Our congratulations go to Karakal’s James Peach who concluded an unbelievable run at the 2022 Austrian Squash Open by defeating the tournament’s top seed and taking the PSA Challenger 5 level crown at the Europark in Salzburg yesterday evening.
Englishman, James came into the tournament as one of eight unseeded players, but proceeded to take down the top three seeds, including top seed Yannick Wilhelmi in the final, to claim his second PSA Challenger Tour title.
World No.167, James began his week against Spain’s Ivan Perez, who was coming into the tournament off the back of winning the Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open just a few days previously. Despite that, the Englishman was able to rally from being 2-1 down in their opening day contest in Salzburg, winning the last two games to win in five.
Next James went on to get the better of No.7 seed Christopher Binnie in a four-game contest, before overcoming the challenge of No.2 seed, Germany’s Yannik Omlor.
In the final, James came up against the tournament’s top seed, Yannick Wilhelmi of Switzerland. For the second day in succession, the Englishman led after three games, but saw his opponent fight back to win the fourth 12-10. However, James was able to steady himself once again, to go on and win the fifth and final game to take the biggest title of his career.
Well done James... A fantastic result!
Results: 2022 Austrian Open (Men’s) Final:
James Peach (ENG) bt  Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) 3-2: 4-11, 11-9, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7 (63m)