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Mosaad Wins Malaysian Marathon To Claim KL Crown

CIMB KL Open 2012
Men's Draw
26-31 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $50k
Round One
28 Mar from 16.00
29 Mar
30 Mar
31 Mar
[1] Karim Darwish (Egy)
11-2, 11-5, 11-9 (40m)
Gregoire Marche (Fra)
Karim Darwish
11-5, 11-3, 11-9 (26m)
Leo Au
Karim Darwish
12-14, 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 (80m)
Adrian Grant
Adrian Grant
11-6, 12-10, 12-14, 6-11, 11-8
Omar Mosaad
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3 (67m)
[Q] Leo Au (Hkg)
Max Lee (Hkg)
11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)
[Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
Max Lee
7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (73m)
Adrian Grant
[4] Adrian Grant (Eng)
6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8 (73m)
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-1, 11-6 (112m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Omar Mosaad
11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 (56m)
Saurav Ghosal
Omar Mosaad
11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (52m)
Ong Beng Hee
[Q] Abdullah Alkmezayen (Kuw)
9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (45m)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
[Q] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
8-0 ret.
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Ong Beng Hee
12-10, 11-13, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7 (91m)
Nafiizwan Adnan
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 (66m)
[2] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)

Mosaad Wins Malaysian Marathon To Claim KL Crown

In his second 112-minute marathon Malaysian encounter in three days, Egypt's Omar Mosaad edged to victory over Englishman Adrian Grant in today's final of the CIMB Nicol David KL Open to win the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur.

Mosaad's first near-two-hour KL clash was in the opening round where the third seed from Cairo was stretched to five games by fellow countryman Tarek Momen.

Londoner Grant had also had his fair share of lengthy battles on the all-glass court at the Berjaya Times Square shopping centre - his semi-final upset over event favourite Karim Darwish taking 80 minutes.

Mosaad started the better in the final and for Grant it was the same as it has been all week as he lost the opening game.

The world No13 also took the second and moved to nine-all in the third before Grant fought back and managed to squeeze the game on the tie break.

The No4 seed dominated the fourth, leading 10-4 before the tall Egyptian came back into it. After drawing level, Grant continued to hold the upper hand into the decider, but lost his concentration to allow his opponent a few points lead - from which Mosaad never looked back as he romped on to win the title for the first time.

The 11-6, 12-10, 12-14, 6-11, 11-8 victory make Mosaad the third successive Egyptian to win the KL crown - and gives the 24-year-old his second successive PSA Tour title after his triumph in the HKFC Meco Invitational earlier in the month in Hong Kong.

Grant & Mosaad To Contest Surprise KL Climax

After surviving his third successive match lasting more than an hour in today's semi-finals of the CIMB Nicol David KL Open in Malaysia, England's No4 seed Adrian Grant will meet third-seeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad in a surprise final of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at Berjaya Times Square in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Left-hander Grant faced Karim Darwish, the Egyptian favourite who had reached the semis without dropping a game.

And after taking the opening game, the world No4 from Cairo looked to be heading to his eighth win over the Londoner since 1999.

Grant upped his game, however, and maintained the upper hand over the next three games to record a notable 12-14, 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 upset in 80 minutes.

The 31-year-old former world No9, now ranked 12 places below Darwish, is celebrating his 29th appearance in a PSA World Tour final, where he will meet Mosaad.

The tall 24-year-old Egyptian, was also taken to four games in the other semi-final - where, much to the disappointment of the partisan crowd, he ended the unexpected run of local star Ong Beng Hee.

Unseeded Sarawak-born Beng Hee was unable to extend his KL run - which included the scalp of giant-killing compatriot Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, the surprise conqueror of second seed Mohd Azlan Iskandar in the first round.

Mosaad battled for 52 minutes to see off the Malaysian 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7.

The win takes the world No13 from Cairo into his second successive PSA Tour final - and one win away from his second title of the month after lifting the inaugural HKFC Meco Invitational trophy in Hong Kong.

Home Hope Beng Hee Battles Into KL Open Semis

Ong Beng Hee provided unexpected domestic hopes of men's success in the CIMB Nicol David KL Open when he became the only unseeded player to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at Berjaya Times Square in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

The Sarawak-born 32-year-old made his first appearance in the event 13 years ago and first won the title in 2008 in his third appearance in the final. But the former world No7 crashed out at the first hurdle last year and returned to KL eager to shine in his eighth appearance.

His opponent Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan was also Malaysian, and also unseeded - and secured his surprise place in the last eight after upsetting second-seeded compatriot and twice former champion Mohd Azlan Iskandar in the opening round.

But despite taking 66 minutes to overcome Iskandar, Adnan was still able to extend his quarter-final opponent for more than an hour and a half before Beng Hee finally emerged triumphant 12-10, 11-13, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7 in 91 minutes to record his fifth appearance in the semi-finals in seven years.

The UK-based Malaysian, currently ranked 23 in the world, now faces Omar Mosaad. The tall No3 seed from Egypt defeated Indian number one Saurav Ghosal 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 in 56 minutes.

"Saurav played well in the opening game but gave Omar too many shots at the front of the court and Omar was looking to use his big thumping drives to win the points," explained event spokesman Andrew Cross. "It was very difficult for Saurav despite being so quick - even he couldn't cover or pick up these shots, his low hard drives seemed to stay so far up the court sometimes almost bouncing twice before the mid court line."

A shock upset looked on the cards in the opening match of the day when Hong Kong's Max Lee opened up a two-game lead over England's No4 seed Adrian Grant.

"When it came to the deciding fifth, Adrian was in full control and always remained a few points in front and he closed out the match after 73 minutes of play," said Cross, after Grant's 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 victory.

The Londoner will now face top seed Karim Darwish after the world No4 from Egypt despatched Hong Kong qualifier Leo Au 11-5, 11-3, 11-9 in just 26 minutes.


Wan Wipes Out Azlan In KL Shock

Unseeded Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan produced the biggest upset in today's first round of the men's CIMB Nicol David KL Open when he twice came from behind to overcome local hero and twice former champion Mohd Azlan Iskandar to claim a place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

Champion in 2003 and 2006, and a semi-finalist the past two years, Iskandar was seeded to reach the event's final for the fourth time. And the Sarawak-born 29-year-old twice led his younger compatriot, known as 'Wan', seemingly en-route to his eighth KL quarter-final.

But Adnan, who had never before beaten his country's leading player, raised his game after the third game to take the next two for the loss of just five points to clinch a remarkable 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 victory after 66 minutes.

The London-based world No34 now meets another distinguished former champion from his own country. But Penang-born Ong Beng Hee, who made his first appearance in the event in 1999 and won the title nine years later, overcame his opponent after just a few minutes when Australian qualifier Matthew Karwalski retired injured midway through the first game with the score at 8-0.

But Hong Kong's Leo Au, also a qualifier, did go on to make the last eight round after upsetting Australia's world No37 Ryan Cuskelly 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3 in 67 minutes.

Au will now face Karim Darwish, the top-seeded Egypt who defeated France's Gregoire Marche 11-2, 11-5, 11-9.

It was an all-Egyptian clash that produced the day's longest encounter when third seed Omar Mosaad held off rising star Tarek Momen 8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-1, 11-6 in a 112-minute marathon.

Mosaad next meets top-ranked Indian Saurav Ghosal, who defeated Kuwait qualifier Abdullah Al Muzayen 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6.