QATAR CLASSIC 2010
Karim Claims Qatar Classic Crown
05-12 Nov, Doha,
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07 & 08 Nov
 Amr Shabana (Egy)
14/12, 11/9, 11/7 (33m)
[Q] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (36m)
2/11, 14/12, 11/4, 11/7 (71m)
3-11, 11-4, 11-7,
6-11, 12-10 (71m)
8-11, 11-2, 11-7,
 Adrian Grant (Eng)
10/12, 11/2, 11/1, 11/5 (45m)
Joey Barrington (Eng)
 James Willstrop (Eng)
11/9, 11/6, 11/5 (40m)
[Q] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11/3, 11/5, 11/8 (45m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
 Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
13/11, 11/7, 11/6 (49m)
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
8/11, 11/8, 11/3, 11/4 (57m)
[Q] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
11/7, 11/9, 11/4 (46m)
11/4, 11/1 rtd
 Wael El Hindi (Egy)
11/9, 7/11, 11/8, 11/5 (60m)
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
 Peter Barker (Eng)
11/5, 13/11, 5/11, 11/8 (62m)
[Q] Simon Rosner (Ger)
4/11, 13/11, 14/12, 12/10 (67m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
 Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
16/14, 11/6, 11/9 (49m)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11-5, 11-9, 11-6
 David Palmer (Aus)
8/11, 11/4, 11/5, 3/11, 11/5 (75m)
13/11, 11/2, 6/11, 11/9 (68m)
8-11, 5-11, 11-8,
12-10, 11-8 (73m)
Hisham Ashour (Egy)
16-14, 11-9 (57m)
 Thierry Lincou (Fra)
[Q] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
11-6, 11-9, 11-5
 Stewart Boswell (Aus)
11/8, 11/7, 6/11, 11/3 (53m)
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-2, 11-5, 11-4
 Karim Darwish (Egy)
[Q] Borja Golan (Esp)
9-11, 11-5, 11-9,
 Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/5, 9/11, 11/5, 5/11, 11/9 (102m)
11/5, 11/3, 11/5 (34m)
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
-9, 6-11, 11-9, 8-11,
 Daryl Selby (Eng)
[Q] Tom Richards (Eng)
6-11, 11-6, 11-8,
9-11, 11-6 (64m)
 Alister Walker (Eng)
11/5, 12/10, 11/4 (37m)
Ahmad Mohd Al-Tamimi (Qat)
11-2, 11-3, 11-3
 Nick Matthew (Eng)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-1, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Yann Perrin (FRA) 11-6, 11-7, 11-2 (26m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt Max Lee (HKG) 11-6, 12-10, 5-11, 3-11, 11-7
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-1, 11-2, 11-3
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11-13, 11-5, 11-5,
2-11, 11-5 (105m)
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 11-7, 10-12,
14-12, 11-8 (57m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Martin Knight (NZL) 15-13, 11-5, 11-8
Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-6, 9-11, 12-10,
1st qualifying round:
Tom Richards (ENG) bye
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) 11-6, 11-8, 11-7
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Ammar Al-Tamimi (KUW) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5
Yann Perrin (FRA) bt Bradley Hindle (MLT) 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9,
Simon Rosner (GER) bye
Max Lee (HKG) bt Bader Al Hussaini (KUW) 12-10, 11-8, 11-2 (39m)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Abdulla Mohammed Al-Tamimi (QAT) 11-6,
11-8, 11-6 (29m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 4-11, 11-13, 11-2,
11-8, 11-5 (51m)
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Scott Arnold (AUS) 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (36m)
Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) bt Saoud Al Sulaiti (QAT) 11-8, 11-5, 11-3
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-7, 11-8, 9-11,
Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) ! bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 9-11, 15-13,
8-11, 11-7, 12-10 (98m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Abdul Rahman Al-Malki (QAT) 11-9, 11-8,
Martin Knight (NZL) bt Basem Makram (EGY) 11-3, 11-7, 11-6 (37m)
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 6-11, 11-3, 11-4,
Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bye
05-12 Nov, Doha,
 Nicol David (Mas)
11/6, 11/4, 12/10 (30m)
Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/5, 11/4, 11/4 (23m)
11/6, 12/10, 11/7 (40m)
11-7, 11-2, 5-11,
Nour El Tayeb
