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Odense Open 2023


$12,000 Odense Open 2023, Squash Center Danmark, Odense, Denmark, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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Odense Open 2023
Men's Draw
07 - 11 Mar
Odense, Denmark, $12k

08 Mar
09 Mar
 10 Mar
11 Mar

[1] BalŠzs Farkas (HUN)
11-5, 13-11, 11-6
[9/16] Emyr Evans (WAL)

BalŠzs Farkas
11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (31m)
Addeen Idrakie
BalŠzs Farkas
7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 (55m)
Bernat Jaume
Bernat Jaume
11-4, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6 (57m)
Rory Stewart
[7] Addeen Idrakie (MAS)
8-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7
[9/16] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL)
[5] Bernat Jaume (ESP)
6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9
[9/16] Yannik Omlor (GER)
Bernat Jaume
11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (39m)
Daniel Poleshchuk
[9/16] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (48m)
[4] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)
[3] Rory Stewart (SCO)
11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (29m)
[9/16] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
Rory Stewart
11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (42m)
Yannick Wilhelmi
Rory Stewart
11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (53m)
Ben Coleman
[9/16] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI)
2-11, 14-12, 11-2, 11-9 (45m)
[8] Simon Herbert (ENG)
[9/16] Ben Coleman (ENG)
11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 11-1
[6] Mazen Gamal (EGY)
Ben Coleman
10-12, 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (57m)
Rui Soares
[9/16] Owain Taylor (WAL)
10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9
[2] Rui Soares (POR)


[1] BalŠzs Farkas (HUN) bye
[9/16] Emyr Evans (WAL) bt Valentin Rapp (GER) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (28m)
[9/16] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt Mohamed Nasser (EGY) 8-11, 11-7, 15-13, 11-8
[7] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) bye
[5] Bernat Jaume (ESP) bye
[9/16] Yannik Omlor (GER) bt Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 11-8, 13-11, 11-4 (37m)
[9/16] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (25m)
[4] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bye
[3] Rory Stewart (SCO) bye
[9/16] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt [WC] Joakim Jepsen (DEN) 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (23m)
[9/16] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt [WC] Marcus SÝby Jepsen (DEN) 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 (26m)
[8] Simon Herbert (ENG) bye
[6] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bye
[9/16] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [WC] Theis Houlberg (DEN) 12-10, 11-7, 11-6 (35m)
[9/16] Owain Taylor (WAL) bt Andrťs Herrera (COL) 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 14-12 (78m)
[2] Rui Soares (POR) bye

Odense Open 2023
Women's Draw
07 - 11 Mar
Odense, Denmark, $12k

08 Mar
09 Mar
 10 Mar
11 Mar

[1] Cindy Merlo (SUI)
11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-3
[9/16] Malak Khafagy (EGY)

Malak Khafagy
11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 (42m)
Torrie Malik
Malak Khafagy
11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4 (41m)
Marta Dominguez Fernandez

Malak Khafagy
12-10, 11-6, 11-2 (30m)
Emilia Soini
[8] Torrie Malik (ENG)
11-5, 11-6, 11-5
[9/16] Au Yeong Wai Yhann (SGP)
[7] Alicia Mead (ENG)
8-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (45m)
[9/16] Katerina Tycova (GER)
Alicia Mead
5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (41m)
Marta Dominguez Fernandez
[4] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP)
11-3, 11-5, 11-8 (27m)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI)
[3] Nadia Pfister (SUI)
11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (31m)
[9/16] Nadeen Kotb (EGY)
Nadia Pfister
11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (25m)
Kaitlyn Watts
Kaitlyn Watts
9-11, 11-8, 15-13, 11-9 (48m)
Emilia Soini
[6] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL)
11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9 (47m)
Klara MÝller (DEN)
[5] Xin Ying Yee (MAS)
11-5, 2-11, 11-5, 11-1
[9/16] Lťa Barbeau (FRA)
Xin Ying Yee
10-12, 5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 13-11 (40m)
Emilia Soini
Taba Taghavi (FRA)
11-4, 11-2, 8-11, 11-9 (30m)
[2] Emilia Soini (FIN)


