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14/12/2010
CANARY ISLANDS OPEN
 

Khalifa Captures Canary Islands Crown

Canary Islands Open, Tenerife, Spain

Khalifa Captures Canary Islands Crown

Second seed Amr Khaled Khalifa prevailed in the all-Egyptian final of the $6,000 Canary Islands Open to win his first PSA World Tour squash title since becoming world junior champion in August.

The 18-year-old from Cairo was taken the full distance in the semi-finals at the Club de Tenis Tenerife in Tenerife before overcoming Germany's fourth seed Jens Schoor 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-6.

But his opponent in the final was qualifier Marwan El Shorbagy - the 17-year-old from Alexandria who stunned top seed Joel Hinds in the opening round by beating the Englishman ranked almost 100 places higher 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9.

El Shorbagy went on to down the sixth and eighth seeds before reaching his second Tour final in three months as a qualifier.

The outsider took the second game to draw level, but it was Khalifa, the world No98, who ultimately came through, winning 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 11-7 to pick up the fourth Tour title of his career to date.

1st round:
[2] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt [Q] Jakob Dirnberger (AUT) 11-2, 11-2, 11-6
[7] Alejandro Garbi Caro (ESP) bt Eduardo Gonzales De Chaves (ESP) 11-7, 11-7, 11-3
[4] Jens Schoor (GER) bt Leandro Romiglio (ARG) 11-5, 11-9, 11-5
[5] Piedro Schweertman (NED) bt [Q] Adel El Zarka (EGY) 13-11, 11-9, 11-7
[8] Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt Andrea Torricini (ITA) 11-9, 11-6, 11-3
Jose Facchini (ITA) bt [3] Karim AGA Samy (EGY) 11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9
[6] Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt [Q] David Vidal (ESP) 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
[Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [1] Joel Hinds (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9

Quarter-finals:
[2] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt [7] Alejandro Garbi Caro (ESP) 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-1
[4] Jens Schoor (GER) bt [5] Piedro Schweertman (NED) 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8
[8] Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt Jose Facchini (ITA) 3-0 ret.
[Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [6] Joan Lezaud (FRA) 11-9, 11-6, 11-7

Semi-finals:
[2] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt [4] Jens Schoor (GER) 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-6
[Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [8] Jonathan Harford (ENG) 11-13, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9

Final:
[2] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt [Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 11-7