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Czech Open 2022

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$30,000 & $3,000 Czech Open 2022, Centrum Viktoria, Brno, Czech Republic, PSA Challenger Tour 30
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Czech Open 2022
Men's Draw
03 - 07 Nov
Brno, Czech Republic, $30k

ROUND TWO
 
QUARTERS
 
SEMIS
 
FINAL
 

[1] Nicolas MŁller (SUI)
11-4, 12-10, 13-11 (45m)
[9/16] Lucas Serme (FRA)

Nicolas MŁller
11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 (49m)
George Parker
Nicolas MŁller
11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (28m)
Rui Soares
Nicolas MŁller
10-12, 11-5, 11-6,
11-8 (61m)
Dimitri Steinmann
[5] George Parker (ENG)
11-6, 11-6, 12-10 (32m)
Martin Svec (CZE)
[6] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (35m)
[9/16] Sam Todd (ENG)
Cesar Salazar
11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 2-11, 13-11 (65m)
Rui Soares
[9/16] Rui Soares (POR)
11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5 (54m)
[4] Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
[9/16] Curtis Malik (ENG)
11-9, 11-9, 12-14, 11-6 (68m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Curtis Malik
11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 (51m)
Dimitri Steinmann
Dimitri Steinmann
11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-4 (75m)
Raphael Kandra
[8] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 4-11, 11-1 (59m)
[9/16] Ronald Palomino (COL)
[7] Nathan Lake (ENG)
11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 (51m)
Emyr Evans (WAL)
Nathan Lake
9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (4m)
Raphael Kandra
[9/16] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)
11-7, 12-10, 11-7 (37m)
[2] Raphael Kandra (GER)

ROUND ONE

[1] Nicolas MŁller (SUI) bye
[9/16] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5 (55m)
Martin Svec (CZE) bt [9/16] Bernat Jaume (ESP) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (33m)
[5] George Parker (ENG) bye
[6] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bye
[9/16] Sam Todd (ENG) bt [WC] Dariusz Filipowski (POL) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (21m)
[9/16] Rui Soares (POR) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 (53m)
[4] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bye
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bye
[9/16] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (31m)
[9/16] Ronald Palomino (COL) bt [WC] Jakub Solnicky (CZE) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (37m)
[8] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) bye
[7] Nathan Lake (ENG) bye
Emyr Evans (WAL) bt [9/16] Nick Wall (ENG) 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 11-7 (70m)
[9/16] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt Ivan Perez (ESP) 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (82m)
[2] Raphael Kandra (GER) bye

Czech Open 2022
Women's Draw
03 - 07 Nov
Brno, Czech Republic, $3k

Final:
[2] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [1] Tessa ter Sluis (NED) 11-6, 11-5, 18-16 (27m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Tessa ter Sluis (NED) bt [6] Juliette Permentier (NED) 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (20m)
[2] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [3] Alison Thomson (SCO) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (27m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Tessa ter Sluis (NED) bt [8] Ellie Jones (SCO) 11-6, 12-10, 11-13, 11-7 (36m)
[6] Juliette Permentier (NED) bt [4] Anastasiia Kostiukova (UKR) 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (45m)
[3] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt [5] Tamara HolzbauerovŠ (CZE) 11-7, 11-6, 11-2 (27m)
[2] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Ona Blasco (ESP) 11-5, 11-1, 11-1 (17m)

1st round:
[1] Tessa ter Sluis (NED) bt KlŠra Kohlerova (SVK) 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (15m)
[8] Ellie Jones (SCO) bt Alina Poessl (SUI) 11-7, 11-3, 11-0 (19m)
[6] Juliette Permentier (NED) bt Suzanne Peters (NED) 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (19m)
[4] Anastasiia Kostiukova (UKR) bt Karolina Sramkova (CZE) 3-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (33m)
[3] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Sofie HausknotzovŠ (CZE) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
[5] Tamara HolzbauerovŠ (CZE) bt Milena Velychko (UKR) 9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 (46m)
Ona Blasco (ESP) bt [7] Tereza Siroka (CZE) 17-15, 11-4, 6-11, 7-11, 11-5 (57m)
[2] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Riana Alexova (CZE) 11-4, 11-1, 11-9 (14m)
 
