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01/02/2011
KUWAIT CHALLENGER 5 OPEN
 

Khalifa Crowned Kuwait Challenger Champion

Kuwait Challenger 5 Open, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Khalifa Crowned Kuwait Challenger Champion

Amr Khaled Khalifa clinched the Kuwait Challenger 5 Open crown in style in Kuwait City - but the Egyptian teenager had to fight off stiff resistance from unseeded local hero Bader Al Hussaini before winning the PSA World Tour squash title at the South Surrah Ministries Complex.

Khalifa, the 18-year-old world junior champion from Cairo, reached the final after victories over three Pakistanis in a row.

After beating local rivals Nasser B Al-Ramzi and Ammar Al-Tamimi, Al Hussaini made his breakthrough in the semi-finals where he rallied to a five-game upset over third-seeded Egyptian Karim AGA Samy in exactly an hour.

But the 27-year-old Kuwaiti, ranked 167 in the world, met his match in the final, where Khalifa needed just 25 minutes to record his title-winning 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 victory.

The triumph marks the fifth PSA Tour title of world No90 Khalifa's career.

1st round:
[Q] Ammar Al-Tamimi (KUW) bt [1] Yasir Butt (PAK) 11-6, 4-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9 (55m)
Bader Al Hussaini (KUW) bt Nasser B Al-Ramzi (KUW) 11-9, 10-12, 11-3, 11-7 (25m)
[Q] Ali Al-Ramzi (KUW) bt Zeyad Tareq Alowaesh (KUW) 11-1, 11-5, 12-10 (25m)
[3] Karim AGA Samy (EGY) bt [Q] Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR) 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 19-17 (44m)
[4] Wael Farag (EGY) bt Ondrej Ertl (CZE) 11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (25m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (27m)
[Q] Waqas Mehboob (PAK) bt Basem Makram (EGY) 11-8, 8-11, 11-7 ret.
[2] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 11-3, 6-11, 11-2, 11-7 (37m)

Quarter-finals:
Bader Al Hussaini (KUW) bt [Q] Ammar Al-Tamimi (KUW) 11-9, 9-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-3 (73m)
[3] Karim AGA Samy (EGY) bt [Q] Ali Al-Ramzi (KUW) 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (39m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [4] Wael Farag (EGY) 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-3 (69m)
[2] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt [Q] Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 11-3, 11-7, 11-7 (30m)

Semi-finals:
Bader Al Hussaini (KUW) bt [3] Karim AGA Samy (EGY) 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-13, 11-1 (60m)
[2] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 11-1, 11-6, 11-7 (30m)

Final:
[2] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt Bader Al Hussaini (KUW) 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (25m)