Hungarian squash champion Balázs Farkas, ranked 113 internationally, won the Romanian Squash Open that took place in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár) from 15 to 17 November, after a hard match against the Egyptian player Yehia Elnawasany, ranked 145. The final match ended by three games to two (11-8, 4-11, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10) in the Hungarian’s player favor.
Balázs Farkas’ semifinal match, against his German rival Valentin Rapp ranked 150, wasn’t an easy one either. However, the former won over the latter by three games to two (11-6, 4-11, 7-11, 14-12, 11-1).
In the quarterfinal, Balázs defeated Pakistan’s Zahir Shah, ranked 208, and the result was 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-3). In the first round, Balázs’ win was against England’s James Peach, ranked 218, and the match’s score was 3-1 (12-10, 12-10, 16-18, 11-8).
It is worth mentioning that this is the second title for the Hungarian champion during the current year, as the first was that of the Falcon Squash Cup Open 2019, which was held in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, from 14 to 17 February. Balázs became the champion after he beat Denmark’s Kristian Frost, ranked 89. The match ended 3-0 (11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9).
In 2018, the Hungarian player won the IMET Squash Open in the Slovak capital, Bratislava (Pozsony), and the Airport Squash & Fitness in the German city of Berlin.
Source: Guest writer: Maydaa Abo El-Nadar