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31/08/2014
HONG KONG OPEN (Men) 2014

Reports
Final  Semi Finals  Quarter Finals  2nd Round  1st Round  Qualifying   Preview
Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial
Hong Kong Open 2014
 Men's Draw  $150k
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Event History
2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011  2012   2013
Round One  
26-27 Aug
Round Two
28 Aug
Quarters
29 Aug
Semis
30 Aug
Final
31 Aug
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11-4, 11-4, 13-11 (30mins)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Gregory Gaultier
11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (40mins)
Fares Dessouki
Gregory Gaultier
11-2, 11-3, 11-8 (45mins) 
Daryl Selby
Gregory Gaultier
11-7, 11-2, 11-3 (37mins)
Tarek Momen
Gregory Gaultier
11-9, 11-2, 4-11, 8-11, 11-4 (97mins)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (76mins)
[Q] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 (71mins)
[Q]Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
Zahed Mohamed
11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5 (59mins)
Daryl Selby
[7] Daryl Selby (Eng)
11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (57mins)
Max Lee (Hkg)
[8] Simon Rosner (Ger)
11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (33mins)
[Q] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
Simon Rosner
11-2, 11-3, 11-6 (29mins)
Alfredo Avila
Simon Rosner
7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8
Tarek Momen
Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8 (65mins)
[Q] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11-8, 13-11, 12-10 (70mins)
[Q] Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)
Shaun Le Roux
12-10, 7-11, 13-11, 11-6 (65mins)
Tarek Momen
Tarek Momen (Egy)
11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (41mins)
[3] James Willstrop (Eng)
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
Walkover
[4] Borja Golan (Esp)
Borja Golan
11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-4 (63mins)
Mohamed Abouelghar
Borja Golan
11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (39mins)
Nicolas Mueller
Borja Golan
11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 (50mins)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
11-7, 2-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4 (67mins)
Joe Lee (Eng)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (41mins)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Nicolas Mueller
8-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-8 (69mins)
Gregoire Marche
Gregoire Marche (Fra)
11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 (41mins)
[5] Karim Darwish (Egy)
Adrian Waller (Eng)
11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (60mins)
[6] Peter Barker (Eng)
Peter Barker
11-6, 11-5, 2-1* (39mins)
Saurav Ghosal
*retired
Peter Barker
9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-3 (51mins)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-4, 11-6, 11-3 (28mins)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg)
11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (26mins)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
Chris Simpson
11-3, 11-1, 11-7 (25mins)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10 (52mins)
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2014 -
Qualifying Results:
[9] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [1] Tom Richards (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 15-13
[11] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [8] Steven Finitsis (AUS) 3-1: 11-8, 11-4, 5-11, 11-5
[15] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt [7] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4
[3] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt [16] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-8
[4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [14] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 3-1: 11-4, 10-12, 11-3, 14-12
[10] Shaun Le Roux (RSA) bt [5] Leo Au (HKG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6
[6] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [13] Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-2: 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5
[2] Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt [12] Eddie Charlton (ENG) 3-1: 3-11, 11-9, 11-6, 13-11

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Final    

Elshorbagy Is 2014 Hong Kong Squash Open Champion

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Egyptian World No.3 Mohamed Elshorbagy claimed arguably the greatest victory of his career to date, beating Gregory Gaultier in a 97-minute battle to be crowned 2014 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open Squash champion.

The Bristol-based man from Alexandria came through a tough, gritty encounter to win only his second ever PSA World Series tournament, after the 2013 Qatar Classic, inflicting a fifth Hong Kong Open final defeat on the World No.1 in the process in a result that left the talented star elated.

"It feels great to be the champion," said Elshorbagy.

"I had a really good summer of training and to see all the hard work pay off in this way, to have won the Malaysian Open last week and to back that up here in Hong Kong, has been marvellous and I just can't describe how I am feeling right now.

