AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2012 (Men)
Brilliant Ashour Wins Australian Open Final
Australian Open 2012
11-19 August, Canberra, $70k
 Ramy Ashour (Egy)
11/6, 11/6, 11/6
[Q] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (26m)
10-12, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-1
8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (52m)
11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (53m)
Olivier Pett (Eng)
11/4, 11/5, 11/7 (29m)
[Q] Dick Lau (Hkg)
Leo Au (Hkg)
11/7, 11/7, 10/12, 11/6 (38m)
[Q] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
4-11, 11-4, 11-2,
 Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11/5, 11/7, 11/6 (47m)
[Q] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11/7, 11/5, 11/5 (25m)
[Q] Gonzalo Miranda (Arg)
11-3, 11-9, 7-11,
Omar Abdel Aziz
Omar Abdel Aziz
11-9, 9-11, 11-7,
4-11, 11-6 (85m)
Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
11/3, 2/11, 11/7, 11/7 (52m)
11/8, 7/11, 11/2, 11/3 (51m)
11-6, 9-11, 11-9,
7-11, 11-3 (62m)
 Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/7, 11/5, 11/7 (34m)
Kamran Khan (Mas)
11/7, 11/7, 14/12
 Tom Richards (Eng)
11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4 (63m)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4
9-11, 11-3, 11-3,
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
11/5, 11/9, 11/8
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
Martin Knight (Nzl)
11/5, 11/9, 9/11, 11/4
[Q] Justin Beard (Aus)
7-11, 11-8, 13-11 (83m)
11/7, 11/5, 11/8
 Alan Clyne (Sco)
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
12/10, 11/8, 11/7
 Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Ong Beng Hee
11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 (60m)
Amr Khaled Khalifa
Ong Beng Hee
13-11, 11-5, 12-10
Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy)
12/10, 11/5 11/8
[Q] Evan Williams (Nzl)
Jan Koukal (Cze)
11/5, 11/2 11/4
[Q] Mike Corren (Aus)
11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 13-11 (50m)
Max Lee (Hkg)
11/2, 12/10, 11/4
 Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Brilliant Ashour Wins Australian Open Final
Defending champion Ramy Ashour was at his brilliant best as he
downed fellow Egyptian Omar Mosaad in straight games to win his
second Hi-Tec Australian Open crown today in Canberra.
took 53 minutes to see off the tall and powerful Mosaad 11-9, 11-9,
11-6, thrilling the big crowd with the audacity of his stroke play in
the climax of the PSA World Tour International 70 squash event in
Canberra's Royal Theatre.
was also in superb touch but Ashour always had the edge over his
countryman, sneaking the first two games then stamping his authority on
the third, clinching victory with a devastating drive down the forehand
had to survive two gruelling matches to make the final, first downing
Swiss number one Nicolas Mueller in five games in the
quarter-finals, then top-ranked Australian Cameron Pilley in four
in the semis.
there were no signs of weariness in the final, the 24-year-old from
Cairo choosing to keep hitting the ball during the game breaks rather
than having a rest.
said he found it difficult playing against Mosaad, someone he grew up
with in Egypt. "We both know each other's games very well, we've both
seen each other's shots so we're at the place where the ball is going
even before it's been hit," said Ashour, the world No4 who now has 24
PSA Tour titles to his name.
more of a mental match as a matter of fact," continued the former world
No1. "If you're not 100 per cent accurate, the other person is going to
string a lot of points together in a row, especially if you're playing
someone who knows your game."
said he had been pushed hard throughout the tournament. "Every match was
tough this week," he said.
further you go in the tournament the more pressure is on you, the more
you are worried and the more you don't want to let go of what you have
Egyptian has made no secret of his wish to return to world number one
and also used his win to push the cause to have squash included in the
very healthy, you burn a lot of calories. This game can be very, very
good for human beings in general - not just as a sport," he said.
have a portable court that can be put anywhere in the world. It's very
fast, very interesting, very exciting and everyone whoever watches
squash always comes back."
