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27-Jan, Finals:
Khan & Krajcsak take
Viennese titles
Gerhard Hager reports

Hungary's Mark Krajcsak secured his second Austrian Open title, adding to his 2004 win to claim his biggest crown on the psa tour so far.

After losing the first game 8/11 he took control of the match and moved his young French opponent Mathieu Castagnet around the court, dropping only 6 more points in the next three games.

Carla Khan showed that she is back on course to reach her former place in the world rankings by beating Emma Beddoes convincingly in three straight games.

Alongside the professional event a masters event was held. English squash legend Peter Marshall proved to strong for the rest of the field.

Austrian Open 2008
23-27 Jan, Vienna, $10k
Round One
24 Jan
25 Jan
26 Jan
27 Jan
[1] Dylan Bennett (Ned)
11/8, 11/3, 11/6 (29m)
[LL] Tom Pashley (Eng)

[1] Dylan Bennett
11/6, 5/11, 8/11, 11/2, 11/9 (76m)
Steve Coppinger

Steve Coppinger

11/7, 1/11, 12/10, 11/9 (65m)

[3] Mark Krajcsak
[3] Mark Krajcsak 

8/11, 11/3, 11/1, 11/2

[7] Mathieu Castagnet

[5] Amr Mansi (Egy)
11/6, 11/6, 11/6 (30m)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
[3] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
12/10, 11/6, 4/11, 11/7 (72m)
[Q] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
[3] Mark Krajcsak
7/11, 13/11, 9/11, 11/2, 11/8 (105m)
John Rooney
John Rooney (Irl)
11/4, 11/6, 11/7 (42m)
[Q] Gilly Lane (Usa)
Luca Mastrostefano (Ita)
9/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/8 (46m)
[6] Jesse Engelbrecht (Rsa)
[6] Jesse Engelbrecht
8/11, 13/11, 11/8, 14/12 (80m)
[4] Jan Koukal
[6] Jesse Engelbrecht

11/0, 11/5, 11/0 (35m)

[7] Mathieu Castagnet
Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)
11/3, 11/3, 14/12 (37m)
[4] Jan Koukal (Cze)
[Q] Tom Richards (Eng)
9/11, 11/5, 9/11, 11/5, 11/6 (63m)
[7] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)

[7] Mathieu Castagnet
10/8, 11/5, 11/2 (37m)
[Q] Romain Tenant
[Q] Romain Tenant (Fra)
5/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/7 (52m)
[2] Chris Simpson (Eng)

23-Jan, Qualifying Round Finals:

Arthur Gaskin (Irl) bt Tom Pashley (Eng)        12/10, 11/9, 11/4 (54m)
Gilly Lane (Usa) bt Stuart Crawford (Sco)       11/7, 11/7, 11/9 (33m)
Romain Tenant (Fra) bt Gregory Lecerf (Bel)  11/5, 11/3, 11/9 (23m)
Tom Richards (Eng) bt Andreas Fuchs (Aut)    11/8, 11/4, 11/1 (27m) 

22-Jan, Qualifying Round One:

Tom Pashley bt Yann Perrin                         11/3, 11/6, 11/5 (30 Min)
Arthur Gaskin bt Andreas Freudensprung      6/11, 11/5, 6/11, 11/5, 11/3 (53 Min)
Gilly Lane bt Marcus Greslehner                   11/5, 11/0, 11/3 (18 Min)
Stuart Crawford bt Erich Jirku                      11/3, 11/6, 11/7 (17 Min)
Tom Richards bt Martin Stepan                    11/1, 11/4, 11/7 (21 Min)
Andreas Fuchs bt Aqeel Rehman                  11/4, 11/5, 1/11, 11/9 (41 Min)
Gregory Lecerf bt Stefan Brauneis               11/6, 11/7, 11/9 (30 Min)
Romain Tenant bt Neil Hitchens                    8/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/3 (42 Min)


2007 Event

Austrian Open 2008
24-27 Jan, Vienna, $4k
Round One
24 Jan
25 Jan
26 Jan
27 Jan
[2] Carla Khan (Pak)
9/0, 9/0, 9/0 (16m)
Eliza Kargioti (Gre)
[2] Carla Khan
9/1, 9/3, 9/5 (23m)
[6] Birgit Coufal
[2] Carla Khan

9/3, 2/9, 9/2, 9/6 (44m)

