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'Almost 100%' Borja Golan Wins La Ciotat Title

14 Jun 2010

Golan, left, with Galifi at the presentation ceremony

In only his second PSA World Tour squash event after major knee surgery, top-ranked Spaniard Borja Golan admitted that he is almost back to 100% after clinching the La Ciotat International Open title in France as a qualifier.

The former world No10, now languishing at 95 after his eight-month layoff, beat top-seeded Italian Stephane Galifi 11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-1 in the 50-minute climax of the inaugural $10,000 One Star Tour event at La Ciotat Squash Club in the city of La Ciotat.

The triumph marks Golan's 20th title on the PSA Tour - and was revenge for his defeat by Galifi, the world No52 from Aix-en-Provence, who stopped the Spaniard in last month's quarter-finals of the Internationaux de France in Bordeaux.

"La Ciotat was a nice tournament to make my comeback - the organisation was very good and they took a lot of care of the players," said Golan as he left La Ciotat for Toulouse, where he begins his third qualifying campaign in a row - this time to make it into the main draw of the $15,000 Movida International Toulouse Open.

"I started the tournament at 70% and finished close to 100% of my level - so I'm really happy for that," added the 27-year-old from Santiago DC.

"Tomorrow I will start playing in Toulouse - so I have to forget the win of today and focus on qualifying for the Toulouse Open.

"And then I rest for two weeks and train hard to be ready for the tournaments in September. The Irish Open will be a good tournament to start with!"

When Golan celebrated his career-high world No10 ranking last September, he became the highest-ranked Spaniard of all-time - moving ahead of nineties star Austin Adarraga.

[Q] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [1] Stephane Galifi (ITA) 11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-1 (50m)