11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (34m)
 Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11/3, 11/7, 11/4 (18m)
[Q] Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
 Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/0, 11/6, 11/9 (39m)
Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)
11/9, 7/11, 13/11, 5/11, 11/6
 Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
11/4, 6/11, 11/6, 11/6 (32m)
Manuela Manetta (Ita)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/7, 11/5, 11/6 (27m)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
Nour El Tayeb
11/7, 4/11, 11/2, 11/4 (29m)
 Nour El Sherbini
Nour El Tayeb
11/8, 7/11, 11/9, 11/6 (49m)
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11/6, 11/5, 11/4 (17m)
[Q] Adel Weir-Nunan (Rsa)
 Camille Serme (Fra)
11/2, 11/4, 11/6 (21m)
Line Hansen (Den)
11/7, 11/8, 11/13, 10/12, 11/8
 Joelle King (Nzl)
11/2, 12/10, 11/6 (26m)
[Q] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
[Q] Olga Ertlova (Cze)
11/5, 11/4, 11/3 (26m)
 Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/8, 11/6, 11/7 (26m)
Raneem El Weleily
Raneem El Weleily
12/10, 9/11, 14/16, 11/7, 11/5
12-10, 11-5 (41m)
Tania Bailey (Eng)
14/12, 11/7, 11/5 (30m)
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
[Q] Gaby Schmol (Sui)
11/6, 11/9, 11/2 (34m)
 Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
11/5, 12/10, 11/4 (33m*)
 Rachael Grinham
Latasha Khan (Usa)
11/4, 12/14, 1/1 rtd
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
13/11, 3/11, 4/11, 11/4, 12/10 (64m)
 Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/6, 11/5, 15/13 (31m)
11/7, 11/4, 11/8 (36m)
Orla Noom (Ned)
11/8, 11/8, 11/2 (29m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
11/5, 4/11, 11/4, 9/11, 11/8 (47m)
 Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/8, 12/10, 4/11, 11/4 (41m)
[Q] Lauren Selby (Eng)
11/3, 11/4, 11/2 (21m)
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
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Qatar Classic Crown
Egyptian Karim Darwish upset compatriot Amr Shabana in the final
of the $147,500 Qatar Classic to win his second PSA Super Series
squash title in three weeks at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash
Complex in Doha.
had reached the climax after gruelling five-game semi-finals - Darwish, the
world No3, gaining his first win over England's world No2 Nick Matthew in
almost two years, and reigning world champion Shabana overcoming France's fourth
seed Gregory Gaultier.
recovered from a game down to beat Shabana, the second seed looking for his
maiden Super Series title his year, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-6 in 54 minutes.
"We know each
other's game so well, we both take the ball so early, and they were some
accidents as we were going for the ball. But it was a fair game, a clean game,"
Darwish said afterwards.
"It was more
of a mental match than a physical one," added the 29-year-old from Cairo. "In
the middle of the third, we had some crucial points, I gave it a bit push to
make sure I would come on top leading 2/1. And after that, I think he lost a bit
of his focus, and I gave it a good push to finish.
"When you come
to a tournament, you want to win - but you can't expect to win nowadays, as the
competition is fierce and there are so many formidable players around,"
concluded Darwish (left), who won the El Gouna International in Egypt last month and
now boasts 19 PSA Tour titles.
70-minute matches leading to the final, Shabana had no excuses: "Both of us had
strong matches earlier in the week, so I can't blame this defeat on a long
second, he played far too well, my length dropped and he took full advantage of
it," explained the former world number one. "But in the third, I had my chances.
But today was not to be my day."
triumph sees Darwish move up to third place in the latest 2010 PSA Super
Series Rankings, the penultimate list before the final event of the year -
the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters in Delhi in December. Egypt's world No1
Ramy Ashour heads the rankings, with Nick Matthew in second place.
England's Peter Barker strengthened his all-important position in the top
eight, 30 points ahead of ninth-placed Australian David Palmer.
