman (2) against Phillip Bull, David Haley over Wojtek Nowisz (7), Kristian Frost (1) over Soares and Ollie Holland (8) against a below par Parker.

Israelís hopes in the tournament were also dashed in the opening round. Daniel Poleshchuk showed why he is ranked #1 in the ESF U19 age group but lacked patience in his match against Ravelli and lost 3-1. Roee Avraham, also an U19 junior and the tournament wild card, was unable to progress further and lost to Tom Ford (4).

Quarters & Semis:

The quarters saw the first major upset. Andre defeated the number 2 seed, Aqeel Rehmen 3-1 and in the semis met his fellow countryman, Demont, who defeated Ravelli 3-0.

Frost and Ford met in the other semi, following 3-0 victories against  Holland and Haley.

Andreís consistency overcame Demont in the first semi final. After a close first game in which they were level until 7 all Andre closed out at 11-8. The second game was less even and after 3-3 Andre pulled away to win 11-6.

The next game belonged to Andre as Demontís errors followed one after the other. Demontís only point came from Andreís forehand into the tin when he was leading 10-0.

Top seed Frost will be Andreís opponent in the final. Frostís match against Tom Ford was close and tense throughout its 60 plus minutes.

The first game saw the lead pass from one player to the other until at 9-9 it was Ford who took the next two points and a 1-0 lead. The next game saw Ford 7-2 ahead until Frost caught up to 7 all. Ford won the next point but Frost took the next four to win 11-8 and even the score at 1-1.
 
The third game was almost a repeat of the previous one. Ford led 8-5 only to see Frost take six in a row, win the game 11-8 and lead 2-1. The fourth game became the final one as a disheartened Ford scored only three points before Frost claimed victory and a place in the final
 

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