& Mosaad In All-Egyptian Canberra Climax
Top-seeded Egyptian Ramy Ashour booked his place in the final of
the Hi-Tec Australian Open after overcoming Australian Cameron
Pilley in a brilliant men's semi-final today in Canberra.
will play fellow Egyptian Omar Mosaad in the decider of the
PSA World Tour International 70 squash event following his
come-from-behind 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 win over the Australian number
and Pilley are two of the best shot-makers in the men's game and they
put on an attacking master class for the large crowd in Canberra's
took the early advantage when he claimed the first game, only for
defending champion Ashour to take the second after jumping away to an
two men went point for point in the next two games, however, Ashour was
able to win the big points towards the end to seal victory.
match could have been anyone's it was so close," Ashour said. "I'm glad
to win in four and make the final."
said he knew what to expect playing against someone like Pilley. "The
top players go everywhere in the world together and play each other a
lot," said the 24-year-old from Cairo.
know each other's games so well. There is a very thin line between the
players in the top 20, so I'm happy with my performance."
was also happy despite the loss. "That's the best I've played all
tournament, it's the best I've moved all tournament," said the world
No20 from New South Wales.
think I was definitely there, just towards the end of the games he's
pretty experienced in those situations. I'm happy I stuck to my game
plan, but he managed to play some nice shots at the right time."
Earlier, Mosaad downed an injured Tom Richards of England 9-11,
11-3, 11-3, 11-3 in the first of the men's semi-finals.
Richards has been in great touch this week and looked on course for an
upset when he won the first game, but he pulled a glute muscle towards
the end of the game and his movement was severely restricted thereafter.
took full advantage, going short at every opportunity and leaving
Richards stranded at the back of the court unable to chase the ball
was my right glute, I just couldn't push off it," a devastated Richards
said. "Generally I'm able to push through, but movement's quite a big
part of my game so when I couldn't move, I couldn't put any pressure on
think he knew because he started taking it in a lot more. It's very,
very disappointing because I thought I had a really good chance of
winning this match today.
know Omar's a very good player and it would have been very tough, but I
think I could have beaten him."
Outlasts Aziz To Reach Semi Against Ashour
Australian number one Cameron Pilley survived his second
five-game marathon in succession to defeat Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz
to reach the semi-finals of the Hi-Tec Australian Open in
24 hours after being taken the distance by fellow Australian Zac
Alexander in the second round of the PSA World Tour International
70 squash event, Pilley was pushed to the limit by the skilful Aziz
before winning 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6 to set up a dream semi-final
against top seed and defending champion Ramy Ashour.
is one of the tallest players on the tour at 191 cm and he used his
incredible reach to great advantage in the first game.
every time the Australian looked like running away with the match, Aziz
fought back to keep the large crowd at Canberra's Royal Theatre
enthralled as the two players battled each other and, at times, the
Pilley's first major semi-final since he reached the same stage of the
Malaysian Open in March last year, and keeps alive his hopes of
winning the Australian title after finishing runner-up in 2004, 2007 and
played Omar a couple of times and I knew it was going to be tough," said
the 29-year-old from New South Wales. "I've got a few years experience
on him and I think that got me through in the fifth. I'm very happy with
my concentration in the fifth, like yesterday.
other four games were just nip and tuck the whole way so I made a
conscious effort in the fifth to put my head down and really concentrate
on the start of the game - I was going to die on there before I lost
faced his own battle before emerging victorious over sixth seed
Nicolas Mueller. The Swiss number one has given Ashour trouble in
the past and he looked on course for a major upset when he led two games
the Egyptian claimed a tight fourth game then ran away with the fifth to
win 10-12, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-1.
was very, very tiring physically and mentally," Ashour said. "He is a
good player and will make a breakthrough at a major tournament before
too long. It's too bad this was a quarter-final, this would have been a
second semi-final will be between second-seeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad
and third-ranked Englishman Tom Richards.
hit a stunning array of winners on his way to downing Malaysia's No6
seed Ong Beng Hee.
saving a game point in the opening game, Mosaad got his nose in front
and stayed there as he punished anything short from the Malaysian
veteran, winning 13-11, 11-5, 12-10.
lucky to win the first game," he conceded. "I didn't play my usual style
because I wanted to finish it early. After I won the first I began to
feel more confident in the second, but then in the third I wanted to
finish three-love because he was starting to play so well.
lucky to win three-love."
