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23/10/2008
BAILIAN CHINA OPEN
 

El Torky & Galifi Prevail In First China Open

Bailian New Era Mall China Open Squash Championships, Shanghai, China

 

Men's 1st round:

[1] Dick Lau (HKG) bt Choong Kam Hing (MAS)                         7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (39m)

[5] Stephane Galifi (FRA) bt Johan Bouquet (FRA)                     11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (50m)

[3] Romain Tenant (FRA) bt Basem Makram (EGY)                    11-8, 10-12, 11-2, 11-3 (41m)

[6] Neil Hitchens (ENG) bt Xiaomin Meng (CHN)                        11-2, 11-3, 11-6 (19m)

[7] Elvinn Keo (MAS) bt Cheng Yao Huang (TPE)                       7-11, 11-9, 17-15, 4-11, 11-9 (59m)

[4] David Vidal (ESP) bt Anson Kwong (HKG)                             11-9, 15-13, 11-9 (45m)

Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) bt [8] Karim AGA Samy (EGY)     6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 (40m)

[2] Max Lee (HKG) bt Alex Ingham (ENG)                                  10-12, 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 (40m)

    Quarter-finals:

[5] Stephane Galifi (FRA) bt [1] Dick Lau (HKG)                         11-4, 12-10, 11-3 (32m)

[3] Romain Tenant (FRA) bt [6] Neil Hitchens (ENG)                 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (36m)

[4] David Vidal (ESP) bt [7] Elvinn Keo (MAS)                            11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 (65m)

[2] Max Lee (HKG) bt Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY)                  13-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9 (54m)

    Semi-finals:

[5] Stephane Galifi (FRA) bt [3] Romain Tenant (FRA)               11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (39m)

[2] Max Lee (HKG) bt [4] David Vidal (ESP)                                6-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-2, 11-4 (60m)

    Final:

[5] Stephane Galifi (FRA) bt [2] Max Lee (HKG)                         11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8 (56m)

Women's 1st round:

[1] Christina Mak (HKG) bt Ou Wei (CHN)                                   11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (12m)

Irina Assal (RUS) bt [7] Wei Lin Hooi (MAS)                               12-10, 11-5, 11-6 (19m)

[3] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Xiu Chen (CHN)                                11-2, 11-6, 11-6 (18m)

Hong Shen (CHN) bt [8] Hengameh Habibpour (IRI)                 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 (11m)

[5] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt Wu Zhenzhen (CHN)                     11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (16m)

[4] Shin Nga Leung (HKG) bt Li Dongjin (CHN)                          11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (20m)

[6] Kuan Choy Lin (MAS) bt Jiang Li (CHN)                                 7-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 (24m)

[2] Deon Saffery (WAL) bt Chai Wensham (CHN)                       11-3, 11-9, 11-8 (17m)

    Quarter-finals:

[1] Christina Mak (HKG) bt Irina Assal (RUS)                              11-8, 11-7, 11-1 (22m)

[3] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Hong Shen (CHN)                            11-2, 11-2, 11-0 (11m)

[5] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [4] Shin Nga Leung (HKG)            11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (23m)

[2] Deon Saffery (WAL) bt [6] Kuan Choy Lin (MAS)                  11-3, 11-4, 11-8 (15m)

    Semi-finals:

[3] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt [1] Christina Mak (HKG)                   11-9, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7 (44m)

[5] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [2] Deon Saffery (WAL)                9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (39m)

    Final:

[3] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt [5] Nouran El Torky (EGY)                11-13, 13-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 (44m)

 

El Torky & Galifi Prevail In First China Open

There were surprise successes in the inaugural Bailian New Era Mall China Open Squash Championships when fifth-seeded Frenchman Stephane Galifi clinched the men's PSA Tour title and Egypt's third seed Heba El Torky the women's WISPA World Tour title at the Bailian New Era Shopping Mall in Shanghai.

It was a quarter-final victory over top seed Dick Lau which began Galifi's breakthrough in the $11,250 PSA Tour event.  The 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence then despatched third-seeded fellow countryman Romain Tenant in the semi-finals before facing second seed Max Lee, like Lau also from Hong Kong, in the final.

Galifi battled for four games before beating Lee 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8 in 56 minutes to claim his second Tour title of the year.

The climax of the women's $7,300 Tour event produced a rare clash between two sisters.  Heba El Torky made the final after upsetting
Hong Kong favourite Christina Mak in the semis - while her younger sister Nouran El Torky, the fifth seed, aged 15, overcame Welsh opponent Deon Saffery, the No2 seed.

Nouran took the opening game in the final - but 17-year-old Heba ultimately proved the stronger of the pair to secure an 11-13, 13-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 victory, and the maiden Tour title of her career.