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Harrow Sports Charlottesville Open 2017
20-23 Sep, Charlottesville, USA, $25k

23-Sep, Final:
Mueller victorious in Virginia

Top seed Nicolas Mueller came from a game down to beat Greg Lobban in the final in Virginia, to collect his biggest PSA title to date.

22-Sep, Semis:
Mueller & Lobban through to final

Top seed Nicolas Mueller will meet fifth seed Greg Lobban in the final in Charlottesville after two tough semi-final wins.

Mueller beat Mohamed Reda in three games that all went to extra points, while Lobban came from one-two down to bear Mazen Hesham.

21-Sep, Quarters:
Lobban and Hesham set up surprise semi

The Harrow Charlottesville Open licked off at the Boar's Head Squash Centre with all eight seeds winning their first round matches, but there were two upsets in the quarter-finals.

Greg Lobban won a five game thriller against Abdulla Al Tamimi, and the sixth seeded Scot now meets Mazen Hesham, the eighth seeded Egyptian who took out second seed Adrian Waller in straight games.

No upsets in the top half as Nicolas Mueller and Mohamed Reda moved into the semi-finals with wins over Lucas Serme and Arturo Salazar.




Charlottesville Open 2017
20-23 Sep, Charlottesville, USA, $25k
Round One
20 Sep
21 Sep
22 Sep
23 Sep
[1] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11/8, 11/6, 11/9 (31m)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
[1] Nicolas Mueller

11/8, 11/8, 11/3 (35m)

[5] Lucas Serme
[1] Nicolas Mueller

12/10, 12/10, 18/16 (52m)

[4] Mohamed Reda

[1] Nicolas Mueller


6/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/5 (47m)


[6] Greg Lobban

[5] Lucas Serme (Fra)
8/11, 11/6, 15/13. 11/6 (52m)
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
[7] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
11/3, 11/5, 11/3 (26m)
Chris Hanson (Usa)
[7] Arturo Salazar
 11/3, 11/8, 8/11, 11/8 (48m)
[4] Mohamed Reda
[4] Mohamed Reda (Egy)
11/3, 11/8, 11/7
Adam Murrills (Eng)
Chris Gordon (Usa)
11/9, 11/6, 11/9
[3] Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
[3] Abdulla Al Tamimi

11/6, 11/9, 8/11, 4/11, 11/8 (66m)

[6] Greg Lobban
[6] Greg Lobban

11/4, 8/11, 8/11, 12/10, 11/8 (71m)

[8] Mazen Hesham

Piedro Schweertman (Ned)
11/8, 11/5, 11/5
[6] Greg Lobban (Sco)
[wc] Timothy Lasusa (Usa)
114/, 11/8, 11/9
[8] Mazen Hesham (Egy)
[8] Mazen Hesham

 11/6, 11/6, 11/8 (34m)

[2] Adrian Waller
Alister Walker (Bot)
12/14, 12/10, 12/10, 11/5
[2] Adrian Waller (Eng)
No clear favourites for 2017 edition
Preview by Alister Walker

The Harrow Charlottesville Open has cemented itself as one of the important early fixtures on the PSA world tour. It is an event that has now developed a devoted following and loyalty from the PSA players who continue to return to Charlottesville as repeat visitors.

As in the previous editions of the Charlottesville Open—and, indeed, increasingly throughout PSA events—there is no clear favourite for this year’s tournament.

Nicolas Mueller heads the seeding and there is no doubt he has the talent to win the event and push his ranking up on the PSA world rankings from his current position of #30--especially if he can keep himself injury free for the next 10 months. He will need to be on top form mentally and physically to win the event and achieve his season goals. But make no mistake, he certainly has all the tools to do so.

If things go to seeding Mueller will meet the exceptionally quick and talented world #40 from Qatar, Abdulla Al Tamimi. Tamimi will be one to watch this season, as he has been working and pushing with all diligence in an extended off season of training with his current coach and former World Champion, Rodney Martin. Martin’s stable of players must currently be the most successful in North America with Ryan Cuskelly, Chris Binnie, 2017 US National Champion Chris Hanson (also in the draw) and Abdulla.

With his calypso performances, Abdulla is one of the players who could glide through to the title or go crashing out well early to a terrible performance or go on to win the event. It must be said that Qatari has showed signs of the consistency and maturity his performances will need to become less erratic.

Adrian Waller, the tournament’s #2 seed, has probably been the most consistent player in the draw over the last couple of years. We can expect a steady and accurate level of play from the first point of his tournament to his last. Again, the final point of the event could involve Adrian winning the title if he has a good week.

Mazen Hesham, aka “The Black Falcon,” will really fancy winning this event and has a strong chance to do so even though not highly seeded. Hungry and back from a long injury break, Hesham is widely considered to be the tour’s most exciting player to watch and surely will be a crowd a favorite after his first round.

Greg Lobban is also back from an injury break and has added a few titles to his list over the summer in the southern hemisphere. He will definitely be a contender in a very interesting bottom half of the tournament.

In 2014 Frenchman Lucas Serme came through qualifying reach the final but has not reached the same form since. On several other occasions, he has looked ready to make a breakthrough to emulate countrymen Gregoire Marche and Mattheiu Castagnet. With his prior success in Charlottesville, this event might just be his time to shine.

At the risk of getting slightly redundant, I will stress once again that all of the players will be capable of going deep into the draw and even lifting the trophy at the end of the weekend. In an early-season tourney such as this, after the opportunity to put in a large volume of quality work, players can return to the tour transformed and ready to win titles that may not have been within their physical and mental grasp previously.

Anything can happen at Charlottesville and the upcoming season. Let’s hope that it does!



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