CIMB NICOL DAVID KL OPEN 2012 (Men)
Mosaad Wins Malaysian Marathon To Claim KL Crown
CIMB KL Open 2012
26-31 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $50k
28 Mar from 16.00
 Karim Darwish (Egy)
11-2, 11-5, 11-9
Gregoire Marche (Fra)
11-5, 11-3, 11-9
13-11, 11-9 (80m)
12-14, 6-11, 11-8
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
[Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
7-11, 9-11, 11-9,
11-4, 11-6 (73m)
 Adrian Grant (Eng)
6-11, 11-3, 11-8,
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
10-12, 11-1, 11-6 (112m)
 Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11-7, 11-9, 4-11,
11-6, 11-7, 8-11,
Ong Beng Hee
[Q] Abdullah Alkmezayen (Kuw)
9-11, 11-8, 11-8,
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
[Q] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Ong Beng Hee
12-10, 11-13, 6-11,
11-7, 11-7 (91m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
8-11, 11-7, 7-11,
11-3, 11-2 (66m)
 Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Grant & Mosaad
To Contest Surprise KL Climax
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.
Grant faced Karim Darwish, the Egyptian favourite who had reached the
semis without dropping a game.
taking the opening game, the world No4 from Cairo looked to be heading to his
eighth win over the Londoner since 1999.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Wan Wipes Out
Azlan In KL Shock
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.
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.
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.
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.
meets top-ranked Indian Saurav Ghosal, who defeated Kuwait qualifier
Abdullah Al Muzayen 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6.