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Ashour & Kawy In Hurghada Home Double

Hurghada International 2008
Men's Draw
12-20 April, Egypt, $62k
Round One
14/15 Apr
16/17 Apr
18 Apr
20 Apr
[1] Amr Shabana (Egy)
11-4, 11-10 (2-0), 11-8 (29m)
[Q] Amr Mansi (Egy)
Amr Shabana
11-5, 11-10 (4-2), 6-11, 11-10 (2-0) (54m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Amr Shabana
8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (49m)
Karim Darwish
Amr Shabana

11-10 (2-0), 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-10 (2-0) (79m)
Ramy Ashour

[6] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
2-11, 11-10 (2-0), 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 (88m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
[3] Karim Darwish (Egy)
11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 (61m)
Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
Karim Darwish
9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-10 (4-2), 11-4 (80m)
Mohammed Abbas
[5] Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (38m)
Omar Elborolossy (Egy)
Alister Walker (Eng)
11/6, 11/8, 9/6 rtd (33m)
[8] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Omar Mosaad
11-10 (3-1), 11-5, 11-9 (52m)
Wael El Hindi

Wael El Hindi
9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (58m)
Ramy Ashour
[Q] Amr Swelim (Egy)
11/5, 11/8, 11/5 (37m)
[4] Wael El Hindi (Egy)
[Q] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
11/2, 11/7, 11/3 (33m)
[7] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
Omar Abdel Aziz
11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (27m)
Ramy Ashour
[Q] Jesse Engelbrecht (Rsa)
11/5, 11/4, 11/8 (20m)
[2] Ramy Ashour (Egy)

13-Apr, Qualifying Finals:

Omar Abdel Aziz
(Egy) bt John Rooney (Irl) 11/9, 11/4, 11/5 (45m)
Amr Swelim (Egy) bt Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) 11/9, 7/11, 12/10, 11/4 (62m)
Amr Mansi (Egy) bt Tarek Momen (Egy) 11/6, 11/9, 11/7 (41m)
Jesse Engelbrecht (Rsa) bt Yasser El Halaby (Egy) 11/6, 5/11, 7/11, 11/9, 14/12 (56m)

12-Apr, Round One:

Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) bt Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) 11/5, 11/5, 11/9 (32m)
John Rooney (Irl) bt Sherif Kamel (Egy) 12/10, 11/4, 11/3 (53m)
Tarek Momen (Egy) bt Andrew Wagih (Egy) 11/9, 11/7, 11/6 (33m)
Amr Mansi (Egy) bt Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 11/3, 11/6, 6/11, 11/9, 14/12 (72m)

Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 11/7, 11/ 9, 7/11, 11/6 (45m)
Amr Swelim (Egy) bt Chris Truswell (Eng) 11/8, 11/8, 11/6 (25m)
Jesse Engelbrecht (Rsa) bt Wael Farag (Egy) 11/5, 11/5, 11/8 (41m)
Yasser El Halaby (Egy) bt Jonas Laursen (Den) 11/2, 11/0, 11/8 (18m)
Hurghada International 2008
Women's Draw
12-20 April, Egypt, $26k
Round One
14 Apr
16/17 Apr
18 Jan
20 Jan
[1] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
9/6, 9/7, 9/4 (29m)
Lauren Siddall (Eng)
Rachael Grinham
9-6, 9-1, 9-1 (34m)
Manuela Manetta
Rachael Grinham
5-9, 9-2, 5-9, 10-8, 9-5 (84m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Omneya Abdel Kawy
9-1, 9-4, 9-2 (34m)
Jenny Duncalf
[7] Manuela Manetta (Ita)
9/1, 9/5, 9/3 (27m)
Camille Serme (Fra)
[3] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
9/6, 9/0, 9/1 (27m)
[Q] Eman El Amir (Egy)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
9-3, 10-8, 9-2 (34m)
Nour El Tayeb
[8] Tricia Chuah (Mas)
9/6, 9/7, 9/1 (33m)
[Q] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
[Q] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
9/6, 9/0, 9/3 (20m)
[6] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
Raneem El Weleily
9-3, 9-4, 7-9, 4-9, 9-6 (72m)
Engy Kheirallah
Raneem El Weleily
9-1, 9-3, 10-9 (42m)
Jenny Duncalf
Georgina Stoker (Eng)
10/9, 9/3, 9/5 (30m)
[4] Engy Kheirallah (Egy)
[Q] Amnah El Trabolsy (Egy)
9/5 , 9/1, 9/0 (14m)
[5] Sharon Wee (Mas)
Sharon Wee
3-9, 9-5, 9-2, 9-2 (37m)
Jenny Duncalf
Christina Mak (Hkg)
9/4, 9/2, 9/0 (23m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)

