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PSA: Mueller moves into Calgary semis

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RESULTS: PSA International 35 Calgary Winter Club Rocky Mountain Open, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (48m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9 (68m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [Q] Zac Alexander (AUS) 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
[2] David Palmer (AUS) bt Shahier Razik (CAN) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (35m)
Mueller Moves Into Rocky Mountain Semis
Nicolas Mueller became the only unseeded player to make the semi-finals of the Calgary Winter Club Rocky Mountain Open when he beat Australian Zac Alexander in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event in its second year at Calgary Winter Club in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Both players scored notable first round wins – Swiss number one Mueller overcoming England’s world No18 Adrian Grant in four games, and qualifier Alexander recording one of the best successes of his career by removing Egypt’s No4 seed Hisham Mohd Ashour, the 2010 runner-up.

Mueller, the world No35 from Zurich, maintained his momentum by defeating Queenslander Alexander 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 – and will now face Australian number one David Palmer for a place in the final.

The illustrious Palmer, a former world number one and world champion who is the event’s second seed, beat fellow Tour veteran Shahier Razik, the 33-year-old Canadian number one from Toronto, in straight games.

Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema and Egyptian Omar Mosaad will line up in the anticipated semi-final in the top half of the draw.  Top seed Anjema, the world No12 from The Hague, beat Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 in 48 minutes.

But third seed Mosaad, the world No16 from Cairo, was taken the full distance by unseeded fellow countryman Tarek Momen, ranked 28 in the world, before closing out the match 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9 after 68 minutes.

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v [3] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[2] David Palmer (AUS) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)

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