Grupa Cup Round One

Grupa O2 Cup, PSA $5k, Warsaw, Poland

No sweat for the top four seeds as Joel Hinds, Kashif Shuja, Rasmus Nielsen and Chris Truswell all reach the semi-finals in Warsaw.

Amr Swelin bt Jamie Haycocks 3-2 in 75mins
“Good game, started out slow at first I was playing well. I made a few mistakes in the 3rd and should have won the 4th but he played very well. It was good that I got the 5th as it was very tough, I had to come back from 6-3 down. I’m happy with the win.”

Sebastian Weenink bt Reiko Peter 3-2 in 83mins
“In the beginning I didn’t play a basic game, I was all over the place keeping up with his pace. I changed in the 3rd, sorted it out which gave me more opportunities. In the 4th I was 8-6 down, I slowed it down not playing his game and in the 5th he made errors giving me an early lead. I had learned from a previous match. Happy to win from 2-0 down it was hard and I’m happy with the result.”

Rasmus Nielsen bt Bart Ravelli 3-1 in 67mins
“Happy to get through. Obviously not an easy draw, he was ranked 5th in the tournament. It would have been better if I finished it in the 3rd but the 4th was easy so it was OK. Playing Swelin tomorrow, he had a tough match today. I haven’t played with him recently, he’s playing well. Hopefully I will get through, see how it goes.”

Joel Hinds bt Jakob Dirnberger 3-0 in 26 mins
‘Pleased to win 3-0 as there is a potentially tough day tomorrow. This is my last tournament of the year so hoping to finish this half of the season well.’

Matias Tuomi bt Kara Khan 3-2 in 74mins
“I was a bit nervous as I haven’t played great lately. I wanted to do well here. It was not the prettiest match but I am happy that I won. Kama tried whatever he could to win, changing up his game but he had a tough match yesterday so maybe he was a bit tired which was OK for me. He played well.”

Steve London bt Jonas Daehler 3-2 in 95 mins
“It was a long gruel! We both had a scrappy start. I lost the 1st but after advice got into it, straightened up and pulled it back to 1 all. Then he came back with good squash. The 5th could have gone either way. I’m really pleased to beat a Swiss as I lost the last time!”

Kashif Shuja bt Dan West 3-1 in 59 mins
“It’s always tricky to play someone you’ve never seen before; it made for a good match. He’s a handy player; good movement tough shots, I had to work really hard to get through. There are no easy matches in PSA these days, the game as a whole is improving. I was expecting a decent match and I got one.”

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