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Austrian Open 2017
08-13 May, Salzburg, Austria, $5k

13-May, Final:
Home win for Aqeel

The final of the Austrian Open in the EUROPARK shopping mall was the dream final between the top seed Chris Binnie from Jamaica and local Hero and number two seed Aqeel Rehman, who was also organising the event.

On the final day of the Austrian Squash challenge there was a busy schedule with a big raffle, a show programme of american football and a doubles exhibition.

At 16:30 it was time for the PSA final. There was a packed crowed with every single seat and spot in the gallery taken.

Both players started very solid with long basic rallies. Towards the end of the game it was Aqeel who managed to create a little lead and took the first game 11/7.

The next two games were very one sided to the Jamaican. Christopher kept playing very strong and solid, letting the Austrian Champion not pass him. Chris took the lead after winning game two and three 11/6 and 11/1.

It looked like Aqeel would not be able to turn around the game but he showed better focus in the fourth game. The rallies were very even again, with great effort of both players. The spectators saw intense rallies and lots of court coverage from the athletes.

At 8/7 to Chris there wa sa disputed pick up drop shot from Aqeel, who was sure the ball was up. However the referee was not sure and Chris show great sportsmanship to aknowledge the point to Aqeel.

Unfortunately for Chris it was somehow a turnig point as he lost the game 8/11 and in the fifth game it was also the local favorite who kept the momentum on his side, racing to a 7/2 lead. The Jamaican looked tired but he still made it very tense as he fought back point after point to 6/7.

From then on it went point to point and the Austrian kept the slight two point lead until 10/8. Chris saved one match ball, but eventually Aqeel won the next rally to win the game 11/9 after 62 min. It was his eight PSA tour title and his second home win after 2013 when he overcame Chris Ryding.

Thanks to all the sponsors who made this event possible, especially the EUROPARK. The Austrian Squash Challenge was a two week event with many hands-on activities for the spectators and great advertising for the squash. Even national TV came around for some shooting!

The shopping mall and the city of Salzburg confirmed their will to host this event at least until 2019!

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Austrian Open 2017
08-13 May, Salzburg, Austria, $5k
Round One
10 May 
11 May
12 May
13 May
[1] Chris Binnie (Jam)
11/8, 11/7, 11/4 (37m)
Yannik Omlor (Ger)
[1] Chris Binnie

13/11, 11/8, 6/11, 9/11, 11/6 (81m)

[Q] Miko Aijanen
[1] Chris Binnie

11/5, 11/9, 6/11, 11/4 (51m)

[3] Edmon Lopez

[1] Chris Binnie


 11/7, 6/11, 1/11, 11/8, 11/9 (62m)


[2] Aqeel Rehman

8th PSA (and 2nd Austrian) title for Aqeel

[6] Mark Broekman (Eng)
11/4, 12/10, 11/7 (26m)
[Q] Miko Aijanen (Fin)
[5] Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
11/7, 6/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/3 (50m)
[wc] Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)
[5] Dimitri Steinmann

11/8, 11/5, 11/5 (30m)

[3] Edmon Lopez
[3] Edmon Lopez (Esp)
11/5, 11/7, 11/4 (25m)
[Q] Chris Leiper (Sco)
[Q] David Zeman (Cze)
9/11, 11/9, 4/11, 11/0, 11/5 (34m)
[4] Mohammad Alsarraj (Jor)
[4] Mohammad Alsarraj

13/11, 5/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/9 (60m)

[Q] Rory Stewart
[4] Mohammad Alsarraj

10/12, 11/4, 11/6, 7/11, 11/5 (49m)

[2] Aqeel Rehman

[Q] Rory Stewart (Sco)
11/3, 12/10, 11/4 (32m)
[7] Yuri Farneti (Ita)
Robert Dadds (Eng)
11/8, 11/6, 11/2 (29m)
[8] Adrian Ostbyte (Nor)
[8] Adrian Ostbyte

11/8, 11/9, 7/11, 12/10 (47m)

[2] Aqeel Rehman
Nick Mulvey (Eng)
11/5, 11/8, 11/8 (30m)
[2] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)

09-May, Finals:
Miko Aijanen (Fin) 3-1 Michael Babra (Swe)        11/5, 11/3, 8/11, 11/4 (38m)
Rory Stewart (Sco) 3-0 Tess Jutte (Ned)                   11/8, 11/7, 11/9 (31m)
David Zeman (Cze) 3-1 Martin Mosnik (Slo)        8/11, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8 (36m)
Chris Leiper (Sco) 3-0 Hendrik Vossing (Ger)              12/10, 11/2, 11/1 (27m)

08-May, Round One:
Michael Babra (Swe) 3-0 Alex Harmi (Aut)                 13/11, 11/0, 11/8
Miko Aijanen (Fin) 3-0 Kevin Waldner (Aut)                 11/9, 11/3, 11/8
Tess Jutte (Ned) 3-0 Simon Draxler (Aut)                   11/7, 11/9, 11/3
Rory Stewart (Sco) 3-0 Lukas Windischberger (Aut)   12/10, 11/6, 11/7
David Zeman (Cze) 3-0 Mario Reichl (Aut)                  11/3, 11/6, 11/7
Martin Mosnik (Slo) 3-0 Vojtech Rybe (Cze)              11/4, 11/8, 11/9
Chris Leiper (Sco) 3-0 Christopher Ressel (Aut)           11/3, 11/1, 11/0
Hendrik Vossing (Ger) 3-0 Michael Zanner (Aut)          11/2, 11/2, 11/0
11-May, Quarters:
Top seeds through to semis in Salzburg

Today the quarterfinals of the Austrian Open were on programme in the EUROPARK Shopping mall as a part of the Austrian Squash Challenge.

