Severe food poisoning has forced Ong Beng Hee to withdraw from this week’s Saudi PSA World Open Championship in Al-Khobar in Saudi Arabia. The 19th seed from Malaysia, due to make his 9th successive appearance in the premier annual PSA event, will be replaced in the seedings by Simon Rosner, the world No33 from Germany. And making an unexpected last-minute appearance in the draw will be ‘lucky loser’ Kristian Frost Olesen (pic), the 21-year-old world No83 from Denmark who will now line up against second seed Ramy Ashour, the world No1 from Egypt, in the first round. The Saudi PSA World Open, which now features 64 players from 24 countries, is the first World Open ever to be staged in Saudi Arabia. The event gets underway on Thursday (2 December), leading to the final on Friday 10 December.
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Emma Beddoes (pic) outlasted compatriot Victoria Lust in the final of the Women’s London Open to keep the $10,000 WISPA title in English hands for the third year in a row, after Dominique Lyoyd-Walter won in 2008 and 2009. Beddoes, ranked 23 in the world, was too strong for her opponent, beating compatriot Victoris Lust 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 in 38 minutes to secure the 5th Tour title of her career. In the men’s final Australian Stewart Boswell marked up his 20th title on the PSA World Tour after winning the London Open. The 32-year-old former world No4 from Canberra, despatched England’s 2nd seed Jonathan Kemp, the defending champion, 11-3, 12-10, 11-5.
National pride was behind Sarah Fitz-Gerald‘s (pic) decision to play for Australia at the Women’s World Team Squash Championships New Zealand. The 5 times world champion compete in her 1st big squash event in almost 10 years, as she retired in 2002. She joins a powerful team that includes world number five Rachael Grinham, 7th ranked Kasey Brown and 17th ranked Donna Urquhart. “There was one year Australia finished 10th and I think the last one we might have been about sixth. When I was coming through we were always in the top three, probably the top two so that’s part of the reason I put my hand up – just to see if I could help move us up from potentially sixth to four or five even. I haven’t ever really stopped playing since I came off tour. I’ve been doing league, promotions and exhibitions, so my fitness is still pretty good and I’m playing all right”.
English players kept home hopes alive at the London Open, while Emma Beddoes and Victoria Lust secured an all-English final. Both beat their opponents Nicolette Fernandes (11-5, 11-6, 11-4) and Laura Hill (11-6, 11-8, 11-8) in straight games. In the men’s there is England’s Jonathan Kemp, the world No.27, who will try to win his 3rd PSA title this year, while Australian contender Stewart Boswell (pic), the world No.19 goes for the 2nd one. In the semis Kemp ended Canadian Shahier Razik’s run after 47 minutes 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 and Boswell avoided an all-English final by beating Chris Ryder 11-3, 8-11, 11-3, 12-10.
Qualifier Joe Lee (pic) ensured domestic interest in the top half of the London Open draw after despatching 8th seed Davide Bianchetti in the opening round of the $20,000 PSA World Tour. The 21-year-old London-born Englishman defeated 33-year-old Bianchetti, the world No45 from Italy, 11-5, 11-7, 11-1 in 25 minutes. Lee, ranked 72 in the world, now faces another Tour veteran Shahier Razik. The 33-year-old 3rd seed from Canada battled for 45 minutes to beat Malta’s Bradley Hindle 17-15, 11-7, 11-8. Quarter-final line-up:  Stewart Boswell (AUS) v  Arturo Salazar (MEX),  Shahier Razik (CAN) v [Q] Joe Lee (ENG),  Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v  Chris Ryder (ENG),  Jonathan Kemp (ENG) v  Joey Barrington (ENG).
Canadian Shawn Delierre (pic) made it onto the winner’s podium for the first time in more than three years. The unseeded 28-year-old from Montreal picked off some notable scalps on the way through to his surprise appearance in the Rhode Island Open final – including 6th seeded Irishman John Rooney and Mexico’s No4 seed Cesar Salazar. But it was in the 10th Tour final of his career that Delierre, a former word No40, pulled off his most impressive victory since undergoing leg surgery last year. Currently ranked 74 in PSA world rankings, Delierre battled for 97 minutes to overcome top seed Julian Illingworth, the world No35 from the USA, 11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10. The triumph not only denied Illingworth his second successive Tour title in Rhode Island, but gave Delierre the seventh Tour trophy of his career – and his first since winning the Good Life Open in Ottawa in October 2007.