Frost On A Swiss Roll In Zurich
16 Mar 2015
Denmark's Kristian Frost Olesen continued his love affair with Switzerland when he won his fourth PSA World Tour title in the country - and his second in a row - after beating Welshman Joel Makin in the final of the Club 250 Swiss Open in Zurich.
After surviving two five-game encounters to reach the semi-finals of the PSA Challenger 5 squash event at VITIS SportsCenter, top seed Olesen despatched Israeli qualifier Daniel Poleshchuk in straight games to reach the 17th Tour final of his career.
Teenager Poleshchuk fully justified his recent nomination as 'PSA Player of the Month' by earning an unexpected place in the event's last four after upsetting third seed Douglas Kempsell and local hope Patrick Miescher, the No.7 seed, in the earlier rounds.
The other semi-final was a battle of Joels in which Makin, the fourth seed from Pembrokeshire, twice came from behind to upset England's higher-ranked Joel Hinds, the second seed, in a 76-minute marathon.
But after surviving a 33-minute opening game in the final, Olesen stormed through to conquer Makin 13-11, 11-7, 11-6 in 68 minutes to win the 11th Tour title of his career.
"I'm not surprised at all that I had to battle for 68 minutes for a 3/0 win as Joel is a very strong, tough lad," said the delighted Dane after his title triumph. "He shows superb athleticism and flexibility in his movement.
"Winning the first game was crucial in the context of the match. The match actually also counted as a challenge match to decide who plays number one in my Danish league team!"
Makin responded: "I am gutted to lose - but it was the best quality of squash I played in the four matches here at the Swiss Open.
"They are always tough battles with Kristian, but it was fought in the best of spirits - which is the way it should be - without too many stoppages.
"I will have to continue with my daily two hours of yoga and work even harder to clinch that No.1 spot in Kristian's Danish league Team and hopefully a Swiss Open title in 2016!"