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Japan Pro Kansai 2012
27 Sep - 02 Oct, Kobe, Japan, $10k

02-Oct, Final:
It's Azan's title in Kobe

Second seed Muhd Asraf Azan became the second consecutive Malaysian winner of the PSA $10k ProSquash Kansai event when he beat Hong Kong's Leo Au 3/1 in the final in Kobe, Japan.

Azan had beaten defending champion Kamran Khan in the semis while Au, the fourth seed, had beaten top seed Jan Koukal who was forced to retire with a neck injuryafter losing the first two games.

The final was a marathon affair with 23-year-old Azan finally prevailing  11/6, 6/11, 11/5, 11/9 after 76 minutes to claim his third PSA title.


Japan Pro Kansai 2012
27 Sep - 02 Oct, Kobe, Japan, $10
Round One
29 Sep  10.30 - 16.15
30 Sep
01 Oct
02 Oct
[1] Jan Koukal (Cze)
 11/7, 11/7, 12/10 (30m)
[Q] Yuta Fukui (Jpn)
[1] Jan Koukal
 9/11, 11/7, 11/5, 8/11, 11/6 (65m)
Shinnosuke Tsukue
[1] Jan Koukal

11/5, 11/6 rtd

[4] Leo Au

[4] Leo Au


 11/6, 6/11, 11/5, 11/9 (76m)


[2] Muhd Asyraf Azan

Dick Lau (Hkg)
11/5, 12/10, 7/11, 11/5 (51m)
Shinnosuke Tsukue (Jpn)
Nathan Lake (Eng)
11/4, 11/6, 11/8 (34m)
[Q] Tomotaka Endo (Jpn)
Nathan Lake
11/8, 9/11, 11/5, 11/3 (45m)
 [4] Leo Au
[4] Leo Au (Hkg)
11/13, 11/5, 14/12, 10/12, 11/4 (85m)
James Huang (Tpe)
[Q] James Earles (Eng)
11/7, 11/8, 11/8 (39m)
[3] Kamran Khan (Mas)
[3] Kamran Khan  
11/6, 6/11, 11/8, 11/8 (64m)
Declan James
[3] Kamran Khan

11/7, 5/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/4 (82m)

[2] Muhd Asyraf Azan

Declan James (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (52m)
Steve London (Eng)
Carlos Cornes (Esp)
11/8, 11/7, 11/7 (33m)
[Q] Bart Ravelli (Ned)
Carlos Cornes
11/9, 11/6, 14/12 (45m)
  [2] Muhd Asyraf Azan
 Fred Reid (Can)
14/12, 11/8, 11/5 (22m)
[2] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)

28-Sep, Qualifying Finals:

Bart Ravelli (Ned) 3-1 Kobayashi Ryosei (Jpn)        11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 (67m)
Yuta Fukui (Jpn) 3-0 Cheung Yan Tang (Hkg)                   11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (26m)
Tomotaka Endo (Jpn) 3-1 Hon Fung Wong (Hkg)    6-11, 11-8, 15-13, 11-4 (38m)
James Earles (Eng) 3-2 Naseem Khan (Pak)  
11-3, 7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-2 (45m)

27-Sep, Qualifying Round One:

Yuta Fukui (Jpn) bt Kyohei Hariki (Jpn)                          11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (24m)
Kobayashi Ryosei (Jpn) bt Naveed Khan (Pak)               11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (24m)
Tomotaka Endo (Jpn) bt Jaejin Yoo (Kor)      11-8, 3-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 (81m)

2010 Event  | 

01-Oct, Semis:
Koukal crashes out in Kobe semis

Top seed Jan Koukal crashed out of the PSA $10k ProSquash Kansai event in Kobe, Japan, forced to pull out with a twisted neck after losing the first two games of his semi-final with Hong Kong's Leo Au.

The other semi-final was a marathon all-Malaysian affair with second seed Muhd Asyraf Azan winning a seesaw five-setter against Kamran Khan after 82 minutes of play.


30-Sep, Quarters:
Top seeds assert in Kobe Quarters

It will be the top four seeds who contest the semi-finals of the PSA $10k ProSquash Kansai in Kobe, Japan.

Top seed Jan Koukal was sorely tested by local wildcard Shinnosuke Tsukue, winning in five games in the longest match of the day.

The Czech favourite will meet Hong Kong's Leo Au, the fourth seed, for a place in the final after he beat England's Nathan Lake 3/1.

Third seed Kamran Khan also beat an Englishman in four games,  Declan James his victim, and the Malaysian meets compatriot Muhd Asyraf Azan in the last four after the second seed beat Spaniard Carlos Cornes in straight games.



29-Sep, Round One:
Tsukue joins the seeds in Kobe quarters

The top four seeds all moved into the quarter-finals of the PSA $10k Pro Squash Kansai event in Kobe, Japan, where they are joined by local wildcard Shinnosuke Tsukue.

The top three seeds Jan Koukal, Muhd Asyraf Azan and Kamran Khan all won in straight games, while Leo Au, seeded four, was taken to five games by Taipei's James Huang.

Leo's Hong Kong teammate Dick La couldn't make it though, as he was beaten in four games by Tsukue, who now meets Koukal for a place in the semi-finals.

Au and Khan meet Englishmen Nathan Lake and Declan James, while Azan faces Spain's Carlos Cornes.
Fukui and Endo boost
home interest in Kobe main draw

Qualifying finals of the ProSquash Kansai saw two home player progress to the main draw as Yuta Fukui and Tomotaka Endo both beat their Hong Kong opponents.

Fukui, the 24-year-old Japanese national champion from 2008 to 2010, beat Cheung Yan Tang in straight games while Endo, one of the stars of the junior team which performed so well in the Doha world juniors, came from a game down to beat Hon Fung Wong.

Fukui faces a tough task against top seed Jan Koukal, Endo will be happier with his draw against England's Nathan Lake.

There was disappointment for another home junior as Ryosei Kobayashi fell in four games to qualifying top seed Bart Ravelli, while James Earles secured a main draw spot with a five game win over Naseem Khan.

Dutchman Ravelli now meets Spain's Carlos Cornes, Earles, the fourth English representative in the draw, faces third seed Kamran Khan.

Under the moon in Kobe

There's a reason for the moon poster for this year's ProSquash Kansai event ...  Hiromi Komae explains ...

This yearís Moon Festival is on the night of September 30th.

The Moon Festival is the time when people in Japan appreciate the beauty of the full moon.

People also believe the moon gives us special powers, letís see who gets the power of the full moon.



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