Shabana and Lincou make US Open semis!

Amr Shabana (EGY) beat Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 15-13 in the quarter-final of the US Open 2011 (photo: SquashSite)

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 brought an exhilarating clash with Dutch Laurens Jan Anjema (pic ri) to an end as he finished the match with his trademark volley into the nick. Shabana now takes on 6th seed Thierry Lincou, the former World Champion of 2004, who earned his first semi-final slot in a 2011 World Series event after beating Malaysian Azlan Iskandar 6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8. Semi-finals setup: [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [3] James Willstrop (ENG); [6] Thierry Lincou (FRA) v [4] Amr Shabana (EGY).