Golan and Rosner to contest Kuwait Final!

Rosner (le), told his Twitter followers later after the victory: "Yes! Beat A.Muzayen 3:0 and thru to the final tomorrow. Really happy. Now preparing for the final tomorrow.

An all-European final will bring the inaugural Alwatan & Asnan International Tournament to a climax after Spain’s top seed Borja Golan and 4th-seeded German Simon Rosner survived contrasting semi-finals in Kuwait.

Rosner, the World No.16 from Paderborn brought to an end the giant-killing run of wild card Abdullah Al Muzayen by beating the Kuwaiti No.1 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 in 40 minutes to celebrate his 1st Tour final of the year.

Al Muzayen, ranked 39 in the world, rounded off the year in the best possible way by beating England’s World No.10 Daryl Selby in the event’s opening round and another 5-games victory over Max Lee to claim a place in the semi-finals.

The other semi-final lasted almost twice as long as World No.7 Golan battled to subdue experienced Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, the 31-year-old from The Hague currently ranked 11 places lower. The Spaniard ultimately prevailed 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 in 74 minutes to reach his 4th final of the year.

[1] Borja Golan (ESP) v [4] Simon Rosner (GER)

[1] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (74m)
[4] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [WC] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)

[1] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (50m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [3] Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (62m)
[4] Simon Rosner (GER) bt Alister Walker (BOT) 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7 (50m)
[WC] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt Max Lee (HKG) 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 (60m)

1st round:
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [Q] Fares Mohamed Dessouki (EGY) 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-3 (36m)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [Q] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 13-11, 11-9, 11-8 (50m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [Q] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 (42m)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 8-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 (63m)
[4] Simon Rosner (GER) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (50m)
Alister Walker (BOT) bt Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY) 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (56m)
Max Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Ahmad Al-Saraj (JOR) 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (20m)
[WC] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt [2] Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 11-5 (60m)