TODAY at the Sekisui Open 2016
Sun 13th, Finals:
 Alexandra Fuller
(Rsa) 3-1  Chloe Mesic (Fra)
 Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) 3-2  Kristian Frost
12/10, 11/13, 11/8
Full Draws and Results
Fuller and Mangaonkar are the
In a honorable women's final, we saw Alexandra Fuller
beating Chloe Mesic in a very good game of Squash.
The French girl who came through her semifinal easier than
Fuller, was this time not dominating but was dominated by
the South African girl.
When after two games, Fuller began
to play way mor skillful than her opponent, he ran away with
a early lead in the both following games. In the end Mesic
was not able to keep up the pace and shotmaking of the
talented Fuller and lost in Four.
The grand final of the men's 15k Sekisui Open took place
straight afterwards. Kristian Frost got on the court
he already won multiple titles before against Mahesh
Mangaonkar from India.
The Sekisui Open Newcomer took a long and hard fought first
game in the tirbreak. After the two-minutes break the match
went on as it had started. Intensive, fast pace Squash which
was very enjoyable for the crowd. Also the interruptions in
"Let situations" were more funny than boring, thanks to the
"Jooooosh" s from Mangaonkar (Josh Larkin was refreeing the
In the end, at least for once, the serial winner in Kriens
was beaten. After a more than two hour battle, the Sekisui
trophy was richer for one name - the one of India's Mahesh
It was a long and intense week, but the players showed
really amazing Squash once again to our visitors, kids,
juniors, parents and so on! (not only in the PSA event, as
we also had the final Nici Müller against Reiko Peter in the
national tournament at the weekend...)! We would like to say
a hugh thank you to the players for their dedication to
Squash..! It's amazing to watch you all!
Now the tournament is over and we are all looking forward to
the upcoming weeks with more Squash-Festival tournaments to
come and until next year to another episode of THE SEKISUI
Fun Video Interviews
keeps hopes of defending title alive
 Alexandra Fuller
3-1 [Q] Xiselle Aranda
 Chloe Mesic 3-1  Sina Wall
11/9, 11/3, 4/11,
 Kristian Frost 3-2  Greg Lobban
7/11, 12/10, 11/5,
 Mahesh Mangaonkar 3-0 Geoffrey Demont
Denmark's Fristian Frost kept alive his hopes of
fefending the Sekisui Open title as he overcame top seed
Greg Lobban in five games. In the fial he'll meet India's
Mahesh Mangaonkar, who beat Frenchman Geoffrey Demont in
In the women's semis Alexandra Fuller put an end to
the run of Spanish qualifier Xiselle Aranda, winning in four
games, and will contest the fijnal against France's Chloe
Mesic, who put out second seed Sinal Wall, also in four
What they said:
Days like today I hate playing Squash. Around 15 decisions
per game... doesn't make for clean, fluid Squash. Horrible
match to play and probably horrible match to watch.
Gutted to be out of the tournament that way.
Kristian: I'm very pleased I got the win. After
finishing my studies, I've been playing almost full time.
It's paying off :-)
On another note, I'm very disappointed with my beahivour
today. I was too much in the way and I got carried away.
I've worked so hard on this.
Geoffrey: A bit frustrated to lost that way. I didn't
felt comfortable on court today, struggling with my
movements. I wasn't accurate enough and I have to say Mahesh
played very well... didn't gave me any oppurtunity.
Still a good tournament for me, a lot of positive to take!
Many thanks to Pascal and Remo for organising such a good
tournament. Was a pleasure to come back to Switzerland.
Mahesh: It's been a while since I played a PSA final.
Especially not performing well in 2015 it was extremly hard
to take positive notes after every loss.
But tomorrow I play my 8th PSA World Tour Final. Very much
looking forward to play a final against a though opponent
and hopefully I can keep the same performance and result as
I have in the previous rounds.
Extremly happy to be in the finals of the Sekisui Open. Only
my second PSA final yet.