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Matthew Title Hopes In Qatar
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seed Karim Darwish (left) fought back from two games down to beat English
favourite Nick Matthew to claim a surprise place in the final of the
$147,500 Qatar Classic, the ninth and penultimate 2010 PSA Super
Series squash championship at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash
Complex in Doha.
winner of last month's El Gouna International in Egypt, will face compatriot
Amr Shabana, (Below Right)the four-time world champion looking for his first Super Series
win this year, who beat Frenchman Gregory Gaultier.
At two games
up in the repeat of last year's final, defending champion Nick Matthew
looked to be heading for his eighth Super Series final this year. But Darwish
turned his game around and stunned the 30-year-old world number two from
Sheffield by battling back to win 8-11, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 in 73 minutes.
"Nick has been
winning pretty much everything last year, he was world number one still a few
months back, so beating him tonight is very special to me," Darwish said
afterwards. "When I can play like that, I'm alright.
Shabana tomorrow, I won't be able to afford to wait the third game to play. I'll
have to start from the first rally," added the 29-year-old world No3 from Cairo,
now in his 32nd Tour final.
The defeat was
Matthew's second in less than two weeks from the position of a 2/0 lead - after
crashing out of the Kuwait Open to England team-mate Daryl Selby.
well to come back from 2/0 down," said the Englishman. "It's really a good
effort, well done to him.
"You are never
too old to learn. Now there's a few weeks of hard work for the Worlds - whatever
the result here, that's always been my target."
In the other
semi-final, second seed Shabana saved a match-ball to beat Gaultier, the fourth
seed, 3-11, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10 in 71 minutes to earn the 39th PSA Tour
final appearance of his career.
don't feel like he lost," said Shabana, the world No5 from Giza. "I just feel
that I've played an incredible match against an incredible player, and in the
end, it was just a flip of a coin. One minute it was me, then the next minute it
was him, next it would be me again. Honestly, it was a flip of a coin!"
Shabana Ousts Willstrop In Qatar Quarters
his best results for almost a year, Egypt's Amr Shabana defeated
Englishman James Willstrop in the $147,500 Qatar Classic to reach
the semi-finals of the ninth and penultimate 2010 PSA Super Series squash
championship at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in
the seedings, third seed Shabana was expected to beat the 27-year-old from Leeds
- but Willstrop is currently ranked above the four-time world champion and has
achieved three successive wins over Shabana since last losing to him in the 2009
World Open in Kuwait.
Willstrop took the opening game for the loss of just two points, it was Shabana
who then took control before closing out the match 2-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-7 after
"At the start,
he played well, but especially, he stuck to his game plan, while I didn't stick
to mine," Shabana said afterwards. "I developed a sort of mental block for a few
times I've been playing against him - but, after a while, I just thought to
myself, I might as well play, I've got nothing to lose. And from that point on,
it was pretty close.
"You've got to
be careful with James, because he can shut you out if he gets into a zone. I was
playing every point not caring if I won or lost, just playing each and every one
"So I'm really
proud that I succeeded to stick in there today."
full of praise for his opponent: "Hats off to him - he keeps being written off
and he keeps coming back. He is obviously back into a good physical shape. I
watched him last week in Kuwait - his matches were just before mine - and
watching him just helped me. Nobody strikes the ball better.
"I have an
immense respect for the guy, he's got an outstanding attitude on court. I
absolutely hate losing to anyone, but there is nobody I'd rather lose to."
now face French rival Gregory Gaultier in a repeat of last month's
Kuwait Open semi-final. The fourth seed from Aix-en-Provence beat England's
Peter Barker after the sixth seed retired injured after just 28 minutes
with the score standing at 11-4, 11-1.
packed up in the middle of the first game," explained Barker afterwards.
also be Egyptian interest in the other semi-final when third seed Karim
Darwish takes on Nick Matthew, the top seed from England.
winner of last month's El Gouna International in Egypt, stopped Frenchman
Thierry Lincou 13-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9 in 68 minutes, while Matthew avenged
his defeat by Daryl Selby in the Kuwait Open by beating his fellow
countryman 11-5, 11-3, 11-5.
last time was in my mind, of course, but it was different this time," said
Matthew after his revenge win. "It's hard to do what he's done in the last
couple of days and pitch up again.
