Punj Lloyd PSA Masters are suffering from withdrawals!

Injuries sustained in last week’s Saudi PSA World Open in Saudi Arabia have taken their toll on the draw for the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the tenth and final PSA Super Series squash event of the year which will take place in India from 14-19 December. Egypt’s Ramy Ashour, Karim Darwish, Greg Gaultier and Adrian Grant did all withdrawal from the $192,500 championship in Delhi. The revised seeding now suggests an all-En

Squash is Back video!

The “Squash is Back” video show cool action with English squash stars – Joey Barrington, Daryl Selby, Peter Barker and new World Champion Nick Matthew playing street squash surrounded by bikers, cool music and graffiti all over the place. Sit back and watch out!
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Gaultier and Palmer in a thrilling rally!

“Even the ref is sweating from that rally”, thats the brilliant comment of commentator legend Joey Barrington about an outstanding rally between Greg Gaultier and David Palmer during their World Open match.
PSA WO Saudi Arabia 2010 – Gaultier v Palmer Rally
Crazy action from the PSA World Open Saudi Arabia 2010 during the last 16 match featuring Gregory Gaultier and David Palmer

Nick Matthew – first Englishman who takes the World Open crown!

The final of the Saudi World Open 2010 was gone into the history books even before it started. Never ever in squash history have been two Englishmen in a World Open final and the winner would be the first English World Champion. Willstrop started impressively and took the 1st game 11-8. Willstrop leads the 2nd game 3-2 as the match started to turn. Matthew gets on top of his English rival and started to control the match until the end. After 74 minutes the new World Open Champion was crowned: Nick Matthew. His coach David Pearson was almost fallen into tears, when Matthew raised his arms.


Backstage video tour at Sunset Beach Saudi World Open!

Before we get to World Open final business you should have a view around the venue Al-Khobar in Saudi Arabia. Just sit back and enjoy some nice backstage impressions added with Steve Cubbin’s commentary. Later on tonight all the squash fans could witness, when squash history will be made: The 1st Englishman – Nick Matthew or James Willstrop – will be crowned to the new World Champion. Stay tuned.
Sunset Beach Saudi World Open 2010
A quick tour of the venue for the 2010 Saudi PSA World Open

English World Open title for the first time!

One fact will be sure, even before the first rally will be played in tomorrow’s Saudi World Open final: For the 1st time of the World Open history (since 1976) the winner will be an Englishman. No, Peter Nicols title in Egypt 1999 did not count for England, as Nicol was a Scotsman at that time –in March 2001 he converted to an English citizen. Back to the semi-finals at Al-Khobar where the crowd did witness that England’s Nick Matthew (pic le) dethroned the Egyptian World Champion 2009 Amr Shabana (pic ri) in straight games. But Matthew’s 11-6, 12-10, 12-10 win was on the knife-edge as the last two games could have gone the other way. Second English final contender will be Matthew’s big compatriot rival James Willstrop, who got back from 1 game down to fight very hard for 87 minutes to overcome English team-mate Peter Barker 8-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-8. Does anyone want to give some prediction for the final?


Four matches – two players had to retire!

In the quarter-finals of the Saudi World Open 2 of the 4 matches ended as straight games wins as the others showed 2 players who had to concede their matches. Englishman and No1 seed Nick Matthew needed 38-minutes to beat French veteran Thierry Lincou (11-3, 11-5, 11-2) and took the 1st semi-final slot. Egyptian Titleholder Amr Shabana played 2 games and 4 points (6-11, 13-11, 4-0) against Greg Gaultier, as the Frenchman had to retire caused by a leg injury. Next match, next injury, as Egyptian Karim Darwish (pic ri) offered his hand in defeat (11-7, 6-11, 6-7) to Peter Barker (ENG, pic le) as he was suffering from a leg injury too. The last quarter-final between English James Willstrop and Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy was won by Willstrop, who never lost control when each of the 3 games got to the final stage (11-9, 11-8, 11-8). Semi-final line-up: [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [3] Amr Shabana (EGY), [6] James Willstrop (ENG) v [8] Peter Barker (ENG).


World Open quarters lined up!

The 2nd part of round 2 of the Saudi World Open showed again, that all higher ranked players get through to the quarter-finals. Englishman Peter Barker needed 56 minutes to beat Australian fellow Stewart Boswell in straight games (11-6, 11-6, 11-9). Afterwards Karim Darwish marked his demand on this year’s World Open title, when he was well in control (11-4, 11-3, 11-3) of compatriot Wael El Hindi in the all-Egyptian match. The 80 minutes all-English encounter between 6th seed James Willstrop (pic le) and 9th seed Daryl Selby (pic ri) was the longest match of tonight and the 3rd longest of the tournament so far. Willstrop overcame Selby 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7. 19-years-old Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy secured his quarter-final slot with a straight games victory (11-8, 11-6, 11-8) of one year elder Aamir Atlas Khan of Pakistan.

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