Anjema beat Lincou to make Kuwait quarters!

It was Laurens Jan Anjema (pic ri) who produced the only upset in the 3rd round of the Kuwait Cup. The 10th seed Dutchman won in 5 tough games (11-9, 3-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-9) against 8th seed Frenchman Thierry Lincou (pic le) to reach the quarters.

Further 3rd round results: [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [13] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (52m); [7] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [9] Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8 (50m); [3] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [16] Alister Walker (BOT) 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (34m); [15] Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 7-11, 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 (67m); [5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [12] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (50m); [6] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [14] Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-1 (55m); [2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [11] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (34m).

Rosner downs Shabana in Kuwait!

It was Germany’s Simon Rosner (pic ri) who earned the biggest scalp in the 2nd round of the Kuwait Cup. The World No24 beat the 4-time World Champion Amr Shabana (pic le) in straight games 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 to claim a place in the last 16 of a World Series event for the 1st time in his career.

Except this major upset all seeded players have gone through with more or less problems. Daryl Selby (ENG), Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY), Alister Walker (BOT) and Adrian Grant (ENG) had to go for the full distance to overcome their opponents Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW), Borja Golan (ESP), Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) and Ryan Cuskelly (AUS).

2nd round results:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-6, 11-3, 11-1 (29m)
[13] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Chris Ryder (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (58m)
[9] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9 (66m)
[7] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 12-10, 11-7, 5-11, 2-11, 12-10 (85m)
[8] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-6, 13-11, 11-6 (47m)
[10] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-2 (70m)
[16] Alister Walker (BOT) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 (85m)
[3] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-0, 11-8, 11-9 (27m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt [4] Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (22m)
[15] Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (40m)
[12] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (18m)
[5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (34m)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (42m)
[14] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-6, 11-13, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3 (76m)
[11] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5 (67m)
[2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Mohammed Abbas (EGY) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (28m)

3rd round line-up:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [13] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[9] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [7] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY)
[8] Thierry Lincou (FRA) v [10] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
[3] James Willstrop (ENG) v [16] Alister Walker (BOT)
[15] Stewart Boswell (AUS) v Simon Rosner (GER)
[5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [12] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG) v [14] Adrian Grant (ENG)
[2] Karim Darwish (EGY) v [11] Omar Mosaad (EGY)

2012 ATCO World Series Finals returns to Queen’s!

The ATCO World Series Finals will return to The Queen’s Club in London (4-8 January 2012). The flagship PSA event, which celebrates its 18th staging since 1993, will feature the top 8 players from the 2011 World Series standings in this year’s 9 PSA World Series events (2 of which have yet to be completed).

But new for 2012 will be the simultaneous staging of the WISPA World Series Finals – featuring the top 8 women in the now-completed 2011 WISPA World Series, led by Malaysia’s record 6-time world champion Nicol David. The women’s event, launched in 1998, has not been staged since 2004. It will be run alongside the men’s championship for the 1st time.

Here come the girls!

Check out the December issue of InternationalSquashMagazine – favourite story: Here come the girls, including world most famous female squash player’s pics of Vicky Botwright. “Nothing has come close to the ‘Thong’ photographs taken of former England International …”

PSA launches innovative draw in Kuwait!

A brand new event format, reflecting the open draw style of English football’s prestigious FA Cup, will be launched by the Professional Squash Association this week at the Kuwait PSA Cup which will feature the top 48 players in the world.

But the draw for the quarter-finals will be made (drawn randomly out of the hat) at a Gala Dinner in Kuwait once the line-up has been resolved – with the highest-ranked player drawing his opponent, then the remaining highest player is drawing next his opponnent, etc, until the quarters are confirmed. That means that No1 and No2 are able to meet in the quarters. What do you think about the new draw system?

Walker powers to Pittsburgh prize!

Alister Walker (pic le) earned Botswana its 2nd international title in a week when he upset top-seeded Englishman Adrian Grant in the final of the Pittsburgh Open. Based in England for much of his life, Botswana-born Walker moved to New York in January this year and the 29-year-old world No20 switched his allegiance to the country of his birth.

After his 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 15-17, 11-2 triumph in 100 minutes, a delighted Walker said: “It was a great final and rounded up two weeks of good performances for me. With 5 PSA titles now to his credit, Walker heads for Kuwait where both he and Grant will compete in the inaugural Kuwait PSA Cup.

David and Willstrop new Hong Kong Champions!

It’s Malaysian World Champion Nicol David (pic le) and English World No3 James Willstrop (pic ri) who took the Hong Kong crown this year. As Nicol David beat Egyptian Ranem El Weleily 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 in just 30 minutes, she took her 6th Hong Kong open title in a row.

James Willstrop made all effort to beat Egyptian 2nd seed Karim Darwish 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 to take his 1st title in the Asian metropolis.

James and Karim for the 1st time in Hong Kong final!

Eyptian 2nd seed Karim Darwish made his 1st Hong Kong final as he beats Malaysian Azlan Iskandar in straight games 11-3, 11-8, 11-2 after just 37 minutes of play.

Darwish’s final opponent England’s World No3 James Willstrop profited of the physical exploit from Frenchman Greg Gaultier as he seems to be flat from the Matthews defeat the day before. Willstrop used his skills to beat the Frenchman in straight games 11-9, 11-9, 11-1.

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