Richards was in great touch as he comfortably saw off the challenge from
Scottish number one Alan Clyne 11-7, 11-6, 11-4.
matched it with the third seed until midway through the first game when
Richards pulled away and never looked back, showing he is a real
contender to reach Sunday's final.
you are playing someone like Alan who has the capability of making it
last a long time and playing at a fast pace, you don't want to be out
there for 90 minutes," a relieved Richards said.
Zaps Zac In Canberra Shoot-Out
Big-hitting Aussie Cameron Pilley booked a place in the Hi-Tec
Australian Open quarter-finals when he beat compatriot Zac
Alexander in a thrilling second round match today in Canberra.
Australian number one was forced to call on all his experience to see
off Alexander, who attacked at every chance he got in the second round
of the PSA World Tour International 70 squash event to take the
game right up to his older rival.
Despite having his nose in front for much of the contest, world No20
Pilley was never able to relax as he battled to an 11-6, 9-11, 11-9,
7-11, 11-3 victory - and a quarter-final against Egyptian Omar Abdel
two Australians thrilled the crowd with their brilliant attacking play,
with the match at times turning into a virtual shoot-out as the pair
blazed away hitting winners from all over the court.
However, Pilley's greater experience told in the fifth as he took
advantage of some errors from Alexander - ranked 18 places below - to
skip away with the match.
on a few points at the end and ran away with it, but it wasn't as easy
as that," Pilley said. "I started well and played really well with good
length to the back of the court, but as soon as I dropped short after
that, because he had nothing to lose he just went for it.
the fifth game I got back to doing what I did in the first, and it was
only in the fifth game that he started making errors when I put a bit
more pressure on him," continued the Netherlands-based 29-year-old. "But
it was a bit of a shoot-out."
Unseeded Aziz reached the quarter-finals after a tough 11-3, 11-9, 7-11,
11-6 upset win over eighth-seeded Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan.
two players were evenly matched throughout with Aziz managing to win the
points at crucial times.
said coming from a long way down to win the second game was a key moment
in the match. "When I was down 9-5, I told myself that if I could stay
in there and win the game then I was 75 per cent on the way to winning
the match," said the 28-year-old from Cairo. "So I pushed really hard at
Egypt's defending champion Ramy Ashour, also from Cairo, stayed
on track for a possible semi-final with Pilley when he cruised past
Englishman Olivier Pett 11-7, 11-5, 11-7.
tried hard but couldn't cope with the skills of the Egyptian maestro,
who took just 26 minutes to reach the final eight.
said he was pleased with his form this early in the tournament.
"Sometimes you are a bit shaky at the start of the week, but I am
getting more confident as I go along."
world No4 will take on Swiss number one Nicolas Mueller for a
place in the semis after the sixth seed recovered from a poor start to
beat Hong Kong's Leo Au 4-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-2.
Richards Removes Home Hope In Canberra
Third-seeded Englishman Tom Richards ended local hope Ryan
Cuskelly's bid for success in the Hi-Tec Australian Open when
he beat the Australian in four games in today's second round of the
PSA World Tour International 70 squash event in Canberra.
sharing the opening two games at the Royal Theatre, the world
No16 stepped up his game to overcome Cuskelly 11-7, 9-11 11-4, 11-4 in
just over an hour.
Cuskelly was matching it with his higher-ranked opponent for the first
two games, but when Richards changed his game plan at the start of the
third, the Englishman was able to take control over his increasingly
was playing really well at the end of the second, hitting nicks and
winners, so I went back to basics," Richards said. "I decided to be
patient and wait for the best for the best opportunities to go in and
knew on paper that Ryan was one of the toughest players to draw in the
second round, so I was mentally prepared for it tonight."