"It was my first final here and to win is something that I will remember for the rest of my life and I would say that this is the most important win of my career so far."

Elshorbagy raced into a two-game lead early in the match before the Frenchman, who cruised to the final without dropping a single game, levelled the scores at two-two to force the match into a dramatic decider that the Egyptian eventually edged, winning 11-9, 11-2, 4-11, 8-11, 11-4.

The deciding game had its share of drama when an accidental collision, that saw Gaultier sustain an ankle injury, halted the match forcing both players to re-focus and despite losing the first two points after the resumption of play, Elshorbagy managed to regain the ascension and withstand a second spirited fight-back from Gaultier.

"When we play each other we always seem to raise our game and after going 2-0 up Greg definitely improved for sure," said Elshorbagy.

"I could sense he was tiring at the start of the fifth game and it was very hard to refocus after the injury break especially as he came back very strong. I lost a little bit of concentration and lost the first two points, but I had a couple of lucky bounces which got me back into it and that was important.

"It's the start of the season and to begin like this, by beating the World No.1, is huge for me and my confidence. I'm hungry for more titles and I want to keep on going."


Mohamed Elshorbagy
 

Semi Finals

Gaultier Gallops Into Hong Kong Final

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Gregory Gaultier, the French World No.1, took a major step towards claiming his first ever Hong Kong tournament title following a 3-0 win over Tarek Momen in the semi-finals of the 2014 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open earlier today.

The 31-year-old has won almost every title in squash during his career but the Hong Kong Open has remained elusive, despite the charismatic star reaching the final on four consecutive occasions from 2007-2010, and he'll be hoping to make it fifth-time lucky when he steps onto the glass show court for tomorrow's (Sunday August 31) decider.

Gaultier has been in dominant form throughout the tournament so far, progressing to the final without dropping a single game en route, and he continued his impressive run with a commanding 11-7, 11-2, 11-3 win over Egyptian World No.12 Momen, to set up a final encounter with World No.3 Mohamed Elshorbagy.

"I don't think the score really reflected the match because it was very intense and the first game especially was really fast as Tarek was moving quickly which I wasn't expecting as he had a tough match yesterday," said Gaultier.

"He doesn't give you cheap shots and he has beautiful soft hands and he always makes you play in all four corners of the court. I like playing him and I know when I beat him it normally means I am playing quite well."

The 31-year-old star will now look to win his second consecutive PSA World Series title after winning the prestigious Allam British Open in May prior to the summer-break, and despite a shorter rest period than usual, in which he also got married, he says he's feeling confident.

"I was happy with how I played the match. I had the same intensity in all three games and I'm very happy with my form especially as I had a shorter summer break than most years.

"You can't guarantee you can win any matches at this level as we are playing against very tough opponents every day so all I want to do is play my best tomorrow and if I can do that, even if I lose, there will be no regrets."

Elshorbagy too will be hoping to see his name appear on the trophy for the first time in his career, after he secured his first ever appearance in the Hong Kong Open final with a 3-1 victory over 2013 runner-up Borja Golan.

The 23-year-old from Alexandria, Egypt, is looking to follow up victory in last week's Malaysian Open and will be aiming to repeat the performance that saw him beat Gaultier in the El Gouna International World Series event in April.

"I'm into my first final here and I'm very happy as this is a prestigious tournament and as a player these are the matches you want to be playing in," said Elshorbagy.

"Greg in the No.1 and in great form at the moment. He's the man to beat right now so it's definitely going to be an interesting game for sure but hopefully I can push myself for one more big performance."


Gregory Gaultier v Tarek Momen
 

Quarter Finals

Momen Wins Thriller To Make Hong Kong Semi-final

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Tarek Momen (pictured below) will make his first ever appearance in the semi-finals of a PSA World Series event after coming through a thrilling 77-minute encounter against Simon Rösner in the 2014 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open.

