It needed 71 minutes before 4-times world champion Amr Shabana (pic ri) of Egypt had the luckier end in the 5th games (3-11, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10) against French star Greg Gaultier (pic le). “Anybody could have won, it was like flipping a coin”, Shabana explained after the match. Just two minutes longer needed Karim Darwish to fight back from two games down, as he outs defending champion Nick Matthew in five tough games (8-11, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8). That gives an all-Egyptian men’s final in Qatar, which Shabana leads the head-to-heads against Darwish 12:8.
All-Egyptian final in Kuwait!
There were two very different games at the semi-finals stage. Amr Shabana (pic) and Greg Gaultier (pic) just battled it out for one game of 28 minutes high-intense squash, which was followed by an easy 2nd game. At 7:5 Gaultier had nothing left and con…
Five nations complete Qatar Classic semis!
Australian Rachael Grinham (pic) stayed on top of a five games shoot-out with Egyptian Raneem El Weleily (12-10, 9-11, 14-16, 11-7, 11-5). The following all-English match was controlled by Jenny Duncalf, who overcame Laura Massaro in straight games (11…
No worries so far in Qatar!
Four 2nd round matches have been played yet and none of the lower seeded players could go through. In the encounter of the “lefties” Amr Shabana (EGY) beat Adrian Grant (ENG) quite comfortable 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 in 36 minutes. Followed by England’s…
Qatar main draw started – no surprises so far!
After world No.1 Ramy Ashour had to withdrawal Egyptian fellow countryman Amr Shabana (pic le) moved up to No.1 position at the Qatar Classic in Doha. In the opening match he beat Swiss star Nicolas Mueller (pic ri) in straight games (14-12, 11-9, 11-7…
Willstrop downed Darwish to reach Kuwait semis!
England’s James Willstrop (pic front), No.6 seed in the Kuwait Open, had to fight 85 minutes to beat the Egyptian No.4 seed Karim Darwish to reach the semi-finals after 2004 for the 2nd time. His opponent will be world No.1 Ramy Ashour of Egypt, who …