Frania Gillen-Buchert
[2] Carla Khan

9/2, 9/2, 9/0

[1] Emma Beddoes

[6] Birgit Coufal (Aut)
6/9, 9/1, 9/2, 9/0 (32m)
Olga Ertlova (Cze)
[4] Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
9/4, 9/0, 9/0 (17m)
Sandra Polak (Aut)
[4] Milou Van Der Heijden
9/1, 9/6, 9/0 (26m)
Frania Gillen-Buchert
[8] Daniela Schumann (Ger)
9/0, 9/1, 9/2 (21m)
Frania Gillen-Buchert (Sco)
Bettina Greslehner (Aut)
9/4, 10/8, 9/1 (31m)
[7] Anna-Carin Forstadius (Swe)
[7] Anna-Carin Forstadius
10/8, 10/8, 9/5 (31m)
[4] Celia Allamargot
[4] Celia Allamargot

9/3, 2/9, 7/9, 9/6, 9/0 (58m)

[1] Emma Beddoes

Claire Kidd (Sco)
9/6, 10/8, 9/7 (27m)
[4] Celia Allamargot (Fra)

Linda Hruzikova (Svk)
9/1, 9/0, 9/2 (20m)
Lucie Fialova (Cze)
Lucie Fialova (Cze)
7/9, 9/1, 9/5, 9/7 (58m)
[1] Emma Beddoes
Victoria Lust (Eng)
9/1, 9/0, 9/1 (24m)
[1] Emma Beddoes (Eng)


25-Jan, Quarters:
Coppinger on course
for Vienna hat-trick ...

Gerhard Hager reports

Austria is proving to be a good hunting ground for the South African titleholder Steve Coppinger. The winner of the last two editions qualified for semi-final by beating top seed Dylan Bennett in five games.

He will meet Hungarian Mark Krajcsak who played the longest match of the day against Irishman John Rooney, getting the better of a 105 minute tussle.

Jesse Engelbrecht caused another South African upset by beating Czech Jan Koukal in four games. He will meet Frenchan Mathieu Castagnet who easily overcame compatriot Romain Tenant in straight games.

The last Austrian in the draws, Birgit Coufal, had good moments especially in the third game but dropped out against solid Carla Khan. The second-seeded Pakistani girl looked strong and must have a good chance of winning the title.

She will meet unseeded Frania Gillen-Buchert in the semis. The Scottish champion seemed to be surprised by her success because she had already booked her flight home, but happily agreed to re-book and stay for the semis.

Top seed Emma Beddoes struggled to beat young Czech Lucie Fialova 3/1. Her opponent tomorrow is France's Celia Allamargot.

24-Jan, Round One:
Bad day for
England and Austria

Gerhard Hager reports

England's second seed Chris Simpson crashed out in the first round of the Austrian Open against French qualifier Romain Tenant in four games, and Tom Richards followed by losing against another Frenchman, Mathieu Castagnet, in five games. The two Frenchmen meet tomorrow for a place in the semi-finals.

Top seed Dylan Bennett from the Netherlands cruised through to the second round comfortably 3/0 against Lucky Loser Tom Pashley, so the last “british” participant in the men's event is Irishman John Rooney, who beat Gilly Lane in straight games.

Wildcard Jakob Dirnberger lost against Jan Koukal, so Austria is no longer represented in the men's draw (but we find consolation in playing at the Football Euro 2008 where England is only a spectator…)

The last remaining Austrian is Birgit Coufal, who beat Olga Ertlova 3/1 in the women's event, which saw just one seed beaten as Germany's Daniela Schumann lost in straight games to Frania Gillen-Buchert.

23-Jan, Qualifying Finals:
Four 3-0s as Fuchs bows out
Gerhard Hager reports

All four qualifying finals were decided in straight games as the last Austrian, Andreas Fuchs, was given no chance against young Englishman Tom Richards.

Then, when they pulled a lucky loser out of the hat it was the same result - no success for the Austrian as Tom Pashley, another young English player, was drawn to play top seed Dylan Bennett.

So the local crowd is looking to the start of the women's tournament tomorrow, hoping to see some Austrian victories ...

22-Jan, Qualifying Round One:

Perrin out as Fuchs
finds his old form

Andreas Fuchs ...There were two upsets in the first qualifying round of the Austrian Open in Vienna.

Top seed Yann Perrin - handicaped by an injury he picked up in training last week - lost 3/0 to English junior Tom Pashley, while former Austrian number one Andreas Fuchs beat the Austrian Champion Aqeel Rehman in a hard, but fair fight, 3/1.

Qualifying finals take place on Wednesday at the Manhattan Club ...



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