The Egyptian World No.12 and his German opponent, ranked just one place above him on the PSA World Tour ladder, delighted the crowd in a thrilling battle of attrition that saw both players produce some of their best squash with a combination of power, guile and sheer brilliance that had the capacity audience on the edge of their seats.

With little to separate the players, Momen twice came from behind to force the match into a decider before eventually prevailing 7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 to book a place in the final four where he will face World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and he says all the pressure will be on the French number one seed.

"It was a huge battle against Simon today," said Momen.

"I didn't think about being in the quarter-finals with the prospect of making my first World Series semi-finals - I just wanted to take it point-by-point and the level of play from both of us just kept getting better and better.

"The fifth especially game was just crazy but I really enjoyed it, it was a nice match to play in and I'm really happy to win.

"I'm really excited about being in the semi-finals now. I've been on tour for eight years and even at this point to experience something new like that is very exciting.

"Greg is the number one and the one positive to take from that is that there is no pressure on me. We played here in the quarter-finals last year and I played well then and I just want to enjoy myself on court, enjoy being in the semi-final and play my best."

The second semi-final will see number two seed Mohamed Elshorbagy continue on course to reach his first Hong Kong Open final, after getting past tricky opponent Peter Barker in their quarter-final, although the Egyptian World No.3 was forced to work hard for the victory.

Barker, the World No.8, took the first game 11-9 and was proving a stubborn opponent before Elshorbagy lifted to squeeze a 3-1 win which earns him a place in the final eliminator against Spanish star Borja Golan, the 2013 Hong Kong Open runner-up, who saw off the challenge of Swiss player Nicolas Mueller 3-0.


Tarek Momen v Simon Rösner
 

2nd Round

Balance Restored On Day Three Of Hong Kong Open

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Following two days of upsets and shock defeats, balance was restored during the second round of the 2014 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open as all six remaining seeds booked their places in Friday's quarter-finals.

World No.1 and tournament favourite Gregory Gaultier led the charge as he continued his dominant form, easily dispatching Egyptian talent Fares Dessouki 3-0, while number two seed Mohamed Elshorbagy was equally as comprehensive as he saw off Guernsey's Chris Simpson 3-0 in a dominant performance.

World No.7 and 2013 Hong Kong Open runner-up Borja Golan (pictured below) survived a tough and testing encounter against Mohamed Abouelghar, the 20-year-old Egyptian World No.42, eventually coming through an 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-4 winner.

It was Golan's first match of the tournament following first round opponent Lauren Jans Anjema's withdrawal due to injury but he showed no signs of rustiness as he recored a second victory over the talented Abouelghar inside a week.

"I played against Mohamed last week (in the Malaysian Open) and beat him 3-1 in a really close match and I knew he would be tough again today so I'm very happy to have won," said the 31-year-old Spanish star.

"It was my first match of the tournament and I was maybe guilty of losing my concentration at times but all credit to him as he was playing really well. He gave away a few mistakes in the end and I think experience was important at that stage.

"It's always better to have a match in the bag because you move with more confidence but perhaps if I had played yesterday I would have lost so I just focused on starting well and playing well today.

"I'm in the quarter-finals now and I'm going to enjoy the match and try my best to make the semis."

Egyptian World No.12 Tarek Momen backed up his impressive first round victory over 2011 Hong Kong Open champion and number three seed James Willstrop with a solid performance against qualifier Shaun Le Roux.

The powerful South African made it difficult for the deceptive Momen, forcing the 27-year-old to work for every point and forcing two games into tie-break situations but despite dropping the second game it was Momen who triumphed 12-10, 7-11, 13-11, 11-6.

Elsewhere German Simon Rösner ended the run of surprise package Alfredo Avila, the young Mexican who knocked out Marwan Elshorbagy in round one, while English pairing Daryl Selby and Peter Barker join Nicolas Mueller in the last eight, after the Swiss national champion came through an epic 69-minute thriller against Gregoire Marche, coming from 2-0 down to mount a dramatic comeback and steal an 8-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-8 victory.