[1] Cindy Merlo (SUI) bye
[9/16] Malak Khafagy (EGY) bt Ella Galova (FRA) 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 (45m)
[9/16] Au Yeong Wai Yhann (SGP) bt Jelena Dutina (SRB) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (21m)
[8] Torrie Malik (ENG) bye
[7] Alicia Mead (ENG) bye
[9/16] Katerina Tycova (GER) bt [WC] Sarah Lauridsen (DEN) 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 (23m)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) bt SofŪa Mateos (ESP) 14-12, 11-9, 11-3 (34m)
[4] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP) bye
[3] Nadia Pfister (SUI) bye
[9/16] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) bt Caroline Lyng (DEN) 11-3, 11-2, 7-11, 11-1 (24m)
Klara MÝller (DEN) bt [9/16] Ali Loke (WAL) 12-10, 11-8, 11-3
[6] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) bye
[5] Xin Ying Yee (MAS) bye
[9/16] Lťa Barbeau (FRA) bt Chloe Foster (WAL) 12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 11-13, 11-6 (37m)
Taba Taghavi (FRA) bt [9/16] …lise Romba (FRA) 8-11, 11-1, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9
[2] Emilia Soini (FIN) bye
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Khafagy and Stewart Victorious On Danish Soil

Malak Khafagy and Rory Stewart collect the Odense Open trophies
Malak Khafagy and Rory Stewart collect the Odense Open trophies

Egyptís Malak Khafagy and Scotlandís Rory Stewart took the titles at the Challenger 10 level Odense Open this weekend.

The Egyptian came into the tournament as one of the unseeded players, and caused upset after upset to take the title. Khafagy, who is just 18-years-old, started her week with a tight five-game victory over Frenchwoman Ella Galova, but from there, she went from strength to strength.

In the second round, the Egyptian defeated the tournamentís top seed, Cindy Merlo, before then getting the better of Englandís Torrie Malik in the quarter finals, with both wins coming in four games. Khafagy downed Spainís Marta Dominguez Fernandez in the last four to reach her third final on Tour.

The final saw Khafagy come up against Finnish No.1 Emilia Soini in Odense. The opening game was the crucial one, with the 18-year-old Egyptian winning it on a tie-break 12-10. From there, she was in control, winning the second 11-6 before cruising to the third game 11-2. The win is her first on Tour, and she joins a growing list of young Egyptians to taste success prior to turning 19.

In the menís event, Scotlandís Rory Stewart came in as the No.3 seed, and he went on to win for the third time in the 2022-2023 campaign. After receiving a first-round bye, the Scot started with straight games wins over Malaysiaís Mohammad Syafiq Kamal and Switzerlandís Yannick Wilhelmi.

That was followed by a semi-final victory over Englishman Ben Coleman to see Stewart move into the final. Spainís Bernat Jaume was his opponent in the final on Saturday, and although the Spaniard won the third game on a tie-break, the Scot was able to win the fourth to secure the victory, his third this season.
Quarter Finals

Unseeded Khafagy and Coleman Into Last Four

Malak Khafagy plays a backhand shot during her Odense Open quarter final with Torrie Malik
Malak Khafagy downed seeded opposition for the second day in succession in Odense

he unseeded duo of Englandís Ben Coleman and Egyptís Malak Khafagy are into the last four at the Odense Open in Denmark.

On day two of the Challenger 10 level competition, Khafagy downed the womenís top seed, Cindy Merlo. That set her up for a clash with Englandís Torrie Malik in the last eight at the Odense Squash Club on Thursday.

The pair were level after two games, with the Englishwoman having levelled up the contest. Both the third and fourth games were tight, but it was Khafagy who won each of them by an 11-9 scoreline to advance to the semi-finals. She will now take on No.4 seed Marta Dominguez Fernandez after the Spaniard beat Englandís Alicia Mead in the last eight.

Finnish No.1 Emilia Soini had to fight from the brink in her quarter final contest. She found herself two games down against Malaysiaís Xin Ying Yee, but fought back brilliantly to win the third and fourth games 11-6. The fifth game went all the way to a tie-break, with both players having opportunities. In the end, Soini claimed it 13-11 to book her semi-final berth. She will now face New Zealandís Kaitlyn Watts in the last four after the Kiwi downed No.3 seed Nadia Pfister.

Englandís Ben Coleman and Welshman Owain Taylor both took down seeds on the second day in Odense. The pair came up against each other in the last eight on Thursday, and it was Taylor who took the opening game 12-10. From there, though, Coleman was in complete control. He dropped just nine points in total over the next three games to secure a 3-1 victory, and to move through to the semis.

The Englishman will now face Scotlandís Rory Stewart, the No.3 seed, on Friday evening. Stewart was in great form to defeat Swiss No.3 Yannick Wilhelmi in straight games. The other semi-final will see top seed Balazs Farkas and Spainís Bernat Jaume face off, after both won in three on quarter finals day.
Round 2

Khafagy and Taylor Send Top Seeds Out

Malak Khafagy in action in New Zealand in November 2022
Malak Khafagy

Egyptís Malak Khafagy and Welshman Owain Taylor both secured big upsets on the second day in Odense to reach the quarter finals.

