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Madeira International 2016
09-12 Jun, Onda Revital Club, Funchal, Portugal
, $5k

12-Jun, Final:

Patrick Rooney
(Eng) 3-2 [3] Edmon Lopez (Esp)
          6/11, 11/8, 7/11, 11/6, 11/8 (68m)

Rooney reigns in Madeira
Michael Catling reports

Rising English star Patrick Rooney enhanced his burgeoning reputation after coming from behind to shock third seed Edmon Lopez Moller and claim his maiden PSA title in a five-game thriller at the Madeira International.

Rooney, who turns 19 next week, was competing in his first-ever PSA final but showed few signs of nerves as he twice fought back to force a decider at the Onda Revital Club in CaniÁo, Portugal.

A three-minute injury break for Lopez in the middle of the fifth game threatened to disrupt Rooneyís momentum, but the reigning European Junior U19 champion remained composed to prevail 11-8 in the decider.

"Itís an unbelievable feeling and a nice early birthday present," said a tearful Rooney, who later dedicated his victory to his aunt, who passed away last week.

"I knew it was going to be a tough and really physical battle, but Iím just glad I was able to keep the same intensity and level of concentration all the way through the match. Itís the perfect way to end the season."

The result completes a memorable week for the Merseyside-based teenager, who knocked out top-seed Shehab Essam and fellow countryman Adam Auckland on his way to the final.

The Spaniard, meanwhile, was left to reflect on another missed opportunity after losing in the final of the Raanana Squash Center Festival in Israel last month.
"I saw a really good opportunity to win this week when Carlos [Cornes] got knocked out in the first round,Ē admitted Lopez. "I am happy to reach the final but itís just a shame that I was so close to victory again. I am still young so I hope that I will get plenty more opportunities to win my first PSA title.

"Physical fitness is normally my biggest strength so itís annoying that it let me down today. I thought I played really well but Patrick just played better than me. I have to be realistic and I canít really make any excuses."

The lengthy rallies in the opening exchanges ultimately proved pivotal to the outcome as the match quickly developed into a war of attrition.

Little separated the duo in the opening two games and with the scores locked at one-all, Rooney changed tactics by taking the ball short at every opportunity to counteract Lopezís incredible court coverage.

The strategy seemed to have the reverse effect initially as Lopez capitalised on a number of tinned drops to win the third game. In a repeat of the second game, however, Rooney returned reinvigorated in the fourth and reeled off a succession of nicks to force a decider.

The back-and-forth nature of the match continued in the final game as Rooney overturned a 3-0 deficit to edge ahead 6-4.

The following point added to the drama as Lopez, who had been battling an ongoing wrist injury coming into the tournament, rolled his ankle trying to retrieve a drop shot. A three-minute injury break ensued but the stoppage only prolonged the agony for a weary-looking Lopez as Rooney moved to within a point of victory.

It seemed only fitting that the final point should end on a grueling rally, and so it proved when Rooney converted his first championship ball after Lopezís backhand drop clipped the tin.

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Madeira International 2016
09-12 Jun, Funchal, Portugal
, $5k
Round One
10 Jun 
10 Jun
11 Jun
12 Jun
[1] Shehab Essam (Egy)
11/8, 11/8, 11/2 (34m)
[Q] Pascal Gomez (Esp)
[1] Shehab Essam

 12/10, 11/8, 11/1 (28m)

[8] Emyr Evans
[1] Shehab Essam

11/7, 12/10, 11/4 (28m

Patrick Rooney

first PSA title for Patrick

Patrick Rooney


6/11, 11/8, 7/11, 11/6, 11/8 (68m)


[3] Edmon Lopez

[8] Emyr Evans (Wal)
11/8, 11/6, 11/7 (57m)
Kyle Finch (Eng)
[6] Sean Conroy (Irl)
11/7, 8/11, 11/8, 11/2 (48m)
[Q] Adam Auckland (Eng)
[Q] Adam Auckland

 11/7, 7/11, 11/4, 11/6 (37m)

Patrick Rooney
[4] Rui Soares (Por)
11/6, 6/11, 9/11, 11/3, 11/3 (41m
Patrick Rooney (Eng)
[wc] Pedro Damaso (Por)
11/5, 11/5, 11/2 (24m)
[3] Edmon Lopez (Esp)
[3] Edmon Lopez

11/4, 11/9, 11/5 (23m)

[Q] Luke Parker
[3] Edmon Lopez Moller

11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (31m)

[Q] James Peach

[Q] Luke Parker (Eng)
13/10, 12/10, 11/6 (39m)
[7] Ben Coates (Eng)
Claudio Pinto (Por)
11/4, 11/3, 11/4 (27m)
[5] Sam Gould (Usa)
Claudio Pinto