26-year-old from Surrey will now play Scotsman Alan Clyne, who
survived a war of attrition with New Zealand's Martin Knight to
win 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 13-11 in 83 minutes.
and Knight were evenly-matched throughout and the New Zealander had
three game points to make it two games apiece. But Clyne battled back to
save all three then take the match in a tie-break.
seed Omar Mosaad was also taken to four games by Czech Jan
Koukal. After winning the first two games relatively comfortably,
the world No12 from Egypt had to hold off an inspired fight back from
the Czech and was lucky not be taken to five games by an opponent ranked
38 places lower.
now takes on Malaysia's Ong Beng Hee, who was the first man
through to the quarter-finals when he beat Egyptian teenager Amr
Khaled Khalifa 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7.
former world No7 was able to subdue the shot-making of 19-year-old
Khalifa to wrap up well-deserved victory.
pretty confident going into the match," said the Penang-born
32-year-old. "After my performance yesterday I felt pretty good on court
- I'm feeling a bit more comfortable as the days go by but I think the
pressure was still on me today because I was playing an extremely
talented young Egyptian.
only 19 years old and absolutely talented with his racquet, so skilful.
I think my experience got me through, especially on the bigger points so
I'm quite happy with my performance.
a long time since I've been in the quarter-finals of a major event - I'm
& Ashour Move Closer To Semi Clash In Canberra
Australian number one Cameron Pilley moved a step closer to a
semi-final against Egypt's defending champion Ramy Ashour when he
downed fellow countryman Matthew Karwalski in today's first round
of the Hi-Tec Australian Open in Canberra.
had too much experience for the improving Karwalski, winning in straight
games 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 to claim a place in the second round of the
PSA World Tour International 70 squash event at the Royal Theatre.
seed Ashour, the 23-year-old world No4 from Cairo, closed out the first
round with a typically flamboyant 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 win over New Zealand
qualifier Kashif Shuja to get his title defence underway.
a legend of the tour, he's been around for a long time and I think we
put on a good show," Ashour said, adding that he was in great shape for
the start of the new season.
been working a lot on my body, which I haven't always done in the past,"
he said. "It's more mental than physical but I feel great."
will play young Englishman Olivier Pett who was impressive in his
11-4, 11-5 11-7 win over Hong Kong's Dick Lau.
was always ahead of Karwalski, who has moved to Florida to train with
former Australian number one David Palmer. The fourth seed took
early leads in the first two games, then from 3-6 down in the third, he
won eight of the next nine points to clinch the match.
"Matt's improved a lot in the last 12-18 months, training with Palmer
has definitely helped," Pilley said. "He's trying to replicate the way
Dave plays and trains, so it was a good hit-out.
been a while since I played a proper competitive match so I wasn't too
sure how I was going to feel or hit it, so I was quite pleased. I've had
worse first round results than that before."
now takes on Zac Alexander, who beat wildcard Rex Hedrick
in another all-Australian clash.
trading two tight opening games, Alexander changed tactics at the start
of the third and went on the attack, wrapping up the last two to take
the contest 11-8, 7-11, 11-2, 11-3.
wasn't even really playing, I was just trying to feel my way into it,"
Alexander said later. "Rex is so steady and fit and patient, he'd do
that all day. The problems I've had in the last season are because I'm
not playing enough attacking squash, I've been trying to play a length
game and beat people by doing nothing with the ball.
think I can move the ball around pretty well so I have to be more
aggressive and more positive.
can be more aggressive and open up the court more it gives me chances to
end the rallies - I'm not a grinder so I have to take matters into my
Earlier, sixth-seeded Swiss player Nicolas Mueller ended
Australian qualifier Aaron Frankcomb's tournament with a highly
entertaining 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 victory.
seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan joined fellow Malaysian Ong Beng Hee
in the second round with a straightforward 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 win over
was never in any trouble as he downed the qualifier from Argentina in
just 25 minutes. "I played him a few weeks ago at the Victorian Open in
Melbourne and I beat him comfortably there," Adnan said. "I was quite
confident coming into the match because I knew how to play against him."
will next take on Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz, who beat New
Zealand's Campbell Grayson 11-3, 2-11, 11-7, 11-7.
beat Adnan at their last outing, in Qatar last November, but the
Malaysian said he was confident of gaining revenge.
been training really hard over the past few months and I have improved a
lot," he said. "My confidence is good and my fitness is good so I'm
really looking forward to it."