The young Egyptian took on the top seed in the womenís event, Switzerlandís Cindy Merlo. After clinching the second game on a tie-break 13-11, she held a commanding two game lead. The Swiss No.1 fought back to win the third, but Khafagy was able to secure a four-game victory to move into the last eight.

She is joined in the quarter finals of the womenís competition by the rest of the top eight seeds. Englandís Alicia Mead survived a five-game scare with German No.1 Katerina Tycova to move through, with compatriot Torrie Malik also taking a second round win. Finlandís Emilia Soini, Spainís Marta Dominguez Fernandez and New Zealandís Kaitlyn Watts were among those to also move into the quarters.

In the menís event, Welshman Owain Taylor defeated No.2 seed Rui Soares in five games. Taylor found himself behind after both the first and third games, but was able to fight back and level the contest on both occasions. Second time around he forced the match into a decider, one he would win 11-9 to book his place in the last eight, knocking out the World No.53.

Israeli Daniel Poleshchuk, Englandís Ben Coleman and Switzerlandís Yannick Wilhelmi were the other three men to knock out seeded players on Wednesday. The Swiss No.3 got the better of Englandís Simon Herbert, while Poleshchuk downed No.4 seed Juan Camilo Vargas in four games to make the last eight. Coleman overcame Egyptís Mazen Gamal in four games to reach the quarter finals in Denmark.

Eight different nations will be represented in the quarters in Odense. Hungaryís Balazs Farkas, the top seed, also safely made it through, while there were also second round victories for Scotlandís Rory Stewart, Spainís Bernat Jaume and Malaysiaís Addeen Idrakie.

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.
Round 1

Moller Leads Danish Hopes Into Second Round

Klara Moller in action in last year's Odense Open

Klara Moller will lead home hopes in the second round of the Odense Open on Wednesday, as the only Dane to win her opening day contest.

The Dane, who also reached the last 16 of the Challenger 10 level tournament in 2022, overcame Welshwoman Ali Loke in straight games. She won 12-10, 11-8, 11-3 to book her second round spot, where she will now take New Zealandís Kaitlyn Watts.

Elsewhere in the womenís event, Taba Taghavi came through an all-French clash with compatriot Elise Romba. The pair went to a deciding fifth game, with Taghavi clinching it 11-9 after 39 minutes of action.

A second Frenchwoman, in Lea Barbeau, also won in five, while there were also wins for the Egyptian duo of Malak Khafagy and Nadeen Kotb on the opening day. Singaporeís Au Yeong Wai Yhann, German No.1 Katerina Tycova and Switzerlandís Ambre Allinckx were the other winners.

The Welsh duo of Emyr Evans and Owain Taylor were among those to take victories on the opening day in the menís event. The latter defeated Colombiaís Andres Herrera in a tough four-games, while Evans beat German Valentin Rapp in straight games.

Six other nations saw players move into the last 16, with Englandís Ben Coleman and Germanyís Yannik Omlor among them. Israeli Daniel Poleshchuk, New Zealandís Lwamba Chileshe, Switzerlandís Yannick Wilhelmi and Malaysian Mohammad Syafiq Kamal join them in the second round.

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.

Moller Excited About Home Event

Klara Moller in action in Angers
Klara Moller

The Odense Open gets underway on Tuesday, March 7, and Denmarkís Klara Moller is excited to be playing on home soil at the Odense Squash Club this week.

The Challenger 10 level tournament will run from Tuesday through to Saturday, March 11 at the Odense Squash Club. The event will feature both a menís and womenís draw, and this will be the fifth running of the tournament in its current guise.

Moller is the Danish No.1 in the womenís game, and having recently moved to Odense, the 21-year-old is looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd.

ďI think Iím playing well at the moment. Iím in a good place both physically and mentally. Training is going well and I can feel that Iím constantly improving, which really motivates me to keep training hard,Ē she explained.

ďIíve been looking forward to this since March last year! Iím permanently living in Odense now, so itís going to be even more special this year.

ďI spend some time training the juniors and I also practice with some of the men at the club and the atmosphere is just phenomenal. People are just so nice and I feel really welcome. Besides that, I have a lot of friends who are planning to come and cheer for me. Canít wait!Ē
Moller made the second round of last yearís competition, and also grabbed her maiden Tour victory at the end of 2022 when she defeated compatriot Caroline Lyng in the final of the Wake Up Squash Angers International.