11/8, 6/11, 11/3, 11/9 (46m)

[Q] James Peach
[Q] James Peach (Eng)
11/13, 11/4, 12/10, 11/8 (55m)
[2] Carlos Cornes (Esp)

09-Jun, Finals:
Pascal Gomez (Esp) 3-0 Matthew Broadberry (Eng)   11/9, 11/8, 11/3 (36m)
Adam Auckland (Eng) 3-0 Owain Taylor (Wal)          11/5, 11/3, 11/7 (32m)
James Peach (Eng) 3-0 Michael Conroy (Irl)             11/6, 11/3, 11/1 (19m)
 Luke Parker (Eng) 3-1 Sam Ellis (Eng)            11/9, 5/11, 11/9, 11/8 (39m)

09-Jun, Round One:

Pascal Gomez (Esp) 3-0 Ricardo Sardinha (Por)           11/4, 11/5, 11/3 (14m)
Matthew Broadberry (Eng) 3-0 Alfredo Felicade (Por)   11/3, 11/2, 12/10 (24m)
Adam Auckland (Eng) 3-0 Jorge Monteiro (Por)            11/1, 11/6, 11/4 (21m)
Owain Taylor (Wal) 3-0 Luis Tavares (Por)                 11/1, 11/2, 11/6 (20m)
Michael Conroy (Irl) w/o Roshan Bharos (Ned)                        w/o
James Peach (Eng) 3-0 Ricardo Santos (Por)              11/2, 11/6, 11/6 (20m)
Luke Parker (Eng) 3-1 Tess Jutte (Ned)              9/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5 (52m)
Sam Ellis (Eng) 3-0 Concalo Miranda (Por)                  11/3, 11/5, 11/6 (17m)

12-Jun, Final:

Patrick Rooney
(Eng) 3-2 [3] Edmon Lopez Moller (Esp)
          6/11, 11/8, 7/11, 11/6, 11/8 (68m)

11-Jun, Semis:
First-time PSA champion
guaranteed in Madeira
Michael Catling reports

English teenager Patrick Rooney achieved a career milestone after ousting top seed Shehab Essam in straight games to advance into his first-ever PSA final at the Onda Revital Club in CaniÁo, Portugal.

The 18-year-old from Merseyside had already knocked out fourth seed Rui Soares and former world No.105 Adam Auckland en route to the semi final and upset the odds once again to end Essamís hopes of securing back-to-back titles this week.

Victory continues a rich vein of form for Rooney, who has reached at least the quarter-final stage in each of his past three tournaments.

ďIt was a massive win for me and probably my biggest yet,Ē admitted the reigning European Junior U19 champion. ďIíve felt really relaxed this week and although Iíve had some really tough matches, I feel physically comfortable which is reassuring.

ďIím probably playing some of the best squash of my career as well. I wanted to reach my first PSA final at some point this year and itís a great time to do it just before the season ends and I take two weeks off.Ē

Despite 78 places separating the duo in the world rankings, the lower-ranked Rooney took the opening game with relative ease as the Egyptian struggled to deal with the relentless tempo.

The pattern of play was reversed in the opening exchanges of the second as Essam forged 5-0 in front. However, a succession of unforced errors saw Essamís lead erode in a matter of minutes as Rooney began to reassert control in the mid-court.

The duo traded game balls in the latter stages, before a tinned overhead volley from Essam doubled Rooneyís advantage and left the 20-year-old from Cairo visibly frustrated.

Essamís profligacy continued into the third game as Rooney quickly moved to within two points of victory.

A stunning fake shot in the front left corner bamboozled Essam to hand Rooney six match balls and the Englishman held his nerve to triumph 11-7 12-10 11-4 and end Essamís seven-match winning streak.

Rooney will meet Edmon Lopez Moller in Sundayís final after the Spanish third-seed ruthlessly ended qualifier James Peachís giant-killing run.

Peach, who knocked out Mollerís compatriot and second seed Carlos Cornes in the first round, struggled to counteract Mollerís trademark hard hitting as the 19-year-old from Barcelona eased through the first two games in quickfire fashion.

Peach briefly threatened a revival in the third game, but was left to rue a number of loose shots as Moller reeled off a total of seven winners to advance into only his second PSA final.

ďI think I played my best match today so Iíve got some good sensations heading into the final,Ē said Moller. ďI didnít make too many errors but I still think I can play better.

ďI played Patrick in the [European Junior] Under 19s last year and beat him 3-0 in the quarters. We are quite well suited and his game is very European in style and quite similar to Nick Matthew actually.

