All-Egyptian men’s final in Qatar!

It needed 71 minutes before 4-times world champion Amr Shabana (pic ri) of Egypt had the luckier end in the 5th games (3-11, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10) against French star Greg Gaultier (pic le). “Anybody could have won, it was like flipping a coin”, Shabana explained after the match. Just two minutes longer needed Karim Darwish to fight back from two games down, as he outs defending champion Nick Matthew in five tough games (8-11, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8). That gives an all-Egyptian men’s final in Qatar, which Shabana leads the head-to-heads against Darwish 12:8.


David want to take the 50th title in Qatar!

Last year’s champion has been dethroned in this year’s semi-finals. After Malaysian Nicol David (pic ri) ended the run of the young Nour El Tayeb (pic le), when David beat the 17-years-old Egyptian in four games (11-7, 11-2, 5-11, 11-6). David will meet Australian Rachael Grinham in Qatar’s final, when Grinham came back from one game down to win against defending champion Jenny Duncalf (9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-5). Now it’s David and Grinham. David aims for her 50th overall title and Grinham for her 31st.


Five nations complete Qatar Classic semis!

Australian Rachael Grinham (pic) stayed on top of a five games shoot-out with Egyptian Raneem El Weleily (12-10, 9-11, 14-16, 11-7, 11-5). The following all-English match was controlled by Jenny Duncalf, who overcame Laura Massaro in straight games (11-7, 11-4, 11-8). French veteran Thierry Lincou had another tough encounter, which goes to the other side this time. Egyptian Karim Darwish took out Lincou after 68 minutes (13-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9 ). No.1 seeded Nick Matthew (ENG) beat compatriot Daryl Selby in straight games (11-5, 11-3, 11-5), therefore Matthew was able to take revenge of last times defeat.


Two Egyptians in the Qatar semis already!

Four semi-finals have been played already with very different results. That Malaysian World No.1 Nicol David would shake off Australian Kasey Brown (11-6, 12-10, 11-7); nobody would take a bet against it. But that the 17-years-old Nour El Tayeb (pic le) from Egypt will get into the semis, by beating Joel King (pic ri) from New Zealand (11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6), nobody would have put money on this either. At the men’s semis, Amr Shabana recovered from one game down to get through after 71 minutes of intense squash against Englishman James Willstrop (2-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-7). The 2nd men’s semi saw French Greg Gaultier dictating two games against Peter Barker (ENG), before Barker conceded the match in the 3rd game.


Simpson Celebrates Vancouver Victory!

Chris Simpson (pic) celebrated his first PSA World Tour squash title in almost two years when he beat fellow Englishman James Snell in the final of the Jericho Open in Vancouver. The 23-year-old top seed recovered from a game down to beat surprise opponent Snell, the fourth seed from Exeter, 10-12, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 in 64 minutes. Simpson – whose previous Tour title triumph was also in Canada, at the Edmonton Open in December 2008 now has three PSA Tour titles to his credit.


Favourites get to the quarters!

The match of the two legends lasted 75 minutes, in which Frenchman Thierry Lincou (pic ri) had the better end against Australian David Palmer (pic le) (8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 3-11, 11-5). Afterwards 3rd seed Karim Darwish (EGY) shortened the head-to-heads to 3:4, when he beat Australian Stewart Boswell (AUS) in four games (11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-3). England’s Daryl Selby and Cameron Pilley of from Australia today played the longest match. In a 102 minutes encounter Selby made the quarters by beating Pilley 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9. Nick Matthew eased trough the all-English match against team-mate Alister Walker 11-5, 12-10, 11-4.


El Tayeb moves on in Qatar!

Nour El Tayeb downed another seeded player, when she beat her Egyptian team-mate Nour El Sherbini in four games (11-7, 4-11, 11-2, 11-4) after 29 minutes. Second upset in round No.2 was produced by New Zealand’s Joelle King, as she took out the 5th seed French girl Camille Serme after 70 minutes encounter (11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8). Other results: [1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [11] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (23m), [7] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [9] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 11-9, 7-11, 13-11, 5-11, 11-6 (67m), [8] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [14] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (26m), [4] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [12] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) 11-5, 12-10, 11-4 (33m), [6] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-6, 11-5, 15-13 (31m), [2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [10] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 11-4 (44m).
Qatar Squash Federation
Omneya stunned by Nour DOHA, 09 November 2010 – Unseeded Nour El Tayeb of Egypt stunned world number four and compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy to pull off the biggest upset of the 2010 Qatar Classic squash tournament at the Khalifa International and Tennis Complex yesterday.

No worries so far in Qatar!

Four 2nd round matches have been played yet and none of the lower seeded players could go through. In the encounter of the “lefties” Amr Shabana (EGY) beat Adrian Grant (ENG) quite comfortable 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 in 36 minutes. Followed by England’s James Willstrop who never faced any problems, when he overcame Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8. “It was much better, than the 1st round”, Frenchman Greg Gaultier said, after he beat Egyptian Omar Mosaad in straight games (11-7, 11-9, 11-4). 6th seed Peter Barker (pic) from England came back from one game down against Egyptian youngster Mohamed El Shorbagy to stay on top with three tiebreak in a row (4-11, 13-11, 14-12, 12-10.

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