The 1st four matches of round 3 of the Saudi World Open came out as top seed wins. English No1 seed Nick Matthew overcame Egypt Hisham Asour in style. But “it was not easy“ as Matthew commented after the match. Next player to take his quarter-finals ticket was French veteran Thierry Lincou, who beat his close friend Alister Walker (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9. After being two games ahead of Malaysian Azlan Iskandar Egyptian Amr Shabana had to take Iskandar’s leveling of games before the 4 times World Champions raised to a 11-5 win in the final game. The last match of today was the longest of the tournament so far as Frenchman Greg Gaultier (pic le) managed to bear all attacks of Australian 2 times World Champion David Palmer (pic ri) to win 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-2 after 93 minutes of play.
Top seeds in form at the Australian Open!
First four matches in the 2nd round of the men’s draw of the Australian Open saw that all higher seeded players passing their opponents. World no. 1 Nick Matthew (ENG) did not face big problems beating Egyptian 11th seed Wael El Hindi in straight gam…
Eight top seeds complete the quarters!
Also the last four matches of 2nd round of the Australian Open went into the favourites (four former world no. 1) direction. 5th seed Frenchman Greg Gaultier never let Englishman Tom Richards get into the match and Egyptian Karim Darwish always stayed …
Favourites get to the quarters!
The match of the two legends lasted 75 minutes, in which Frenchman Thierry Lincou (pic ri) had the better end against Australian David Palmer (pic le) (8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 3-11, 11-5). Afterwards 3rd seed Karim Darwish (EGY) shortened the head-to-heads t…
Top seeds make Irish Open finals in Dublin!
Both top seeds will contest the finals of the Irish Open against unexpected opponents. Irish Madeline Perry (pic) earned her 5th appearance in the Irish Open final after beating England’s 4th seed Laura Massaro, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 in a 66-minute e…
All-Egyptian men’s final in Qatar!
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”,…