Aqeel Rehman keeps the flag up at the Austrian Open

Today the quarterfinals of the Austrian Open were on programme in the EUROPARK Shopping mall as a part of the Austrian Squash Challenge.

Top seed Christopher Binnie (JAM) started against Qualifier Miko Äjianen (FIN). It was a very disputed game with a lot of collisions. Äjianen managed to come back from 0/2 down in games to level at 2 all. But Binnie stayed cool and took the deciding game 11/6 after a 81min battle.

Qualifier Rory Stewart (SCO) nearly caused for an upset too against fourth seed Mohammad Alsarraj from Jordan. The Scottsman wasn’t able to take the first game at 10/8 and also missed a great chance at 2/1 lead in games and 8/2 in the fourth. Sarraj turned the match around and won 11/9 in the fifth game.

Edmon Lopez from Spain made some time up after beating Dimitri Steinmann 3/0.

The last match was local hero Aqeel Rehman against Adrian Ostbye (NOR). Aqeel took the first two games before the Norwegian fought back to 2/1. But Aqeel was able to close the match in the fourth.


These are the results of the quarterfinals:

[1] Christopher Binnie (JAM) – [Q] Miko Äjianen (FIN) 13/11, 11/8, 6/11 9/11, 11/6 81min

[4] Mohammad Alsarraj (JOR) – [Q] Rory Stewart (SCO) 13/11, 5/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/9 60min

[3] Edmon Lopez (ESP) – [5] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 11/8, 11/5, 11/5 30min

[2] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) – [8] Adrian Ostbye (NOR) 11/8, 11/9, 7/11, 12/10 47min


These are the line ups for the semifinal on Friday:

17:30: [1] Christopher Binnie (JAM) – [3] Edmon Lopez (ESP)

19:00: [2] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) – [4] Mohammad Alsarraj (JOR)

Pictures are from Andreas Lutche a.lutche

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