Top seed Christopher Binnie started against Qualifier Miko Äjianen. It was a very disputed game with a lot of collisions. Äjianen managed to come back from 0/2 down in games to level at 2 all. But Binnie stayed cool and took the deciding game 11/6 after a 81min battle.

Qualifier Rory Stewart nearly caused for an upset too against fourth seed Mohammad Alsarraj from Jordan. The Scottsman wasn’t able to take the first game at 10/8 and also missed a great chance at 2/1 lead in games and 8/2 in the fourth. Sarraj turned the match around and won 11/9 in the fifth game.

Edmon Lopez from Spain made some time up after beating Dimitri Steinmann 3/0.

The last match was local hero Aqeel Rehman against Adrian Ostbye. Aqeel took the first two games before the Norwegian fought back to 2/1. But Aqeel was able to close the match in the fourth.

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10-May, Round One:
Qualifiers Stewart and Aijanen progress
as Aqeel flies Austrian flag ...

It was big action today on the all glasscourt at EUROPARK shopping mall when the first round of the main draw started with eight matches on schedule.

Players from 15 different nations are competing for the title and 5.000 USD prize money as well as PSA world ranking points.

It all started with an upset when Scottish qualifier Rory Stewart beat the Italian number seven seed Yuri Farneti 3/0.

Qualifier Miko Äjianen caused another upset when he beat sixth seed Mark Broekman from England in three games.

But after that it went according to the seeding. Spanish number three seed Edmon Lopez showed no mercy for the next qualifier Chris Leiper, also from Scotland and also eight seed Adrian Ostbye from Norway celebrated a 3/0 victory over Englishman Robert Dadds, as well as top seed Christopher Binnie from Jamaica who took German youngster Yannik Omlor out of the tournament with another 3/0 victory.

With a close 3/2 from fourth seed Mohammad Alsarraj over David Zeman from Czech Republic all top four players made it into the quarterfinal, thanks to a 3/0 win from home favorite and organizer Aqeel Rehman against Nick Mulvey from England. He managed to stay on top of the quick Englishmen from the beginning on.

Unfortunately the Salzburg based Austrian record Champion will be the only home player in the tournament left, as Wildcard Jakob Dirnberger, also born in Salzburg lost in a close five game battle against young Swiss player and fifth seed Dimitri Steinmann. It was a good performance of Jakob though who could count on home support. But Dimitri was too good in the deciding fifht game.

Highlights of both matches will be shown on Austrian national television on Thursday.

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09-May, Qualifying Finals:
Scottish double in Salzburg

The second round of qualifying for the Austrian Open at EUROPARK shopping mall started with Tess Jutte from Holland against Rory Stewart from Scotland.

Rory was more dominant and produced more pressure and was able to win the match 3/0.

The second player to qualify was Miko Äijanen. The Finn won the Nordic affair against Michael Babra from Sweden with 3/1.

The next match was a Slavic affair between Martin Mosnik and David Zeman. Czech Zeman won this match 3/1 against Martin, who just made the qualification draw after a late withdrawl.

The last match of the day was between Hendrik Vössing from Germany against Chris Leiper from Scotland. The Scotsman was too strong from the beginning on and won the match 3/0.

So tomorrow the main draw starts with eight matches from 12 Noon on.

The highlights will be the matches of the two Salzburg-boys Jakob Dirnberger against Dimitri Steinmann and Aqeel Rehman against Nick Mulvey at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Austrian national television will be on site for some shooting as well.

08-May, Qualifying Round One:
Locals bow out in Salzburg

Austria's only PSA world ranking tournament started on monday at the EUROPARK shopping mall, which is part of the Austrian Squash Challenge.

Players from 15 nations are fighting for 5.000 USD prize money and world ranking points. It is the 13th edition of this PSA Event in Salzburg and the third time in the shopping mall on the all glass court.

The qualifiers started on the first day with seven Austrians trying to compete against the international pros. Unfortunately none of the locals were able to cause an upset, but it was a great experience for all of them playing on such a great venue in front of their home crowd.

The match of the day was between Martin Mosnik from Slovenia against Vojtech Ryba. Martin got a call to play the same morning, so he took his chance to drive up to Salzburg and beat the 5th seed Ryba in games.

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The Austrian Open this year will take place on the all glasscourt in the shopping mall EUROPARK in Salzburg for the third time in a row. This PSA tournament will be the 13th edition in a row in the birth city of Mozart and Red Bull.

The all glasscourt, which is owned by Austrian record elven times national champion Aqeel Rehman, is put up at one of europe's most sucessfull shopping malls EUROPARK for two weeks from 2-13 May.

During the first week several public events have been taking place such as the VIP tournament with Olympic and World Champions, the School&Kids Day with around 200 Kids joining a coaching clinic as well as the Victor Elite Series Final, an Austrian tournament series won by Jacqueline Peychär and Aqeel Rehman.

The second week will see international players from 14 countries playing the Austrian Open PSA M5 tournament.

Top seed Chris Binnie is drawn to meet second seed and local favourite Aqeel Rehman in the final. With Jakob Dirnberger there is another Austrian player in the main draw, which starts on Wednesday 10th May.

The qualification starts on Monday 8th May with eight more locals to hopefully make their way into the main draw.

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