Hong Kong: It’s Nicol and Raneem!

World No1 and 5-times Hong Kong Open winner Nicol David ended the run of Hong Kong’s Annie Au after dropping the 1st game with a 9-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 victory to reach her 6th consecutive final.

Raneem El Weleily (EGY) beat Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9 in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open 2011 (photo: Steve Cubbins, SquashSite)

Her opponent, the Egyptian Raneem El Weleily (pic le), hold off Malaysian Low Wee Wern (pic ri) 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9 to make her 1st Hong Kong final.

Gaultier and Iskandar against all odds!

As the all-English match between James Willstrop and Peter Barker had a quick end, while Barker had to concede the match after 27 minutes (11-3, 11-8, 3-0 ret.) Frenchman Greg Gaultier (pic le) had to fight for 90 minutes to get Nick Matthew’s (pic ri) scalp (7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-5) to take revenge for the defeat in the World Open final.

Another major upset was on the line as Malaysian Azlan Iskandar downs 5-times Hong Kong winner Amr Shabana (EGY) in straight games 11-9, 11-5, 11-6. 2nd seed Karim Darwish (EGY) completes the semis by winning easily 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 against Stewart Boswell (AUS).

Annie Au kept Hong Kong hopes alive!

Only women’s Hong Kong quarter-final match, which does not end in the 5th game was Nicol David’s (MAS) 4-games-victory against English Laura Massaro (11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6). All others had to go the full distance to claim a place into the semis.

As Raneem El Weleily’s (EGY) win 11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8 over Joey Chan (HKG) seems to be “normal business”, the 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-4 victory of 13th seed Malaysian Low Wee Wern against 7th seed French Camille Serme could be called a “classic upset”.

As Hong Kong’s Annie Au (pic ri) came back from 1-2 games down to beat Australia’s 3rd seed Rachael Grinham (pic le) 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 11-4 we like to call it a “major upset” to please the home crowd.

Iskandar downs Shorbagy in Hong Kong!

As world No1 Nick Matthew had to fight for 65 minutes to beat English compatriot Daryl Selby 12-10, 11-7, 11-8, most other seeded players have gone to the quarters. Only 7th seed Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy (pic back) did not make it. He was not able to use the 1:0-lead to shake off Malaysian Azlan Iskandar (pic front) who had the upper hand (6-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-7) after 56 minutes.

More results: [5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 11-6 (68m); [6] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (47m); [3] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (30m); [4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Hisham Mohamed Ashour (EGY) 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (31m); Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 11-4, 11-9, 11-0 (42m); [2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [Q] Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-3, 11-2, 5-11, 11-7 (41m).

Chan, Wern and Weleily won in Hong Kong!

8 matches and 3 major upset were produced in the 2nd round of the women’s Hong Kong open as 15th seed Joey Chan (HKG) overcame 6th seed Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 and 10th seed Raneem El Weleily (EGY) beat the 4th seed Madeline Perry (IRL) 11-7, 11-7, 11-8. 3rd and biggest upset was generated by world No14 Low Wee Wern (pic ri) of Malaysia downed English world No2 Jenny Duncalf (pic le) in just 28 minutes 11-7, 11-7, 11-1.

Further results: [1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [11] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-6, 11-7, 14-12 (41m); [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [16] Delia Arnold (MAS) 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (23m); [3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [12] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 11-5, 4-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8 (44m); [8] Annie Au (HKG) bt [9] Joelle King (NZL) 12-10, 2-11, 11-9, 11-6; [7] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Emma Beddoes (ENG) 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 (34m).

Beddoes beat Kippax in Hong Kong Open!

In the women’s 1st round action in the Hong Kong Open, it was Emma Beddoes (pic le) who produced the only upset as she beat English compatriot 14th seed Sarah Kippax (pic ri)11-6, 11-6, 2-11, 11-5. 2nd round line up: [1] Nicol David (MAS) v [11] Donna Urquhart (AUS); [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [16] Delia Arnold (MAS); [3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [12] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL); [8] Annie Au (HKG) v [9] Joelle King (NZL); [6] Kasey Brown (AUS) v [15] Joey Chan (HKG); [4] Madeline Perry (IRL) v [10] Raneem El Weleily (EGY); [7] Camille Serme (FRA) v Emma Beddoes (ENG); [2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [13] Low Wee Wern (MAS).

Boswell downs Lincou in Hong Kong!

Autralia’s Stewart Boswell produced the only upset in the 8 bottom half matches of the 1st round as he beat French 8th seed Thierry Lincou 11-3, 11-9, 11-5. Egyptian qualifier Tarek Momen (pic ri) had the better end in a fast and furious match (15-17, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7) against Swiss Nicolas Mueller (pic le).

All other matches ended alongside the rankings: [4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [Q] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-1 (40m); Hisham Mohamed Ashour (EGY) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 (47m); Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-4, 11-7, 11-1 (33m); [7] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (34m); Tom Richards (ENG) bt [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 2-11, 12-10 (77m); [2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [Q] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (27m).

Selby survives Hong Kong opener!

English World No12 Daryl Selby (pic ri) survived came back from 2 games down to beat Indian World No32 Saurav Ghosal (pic le) 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 after 66 minutes of play.

In all other 1st round matches of the 1st top half of the draw the higher seeded players won: [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Martin Knight (NZL) 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (41m); Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (35m); [5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Julian Illingworth (USA) 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3 (65m); [6] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 (87m); Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Max Lee (HKG) 11-2, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6 (44m); Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [Q] Borja Golan (ESP) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (45m); [3] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 13-11, 11-6, 11-5 (24m).

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