The random draw method for the quarter-finals of the Kuwait PSA Cup has been made the 1st time in professional squash and it saw the top 2 seeds Nick Matthew (pic le) and Karim Darwish (pic ri) drawn to play each. The draw took place during the gala dinner held at Kuwait Towers, with Sheikha Fadya Al Sabah pulling the 1st numbered ball out of the bowl.
It was Stewart Boswell, and the Aussie drew his own opponent, Gregory Gaultier. Next out was an all-English match between Peter Barker and James Willstrop, and when Darwish was next out of the hat there was a one-in-3 chance that the top 2 seeds playing each other. Darwish duly pulled out ball No1, and the ‘dream quarter-final’ was set. That left Mohamed El Shorbagy and Laurens Jan Anjema.