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Suez Helsinki Summer Challenger 2015

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Qualifying
Main Draw
Results
  • Main Draw
    27 - 30 Aug
  • Venue
    Helsinki, Finland
  • Prize
    $5,000 (m)
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Overview

Qualifier Miko Aijanen completed a trio of giant killings by defeating third seed Baptiste Masotti to lift his maiden PSA World Tour title in the final of the Suez Helsinki Summer Challenger, PSA M5 tournament.

Aijanen had already stunned two other seeded players in Jan Koukal and Auguste Dussourd earlier on in the event before powering past fellow qualifier Saadeldin Abouaish in the semi-final. Masotti was in fine fettle coming in to the final and had bested top seed Aqeel Rehman to earn his place there.

The opening game was a tight affair with both players playing a consistent style of squash. Aijanen pulled away from 6-6 to take the game on the tie-break and go a game ahead against his more experienced opponent.

Aijanen looked to be storming to the second game with ease and at one point lead Masotti 10-3. The Frenchman took advantage of some unforced errors from the 18-year-old to bring himself back into it but the Fin just managed to up his game at the crucial moment to go 2-0 up.

The third game started in similar fashion with Aijanen again rising to a big lead. At 8-3 down, Masotti mounted a brilliant comeback and claimed two game balls at 10-8. That sparked Aijanen into life though and he took four points on the bounce to secure a 12-10, 11-9, 12-10 victory to capture the title on home soil.

“I could never have believed that I would be standing here with the trophy,” enthused Aijanen after the match.

Results – Final: Suez Helsinki Summer Challenger 2015
[Q] Miko Äijänen (FIN) bt [3] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 12-10

Top Seeds

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A. Rehman (87)
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J. Koukal (151)
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B. Masotti (25)
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A. Ashoush (515)
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M. Wanner (453)
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J. Vähämaa (409)
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A. Ostbye (402)
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A. Dussourd (59)
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Final

Final Sat, 29th August 2015

Semi final Sat, 29th August 2015

Quarter final Sat, 29th August 2015

Round 1 Fri, 28th August 2015

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