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Oasis Pools & Spas Manitoba Open 2023


$12,000 Men's Oasis Pools & Spas Manitoba Open 2023, Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club, Winnipeg, Canada, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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Oasis Pools & Spas Manitoba Open 2023
Men's Draw
15 - 19 Mar
Winnipeg, Canada, $12k

[1] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [2] David Baillargeon (CAN) 4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 (57m)

[1] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [6] Ivan Perez (ESP) 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (55m)
[2] David Baillargeon (CAN) bt [4] Ben Smith (ENG) 11-4, 11-3, 11-2 (28m)

[1] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [9/16] Leo Vargas (MEX) 11-3, 11-0, 11-9 (24m)
[6] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt [3] Andrew Douglas (USA) 15-13, 14-12, 11-7 (34m)
[4] Ben Smith (ENG) bt [5] Tom Walsh (ENG) 11-9, 3-11, 3-11, 11-5, 12-10 (65m)
[2] David Baillargeon (CAN) bt [9/16] Edgar Ramirez (COL) 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (22m)

2nd round:
[1] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [9/16] Diego Gobbi (BRA) 11-8, 11-1, 11-5 (22m)
[9/16] Leo Vargas (MEX) bt [7] Wong Chi Him (HKG) 4-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7
[6] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt Benjamin Aubert (FRA) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9
[3] Andrew Douglas (USA) bt Connor Turk (CAN) 14-12, 11-2, 11-3
[4] Ben Smith (ENG) bt [9/16] Liam Marrison (CAN) 11-13, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5
[5] Tom Walsh (ENG) bt Mitchell Kahnert (CAN) 5-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-2
[9/16] Edgar Ramirez (COL) bt [8] Owain Taylor (WAL) 11-8, 8-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-7
[2] David Baillargeon (CAN) bt [9/16] Joseph White (AUS) 11-4, 11-7, 11-3

1st round:
[1] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bye
[9/16] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt Amaad Fareed (PAK) 6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-8 (25m)
[9/16] Leo Vargas (MEX) bt Mahmoud Abouelleil (EGY) 11-2, 11-2, 11-7 (20m)
[7] Wong Chi Him (HKG) bye
[6] Ivan Perez (ESP) bye
Benjamin Aubert (FRA) bt [9/16] Finnlay Withington (ENG) 10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (45m)
Connor Turk (CAN) bt [9/16] Salah Eltorgman (CAN) 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (50m)
[3] Andrew Douglas (USA) bye
[4] Ben Smith (ENG) bye
[9/16] Liam Marrison (CAN) bt Cory McCartney (CAN) 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (21m)
Mitchell Kahnert (CAN) bt [9/16] Jamie Ruggiero (USA) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (25m)
[5] Tom Walsh (ENG) bye
[8] Owain Taylor (WAL) bye
[9/16] Edgar Ramirez (COL) bt Carlos Vargas (MEX) 11-2, 13-11, 11-4 (25m)
[9/16] Joseph White (AUS) bt Shawn Delierre (CAN) 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (17m)
[2] David Baillargeon (CAN) bye
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Cardenas Downs Baillargeon For Title

Leonel Cardenas, pictured here in Houston in January 2023, is into the final in Manitoba

Mexicoís Leonel Cardenas lifted the Oasis Pools & Spas Manitoba Open title on Sunday, after beating David Baillargeon in the final in Winnipeg.

The Mexican came into the Challenger 10 level competition as the top seed, and started his week in the second round after receiving a bye through the opening dayís action.

He won his opening three matches in straight games, starting off with a comfortable victory against Brazilís Diego Gobbi. Wins against compatriot Leo Vargas and Spainís Ivan Perez followed to put himself through to the final in Winnipeg.

The final saw him take on No.2 seed and home favourite David Baillargeon. It was the Canadian that took the opening game quite easily, winning it 11-4. From there, though, Cardenas was able to fight back. He won the second and third comfortably, before then sneaking the fourth on a tie-break to claim his first title of the season. [1] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [2] David Baillargeon (CAN) 4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 (57m)
Semi Finals

Cardenas and Baillargeon Through

The final of the Oasis Pools & Spas Manitoba Open is set, with Mexicoís Leonel Cardenas and Canadian David Baillargeon through to Sundayís contest.

