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Mosaad Claims Biggest Tour Win In LA

KIG Open 2009
05-10 Jan, Los Angeles, USA, $28k
Round One
07 Jan
08 Jan
09 Jan
10 Jan
[1] Tarek Momen (Egy)
11/2, 11/5, 11/7 (21m)
[Q] Ido Avron (Isr)
Tarek Momen
8/11, 11/4, 12/10, 13/11 (53m)|
Chris Simpson
Tarek Momen
11-3, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 (52m)
Shahier Razik
Shahier Razik
11-7, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9 (67m)
Omar Mosaad
[8] Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/5, 11/8, 5/11, 11/8 (52m)
Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
[3] Shahier Razik (Can)
11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (36m)
[Q] James Snell (Eng)
Aaron Frankcomb
 11/7, 11/1, 11/4 (38m)
Shahier Razik
[6] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
4/11, 12/14, 11/9, 11/9, 11/1 (107m)
[Q] John Rooney (Irl)
Yasir Butt (Pak)
12/10, 9/11, 11/9, 12/14, 11/5 (74m)
[5] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
Yasir Butt
13/11, 11/7, 8/11, 8/11, 11/8 (77m)
Tom Richards
Tom Richards
11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (42m)
Omar Mosaad
[Q] Neil Hitchens (Eng)
11/5, 11/9, 5/11, 11/5 (42m)
[4] Tom Richards (Eng)
Stefan Casteleyn (Bel)
 11/8, 11/7, 11/2 (38m)
[7] Martin Knight (Nzl)
Stefan Casteleyn
11/6, 11/8, 11/3 (33m)
Omar Mosaad
Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
11/9, 11/4, 9/11, 12/10 (52m)
[2] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
6 Jan, Qualifying Finals, Sportsclub LA, Irvine:
James Snell (Eng) bt Juan Pablo Rothie (Ven)        11/4, 11/2, 10/12, 11/5 (40m)
Ido Avron (Isr) bt Lewis Walters (Eng)                  11/6, 8/11, 11/6, 3/11, 11/7 (49m)
Neil Hitchens (Eng) bt Rory Pennell (Eng)              11/6, 11/5, 7/11, 11/3 (35m)
John Rooney (Irl) bt Ronan Goldberg (Isr)             11/6, 11/3, 11/5 (23m)

05-Jan Qualifying Round One:
John Rooney (Irl)  bye
Ronan Goldberg (Isr) bt Armando Olguin (Mex)     11/5, 11/8, 11/5
Rory Pennell (Eng) bt Jamal Deaifi (Palestine)       11/7, 11/7, 11/2 (30m)
Neil Hitchens (Eng) bt Al Preston (Nzl)                 11/2, 13/11, 11/4 (21m)
Lewis Walters (Eng) bt Edward Marks (Usa)         11/9, 12/10, 11/8 (30m)
Ido Avron (Isr) bt Tom Pashley (Eng)                  11/7, 4/11, 8/11, 11/3, 11/3
Juan Pablo Rothie (Ven) bt Paul Mathieson (Ita)   13/11, 11/6, 11/7 (35m)
James Snell (Eng)  bye

Mosaad Claims Biggest Tour Win In LA


Egypt's Omar Mosaad claimed the first PSA World Tour squash title of the year - and the biggest of his career - when he beat Canadian Shahier Razik in the final of the $28,000 KIG Open at Los Angeles Athletic Club in Los Angeles, USA.


The 21-year-old from Cairo fought back from 2-5 down in the first game, then was 3-8 behind Razik in the fourth before coming through to win 11-7, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9 in 67 minutes.


"Shahier's a good player, very experienced, and he played well to beat Tarek (Momen) yesterday so I knew it would be tough and this morning I thought about what I would do in this match," said the second seed. 


"It's the biggest win of my career, the most points.  I'm very happy to win this tournament."


Third seed Razik admitted that he 'blew it'.


"I was feeling comfortable at the start, then he steadied and started pounding the hell out of the ball.  I felt I was playing tennis at times, it was bouncing so high, I was really struggling to control the ball," said the 32-year-old from Toronto.


"It got a bit tense in the fourth, and at eight-all it was anyone's.  It's going to be a tough sleep tonight!"