Was a tough match against the strong Xisela from Spain and
just really happy I could follow through and grind it out. I
look forward to my match tomorrow.
Xisela: It was a tough match I feel the matches
beofre in my legs so I'm really happy because this is one of
the most important results in my career. To play the qualy
and to finish the tournament playing the semifinal is very
special for me. I come back to Spain with a lot of good
Thanks to spanish people who support me today on the court I
would like to give them a victory but I'm sure that it will
be soon. Vamosss!
I am so happy to win 3-1 against Sina. I lost to her last
January in the semis of Edinburgh PSA 3-1. I learned from
this match and today I played better.
I am feeling very well at the momend and I am looking
forward to playing the final against Alex.
This is my third PSA final and hopefully my first PSA title!
It will be amazing one week before finishing my engineering
master (INSA Lyon).
Sina: Pretty disappointing result for me. Didn't get
in my rhythm in the beginning. Fought back in the 3rd game
but couldn't win the 4th. She played very well today and
knew exactly what to do against me. Hopefully next time will
Fun Video Interviews
Remo Handl reports
Today on the schedule were the
semifinals. First on was South African Alex Fuller against
underdog Xisela Aranda.
Aranda who played strongly the whole week, also made a good
figure against the fourth seed. But eventually, Fuller impressed
with her good attacking boasts and low kills and stopped the
Spaniard at last.
Meeting her in the final is Chloe Mesic. The on postion three
seeded Mesic showed a class performance to make her way into the
Sekisui Open Final. Her opponent Wall saw the French lady
dominating her after leveling to one-all.
So the Grand Womens Final tomorrow will see number two against
three seed, Alexandra Fuller versus Chloe Mesic.
The first men's semifinal was a brutal affair. Nearly two hours
were the two worldclass players Frost and Lobban on court.
Although this was also a sign of lots of lets and other
decisions, the two guys showed superb Squash for the already
Which by the way also swaped to Court 3 sometimes because Ivan
Yuen and Patrick Miescher had also a brutal battle in the
nationals tournament - seeing Yuen win 13-11 in the fifth).
Nevertheless it was the Danish in the end, the same Danish Frost
Olesen who already picked up severious titles in Kriens, who was
on top in the end. He beat Lobban 11-8 in the deciding fifth
The last semifinal of the day was a much cleaner affair. Demont
who showed a very good performance during the whole week, seemed
to be flat and without energy this evening.
A good playing Mangaonkar logically said thank you to this
opportunity that was given to him and won the match in just
three straight games.
In the end it was still a very good week for the losers from
today, especially Xisela Aranda who came through the
qualification to reach a semifinal spot.
During the whole day there was also the nationl tournament going
on, which also featured some of the PSA Losers, as well as Swiss
number 1 and PSA 28 Nicolas Müller.
The players from the national tournament, as well as all the
visitors, helpers and organisers are looking forward to a great
We are all very excited what the Finals Day will bring on! See
Women's Quarters :
Xiselle Aranda continued her run with a second
successive upset as she beat fifth seed Ineta Mackevica to
reach the semi-finals.
"I'll never forget this tournament because I'm playing
really well and I feel very comfortable on the court," said
" I'm happy for playing the semifinal tomorrow I hope to
make a good match and I'll try to get the final. Thanks to
people in Spain that support me and make me feel really
She'll meet fourth seed Alexandra Fuller while in the
bottom half of the draw second and third seeds Sina Wall
and Chloe Mesic will contest the other
Men's Quarters :
Straight-game wins for top seed Greg Lobban,
defending champion Kristian Frost and Geoffrey
Demont, with Mahesh Mangaonkar finishing off the
day with a 3-1 upset win over second seed Raphael Kandra.
Thu 9th, Day
Quarter-Finalists are ...
Another busy day in Kriens with eight men's and eight
women's matches to decide the quarter-finalists.
