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Austrian Open 2016
04-09 Apr, Salzburg $5k

09-Apr, Final:

[4] Joshua Masters (Eng) 3-0 [6] Rui Soares (Por) 
             11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (39m)

Masters the master in Salzburg

England's Josh Masters continued his fine run of form as he beat Rui Soares in straight games to claim the Austrian Open title at the EUROPARK Shopping Mall in Salzburg.

"I am very happy," said a delighted champion. "I have a really good year so far. I played really well and it was a great tournament for me.

"Now I have to put my racket aside for a bit to study for some exams on university. I am not looking forward to it, but it has to be done."

Soares reflected: "I am still happy with my result, I didn't play my best today, but Josh played really well and he deserved to win.

"I will play a couple more tournaments next month and I will have more confidence from my first final on the tour here."


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Austrian Open 2016
04-09 Apr, Salzburg $5k
Round One
06 Apr
07 Apr
08 Apr
09 Apr
[LL] Jami Aijanen (Fin)
11/9, 11/6, 11/8
[Q] Rudi Rohrmuller (Ger)
[Q] Rudi Rohrmuller

11/9, 6/11, 3/11 rtd (40m)

[6] Rui Soares
[6] Rui Soares

11/4, 8/11, 6/11, 11/6, 11/6 (54m) 

[5] Baptiste Masotti

[6] Rui Soares


11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (39m)


[4] Joshua Masters

[6] Rui Soares (Por)
11/3, 12/10, 11/5
Tristan Eysele (Rsa)
[5] Baptiste Masotti (Fra)
11/6, 11/4, 11/2
[wc] Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)
[5] Baptiste Masotti

11/8, 4/11, 11/7, 13/11 (46m)

[3] Aqeel Rehman
[3] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
11/7, 14/12, 11/5
[Q] Jan Ryba (Cze)
[Q] Daniel Mekbib (Cze)
11/6, 11/3, 15/13
[4] Joshua Masters (Eng)
[4] Joshua Masters

11/9, 11/8, 5/11, 11/8 (50m) 

[8] Micah Franklin
[4] Joshua Masters

 11/7, 11/5, 8/11, 11/7 (38m)

[2] Sebastiaan Weenink

[Q] Elliot Selby (Eng)
 11/7, 12/14, 14/12, 11/9
[8] Micah Franklin (Ber)
Ondrej Uherka (Cze)
11/5, 13/11, 11/9
[7] Auguste Dussourd (Fra)
[7] Auguste Dussourd

5/11, 11/4, 11/2, 9/11, 11/8 (59m)

[2] Sebastiaan Weenink
Nick Mulvey (Eng)
11/5, 11/7, 12/10
[2] Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)

NB: [1] Jaymie Haycocks w/d

05-Apr, Qualifying Finals, from 14.00:

Daniel Mekbib (Cze) 3-1 Bradley Masters (Eng)         7/11, 11/1, 11/6, 11/5 (43m)
Rudi Rohrmuller (Ger) 3-1 Jami Aijanen (Fin)            11/9, 10/12, 11/7, 11/7 (45m)
Jan Ryba (Cze) 3-0 Ahmed Al Kiremli (Aut)                       11/5, 11/4, 13/11 30m)
Elliot Selby (Eng) 3-0 Christoph Ressel (Aut)                    11/1, 11/2, 11/3 (19m)

04-Apr, Qualifying Round One:

Bradley Masters (Eng) 3-0 Stephan Stocker (Aut)               11/2, 11/2, 11/5 (19m)
Jami Aijanen (Fin) 3-0 Kevin Waldner (Aut)                         11/4, 11/6, 11/2 (20m)
Rudi Rohrmuller (Ger) 3-1 Kyle Finch (Eng)                13/15, 11/3, 11/6, 11/3
Jan Ryba (Cze) 3-0 Michael Zanner (Aut)                           11/3, 11/5, 11/1 (20m)
Ahmed Al Kiremli (Aut) 3-0 Lukas Rosner (Aut)                     11/6, 11/6, 11/5
Christoph Ressel (Aut) 3-2 Alexander Harml (Aut) 6/11, 11/3, 11/9, 8/11, 11/9 (43m)

Down to the final in Salzburg

Today's sold out crowd at the All-Glaslscourt in one of Europe's most beautiful shopping centers EUROPARK saw the semifinals of the Austrian Open.

First on court was last year's runner up an top seed Sebastiaan Weenink from Holland. His opponent, upcoming Englishman Joshua Masters had the better start and went up 2/0 in games.

Seb changed his game from then on and found a effective short game to take the third game. Also in the fourth the Dutchman went up 5/2 and it looked as Seb was getting more on top of his opponent. But Josh didn't let loose and fought back to eventually win in 4 games 11/7, 11/5, 8/11, 11/7 after 38min.

Seb: After the first two games I picked up the pace more and he was a bit surprised and I was playing much better. In the fourth I also had a lead of 5/2. I then started thinking I could reach a fifth game and from then on my performance went down. But I am happy to be injury free again to be able to play tournaments.

Josh: The first two games I played really well, Sebastiaan then definitely played better and deserved to win the third. But in the fourth again I found my game better and am happy to win in four games. I will now have a stretch and get hydrated again and will focus on tomorrow.

The second finalist will be Rui Soares. The Portuguese took the opening game 11/4, but then Baptiste Masotti stepped up the game and was able to turn the game around and went 2/1 up. The fourth game was very tense with a lot of discussions of the frenchman going on.

Rui stayed very calm and finished the game solidly to level at 2 all. Rui also had the better focus in the deciding game and won the match by a great rally including dives and great reactions 11/6 after 54min.