Borja Golan v Mohamed Abouelghar
 

1st Round Lower Half

Greg Marches Past Darwish In Hong Kong Open
 
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French World No.28 Gregoire Marche stole the headlines during a second day of giant-killing at the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open as he moved into the second round following a 3-1 win over former World No.1 Karim Darwish.
 
Marche, who's career high ranking is World No.27, pulled off arguably the biggest victory of his career against the tournament number six seed in what was a dynamic performance, displaying a dazzling array of shot making abilities interspersed with some spectacular ball-retrieval.
 
It is a victory that came as a delight to the the 24-year-old from Aix-En-Provence who has been nursing a calf-injury throughout the summer, but he says the time away from court may have played a key role in his victory.
 
"I am very happy with that win especially considering I had an injury in my calf just two weeks ago," said Marche.
 
"I have worked hard to recover and I haven't played for about two months so to have this as my first match of the season and win is great. 
 
"At the end of last season I had wins against Simon Rösner (World No.11) and LJ Anjema (World No.16) so I knew I could win big matches but I think that is the biggest win of my career and I'm really looking forward to the next match now."
 
While Darwish fell at the first hurdle there were no difficulties for the other seeds in action on day two, as Borja Golan, Peter Barker and Mohamed Elshorbagy eased through in comfortable fashion.
 
Golan, the Spanish World No.7, didn't need to step on court to book his place in the second round as Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema was forced to withdraw through injury while England's Barker, World No.8, and Egypt's Elshorbagy, World No.3, looked untroubled as they got past their compatriots Adrian Waller and Karim Abdel Gawad, respectively.
 
Indian World No.16 Saurav Ghosal, who will be gunning for glory in September's Asian Games, impressed in his first round match-up with Henrik Mustonen of Finland, taking just 28-minutes to seal a 3-0 win while Chris Simpson dashed the hopes of local wildcard Tsz Fung Yip to end all home representation in the event.
 

Greg Marche v Karim Darwish
 

1st Round Top Half

Momen Leads Giant Killing Act At Hong Kong Open

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The form book was turned upside down during the opening day of action at the 2014 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open as qualifiers Fares Dessouki, Zahed Mohamed, Shaun Le Roux and Alfredo Avila joined Egyptian Tarek Momen by dispatching higher ranked opponents in their first round encounters.

The biggest shock of the day saw World No.6 and No.3 seed James Willstrop, the 31-year-old former World No.1 and 2011 Hong Kong Open champion, bow out in the opening round of a PSA World Tour event for the first time since the 2006 World Championship at the hands of 26-year-old Egyptian Momen.

Willstrop, a 17-time PSA World Tour event winner, showed signs that he may still be struggling with a hip problem which will be operated on in September, but Momen took no chances against the dangerous Englishman, completing an impressive 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 victory.

"I'm really pleased that I got through that match and beating James in a first round match is quite something," said Momen.

"I think he was struggling with his movement from the start of the match and hopefully it isn't anything too serious and he has a speedy recovery.

"Hopefully I can keep improving my game in the next round. I think I played well today and all I wish for is to build upon this and keep the momentum going."

The World No.12 took just over 40-minutes to see off the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medalist and will take on Shaun Le Roux in the second round, after the South African qualifier recorded an upset of his own by taking out World No.30 Olli Tuominen 3-1.

Fresh from securing his place in the main draw at the expense of World No.32 Tom Richards in qualifying, 23-year-old World No.52 Alfredo Avila secured one of the biggest wins of his career when he beat Egyptian World No.17 Marwan Elshorbagy 3-2.

In a tough physical encounter, Mexican Avila continued his recent run of form to impress the crowd, coming through 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8 to reach the second round of a World Series event for the first time in his career where he will face German champion Simon Rösner.

"I am so happy to have won that match, it is one of the biggest wins of my career," said Avila.

