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Dubai Cup 2014

Dubai Cup 2014
21-27 Nov, Dubai, UAE, $25k
Round One
23 Nov
Round Two
24 Nov
25 Nov
26 Nov
27 Nov
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-0, 11-8 (60m)
Farhan Zaman (Pak)
Karim Abdel Gawad
5-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (62m)
Ammar Altamini
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-8, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 [71m]
Zahed Mohamed
Karim Abdel Gawad
14-12, 3-0 [retired]
Nasir Iqbal
Karim Abdel Gawad
5-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4 [63m]
Chris Simpson
Ammar Altamini (Kuw)
 11-7, 12-10, 11-3 (30m)
[wc] Aamir Malik (Use)
Adil Maqbool (Pak)
9-11, 14-12, 11-8, 12-10 (43m)
[Q] Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
Adil Maqbool
11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (25m)
Zahed Mohamed
[7] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 14-12, 11-6 (56m)
Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
[6] Nasir Iqbal (Pak)
11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4 (29m)
[Q] Mike Lewis (Usa)
Nasir Iqbal
11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9 (43m)
Ahmed Effat Ashoush
Nasir Iqbal
11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 14-12 [45m]
Mohamed Abouelghar
Alex Ingham (Eng)
11-6, 13-11, 4-11, 1-11, 11-8 (45m)
[Q] Ahmed Effat Ashoush (Egy)
Robert Downer (Eng)
12-10, 11-9, 11-6 (33m)
[Q] Christo Potgieter (Rsa)
Christo Potgieter
11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6 (35m)
 [3] Mohamed Abouelghar
[3] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10 (40m)
[Q] Patrick Miescher (Sui)
Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
11-5, 11-6, 2-11, 6-11, 11-5 (49m)
[4] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Aamir Atlas Khan
11-8, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9 (52m)
Tayyab Aslam
Aamir Atlas Khan
11-8, 11-9, 11-8 [40m]
Muhd Asyraf Azan

Aamir Atlas Khan
11-7, 11-7, 11-8 [39m]
Chris Simpson

Tayyab Aslam (Pak)
11-7, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (Pak)
Reiko Peter (Sui)
5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (63m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
Muhd Asyraf Azan
11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10 (45m)
Abdullah Almezayen
[Q] Mohammed Asim Khan (Pak)
5-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (30m)
[8] Abdullah Almezayen (Kuw)
Farhan Mehboob (Pak)
11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (20m)
[LL] Paul Rawden (Eng)
Farhan Mehboob
5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (65m)
Paul Coll
Paul Coll
11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5 [45m]
Chris Simpson
Paul Coll (Nzl)
9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7 (55m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
[Q] Hossam Nasser (Egy)
11-4,13-11,6-11,0-11,11-9 (60m)
Addeen Idrakie (Mas)
Hossam Nasser
11-9, 11-0, 6-1 ret (15m)
Chris Simpson
[Q] Shehab Essam Hosny (Egy)
 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
[2] Chris Simpson (Eng)

Results: Dubai Cup

Gawad Claims Dubai Cup Crown


Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad claimed his second PSA World Tour title of 2014, defeating England's Chris Simpson 3-2 in the final of the 2014 Dubai Cup, PSA International 25 tournament to add to the 3 Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open title he won in January.

After losing the first game to Simpson 5-11, Gawad upped his game to combine accurate defensive play with flair and killer instinct to turn the game around and move into a 2-1 lead.

The World No.17 from Cairo appeared to ease off his game in the fourth and was punished by Simpson, with the World No.23 continuing to fight doggedly for every point and earning his reward to force the game into a deciding game.

That was a s good as it got for Simpson however, as Gawad recaptured the play that saw him take the second and third games to see out the match and become the inaugural Dubai Cup champion.

I am really happy to win the tournament. Its my last tournament of the year, so Im really happy," said Gawad.

"Ive been suffering from a back injury since February so its not been the best season but Im happy to finish it like this.

"I want to thank Chris for such a great game and the organising committee for such a great week. Im looking forward to the next tournament here in Dubai.

Karim Abdel Gawad and Chris Simpson

Top Seeds To Contest Dubai Cup Final


Top seeds Karim Abdel Gawad and Chris Simpson will go head-to-head for the first time ever on the PSA World Tour when they meet in the final of the 2014 Dubai Cup, PSA International 25 tournament,

The duo moved into the final after getting past Pakistani pair Nasir Iqbal and Aamir Atlas Khan at the semi-final stage, and will now face-off in a contest that will see both men hoping to claim their second tour title of the year, with Simpson aiming to add to May's Bedell Jersey Squash Classic triumph and Gawad to the 3 Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open title he won in January.

