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03/06/2012
KUWAIT OPEN CHALLENGER No: 3 2012
 

Al Muzayen Clinches Kuwait Crown

Kuwait Challenger No: 3 2012
26-31 May, $10k, Kuwait
Round One
28 May
Quarters
29 May
Semis
30 May
Final
31 May
[1] Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw)
11-8, 15-13, 15-13 (32m)
Adil Maqbool (Pak)
Abdullah Al Mezayen
11-2, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (43m)
Zahed Mohamed
Abdullah Al Mezayen
11-2, 11-5, 11-9 (24m)
Rex Hedrick
Abdullah Al Mezayen
11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 7-2 ret. (42m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8 (52m)
[Q] Mohammad Hussain (Pak)
Ammar Al-Tamimi (Kuw)
 11-5, 11-9, 4-11, 13-11 (59m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
Ammar Al-Tamimi
11-3, 11-6, 11-6 (40m)
Rex Hedrick
[3] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
 12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 15-13 (70m)
[Q] Ahmed Atef Abdel-Fattah (Egy)
Matias Tuomi (Fin)
11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (27m)
[4] Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind)
Harinder Pal Sandhu
11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10 (42m)
Danish Atlas Khan
Harinder Pal Sandhu
10-12, 11-4, 11-4, 13-11 (71m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (62m)
[Q] Yousif Nizar Saleh (Kuw)
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (Egy)
11-3, 11-5 rts (15m)
[Q] Nasser Al Ramzi (Kuw)
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry
7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-4 (44m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
Salem Fayez Mohammed (Kuw)
3-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (34m)
[2] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Kuwait Open Challenger
(Cup Martyr Fahad Al-Ahmad)
, Kuwait City, Kuwait
 

Al Muzayen Clinches Kuwait Crown

Local hero Abdullah Al Muzayen delighted the crowd at the South Surrah Ministries Complex in Kuwait City by beating Egypt's Omar Abdel Meguid to win the Kuwait Open Challenger (Cup Martyr Fahad Al-Ahmad) - and celebrate his sixth PSA World Tour title triumph on home soil.

It was the dream final of the PSA Challenger 10 squash event between the top-seeded Kuwaiti and No2 seed Meguid, the world number 63 from Giza - and the pair's second clash in a Tour final in Kuwait since September.

But again it was left-hander Al Muzayen who prevailed, winning 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 7-2 (ret.) in 42 minutes.

"It was a really tough match and very close," said the 24-year-old Kuwaiti later. "He is very difficult to play with because of his height - I am happy to win!"

The success brings up the 10th PSA Tour title of world No60 Al Muzayen's career.

Top Seeds Set For Kuwait Challenge

Abdullah Al Muzayen and Omar Abdel Meguid, the top two seeds, will contest the final of the Kuwait Open Challenger (Cup Martyr Fahad Al-Ahmad) after coming through contrasting semi-finals in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the South Surrah Ministries Complex in Kuwait City.

Kuwait hero Al Muzayen, the 24-year-old event favourite, took just 24 minutes to see off third-seeded Australian Rex Hedrick 11-2, 11-5, 11-9 to reach the 13th Tour final of his career - and his second on home soil this year.

But the other semi turned into a marathon battle in which India's fourth seed Harinder Pal Sandhu prevailed in a first game tie-break to open up an early lead.

Meguid, ranked almost 50 places higher, reasserted his authority on the match to take the next two games for the loss of just eight points.

The fourth also went into extra points, but after 71 minutes it was second-seeded Egyptian Meguid who triumphed 10-12, 11-4, 11-4, 13-11 to make his first Tour final of the year, but the eighth of his career.

Born within 15 days of each other, Al Muzayen and Meguid will be meeting in their second PSA World Tour final in Kuwait after contesting the Jena International climax in September last year.

Seeds Survive Kuwait Quarters

All four seeds in the Kuwait Open Challenger (Cup Martyr Fahad Al-Ahmad) safely made it through to the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the South Surrah Ministries Complex in Kuwait City.

India's Harinder Pal Sandhu defied the latest world rankings, which put him more than 20 places below Pakistan's Danish Atlas Khan, by beating the 18-year-old from Peshawar 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10 in 42 minutes.

The No4 seed from Chennai now faces Egypt's Omar Abdel Meguid. The 24-year-old second seed recovered from a game down to overcome 18-year-old fellow countryman Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry 7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-4.

Local interest is still in the safe hands of top seed Abdullah Al Muzayen. The 24-year-old Kuwaiti, looking for his second Tour win on home soil this year, beat Egypt's Zahed Mohamed 11-2, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6.

But Australia's Rex Hedrick denied the crowd an all-Kuwaiti semi-final by removing Ammar Al-Tamimi. The No3 seed from Melbourne despatched the Kuwaiti number two 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 and will now line up against local hero Al Muzayen for a place in the final.

Locals Flourish In Kuwait Open Challenger

Top-seeded Kuwaiti Abdullah Al Muzayen will be joined by unseeded compatriot Ammar Al-Tamimi in the quarter-finals of the Kuwait Open Challenger (Cup Martyr Fahad Al-Ahmad) after a good day for local players in the opening round of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the South Surrah Ministries Complex in Kuwait City.

Al Muzayen, looking for his second Tour win on home soil this year, despatched Pakistan's Khawaja Adil Maqbool 11-8, 15-13, 15-13.

The 24-year-old world No60 will now face unseeded Egyptian Zahed Mohamed after the 19-year-old from Alexandria battled to an 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8 victory in 52 minutes over qualifier Mohammad Hussain, a 34-year-old Kuwait-based Pakistani.

Al-Tamimi added extra local interest to the top half of the draw when he beat India's sole representative Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-5, 11-9, 4-11, 13-11 in 59 minutes.

The 23-year-old Kuwaiti number two, ranked 115 in the world, now faces Australia's third seed Rex Hedrick. The world No79 from Melbourne was stretched for 70 minutes by Ahmed Atef Abdel-Fattah before prevailing 12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 15-13 against the 18-year-old Egyptian qualifier.