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Sacvor Finnish Open 2015
27 Jan - 01-Feb, Mikkeli, $10k

01-Feb-15, Final:

[2] Raphael Kandra
  3-1 [5] Declan James
                                   10/12, 12/10, 11/6, 11/7 (60m)

Kandra the new Finnish Champion

Raphael Kandra of Germany was crowned Finnish Open Champion on Sunday in Mikkeli.

In the final Kandra, who had played strongly in the earlier rounds continued to perform well. Declan James of England was not an easy match for Knadra, and James took the first game after saving one game ball to the German.

The second game started well for Kandra and it looked like he was cruising to an easy victory, but James came back from 3-7 to equalise at 7-all and 10-all, saving two game balls before Kandra took the game 12-10.

As the match grew longer Kandra got the better grip of it, the match was more and more going the German’s way, and he managed to secure the title in four games and 60 minutes.

Sacvor Finnish Open 2015
27 Jan - 01-Feb, Mikkeli, $10k
Round One
29 Jan 
30 Jan
31 Jan
01 Feb
[1] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
 15/13, 11/1, 11/3 (26m)
[wc] Jaakko Vahamaa (Fin)
[1] Henrik Mustonen
 11/8 11/6 11/4 (37m)
[5] Declan James
[5] Declan James

15/13, 9/11, 11/8, 12/10 (85m)

James Earles
[5] Declan James


10/12, 12/10, 11/6, 11/7 (60m)


[2] Raphael Kandra

[5] Declan James (Eng)
11/5, 12/14, 12/10, 9/11, 11/8 (99m)
Adam Murrills (Eng)
[8] Shehab Essam (Egy)
11/9, 11/3, 12/10 (28m)
Matias Tuomi (Fin)
[8] Shehab Essam
10/12 11/9 15/13 11/3 (65m)
James Earles
[4] Jens Schoor (Ger)
 3/11, 11/5, 11/6, 10/12, 11/8 (67m)
James Earles (Eng)
[Q] George Parker (Eng)
 11/2, 12/10, 12/10 (42m)
[3] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
[3] Steve Finitsis
11/9 11/5 6/11 11/1 (67m)
[Q] Karim El Hammamy
[Q] Karim El Hammamy

11/2, 11/9, 11/5 (40m)

[2] Raphael Kandra

[Q] Karim El Hammamy (Egy)
11/7, 11/9, 11/13, 11/5 (60m)
[7] Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
[Q] Josh Masters (Eng)
 11/8, 11/7, 11/2 (32m)
[6] Peter Creed (Wal)
[6] Peter Creed
10/12 11/7 11/5 11/8 (56m)
[2] Raphael Kandra
[Q] Mohamed Elgawarhy (Egy)
11/7, 11/6, 11/6 (34m)
[2] Raphael Kandra (Ger)

28 Jan, Qualifying Finals:

Josh Masters (Eng) 3-2 Sanjy Singh (Mas)                11/4, 6/11, 4/11, 11/1, 11/8 (50m)
George Parker (Eng) 3-0 Tatu Knuutila (Fin) 
                          13/11, 11/2, 11/8 (35m)
Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-2 Ashley Davies (Eng)  
11/7 11/9 10/12 10/12 11/9 (97m)
Mohamed Elgawarhy (Egy) 3-0 Kristian Rautiainen (Fin)         11/7, 12/10, 13/11 (39m)

27 Jan Qualifying Round One:

Sanjy Singh (Mas)  bye
Josh Masters (Eng) 3-1 Miko Aijanen (Fin)                      7/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/1
Tatu Knuutila (Fin) 3-0 Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)                      11/9, 15/13, 11/7
George Parker (Eng) 3-0 Mirko Muukkonen (Fin)                     11/2, 11/3, 11/2
Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-0 Jami Aijanen (Fin)                  14/12, 14/12, 11/5
Ashley Davies (Eng) 3-0 Markus Vanhanen (Fin)                      11/3, 11/9, 11/3
Kristian Rautiainen (Fin) 3-1  Tristan Eysele (Rsa)        11/3, 9/11, 11/9, 11/9
Mohamed Elgawarhy (Egy) –  Erno

Kandra and James to the final

Germany’s Raphael Kandra and England’s Declan James will play for the Finnish Open title on Sunday in Mikkeli.