"This is the first time I have got this far in a World Series event and I'm delighted.

"Getting to the second round is amazing for me and I'm very excited. I know it will be a tough match but I'm playing well and i just want to enjoy it."

Elseswhere 19-year-old Dessouki, who impressed by reaching the quarter-final stage of the prestigious Allam British Open in May, out battled World No.19 Mathieu Castagnet in an attritional affair while World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, World No.10 Daryl Selby and Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid came through their first round encounters unscathed.


Tarek Momen v James Willstrop


Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2014 - Round 1, Day 2, Schedule:

[4] Borja Golan (ESP) v Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
Joe Lee (ENG) v [Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [6] Karim Darwish (EGY)
[5] Peter Barker (ENG) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
Chris Simpson (ENG) v [WC] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)

 

Qualifying

Avila Takes Out Top Seed Richards In Hong Kong Qualification
 
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Mexican World No.52 Alfredo Avila stunned number one seed and World No.32 Tom Richards in the final round of qualification for the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2014 earlier today.
 
The 23-year-old recorded an impressive 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 15-13 victory over Richards to progress to the main daw of a PSA World Series event for the first time in 2014.
 
Avila will now face Egyptian Marwan Elshorbagy on the opening day of main draw action on Tuesday 26.
 
Elsewhere in qualification, Egyptian Fares Dessouki, who impressed the crowds at the Allam British Open in May with a stellar performance against eventual runner-up Nick Matthew, ensured his presence in the main draw with a 3-1 win over England's Eddie Charlton.
 
There was disappointment for local hope Leo Au as his hopes of reaching the main draw were dashed at the hands of Shaun Le Roux, going to 3-1 to the South African, while Rex Hendrick impressed with a 3-2 victory over the more fancied Omar Abdel Aziz.
 

  Gaultier Relishing 2014
Hong Kong Open Draw

 

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Series will resume in the Asian city of Hong Kong on August 26, when World No.1 Gregory Gaultier will look to end the summer break in style by claiming his first ever Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open title.

The Frenchman, a four-time runner-up in the Hong Kong Open, entered the off-season in dramatic style by beating England's World No.2 Nick Matthew in the 2014 Allam British Open final, and he'll be hoping to keep up the form that has seen him hold exclusive rights on the No.1 ranking since April.

Having won his first ever Hong Kong Open title in 2013, Matthew will be a notable absentee this year, but Gaultier will face stiff competition from a world class field including two-time World Champion Ramy Ashour and two-time World Junior Champion Mohamed Elshorbagy.

But the recently married star from Aix-en-Provence is relishing the prospect of returning to one of his favourite PSA World Series venues.

"I have just recently come back from my honeymoon so I'm back training hard and preparing for the season," said Gaultier.

"With a long break it's never easy to play well in the first event, but i'll be looking at getting some good matches in my legs and to find my marks.

"Hong Kong is early this year and, as with every event, I will look forward to it. I have lots of motivation to do well there - I have never won it so maybe this year can be the one for me.

"I always love coming to Hong Kong. After all the years playing there I have lots of friends and the event is always very well organised and they really make the players feel comfortable.

"I have never missed the Hong Kong Open and won't miss it until the end of my career."

Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open - Main Draw:

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [Qualifier]
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [Qualifier]
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Max Lee (HKG) v [8] Daryl Selby (ENG)
[5] Borja Golan (ESP) v [Qualifier]
Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [Qualifier]
Tarek Momen (EGY) v [4] James Willstrop (ENG)
[3] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
Chris Simpson (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [7] Karim Darwish (EGY)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [Qualifier]
Simon Rösner (GER) v [WC] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)

The 2014 Hong Kong Open will see 56 of the world's finest players converge on Hong Kong from August 24 - August 31 to contest what is the most prestigious PSA World Tour event in Asia and the longest running tournament on the PSA World Series calendar.

 

 

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