In the men's draw top three seeds Greg Lobban,
Raphael Kandra and Kristian Frost all advanced,
but there was a trio of upsets as Edmon Moller Lopez,
Tristan Eysele and Geoff Demont all took out
The biggest upset came in the women's draw when Spanish
qualifier Xiselle Aranda beat top seed Cyrielle
Peltier in five games. She'll meet unseeded Ineta
Mackevica while the other three quarter-finals will be
between the remaining seeds.
What they said:
Greg Lobban: Pleased to
get past a dangerous shot making player like Daniel 3-0. If you
play the wrong tactics against him the I could of lost quickly.
I did my job though and happy to be in the quarter finals.
Edmon Moller Lopez: It was a great battle. I did a great
come back in the first two games. I'm very happy and tomorrow I
will give my best with Greg Lobban!
Tristan Eysele: I don't know what to say, I'm just really
happy with how I kept my head from being 2-0 down, I just kept
saying believe in yourself and trust your form and training that
you've been doing over the last few months and years and try and
enjoy every point.
Reiko played really well and credit to him for coming back in
the end to 10-10. I was happy with how I finished the match.
Thanks to my parents, girlfriend Cristina and coaches Robbie
Temple + Jesse Engelbrecht for continued support + Brian Byrne
for coaching between matches.
Kristian Frost: Nice to be back. I did not miss the
brutal conditions here... IT'S BRUTAL. Today was hard. Long
rallies, some good squash at times. He played a good 4th game.
I'm glad I was able to win in 4.
Joshua Larkin: Two left handed players in two matches. I
find left handers tricky to play so I'm very happy to get
through it. I needed to play my best to win today !
Geoffrey Demont: So happy to win that one! Last time we
played I lost 13/11 in the fifth with a match ball so I was
expecting a though game... and it was! I feel I made too many
mistakes but I still got the win and that is what matters the
Mahesh Mangaonkar: So happy to win 3-0 today. Still lots
of radical mistakes but I'm trying to improve. Tomorrow I'm
playing against a very though opponent and good friend.
Hopefully, we will produce a good match for the swiss crowd.
Looking forward to be playing tomorrow.
Raphael Kandra: YEES ! SEMIFĚNAL !!! WAIT... NOO. JUST
THE QUARTERFINAL.. I forgot It's a 32 draw.
Much better length than yesterday and better control as well.
Mark is a good retiever and he likes to conter-attack, so I
tried to get the ball past him + volley a lot and waited for the
opportunities he gave me.
Mahesh tomorrow, That is going to be a good match. I never
played him. Looking forward to it :)
Xisela Aranda: Today I've won one of the most important
matches of my life. She is a really good player but I knew that
I can do it. To win to the number one of the tournament and 54
in the PSA ranking is very important for me. I'm really happy
because I can continue playing the tournament. Vamosss!!!!
Ineta Mackevica: Nadiia is a young and progressive
player. I have played her a couple of times before and haven't
lost. Happy that I could keep it that way! It took me some time
to find my game on this court, but with some patience I guess I
made her tired and got the result I wanted :-)
Enora Villard: Very happy to win my first round 3-0. I
was feeling good on court and she made a lof ot mistakes which
helped me getting more and more confidence. Next match against
Alex Fuller tomorrow, it should be a good one.
Alexandra Fuller: Nervous start to the tournament for me,
but focussed on the basics to hit my way out of it. Feeling good
for my next upcoming match.
Chloe Mesic: I am very happy about the way I played my
first match against Jasmine. She is a skillfull player. I am
glad to win like that, with good lenghts, power and variations.
Birgit Coufal: Tough match! I'm not sure how I won that
one! Honestly, it's a bit of a blur. I think the key was a
solid basic game, good length and then I could start to move her
around and attack her to the front. In the 4th we both started
to get tired so the movement around each other wasn't so fluid
Very happy to win! I've been struggling witth my
motivation in recent months but since I moved I have much better
training conditions so it's going better again!
Sina Wall: Happy to beat Marija in 3 games today. Had a
nervous start but played better in the end. Looking forward to
play Anna tomorrow. Haven't played her for a long time :)
Anna Klimundova: As I arrived only today (because of
exams) it took me some time to get used to the court. It is very
hot, so the ball was fast and bouncy. I am happy to win it in
four, my opponent was playing very well, she used the court much
better. I'm looking forward to play Sina tomorrow.
