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Home Hero Al Muzayen Survives Kuwait Challenge Home Hero Al Muzayen Survives Kuwait Challenge

Kuwait Challenger No 2 2012
21-26 Feb, Kuwait, $10k
Round One
23 Feb
24 Feb
25 Feb
26 Feb
[1] Abdullah Almezayen (Kuw)
11/7, 11/6, 11/9 (35m)
Amr Swelim (Ita)
Abdullah Almezayen
11-13, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (47m)
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry
 Abdullah Almezayen
8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (50m)
Steve Finitsis
Abdullah Almezayen
14-12, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 (70m)
Joe Lee
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (Egy)
11/8, 11/6, 11/7 (24m)
[Q] Nasser Al Ramzi (Kuw)
Ammar Al-Tamimi (Kuw)
5/11, 11/8, 12/10, 6/11, 14/12 (75m)
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
Ammar Al-Tamimi
11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11 (46m)
Steve Finitsis
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
8/11, 11/4, 11/9, 11/7 (42m)
[4] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
[3] Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11/6, 7/11, 11/7, 7/11, 11/6 (50m)
[Q] Mohammad Hussain (Pak)
Charles Sharpes
11-7, 11-9, 13-11 (55m)
Harinder Pal Sandhu
Harinder Pal Sandhu
9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-5 (60m)
Joe Lee
Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind)
11/7, 7/11, 11/4, 11/9 (57m)
[Q] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
Fallah Mohammed (Kuw)
11/4, 11/6, 11/5 (29m)
[Q] Barrak Jassim Al Mattar (Kuw)
Fallah Mohammed
11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (25m)
Joe Lee
Yousif Nizar Saleh (Kuw)
11/8, 11/3, 6/11, 11/7 (39m)
[2] Joe Lee (Eng)

Home Hero Al Muzayen Survives Kuwait Challenge

Abdullah Al Muzayen provided home success in the Kuwait Open Challenger - but the top-seeded local hero was taken the full distance by England's second seed Joe Lee before winning the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its second year at the South Surrah Ministries Complex in Kuwait City.

Both players survived lengthy four-game semi-finals - Al Muzayen coming from a game down to beat Australian Steven Finitsis in 50 minutes, while Lee needed an hour and also had to overcome a game deficit before seeing off in-form Indian Harinder Pal Sandhu.

The 24-year-old from Kuwait twice led in the final - but Lee twice came back to draw level.

Spurred on by local fans, however, left-hander Al Muzayen maintained his focus to close out the match 14-12, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 in 70 minutes.

The win takes Al Muzayen's PSA Tour tally to nine titles - and should see the Kuwaiti number one improve his current career-high world ranking of 69.

Sandhu Sinks Sharpes In Kuwait

India's Harinder Pal Sandhu - competing in his first Tour event of the year - upset England's third seed Charles Sharpes to reach the semi-finals of the Kuwait Open Challenger, the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its second year at the South Surrah Ministries Complex in Kuwait City.

The 22-year-old from Chennai despatched world No87 Sharpes 11-7, 11-9, 13-11 in 55 minutes - and will now face another Englishman Joe Lee for a place in the final.

Second seed Lee dashed local hopes of representation in both semi-finals when he beat unseeded Kuwaiti Fallah Mohammed 11-3, 11-4, 11-4.

Australian Steven Finitsis became the second unseeded player to reach the last four when he overcame Kuwait's Ammar Al-Tamimi 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11.

The 29-year-old Queenslander, who made his breakthrough in the opening round where he removed fourth-seeded Hungarian Mark Krajcsak, will now meet local star Abdullah Al Muzayen, the top seed.

Left-hander Al Muzayen beat Egypt's Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry 11-13, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.