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Borja Battles To Bordeaux Win

7 May 2010

Making his first Tour appearance since a career-threatening knee injury last September, Spaniard Borja Golan survived a tough test against second seed Tom Richards in the opening round of the Internationaux de France to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the $20,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Squash Ornano in the French city of Bordeaux.

Golan, a former world No10 whose current world ranking of 103 forced him to first fight through the qualifiers, took the opening two games against Richards - then stemmed a fightback by the world No30 from England to record an impressive 12-10, 11-9, 2-11, 11-13, 11-5 win.

The highest-ranked Spaniard of all-time will now face Stephane Galifi, the France-based Italian who is the sixth seed. Galifi defeated Australian Steve Finitsis 11-5, 12-10, 11-6.

But Golan was not the only qualifier to progress in Bordeaux. England's Shaun le Roux, ranked 91 in the world, was taken to five games by eighth seed Kashif Shuja - but ultimately overcame the world No55 from New Zealand 7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) v [7] Julien Balbo (FRA)
[4] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) v [Q] Shaun le Roux (ENG)
[3] Chris Ryder (ENG) v Yann Perrin (FRA)
[Q] Borja Golan (ESP) v [6] Stephane Galifi (ITA)

1st round:
[1] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt [Q] Joel Hinds (ENG) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7
[7] Julien Balbo (FRA) bt [Q] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9
[4] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt Johan Bouquet (FRA) 11-3, 11-5, 12-10
[Q] Shaun le Roux (ENG) bt [8] Kashif Shuja (NZL) 7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7
Yann Perrin (FRA) bt [5] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8
[3] Chris Ryder (ENG) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-4, 11-4, 11-9
[6] Stephane Galifi (ITA) bt Steve Finitsis (AUS) 11-5, 12-10, 11-6
[Q] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [2] Tom Richards (ENG) 12-10, 11-9, 2-11, 11-13, 11-5