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, the 28-year-old, will now face French rival Thierry Lincou, who celebrated his 20th PSA Tour meeting with David Palmer by beating the 10th seed from Australia in four games – and edging ahead 11/9 in the pair’s head-to-head tally. Finally the quarter-final line-up shows the top 8 seeded players – same situation as in the women’s draw: [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [8] Peter Barker (ENG), [3] Amr Shabana (EGY) v [5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA), [4] Karim Darwish (EGY) v [7] Thierry Lincou (FRA), [2] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [6] James Willstrop (ENG).