Ashour & Kawy In Hurghada Home Double

Second seed Ramy Ashour and third seed Omneya Abdel Kawy, both from Cairo, produced a popular home double in the Hurghada Squash International in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada after upsets over higher-ranked opponents in contrasting finals.

In a thrilling climax to the men's $61,250 5-star
PSA Tour event, world No2 Ashour faced his illustrious compatriot Amr Shabana, the world number one appearing in his sixth successive Tour final.

It was a seesaw encounter - with 20-year-old Ashour twice taking game leads before his experienced opponent came back to draw level.

In a close decider, the young pretender had two match balls from 10-7.  But Shabana saved both and delighted the packed crowd when he drew level at ten-all. 

But Ashour made no mistake with his third chance, striking a superb low drive glued to the forehand wall to clinch a sensational 11-10 (2-0), 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-10 (2-0) victory after 79 minutes.

The triumph marked the ninth PSA Tour title of Ashour's career - and his second win over Shabana this year.

"The season is still young.  There are plenty of opportunities to win matches and tournaments," an upbeat Shabana said afterwards.

In the final of the women's $26,200 WISPA World Tour event, Kawy took on Jenny Duncalf, the No2 seed from England who had dropped only one game en-route to the climax.

Kawy the 22-year-old from Cairo who beat Australia's defending champion Rachael Grinham in the semi-finals to reach the final for the fifth year in a row, was in commanding form - racing to an 8-0 lead in the first game before winning it 9-1.

Duncalf led 4-1 in the second - but Kawy reclaimed the advantage to romp to a 9-1, 9-4, 9-2 victory in just 34 minutes.

"It was so nice to hear people chanting my name," said Kawy after her second title triumph at Hurghada.

Shabana & Ashour In Dream Hurghada Final

The world's top two players Amr Shabana and Ramy Ashour will contest a dream all-Egyptian men's Hurghada International final after prevailing in similar four-game semi-finals in the $61,250 5-star PSA Tour squash event in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

Both players faced determined opposition from fellow countrymen: Shabana, the world number one and top seed from Giza, got the better of third seed Karim Darwish, beating the 26-year-old from Cairo 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 in 49 minutes to reach the 29th Tour final of his career - and the sixth in succession since October.

Ashour, the 20-year-old world No2, conquered a fired-up fourth seed Wael El Hindi 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 in 58 minutes and will now contest his ninth PSA final in 15 months.

The men's climax will mark Shabana and Ashour's seventh Tour meeting since their first in October 2006 - and the fourth in a row in PSA event finals. Shabana currently leads the head-to-head tally 4/2.

The final of the women's $26,200
WISPA World Tour event will be the first since 2002 not to feature Rachael Grinham. The top-seeded Australian, going for her fourth title in five years, was beaten 5-9, 9-2, 5-9, 10-8, 9-5 in 84 minutes by Egyptian rival Omneya Abdel Kawy - after failing to convert two match-balls in the fourth game.

Kawy, the 22-year-old third seed from
Cairo who won the title two years ago, is celebrating her 15th WISPA final.

Her opponent will be England's second seed Jenny Duncalf, who put paid to a second all-Egyptian final in Hurghada by beating Raneem El Weleily, the sixth seed from Alexandria, 9-1, 9-3, 10-9.

Duncalf, the 25-year-old world No6 from Harrogate in
Yorkshire, is marking her sixth Tour final appearance - and her fifth WISPA meeting with Kawy since 2003. Omneya leads the head-to-heads 3/1.

