One fact will be sure, even before the first rally will be played in tomorrow’s Saudi World Open final: For the 1st time of the World Open history (since 1976) the winner will be an Englishman. No, Peter Nicols title in Egypt 1999 did not count for England, as Nicol was a Scotsman at that time –in March 2001 he converted to an English citizen. Back to the semi-finals at Al-Khobar where the crowd did witness that England’s Nick Matthew (pic le) dethroned the Egyptian World Champion 2009 Amr Shabana (pic ri) in straight games. But Matthew’s 11-6, 12-10, 12-10 win was on the knife-edge as the last two games could have gone the other way. Second English final contender will be Matthew’s big compatriot rival James Willstrop, who got back from 1 game down to fight very hard for 87 minutes to overcome English team-mate Peter Barker 8-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-8. Does anyone want to give some prediction for the final?
All-English men’s final in Delhi!
England’s Nick Matthew and James Willstrop (pic) secured an all-English final for Commonweath gold. In the semis Matthew beats his compatriot Peter Barker in straight games (11-9, 11-2, 11-9) and took revenge on the Barker’ defeat in Australia in A…
Willstrop outs the second World Champion!
After James Willstrop (pic le) beats David Palmer in the 2nd round of the Australian Open, the Englishman seems to be the man of today so far when he took out 4 times World Champion Amr Shabana (Egy, pic ri) in just 32 minutes in straight games (11-4, …
Top-seeds get through to the World Open quarters!
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-final…
Four matches – two players had to retire!
In the quarter-finals of the Saudi World Open 2 of the 4 matches ended as straight games wins as the others showed 2 players who had to concede their matches. Englishman and No1 seed Nick Matthew needed 38-minutes to beat French veteran Thierry Lincou …
World Open quarters lined up!
The 2nd part of round 2 of the Saudi World Open showed again, that all higher ranked players get through to the quarter-finals. Englishman Peter Barker needed 56 minutes to beat Australian fellow Stewart Boswell in straight games (11-6, 11-6, 11-9). Af…