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:  Nick Matthew (ENG) v  James Willstrop (ENG);  Thierry Lincou (FRA) v  Amr Shabana (EGY).
Ashour outs Lincou to make Delhi semis!
The big upset of today’s PSA Masters quarter-final matches was produced by Hisham Ashour (pic le), the elder brother of Egypt’s world No.1 Ramy Ashour (pic ri). Hisham was on fire, when he beat French 34-year-old World Champion 2004 Thierry Lincou …
Lincou outs Shabana for semi-spot in El Gouna!
Veteran Frenchman Thierry Lincou (pic le) celebrated his 11th victory over career-long rival Amr Shabana (pic ri) in the quarters of the El Gouna International Open. Though the 34-year-old Lincou went into the match 10-13 down in their overall head-to-…
Palmer made semis – Shabana retired!
Australian David Palmer (pic) won the clash of the World Champions, while Egyptian Amr Shabana was suffering on an injury and had to retire in the 2nd game. Palmer will meet the winner of the last quarter-final match at the ROWE British Grand Prix, eit…
Willstrop downed Darwish to reach Kuwait semis!
England’s James Willstrop (pic front), No.6 seed in the Kuwait Open, had to fight 85 minutes to beat the Egyptian No.4 seed Karim Darwish to reach the semi-finals after 2004 for the 2nd time. His opponent will be world No.1 Ramy Ashour of Egypt, who …
Anjema downs Palmer in US Open upset!
Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema (pic le) upset 8th seed David Palmer (pic ri) in the 2nd round of the US Open to record his career-first Tour victory over the Australian former World Open Champion. “He was one of my idols when I was growing up, so to beat …