CHRIS SIMPSON WINS TAIWAN OPEN

Chris Simpson, fourth seed in the men's $14,750 PSA Tour event, made his breakthrough in the semi-finals when he upset top-seeded Czech Jan Koukal 11-3, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7 in 67 minutes to reach the first PSA final of his career.

 

Semi-finals:

[4] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [1] Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-3, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7

[2] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt [3] Dick Lau (HKG) 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6

 

Quarter-finals:

[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Cheng Yao Huang (TPE) 11-5, 11-7, 11-5

[4] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [6] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 9-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8

[3] Dick Lau (HKG) bt [7] James Snell (ENG) 13-11, 14-12, 11-8

[2] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt [5] Max Lee (HKG) 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9

 

1st round:

[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [Q] Nyeon-Ho Lee (KOR) 9-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-7

Cheng Yao Huang (TPE) bt [8] Chris Truswell (ENG) 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6

[4] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [Q] Ahmed Hawas (EGY) 11-6, 11-6, 11-6

[6] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt [Q] Anson Kwong (HKG) 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8

[7] James Snell (ENG) bt [Q] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 11-8, 13-11, 11-

[3] Dick Lau (HKG) bt Colin Ramasra (TRI) 11-3, 11-5, 11-3

[5] Max Lee (HKG) bt Steven Robinson (AUS) 11-9, 11-7, 11-8

[2] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 11-8 ret.

 

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Taiwan Open, Taipei, Chinese Taipei

Final:

[4] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [2] Yasir Butt (PAK) 11-8, 12-10, 11-1

 

The first professional squash event to be held in Chinese Taipei ended in success for Englishman Chris Simpson who overcame Yasir Butt 11-8 12-10 11-1 in the Taiwan Open at the National Taiwan University Sports Centre in Taipei.