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KIG Open 2011
01-06 Mar, Los Angeles, Usa, $25k
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06-Mar, Final:
Kemp Calms Illingworth In LA KIG Finals...
Bob Hanscom reports

The rankings held in the final match of The Los Angeles Athletic Club's KIG / Love Beverly Hills PSA LA Open, with world #22 and 2nd seed Jonathan Kemp of England calming the onslaught of the unseeded American National Champion, #34 squash-player in the world, Julian Illingworth.

However ... it wasn't a walk in the park for Jonathan, with the match eventually lasting a full five games and taking a little over an hour to complete! Looking like it was going to be a one-sided affair, winning the first two games 11-7 and 11-8 in 27 minutes, (Julian contributing to the cause with a total of ten tin errors), Jonathan was on a roll.

Julian however, isn't a player known for giving up, coming out strong and changing tactics some, (hitting the tin only four times to Jonathan's eight) taking the next two games 11-7 and 11-7 in 23 minutes.

So ... the packed gallery had their wish granted and was going to be entertained for another (unexpected) exciting fifth and final game.

The score remained close through half the contest, when Jonathan upped the pressure, dropping the ball into the two front corners relentlessly, finally able to turn the tide, winning the game and match 11-6 ... becoming this year's KIG / Love Beverly Hills PSA LA Open champion.

KIG Open 2011
01-06 Mar, Los Angeles, Usa, $25k
Round One
03 Mar
04 Mar
05 Mar
06 Mar
[1] Shahier Razik (Can)
11/6, 5/11, 8/11, 11/8, 11/4
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
Julian Illingworth
7/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/3
Chris Simpson
Julian Illingworth

13/11, 13/11, 7/11, 11/8 (81m)

Ryan Cuskelly

Julian Illingworth

11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 7-11, 11-6

[2] Jonathan Kemp

Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/6, 11/7,11/1
Yann Perrin (Fra)
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11/5, 11/8, 5/11, 7/11, 11/4
[Q] Kristian Frost (Den)
Ryan Cuskelly
14/12, 11/4, 11/9
[3] Ali Anwar Reda
Jan Koukal (Cze)
11/4, 11/8, 4/11, 7/11, 11/3
[3] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
8/11, 11/2, 11/4, 11/5
[Q] Zac Alexander (Aus)
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz
11/8, 1/11, 8/11, 11/5, 11/8
Stefan Casteleyn
Stefan Casteleyn

11/9, 12/10, 11/7 (40m)

[2] Jonathan Kemp

Stefan Casteleyn (Bel)
11/9, 11/9, 11/9
Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
Stephane Galifi (Ita)
11/7, 11/4, 11/13, 10/12, 11/8
[Q] Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy)
[Q] Amr Khaled Khalifa
11/2, 11/9, 8/11, 11/6
[2] Jonathan Kemp
[Q] Bradley Hindle (Mlt)
11/4, 11/2, 12/10
[2] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)

02-Mar, Qualifying Finals:

Zac Alexander (Aus) vbt Chris Gordon (Usa)          12/10, 7/11, 11/3, 10/12, 11/7
Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) bt Andrew Wagih (Egy)              11/2, 11/4, 9/11, 11/1
Kristian Frost Olesen (Den) v Ivan Yuen (Mas)          7/11, 4/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/5
Bradley Hindle (Mlt) bt Scott Arnold (Aus)                                   11/5, 11/8, 11/6

01-Mar, Qualifying Round One:

Zac Alexander (Aus) bt Al Preston (Usa)                         11/7, 11/7, 11/8
Chris Gordon (Usa) bt JP Rothie (Arg)                             11/3, 11/5, 11/4
Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) bt Tyler Hamilton (Can)            11/2, 11/5, 11/7
Andrew Wagih (Egy) bt Brian Hawkes (Usa)                     11/2, 11/6, 11/8
Kristian Frost Olesen (Den) bt Joel Hinda (Eng)       18/16, 2/11, 11/4, 11/8
Ivan Yuen (Mas) bt Erik Tepos Valtiera (Mex)                11/7, 14/12, 12/10
Bradley Hindle (Mlt) bt Jamal Dealfi (Usa)                         11/4, 11/6, 11/3
Scott Arnold (Aus) bt Eddie Charlton (Eng)     11/8, 11/9, 3/11, 6/11, 13/11

2010 Event

05-Mar, Semis:
America's Julian Illingworth
Storms Into KIG Finals...

