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18/05/2010
NOVARTIS OPEN
 

Adel El Zarka Nets Novartis Open Title

Novartis Open 2010
10-15 May, Amman, Jordan, $3k
Round One
12 May
Quarters
13 May
Semis
14 May
Final
15 May
[1] Ahmed Hawas (Egy)
11-7, 11-8, 11-5
Masoud Gharehzyaldini (Iri)
Ahmed Hawas
7-11, 11-1, 15-13, 10-4 Rtd (36m)
Florent Pontiere
Florent Pontiere
12-14 , 11-4, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9 (52m)
 Adel El Zarka
Adel El Zarka
11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10 (48m)
Ahmad Alzabidi
[5] Florent Pontiere (Fra)
11-5, 11-8, 11-8
[Q] Mohammad abou Hamad (Jor)
[3] Martin Mosnik (Slo)
4-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6
[Q] Ahmad al Saraj (Jor)
Martin Mosnik
11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (23m)
Adel El Zarka
[6] Adel El Zarka (Egy)
11-3, 11-9, 11-6
[Q] Mohammad Zubaidi (Jor)
Mohammad Mhaisen (Jor)
11-7, 11-8, 11-4
[7] Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (Pak)
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf
7-11, 11-6, 6,11, 11-4, 11-9 (50m)
Waqar Mehboob
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf
11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 (50m)
Ahmad Alzabidi
[Q] Waqar Mehboob (Pak)
8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 5-2 rtd
[4] Basem Makram (Egy)
Ahmad Alzabidi (Jor)
11-3, 11-4, 11-4
[8] Maekawa Kosuke (Jpn)
Ahmad Alzabidi
11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8 (54m)
Robert Downer
Robert Downer (Eng)
11-6, 11-5, 12-10
[2] Mohammad Reza Sadeghpour (Iri)

Adel El Zarka Nets Novartis Open Title

Egyptian teenager Adel El Zarka claimed the first PSA World Tour title of his career when he beat unseeded local hero Ahmad Alzabidi in the final of the $3,000 Novartis Open at the Al Hassan International Squash Center in the Jordan capital Amman.

The sixth seed from Alexandria made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals where he ousted Slovenia's Martin Mosnik, the third seed, in straight games. A tough five-game battle with fifth-seeded Frenchman Florent Pontiere took 18-year-old El Zarka into his first Tour final.

But, appearing in only the second PSA Tour event of his life, Jordanian Ahmad Alzabidi grabbed the headlines by battling against the odds through to the final. Ranked 389 in the world, the unseeded 21-year-old beat the seventh and eighth seeds - in addition to Englishman Robert Downer who removed the top seed - to line up against El Zarka in the climax.

Boosted by a capacity crowd which included Princess Rahmah Al-Hassan, the Egyptian ambassador to Jordan, El Zarka battled for 48 minutes before finally emerging triumphant with an 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10 title-winning victory.