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Santiago Open 2009
09-14 Nov, Spain, $41k

14-Nov, Finals:

[3] Fiona Moverley (Eng) bt[1] Lauren Siddall (Eng)
            6/11, 11/8, 11/8, 9/11, 11/7 (29m)
[1] Peter Barker (Eng) bt [2] Adrian Grant (Eng)
            11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 11/9 (78m)

English double in Santiago

Top seeds had mixed successes in the Santiago Open "Trofeo Concello de Santiago" where Fiona Moverley upset favourite Lauren Siddall in the women's final, but No1 seed Peter Barker prevailed in the men's climax to produce an English squash double in the international events at Shopping Center Area Central in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Third seed Moverley, from Hull in East Yorkshire, reached the final of the women's event after upsetting New Zealand's No2 seed Kylie Lindsay.

After dropping the first game in the final to experienced Yorkshire compatriot Lauren Siddall, the 22-year-old battled back to take the lead - but world No39 Siddall recovered to take the match into a fifth game decider.

However, Moverley stuck to her task and closed out the match to record her maiden title triumph on the WISPA Tour.

Peter Barker faced his England team-mate Adrian Grant, the No2 seed, in the climax of the men's event - in a match that was not only the fifth Tour meeting of the pair's career, but also their second in a Tour final this year.

Predictably, the two left-handers from London fought out an evenly-contested encounter - with only two world ranking positions separating the pair.

But it was eventually world number nine Barker who clinched victory, beating Grant in 78 minutes.

The triumph marked the 14th Tour title of Barker's career, his second of the year - but the Londoner's first in Spain.

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Santiago Open 2009
09-14 Nov, Spain, $41k
Round One
11 Nov
12 Nov
13 Nov
14 Nov
[1] Peter Barker (Eng)
11/1, 11/5,  5/11, 8/11, 11/0 (56m)
[Q] Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
[1] Peter Barker
11/9, 11/8, 11/6 (42m)
[8] Davide Bianchetti
[1] Peter Barker

 10/12, 11/2, 11/5, 11/7 (53m)

[3] Stewart Boswell

[1] Peter Barker


11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 11/9 (78m)


[2] Adrian Grant

[8] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
11/5, 9/11, 11/4, 11/9 (44m)
[Q] Alejandro Garbi (Esp)
[3] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
11/7, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5 (33m)
[Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
[3] Stewart Boswell
11/3, 11/5, 11/9 (26m)
[5] Hisham Ashour
[5] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
10/12, 11/2, 11/3, 11/6 (24m)
[Q] Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
Renan Lavigne (Fra)
12/10, 7/11, 2/11, 11/9, 11/7 (57m)
[7] Tom Richards (Eng)
Renan Lavigne
 10/12, 11/8, 11/9, 11/9 (49m)
[4] Olli Tuominen
Renan Lavigne

11/3, 11/7, 13/11 (30m)

[2] Adrian Grant

Eric Galvez (Mex)
9/11, 8/11, 11/6, 12/10, 11/5 (53m)
[4] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (33m)
[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Mex)
Saurav Ghosal
11/6, 2/11, 5/11, 14/12, 11/5 (59m)
[2] Adrian Grant
Carlos Cornes Ribidas (Esp)
11/7, 11/7, 11/5 (25m)
[2] Adrian Grant (Eng)

10-Nov, Qualifying Finals:
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa) bt Jan Koukal (Cze)               11/7, 8/11, 11/7, 12/10 (38m)
Alejandro Garbi (Esp) bt Siddarth Suchde (Ind)     12/10, 8/11, 11/8, 11/4 (44m)
Stéphane Galifi (Ita) bt Shaun Le Roux (Eng)           11/4, 11/5, 11/13, 11/8 (52)
Adrian Waller (Eng) bt Campbell Grayson (Nzl)        11/9, 11/8, 7/11, 11/9 (42m)


Santiago Open 2009
09-14 Nov, Spain, $6k
Round One
11 Nov
12 Nov
13 Nov
14 Nov
[1] Lauren Siddall (Eng)
12/10, 11/5, 9/11, 11/9 (31m)
[Q] Sina Wall (Ger)
[1] Lauren Siddall
11/3, 11/5, 11/7 (15m)
[5] Birgit Coufal
[1] Lauren Siddall

11/9, 11/8, 5/11, 11/6 (40m)

Nicolette Fernandes

[1] Lauren Siddall


6/11, 11/8, 11/8, 9/11, 11/7 (29m)