Kong's Leo Au prevailed over Austrian qualifier Aqeel Rehman
11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6.
Mate As Koukal Crowns Corren
number one Jan Koukal ended Mike Corren's bid for an
unlikely second round berth at the Hi-Tec Australian Open with a
ruthless 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 first round win in the PSA World Tour
International 70 squash event today in Canberra.
38-year-old Australian provided the good news story of the qualifying
tournament when he beat players almost 20 years his junior to book his
spot in the main draw.
the world number 50 from Prague was in no mood for sentiment as he took
advantage of Corren's difficulties in adapting to the all-glass court to
wrap up the match in straight games.
dominated Corren with his speed around the court, his well-disguised
drop shots regularly leaving the Australian stranded at the back.
felt heavy and he was bouncing around as light as a feather," Corren
said. "It's been ages since I played on a glass court, it's so different
and my regular go to shots weren't working at all."
said he sensed early that Corren was off his game. "On this court you
have to move well and I though Mike was struggling a little bit after
the couple of matches he played in qualifying," said the 29-year-old
up for it after two months of training and wanted to make sure I had a
good beginning to each game to show him I was really up for it and it
would be hard for him to come back. My movement is my strength and I
used it to my benefit."
last match of the night, Egypt's Omar Mosaad used his size and
strength to see off a gallant Max Lee 11-2, 12-10, 11-4.
blitzing the first game, second seed Mosaad had to push hard all the way
to finally subdue his Hong Kong opponent in 37 minutes in an ominous
became the first Australian through to the second round when he beat
Malaysia's Muhd Asyraf Azan 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 in an occasionally
known him since we were juniors so I knew what to expect," Cuskelly said
afterwards. "I was a bit rusty, I haven't played for two months and it's
been a while since I played on a glass court."
Earlier there was disappointment for the Australians when qualifier
Justin Beard was bundled out by New Zealand's Martin Knight.
started nervously but came back into the match when he took the third
game, only for Knight to assert control again and win 11-5, 11-9, 9-11,
11-4 to set up a second round clash with seventh seeded Scotsman Alan
always a nervous one, the first hit-out on the glass, but I felt quite
good starting off," Knight said. "But then he recovered quite well and
started to play some good squash in the next few games and I got a bit
negative in the second and third games.
the first I probably tried to do a little too much and then tried to do
not enough, I sort of got caught halfway between. If I do any of those
shenanigans against Alan I'm going to be in a lot of trouble."
earlier beat Siddharth Suchde from India 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 in a
confidence-boosting opener to the tournament in which he was always in
trying to hopefully get through a few rounds so to spend as short a time
on there as possible is what you want," Clyne said. "I'm pleased it was
three-love and I felt quite good out there. At the start of the game I
wasn't too sure of myself but once I got going and got the first game
under my belt I felt more comfortable.
second game I was good from the start and then I slackened off a bit at
the end of the third but overall I was happy."
Third-seeded Englishman Tom Richards survived a heavy collision
with the side wall during his 11-7, 11-7 14-12 win over Malaysia's
in the third, Richards was wrong-footed and dived into the wall,
resulting in a three-minute injury break. But when he returned he was
able to save game ball and eventually win a tense match in the
tour is so strong now that there are really no easy matches at big
tournaments," he said. "I skipped the Olympics and spent some time in
Malaysia so I could get my body used to the time zone."
other matches, Egyptian Amr Khaled Khalifa downed New Zealand
qualifier Evan Williams 12-10, 11-5, 11-8 and Malaysia's former
world No7 Ong Beng Hee beat fellow countryman Ivan Yuen
12-10, 11-8, 11-7.