While the 1st semi-final at the tournament of Champions between Ramy Ashour and James Willstrop was only 39 minutes, the 2nd semi-final between England’s World No1 and current World Champion Nick Matthew (pic back) and Egypt’s 4-times World Champion Amr Shabana (pic front) was drama of the highest order. Matthew got off to a dominating start to lead 2-0 in games. But two-time Tournament of Champions title-holder Amr Shabana fought back to take the next 2 games to level the match much to the crowd’s roaring delight. After 88 minutes of dramatic, sometimes breathtaking, squash, Matthew took the final game in the tiebreak to reach his 3rd Tournament of Champions final. “This match was a test of physical and mental capacity. But that wasn’t surprising, considering I was playing one of the best players of all time”, said Matthew after the match.
Matthew an Shabana secured last two semi-final spots!
At the 2nd quarterfinal day at the Tournament of Champions which is held in New York’s Grand Central Station the 2 higher seeded players took their semi-final slots in different styles. While Egyptian Amr Shabana had to go through 4 more or less toug…
Shabana beats Matthew in the match of the day!
Both players performed as they have been from another planet. It was the match of the tournament so far. For 63 minutes the 4-times World Champion Amr Shabana (pic le) and his English opponent Nick Matthew (pic ri), who is the reigning World Champion, …
Shabana eased into the final!
Amr Shabana (pic ri) was on his best at the 2nd semi-final against his Egyptian compatriot Ramy Ashour (pic le). In just 27 Minutes it was all over and Shabana got to the final with a 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 victory. He will now take on Nick Matthew for the 2…
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”,…
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…