October 2012

World Squash Day set up biggest sports match!

The sport of Squash is claiming a world record for the biggest sports match in history. More than 40,000 players registered to take part in the World Squash Day Challenge, which demonstrated global support for the sport’s 2020 Olympic bid.

More than 800 clubs from over 70 nations joined in, with players representing Team Squash and Team 2020.

World Squash Day founder Alan Thatcher said: “Hundreds of pictures have been uploaded to websites and Facebook pages showing large numbers of happy, smiling people doing what they love best, enjoying the thrill of playing one of the world’s most physically-demanding sports. “The pictures also showed the lifelong friendships, great sportsmanship and sheer fun that this game delivers.”

Women’s world champion Nicol David set a great example. The Malaysian cycled round her home city of Amsterdam to visit every squash club, and also waved banners outside some of the city’s most iconic buildings.

Other former world champions, including Australians Vicki Cardwell and Michelle Martin, joined the action as more than 50 clubs participated Down Under.

Leading Egyptian stars Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Weleily also played a special WSD challenge match in Alexandria.

World Squash Day was also celebrated in some exotic locations, with Reunion Island hosting a team from Mauritius. Frenchman Thierry Lincou, who hails from Reunion, beat fellow former world champion David Palmer in a match to mark World Squash Day.

One of the biggest events took place at the Tanglin Club in Singapore, where they joined forces with the British Club and Hollandse Club to stage 188 matches.

A 24-hour marathon in Slovenia attracted more than 300 players; 334 matches took place over 15 centres in the Czech Republic; and Gravelines in France featured 122 competitors. Results were also posted from Zimbabwe, Peking University in China, and from various clubs in the Caribbean.

Around 750 youngsters from the inner-city of Johannesburg, townships of Soweto and Alexandra – among numerous around the world who would benefit from Olympic inclusion beyond 2020 – had a fun-filled day as they joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Squash Day through their annual Egolisquash Festival.

A huge event in Hong Kong was followed by a flash mob dance in the heart of the city, which attracted national media attention.

Upwards of 150 clubs were involved in England, with big numbers also recorded in Canada, USA and throughout Asia and Europe.

There was a raft of messages of support, including one from double Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes, while WSF President N Ramachandran summed up his delight by saying:

“Our sport cares about promoting itself. It cares deeply about our Olympic aspirations and developing and innovating.

“World Squash Day is a superb illustration of this.”


Aziz took Valencia title!

Omar Abdel Aziz (le) ended the run of qualifier Harinder Pal Sandhu (ri) as the 29-year-old Egyptian world No41 beat the 6 years younger Indian in straight games 11-8, 12-10, 11-8. Aziz needed 65 minutes to claim his 5th PSA Tour event victory in his career.

Final:
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (65m)

Semi-finals:
[Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt [3] Chris Ryder (ENG) 5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (80m)
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 11-9, 11-6, 13-11 (55m)

Quarter-finals:
[Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt [1] Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 (120m)
[3] Chris Ryder (ENG) bt [Q] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) 7-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-5, 0-1 ret.
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt Steven Finitsis (AUS) 11-5, 11-4, 11-8
Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Rasmus Nielsen (DEN) 11-7, 11-8, 11-2

1st round:
[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-7, 11-6, 11-8
[Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt Charles Sharpes (ENG) 11-7, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4
[Q] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) 11-8, 14-12, 11-2
[3] Chris Ryder (ENG) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt Alejandro Garbi Caro (ESP) 12-10, 11-4, 11-7
Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt [Q] Jens Schoor (GER) 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5
Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt [Q] Joel Hinds (ENG) 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-9
Rasmus Nielsen (DEN) bt [2] Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-9, 16-14, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9


Netsuite Open Final 2012 (part 1)

Check out the final of the Netsuite Open Final 2012 (part 1) when Greg Gaultier is on fire to beat Nick Matthew in straight games …


Gaultier grabs Golden Gate glory!

Frenchman Greg Gaultier (front) beat world No2 Nick Matthew (back) from England in the final of the NetSuite Open in San Francisco, USA.

Throughout the match, Gaultier kept Matthew’s strength – cutting the ball off at mid-court – at bay, while simultaneously controlling his own tempo.

Gaultier was simply unstoppable, putting his astounding quickness and relentless attacking style to full effect to overcome Matthew 11-7, 13-11, 11-9 after 62 minutes of play.

“I managed not to play too fast all the time; to mix the rhythm by hitting some high balls to take control of the T,” said the newly-crowned champion, now winner of 21 PSA Tour titles.

Perhaps the most impressive difference with Gaultier was his ability to maintain his composure – not only when referee decisions didn’t go his way but, in particular, when Matthew succeeded in closing gaps midway through each game. He credits a new perspective on life after becoming a father for the first time eight weeks ago.

“I realise life is not only squash, and that was all my life before,” explained the 29-year-old Frenchman. “I always put squash into one box and it was only it. And when you win life is beautiful, and when you lose it’s the end of the world. So now it gives me a great balance.

“There’s other things important in life. It gives me wings and has changed my attitude as well. It makes me more calm on court. I’m a really happy dad, and my girlfriend is really doing well. As long as Nolan is healthy, I’m happy. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Final:
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [2] Nick Matthew (ENG) 11-7, 13-11, 11-9 (62m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (43m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [4] Peter Barker (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6 (56m)

Quarter-finals:
Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [1] James Willstrop (ENG) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (53m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 (58m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (47m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-6, 12-10, 11-4 (53m)

1st round:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-4, 11-9, 11-9 (34m)
Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Alister Walker (BOT) 11-8, 5-11, 11-3, 11-5 (49m)
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (32m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-4, 7-11, 11-1, 11-1 (52m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (33m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (48m)
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Martin Knight (NZL) 12-10, 11-7, 11-4 (50m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Julian Illingworth (USA) 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (53m)


Darwish denies El Shorbagy in Macau!