Wed 9th Mar,
Men's Round ONE, Women's Qualy Finals
Spectacular matches on day 3...
Remo Handl reports
The day began pretty early for a 15k tournament at 11am.
Greg Lobban, the number one seed from Scottland,
showed no grace with a good playing Chi Him Wong.
On Court 3 in the meantime, Joe Green seemed to had problems
getting into the match. After advancing into the final of
last weeks Northumbria Open, the englishman looked tired
today. On the other side Daniel Mekbib unpacked his
best low kills and gave his opponent no chance to get into
the match. At 6-0 in the third game, Green had to retire.
Kriens player Patrick Miescher demanded everything from
Evan Williams . After a brutal and long battle the
higher seeded New Zealander did remain at his seeding. He
won 11-9 in the fifth game. Edmon Lopez Moller, one of two
Spaniards from Barcelona competing in the Sekisui Open, had
to fight hard to overcome qualifier Ondrej Uherka. The czech
seemed not to be to tired from his taff qualification
matches and put up good resistance.
Local hero Reiko Peter started once again furious
into the match, giving himself a two-nil lead with just
dropping 6 points. After that he dropped in his performance
and lost the third, before getting back ahead and advancing
into the second round.
Next to them Tristan Eysele kept his opponent firmly
in hand. Lucky Loser Christoph Zust was just able to keep up
with the pace in the first of three games.
Dimitri Steinmann, qualifier and Swiss number 6,
overcame Beni Fischer in the all Swiss derby. Fischer, who
had lost in Swiss league some weeks ago also 2-3 to
Steinmann did not get his revenge. The young Dimitri showed
his strong force as in qualification and advances to the
next round. He also seems to be more than ready for the
upcoming European Championships in Kriens.
But in the next round Dimitri will face a taff draw, as
defending champion Kristian Frost proceeded into the
next round with a 3-0 win over another Swiss Jonas Dähler.
Although going into tiebreak in the first game, Frost never
looked like he was out of control.
The two three o'clock matches were clear affairs.
Geoffrey Demont defeated Julian Tomlinson in no time at
all. Also Ivan Yuen did not take much longer to
advance into the second round.
A shock defeat was made by, while Tang Ming Hong
defeated Roee Avraham in three. The Australian sent Piedro
Schweertman  home after just three games were played.
Larkin showed a very good performance which Piedro wasn't
able to keep up.
Another seeded player who was struggling was Mahesh
Mangaonkar. The Indian had to win two hard fought
tie-breaks and one of two other very hard contested games,
to remain in the tournament.
The third five setter of the day was between Swiss Manu
Wanner and the second Spaniard Bernat Jaume. Jaume,
who didn't need to go through qualification as he moved up
one day before the qualification begun, seemed to be fitter
in the end. Therefore he finally closed the match by winning
The longest match of the day was probably between Mark
Fuller and Martin Svec. In a brutal battle with a lot of
"Come on's" and other screams, Fuller was the one to hold
the upper hand. Also here it was maybe in the end the
qualification that wasn't necessary for him to play.
The last match of the day in the men's draw was between
Lucky Loser Remo Handl and Raphael Kandra. Kandra who
seemed to have a bit a slow start into the tournament, still
had his opponent always under control. Nevertheless, Handl
performed some good shots and was at least near to a
tie-break in the first two games.
In the ladies qualification finals, which were played
simultaniously to the men's matches on courts 1 and 2,
especially the Spanish girls made a good impression.
Xisela Aranda defeated number 1 seed Eleanor Epke in
four games to advance into the maindraw.
Her compatriot Marta Latorre Ramirez did the same -
she won against the young Swiss Nadia Pfister in three.
Still Pfister made the match entertaining by narrowly
winning game two. and three.
