Mosaad Claims Biggest Tour Win In LA
05-10 Jan, Los Angeles, USA, $28k
 Tarek Momen (Egy)
11/2, 11/5, 11/7 (21m)
[Q] Ido Avron (Isr)
8/11, 11/4, 12/10, 13/11 (53m)|
11-3, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 (52m)
11-7, 4-11, 11-4,
 Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/5, 11/8, 5/11, 11/8 (52m)
Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
 Shahier Razik (Can)
11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (36m)
[Q] James Snell (Eng)
11/7, 11/1, 11/4 (38m)
 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)
 Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
13/11, 11/7, 8/11, 8/11, 11/8 (77m)
11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (42m)
[Q] Neil Hitchens (Eng)
11/5, 11/9, 5/11, 11/5 (42m)
 Tom Richards (Eng)
Stefan Casteleyn (Bel)
11/8, 11/7, 11/2 (38m)
 Martin Knight (Nzl)
11/6, 11/8, 11/3 (33m)
Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
11/9, 11/4, 9/11, 12/10 (52m)
 Omar Mosaad (Egy)
6 Jan, Qualifying Finals, Sportsclub LA,
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
Biggest Tour Win In LA
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.
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
quarter-final line-up are England's Tom Richards and Pakistani Yasir
Butt, who prevailed in a see-saw encounter with fifth-seeded Rafael