"I wasn't in
any mood to let him settle into any slow rallies which might have helped him
loosen himself up, and on an unforgiving court like this he was having to
stretch for it instead of counterattacking as he likes to do. The pressure kept
building and I knew the opportunities for winners would come."
Through In Qatar
The top eight
seeds took their places in the quarter-finals of the $147,500 Qatar Classic
after contrasting second round wins in the ninth and penultimate 2010 PSA
Super Series squash championship at the Khalifa International Tennis &
Squash Complex in Doha.
Nick Matthew and Egyptian Amr Shabana - due to face each other in
Friday's final - both overcame English opponents in straight games. Second seed
Shabana, the 2007 champion, despatched fellow left-hander Adrian Grant
11-7, 11-9, 11-9, while top seed Matthew beat former training partner Alister
Walker 11-5, 12-10, 11-4.
"It's not as
awkward it was to play Ali, as we don't train three to four times a week
anymore, so he surprised me with a few things I forgot he did - then I surprised
him with a few things I did," Matthew explained said afterwards. "The second was
crucial - I think that if he'd won that one, he would have taken a lot of
confidence, and it would have become a hard match."
Englishman Daryl Selby survived his second five-game marathon in 24 hours
when he defeated Australia's 14th seed Cameron Pilley 11-5, 9-11, 11-5,
5-11, 11-9 in 102 minutes.
pretty hard this week I would say," exclaimed the eighth seed from Essex after
reaching his second successive Super Series quarter-final.
the ball so well, he is such a great player. He's got one of the best forehands
on the circuit, and everybody knows that. He played some stunning winners
tonight, but luckily, I managed to weather the storm."
Australian campaign came to an end when Frenchman Thierry Lincou beat
fellow Tour veteran David Palmer 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 3-11, 11-5. The
bruising 75-minute defeat leaves Palmer needing to do well in the final Super
Series event of the year in Delhi in order to qualify for next year's World
Series Finals in London.
"Today, he was
just too good, far too good," said a dejected former world champion and world
number one Palmer later.
haven't really gone my way this year, and I haven't hit the ball enough since
the Commonwealth Games - it showed today. Physically, I was fine, but
Thierry was in total control, and that's his trademark."
England's Peter Barker (right) strengthened his claim on a place in the top eight
of the year's final PSA Super Series Rankings by beating Egypt's rising
star Mohamed El Shorbagy 4-11, 13-11, 14-12, 12-10 in 67 minutes.
"I played him
only once before, in Saudi last year, and he took me by surprise - his speed,
especially for a big guy, is just excellent," said Londoner Barker, the sixth
seed. "I wanted to win, to get back on parity, and I was expecting a tough
match, it didn't disappoint!"
Stretched Before Progressing In Qatar
Daryl Selby survived the toughest test on the second day of first round
action in the $147,500 Qatar Classic as all eight seeds progressed to the
last 16 round of the ninth and penultimate 2010 PSA Super Series squash
championship at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in
seed from Essex twice stemmed fight backs by Olli Tuominen before beating
the experienced Finn 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 in 66 minutes.
"It was an
emotional rollercoaster," the 28-year-old world No13 said afterwards. "Olli
played an excellent squash today - he is always at his best on that kind of
"I had to dig
in, play scrappy squash sometimes. I was on the back foot all the time, and at
the end, it came down to a toss of a coin."
Selby will now
face Cameron Pilley, the 14th seed from Australia who defeated qualifier
Borja Golan, the former world No10 from Spain making a comeback after
knee surgery, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3.
further Australian successes from David Palmer and Stewart Boswell.
Palmer, the 11th seed playing in his first Tour event since sustaining an elbow
injury in the Commonwealth Games, despatched unseeded Englishman
Jonathan Kemp 11-5, 11-9, 11-6, while 16th seed Boswell beat Egyptian
qualifier Omar Abdel Aziz 11-6, 11-9, 11-5.
been able to hit the ball much obviously, but the main purpose today was to win
the match, and 3/0 is a good result against Joey on that court," explained four
times runner-up Palmer later.