Declan James who ruined the Finnish hopes by beating 1st seed Henrik Mustonen in the quarters continued his campaign towards the title by beating his countryman James Earles in the semis.

The match which lasted for 85 minutes was anybody affair till the very end. Declan James managed to take the points to decide the fourth game and the match.

James will meet Raphael Kandra of Germany in the final. Kandra, who has looked strong from the first round was never trouble against qualifier Karim El Hammamy.

In 40 minutes Kandra secured the victory and a place in Sunday’s final.

-Jan, Quarters:
Mikkeli is mourning
Poku Salo reports

Top seed Henrik Mustonen left the crowd in Mikkeli mourning after tonight’s quarter finals in the Savcor Finnish Open.

The only local contender in the draw was no match for fifth seed Englishman Declan James.

The first game was more or less even and could have gone either way. To the disappointment of the audience it went James’s way.

In the second game James increased the pressure and in the third there was only one man on court.

And this man was Declan James who will play in Saturday’s semifinals against other surprise winner, unseeded James Earles of England.

Earles, who ended fourth seed Jens Schoor’s campaign in the first round took on eighth seed Shehab Essam of Egypt.

The decision came in the third game where Earles at one game all saved four game balls to take a 2-1 lead. That broke the back of Essam and Earles cruised to an easy fourth game victory.

Second seed Raphael Kandra of Germany is the other of two seed remaining in the draw. Sixth seed Welshman Peter Creed had his chances in the early parts of the game and took the first game.

29-Jan, Round One:
Top Seeds look strong in Mikelli
Poku Salo reports

The first round of the Savcor Finnish Open in Mikkeli saw two seeds dropping out. Jens Schoor, 4th seed from Germany and Geoffrey Dermont, 7th seed from France were both beaten in the opening round, by James Earles and Karim El Hammamy.

The top three seeds made their way through to the quarter finals with straight games victories. Henrik Mustonen saved one game ball in the first game but was unstoppable in the rest of the match.

Steven Finitsis started strongly but had three game ball agaist him both in the second and the third games. Raphael Kandra took a clear 3-0 victory.

The match of the night (or afternoon to be precise) was that between Declan James and Adam Murrils. For 99 minutes the crowd was entertained with good squash and hard fought rallies.

Peter Creed of Wales and Shehab Essam of Egypt were not seriously tested by Matias Tuomi and Mohamed Elgawarhy.

28-Jan, Qualifying Finals:
Top seed out
Poku Salo reports

Malaysia’s top seeded Sanjay Singh Chal was the only of the top four seeds who didn’t make it to the main draw of the Savcor Finnish Open in Mikkeli Finland.

England’s Josh Masters came from 1-2 down to take the place in the main draw. Although the other top seeds made it through, they all had to work for their places.

Fourth seed George Parker had to save a game ball in the first game before he was through against Finn Tatu Knuutila. For Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy it took 97 minutes before he secured his main draw place with the closest of margins in the fifth game.

Second seed Mohamed Elgawarhy also had to save game balls in two games before his victory against Finland’s Kristian Rautiainen was secured.

Qualifying Round One:
Two Finns through
Poku Salo reports

Two Finns managed to reach the qualification finals of the Savcor Finnish Open in Mikkeli Finland on Tuesday, Tatu Knuutila ousts Jakob Dirnberger and Kristian Rautiainen Tristan Eysele from South Africa.

The two home victories also meant that two seeds went out. Sixth seed Austrian Jakob Dirnberger fought well and was close to egual the scores in the second game by leading 6-2, 8-5 and having game balls at 10-9 and 13-12. Knuutila saved the game balls and took the game 15-13 and that more or less decided the whole match.

The other seed to fall out was South African Tristan Eysele [7] against Finn Kristian Rautiainen. Kristian, who left his junior days behind him in the new year started exceptionaaly well on the brand new glass court in the Stella shopping center. First game to Rautiainen 11-3, but after that it was anybodys game. Eysele took the second 11-9 and had his chances in the third by taking an early lead 3-1, 7-4 and 8-6. Rautiainen then took 5 points and the game 11-9. The fourth started again with Eysele’s dominance, but 5-1 and 7-5 was not enough to give him the game and a chance to take the match to a fifth game.



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