Top seeds make Hong Kong final!

Omar Mosaad (EGY) beat Leo Au (HKG) 8-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 in the semi-final of the Meco Invitational in Hong Kong to reach his 1st PSA Tour final in 2012.

Top seeds Omar Mosaad and Olli Tuominen will contest the final of the HKFC Meco Invitational after prevailing in today’s semi-finals of the inaugural PSA World Tour event in Hong Kong.

It was the end of the road for local hero Leo Au, the Hong Kong qualifier who despatched 3rd seed Ong Beng Hee en-route to a surprise appearance in the last 4. Indeed, the 22-year-old world No75 took the opening game against top seed Mosaad as the partisan crowd began to contemplate the prospect of local interest in the final.

But Mosaad, the world No13 from Egypt, turned up the pressure early in the 2nd game – dropping just 8 further points as he marched into the final following his 8-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 victory in 38 minutes.

It took Tuominen longer to claim his anticipated place in the event’s climax. The 2nd seed from Finland faced unseeded Muhd Asyraf Azan – and claimed his 2nd straight games win in the championship after beating the Malaysian 11-5, 13-11, 11-7 in 46 minutes.

Mosaad is celebrating the 16th PSA World Tour final of his career – but his 1st of the year – while Tuominen, the world No24, is marking his 18th, and looking for his 2nd Tour win of 2012.

[1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [2] Olli Tuominen (FIN)

[1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Leo Au (HKG) 8-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 (38m)
[2] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 11-5, 13-11, 11-7 (46m)

[1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 (58m)
[Q] Leo Au (HKG) bt Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (50m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt [4] Max Lee (HKG) 2-11, 11-9, 15-13, 5-11, 11-9 (76m)
[2] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-5, 6-11, 11-3, 11-8 (67m)

1st round:
[1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 11-4, 11-5, 11-13, 13-11 (67m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 11-9, 11-3, 11-9 (50m)
Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt [Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (43m)
[Q] Leo Au (HKG) bt [3] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-9 (70m)
[4] Max Lee (HKG) bt Dick Lau (HKG) 11-4, 11-4, 11-2 (25m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt [Q] Shaun le Roux (RSA) 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 (83m)
Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (38m)
[2] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 11-6, 13-11, 11-7 (35m)

Qualifying finals:
Leo Au (HKG) bt Cheuk Yan Tang (HKG) 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (16m)
Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt Hon Fung Wong (HKG) 11-4, 11-8, 13-11 (32m)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt Tsukue Shinnosuke (JPN) 11-9, 12-10, 12-10 (45m)
Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt Henry Leung Chi-Hin (HKG) 11-4, 11-2, 11-8 (25m)

1st qualifying round:
Leo Au (HKG) bye
Cheuk Yan Tang (HKG) bt Chris Lo Cheuk-Hin (HKG) 7-11, 12-14, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8 (59m)
Hon Fung Wong (HKG) bt Ma Tsz Hei (HKG) 11-2, 12-10, 11-5 (36m)
Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bye
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bye
Tsukue Shinnosuke (JPN) bye
Henry Leung Chi-Hin (HKG) bt Yuen Tsun-Hei (HKG) 11-4, 12-10, 11-6 (28m)
Shaun le Roux (RSA) bye