ďIt should be a really good match. I lost in the [Raanana Squash Center Festival] final in Israel three weeks ago so this is another chance to win my first PSA title.Ē


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10-Jun, Quarters:
Perfect Peach ends Portuguese hopes
Michael Catling reports

English qualifier James Peach will contest his maiden PSA semi-final at the Madeira International after holding his nerve to defeat Portuguese No.2 Claudio Pinto in four games in the quarter-finals.

Peach, 18, produced a performance which belied his tender years as he silenced a vociferous crowd and ended Portugalís hopes of crowing a home champion for the first time.

The Doncaster-based teenager was made to work hard for his victory as Pinto saved four match balls before a back wall nick came to Peachís rescue.

"I didnít quite play to my full potential and hit quite a few tins,Ē said Peach. ďI lost a bit of accuracy towards the end as well, but overall Iím happy with the way Iím playing and how the body is feeling."

Peachís reward is a last-four showdown with third seed Edmon Lopez Moller and the reigning British Junior U19 Nationals champion admitted heís already come up with a game plan as he bids to repeat his giant-killing act over world number 91 Carlos Cornes in the first round.

"Edmon plays at quite a fast tempo and when he does take it short, he tends to play a percentage drop, rather than a clinical one,Ē explained Peach. ďQuite a few of his opponents end up overrunning the ball so I will have to be careful with that and Iíll probably use some height to slow the pace down."

Peachís countryman and fellow qualifier Luke Parker probably wished he employed the same tactics against Moller after the Spaniard stormed to victory in quickfire fashion at the quarter-final stage.

The 19-year-old from Barcelona raced through the opening game in just five minutes and was barely troubled by the unranked Englishman thereafter, winning in just 23 minutes.

Parker, though, can take solace from knocking out seventh seed Ben Coates in the first round and did not rule out turning professional in the future.

In the top half of the draw, Egyptian top seed Shehab Essam remains on course to win his second PSA title in as many weeks after brushing aside eighth seed Emyr Evans.

Essam, who upset Karim El Hammamy to win the Arab Federation Open last week, needed two game balls before taking the first game in a tie-break. However, the 20-year-old remained in the ascendency throughout the second game and reeled off a succession of winners in the final game as a visibly exhausted Evans faded.

English teenager Patrick Rooney now has the unenviable task of ending Essamís seven-match winning streak as he halted Adam Aucklandís comeback from injury in four high-quality games.

The duo, who treated the Portuguese crowd to a catalogue of nicks and trick shots, traded the opening two games before Rooney capitalised on a succession of errors by Auckland at the front of the court to triumph in 37 minutes.

"I knew it was going to be tough, especially as this is Adamís first tournament since coming back from injury,Ē said a delighted Rooney afterwards. ďI think I played quite a disciplined game and I feel like Iíve really adjusted to the courts now. I try not to set too many targets before a tournament starts, but it would be great if I could reach my first PSA final now."

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10-Jun, Round One:
Madeira madness as qualifiers
send seeds tumbling ...
Michael Catling reports

Unfancied Englishman Luke Parkerís fairytale run at the Madeira International Squash Tournament continued as he battled past seventh seed Ben Coates on a day of huge drama in the first round in Canico, Portugal.

Five seeds were ousted from the tournament, with three qualifiers booking their place in the quarter finals. The biggest scalp saw second-seed Carlos Cornes bow out at the hands of Parkerís countryman James Peach in an ill-tempered encounter at the Onda Revital Club.

The Spaniard, who received a conduct warning in the fourth game, was left to rue several unforced errors as Peach reveled in the ďbiggest winĒ of his young career.

Parker was in an equally celebratory mood and struggled to comprehend making the last eight in only his second-ever PSA tournament.

"Itís definitely one of the best wins Iíve had,Ē said Parker. ďI was 10-8 down in the first and second games so he could easily have been two love up.

"Iím rarely in a situation where I expect myself to win. Iím quite honest about that but I felt like I was fitter and quicker than Ben. Iím in a fortunate position that Iíve got absolutely nothing to lose now."

In the top half of the draw, Patrick Rooney and Adam Auckland also made a mockery of the seedings to set-up an all-English clash in the quarter finals.

Auckland, a former world number 105, saw off Irish No.2 Sean Conroy before Rooney overturned a 2-1 deficit to send fourth seed and Portuguese number one Rui Soares crashing out.

Disappointment soon turned to ecstasy for the patriotic home crowd, however, as local favourite Claudio Pinto romped past American fifth seed Sam Gould to set-up a last eight showdown with Peach.

In the longest match of the day, Welsh eighth seed Emyr Evans repeated his 3-0 victory over Karl Finch at the Northumbria Open in March, while Egyptian Shehab Essam endorsed his #1 seeding with a comfortable straight game win over Spanish qualifier Pascal Gomez.

Third seed Edmon Lopez Moller completed the quarter-final line-up after eliminating Pedro Damaso by the same scoreline.

