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20/10/2010
FIRST INSURANCE OPEN
 

Sharpes Cuts It In Jordan

First Insurance Open, Amman, Jordan

Sharpes Cuts It In Jordan

A battle to win the first PSA World Tour squash title of their lives was fought out between two English teenagers in the First Insurance Open in Jordan - and it was 18-year-old Charles Sharpes who prevailed in the final of the inaugural $3,000 event at the Al Hussein Sport City in the country's capital Amman to become the lowest-seeded player to win a Tour event this year.

The London-born eighth seed made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals where he survived a five-game marathon to beat top-seeded compatriot Ben Ford, a 35-year-old from London, 11-13, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 in 78 minutes.

In the final, Sharpes faced 19-year-old second seed Ben Coleman, an England junior international team-mate.

But Sharpes, the current English Junior champion, was too strong for Coleman, the reigning British Junior champion, winning 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 in 50 minutes to become the newest PSA Tour title-holder.

1st round:
[1] Ben Ford (ENG) bt [Q] Khaled Zahran (EGY) 11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5 (59m)
[8] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt Ali Miski (LIB) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (19m)
[Q] Ahmed Hosny (EGY) bt [3] Ahmed Hawas (EGY) 15-17, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 12-10 (55m)
[7] Ahmad Al-Saraj (JOR) bt [Q] Mohammad Abu Hammad (JOR) 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6 (19m)
[6] Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR) bt Navin Samarasinghe (SRI) 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (19m)
Michael Harris (ENG) bt [4] Zeyad Tareq Alowaesh (KUW) 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 (43m)
[5] Florent Pontiere (FRA) bt Wael Tabbalat (JOR) 11-4, 12-10, 11-7 (18m)
[2] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [Q] Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-5, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5 (32m)

Quarter-finals:
[8] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [1] Ben Ford (ENG) 11-13, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (78m)
[Q] Ahmed Hosny (EGY) bt [7] Ahmad Al-Saraj (JOR) 11-7, 11-1, 11-7 (26m)
[6] Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR) bt Michael Harris (ENG) 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (55m)
[2] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [5] Florent Pontiere (FRA) 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (40m)

Semi-finals:
[8] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [Q] Ahmed Hosny (EGY) 11-0, 11-3, 11-2 (40m)
[2] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [6] Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR) w/o

Final:
[8] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [2] Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (50m)