Enthralling but contrasting victories by Nick Matthew (pic ri) and Amr Shabana take the former champions from England and Egypt, into the final of the US Open. In the 27th Tour clash between the top 2 Englishmen since June 2001, 2007 champion Matthew powered to his 12th win in a row over James Willstrop (11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7). Later, 2009 champion Shabana extended his career head-to-head record over 6th seed Thierry Lincou to 13-9 with his 11-1, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 victory in 48 minutes. Matthew and Shabana will be meeting for the 2nd time in two weeks, but the 1st time in a Tour final since reaching the climax of the ATCO PSA World Series Finals in London in January – a match which was never played when the inflatable structure in which it was due to be staged became unsafe.
Matthew stayed on top of dramatic match against Shabana!
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 Am…
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 and Lincou make US Open semis!
Frenchman Thierry Lincou and Egypt’s former US Open champion Amr Shabana (pic le) earned places in the semi-finals of the US Open after contrasting quarter-final wins in Philadelphia. After 76 minutes, it was the 4-times World Champion Shabana who brou…
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…
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, …