Karim Darwish (ri) survived the all-Egyptian battle against Mohamed El Shorbagy (le) in the final of the Macau Open – but the top seed was taken the full distance before claiming the title on the ASB all-glass court sited by the famous A-Ma Temple in Macau.

Former world No1 Darwish – ten years his opponent’s senior – calling upon all his experience to close out the match 9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9 to take the title.

Darwish, now celebrating the 22nd Tour title of his career, was marking his 3rd appearance back on the PSA Tour after the birth of his son Omar.

Final:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9

Semi-finals:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 11-1, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-4, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9

Quarter-finals:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 11-5, 11-9, 11-6
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [4] Tom Richards (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-6, 11-3, 11-5
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 11-9, 11-6, 11-7

1st round:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-8, 11-6, 11-9
[Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 14-12
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [Q] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5
[4] Tom Richards (ENG) bt Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-5, 11-7, 11-2
Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5
Max Lee (HKG) bt Armando Amante (MAC) 11-4, 11-4, 11-4
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9


Rosner takes Santiago crown!

Germany’s Simon Rosner celebrated the sixth PSA World Tour title of his career after triumphing in 4 games in the final of the Santiago Open in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

After making his breakthrough in the semi-finals, where he stunned local hero and defending champion Borja Golan in a 73-minute marathon, it took the world No18 from Paderborn a minute longer to subdue Australian Cameron Pilley in the climax, where Rosner held his nerve to close out the match 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 16-14 to win his first Tour title of the year.

“I’m just so happy to have won my sixth PSA title,” said the jubilant German afterwards. “I have been working really hard and that paid off finally.

“I would also really like to congratulate my opponent and roomie for a great match and a fair final,” added the 24-year-old.

Final:
[3] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 16-14 (74m)

Semi-finals:
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [1] Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
[3] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [2] Borja Golan (ESP) 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 (73m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (32m)
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-1 (43m)
[3] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [Q] Shaun le Roux (RSA) 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (30m)
[2] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 (62m)

1st round:
[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 12-10, 11-3, 11-2 (37m)
Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [Q] Yann Perrin (FRA) 4-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-6 (54m)
Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7 (51m)
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (22m)
[3] Simon Rosner (GER) bt Chris Ryder (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (25m)
[Q] Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (50m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [Q] Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 11-8, 11-3, 10-12, 12-10 (53m)
[2] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (39m)


World Squash Day – fans back 2020 Olympic Bid!

Squash’s bid for a place in the 2020 Olympics receives a massive boost on today when some 40,000 players are expected to take part in a massive worldwide competition on World Squash Day.

The biggest fixture in the history of the sport has a 2020 theme as World Squash Day is dedicated to supporting the World Squash Federation (WSF) bid for a place in the 2020 Olympic Games.

More than 750 squash clubs all over the world – representing 72 nations from Argentina to Zimbabwe – will be taking part in the World 2020 Challenge. Each club will field two teams of 20 (often more) representing Team Squash and Team 2020.

WSF Chief Executive Andrew Shelley said: “This impressive level of support proves conclusively that the worldwide squash family is right behind the Olympic bid.

Let’s go for it!

WHERE IT’S ALL HAPPENING:
• World Squash Day will be celebrated throughout Asia, with events in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Iran.

• African nations taking part include Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

• Arab nations include Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

• More than 50 events are taking place across Australia, plus many more in New Zealand, where The Datsuns’ drummer Phil Buscke, a keen squash player, is throwing down a challenge to members of the All Blacks rugby team to get on court. Four years ago, Buscke publicised the previous Olympic bid with a televised bungee jump off Auckland Harbour Bridge.

• Across north, south and central America, competing nations include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and USA. World Squash Day activities will feature in the new men’s PSA World Tour event in San Francisco, where a 20-up College Challenge will take place on the glass court by the San Francisco waterfront between Stanford University and California University-Berkeley and University of Southern California.

• European nations include Armenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Wales.

• Exotic island squash outposts include the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Norfolk Island, Trinidad and Tobago, plus St Vincent and The Grenadines.

For all the latest updates, and to record and view progress of all the matches and events, visit www.worldsquashday.com


Rosner and Pilley meet in Santiago final!

Germany’s Simon Rosner (le) destroyed all home hopes in the semi-final in the Santiago Open in Spain when he beat Spaniard Borja Golan (ri) in 4 games 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 after 73 minutes of play. “I’m looking forward to my match tomorrow and hope to win the tournament,” added the 24-year-old world No18.

In the Santiago de Compostela final, Rosner will meet 4th seed Cameron Pilley as the Australian overcame English top seed Adrian Grant in straight games 11-7, 11-6, 11-5.

In the last and only meeting in 2005, Pilley had the upper hand in straight games.

Final:
[3] Simon Rosner (GER) v [4] Cameron Pilley (AUS)

Semi-finals:
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [1] Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
[3] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [2] Borja Golan (ESP) 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 (73m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (32m)
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-1 (43m)
[3] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [Q] Shaun le Roux (RSA) 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (30m)
[2] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 (62m)

1st round:
[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 12-10, 11-3, 11-2 (37m)
Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [Q] Yann Perrin (FRA) 4-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-6 (54m)
Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7 (51m)
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (22m)
[3] Simon Rosner (GER) bt Chris Ryder (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (25m)
[Q] Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (50m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [Q] Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 11-8, 11-3, 10-12, 12-10 (53m)
[2] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (39m)

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