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09-Jun, Qualifying Finals:
Parker leads English charge in Madeira

Michael Catling reports

Unranked Englishman Luke Parker stunned fellow compatriot Sam Ellis to qualify for the main draw of a PSA event for the first time at the Madeira International in CaniÁo, Portugal.

Parker, who also upset the odds by ousting Dutchman Tesse Jutte earlier in the day, showed flashes of his younger brother Georgeís shot-making as he battled to a four game victory at the Onda Revital Club.

The 21-year- old now faces English seventh seed Ben Coates for a place in the last eight, but admitted heís already exceeded his own expectations.

"I didnít really expect anything this week," explained Parker. ďI came to Madeira for a holiday with my girlfriend so itís a bonus that Iíve made the main draw.

"Iím not a particularly flashy player but I just try not to give too many points away. Thankfully, I managed to frustrate Sam and hopefully I can do the same tomorrow."

Commenting on his first round clash with Coates, Parker added: "He has got a lot more tournament experience than I have, but I remember playing him a few times when we were juniors and it was pretty close.

"Heís obviously turned professional since then, whereas I havenít, but Iím still quietly confident heading into the match."

Meanwhile, Adam Auckland continued his comeback from a near two-year injury layoff as he cruised past Welshman Owain Taylor in straight games.

Auckland, who reached the semi-finals of the British U23 Open in January, barely surrendered control in a one-sided encounter and now faces Irish sixth seed Sean Conroy for a spot in the quarter finals.

But while Auckland and Parker will steel the headlines, the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Spaniard Pascal Gomez who edged past Matthew Broadberry to book a first round matchup with top seed Shehab Essam.

Gomezís boundless energy drew plenty of gasps from the Portuguese crowd and ultimately proved the difference maker as a frustrated Broadberry fell to a three-game defeat.

On the adjacent court, Englandís James Peach secured a last-16 meeting with second seed Carlos Cornes after comprehensively outclassing unranked Irishman Michael Conroy.

Conroy, who was bidding to join Parker as a first-round debutant, struggled to keep pace with Peachís intensity and fell to a 3-0 defeat in just 19 minutes.

The result leaves Michaelís brother Sean as the sole Irish representative in the main draw, while Peach is part of a six-strong English contingent left in the tournament.

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09-Jun, Qualifying Round One:
Auckland revels in return

Michael Catling reports

Former world No.105 Adam Auckland ended a 20-month injury-enforced absence from the PSA Tour as he led a quintet of English players through to the final round of qualifying at the Madeira International Squash in CaniÁo, Portugal.

Auckland, 23, has barely played competitively since landing his maiden title at the 2014 North Coast Open in Australia, but showed few signs of rustiness at the Onda Revital Club as he brushed aside Jorge Monteiro in straight games.

ďItís been a long road to recovery,Ē said Auckland. ďI sustained an injury to my adductor just before I went to Australia and I actually havenít played on the PSA Tour since the Bexley Open in October 2014.

ďI tore my adductor for a third time in February last year and that was when I discovered the underlying problem was caused by Gilmourís Groin.

ďI had two operations in Harley Street last March so itís just a relief to play my first tournament on the PSA Tour in nearly two years. My main goal now is to play injury free and if I manage to win this week, it will be a huge bonus.Ē

Standing between Auckland and a place in the last 16 is Welshman Owain Taylor, who lost just nine points en route to thrashing Luis Tavares of Portugal.

Elsewhere, Luke Parker sprung the first major upset of the tournament as he knocked out Dutchman Tess Jutte in four games to set-up an all-English clash with Sam Ellis.

Parker, who is the older brother of last yearís runner-up George, recovered from losing the opening game to record one of the biggest wins of his young career. The 21-year- old also kept alive his hopes of making the main draw of a PSA Tour event for the first time.

The result completed a miserable couple of days for Dutch representatives after Roshan Bharos was forced to pull out on the eve of the tournament after misplacing his passport.

The Dutch No.5ís withdrawal sees Michael Conroy, brother of Irish No.2 Sean, advance into the final round of qualifying without even hitting a ball.

Conroy now faces James Peach for a place in the main draw, after the 18-year- old swept past Ricardo Santos in three games.

Top qualifying seed Pascal Gomez was in a similarly ruthless mood as he marked his return to competitive action with a convincing straight-game victory.

The Spanish No.10 has not played on the PSA Tour since his last-16 defeat at the Finnish Open in January, but needed just 13 minutes to advance at the expense of co-tournament organiser Ricardo Sardinha.

Next up for Gomez is a meeting with Matthew Broadberry, who overcame a third game wobble to beat Alfredo Felicidade 3-0. Ellis completed a clean sweep for England after defeating local favourite Goncalo Miranda by the same scoreline.

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