The first 3 matches of round 2 showed the result, predicted by the seeding, when Peter Barker beat his English compatriot Alister Walker in 4 games (5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6). 6th seed James Willstrop (ENG) beats Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy by dropping the 2nd game (11-1, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7). Afterwards French veteran Thierry Lincou overcame Malaysian Azlan Iskandar in straight games (11-7, 11-9, 13-11). From the 4th match onwards the action moved to Kuwait’s squash arena at Green Island, where the 9th seed Daryl Selby (pic) meet No.1 seed Nick Matthew in an all-English encounter. Selby came back after 2 games down, while Matthew lost the concentration in the 3rd. Selby saw his chance leveled the match and had after 83 minutes the better end in the decider. (9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-1, 11-7).