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El Halaby Retains Baltimore Cup

Baltimore Cup 2008
11-16 Nov, Baltimore, Usa, $10k
Round One
13 Nov
14 Nov
15 Nov
16 Nov
[1] Shahier Razik (Can)
11-9, 11-8, 11-6
[Q] Lazarus Chilufya
Shahier Razik
11-7, 11-7, 11-3
Joe Lee
Shahier Razik
9-11, 8-11, 11-7,
13-11, 11-5 (150m)
Shawn Delierre
Shawn Delierre

11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (40m)
Yasser El Halaby

[8] Patrick Chifunda (Zam)
9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7
[Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
[4] Shawn Delierre (Can)
6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-5
Ben Garner (Eng)
Shawn Delierre
12-10, 11-7, 11-4
Regardt Schonborn
[7] Regardt Schonborn (Rsa)
11-4, 11-8. 11-8
Joshua Greenfield (Nzl)
[Q] Lewis Walters (Eng)
11-2, 11-4, 11-7
[5] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Arturo Salazar
12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-1
Yasser El Halaby
Yasser El Halaby
7-11, 7-11, 11-3,
11-1, 11-8 (65m)
Eric Galvez
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
8-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-8
[3] Yasser El Halaby (Egy)
[Q] Shaun Johnstone
11-5, 11-5, 11-4
[6] Bernardo Samper (Col)
Bernardo Samper
11-7, 11-8, 11-2
Eric Galvez
Arshad Iqbal Burkhi (Pak)
11-7, 11-5, 11-5
[2] Eric Galvez (Mex)

El Halaby Retains Baltimore Cup

Egyptian Yasser El Halaby successfully defended his Baltimore Cup title when he beat Canada's Shawn Delierre in the final of the $10,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, USA.

The climax took place less than 24 hours after fourth seed Delierre prevailed against top-seeded compatriot Shahier Razik in a 150-minute semi-final marathon - the longest-recorded squash match in history since the scoring system went to PAR (point-a-rally) 21 years ago!

In the final, El Halaby struck the ball crisply and dominated the T, trying to impose his attacking style on an opponent who was perhaps a little tired from his match the day before.

It took 40 minutes for the 24-year-old third seed from Cairo to wrap up his 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 win.

"Delierre actually appeared to have recovered well, but El Halaby ruthlessly exposed any slowness in movement in a high quality final," explained tournament organiser Ben Garner.  "The packed crowd greatly appreciated both the quality of the play and the effort shown by both players, who had both had tough routes to the final.

"The members hope to see the popular El Halaby back next year to chase a hat-trick of titles," added Garner.

The win marked the fifth PSA Tour title of El Halaby's career, and the second this year.

Delierre Prevails In Historic Baltimore Semi

Fourth seed Shawn Delierre overcame top-seeded fellow Canadian Shahier Razik to reach the final of the Baltimore Cup at the Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, USA, in a 150-minute marathon which is the longest-recorded squash match in history since the scoring system went to PAR (point-a-rally).

"It was a real war of attrition, with both players looking to accurately move the ball around the court as opposed to going for the outright winner, and a high percentage of rallies ending in a decision from the referee," said tournament organiser Ben Garner of the battle between the top two Canadians.

Razik, the world No22 from Toronto, took a two-game lead, then had three match balls in the fourth game before Delierre, from Montreal, eventually clinched his historic 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-5 victory after two hours and 30 minutes!

The longest recorded match in the sport took place in 1983 - in the era of 'hand-in-hand-out' scoring - when legendary Pakistani Jahangir Khan beat Egyptian Gamal Awad 9-10, 9-5, 9-7, 9-2 in the 166-minute Chichester Festival final in England.

The other semi-final match in the $10,000 PSA Tour event in Baltimore also saw the victor come back from a two-game deficit.  Having won the first two games, second-seeded Mexican Eric Galvez appeared to tire as defending champion Yasser El Halaby, the third seed from Egypt, fought back to win 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-1, 11-8 in 65 minutes.


Yasser Ousts Salazar Twins In Baltimore

Egypt's Yasser El Halaby defeated a second Salazar twin in 24 hours when he beat fifth seed Arturo Salazar in the quarter-finals of the Baltimore Squash Cup at the Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, USA.

It was in the first round of the $10,000 PSA Tour event in Maryland that the 24-year-old from Cairo beat unseeded Cesar Salazar to earn his clash with brother Arturo. And it again took El Halaby four games to beat the 20-year-old from San Luis Potosi 12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-1.

El Halaby will now face number two seed Eric Galvez after the Mexican beat South American rival Bernardo Samper, the sixth seed from Colombia, 11-7, 11-8, 11-2.

The other semi-final will be an all-Canadian affair between top seed Shahier Razik and fourth seed Shawn Delierre.