Four semi-finals have been played already with very different results. That Malaysian World No.1 Nicol David would shake off Australian Kasey Brown (11-6, 12-10, 11-7); nobody would take a bet against it. But that the 17-years-old Nour El Tayeb (pic le) from Egypt will get into the semis, by beating Joel King (pic ri) from New Zealand (11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6), nobody would have put money on this either. At the men’s semis, Amr Shabana recovered from one game down to get through after 71 minutes of intense squash against Englishman James Willstrop (2-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-7). The 2nd men’s semi saw French Greg Gaultier dictating two games against Peter Barker (ENG), before Barker conceded the match in the 3rd game.
Two Egyptians in the Qatar semis already!