Simpson, the number two seed, put in a stellar performance to see off former World No.14 Khan with an impressive 3-0 win, playing with patience and precision to survive an early onslaught from the Pakistani star before asserting his dominance to complete the victory.

Im very, very happy to win, and very, very happy to win with a 3-0 score," said Simpson.

"It wasnt a cruise. It was a very tough match with lots of concentration required. It was a tough balancing act of playing long enough and not playing negative.

"Ive watched him [Gawad] play a lot and I'm looking forward to it as its quite nice to play someone new.

Gawad moved into the semi-finals after his opponent, Iqbal, was forced to retire during the second game of their encounter and the Egyptian will be hoping to use the extra recovery time to his advantage during the final.

Pakistan Duo Into Dubai Cup Semis


Pakistan players Nasir Iqbal and Aamir Atlas Khan upset the seedings to move into the semi-finals of the 2014 Dubai Squash Cup where they will face top seeds Karim Abdel Gawad and Chris Simpson for a place in the final.

Unseeded Khan completed an impressive 3-0 victory over Malaysian number eight seed Muhd Asyraf Azan, taking control of the match from the opening exchanges and looking comfortable through to set up a last four encounter with England's Simpson.

It was good playing today and Im happy to be in the semifinal," said Khan.

"Hopefully tomorrow I will also do my best against Chris.

Iqbal, who was the only Pakistani player to appear in the second round of the recent PSA World Championship in Qatar, secured his place in the last four with a well-earned win over Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar, the number three seed.

Iqbal raced into a two-game lead before Abouelghar got a footing in the match, but it was 20-year-old Iqbal who managed to keep his nerve to take the match in a tense tie-breaker in the fourth game.

He will now face top seed Gawad of Egypt for a place in the final.
Gawad Survives Second Scare In Dubai


After narrowly avoiding crashing out of the competition at the first hurdle against Pakistan's Farhan Zaman, top seed Karim Abdel Gawad was once again forced to complete an impressive comeback in his second round encounter at the Dubai Squash Cup to keep his hopes of tournament glory alive.

The young Egyptian found himself down two-games to nil to Kuwait's Ammar Altamini before eventually finding his form to rally and take the last three games and complete a remarkable 62-minute turnaround victory and secure his place in the quarter-finals, where he will face a tough encounter against compatriot Zahed Mohamed.

Mohamed booked his place in the last eight with a straightforward win over Pakitsan's Adil Maqbool, spending just 25-minutes on court, while Pakistani duo Nasir Iqbal and Aamir Atlas Khan continued their runs with victories over Ahmed Effat Ashoush and Tayyab Aslam, respectively.

Number two seed Chris Simpson ensured his place win the quarters with an easy win over Hossam Nasser, with the Egyptian having to retire during the third game, and Simpson will now face experienced New Zealander Paul Coll after he came from two-games down to see off the challenge of Farhan Mehboob in 65-minutes.
Gawad Survives Scare In Dubai Cup


Top seed Karim Abdel Gawad came close to a shock exit against Farhan Zaman in the first round of the 2014 Dubai Squash Cup, International 25 tournament.

With 52 places between the two in the world rankings, few would have expected Zaman to give Gawad such a run for his money but it was the Pakistani player who shot into action first, controlling the opening two games to put clear daylight between his Egyptian opponent and himself.

Gawad rallied and clawed back an 11-7 win in the third before demolishing Zaman in the fourth to win it 11-0 and draw rapturous applause from the crowd and he remained focused to take a tight final game 11-8 to advance to the next round.

He [Zaman] is one of my best friends on the tour," said Gawad. "We grew up together, but this is the first time we have played together since we were nine years old. But of course, I know how good he is.

I was expecting a very tough match. Im a bit lucky, I was down 2-0 and managed to win in five. Im just looking forward for my next matches.

Gawad will face Ammar Altamimi in the second round after the 26-year-old from Kuwait made it past wildcard Aamir Malik in straight sets while Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan did fall to a shock loss to Aamir Atlas Khan.

The number four seed went 2-0 down to the unseeded Pakistani before levelling it up with some masterful squash. Khan though was able to stop the momentum swing and secured an unlikely victory by winning the final game 11-5.

He will be hoping to take this form into the next round where he will face Tayyab Aslam after his 3-1 win over Muhammad Saqib Yousaf.

Number two seed Chris Simpson is also through to the next round after he triumphed in an efficient performance against qualifier Shehab Essam Hosny 3-0. The Englishman defeated his opponent 11-4, 11-4 and 11-6 to set up a second round match against Hossam Nasser, who secured a terrific 3-2 win over Addeen Idrakie in the previous round.



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