Razik Removes Favourite To Reach LA Final


Canada's Shahier Razik upset fellow Cairo-born Tarek Momen, the favourite, in four games in the semi-finals of the inaugural KIG Open to reach the final of the $28,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Los Angeles Athletic Club in Los Angeles, USA.


The third-seeded Canadian came out of the blocks the quicker, racing ahead to take a fairly quick opening game.  The second followed a similar pattern, but it was 21-year-old Momen who had the upper hand through the third before Razik, aged 32, fought back in the fourth to win 11-3, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8.


"I've played him enough times to know he goes on the attack right away," said Razik, now in the 31st PSA Tour final of his career.  "So I wanted to be on my toes and get attacking from the start so that he couldn't get into that comfort zone.  When he's ahead he can attack from anywhere and he's difficult to stop.


"I did a little work for a few rallies in the third and he got away and outplayed me in that period, so I decided to save my energy for the fourth and I guess it worked out in the end."


Toronto-based Razik will now face another Egyptian in the final after second seed Omar Mosaad overpowered Tom Richards, the fourth seed from England in straight games. 


For two and a half games, Mosaad was brutalising the Englishman, dominating the court and putting away crashing drives and winners into the nick almost at will.


Richards changed his tactics midway through the third game and almost forced the game into a tie-break before Mosaad clinched his 11-6, 11-5, 11-9.


"I was playing well for the first two and a half games, then he started coming back in the third," said Mosaad, the world No23.  "He made a joke, I lost concentration and got a bit nervous, but I really wanted to win this to get to the final, and to win it in three."


Seeds Safely Through In LA


The top four seeds will contest the semi-finals of the inaugural KIG Open the after contrasting victories in the quarter-finals of the $28,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Los Angeles Athletic Club in Los Angeles, USA.


Top seed Tarek Momen was pushed all the way by England's Chris Simpson, the Egyptian ultimately winning 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 13-11 after 53 minutes in a match that could have gone either way.


His semi-final opponent will be Canadian third seed Shahier Razik who, after a tough opening game, cruised to an 11-7, 11-1, 11-4 victory over Aaron Frankcomb, the sixth-seeded Australian who had little to give in the later stages after a marathon victory in the previous round.


Englishman Tom Richards needed five games to quell the attacking game of Pakistan's Yasir Butt.  The 23-year-old fourth seed prevailed 13-11, 11-7, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8 in 77 minutes and will now face fourth seed Omar Mosaad for a place in the final.


Mosaad, the No2 seed from Egypt, maintained a furiously fast pace that was too much for surprise opponent Stefan Casteleyn, the LAAC Club Pro.  


The 21-year-old from Cairo disappointed the partisan home crowd by beating Casteleyn, a former world No7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-3.


Stefan Stuns Kiwi In KIG Open Shock


The Los Angeles Athletic Club crowd got the result it wanted on the opening night of the inaugural KIG Open as club pro and local favourite Stefan Casteleyn upset the seeding to advance to the quarter-finals of the $28,000 PSA World Tour squash event in Los Angeles.


Casteleyn, a former world number seven from Belgium, beat seventh-seeded New Zealander Martin Knight in 11-8, 11-7, 11-2.  The 35-year-old now meets Omar Mosaad, the No2 seed from Egypt who survived an entertaining encounter with Stephane Galifi, beating the France-based Italian 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10.


Top seed Tarek Momen looked in good form as he despatched Israeli qualifier Ido Avron to set up a meeting with Chris Simpson, one of two Englishmen to reach the quarters.


In contrast to Momen's quick win, Australia's sixth seed Aaron Frankcomb needed 107 minutes to overcome the challenge of qualifier John Rooney.  The Irishman was two games and 7-4 up before Frankcomb mounted a remarkable recovery to win 4-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-9, 11-1.


The 24-year-old from Hobart's next opponent is Shahier Razik, the Canadian third seed who has a reputation for long matches, but who beat English qualifier James Snell in quick time.


Completing the quarter-final line-up are England's Tom Richards and Pakistani Yasir Butt, who prevailed in a see-saw encounter with fifth-seeded Rafael Alarcon.