Koukal Conquers Calgary Hero Schnell
25 January 2014
RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Bankers Hall
Club Pro Am, Calgary, Canada
 Leo Au (HKG) bt [Q] Michael Harris (ENG) 11-6,
11-9, 11-5 (38m)
 Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt [Q] Reiko Peter (SUI)
9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 (80m)
 Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [WC] David Letourneau
(CAN) 11-1, 19-17, 12-10 (42m)
Andrew Schnell (CAN) bt  Charles Sharpes (ENG)
11-9, 12-10, 11-9 (57m)
 Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Alex Ingham (ENG)
16-14, 11-4, 11-3 (38m)
Alejandro Garbi Caro (ESP) bt  Ben Coleman
(ENG) 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6 (70m)
[Q] James Huang (TPE) bt  Dane Sharp (CAN)
11-7, 5-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7 (66m)
 Martin Knight (NZL) bt [Q] Graeme Schnell
(CAN) 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 (54m)
 Leo Au (HKG) bt  Rex Hedrick (AUS) 11-6,
6-11, 11-6, 13-11 (73m)
 Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Andrew Schnell (CAN) 11-7,
11-6, 11-7 (47m)
 Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Alejandro Garbi Caro
(ESP) 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4 (76m)
 Martin Knight (NZL) bt [Q] James Huang (TPE)
11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (46m)
Czech squash star Jan Koukal
disappointed the local crowd at the Bankers Hall Club Pro Am
in Calgary when he defeated hometown hero Andrew
Schnell in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour
Challenger 10 event celebrating its 11th year at the
Bankers Hall Club in the Alberta city in Canada.
"Koukal has been pretty much a regular at
this event from the early years, while Schnell is from the host
city and was hoping to continue a three-year streak of sorts
that has seen himself and brother Graeme oust Koukal the last
two years of this tournament," said tournament host Bob
Ballinger, the club's Head Squash Professional.
"But the so called Family Streak is over
as Koukal played a flawless match in this straight games victory
over the local star in an entertaining three game match."
The 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 win takes the No7
seed from Prague, the runner-up in 2010, into a semi-final clash
with Leo Au, the top seed from Hong Kong. Defending
champion Au, ranked 41 in the world, defeated fifth-seeded
Australian Rex Hedrick 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 13-11 in 73
Germany's Raphael Kandra took one
step closer to his second successive appearance in the final
after beating event debutante Alejandro Garbi Caro. But
the Spaniard led 2/1 before fourth seed Kandra regained control
to win 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4 in 76 minutes.
Kandra now faces No2 seed Martin Knight
after the 30-year-old New Zealander beat Taiwan qualifier
James Huang 11-5, 11-5, 11-5.
"So - two great looking semis coming up,"
added Ballinger. "Defending champ Leo Au and Jan
Koukal on one side with Raphael Kandra going up
against number two seed Martin Knight.
"Both matches promise to be great squash
here in the Stampede city of Calgary!"
 Leo Au (HKG) v  Jan Koukal (CZE)
 Martin Knight (NZL) v  Raphael Kandra (GER)