In what will
be their 21st Tour clash since May 1999, Palmer will face French rival and
fellow 34-year-old Thierry Lincou. The former world champion from
Marseille beat Egypt's Hisham Mohd Ashour 6-11, 11-5, 16-14, 11-9.
favourite Nick Matthew ended local interest in the event with an 11-2,
11-3, 11-3 win over Qatari wild card player Ahmad Mohd Al-Tamimi.
The world No2
from Sheffield now plays close friend Alister Walker (right), the 15th seed who
fought off determined resistance from qualifier Tom Richards before
beating his fellow Englishman 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 in 64 minutes.
"I have a lot
of admiration for Tom, I see him as I was two years ago, a top qualifier, and
knowing that if he has a good draw, he can go through to the last 16," said
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Makes It Into Qatar Classic Last 16
pulled off the first upset in the $147,500 Qatar Classic when he beat
fellow Egyptian Wael El Hindi, the tenth seed, to claim a surprise place
in the last 16 of the ninth and penultimate 2010 PSA Super Series squash
championship at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in
after celebrating a career-high world No17 ranking, Mosaad battled for exactly
one hour to overcome Cairo compatriot El Hindi, the 30-year-old world No10,
11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5.
was always going to be tough," Mosaad said afterwards. "Our head to head was 2/0
up to last year in Mumbai, when I took my first win. So today, I was really up
for it, as I wanted to confirm my win last year.
victory here would really help my ranking," added the 22-year-old. "I have now
entered the top 20, and I would hope to get top 16 with that victory."
joined by two further Egyptians in the last 16. Earlier in the day, second seed
Amr Shabana despatched qualifier Nicolas Mueller 14-12, 11-9, 11-7
- but later acknowledged that the rising Swiss star shows potential.
first time I've played him - he's got good hands, good reach, good movement, and
a clean technique, but I think he'll be really dangerous once he gets the
balance between attacking and patience," explained the reigning world champion
and Qatar champion in 2007. "He'll be a good player, he is very fair."
It was at the
end of the day that 19-year-old Mohamed El Shorbagy became the third
Egyptian through after overcoming unseeded compatriot Tarek Momen 16-14,
But a trio of
Englishmen also secured places in the last 16 - led by fifth seed James
Willstrop. The world No4 from Leeds, who lies in third place in the current
Super Series rankings, removed South African qualifier Stephen Coppinger
11-9, 11-6, 11-5.
afterwards, Londoner Adrian Grant recovered from a game down to beat
fellow Englishman Joey Barrington 10-12, 11-2, 11-1, 11-5 - and later
sixth seed Peter Barker, also from London, got the better of top-ranked
German Simon Rosner 11-5, 13-11, 5-11, 11-8.
Frenchman Gregory Gaultier discovered a tough opponent in his first match
against Egyptian qualifier Karim Abdel Gawad. The 19-year-old took the
opening game against former world number one Gaultier, before the 2007 runner-up
came back to take the next three to win 8-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 in 57 minutes.
second time on a glass court, I must say he was impressive, especially in the
first game," Gaultier acknowledged. "He is only 19, so only a couple of years,
and he'll be up there.
can't relax against these young players - they come on court to beat you! I
remember when I was that age, whoever I was playing, even the number one player
in the world, I would come to beat them, and give it all what I had."
Birthday Boy Mustonen Makes Maiden Super Series Draw
Henrik Mustonen gave himself the best possible present on his 20th birthday
when he beat Egypt's Andrew Wagih Shoukry in the qualifying finals of the
Qatar Classic to earn a place in his first PSA Super Series squash
event main draw.
Qatar Classic, the ninth and penultimate 2010 PSA Super Series
championship, is celebrating its 10th year at the Khalifa International
Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha.
world No88 from Hollola, near Lahti, defeated fellow surprise qualifying
finalist Andrew Shoukry 11-7, 10-12, 14-12, 11-8 in 57 minutes and will now face
Egypt's No3 seed Karim Darwish in the main draw.
