Swelim Celebrates First 'Italian' Success In Baltimore
10-15 Nov, Baltimore, Usa $10k
12 Nov, from 17.00
 Arturo Salazar (Mex)
11/3, 11/5, 10/12, 11/4
Regardt Schonborn (Rsa)
11-4, 11-6, 4-11, 12-10
11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4
11-7, 11-6, 11-7
 Bernardo Samper (Col)
15/13, 9/11, 11/5, 11/3
[Q] Joel Hinds (Eng)
 Scott Arnold (Aus)
11/7, 11/9, 11/4
[Q] Graeme Wilson (Nzl)
11-8, 11-9, 11-9
 Robin Clarke (Can)
5/11, 11/8, 13/11, 11/13, 11/6
[Q] Elvinn Keo (Hkg)
Ben Garner (Eng)
11/7, 11/9, 11/6
 Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11-5, 11-4, 11-9
11-9, 11-5, 11-8
[Q] Lukas Jelinek (Cze)
12/10, 11/7, 11/1
 Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
11/7, 13/11, 11/4
 David Phillips (Can)
9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11/8, 8/11, 11/8, 6/11, 12/10
 Amr Swelim (Ita)
Celebrates First 'Italian' Success In Baltimore
Cairo-based Amr Swelim celebrated his first international squash circuit success
since switching his national allegiance to Italy in July when he won the
Baltimore Cup, the $10,000 PSA World Tour event at Baltimore Country Club in
The 25-year-old second seed reached the final after beating third-seeded
Egyptian Mohammed Abbas, the former world No13, in the semi-finals.
In the final, the world No51 faced fourth seed Scott Arnold - the Australian who
upset top-seeded Mexican Arturo Salazar in the other semi.
Arnold started off strongly and raced into a 5-1 lead, but Swelim’s greater
consistency saw him claw back the deficit and take the first game.
"From then on, Swelim looked very solid, moving the ball around the court well
and retrieving Arnold’s best shots, frustrating the tall Australian into making
too many mistakes," explained tournament organiser Ben Garner, the club's Head
Squash Professional. "From 4-6 down in the third, Swelim won six straight points
before clinching the title with his second match ball.
"The victory looked highly unlikely in the early rounds as the Italian had faced
match balls in his first two rounds," added Garner.
The success marks the fourth PSA Tour title of Swelim's career.
Arnold Battles Into Baltimore Final
Australian Scott Arnold pulled off a five-game upset over top-seeded Mexican
Arturo Salazar in the semi-finals of the Baltimore Cup to earn a surprise place
in the final of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Baltimore Country
Club in Baltimore, USA.
After beating two qualifiers to reach the semis, 23-year-old fourth seed Arnold
was facing his first seed in the event.
"This was a high quality match with Arnold’s attacking style battling against
Salazar’s relentless retrieving," said tournament organiser Ben Garner, the
club's Head Squash Professional. "There were some fantastic rallies, with the
majority of the points ending with winners rather than errors."
The Brisbane-based Aussie started the fifth game with a series of winning kills
and volley drops to move out to an 8-1 lead before closing out the game and the
match 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4 to reach the ninth Tour final of his career.
Arnold will face Cairo-based Italian Amr Swelim in the final. The No2 seed had
reached the final after surviving two five-game matches in the previous rounds -
in both cases saving match balls in the deciders. His opponent was third seed
Mohammed Abbas, the former world No13 from Egypt who was making his Tour
comeback after a long injury layoff.
"Swelim showed no signs of fatigue from his two epic five setters in the
tournament so far," explained Garner. "Abbas was slightly off the pace, and
Swelim took full advantage, looking very sharp as he won three close games.
There was some excellent shot-making from both players."
Swelim's 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 victory takes the 25-year-old into the seventh PSA
final of his career - and his first meeting with Arnold since October 2007.
Mixed Success For Salazars In Baltimore
Mexican twins Arturo Salazar and Cesar Salazar enjoyed mixed success in the
quarter-finals of the Baltimore Cup, the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at
Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, USA.
Top seed Arturo ended the magical run of Joel Hinds, beating the English
qualifier who was competing in his 10th match in 11 days across two cities,
having won the Pittsburgh Open as a qualifier last week.
Both players battled hard before Salazar sneaked through 11-4, 11-6, 4-11,
Earlier Cesar, the 21-year-old sixth seed, went down 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 to
Mohammed Abbas, the third seed and former world No13 from Egypt who is returning
to the Tour after a long injury layoff.
"Abbas was mightily impressive tonight," said tournament organiser Ben Garner.
"He dominated the first two games - hitting tight, dying lengths followed by
some delightfully soft drop shots to keep Salazar moving around the four corners
of the court.
"Salazar battled gamely but Abbas’s class was evident in his quality
shot-making. The third game was much closer but his experience came through in
the final couple of points."
Abbas now faces Italian Amr Swelim, though the Cairo-based second seed battled
for five games before overcoming Canada's No5 seed David Phillips 9-11, 12-10,
11-6, 9-11, 13-11.
"For the second night running, Swelim was 10-9 down in the fifth - and again he
maintained his composure, saving three match balls to win 14-12 in the final
game!" Garner explained.
Hinds & Keo Claim Quarters Berths In
Just five days after beating Bernardo Samper in the final of the Pittsburgh
Open, English qualifier Joel Hinds scored a second upset over the higher-ranked
Colombian in the Baltimore Cup to reach the quarter-finals of the $10,000 PSA
World Tour squash event at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, USA.
New York-based Samper has enjoyed significant recent success – winning two PSA
Tour titles since September and only losing twice, to Hinds on both occasions.
Hinds, ranked 163 in the world – almost 100 positions below Samper – needed four
games to beat his eighth-seeded opponent 15-13, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3.
The 22-year-old from Derby goes on to face Mexican Arturo Salazar, the top seed
who defeated South African Regardt Schonborn 11-3, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4.
There was a further qualifying success when Malaysian Elvinn Keo won his second
five-game match in a row, this time defeating Canadian Robin Clarke, the No7
seed, 5-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-6.
Second seed Amr Swelim survived a real scare, saving a match ball at 10-9 down
in the fifth against Malaysian teenager Ivan Yuen before sneaking through 12-10
in the decider.
"It was great to see former world No13 Mohammed Abbas return to action after a
long injury lay-off," said tournament organiser Ben Garner. "With the smooth
strokes and movement that saw him move to the top of the game, Abbas was very
impressive and it will be interesting to watch his progress through the
Egyptian Abbas, now ranked 65 in the world, beat Czech qualifier Lukas Jelinek
12-10, 11-7, 11-1.