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PSA Valencia 2012
22-27 Oct, Spain, $15k

26-Oct, Final:
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz 3-0 [Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu
                       11/8, 12/10, 11/8 (65m)

Aziz halts Harinder in Valencia Final

Indian qualifier Harinder Pal Sandhu finally met his match in the final of the $15k PSA Valencia in Spain, losing out in three close games to fourth-seeded Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz.

Sandhu had beaten three Englishmen on his way to the final, including marathon wins over first and third seeds Adrian Grant and Chris Ryder, but world #41 Aziz made it four straight game wins in a row as he claimed the title 11/8, 12/10, 11/8 in 65 minutes.

The win marks 29-year-old Aziz's fifth PSA title, coming five years after his last triumph.

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PSA Valencia 2012
22-27 Oct, Spain, $15k
Round One
24 Oct 
25 Oct
26 Oct
27 Oct
[1] Adrian Grant (Eng)
11-7, 11-6, 11-8
Raphael Kandra (Ger)
[1] Adrian Grant
11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5
[Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu
[Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu

5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (80m)

[3] Chris Ryder

[Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu

11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (65m)

[4] Omar Abdel Aziz
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11-7, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4
[Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind)
Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy)
11-8, 14-12, 11-2
[Q] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
[Q] Davide Bianchetti
7-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-5 rtd
[3] Chris Ryder
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11-9, 11-7, 11-9
[3] Chris Ryder (Eng)
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
12-10, 11-4, 11-7
Alejandro Garbi (Esp)
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz
 11-5, 11-4, 11-8
Steve Finitsis
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz

 11-9, 11-6, 13-11 (55m)

Kristian Frost

Steve Finitsis (Aus)
 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5
[Q] Jens Schoor (Ger)
Kristian Frost (Den)
11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-9
[Q] Joel Hinds (Eng)
Kristian Frost
11/7, 11/8, 11/2
Rasmus Nielsen
Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
11-9, 16-14, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9
[2] Alan Clyne (Sco)
23-Oct, Qualifying Finals:

Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind) 3-1 Kashif Shuja (Nzl)           11-6, 9-11, 13-11, 11-7
Davide Bianchetti (Ita) 3-1 Yan Perrin (Fra)                     5-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-2
Jens Schoor (Ger) 3-1 Joan Lezaud (Fra)                          11-5, 11-9, 3-11, 11-3
Joel Hinds (Eng) 3-1 Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)                          11-5, 6-11, 11-6 rtd

22-Oct, Qualifying Round One:

Kashif Shuja (Nzl) 3-1 Marcos Molins (Esp)                                11-4, 11-6, 11-8
Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind) 3-2 Carlos Cornes (Esp) 12-10, 4-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-6

Davide Bianchetti (Ita) 3-0 Hugo Varela (Esp)
                           11-4, 11-4, 11-2
Yann Perrin (Fra) 3-0 Geoffrey Demont (Fra)                      
    11-4, 16-14, 11-8
Jens Schoor (Ger)                                                       bye

Joan Lezaud (Fra) 3-0 Aitor Zunzunegui (Esp)                           
11-7, 11-6, 11-7
Joel Hinds (Eng) 3-1
Julien Balbo (Fra)                            14-12, 4-11, 11-7, 11-5
Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)                                                   bye

26-Oct, Semis:
Sandhu soldiers on in Valencia

Indian qualifier Harinder Pal Sandhu continued his spectacular run of results in the Valencia Open, collecting another English scalp in the semi-finals.

Having beaten top seed Adrian Grant in the quarter-finals, Sandhu came from a game down to beat third seed Chris Ryder in four games that took 80 minutes.

In the final he'll meet fourth seeded Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz who had an easier time of it as he beat unseeded Dane Kristian Frost 3/0 in just under an hour.

25-Oct, Quarters:
Sandhu sorts out Grant
in Valencia quarters ...

After losing its second seed in the first round, the $15k PSA Valencia lost top seed Adrian Grant in tonight's quarter-finals as Indian qualifier Harinder Pal Sandhu overcame the left-handed Englishman in five games to record one of the best wins of his career.

He'll meet another Englishman for a place in the final after third seed Chris Ryder came from two games down to level his match with Davide Bianchetti before the Italian retired.

In the bottom half of the draw Egyptian fourth seed Omar Abdel Aziz beat Steve Finitsis in straight games to set up a meeting with Kristian Frost who won his all-Danish matchup with yesterday's giantkiller Rasmus Nielsen.

24-Oct, Round One:
Rasmus sets up Danish double-header

The first round of the $15k PSA Valencia at the Olympia Hotel & Spa saw one big upset as Denmark's Rasmus Nielsen won a see-saw five-setter against second seeded Scot Alan Clyne to set up a quarter-final meeting with compatriot Kristian Frost.

Elsewhere in the draw the remaining three seeds all progressed safely enough, with Adrian Grant, Chris Ryder and Omar Abdel Aziz all winning in straight games.

Englishmen Grant and Ryder will both meet qualifiers after India's Harinder Pal Sandhu and veteran Italian Davide Bianchetti both produced surprise results, while Aziz faces Australia's Steve Finitsis.

Qualifying complete in Valencia

After some hard fought qualifying finals in Valencia the main draw is complete, with Harinder Pal Sandhu, Davide Bianchetti, Jens Schoor and Joel Hinds all winning in four games.


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22-Oct, Qualifying Round One:
Under way in Valencia

The first day in Valencia began begun with some good matches.

Julien Balbo and Joel Hinds kicked off the tournament, Hinds winning in four games.

"I didnít feel really comfortable in the match," said Balbo. "All credit to him, I wish him good luck for next round."

Then, in the contest between two Frenchmen, Yann Perrin got the better of Geoffrey Demont to win in three games.

The Spaniards Aitor Zunzunegui and Marcos Molins, who were taking part in their first PSA event, didn't enjoy good luck against their rivals, Joan Lezaud and Kashif Shuja, who both won in three games.

"It was a strange feeling," admitted  Molins. "The nerves and the difference in level stopped me from really enjoying it, but overall it was still a pleasant experience."

"My feeling was nervousness," agreed Zunzunegui. "He put pressure on throughout the match, but I  was able to play high level points. I am very happy."

Harinder Pal Sandhu and Carlos Cornes went all the way to a fifth game, the Indian at the end. Davide Bianchetti beat Hugo Varela in three straight games to finish Spanish interest in the qualifying draw.

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