Shabana Tested By Shorbagy In Hurghada

Amr Shabana
is one match away from his sixth successive Tour final appearance - but the world number one from Egypt was fully tested by teenage compatriot Mohamed El Shorbagy in the men's quarter-finals of the Hurghada International, the $61,250 5-star PSA Tour squash event in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

World champion Shabana, who this month celebrated 25 successive months at the top of the world rankings, survived two tie-break games before beating unseeded Shorbagy, just 17 years old, 11-5, 11-10 (4-2), 6-11, 11-10 (2-0) in 54 minutes.

The youngster clearly impressed his 'elder statesman': "He is one of the players who are going to go up very fast, because he is only 17," Shabana said. "He is an amazing player, and I had to play very well today to beat him."

Shabana will now meet his third successive Egyptian in the event when he takes on Karim Darwish for a place in the final. Third seed Darwish was taken the full distance by Mohammed Abbas before beating his fifth-seeded compatriot 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-10 (4-2), 11-4 in 80 minutes.

The favourite in the women's $26,200
WISPA World Tour event had a much easier time in her quarter-final. Rachael Grinham, the Australian going for her fourth title in five years, despatched Italian Manuela Manetta 9-6, 9-1, 9-1 in just 34 minutes.

It took the same time for Egyptian number one Omneya Abdel Kawy to earn her place in the last four. The third seed from
Cairo ended the courageous run of 15-year-old qualifier Nour El Tayeb, winning 9-3, 10-8, 9-2.

The Kawy/Grinham clash will be the pair's fifth meeting in successive Hurghada Internationals since 2004. But after contesting the last four finals - with the Australian prevailing in all but one - it will be their first meeting in the Red Sea resort event's semi-finals.

El Weleily Conquers Kheirallah In Hurghada Upset

Egyptian teenager Raneem El Weleily upset her higher-ranked compatriot Engy Kheirallah in five games in the women's quarter-finals of the Hurghada International to earn a third successive appearance in the semi-finals of the $26,200 WISPA World Tour squash event in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

The 19-year-old sixth seed took the opening two games - but the experienced Kheirallah, seeded two positions higher, regained the upper hand thereafter to force the match into a fifth game decider.

Inspired by the presence of her family and her coach Sherine Adel, Raneem led 5-2 in the decider and resisted a fight back by her opponent before recording a mighty 9-3, 9-4, 7-9, 4-9, 9-6 victory in 72 minutes.

El Weleily will now face her first non-Egyptian in the event when she meets
England's Jenny Duncalf for a place in the final. Duncalf, the No2 seed, recovered from a game down to beat Malaysia's fifth seed Sharon Wee 3-9, 9-5, 9-2, 9-2.

In the all-Egyptian men's quarter-final line-up in the $61,250 5-star PSA Tour event, rising star Ramy Ashour made short work of Omar Abdel Aziz, beating the qualifier 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 in just 27 minutes.

The 20-year-old second seed from Cairo - playing for the first time in Hurghada - will now face fourth seed Wael El Hindi, who took out Omar Mosaad, the eighth seed, 11-10 (3-1), 11-5, 11-9 in a close-fought 52-minute battle.

Shorbagy Ensures All-Egyptian Last Eight Line-Up In Hurghada

Unseeded Alexandria teenager Mohamed El Shorbagy pulled off a remarkable upset over Malaysia's Ong Beng Hee, the world No12, on the second day of first round action in the Hurghada International to set up a surprise all-Egyptian quarter-final line-up in the $61,250 5-star PSA Tour squash event in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

Shorbagy belied his 17-year age as he twice recovered from game deficits against his sixth-seeded opponent to record a stunning 2-11, 11-10 (2-0), 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 win in 88 minutes.

"In the fourth, I was 2/1 and 8/3 down, and very tired - so I told myself no more risk, donít play any shots near the tin, be very patient," Shorbagy said afterwards. "And the incredible happened - he lost his concentration completely. It was very strange.

"I still canít believe Iíve won, and that Iím going to play the world champion next round! It will be a fantastic experience for me, especially before the world juniors."

Based in the
UK where he is coached by Jonah Barrington, Shorbagy now meets favourite Amr Shabana. The world number from Giza took on his new training partner Amr Mansi - and beat the qualifier 11-4, 11-10 (2-0), 11-8.