The only Swiss who survived was Jasmin Ballmann. Her
adversary, the young French Jilie Rossignol, made it not
easy for the experienced Ballmann. After taking one game
each with 11-5, it was the younger French who wasn't able to
complecte this important third game.
Last qualifier spot of the day went to England, more exactly
Rachael Chadwick. The 25 year old from Chester
defeated Marina de Juan Gallach in four ,more a less thight,
Tomorrow the games start at 12.00 with women's first
round action first up, before once again the men kick in at
4pm with their respective second round matches. Stay tuned
for results, pictures and more tomorrow once again via
What they said:
Greg: I've played Chi Him Wong once before and it was a
though 3-0. So when I saw the draw I felt I had one of the
thoughest useeded players. Happy with the way I played and
looking forward to my next one.
Daniel: Really enjoying my Squash right now, played
really well. Didn't expect to win so fsat, maybe he is injured,
I am not sure, but I am looking forward to my next match
Edmon: I came to this tournament after beeing injured for
3 weeks. It was a hard match with long rallys. in thhat fast
court it was difficult to volley. Ondrej played really well and
put me under a lot of pressure but i pushed through and won the
Evan: Tough match to win 3/2 after being 2/0 up!! It's my
first tournamnet since the worlds in november. So it was nice to
get a good bit of matchplay today. Patrick played really well at
the end so i'm glad to get through. It was a long way to come
from New Zealand.
Reiko: Good match to start with...started really well and
went 2/0 up really fast. Then lost my concentration and my
hitting became loose. Happy to get back to a good length in the
Dimitri: I am happy to win today. It is my first win in a
15K tournament and I think I gave my very best today. I want to
say thank you to everyone who supported me over the last 6 month
and especially to my coach John Williams and trainingpartners
Nicolas Müller and Manuel Wanner. Now I am gonna rest for
Ivan: It's nice to be back in Switzerland for sure.
Actually feel good especially whe nI have a good start in the
first round of the tournament and hopefully it gets better and
better every match.
I have played Al-Saraj in previous tournaments and he is quite a
good player therefore I told myself to make sure I have a good
start not taking it too lightly. Looking forward to the next
match in the Sekisui Open.
Geoffrey: Happy with my game today, played relaxed and I
was feeling comfortable with my shots and lengths. Looking
forward tomorrows match.
Tang: I'm happy to win today. Roee Avraham played well, I
played my game plan. I performed my game. I hope I can win
tomorrow. Keep going!
Joshua: Very happy with my win against Piedro today. He
is a great player and a terrific athlete. I was the underdog on
paper which helped relieve some pressure.
Mahesh: Didn't play my best match but just glad I got a
tough 1st round against a good player. I have to make sure I
stick to my game plan and concentrarte throughout the matches.
These days even lower ranked players can give you a hard time.
Looking forward to the second round of a great tournament.
Bernat: I was controlling the match in the first two
games, but then I started making some errors and he got inside
the game again. Happy I managed to win it finally and looking
forward to my second round tomorrow.
Raphael: Typical first round match!! Not the best lenght,
many unforced errors and the quality... ugh... But at least I
got through in straight games.
On top of that, I knew that Remo is one of the organizers and
therefore he has to manage a lot of things by side. In summary:
Not the best Squash but a win is a win right? :)
Xisela: I'm really happy today. I've played an unconfortable
match but I can win it. I was very concentrated all the time.
Show my best Squash tomorrow #topgame Vamossss!!!
Jasmin: I'm very happy to be in the maindraw in my home
country. Julie is a young, very talented player and I really had
to be focused on getting a decent length. I'm excited to see who
I am going to play tomorrow.
Marta: Though match. I'm happy to get to the maindraw and
I could manage a difficult match.
Rachael: Over the moon to be in my first PSA main draw.
Had another great game and I'm looking forward to tomorrows
Tue 8th Mar,
It's men's qualifying finals -
eight matches with two Lucky Loser spots also on offer - and
women's qualifying round one today in Kriens.
Two Swiss got lucky...