"This is the
biggest tournament I've ever played in, so to qualify is really, really, nice,"
birthday boy Mustonen said afterwards. "I knew he had a hard game yesterday, but
mine wasn't exactly easy, so I couldn't try to take advantage of that.
"It will be a
good experience for me to play on the glass court - I don't get to play the top
guys very often. And it will be good for my coach to be able to see me play,"
added the lowest-ranked player to qualify.
Stephen Coppinger was in sensational form as he despatched New Zealander
Campbell Grayson 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 in just 29 minutes.
say I'm very happy with my game - I didn't do much wrong there," explained the
26-year-old from Cape Town.
going well so far," added the world No43 who now lines up against England's
fifth seed James Willstrop.
star Nicolas Mueller earned himself a place in the main draw with a quick
win over good friend Yann Perrin. The 21-year-old from Zurich despatched
the Frenchman 11-6, 11-7, 11-2 in just 26 minutes.
"This is the
second time I've got into a big one - a platinum one," said Mueller. "Last week
in Kuwait was my first one, and this is very rewarding."
drawn to face the event's new second seed Amr Shabana, the world No5 from
Egypt who was the Qatar Classic champion in 2007.
Off Cuskelly In Qatar Qualifying Upset
Andrew Wagih Shoukry survived a gruelling 98-minute battle in the $147,500
Qatar Classic to claim an unexpected place in the qualifying finals of
the ninth PSA Super Series squash event of the year at the Khalifa
International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha.
20-year-old from Cairo, ranked 89 in the world, reached almost 50 places above
him in the rankings to overcome 23-year-old Australian Ryan Cuskelly
9-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10 in the day's biggest upset.
lines up against the other surprise name in the qualifying finals line-up:
Henrik Mustonen, a 19-year-old from Finland who is ranked a single position
above the Egyptian, despatched higher-ranked Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet
11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 in exactly an hour.
Alan Clyne earned a clash with the top-ranked player in the qualifying
competition after beating Egypt's new world junior champion Amr Khaled
Khalifa 11-6, 11-8, 11-7.
24-year-old world No52 from Edinburgh will now face fellow Briton Tom
Richards, the world No32 from England who had a first round bye.
qualifying finals matches have a broad international flavour - reflecting
representation not only from England, Scotland, Egypt and Finland, but also
Switzerland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, New Zealand, Spain and
the organisers on the eve of qualifying that top seed Ramy Ashour has
been forced to withdraw from the event. The world number one from Egypt - who
won last week's Kuwait Open to open up a 200-point lead at the top of the
2010 PSA Super Series Rankings - has sustained an injury to his right
ankle in training.
world number two Nick Matthew now assumes the title of top seed, while
Kuwait Open runner-up Amr Shabana is elevated to No2 seed.
Celebrates Half Century In Qatar
squash star Nicol David reached another significant milestone in her
illustrious career when she beat Australian Rachael Grinham in the final
of the $74,000 Women's Qatar Classic to net her 50th WISPA
World Tour title at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
world number one overcame the disappointment of losing at the semi-final stage
last year by beating unseeded Egyptian Nour El Tayeb to reach the 2010
And the climax
against career-long rival Rachael Grinham, the fourth seed and a former
world champion, marked the pair's 32nd Tour clash since the first in April 2000
David was in
dominant form from the outset, triumphing 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 in just 34 minutes to
claim her fourth Qatar Classic crown since 2006.
"It's great to
win again in Qatar," David said later. "I didn't like losing here last year.
"Rachael and I
know each other's games so well, you're always going to get close matches and
long rallies," explained the new champion after extending her head-to-head
record to 26-6.
"You try not
to think about past matches, head to head records - but the one you lost always
comes to your mind and you know it's not going to be easy.
"It was great
that the crowd got involved, I get so much support here it really helps, so
thanks to the supporters, the organisers and the sponsors for another great
tournament, it's so good to keep coming back here year after year.
