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Airport Xmas Challenger 2016
30 Nov - 03 Dec, Berlin, Germany, $5k

Kempsell's early Xmas as Al Sarraj finally runs out of steam
Dr JAB urton reports

In the end it was one game to many for Mohammed Al Sarraj the qualifier.

In a final full of entertainment watch by a "huge" crowd (4,999!) all celebrating the end of the squash season in Berlin, Mohammed's legs finally gave out. The qualifier having played one game more in the tournament and having the unfortunate position of having to play the second semi-final against Rui Soares an hour later than Douglas - which of course went to 11-9! Mohammed's super charged game eventually slowed.

All this of course takes nothing away from Douglas Kempsell who admittedly having an easier semi-final against Dimitri Steinmann played excellent squash through out the final and the tournament.

The success this week should see Douglas ranked under or close to the top hundred - approaching his best ever ranking. Congratulations.

Airport Squash would like to thank ALL the players for an excellent tournament played in a hard but fair atmosphere that the crowds in Berlin really appreciated. Also thanks to the few PSA players who, having been eliminated, were still around to watch/coach and referee (always difficult to find a referee in the later stages of M5 tournaments as most PSA players are either coaching a friend or have left for the next tournament!)

All we can say is thanks again and see you next year.
Airport Xmas Challenger 2016
30 Nov - 03 Dec, Berlin, Germany, $5k
Round One
01 Dec
02 Dec
03 Dec
03 Dec
[1] Adam Murrills (Eng)
11/6, 11/7, 11/2
[Q] Tiago Goriely (Bel)
[1] Adam Murrills

7/11, 11/8, 11/8, 2/11, 12/10

[7] Dougie Kempsell
[7] Dougie Kempsell

11/5, 11/7, 8/11, 11/4

[4] Dimitri Steinmann

[7] Dougie Kempsell


11/5, 11/8, 7/11, 11/9


Mohammad Alsarraj

[7] Dougie Kempsell (Sco)
11/4, 10/12, 11/7, 11/4
Kristian Rautiainen (Fin)
[8] Roee Avraham (Isr)
11/9, 11/5, 11/6
[wc] Seigo Masuda (Jpn)
[8] Roee Avraham

11/3, 11/8, 9/11, 11/7

[4] Dimitri Steinmann
[4] Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
13/11, 12/10, 11/8
Joeri Hapers (Bel)
[Q] Omar Elkattan (Egy)
11/5, 11/5, 11/5
[3] Rui Soares (Por)
[3] Rui Soares

8/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/9

[5] Jami Aijanen
[3] Rui Soares

10/12, 11/9, 11/6, 9/11, 11/9

Mohammad Alsarraj

Scott Young (Eng)
11/6, 11/5, 6/11, 12/10
[5] Jami Aijanen (Fin)
Hendrik Vossing (Ger)
11/6, 11/4, 8/11, 11/1
[6] Manuel Wanner (Sui)
[6] Manuel Wanner

2/11, 11/6, 11/9, 11/1

Mohammad Alsarraj
Mohammad Alsarraj (Jor)
11/7, 11/5, 2/11, 9/11, 11/7
[2] Edmon Lopez (Esp)
Qualifying Finals, 30-Nov:

Tiago Goriely (Bel) 3-0 Julian Wollny (Ger)                      11/5, 11/6, 11/7
Mohammad Alsarraj (Jor) 3-0 Ahmed Effat Ashoush (Egy)  11/6, 11/7, 11/6
Scott Young (Eng) 3-0 Yannik Omlor (Ger)                    13/11, 11/6, 11/3
Omar Elkattan (Egy) 3-1 Ismail Hafez (Egy)            11/5, 11/8, 7/11, 11/8
02-Dec, Quarters:

Surprise!! Surprise??

1st Seed Adam Murrills departed in a hard fought 5 setter that lasted almost 90 minutes. Of course we all know that when it gets to 10:10 in the fifth all bets are off and Douglas Kempsell got the luck of the draw. It was of course luck that was very richly deserved.

Seeds 3 and 4 Rui Soares and Dimitri Steinmann came through with minor losses of concentration 3-1 in both cases.
Mohammed Alsarraj took out Manuel Wanner [6], semi finalist last year, 3-1 and is still looking good for an "outside" bet......

Tomorrow its semis and final together with the end of season party for squash in Berlin. We'll try to make it 5000 spectators for a 5000$ Final. Probably won't be far off!

01-Dec, Round One:

The Egyptians might be winning everywhere else but not in Berlin!!

Omar Elkattan was beaten in 3 by Rui Soares without too much problem leaving only Mohammed Alsarraj as the only non European left in the draw. Mohammed beat the number 2 seed Edmon Lopez in the highlight of the evening in 5 hard fought sets.

This leaves us with an England/Scotland match up together with various other European countries still represented in the quarter finals... but who can stop Alsarraj who appears to be on fire!

N.B. Up until now it has been a pleasure to hold this tournament. The fairness and respect from all players has been unbelievable!

Every point means everything at this level when you are trying to make your way... then to show sporting fairness.... respect!
30-Nov, Qualifying:

After a plethora of cancellations the qualifying finally got under was with a field of 8

All four games were well fought but relatively one sided. Both German representatives going to down to Belgian and English opposition respectively.

Tiago Goriely and Scott Young coming through. The Egyptian battle was won by Omar Elkattan aiming to up his ranking points after injury. Alsarraj was impressive in his match against the Egyptian Ashoush.

We are looking forward to an exciting first round tomorrow where due to the relatively high ranking of the players anything is possible and every ranking point is worth its weight in gold.

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