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Selby Seals Vancouver Win In Comfort

Comfort Inn Open 2011
11-16 Jan, North Vancouver, Canada, $35k
Round One
13 Jan
14 Jan
15 Jan
16 Jan
[1] David Palmer (Aus)
11-6; 11-3; 11-7 (35m)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
David Palmer
11-3; 11-6; 11-4 (31m)
Jorge Ferreira
David Palmer
15-13, 15-13, 11-2 (49m)
Hisham Ashour
Hisham Ashour
11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5 (59m)
Daryl Selby
[Q] Max Lee (Hkg)
11-5; 11-9; 11-9 (41m)
[Q] Jorge Ferreira (Mex)
Hisham Ashour (Egy)
 11-5; 11-9; 11-3 (35m)
Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Hisham Ashour
11-3; 11-9; 6-11; 11-6 (46m)
Shahier Razik
Martin Knight (Nzl)
7-11; 11-6; 11-6; 11-7 (60m)
[4] Shahier Razik (Can)
[3] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11-7; 14-12; 9-11; 11-13; 11-6 (90m)
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
Olli Tuominen
11-3; 11-3; 11-3 (35m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Olli Tuominen
11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6 (75m)
Daryl Selby
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
5-11;11-7; 11-7; 6-11; 11-5 (101m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11-6; 11-9; 13-11 (50m)
Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
Cesar Salazar
11-8; 11-4; 11-8 (47m)
Daryl Selby
Robin Clarke (Can)
11-8; 11-7 rtd (20m)
[2] Daryl Selby (Eng)

Selby Seals Vancouver Win In Comfort

England's Daryl Selby brought Hisham Mohd Ashour's impressive run in the Comfort Inn Open to an end in the final - but the unseeded Egyptian took second seed Selby the full distance in the climax of the PSA World Tour International 35 event in its seventh year at the Evergreen Squash Club in Vancouver.

Ashour claimed his place in the final after upsetting top seed David Palmer, the former world number one from Australia who was the event's top seed.

The higher-ranked Englishman took the opening game - but Ashour, the world No18 from Cairo, pulled back to move 2/1 ahead.

After surviving a close fourth, world No10 Selby came storming back to clinch a magnificent 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5 victory after 59 minutes - and his second Comfort Inn title in three years.

"It was a thrilling match to watch and it was played with a sense that both players enjoyed the experience and respected each other while playing their hearts out," said tournament organiser Paul Marley.

"As well, it must be said again that Selby showed incredible sportsmanship as at least five times in the past two matches he has made a call on himself or overturned a referee's decision. One of these times was late in third game today when the score was 8-7 in his favour and he called a "double bounce" on himself.

"He eventually lost the game 9-11. It's wonderful to see world class sportsmanship by a world class athlete as it is great modelling for our squash community," concluded Marley.

The win marks up Selby's tenth career Tour title.

Hisham Passes Palmer On Way To Vancouver Final

Unseeded Egyptian Hisham Mohd Ashour continued his impressive form in the Comfort Inn Open in Vancouver when he upset top-seeded Australian David Palmer to reach the final of the PSA World Tour International 35 event in its seventh year at the Evergreen Squash Club.

Ashour, now ranked 18 in the world, only had to reach two positions higher as he survived two tie-break games against the indefatigable 34-year-old who boasts 26 World Tour titles. Palmer has now slipped to 16 in the rankings, his lowest position for over a decade.

The 28-year-old from Cairo went on to win 15-13, 15-13, 11-2 in 49 minutes to reach the eighth Tour final of his career - but his first since the Rocky Mountain Open last March in Calgary.

His opponent will be second seed Daryl Selby, the Englishman who beat him in the Alberta capital final.

Selby was in control for the first two games against third seed Olli Tuominen - but then lost concentration for the next two as the 'Flying Finn' drew level.

Selby reasserted himself in the decider as he stormed through to an 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6 win after 75 minutes - and his 15th appearance in PSA Tour final since April 2005.

Hisham Ashour Advances In Vancouver

Unseeded Egyptian Hisham Mohd Ashour extinguished Canadian interest in the Comfort Inn Open in Vancouver when he ousted fourth seed Shahier Razik in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 event in its seventh year at the Evergreen Squash Club.

But the 28-year-old from Cairo was simply demonstrating that his new January ranking - placing him six places higher than the Canadian - was correct as he battled to his 11-3, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 win in 46 minutes over Razik.

Ashour, the world No18, will now face favourite David Palmer, the world No16 from Australia who ended qualifier Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira's run, beating the 28-year-old Mexican 11-3, 11-6, 11-4.

Second seed Daryl Selby, the 2009 champion from England, also got the better of a Mexican, defeating qualifier Cesar Salazar 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 to set up a last four clash with third seed Olli Tuominen.

The Finn also produced a straight games win when he beat Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-3, 11-3, 11-3.

Palmer Progresses In Vancouver

Australian squash star David Palmer was in impressive form in the opening round of the Comfort Inn Open in Vancouver, Canada, where he is seeded to win his 27th Tour title in the PSA World Tour International event in its seventh year at the Evergreen Squash Club.

The US-based 34-year-old dominated his match against Chris Simpson, defeating the 23-year-old Englishman 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 in 35 minutes.

"The big man moves like a cat and seems to know where the ball is going before it's even struck," said event spokesman Paul Marley. "It was a treat to watch."

Two of the seeds, Canadian Shahier Razik and Finland's Olli Tuominen, were forced to stay on court for 60 and 90 minutes, respectively, as their opponents provided stiff competition.

Martin Knight, the 2010 champion from New Zealand, took the opening game against Razik - but the Toronto-based fourth seed struck back to win 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7.

Julian Illingworth took the Finn the full distance in his bid to provide US interest in the next round - but third seed Tuominen triumphed 11-7, 14-12, 9-11, 11-13, 11-6.

But the longest match of the evening saw Miguel Angel Rodriguez prevail over Canadian hope Shawn Delierre in 101 minutes. Delierre overcame a 2/1 deficit to force a fifth game, but the hard work of two days of qualifying may have taken its toll as Colombian Rodriguez took the match 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5.