Playing in his PSA Tour event since reaching the semi-finals of the Virginia Pro Championship in the USA in March, Karim Darwish battled for 61 minutes to overcome Italian Davide Bianchetti 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6.

The third seed from Cairo now faces compatriot Mohammed Abbas, the fifth seed who despatched fellow Egyptian Omar Elborolossy 11-7, 11-7, 11-8.

Aziz Denies Ashour Quarter-Final In Cairo

Egyptian qualifier Omar Abdel Aziz put paid to an Ashour family duel in the quarter-finals of the Hurghada International when he upset seventh-seeded compatriot Hisham Mohd Ashour in the first round of the $61,250 5-star PSA Tour squash event being staged at the National Stadium in Nasr City in the Egyptian capital Cairo before moving on to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

The 24-year-old from
Cairo took just 33 minutes to overcome world No24 Ashour senior 11-2, 11-6, 11-3.

Aziz will now face his conquest's younger brother Ramy Ashour, the world No2 and second seed who dismissed South African qualifier Jesse Engelbrecht 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 in 20 minutes.

With first round matches in the top half of the draw - and further rounds thereafter - due to take place in Hurghada, it was an all-Egyptian winners line-up that will journey to the
Red Sea resort after today's Cairo action.

Joining Aziz and Ramy Ashour in the men's quarter-finals in Hurghada will be fellow countrymen Omar Mosaad and Wael El Hindi. Eighth seed Mosaad beat Alister Walker 11-6, 11-8, 9-6 when the Englishman, after receiving a warning in the second game for pushing his opponent, received a conduct match for physical abuse midway through the third game.

El Hindi, the No4 seed, beat qualifier Amr Swelim 11-5, 11-8, 11-5.

In the women's $26,200 Silver
WISPA World Tour event, 15-year-old qualifier Nour El Tayeb produced the shock of the day when she upset Malaysia's Tricia Chuah, the No8 seed, 9-6, 9-7, 9-1.

The Cairo-based youngster, competing in her first tournament since winning the British Junior U15 Open title in January, will now face fellow Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy, the third seed who beat qualifier Eman El Amir 9-6, 9-0, 9-1.

Defending champion Rachael Grinham, the top seed from
Australia who beat Kawy in last year's final, booked her place in the last eight with a 9-6, 9-7, 9-4 win over England's Lauren Siddall.

Engelbrecht Denies Egyptian Clean Sweep In Cairo

Only South African Jesse Engelbrecht prevented a clean sweep of Egyptians taking all the qualifying slots available in the Hurghada Squash International, the joint PSA and WISPA Tour event taking place at the National Stadium in Nasr City in the Egyptian capital Cairo before moving on to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

Durban-born Engelbrecht, boasting a career-high world ranking of 62, fought back from 1/2 down to beat Cairo-based Yasser El Halaby 11-6, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-10 (4-2) in 56 minutes in the men's qualifying finals.

The UK-based 25-year-old is drawn to meet second seed Ramy Ashour in the first round. Ashour, the 20-year-old world No2 from
Cairo, is playing his first PSA Tour event on home soil since entering the world's top 20.

Amr Mansi scored a notable qualifying finals upset when he beat fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen - ranked 30 places higher in the world - 11-6, 11-9, 11-7. The 25-year-old from Alexandria's reward is a first round meeting with event favourite Amr Shabana, the world No1 from Giza.

Egypt's future strength on the world squash stage was powerfully marked by the triumphs of two 15-year-olds in the women's qualifying finals. Nouran El Torky, from Alexandria, defeated compatriot Salma Hany 8-10, 4-9, 9-5, 9-6, 10-8 in 76 minutes - and will now face 19-year-old Raneem El Weleily, the sixth seed who is also from Alexandria.

Nour El Tayeb, the 15-year-old world No 105 from Cairo, achieved her qualifying success by beating Nouran's older sister Heba El Torky 9-6, 4-9, 9-1, 9-4. El Tayeb will now meet Malaysian Tricia Chuah, the No8 seed, in the first round.

Australia's world No3 Rachael Grinham, who is based in Cairo, is seeded to win the title for the fourth time in her sixth successive final. The 31-year-old world champion takes on England's Lauren Siddall in the first round.