She is hoping that a good performance this week on home soil, along with other good events will help her reach the top 100 of the womenís world rankings. However, she is not putting any pressure on herself to do that while she continues her studies.

ďIt would mean a lot to me. Reaching the second round is definitely a goal of mine. The Odense Open seems to be a very popular tournament among the players on Tour, so going even further into the competition is a tough and difficult task to achieve but Iíll do my absolutely best,Ē the Dane said.

ďIt obviously felt so good claiming my first Tour title and it was definitely a bit of a confidence boost. I didnít expect it to happen that soon and now Iím just hungry for more!

ďAs I donít play a lot of tournaments because of my studies, thereís still a long way to go. I donít want to put any unnecessary pressure on myself. As long as Iím enjoying myself and my squash, I believe the results will come and eventually Iíll break into the worldís top 100.Ē

Switzerlandís Cindy Merlo will be the top seed for the womenís event, and will be joined by compatriot Nadia Pfister among the top four seeds. Finnish No.1 Emilia Soini and Spainís Marta Dominguez Fernandez will also be in that bracket.

Malaysiaís Xin Ying Yee, New Zealandís Kaitlyn Watts and the English duo of Alicia Mead and Torrie Malik, the latter of which has won three times this season, will also be in action in Denmark this week.

In the menís draw, defending champion Balazs Farkas will return as the top seed. The Hungarian has made the last two finals of this tournament, and defeated Sam Todd to claim the crown in 2022.

Portugalís Rui Soares, Scotlandís Rory Stewart and Colombian Juan Camilo Vargas will join him as members of the top four seeds for the menís competition. Spainís Bernat Jaume, Egyptís Mazen Gamal, Malaysianís Addeen Idrakie and Englandís Simon Herbert will all be seeded.

Along with Moller, there will be five other Danes featuring on home soil. Caroline Lyng and Sarah Lauridsen will join the 21-year-old in the womenís draw. Meanwhile, Theis Houlberg, Marcus Soby Jepsen and Joakim Jepsen will be wildcards in the menís event.

The event takes place from Tuesday, March 7 to Saturday, March 11 at the Odense Squash Club, where Klara Moller will be the leading Dane in the womenís competition. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

Menís First Round Draw: Odense Open
[1] Balazs Farkas (HUN) Ė [Bye]
Valentin Rapp (GER) v [9/16] Emyr Evans (WAL)
[9/16] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) v Mohamed Nasser (EGY)
[7] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) Ė [Bye]
[5] Bernat Jaume (ESP) Ė [Bye]
Aqeel Rehman (AUT) v [9/16] Yannik Omlor (GER)
[9/16] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR) v Joeri Hapers (BEL)
[4] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) Ė [Bye]
[3] Rory Stewart (SCO) Ė [Bye]
[WC] Joakim Jepsen (DEN) v [9/16] Mohammad Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
[9/16] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) v [WC] Marcus Soby Jepsen (DEN)
[8] Simon Herbert (ENG) Ė [Bye]
[6] Mazen Gamal (EGY) Ė [Bye]
[WC] Theis Houlberg (DEN) v [9/16] Ben Coleman (ENG)
[9/16] Owain Taylor (WAL) v Andres Herrera (COL)
[2] Rui Soares (POR) Ė [Bye]

Womenís First Round Draw: Odense Open
[1] Cindy Merlo (SUI) Ė [Bye]
Ella Galova (FRA) v [9/16] Malak Khafagy (EGY)
[9/16] Au Yeong Wai Hyann (SGP) v Jelena Dutina (SRB)
[8] Torrie Malik (ENG) Ė [Bye]
[7] Alicia Mead (ENG) Ė [Bye]
[WC] Sarah Lauridsen (DEN) v [9/16] Katerina Tycova (GER)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) v Sofia Mateos (ESP)
[4] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP) Ė [Bye]
[3] Nadia Pfister (SUI) Ė [Bye]
Caroline Lyng (DEN) v [9/16] Nadeen Kotb (EGY)
[9/16] Ali Loke (WAL) v Klara Moller (DEN)
[6] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) Ė [Bye]
[5] Xin Ying Yee (MAS) Ė [Bye]
Chloe Foster (WAL) v [9/16] Lea Barbeau (FRA)
[9/16] Elise Romba (FRA) v Taba Taghavi (FRA)
[2] Emilia Soini (FIN) Ė [Bye]

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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