Remo Handl reports
In the women's draw first qualification round which startet
at 12.00 o'clock, there were no big upsets. Rachael Chadwick
produced the only upset of the day.
She beat Czech Tereza Svobodova in four games, of which two
went into the tiebreak. Next two Xisela Aranda who won
easily against the young local Simona Frevel, also the two
other Spanish girls advanced into the final round of
Eleanor Epke, number 1 seed from New Zealand, had to fight a
bit harder than the other seeded foreigners, but still
managed to win in Three against Elisa Romba from France.
The better way it ended for French companion Julie rossignol.
She advanced to the final round of qualification with a
three-nil victory over Local player Nadine Frey.
The two All-Swiss duels were the closest one's today. Still
the seeded players Jasmin Ballmann and Nadia Pfister
advanced to the finals.
In the men's final round of qualification, the first two
matches were already highly competitive. Daniel Mekbib and
Julian Tomlinson, both won their respective matches in four
Tristan Eysele kept his good form from the last games of
yesterdays match and triumphed over Jakob Dirnberger. The
other match scheduled at 15.15 was the closest of the day.
Martin Svec had to deal with Victor Crouin in a uphill
struggle. In the end once again Martin the more experienced
player advanced to the maindraw with a 11-9 victory in the
The next two matches saw two Swiss winning, one of them in
almost overwhelming form. Dimitri Steinmann liaterally
chopped off Enzo Corigliano, who seemed a bit ill today.
In the all Swiss fight, Wanner against Zust, Manuel had more
problems than his training teammate from Zurich on the other
Zust played as fearless as yesterday against the number 4 of
Switzerland. Nevertheless, he did not managed to close the
first game and afterwards didn't get over eleven more
The next player, who advanced into the maindraw was Ondrej
Uherka. The Czech saw off Lukas Burkhart, who seemed to be
groggy from his hard fight agains Williams the other day.
The last match of the day saw Roee Avraham winning over Remo
Handl after giving away the second game.
After the last matches were finished, the drawing of the
qualifiers to the maindraw spots, and especially the Lucky
Losers, took place in front of all involved players.
Next to the eight happy or more a less happy qualifiers with
their draw, there were also two lucky Swiss guys sitting
Lucky Loser spot number 1 went to Christoph Zust, who is
playing Tristan Eysele in the maindraw now. So, one player
from the qualification for sure in the second round! And the
other one was I myself who got lucky to get the second Lucky
Loser spot to play Raphael Kandra tomorrow.
Wednesday will be another busy day with again 16 men's
matches as on Monday and in addition the women's
qualification finals. We're looking forward to some
Aranda: I'm happy to win and i'm ready to play the next match. I
hope i can show my best squash tomorrow.
Jasmine: I knew Ambre is going to be a tough opponent. I'm
pleased with my performance and happy to win in 3. Looking
forward to play my second round tomorrow.
Julie: I won my match 3/0. It was a good first match. I managed tu built it at the back. I had a lot of rallys and it allowed to
I have to concentrate on my next match. It will
be more difficult. We will see tomorrow.
Nadia: Very happy to be through the first round after a hard
game against Sarah. She is a young swiss player who played very
well today. We had some good rallys and nice shots.
still a lot of hard work for me to be able to play under
pressure the game i can play. Looking forward to my next match
tomorrow. Thanks Sarah for the game today!
Marta: I'm happy with my performance. I played with good pace
and solid. Lookinf forward to play my next game.
Rachael: It was a great match. Tereza is a very talented player
and i'm chuffed to be in the next round.
Daniel: Happy to win today. He played really well. I had a slow
start. After that i took control and tired him down. Happy to
got to the main draw of a 15k for the first time.
Julian: I played Ben last week and i went down 0-2. I managed to
sneak it 3-2. He is a very unpredicable player and if you leave
it on his racket he hits a lot of winners.
I really had to focus
on getting adecent length particlary on the backhand. Happy to
Tristan: It was a tough match. jakob is a good friend of mine
and one of the coolest guys on the tour.