[3] Fiona Moverley

[5] Birgit Coufal (Aut)
11/13, 11/9, 11/9, 11/5 (34m)
[Q] Lisa Aitken (Sco)
[4] Deon Saffery (Wal)
11/8, 11/9, 11/8 (34m)
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
Nicolette Fernandes
14/12, 11/2, 11/6 (23m)
Laura Pomportes
[7] Jenna Gates (Eng)
10/12, 11/9, 6/11, 12/10, 11/8 (44m)
Laura Pomportes (Fra)
Dorletta Lopez Lopez (Esp)
11/2, 11/2, 11/4 (13m)
[6] Josefa Bertilsson (Swe)
[6] Josefa Bertilsson
11/2, 11/3, 11/2 (10m)
[3] Fiona Moverley
[3] Fiona Moverley

11/3, 9/11, 11/7, 11/7 (25m)

[2] Kylie Lindsay

[Q] Milja Dorenbos (Ned)
11/6, 11/1, 9/11, 11/5 (25m)
[3] Fiona Moverley (Eng)
[Q] Salma Hatem Youssef (Egy)
9/11, 11/1, 11/4, 11/9 (34m)
[8] Coline Aumard (Fra)
[8] Coline Aumard
11/8, 11/7, 14/12 (27m)
[2] Kylie Lindsay
Tatiana Damasio Borges (Bra)
11/8, 11/5, 11/6 (25m)
[2] Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)


All-English finals in Santiago

A pair of English players will contest both finals in the Santiago Open “Trofeo Concello de Santiago” after Fiona Moverley defied the seedings to upset second-seeded New Zealander Kylie Lindsay in the semi-finals of the women's  event at Shopping Center Area Central in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

The 22-year-old from Hull, seeded three, stemmed a second game fightback by Lindsay to win in 25 minutes - and reach the second Tour final of her career.

Moverley will face favourite Lauren Siddall, who also took four games to end Nicolette Fernandes' giant-killing run, beating the unseeded 26-year-old from Guyana.

Siddall, the 25-year-old world No39 from Pontefract in Yorkshire, is celebrating the sixth final of her career.

England team-mates Peter Barker and Adrian Grant, both left-handers from London, will contest the predicted final of the men's $41k event.

Top seed Barker, ranked nine in the world, battled through to the 19th Tour final of his career by beating third-seeded Australian Stewart Boswell in 53 minutes.

Second seed Grant had an easier ride against surprise package Renan Lavigne. The unseeded Frenchman, who celebrated his 35th birthday at last week's World Open in Kuwait, reached the last four against the odds after upsetting both fourth seed Olli Tuominen and seventh seed Tom Richards.

But the semi-final was a match too far for the world No35 from Marseille as Grant closed out the match in 30 minutes.

The Leeds-based 29-year-old is marking his 24th Tour final and looking for his second PSA title of the year.

12-Nov, Quarters:
Lavigne takes out Tuominen

France's Renan Lavigne joined the top three seeds in the Santiago Open semi-finals when he ousted fourth-seeded Finn Olli Tuominen in four games in the first of the evening's quarter-finals.

Lavigne's semi-final opponent is second seed Adrian Grant, but the Englishman came close to coming a cropper against Saurav Ghosal, coming from 2/1 down .

In the top half top seed Peter Barker will meet third seed Stewart Boswell.

It's a similar story in the women's event, where the three highest seeds, Lauran Siddall, Kylie Lindsay and Fiona Moverley, are joined in the semis by unseeded Nicolette Fernandes.

11-Nov, Round One:

Ghosal & Lavigne
Score Santiago Upsets

Unseeded Renan Lavigne and Saurav Ghosal secured surprise places in the men's quarter-finals of the Squash Santiago Open after beating seventh seed Tom Richards and sixth seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez, respectively, in the opening round at Shopping Center Area Central in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

There were also twin upsets in the women's event, where France's Laura Pomportes and Nicolette Fernandes, from Guyana, claimed unexpected places in the last eight.

Frenchman Lavigne, who celebrated his 35th birthday last week at the World Open in Kuwait, maintained the same form which saw him earn a surprise first round win in Kuwait City. The world No35 from Marseille fought back from 1/2 down to defeat Englishman Richards, ranked four places higher, 12-10, 7-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-7 in 57 minutes.

Ghosal, the PSA Tour's highest-ranked player from India, subdued his higher-ranked Colombian opponent in straight games, beating Rodriguez 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 in 33 minutes.

At the top of the draw, England favourite Peter Barker was taken the full distance before beating dangerous Stephane Galifi. Londoner Barker, a quarter-finalist in Kuwait, squandered a two-game lead to allow the France-based Italian qualifier to draw level – but the left-hander brushed Galifi aside in a whitewash decider to claim his 11-1, 11-5, 5-11, 8-11, 11-0 victory.

Nicolette Fernandes, the former world No27 who is fighting back to top form after a two-year layoff following knee surgery, showed her fighting spirit as she dismissed Deon Saffery, the fourth seed from Wales, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8.

The 26-year-old now faces fellow outsider Laura Pomportes, the world No95 from France who twice came from behind to overcome England's No7 seed Jenna Gates 10-12, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8.

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