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There was unexpected South American success in the "Tour de las
Americas" Paraguay Open when Brazilian Rafael Alarcon upset US
favourite Gilly Lane in the final at Club Internacional de Tenis in
the Paraguay capital Asuncion.
It was a popular climax to the first Professional Squash Association
event in Paraguay for the first time for 18 years – which attracted
players from Italy, Holland, USA, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Argentina
and spectators from as far away as Córboba, Buenos Aires and La
Plata, all more than 1,000 kilometres away!
Alarcon, the 32-year-old second seed from Sao Paulo, took control of
the first two games and looked to be romping to a straight games
upset. But Lane, nine years younger than the Brazilian, started
lengthening the rallies in the third and reached game-ball at 10-7
The underdog clawed back the next two points – but the US favourite
took the game, then sped to a 6/1 lead in the fourth. Again 'Rafa'
fought back – but again Lane maintained his advantage to draw level.
Alarcon forced his opponent into errors in the decider and led 5-1
and 7-2 before finally closing out the match 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11,
11-5 in just over an hour to claim the tenth PSA Tour title of his
"Congratulations to Rafa for the great victory, but also
congratulations to Gilly for the great effort and commitment," said
event spokesman Mario Dominguez.
Dominguez also paid tribute to Paraguay's top player Esteban
Casarino, who reached the semi-finals before losing in four games to
Lane. "He was the engine of this event, with great enthusiasm he
covered all the details for this tournament to emerge this way.
Obviously, besides a great player, we have a great host, that, he
contagious all of us with his optimism in advance and managed to
host an event that seemed impossible for the economic conditions
facing the country and the world at large."
Paraguay Open 2009 Final Report
from Mario Dominguez
As always, good
things have to end, so did yesterday the PARAGUAY OPEN. With a
fantastic final, not only for the great match that gave us and Rafa
Gilly, but for the work performed by the organizing committee and
its members and the great atmosphere of the tournament, which can be
summarized as follows:
• Players from
around the world
- Players came from Italy, Holland, United States, Mexico, Peru,
Brazil and Argentina.
• Very good audience
Domestic and foreign, as we were visited by friends from Argentina,
from as far away as Córboba, Buenos Aires and La Plata (all more
than 1,000 kilometers away), and other nearby towns as Resistencia
• Good media
- All the major newspapers, three television channels and several
radio stations joined the tournament from the start.
• Presence of
- Most of the main matches, the final and the awards were
accompanied by the highest authorities linked to the event: the
president of the Paraguayan Association of Squash, Mr. Marcos
Vaisembrut and members of the Board , the president of the
International Tennis Club, Mr. Ruben Ovelar and Board members, plus
members of Cub’s Squash Committee.
• Good weather
the weather followed the event with sunny but not hot days a
temperature more than pleasant, especially in the final (20 º C).
• Good atmosphere
among the players
- There was much camaraderie among the players and although many
foreigners did not known each other, ended up being friends in a
week; also the good attitude of foreign players towards local kids
• Esteban Casarino,
- The engine of this event, with great
enthusiasm he covered all the details for this tournament to emerge
this way. Obviously, besides a great player, we have a great host,
that, he contagious all of us with his optimism in advance and
managed to host an event that seemed impossible for the economic
conditions facing the country and the world at large.
• The Venue –
Internacional de tenis, a fantastic club that surprised all the
first timers in Asunción.
A match with previous predictions sharply divided, perhaps because
the playing style of both players has some similarities. And since
the first game was very even game with Gilly attacking and being on
the front, while Rafa was trying to punish the US. Player’s weakest
point, the backhand corner, where he had no opportunity to attack,
then pressing with deep balls and forcing Gilly to make mistakes.
Finally the security of Rafa in the decisive shots and pressure at
the key moments, gave him the advantage of the first two games that
seemed to be a sure 3 gamer.
But from the beginning of the third, Gilly began to lengthen the
points, to make the Brazilian moving and getting him tired and a
10/7 lead. But Rafa knew he had to close the match in that game and
regained his strength by taking advantage of some arguments of
American with the referees, getting to 9/10. At that point Gilly
took a ball in the front and set a low cross that left no chance to
the Brazilian. In the fourth game was the American going fast 6/1
up, but Rafa responded with several winners to 5/6. Two deep shots
deep forced a mistake from Rafa that gave the advantage to Gilly at
8/5, but the Brazilian began to increase the pace of the game
forcing mistakes from the American getting to 9/8. But at this point
was Rafa who struggled to close the match giving the openings on
two occasions which were very well used by Gilly, who eventually won
the game by 11/9.
Already in the fifth game, and when many thought that Rafa would not
have to endure the keep the rhythm, he imposed speed to the game,
forcing the American to make mistakes and taking advantage of a
initial 5/1 and then 7/2. From there, Gilly tried to get closer but
rafa was too sure and the experienced Brazilian took the game and
the by 11/5.
A bit more than an
hour, with great moments for the enjoyment of the crowd that
appreciated the professionalism and preparation of these two
players. Congratulations to Rafa for the great victory, but also
congratulations to Gilly for the great effort and commitment!.