I've trained with him a
lot and i knew he can be very dangerous if you give him the
opportunity to be. So i had to be concentrate on every point.
I'm really happy to be trough to the main draw. Thanks to my
coaches Jesse and Robbie.
Martin: Lucky to win 11/9 in the 5th. Unfortunatly my legs and
head are still somewhere on the way to Kriens. I have to thank
Ondrej for coaching. I wouldn't be able to win today without him
in my corner.
Looking forward for tomorrow and hope that my legs
and head will finally arrive and will be with me!
Manu: Great performence by Christoph. I had to dig in deep in
the first. Then he luckily gave some points away with a few
errors. Loocking forward to play tomorrow.
Dimitri: I'm pleased with my performance today. Even though you cpuld see he wasn't 100%. Still happy to qualify for the SekiSui
main draw. Thx Nici for coaching.
Ondrej: We both had tough matches yesterday. Luckily I managed
to recover quite well.
On the other hand I think Lukas was
struggling. He didn't give up without a fight though! Pleased
with how I played today and hopefully can play even better
tomorrow. Bring it on!
Roee: Had a great opening to the match with a good first game,
winning 11-5. Was in control of the rallies and managed to move
him around the court well.
Second game started a bit dodgy and I
had to close the gap of points. It was very close and Remo
managed to win it, making it 1-1. The last two games I won much
easier as he started to get tired and I tried to keep myself in
the game. Great to be here and a very nice atmosphere in the
Mon 7th March, Day ONE:
A long and intense first day ...
Remo Handl reports
The Sekisui Open 2016
kicked off with the first round matches of men's
qualification. 16 matches from 12:00 to 19:00 o'clock - that
was a long first day, but it was entertaining...
Mekbib/Costa and Duany/Selby were the first to step on
court. Daniel, who became third last weekend at the Czech
nationals, seemed to feel a bit tired from thes matches.
He did not really start well into the match getting 2-8
behind, but managed to come back to win the first game.
After that he showed his superiority against Costa and won
in three games. On Court 3 next to it, you could see
Peruvian Andres Duany - who trains with the Kriens-Squad for
the last two and next few weeks - overcome Elliot also in
Next on were two local youngstars, both aged 16, facing two
englishmen. Ben Coates overcame Fabio Fuchs easily, although
dropping 8 points in the second game. The same did Julian
Tomlinson against Nils Roesch.
South African Tristan Eysele faced himself one-nil down
against local Jan Kurmeyer, before winning the next three
games of whome two were still very tight. Jakob Dirnberger
from bordering country Austria managed to get with two games
ahead before dropping in focus. Still he managed to regroup
and win the third quiet easily 11-4.
In the fourth round of the day, we saw the young Victor
Crouin from France batteling against Miles Jenkins. Both
fought hard but Crouin managed to get always on top of the
It was the first win for Victor at a PSA M15 tournament and
looks very well prepared for the upcoming European U19
Championships which also will be held in Kriens a week
Number two seed Martin Svec, runner-up at the Czech
nationals, had to fight hard against up and coming Swiss
player Roman Allinckx to win his match. The seventeen year
old local Roman fought very hard, including Superman-Dives
as always, to win a game against Svec. But in the two
tiebreaks the Czech seemed to be the more experienced player
and managed to close both.
Swiss National Team member Manuel Wanner faced not an easy
task against Aitor Zunzunegui. Nevertheless, Manu managed to
keep Aitor always under control and won in three straight
At the same time another Spanish guy Xavi Blasco was having
also trubles with local spot receiver Christoph Zust. The
young gun from Kriens played fearless and dropped just two
points in the deciding fifth set.
The next game was predicted to be a close one. Former PSA
player Cedric Kuchen (Highest WR 207) and Kriens player was
up against another young Frenchman Enzo Corigliano.
The two players were sending each other multiple times the
wrong way in the front of the court and therefore the score
was equal after four played games. In the fifth Enzo, at the
moment #2 in Europe's U19 Ranking, got fastly ahead of
Cedric and never let him back in the game. Enzo won this set
and therefore the match 11-4.
