February 2013

Manchester gets ready for the 2013 World Championships!

Manchester gets ready for the 2013 Men’s World Squash Championships – 26th of October to 3rd of November. Check out the lastest video …

Roger Federer backs the squash bid for 2020!

Swiss Tennis legend and current World No. 2 Roger Federer is backing squash to be added to the Olympic programme in 2020.

“I think it’s a wonderful sport. It’s unfortunate some sports don’t get the opportunity to be in the Olympics,” said Federer. “I think squash would deserve it. They run a great tour and they have great players and characters. I’d personally be very happy for them.”

Federer had the opportunity to meet women’s squash World No. 1 Nicol David at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Federer expressed his support to David and revealed he played the sport growing up. “I used to play it a lot when I was younger every Sunday with my dad. I’ve always been a big fan of the sport,” Federer said.

Federer and David conversed over dinner. Malaysian Nicol who is a resident of Amsterdam, was thrilled to spend quality time with the Swiss superstar. “It was exciting. He’s such a great guy and true champion. He showed us what it’s like behind the scenes to be a tennis player. It’s very similar to squash, so it’s been great to spend time with him,” said David.

British Open coming up at the KC Stadium!

Some visuals of what might be in store at the KC Stadium in May – a stage worthy of the world’s best squash players …

The all glass ASB show court is to be built in the penalty area of the hallowed Hull City FC pitch. The court will sit on a purpose built stage and covered by a marquee, both of which are more commonly used to accommodate some of the world’s largest pop and rock bands.

Spectator seating will be in the central section of the magnificent KC Stadium’s south stand which will have large drapes installed to create an enclosed and colourful arena for the world class action. Whilst building a squash court on a football pitch is a new concept the KC Stadium promises to be a very worthy venue for the world’s oldest and most prestigious tournament – The Allam British Open.

Gaultier retains Swedish Open Title!

A scintillating performance by Gregory Gaultier (le) in the final of the Case Swedish Open saw the Frenchman beat England’s world No2 Nick Matthew (ri) in straight games to retain the Swedish Open title in Linköping, Sweden.

It was the dream climax of the biggest event in continental Europe which was celebrating its tenth anniversary – in which Matthew was marking his fifth successive final appearance since 2004, and denied a record fourth title. The clash brought up the 50th Tour final of Gaultier’s career – and produced his 23rd title!

World No4 Gaultier took control of the match and recorded his fourth straight games win in a row to clinch the title 11-3, 10-12, 11-9 in 72 minutes.

“I am very pleased with the match,” said the 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence as he collected his trophy. “Me and Nick know each other well and have played against each other since junior time.

[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) 11-3, 12-10, 11-9 (72m)

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) w/o
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [3] Peter Barker (ENG) 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (30m)

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (37m)
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 20-18, 11-3, 11-9 (55m)
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 (70m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 12-10, 11-5, 11-3 (53m)

1st round:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (36m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 11-7, 10-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2 (64m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5 (88m)
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [4] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (78m)
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (46m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt Rasmus Hult (SWE) 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 (35m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt [Q] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 13-15, 11-7 (40m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (53m)

Qualifying finals:
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (27m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (34m)
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (43m)

1st qualifying round:
Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Robbie Temple (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 3-11, 11-5
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Andre Wikstrom (SWE) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5
Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt Carl Remle (SWE) 11-9, 11-7, 11-6
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Joey Barrington (ENG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Steven Finitsis (AUS) 2-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10
Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Anthony Graham (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-4
Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Romain Tenant (SWE) 11-9, 11-4, 11-3
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Eddie Charlton (ENG) 10-12, 5-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7
Related News:

Shabana takes Detroit Title as Darwish limps out!

In the 2013 Motor City Open Egypt’s Amr Shabana assured that his name will be engraved on the trophy for the 1st time after fellow countryman Karim Darwish retired (11-4, 2-6, ret.) midway through the 2nd game of the final in Detroit, USA.

The win takes the illustrious four-time world champion from Cairo’s career PSA World Tour title haul to 31 – stretching his lead as the top 20 player with the most titles.

“It was very sore before the match. I thought when I warmed up it was going to get better, but after lunging a few times in the second game I think I pulled a calf muscle,” said Darwish later.

“I knew he had a tough, physical game yesterday against Omar Mosaad. And I knew if I had a good start it would help me a lot,” said the new champion Shabana.

[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [2] Karim Darwish (EGY) 11-4, 2-6 ret. (25m)

[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 13-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7 (65m)

[2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 14-12, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 (97m)

[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 (75m)
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (39m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (56m)
[2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 11-5, 11-4, 6-11, 11-3 (53m)

1st round:
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 6-11, 14-12, 11-7, 12-10
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 12-14, 11-0, 11-6, 14-12
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 15-13, 11-3, 11-7
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 6-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-3
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) 11-3, 11-7, 11-2
[2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-3, 11-3, 11-7