Unseeded world #34 Julian Illingworth of the United States, continued his roll in making it into the finals of the LAAC KIG/Love Beverly Hills PSA LA Open by defeating another unseeded player, world #51 Ryan Cuskelly of England in an 81 minute four-game marathon match in front of packed gallery Saturday afternoon.

Following his first round five-game upset win over #1 seed Shahier Razik of Canada, world #26 and second round four-game win over Chris Simpson. Julian's patience and efficiency proved to be too consistent for Ryan in his successful march to the KIG final, scheduled to take place on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Julian's opponent will be world #22 and the event's second seed Jonathan Kemp of England. Jonathan ended LAAC's head professional Stefan Casteleyn's effort to make the finals on his home court in a 40 minute, three-straight-game semi-final. Prior to his defeat of Stefan, Jonathan's road to the final included wins over Bradley Hindle and Amr Khaled Khalifa.

04-Mar, Quarters:
Only one seed left as Casteleyn's
run continues in LA

At the semoi-final stage of the second running of the KIG Open at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, only one seed remains but there are two chances of a popular 'home' victory.

US number one Julian Illingworth followed up his removal of top seed Shahier Razik, coming from a game down to beat Englishman Chris Simpson in the quarter-finals. In the semis he'll meet Australia's Ryan Cuskelly, who ousted Egyptian third seed Ali Anwar Reda in straight games.

In the bottom half of the draw LAAC professional Stefan Casteleyn scored a second upset win as he too beat a seeded Egyptian, in this case Omar Abdel Aziz, who the 16-time Belgian champion beat in a see-saw five game marathon.

The sole remaining seed is Englishman Jon Kemp, who concluded a bad day for Egypt as he beat world junior champion Amr Khaled Khalifa in a tough four games to put himself into the semi-final against Casteleyn.

Round One:
Illingworth  takes out top seed
as Casteleyn advances in LA

It was a night of five-setters at the Los Angeles Athletic Club for the first round of the second edition of the KIG Open, with four of the eight matches going the full distance.

LAAC club professional Stefan Casteleyn, fresh from claiming a 16th Belgian National title last month, bucked that trend to delight the home fans as he beat New Zealand's Campbell Grayson in straight games to advance to a quarter-final against fourth seed Omar Abdel Aziz.

The biggest upset of the night though was US number one Julian Illingworth's five-game defeat of top seed Shahier Razik, the runner-up here last year. Iliingworth meets Englishman Chris Simpson for a place in the final.

No such worries for English second seed Jonathan Kemp, who beat qualifier Bradley Hindle in straight games. Kemp now meets another qualifier after World Junior Champion Amr Khalid Khalifa edged out Stephane Galifi in another five game thriller.

The remaining quarter-final features Egypt's third seed Ali Anwar Reda and Aussie Ryan Cuskelly, who both won in five games against Jan Koukal and Kristian Frost respectively.

Qualifying complete

After the final round of qualifiers at The Sports Club/LA - Orange County Zac Alexander, Amr Khaled Khalifa, Kristian Frost Olesen and Bradley HIndle qualified for the main draw of the KIG Open 2011.

Two of the four matches this evening were won in thrilling five setters -  after a hard fought 62 minutes, Zac Alexander beat Christopher Gordon, but  the most thrilling match of the night was between young Malaysian Ivan Yuen (MAS 107) and Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN 71). Yuen led the match 2-0 dominating his opponent in the first two games but fell short of a victory and lost 11/5 in the fifth.


Under way in LA

The Sports Club/LA - Orange County hosted the first day of the qualifiers for the KIG Open 2011 Squash Tournament that is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles CA from March 3rd - March 6th.

We had sixteen players representing Australia, Canada, Malta, Malaysia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Mexico and USA play at the qualifiers for four spots in the main draw.

It was an exciting atmosphere at the club with a full house of spectators. The top eight seeds qualified for the second round which will be played tomorrow March 2nd 2011, starting at 4.30pm.

The highlight of the day was the battle against Scott Arnold (AUS 64) and Eddie Charlton (ENG 92) where Charlton who was down 2-0 stretched Arnold to a 5 setter but just fell short in the fifth set loosing 11-13.

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