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Finals

Mueller and Malik Victorious in Brno

Nicolas Mueller and Torrie Malik with the prizes for winning the Czech Open
Nicolas Mueller (centre left) and Torrie Malik (centre right) with the prizes for winning the Czech Open

In the final, Mueller came up against compatriot Dimitri Steinmann, after the No.8 seed had gotten the better of World No.19 Raphael Kandra in the last four. After losing the first game on a tie-break to the Swiss No.2, it was the Swiss No.1 that showed his class, coming from behind to win in four games, and to secure the biggest title of his career to date.

The womenís Challenger 3 level competition was won by Englandís Torrie Malik, who came through all four matches in Brno without losing a single game. She started in the opening round against Riana Alexova, where she spent just 19 minutes on court to make the last eight.

The Englishwoman then dropped just seven points in her quarter final tie against Spaniard Ona Blasco, before getting the better of fellow Brit Alison Thomson in the semis. She defeated the Scot in straight games, with an 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 win sending her through to the final.

The final saw the No.2 seed take on top seed Tessa ter Sluis, and it was a match of two distinct parts. Malik took the opening two games of the contest easily, 11-6 and 11-5 respectively, before then seeing the third game go deep into a tie-break. 34 points would be played in the third, with the Englishwoman coming out on top 18-16 to secure the Czech Open crown, her maiden Tour title.
 
Semi Finals

Mueller and Steinmann Into All-Swiss Final

Nicolas Mueller in action against Rui Soares in Brno


Swiss No.2 Dimitri Steinmann took a surprise win over World No.19 Raphael Kandra to set up an all-Swiss menís final at the Czech Open in Brno.

Steinmann came into the Challenger 30 level menís event as the No.8 seed, and took on Kandra for a place in the final on Sunday afternoon. He started strongly, taking the opening game of the contest at the Centrum Viktoria in the Czech city.

The World No.31 saw Kandra fight back to win the second game, and the next two games also followed the same pattern, with the German having to come from behind to send the match into a deciding game. It was the Swiss No.2 that took it 11-4, though, to move through to the final.

He will now face compatriot Nicolas Mueller in the final on Monday afternoon, after the World No.16 defeated Portugalís Rui Soares in straight games. The Portuguese No.1 had caused a couple of upsets already, but Mueller was too good in the semi-finals. He dropped just 14 points to secure his spot in the final.

The womenís final will see the top two seeds go face-to-face. Top seed Tessa ter Sluis defeated compatriot Juliette Permentier, while Englandís Torrie Malik got the better of Scotlandís Alison Thomson. The pair both won in straight games to set up their meeting in the final.

The Czech Open comes to its conclusion on Monday, November 7.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
 
Qaurter Finals

Soares Continues Knockout Run

Rui Soares in action against Cesar Salazar in Brno

Less than 24 hours after taking out the tournamentís No.4 seed, Portugalís Rui Soares defeated No.6 seed Cesar Salazar to make it into the semi-finals of the Czech Open in Brno.

The Portuguese No.1 came into the Challenger 30 level competition unseeded and he got the better of Egyptís Karim El Hammamy in the second round. He then came up against Salazar on Saturday afternoon at the Centrum Viktoria in the Czech city of Brno, and secured another surprise win.

He won the first game of their contests 11-6, but saw the Mexican fight back to level the contest. The same pattern followed across the third and fourth game to send the match into a decider. The final game of their match went all the way to a tie-break, with Soares eventually coming out on top 13-11 to secure the win and to book his spot in the semis.

Soares will now take on top seed Nicolas Mueller after the World No.16 got the better of Englandís George Parker in a four-game contest. The other semi-final will see Swiss No.2 Dimitri Steinmann take on German No.1 Raphael Kandra for a place in the final.

