Duncalf and Brown still on course in Delhi!

English top-seed Jenny Duncalf booked her semi-final ticket when she overcame Joey Chan of Hong Kong after getting back from one game down (4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-2). Dun calf’s semi-final opponent will be French girl Camille Serme who had clearly the upper hand against Malaysian 6th seed Low Wee Wern (11-7, 11-8, 11-3). 2nd seed Australian Kasey Brown was already 2 games up, when Indian Dipika Pallikal fought back to level the match. In the decider Brown destroyed the home hopes roughly, when she took the 5th game easily 11-5. In the last quarter Hong Kong’s 5th seed left handed Annie Au (pic) downed 4th seed New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes 9-11, 11-7, 15-13, 11-9 to secure her 8th semi-final appearance this year. Semi-finals line up: [1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [3] Camille Serme (FRA)
[2] Kasey Brown (AUS) v [5] Annie Au (MAS).


Barker out of Delhi action!

2nd round action part 2: The all-English match between Daryl Selby and Peter Barker did end before it even started, while Barker had to concede caused by a back injury. The good news about the 2nd all-English match of today: it happened, even if it last only 29 minutes for 4 games. World Champion Nick Matthew just had problems in the 3rd which goes to Jonathan Kemp, but finally Matthew get back in control and won 11-6, 11-4, 4-11, 11-2. 10 minutes longer lasted the encounter between Mohamed El Shorbagy and Malaysian Ong Beng Hee (MAS) which was dominated by the young Egyptian 11-8, 12-10, 11-7. In the last match 3rd seed Egyptian Amr Shabana destroyed all Indian home interests by beating Saurav Ghosal 11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9.


Ashour downs Anjema in Delhi!

In the 2nd round action (part 1) of the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters the 14th seed Egyptian Hisham Ashour (pic fron) downed Dutch 7th seed Laurens Jan Anjema (pic back) in five. It was the 2nd time in a row after 2nd round World Open defeat, that Ashour had the upper hand. Australian Cameron Pilley beat Wael El Hindi, after the Egyptian had to concede the match in the 4th game (7-11, 11-8, 14-12 rtd). James Willstrop, 2nd seed World Open runner up, did not face big problems overcoming Egyptian Omar Mosaad in straight games. Just as the French veteran Thierry Lincou, who took the ‘Flying Finn’ Olli Tuominen back on the ground in straight games. Next matches: [8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) v [12] Ong Beng Hee (MAS), [3] Amr Shabana (EGY) v [15] Saurav Ghosal (IND), [5] Peter Barker (ENG) v [9] Daryl Selby (ENG), [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [16] Jonathan Kemp (ENG).


New Delhi first round action part two!

Eight games today – eight times the seeded players got through. Except 8th seed Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy (pic) who needed 52 minutes to beat compatriot Mohammed Abbas 11-9, 15-13, 3-11, 11-7 all other matches stayed below the 50 minutes edge. All other 1st round matches of day 2: [12] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (45m), [15] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (40m), [3] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (28m), [9] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Joey Barrington (ENG) 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 (48m), [5] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-2 (48m), [16] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 11-3, 1-11, 11-3, 11-9 (37m), [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Dick Lau (HKG) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (26m).


Practice the Hisham and Hindi style!

Practice the Egyptian style at the PSA Masters. Watch out the easy warm of Hisham Ashour and Wael El Hindi who introduced some shot of their potential. Later on, Omar Mosaad joined the two and it began to get more serious.
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Seeds safely through in New Delhi!

There were no surprises on the opening day in the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the 10th and final PSA Super Series championship of the year at the Indian capital city New Delhi. England’s James Willstrop led the day’s action on the ASB all-glass court where he faced rising Egyptian star Mohd Ali Anwar Reda. After being one game down Willstrop battled back to win the match 11-13, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9. Australia’s No10 seed Cameron Pilley – a Commonwealth Games doubles gold medallist on the same court two months ago – dispatched ‘lucky loser’ Sandeep Jangra 11-2, 11-2, 11-7 in one of the quickest matches of the day. 6 more matches of the 1st round (top half of draw): [11] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 11-8, 12-10, 12-10, [6] Wael El Hindi (EGY) bt [Q] Siddharth Suchde (IND) 12-10, 11-5, 11-7, [4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [Q] Joe Lee (ENG) 11-8, 11-2, 11-4, [13] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 13-11, 11-6, 11-3, [7] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [Q] Kamran Khan (MAS) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5, [14] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6.


Khalifa captures Canary Islands crown!

Second seed Amr Khaled Khalifa (pic) prevailed in the all-Egyptian final of Canary Islands Open to win his first PSA World Tour title since becoming world junior champion in August. The 18-year-old from Cairo was taken the full distance in the semi-finals before overcoming Germany’s fourth seed Jens Schoor 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-6. His opponent in the final was qualifier Marwan El Shorbagy – the 17-year-old from Alexandria stunned top seed Joel Hinds in the opening round. El Shorbagy took the 2nd game to draw level, but it was Khalifa, the world No98, who ultimately came through, winning 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 11-7 to pick up the fourth Tour title of his career to date.


World Champion Matthew leads PSA Masters field!

This week’s Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the tenth and final event of the 2010 PSA Super Series, has attracted a star-studded field led by last week’s new World Open champion Nick Matthew (pic) and runner-up James Willstrop. The Englishmen are the top two seeds in the $192,500 event at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in India’s capital city New Delhi – the same venue where the pair contested the Commonwealth Games squash gold medal in October.

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