Cardenas is the top seed for the Challenger 10 level competition, and in the semi-finals, he took on Spaniard Ivan Perez. Despite the Mexican winning in straight games, the pair were on court for almost an hour. Cardenas eventually got the job done 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 in 55 minutes to move through to the final.

He will now take on home favourite David Baillargeon in the final on Sunday. The Canadian No.1 also won in straight games in the last four, but in much easier circumstances. He played Englandís Ben Smith, and dropped just nine points in a comfortable 11-4, 11-3, 11-2 victory.

The final of the Oasis Pools & Spas Manitoba Open will take place between David Baillargeon and Leonel Cardenas on Sunday, March 19.
Quarter Finals

Perez Joins Top Three Seeds In Semis

Spainís Ivan Perez is into the last four of the Oasis Pools & Spas Manitoba Open after overcoming the challenge of No.3 seed Andrew Douglas on Friday evening.

The Spaniard, who is the No.6 seed for the competition, was able to get the job done in straight games but it wasnít easy. The opening two games went to tie-breaks. Perez was able to clinch the first 15-13, before then taking the second game 14-12 to double his advantage in the contest. He then won the third more comfortably to advance to the semis with a straight games win.

Perez will now take on the tournamentís top seed, Mexicoís Leonel Cardenas, in the last four on Saturday. The World No.25 defeated compatriot Leo Vargas in the last eight, in a three-game win that included a bagel 11-0 in the second.

The other semi-final will see Englandís Ben Smith take on Canadian No.1 David Baillargeon. Smith came through a titanic tussle with compatriot Tom Walsh, one he came from behind to win in five games. Meanwhile, the home favourite defeated Colombiaís Edgar Ramirez Bautista in straight games.
Round 2

Vargas and Bautista Cause Upsets In Five

Mexicoís Leo Vargas and Colombian Edgar Ramirez Bautista both caused upsets on the second day of the Oasis Pools & Spas Manitoba Open in Canada.

Both men came into the competition unseeded and took wins on the opening day to move them into the second round. Mexicoís Vargas then defeated Hong Kongís Wong Chi Him, the No.7 seed, in the last 16 of the Challenger 10 level tournament on Thursday evening.

The Hongkonger, who is ranked 58 places above Vargas, took a two game lead thanks to winning a tie-break in the second 12-10. From there though, the Mexican was able to fight back to win the third, and then the fourth as well to send the match into a decider. The fifth could have gone either way, but Vargas was able to keep the momentum in his favour to go on and win it 11-7, to book his place in the quarter finals.

The other man to cause a second round upset was Colombiaís Edgar Ramirez Bautista. The World No.175 defeated Welshman Owain Taylor, the No.8 seed, in a five game battle. The Colombian found himself 2-1 behind after the third game, but fought back brilliant to win the last two games by 11-7 scorelines to secure his quarter final place.

Elsewhere, Englandís Ben Smith also came from two games down to win in five against Canadaís Liam Marrison, with compatriot Tom Walsh also moving through to the last eight. Top seed Leonel Cardenas and home favourite David Baillargeon are both also safely through to the quarter finals.
Round 1

Canadian Trio Through On Home Soil

The opening day of the Oasis Pools & Spas Manitoba Open saw the Canadian trio of Connor Turk, Liam Marrison and Mitchell Kahnert take victories.

Turk and Marrison both defeated compatriots in the opening round of the Challenger 10 level competition, with the former having to come from behind to defeated Salah Eltorgman. He lost the opening game 11-6, but a second game tie-break went his way, and he had the momentum from there on in.

Meanwhile, Marrison defeated Cory McCartney in straight games, and he needed just 21 minutes to get the job done. The third Canadian to make it through, Mitchell Kahnert, also won in three, getting the better fo American Jamie Ruggiero to book his place.

Franceís Benjamin Aubert won the only match to go to five on the opening day. He fought back from two games down against Englandís Finnlay Withington to move through to the second round. Brazilís Diego Gobbi, Mexicoís Carlos Vargas, Colombiaís Edgar Ramirez Bautista and Aussie Joseph White also won their respective first round matches.

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