March 2012

Nicol takes KL title No8!

It was business as usual as Nicol David claimed her 8th KL Open title – but the 1st since the tournament had been named after her – as she beat unseeded Annie Au in straight games 11-4, 12-10, 11-9. "I'm happy I won the CIMB Nicol David KLOpen, and also knowing that it's named after me, it feels extra special to win it”, said the world champion and world No1.

Both get to the final in contrasting styles, as Au beat Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 and David stayed on top of the 2nd Egyptian semi-finalist Raneem El Weleily. But it was a tough encounter when David took the 15-13, 12-14, 11-6, 11-7 victory.


Mosaad took Kuala Lumpur crown!

Egypt's Omar Mosaad (pic) claimed the biggest title of his career as he overcame Englishman Adrian Grant in a 112 minutes encounter in the final of the KL Open in Kuala Lumpur. Mosaad had destroyed the last home hopes by beating Malaysian Ong Beng Hee to reach the final while Englishman Grant had produced a stunning upset against top seed and defending champion Karim Darwish.

It was the Egyptian world No13 who took a two-game and 10-8 lead in the 3rd game before the 3 places lower ranked Grant fought back to take the game 14/12 and later on forced a decider. Mosaad always was in command in the 5th and was able to close out the match 11-6, 13-11, 12-14, 6-11, 11-8.


Willstrop beat Matthew in German League final!

James Willstrop (le) made history in Germany, when he was able to beat Nick Matthew (ri) after 20 consecutive defeats. It was the No1 string of the 1st Bundesliga play-off match between titleholder Worms and Paderborn. Willstrops victory secured his team a 3:1 win which gives the 8-time champion Paderborn a perfect situation for the re-match on Sunday in Paderborn.

Black & White Worms – Paderborner SC 1:3
Nick Matthew lost to James Willstrop 9:11, 11:9, 6:11, 11:13 (75m)
Jens Schoor lost to Simon Rösner 8:11, 12:14, 11:3, 5:11 (71m)
André Haschker lost to Norman Junge 11:5, 6:11, 11:6, 5:11, 10:12 (90m)
Carsten Schoor bt Lennart Osthoff 13:11, 3:11, 8:11, 13:11, 11:8 (70m)


Grant and Mosaad to contest KL climax!

After surviving his 3rd successive match lasting more than an hour in the semi-finals of the KL Open in Malaysia, England's No4 seed Adrian Grant (pic) will meet 3rd-seeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad in a surprise final in Kuala Lumpur. Left-hander Grant outs Karim Darwish 12-14, 11-8, 13-11, 11-9, the Egyptian favourite who had reached the semis without dropping a game.

The 31-year-old former world No9, now ranked 12 places below Darwish, is celebrating his 29th appearance in a PSA World Tour final, where he will meet Mosaad.

The tall 24-year-old Egyptian, was also taken to 4 games in the other semi-final – where he ended the unexpected run of local star Ong Beng Hee 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 after 52 minutes of play. The win takes the world No13 into his 2nd successive PSA Tour final – and 1 win away from his 2nd title of the month.

Final:
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) v [3] Omar Mosaad (EGY)br>

Semi-finals:
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [1] Karim Darwish (EGY) 12-14, 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 (80m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (52m)br>

Quarter-finals:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [Q] Leo Au (HKG) 11-5, 11-3, 11-9 (26m)
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Max Lee (HKG) 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (73m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 (56m)
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 12-10, 11-13, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7 (91m)br>

1st round:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-2, 11-5, 11-9 (40m)
[Q] Leo Au (HKG) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3 (67m)
Max Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8 (73m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-1, 11-6 (112m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (45m)
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [Q] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 8-0 ret.
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [2] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 (66m)


Young Stars Shine in KL Quarters!

16-year-old Egyptian, Nour El Sherbini continued her giant killing run at the KL Open as she downed experienced No6 seed, Australian Rachael Grinham 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8. Sherbini will now face the other surprise semi finalist in the draw, unseeded Annie Au who beat No3 seed Laura Massaro in a 5-game thriller 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9.

