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Mosaad Makes History In Turkey

Avrupa Konutlari International 2011
25 Feb - 02 Mar, Istanbul, Turkey, $10k
Round One
27 Feb
28 Feb
01 Mar
02 Mar
[1] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11-6, 11-4, 12-10
Joan Lezaud (Fra)
Omar Mosaad
11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (37m)
Marwan El Shorbagy 
Omar Mosaad
11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (28m)
Fabien Verseille
Omar Mosaad
11-8, 8-11, 13-11, 12-10 (93m)
Davide Bianchetti
Adel El Zarka (Egy)
11-3, 11-5 rtd
Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
Fabien Verseille (Fra)
 11-6, 11-6, 11-7
[Q] Justin Beard (Aus)
Fabien Verseille
7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-1 (51)
Amr Swelim
[Q] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
12-10, 17-19, 11-4, 11-5
[4] Amr Swelim (Ita)
[3] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
11-6, 11-6, 11-5
Karim AGA Samy (Egy)
Davide Bianchetti
11-2, 11-4, 11-3 (58m)
Mohamed El Sherif
Davide Bianchetti
3-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (48m)
Rasmus Nielsen
Bart Ravelli (Ned)
8-11, 3-11, 8-11
[Q] Mohamed El Sherif (Egy)
[Q] Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
11-2, 11-8, 11-8
Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
Rasmus Nielsen
10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (84m)
Joe Lee
Peter Creed (Wal)
11-6, 11-13, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10
[2] Joe Lee (Eng)

Mosaad Makes History In Turkey

Egypt's Omar Mosaad claimed his place in squash history when he won the first Tour event ever to be staged in Turkey.

But the 22-year-old from Cairo was stretched for 93 minutes by Italian opponent Davide Bianchetti before winning the Avrupa Konutlari International, the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at Avrupa Konutlari Ataken in Istanbul.

By contrast, top seed Mosaad raced through his semi-final encounter, despatching unseeded Frenchman Fabien Verseille in straight games in just 28 minutes - while third seed Bianchetti was taken to four games before overcoming Danish qualifier Rasmus Nielsen in 48 minutes.

After the first two games of the final were shared, world No16 Mosaad was extended to tie-breaks in both the following games before finally emerging triumphant 11-8, 8-11, 13-11, 12-10 in the longest match of the championship.

Mosaad was celebrating his second PSA Tour final in a row after reaching the climax of the Motor City Open in the USA in January. The win marked the sixth Tour title of his career.

Turkish Delight For Nielsen In Istanbul

Danish qualifier Rasmus Nielsen battled for 84 minutes to produce the biggest upset in the Avrupa Konutlari International when he ousted England's No2 seed Joe Lee in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Avrupa Konutlari Ataken in Istanbul.

The Avrupa Konutlari International is the first PSA Tour event to be held in Turkey. The $10,000 championship has attracted a strong field, led by Egypt's world No16 Omar Mosaad.

But it was Nielsen who stole the headlines on his 28th birthday, fighting back from a game down to topple Lee 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3.

The world No 133 from Odense made his breakthrough in the opening round with a straight games win over Kashif Shuja, an experienced New Zealander ranked more than 50 places higher.

Nielsen will now face Davide Bianchetti for a place in the final after the third seed from Italy defeated Egyptian qualifier Mohd Essam El Sherif 11-2, 11-4, 11-3.

Unseeded Frenchman Fabien Verseille also claimed an unexpected place in the semi-finals when he despatched Italy's No4 seed Amr Swelim 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-1.

The 25-year-old from Aix-en-Provence will now meet favourite Mosaad. The 22-year-old from Cairo beat 17-year-old fellow countryman Marwan El Shorbagy 11-4, 11-8, 11-8.