On the other side Swiss Number 1 in the U19 category showed
his strong form once again against Brian Byrne. With good
shots and length Dimitri was able to keep the Irish always
under control. He won his match in three straight games.
The second last round was probably the longest of the even
long day. The match between Uherka and Ter Sluis, knowing
each other from junior days, went over five games. Uherka
kept his seeding in place by downing Marc in the end - after
beeing two-nil down, with three straight games.
Also over five went Williams against Burkhart. Burkhart,
also a former PSA player from Kriens, and the English
Spaniard showed the crowd their best drops, shots and even
dives. Lukas with the crowd in his back overcame Richard in
a thrilling fifth game 11-9.
To end the day, the last two matches were very clear
affairs. Israeli Roee Avraham got past Grigoryan after
beeing easily two-love up, when the Armenian player had to
give up. Also Remo Handl showed no sign of grace and beat
his teammate Alex Imhof in Three.
After an intense day of qualification draw action, the
search for the eight qualifiers goes on tomorrow. Some good
leveled matches are on the programme, where you can't
predict the winner in most of the affairs.
Though, after the eigth matches still two losers will be
smiling. Due to withdrawals from Sebastian Weenink and
Youssef Soliman in the maindraw, two Lucky Losers will be
Also tomorrow starts the tournament for the ladies. The
first round of qualification is on, with a lot of Swiss,
French and Spanish players in action. The women's are first
up at 12:00 before the men will kick into gear at 15.15
The organizing team around Pascal and Remo is looking
forward to another great day of world-class Squash!
What they said:
to win my first match here, I had Czech nationals this weekend,
so I can still feel my legs a little bit. My first game was bad,
but I managed to comeback from 2:8 , other two I didn't do that
many mistakes. Hope to win my second match as well.
Duany: I felt good today. This is my first PSA tournament
in a few years so it was good to start with a victory. I know
the matches will get harder and harder, so for now I just got to
relax and enjoy my game.
Coates: I played like an absolute God. I'm going to win
this tournament EZ.
Tomlinson: I'pleased with how I played there and was
happy with my consentration and get off 3-0. Nils is a very goog
player and had some really nice winners from around the middle.
So I had to make sure I kept getting my length through.
Eysele: Was a tough match, credit to Jan because het me
under pressure and retrieved a lot. I had to bring out my best
squash to beat him today. Happy to be through tp meet Jakob in
next round now.
Dirnberger: It took me a while to get used to the
conditions here. Luca played well. He didn't give me a rithem
all match. Happy to be trhough. Will give everything tomorrow to
play in to main draw.
Crouin: I'm happy to win my first match ever in a PSA
15k! I arrived yesterday with a stomachache and I was very tired
this morning. See you tomorrow; hope I will be in a better shape
tomorrow! Thanks to Enzo for coaching me. It helps me a lot!
Svec: I spent eight long hours in the car yesterday so I
am happy that I managed to win in there. Now I have some time to
rest so hopefully my game is gonna be much better tomorrow as I
am playing against very talented Victor.
Wanner: Good first match. Looking forward to playing
tomorrow again. Anyway great set up here, great for Switzerland,
great for Squash. Thanks to all who are making this possible!!!
Zust: I am very glad to win. I didn't know what was
expecting me. It took me a while to find my rhythm, but in
general it was a really good match.
Enzo: Very happy to win my first round today and very
lucky i would say. It was really tough match i wasn't in good
shape but i managed to get through. Thanks Cedi for that great
Steinmann: I think I performed well today. Thanks to my
coaches Manu Wanner and Nici Müller.
Uherka: Really glad i managed to win that one. I guess i
always put too much pressure on myself in 1st rounds as i don't
want to come back home empty handed. I had a plan that i wanted
to stick to but it wasn't working on these bouncy courts.
Luckly, I had my czech mates with me in my corner and they gave
me some good advice. After that it was just survival of the
Handl: Glad to be through. Hard work organising and
playing at the same time...