15-20 Jun, Asuncion, Paraguay, $6k
 Gilly Lane (Usa)
11/5, 11/6, 4/11, 11/6
Gonzalo Seminario (Per)
 Gilly Lane
10/12, 11/5, 12/10, 11/-4
 Miled Zarazua
 Gilly Lane
11/8, 11/7, 10/12, 11/6
 Esteban Casarino
 Gilly Lane
11/8, 11/6, 9/11, 9/11, 11/5
 Rafael Alarcon
 Miled Zarazua (Mex)
11/6, 11/8, 11/9
Andre L'Heureux (Per)
 Esteban Casarino (Par)
12/10, 11/4, 12/10
Andres Duany (Per)
 Esteban Casarino
5/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/8
 Manoel Pereira
 Manoel Pereira (Bra)
11/8, 11/5, 11/8
Nahuel Ramos (Arg)
Bruno Alvarenga (Par)
11/7, 11/4, 11/9
 Paul Mathieson (Ita)
 Paul Mathieson
11/5, 11/2, 11/4
 Bart Ravelli
 Bart Ravelli
11/9, 11/6, 11/4
 Rafael Alarcon
Nicolas Caballero (Par)
11/5, 11/5, 11/5
 Bart Ravelli (Ned)
Mario Dominguez (Par)
11/5, 11/4, 11/5
 Leandro Romiglio (Arg)
 Leandro Romiglio
11/8, 11/4, 11/0
 Rafael Alarcon
Edilson Nunes (Bra)
11/3, 11/3, 11/6
 Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
Five Paraguayan players in
the main draw
After several casualties in
the list of qualifiers from the Paraguay Open like Paul
Bragard of Uruguay, Matías Valenzuela and Federico
Usandizaga of Argentina, Julio Caseiro and Vinicius Costa
from Brazil, we have the four classified for the main draw:
Andres Duany and Gonzalo Seminario from Peru and the
local players Nicolas Caballero and Mario Dominguez.
This evening will take place the draw that determines at
which place of the main draw go these players.
With these results Paraguay has five players in the
tournament: Esteban Casarino, Andre L'Heureux,
Bruno Alvarenga, Caballero and Dominguez.
17-Jun, Round One:
Seeds safely through in Asuncion
Mario Dominguez reports
The first round of the Paraguay Open, back on the circuit after
an absence of 18 years, saw the eight seeded players - but only one
Paraguayan - through to the quarter-finals ...
• Match 1 - Paul Mathieson (Italy) beat Bruno Alvarenga
(Paraguay) 3/0. Paul, although not displaying his best pace because
he arrived in the country only hours before, managed to dominate the
game from the start, pushing Bruno to make the big effort.
• Match 2 - Manuel Pereira (Brazil) beat Nahuel Ramos
(Argentina) 3/0. A fairly even match, despite the result, where
Manuel's deep shots kept Nahuel in the back of the court, who could
not attack and he had problems to get the short ball because of a
• Match 3 - Esteban Casarino (Paraguay) beat Andres Duany
(Peru) 3/0. The result reflects the parity that was the game
primarily for two reasons - one for the positive evolution that has
taken in Andres' game Andres and two in the number of unforced
errors committed by Esteban in all games, perhaps the product of
anxiety and the pressure is on to perform a dual role: been the
local player with chances to win the tournament and the host and
leader, who steal concentration when entering into the court.
Nevertheless, the experience and control of Esteban in the decisive
moments, allowed him to close the match 3/0.
• Match 4 - Bart Ravelli (Netherlands) beat Nicolas Caballero
(Paraguay) 3/0. The Dutchman made a great game, where despite the
obvious superiority of this, he allowed the young Paraguayan player
(14 years) to deploy his game. An example of how to manage a match
and make it fun without losing the goal of victory.
• Match 5 - Miled Zarazua (Mexico) beat Andre L'Heureux
(Paraguay) 3/0. An excellent match by the Mexican youth who
demonstrated the high level that has, through a varied set, with
many changes of pace that made sure André was kept on the defensive
most of the time.
• Match 6 - Leandro Romiglio (Argentina) beat Mario Dominguez
(Paraguay) 3/0. A smooth result for Argentina's player, who
dominated the game throughout the match, based on his higher speed
and control of the ball.
• Match 7 - Gilly Lane (USA) beat Gonzalo Seminario (Peru)
3/1. Good game by the Peruvian guy, which indicates a positive
evolution of their game in relation to last year, but still lacks
concentration in crucial moments, which leads to mistakes when he is
not forced to shoot winners. The American, with some physical
problems, brought his experience and pace to rise with a victory
that initially looked easier than it turned out to be.
• Match 8 - Rafael Alarcon (Brazil) beat Nunez Edilson
Ribeiro (Brazil) 3/0. The big Rafa showed that his game is still
intact, printing speed and a lot of pressure, forcing Edilson to
defend and run most of the game.
After an absence of 18 years, the Paraguay Open is back on the men's
tour calendar, as a $6k Super Satellite event.
A strong field, including Paraguay's own Esteban Casarino, head for
Asuncion from the middle of June ..