Corren Captures Historic Top End Title

Australian veteran Mike Corren made squash history at the Top End Open in Darwin on home soil when he became the first 40-year-old ever to win a PSA World Tour title.
 
It was after notching up his 70th appearance in a Tour final since 1996 – 10 more than his nearest rival on today’s PSA Tour – that the second-seeded South Australian defeated Hong Kong’s No.4 seed Tsz Fung Yip 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 in the climax of the PSA Challenger 5event at Darwin Squash Centre to register his historic achievement.
 
Tsz, a 20-year-old ranked outside the world top 130, made his breakthrough in the semi-finals when he upset top-seeded Czech Jan Koukal, ranked 67 in the world, to reach a second successive Tour final.
 
But the day belonged to Corren – the world No.77 from Adelaide who was already far-and-away the oldest player to win Tour events, with four to his name over the previous 12 months.
 
The latest – his first at the Top End Open after finishing as runner-up in 2012 and 2013 – brings up the 48th Tour title of his career, 14 more than nearest rival Ramy Ashour!
 
“This win means a lot to me for many reasons,” said Corren later.  “Firstly because it has been about seven months since my last success and – let’s be frank – I’m not getting any younger!
 
“Also, I have never won in Darwin and the conditions here are very challenging:  my last four opponents were sensational movers and athletes and, as I am not, it is very satisfying to find the solution to those ‘issues’.
 
“Lastly, to win an event at 40 I find pleasing – mostly because most folk say it can’t be done!
 
“That aside, I just aim to continue enjoying every moment whilst it is available to me.”
 
RESULTS:    PSA Challenger 5 Top End Open, Darwin, Australia
 
1st round:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Tim Cowell (AUS) 11-6, 11-2, 11-7
Darcy Evans (AUS) bt [Q] Guhan Senthilkumar (IND) 11-5, 11-6, 11-7
[Q] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt Julian Tomlinson (ENG) 11-6, 13-11, 11-3
[5] Cheuk Yan Tang (HKG) bt [Q] Lewis Doughty (ENG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4
[6] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [Q] Sindre Roaldsoy (NOR) 11-5, 11-7, 11-7
Will John (WAL) bt [WC] Joseph White (AUS) 11-5, 11-3, 11-6
[Q] Tsz Hei Ma (HKG) bt Pablo Rawden (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9
[4] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt Chris van der Salm (NZL) 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7
[3] James Huang (TPE) bt Matthew Hopkin (AUS) 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
[Q] JaeJin Yoo (KOR) bt Joel Luca (AUS) 11-9, 9-11, 11-1, 11-7
Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt [Q] Solayman Nowrozi (AUS) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
[8] Kwon Hyeon-Jun (KOR) bt Thomas Calvert (AUS) 6-11, 11-1, 11-5, 11-5
Chi Him Wong (HKG) bt [7] Steven Liu (MAC) 11-4, 11-9, 15-13
Sehyun Lee (KOR) bt Ben Grindrod (NZL) 11-4, 2-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-5
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [LL] Hoi Long Chan (MAC) 11-7, 11-2, 11-8
[2] Mike Corren (AUS) bt TJ French (AUS) 11-1, 11-4, 11-8
    2nd round:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Darcy Evans (AUS) 11-4, 11-3, 11-8
[5] Cheuk Yan Tang (HKG) bt [Q] Diego Gobbi (BRA) 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 16-14
[6] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt Will John (WAL) 11-5, 12-10, 11-3
[4] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [Q] Tsz Hei Ma (HKG) 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9
[3] James Huang (TPE) bt [Q] JaeJin Yoo (KOR) 11-5, 13-11, 11-3
Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt [8] Kwon Hyeon-Jun (KOR) 4-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7
Chi Him Wong (HKG) bt Sehyun Lee (KOR) 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-6
[2] Mike Corren (AUS) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 11-6, 11-7, 17-15
    Quarter-finals:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [5] Cheuk Yan Tang (HKG) 12-10, 11-6, 11-5
[4] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [6] Rhys Dowling (AUS) 11-5, 11-9, 11-3
[3] James Huang (TPE) bt Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 11-9, 11-7, 11-3
[2] Mike Corren (AUS) bt Chi Him Wong (HKG) 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6
    Semi-finals:
[4] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [1] Jan Koukal (CZE) 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4
[2] Mike Corren (AUS) bt [3] James Huang (TPE) 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
    Final:
[2] Mike Corren (AUS) bt [4] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (47m)
 
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