Gaultier and Iskandar against all odds!

Greg Gaultier (FRA) beat Nick Matthew (ENG) 7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-5 in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open 2011 (photo: Steve Cubbins, SquashSite)

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).