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Carlos Cornes Ribadas with the 2016 ASB Prague Squash Classic title

Two in a Row for Cornes After Spaniard Wins Prague Classic

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World No.79 Carlos Cornes Ribadas triumphed in his second successive PSA World Tour event after taking the plaudits at the ASB Prague Squash Classic, PSA M5 tournament – beating New Zealand’s Evan Williams in the final.

Less than a month after capturing just his second PSA World Tour title at the Chateau-Arnoux Open, Cornes was in superb form as he powered to the final in Prague, with the pre-tournament title favourite beating Petr Martin, Emyr Evans and Daniel Mekbib to reach a fifth PSA World Tour final.

Williams was looking to win his sixth Tour title, but was brushed aside by a rampant Cornes in the opening game, with the Spaniard taking it 11-4 in just eight minutes.

An improvement in the second game from Williams saw the New Zealander race away to take a 7-3 lead and the World No.88 built up four game balls, only to see Williams overturn all of them, eventually prevailing on the tie-break to double his lead.

A 7-1 lead for Cornes in game three looked to be ushering in a quick resolution to the fixture, but Williams took seven of the next eight points on offer to level at 8-8. A stroke against Williams handed the lead back to Cornes though, and he converted the next two points to record an 11-4, 13-11 11-8 victory that sees him capture a third PSA World Tour crown.

“I’m happy with the title,” said Cornes.

“I started the match playing really well, and then in the second he came on court firing and he made me do a few errors. I managed to take the second and from there built a bit of confidence.

“In the beginning of the third, he lost his concentration and quickly I found myself 7-1 up in a couple of minutes. I started to think too much about winning instead of playing to win.

“I was lucky to take it in the third and I’m really happy with my performances all week. I want to thank [Tournament Promoter] Tomas [Forter] and the Czech Squash Association for putting on such an event. Also, a massive thanks to all the people who help me back home, coaches, friends and family. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible.”

Speaking about the match, Williams said: “It wasn’t my day today. I couldn’t find my length and width. Carlos shut the court down and was too good.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed with the result, but I have another tournament next week to play, so hopefully I can finish the year off better. The tournament was run really well. Everything we needed was catered for, the hotel is close, food is good, and we got good crowds. Well done, Tomas.”

Result – Final: 2016 ASB Prague Squash Classic
[1] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt [2] Evan Williams (NZL) 3-0: 11-4, 13-11, 11-8 (38m)

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