In the womenís event, Juliette Permentier took a surprise win to set up an all-Dutch last four clash. The tournamentís No.6 seed defeated Ukraineís Anastasiia Kostiukova in a five game clash, coming from two games down to win. She lost both of the first two games 11-7, but fought back to win the third 11-8 and the fourth 11-9. By the time the deciding game came, the Dutchwoman had the momentum, and dropped just four points in the fifth to advance to the semi-finals.

She will now take on compatriot and top seed Tessa ter Sluis on Sunday afternoon, after the World No.73 overcame Scotlandís Ellie Jones in four games, only losing the third game on a tie-break 13-11. The other semi-final will see Englandís Torrie Malik and Scotlandís Alison Thomson take each other on in an all-British battle in Brno.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
 
Round 2

Soares and Malik Cause Big Upsets



The second day of the Czech Open was a surprising one, with Englandís Curtis Malik and Portugalís Rui Soares taking out top four seeds in Brno.

The menís second round took place on Friday at the Centrum Viktoria in Brno, Czech Republic, and Malik took on former World No.3 Omar Mosaad, the tournamentís No.3 seed.

The Englishman won the first couple of games 11-9 to hold a commanding advantage in the contest. Mosaad, who made the World Championship final in 2015, fought back to take the third game on a tie-break, but it was Malik who came through in the end. He won the fourth 11-6 to secure a 3-1 victory in 68 minutes.

Also causing an upset on the second day was Portuguese No.1 Rui Soares, as he got the better of Egyptís Karim El Hammamy in a four-game contest. Soares won the first game, but saw the No.4 seed fight back to level the contest. From there, though, the World No.66 was in control, dropping just eight points over the next two games to take a 3-1 victory.

Elsewhere in the menís draw, Switzerlandís Dimitri Steinmann came through a five-game battle with Colombiaís Ronald Palomino, while top seed Nicolas Mueller defeated Frenchman Lucas Serme in straight games. The English duo of George Parker and Nathan Lake joined Malik in the last eight, with Germanyís Raphael Kandra and Mexicoís Cesar Salazar also making their way into the quarters.

In the womenís draw, Spainís Ona Blasco secured the only shock of the opening round. The Spaniard defeated the Czech Republicís in five games, starting off with a 17-15 first game scoreline. Blasco then won the second game as well, but saw the home hope fight back to draw level. The fifth game went the way of the Spaniard, as she took it 11-5 to win in just shy of an hour.

The drawís top two seeds, Tessa ter Sluis and Torrie Malik, both won in straight games in the first round. The Dutchwoman defeated Slovakiaís Klara Kohlerova in 15 minutes, with Malik taking a minute less to defeat Czech Republicís Riana Alexova.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
 
Round  1

Svec Downs Jaume On Home Soil

Martin Svec and Bernat Jaume in action during the opening round of the Czech Open
Martin Svec (left) and Bernat Jaume

Home favourite Martin Svec delighted the crowd in Brno by beating Bernat Jaume to move through to the second round of the Czech Open on Thursday.

The Czech Republic No.1 took on the Spaniard in the opening round, and was the underdog for their contest. The World No.77 came through to win in straight games on home soil, taking the victory 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 to advance to the last 16, where he will now face Englandís George Parker.

Welshman Emyr Evans took a big win in an all-British battle against Nick Wall in the opening round. The World No.114 got the better of the Englishman in five games, winning the decider 11-7 to claim the win after 70 minutes. He will now face another Englishman, in Nathan Lake, in the second round.

Colombiaís Juan Camilo Vargas had to survive in five in his opening day contest, coming from two games down to defeated Spainís Ivan Perez. The Spaniard started strongly, and move out into a two game lead, before the Colombian fought back. Vargas took both the third and fourth games with an 11-8 scoreline, before then winning the deciding fifth game 11-7 to book his spot in the second round.

Elsewhere, the English duo of Sam Todd and Curtis Malik both took straight games victories, and will be joined in the last 16 by Frenchman Auguste Dussourd, Portugalís Rui Soares and another Colombian in Ronald Palomino.

The second round of the Czech Open will take place on Friday, November 4 in Brno, with the seeded players coming into the draw for the menís event. The womenís event will also get underway.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.

Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 

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