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Mozart Open (women) 2023


$6,000 Women's Mozart Open 2023, Europark Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
(also known as Salzburg Open), PSA Challenger Tour 5
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Mozart Open (w) 2023
Women's Draw
22 - 25 Mar
Salzburg, Austria, $6k

[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Haya Ali (EGY) 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 (36m)

[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [4] Alison Thomson (SCO) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (37m)
Haya Ali (EGY) bt [2] Malak Khafagy (EGY) 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 (30m)

[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [6] Jacqueline Peychär (AUT) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (22m)
[4] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt [5] Léa Barbeau (FRA) 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (25m)
Haya Ali (EGY) bt [3] Katerina Tycova (GER) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (23m)
[2] Malak Khafagy (EGY) bt [7] Sofía Mateos (ESP) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (20m)

1st round:
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Katriona Allen (SCO) 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (22m)
[6] Jacqueline Peychär (AUT) bt Polly Clark (ENG) 12-10, 11-4, 11-6 (26m)
[5] Léa Barbeau (FRA) bt Juliette Permentier (NED) 16-18, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (33m)
[4] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Ella Galova (FRA) 11-4, 11-3, 13-11 (26m)
[3] Katerina Tycova (GER) bt Emilia Korhonen (FIN) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (21m)
Haya Ali (EGY) bt [8] Taba Taghavi (FRA) 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8 (35m)
[7] Sofía Mateos (ESP) bt Aylin Günsav (GER) 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5 (35m)
[2] Malak Khafagy (EGY) bt [WC] Sabrina Rehman (AUT) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (28m)
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Malik Claims Fourth Title Of Campaign

Torrie Malik (centre right) with the Mozart Open trophy

England’s Torrie Malik got the better of Egyptian Haya Ali in the Mozart Open final to claim her fourth title of the campaign.

The Englishwoman came into the Challenger 5 level competition in Salzburg as the top seed. She already had three victories to her name, all Challenger 3 level crowns, in the 2022-2023 campaign.

She started her campaign at the Europark Shopping Centre with a confident victory over Scotland’s Katriona Allen. The Englishwoman dropped just eight points in an 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 win on Wednesday afternoon.

Malik then also won in straight games in both the quarter finals and semi-finals. She defeated home favourite and Austrian No.1 Jacqueline Peychar in the last eight, before then overcoming the challenge of No.4 seed Alison Thomson to make it into the final.

The final saw Malik take on Egyptian youngster Haya Ali, with the 18-year-old having knocked out No.2 seed Malak Khafagy to make it into the last match of the tournament. The pair were level after two games, but Malik was able to show her class to take the victory, winning both the third and fourth games by an 11-7 scoreline.

Malik becomes only the second female player to win four times this season, along with World No.1 Nouran Gohar. The Englishwoman took the titles at the Czech Open, Telsa Media David Lloyd Purley Open and 501 Fun Colin Payne Kent Open earlier in the season before adding her first Challenger 5 level win this week in Salzburg.

The women’s event at the Mozart Open takes this week at the Europark Salzburg, and home hope Jacqueline Peychar is looking forward to playing on home soil once again.

The Challenger 5 level competition will be played in the Europark shopping mall in Salzburg for the second year in a row, and will feature both a men’s and women’s draw. The women’s event will take place this week, with the men’s competition beginning next Wednesday.

Austrian No.1 Jacqueline Peychar will be the leading home hope in the women’s draw, and she is looking forward to playing on home soil once again this week as the tournament’s No.6 seed.

“I‘m so excited to be playing again at the 2nd edition of the now called Mozart Open!” Peychar said.

“Thanks to Aqeel Rehman‘s efforts, this year’s women‘s event has been raised to a Challenger 5 level event which amazing as it shows the event is growing and the draw in both the men’s and women’s is very strong this year.

“So I‘m very eager to compete again, especially at this great venue with the glass court at Europark Salzburg, where we all get the chance to showcase our sport in the best way possible. As this is Austria‘s only women‘s PSA event I‘m really excited to get to play on home soil!“

Peychar will be featuring on Tour for the first time in four months, but she is happier now with her work/life balance, and being able to prepare for a tournament in the right way.

“It‘s my first PSA tournament since last November. I put in some hard work over the last few months and I finally found a good balance between working as a physio and still getting enough hours of training on and off court so that I can keep up with all the amazingly strong women around my ranking and above,” she explained.

“At the moment, I‘m just enjoying my squash with all it‘s strength‘s & weaknesses so much. My mindset has drastically changed, I used to focus too much on results & becoming too impatient and frustrated.

“Lately though I’ve figured out how to trust in the process & all the small improvements I‘ve been making, that will sum up to bigger steps overall. I just want to perform as best as I can now, whatever the outcome of the result and wherever it will take me in the rankings.”

England’s Torrie Malik will be the tournament’s top seed, and she will be aiming to win a fourth title of the season. The Englishwoman has already tasted success at three Challenger 3 level competitions, but she will be looking for a first Challenger 5 level victory this week.

Egypt’s Malak Khafagy defeated Malik on en route to her maiden Tour title at the Odense Open last month, and the pair are seeded to meet in the final in Salzburg on Saturday afternoon. Germany’s Katerina Tycova and Scotland’s Alison Thomson are the other members of the top four seeds.

France’s Lea Barbeau and Taba Taghavi, along with Spaniard Sofia Mateos and Austria’s Peychar will also be seeded for the competition. Sabrina Rehman will be the second Austrian in the competition, and she will be the tournament’s wildcard.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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