The 3rd upset came in favour of Raneem El Weleily. The Egyptian 5th seed faced Madeline Perry who is seeded just one place above the 23-year-old. After a close 1st game El Weleily’s closed out the contest 13-11, 11-6, 11-2.

Top seed Nicol David was in no mood to succumb to the pattern of upsets however, as she continued her title bid in front of her home crowd, beating India’s Dipika Pallikal 11-5, 11-2, 11-6.

Semi-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [5] Raneem El Weleily (EGY)
[Q] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Annie Au (HKG)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (25m)
[5] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [4] Madeline Perry (IRL) 13-11, 11-6, 11-2 (31m)
Annie Au (HKG) bt [3] Laura Massaro (ENG) 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 (76m)
[Q] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [6] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8 (41m)

1st round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (35m)
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [8] Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)
[4] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Camille Serme (FRA) 11-9, 11-1, 1-11, 12-10 (53m)
[5] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)
Annie Au (HKG) bt [7] Natalie Grinham (NED) 11-9, 12-14, 11-6, 11-6 (55m)
[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (31m)
[6] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Heba El Torky (EGY) 8-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (88m)
[Q] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 (48m)


Beng Hee keeps home hopes alive!

Ong Beng Hee (pic) provided domestic hopes in the KL Open when he became the only unseeded player to reach the semi-finals in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Hee beat his compatriot Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 12-10, 11-13, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7.

The UK-based Malaysian, currently ranked 23 in the world, now faces Omar Mosaad. The tall No3 seed from Egypt defeated Indian number 1 Saurav Ghosal 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7.

A shock upset looked on the cards in the opening match when Hong Kong's Max Lee opened up a 2-game lead over No4 seed Adrian Grant. But the Englishman recovered and took the 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 victory. Grant will now face top seed Karim Darwish after the world No4 from Egypt despatched Hong Kong qualifier Leo Au 11-5, 11-3, 11-9.

Semi-finals:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) v [4] Adrian Grant (ENG)
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v [3] Omar Mosaad (EGY)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [Q] Leo Au (HKG) 11-5, 11-3, 11-9 (26m)
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Max Lee (HKG) 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (73m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 (56m)
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 12-10, 11-13, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7 (91m)

1st round:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-2, 11-5, 11-9 (40m)
[Q] Leo Au (HKG) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3 (67m)
Max Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8 (73m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-1, 11-6 (112m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (45m)
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [Q] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 8-0 ret.
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [2] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 (66m)


Manchester to host PSA Men’s World Championship 2013!

The City of Manchester will host the prestigious PSA Men’s World Squash Championships in 2013. Manchester follows Rotterdam, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City as recent locations, staged under the auspices of the Professional Squash Association (PSA), which will be held at the National Squash Centre between 26 October and 3 November.

The announcement was made this morning, attended by two-time World Champion, Nick Matthew (le), and current World No. 1 James Willstrop (ri). Nick Matthew said, “The World Championships is the biggest title in the game and hosting it on home soil will allow us to showcase it to a wider global audience. World Championships in Manchester will also play a massive part in proving squash’s credentials for an Olympic spot in 2020.”


Adnan outs Iskandar in KL shock!

Unseeded Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (pic) produced the biggest upset in today's 1st round of the men's KL Open when he twice came from behind to overcome local hero and twice former champion Mohd Azlan Iskandar 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 to claim a place in the quarter-finals in Kuala Lumpur.

Hong Kong's Leo Au, a qualifier, did go on to make the last eight round after upsetting Australia's world No37 Ryan Cuskelly 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3 in 67 minutes. Au will now face Karim Darwish, the top-seeded Egypt who defeated France's Gregoire Marche 11-2, 11-5, 11-9.

Further 1st round results: Max Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8 (73m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-1, 11-6 (112m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (45m)
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [Q] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 8-0 ret.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) v [Q] Leo Au (HKG)
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) v Max Lee (HKG)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v Ong Beng Hee (MAS)
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) v [Q] Leo Au (HKG)
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) v Max Lee (HKG)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v Ong Beng Hee (MAS)

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