Rui: I am happy to win. It was not very nice to watch with a lot of discussions but I tried to stay calm and not get involved with it. It is my first final and I will be playing my training partner and friend Josh.

For now I am enjoying this moment and I am sure it will be a good match tomorrow.

Austrian Squash Challenge

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07-Apr, Quarters:
Aqeel bows out in Quarters

Today was Quarterfinal-action at the EUROPARK Salzburg, where unfortunately for the home crowed, the last Austrian hope Aqeel Rehman had to bow out.

First match of the day was between Birthday-boy Josh Masters (his birthday was actually yesterday...) and Micah Franklin. Fourth seed Masters confirmed his favorite role, as did last year's runner-up and second seed Sebastiaan Weenink against Auguste Dussourd.

In the top of the draw, german national player Rudi Rohrmüller had to stop playing after a 2/1 lead against Rui Soares due to stomach problems. This means the portuguese will be in the semifinal tomorrow, where he will face Baptiste Masotti.

The frenchman overcame Austrian Champion Rehman in a close four-game victory in which Rehman mised one game ball in the fourth to reach a deciding fifth game.

Nevertheless two more interesting days are coming up at the Theaterplatz on the All-Glasscourt with a Show-Training of the SC80 Salzburg Juniors, followed by the semifinals from 17:30 on.

Saturday will offer a big raffle with top-prices such as a mountainbike, running gear, outdoor-jackets and much more! After a Gymnastic exhibition there will be a Doubles-exhibition before the final of the Austria open take place. The Winner's trophy will be presented by the chairman on the social-party of Salzburg Bernhard Auinger.


Austrian Squash Challenge

06-Apr, Round One:
Aqeel files Austrian flag

Tournament promoter Aqeel Rehman is the sole remaining home players after today's first round at the EUROPARK Mall, reaching the quarter-finals for the seventh year in a row.

Having beaten Czech qualifier Jan Rybe in straight games, Rehman now faces France's Baptiste Masotti, who beat wildcard Jakob Dirnberger to thwart hopes of an all-Austrian quarter-final.

The remainder of the seeded players came through safely enough, Germany's Rudi Rohrmuller the only non-seed to win as he repeated his qualifying finals win over 'Lucky Loser' Jami Aijanen.

05-Apr, Qualifying Finals: 
Locals bow out in Salzburg

Today's last round of qualifying of Austria's biggest international tournament started with a shocking news as top seed Jaymie Haycocks from England had to withdraw due to injury, meaning that there was a lucky loser filling his spot.

Last Austrian hope Christoph Ressel from Club SC80 Salzburg was eliminated by Elliot Selby, which means no more Austrian will join their collegues in the main draw.

Other winners were Daniel Mekbib, Jan Ryba and Rudi Rohrmuller, the lucky loser spot being taken by Jami Äijanen who will now face Rudi Rohrmüller in a repeat of their qualifying final!

On Wednesday will be full action on the All-Glasscourt at EURPARK with eight matches scheduled from 12 noon on.

Of course the Austrian flags will still be up as well with Jakob Dirnberger, Austrian Champion a record ten times, and Aqeel Rehman, both from Salzburg competing in the main round. Their tasks are contrasting, while Jakob faces fifth seed Baptiste Masotti from France and third seed Aqeel will take on qualifier Jan Ryba.

Draws & Results

Austrian Squash Challenge

04-Apr, Qualifying Round One:

The Austrian Squash Challenge started its second week with the Austrian Open taking place in one of europe's most beautiful shopping malls - EUROPARK Salzburg.

The event started with the first round of qualifying, with no major upsets, but some good matches.

Match of the day was between local player Rudi Rohrmüller from Germany who overcame his english opponent Kyle Finch in four games.

The austrian fans were able to celebrate a win after an all-austrian affair between Alex Harml and Christoph Ressel. In an exciting five-game battle it was Christoph who had the better in the end.

Austrian Open VIPs: Christian Schwegler and Ryan Duncan from Red Bull Salzburg Football and Icehockey, and Olympic medal winner in Skijumping Stefan Kraft!

Squash in the Mall in Salzburg

This year's Austrian Open forms part of the Austrian Squash Challenge, a two-week series of events at the EuroPark shopping mall in Salzburg which includes the Austrian League playoffs and more ...

The Austrian Open will take place for a second time in a row in one of most beautiful shopping malls in Europe - the EUROPARK Salzburg from 4-9 April. An ASB All-Glasscourt, owned by Austrian Number 1 Aqeel Rehman, has been put up in the shopping mall where customers can enjoy world class squash alongside a great shopping adventure.

The Austrian Open is part of a two week-event, called 'Austrian Squash Challenge from 29th March - 9th April. Beforehand the Austrian League Play-Offs took place, as well as many side events such as the 'Kids Day' with more than 150 Kids trying out Squash and the VIP-Event with Olympic and World Champions in Skijumping, Snowboarding etc.

The Austrian Open will be the 12th consecutive edition of a PSA Tournament in the hostorical city of Salzburg, where great names origin such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Red Bull!

This week Squash will play a strong role in the area with the qualifying starting on monday afternoon. Several Austrians will try to join local heros Jakob Dirnberger and Aqeel Rehman in the main draw which starts on wednesday. Topseed Jaymie Haycocks and second seeded player Sebastiaan Weenink will be favorite for the crown of the 5.000 USD prize money event.

The event will be covered by National TV, National Radio, National Newspapers, local TV and several other broadcasting medias.

Thanks to our sponsors especially the EUROPARK Salzburg who made this event possible. Around 400.000 visitors will pass through the shopping mall, with millions more being able to follow the event via all medias.


Draws & Results

Austrian Squash Challenge

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