"It's good to
finish the WISPA season on a winning note. Now it's back to Malaysia for a few
days and then join up with the rest of the team for the Asian Games."
missed opportunities in the third game: "I maybe wasn't as patient as I needed
to be today, especially when I was up in the third, I tried to finish it too
quickly I think.
"I wasn't as
accurate as I'd like either, I sprayed a few balls around and missed a few basic
straight shots, it could be about a bit of stiffness and not being as properly
stable on the shot, but that's something everyone has to deal with," added the
"Not too bad
overall, but I could have done with snatching that third."
Duncalf In Qatar Revenge
straight games defeat in last year's final, Australia's Rachael Grinham
upset England's second seed Jenny Duncalf in four games to reach the
final of the 2010 Women's Qatar Classic, the $74,000 WISPA
World Tour squash event at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash
Complex in Doha.
33-year-old former world champion will face top seed Nicol David, the
reigning world champion from Malaysia who ended the giant-killing run of
unseeded Egyptian teenager Nour El Tayeb.
world No2 from Harrogate, took the opening game - but fourth seed Grinham
regrouped and reclaimed the advantage before going onto win 9-11, 11-5, 12-10,
11-5 in 41 minutes.
"Last year was
a shocker really, one of those days, I just couldn't hit anything," the
Queenslander said later. "Not to mention that Jenny was chopping everything.
"Today, I felt
good, and I'm rather happily surprised with the way I pulled up today," added
Grinham, now in her 58th WISPA final.
"I'm going to
try and loosen myself up, to try and get prepared to play Queen Nicol! I used to
beat her, I haven't for a while though, and it's a nice challenge to look
sensational upsets over the event's third, thirteenth and sixteenth seeds,
17-year-old El Tayeb finally met her match in Nicol David, the
27-year-old world number one from Penang who is unbeaten so far this year.
teenager, ranked 35 in the world, made her mark by taking a game off the
dominant David - but the favourite went on to win 11-7, 11-2, 5-11, 11-6 in 47
minutes to reach the 65th Tour title of her career.
"I tried to
keep the ball tight, and the rallies long, and to play all the shots I could
possibly play, run and make her run," explained El Tayeb afterwards. "To be
honest, I'd never run as much for a single game than I did in that first one! So
after that, I was a bit tired.
tournament has been so great, I think I am on the right track. I was in the semi
final - but more importantly, I put Nicol David, world number one, under
that she was fully aware of El Tayeb's potential: "I've been watching her for a
long time now, and she has come up so strong!
"Today, I was
so expecting her to play like that, I was prepared to run for all the nicks, for
the four corners, and did she bring her game up. And like all the Egyptian
players, when she gets on a roll, she is not going to stop!"
David is now
one win away from her ninth Tour title this year - but the 50th of her career!
Now Nour Meets
Nicol In Qatar
Nour El Tayeb
produced her third successive giant-killing conquest in the Women's
Qatar Classic when she beat 13th seed Joelle King to reach the
semi-finals of the $74,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at the
Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha.
17-year-old from Egypt - who recorded career-first wins over compatriots
Omneya Abdel Kawy, the No3 seed, and Nour El Sherbini, the 16th seed,
to make the quarter-finals of a WISPA Gold event for the first time -
defeated New Zealander King 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 49 minutes.
played on this court before, but I coped well with it - it suits my game as
shots to the front stay in, it's a bit dead in the corners," the world No35 from
Cairo said after her shock win over the Kiwi ranked 15 places higher.
believe I won - quarter-finals of the Qatar Classic is huge for me. I'd
only looked at the points and prize money for the first round!"
Next in line
for the exuberant teenager is Nicol David, the world number one from
Malaysia who is seeded to win her 50th Tour title in Doha.
play Nicol David - the pressure is off, I'll just try to enjoy myself and
see how good the world number one is," added El Tayeb.
Australian Kasey Brown 11-6, 12-10, 11-7 in 39 minutes.
champion Jenny Duncalf celebrated her 28th birthday with an 11-7, 11-4,
11-8 victory over England team-mate sixth seed Laura Massaro.
