Ramy Ashour (pic ri) is one step away from regaining his world no.1 ranking after beating fellow Egyptian Karim Darwish in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open. But the 22-year-old from Cairo will have to beat French rival Greg Gaultier (pic le) in tomorrow’s final to reclaim the pole position from England’s Nick Matthew. Final contender and 5th seed Gaultier reached the final for the fourth year in a row after beating England’s Peter Barker 11-7, 11-3, 11-5. The world’s top two women Nicol David (MAS) and Jenny Duncalf (ENG) will line up in women’s final. Both finalists overcame their semi-final rivals Rachael Grinham (AUS) and Alison Waters (ENG) in straight games.
Peter Barker downs Nick Matthew in Hong Kong!
The English No.8 of the World, Peter Barker (pic), produced a major up-set in the Hong Kong quarter-finals, when he downed his compatriot and World No.1 Nick Matthew in four games (3-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5) in 55 minutes. Barker will meet Frenchman Greg …
Gaultier and Ashour in spectacular form!
The last two quarter-finals of the Australian Open saw French Greg Gaultier (piv ri) and Egypt’s Ramy Ashour playing immaculate matches beating Karim Darwish (EGY, pic le) and Thierry Lincou (FRA) to take the last to semi-final spots. Right from the …
Darwish and Ashour meet in an all-Egyptian semi-final!
Karim Darwish (pic le) secures his spot in the Hong Kong semi-finals by beating Frenchman Thierry Lincou (pic ri) after 40 minutes in straight games (11-9, 11-3, 11-9). Ramy Ashour follows his compatriot when he overcomes English James Willstrop (11-5,…
Hong Kong qualifying on the way!
Scotland’s Alan Clyne (pic) survived the longest battle in the 1st qualifying round of the Hong Kong Open, by beating Australian Matthew Karwalski 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 13-11 after 72 minutes. Egypt’s Omar Abdel Aziz was also taken to the full distan…
Darwish survived 2nd round Hong Kong encounter!
Former world no.1 Karim Darwish claimed his anticipated place in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open. The 4th-seeded Egyptian was taken the full distance before overcoming Australian Cameron Pilley in the 2nd round of the $147,500 event. Darwish, …