It took Egypt’s Karim Darwish 5 points to claim the biggest prize for a squash competition ever. The world No.3 beat compatriot Ramy Ashour 5/4 in the final of the Red Bull Squash Temple in front on the famous temple in Luxor. After two days of pool matches, it was the top 3 Egyptians Ashour, Darwish and Amr Shabana, plus Australian David Palmer who reached the semi-finals. England’s James Willstrop and Daryl Selby plus French Thierry Lincou and Amr Khaled Khalifa of Egypt failed to make the semis, but were left with $5,000 each. Darwish beat Palmer in the semis with a 5/1 win, while Ashour beat 4-times world champion Shabana 5/3. Palmer and Shabana join a $10,000 cheque while Darwish and Ashour got to 4-all in the sudden death final. Darwish’s takes the final point and the $40,000 prize fund, while Ashour was left with $20,000.
$100,000 for eight players at the Squash Temple in Luxor!