"I feel pretty
good at the moment," said the second seed from Harrogate. "I've been playing
bunches of tournaments. I've been away from home for a couple of months. I guess
I'm in a 'playing matches mode' at the moment, but at the moment, I keep on
"It's nice to
be out on this court. My victory last year here was a great platform for me - it
got me to world number two.
"And it would
be a great birthday gift if I could go back home with a trophy!"
meet Tour rival Rachael Grinham in a repeat of last year's final. The
33-year-old fourth seed from Australia was fully stretched by Raneem El
Weleily before prevailing 12-10, 9-11, 14-16, 11-7, 11-5 in 49 minutes over
the 21-year-old eighth seed.
Marches On In Qatar
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17-year-old Nour El Tayeb (left) extended her sensational run in the Women's
Qatar Classic to reach the quarter-finals of the $74,000 WISPA World
Tour squash event at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
El Tayeb faced
16th seed Nour El Sherbini, the 15-year-old former world junior champion
who had previously always held the upper hand over her older national rival.
by her maiden win against the Egyptian number one Omneya Abdel Kawy 24
hours earlier, El Tayeb clinched her first victory over El Sherbini in an
impressive 11-7, 4-11, 11-2, 11-4 win in 34 minutes.
yesterday, except for the second when I thought 'I'm one up against Nour - that
never happens', and I decided to go short too early and she just killed me,"
explained the jubilant winner said later.
"In the third,
I remembered yesterday's match and started to pin her to the back, and then I
could win the points.
"I'm happy to
be in the quarters, and I'm not done yet," added El Tayeb. "To be in the Qatar
quarter-finals, that's something!"
will now face Joelle King, the 13th seed from New Zealand who upset
France's fifth seed Camille Serme 11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8 in 70
minutes in their first meeting on the WISPA Tour.
"I've lost so
many close matches, and so many from two-nil up - I did that in Hong Kong last
week - that I told myself in the fifth I couldn't let it happen again," said
King. "I wasn't going to get a chance to play the match again in ten minutes."
22-year-old Kiwi was one of the stars of last month's Commonwealth Games
after winning a gold and silver medal against expectations to become New
Zealand's most successful athlete in Delhi.
medals at the Commonwealths has given me a confidence boost I think. The Games
are a big thing in New Zealand, so when I get home there's usually just my Gran
and boyfriend waiting for me - but this time, coming back as the most successful
New Zealand athlete, it was just huge!
Nour and I played each other in qualifying here last year - and now we'll be
playing the quarter-finals!"
Nicol David and Jenny Duncalf are on course to meet in the final.
David, the Malaysian world number one, despatched Australia's 11th seed Donna
Urquhart 11-5, 11-4, 11-4, while - on the eve of her 28th birthday -
England's second seed Jenny Duncalf needed four games to see off New
Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes 11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 11-4.
Kawy Crushed In Qatar
Nour El Tayeb and Dipika Pallikal produced notable upsets on the
opening day of main draw action in the Women's Qatar Classic, the
$74,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Khalifa International
Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha.
17-year-old Nour El Tayeb struck the mightiest blow, beating fellow
Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy, the third seed, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 in just 27
The first ever
victory over world No4 Abdel Kawy, her country's highest-ranked player, comes
only a week after El Tayeb defeated the Egyptian No3 Engy Kheirallah.
well," conceded the youngster said
later. "But I had to beat Omneya in three - and that doesn't happen every day!
"I beat Engy
two weeks ago in New York and I've been playing well, so I knew I had a chance,
no more than that. I certainly didn't expect to win, I'd never even taken a game
off Omneya before," added the world No35.
Dipika Pallikal made up for the disappointment of having to miss last
month's Commonwealth Games in her home county when she recorded a
stunning 13-11, 3-11, 4-11, 11-4, 12-10 victory over Ireland's 15th seed
Aisling Blake in 64 minutes.
month was just awful for me, having to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games
with illness," admitted the 19-year-old from Chennai. "It took me three weeks
before I could come out of my room and talk to someone.
pleased to be back playing, and looking hopefully I can play well tomorrow."
Nicol David, the world number one looking for her 50th title on the WISPA
Tour, eased into the second round after beating England's Emma Beddoes
11-6, 11-4, 12-10.