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27/11/2012
LONDON OPEN 2012
 

Fifth For Fathi In London

London Open 2012
20-25 Nov, London, England, $10k
Round One
22 Nov
Quarters
23 Nov
Semis
24 Nov
Final
25 Nov
[1] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11/5, 5/11, 11/4, 11/8
Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
Jonathan Kemp
11/9,11/6,11/8
Karim Ali Fathi
Karim Ali Fathi
11-3, 11-4, 11-3
Eddie Charlton
Karim Ali Fathi
8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (90m)
Chris Ryder
Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
11/4, 11/2, 11/2
Abid Ak Khan (Pak)
Kristian Frost (Den)
11/8, 7/11, 11/5, 11/9
[Q] Joel Hinds (Eng)
 Joel Hinds
11/9,11/4,12/10
Eddie Charlton
[4] Kamran Khan (Mas)
7/11, 11/5, 11/4, 11/8
Eddie Charlton (Eng)
Raphael Kandra (Ger)
11/5, 11/6, 11/5
[3] Robbie Temple (Eng)
Robbie Temple
11/8, 8/11, 11/9, 9/11, 11/8
Nasir Iqbal
Nasir Iqbal
11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9
Chris Ryder
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
9/11, 12/14, 11/1, 11/5, 11/4
[Q] Nasir Iqbal (Pak)
Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
4/11, 11/9, 5/11, 11/5, 11/6
[Q] Greg Lobban (Sco)
 Greg Lobban
11/9, 11/4, 20/18
Chris Ryder
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11/5, 11/4, 3/11, 11/9
[2] Chris Ryder (Eng)

Fifth For Fathi In London

Egyptian teenager Karim Ali Fathi celebrated his fifth PSA World Tour title of the year - and his second upset in the event - when he beat second seed Chris Ryder in the final of the London Open, the PSA Challenger 10 squash event in its fifth year at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club in the England capital.

Less than 48 hours earlier, unseeded Ali Fathi made his London Open breakthrough by removing top seed Jonathan Kemp, the world No29 from England.

In the final, the 19-year-old from Cairo faced another experienced Englishman Chris Ryder, the 32-year-old world No48 from Leamington Spa.

At 2/1 down and 4-7 behind in the fourth, Ryder called up his experience to draw level and force the match into a fifth game decider.

But world No70 Ali Fathi, based in the UK and coached by former England international Phil Whitlock, regained the upper hand before closing out the match 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 after 90 minutes.

The triumph marks the fifth, and biggest, Tour title of Ali Fathi's career - all of which he has gained in 2012.

"Hopefully this will move Karim into the top 60," commented the Egyptian's jubilant coach.

Ryder Raises Home Hopes In London Open

Chris Ryder raised hopes of the first home winner of the London Open for three years after reaching the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its fifth year at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club in the England capital.

The second seed from Leamington Spa will face unseeded Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi.

Ryder, the 32-year-old world No48, ended the impressive run of Pakistan qualifier Nasir Iqbal when he beat the 18-year-old from Peshawar 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9.

Ryder is celebrating his 17th PSA Tour final since 2001 - but his first for more than a year.

Fast-rising Ali Fathi, a 19-year-old from Cairo who is based in the UK and coached by former England international Phil Whitlock, continued his impressive run by beating England's Eddie Charlton 11-3, 11-4, 11-3.

The Egyptian teenager, ranked 70 in the world, is marking his seventh Tour final - and sixth of the year!

Fathi Floors Favourite Kemp In London

Unseeded Egyptian teenager Karim Ali Fathi produced the shock of the tournament when he ousted top-seeded Englishman Jonathan Kemp in the London Open to claim a place in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its fifth year at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club in the England capital.

Expected to make the final for the third time in the last four years, world No29 Kemp - the 2009 champion - was matched point for point by the 19-year-old from Cairo who was making his maiden appearance in the event.

Based in the UK and coached by former England international Phil Whitlock, Ali Fathi showed remarkable maturity to see off the Ipswich-based 29-year-old 11-9, 11-6, 11-8.

The young Egyptian, ranked 70 in the world, will now face a further home player after Eddie Charlton, the world No82 from Nottingham, beat qualifier and fellow Englishman Joel Hinds 11-9, 11-4, 12-10.

But there will be a qualifier in the other semi-final after Pakistan's Nasir Iqbal maintained his giant-killing run in the event to put out England's No3 seed Robbie Temple 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8.

The 18-year-old from Peshawar will line up against England's Chris Ryder. Now the only seed left in the event, second seed Ryder - the world No48 from Leamington Spa - beat Scottish qualifier Greg Lobban 11-9, 11-4, 20-18.

Quality Qualifiers Excel In London

In a dramatic night of first round upsets in the England capital, all but one of the qualifiers competing in the London Open made it through to the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its fifth year at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club.

Joel Hinds gave home interest an unexpected boost when he beat Danish champion Kristian Frost Olesen 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9. Birmingham-based Hinds, the lowest-ranked qualifier, now faces Eddie Charlton in an all-English quarter-final.

Unseeded Charlton, 24, from Nottingham, also pulled off a notable upset - beating Kamran Khan, the No4 seed from Malaysia, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8.

Pakistan qualifier Nasir Iqbal put paid to a second all-English last eight clash when he upset rising Surrey star Charles Sharpes 9-11, 12-14, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4. The 18-year-old from Peshawar now takes on Robbie Temple after the London-based third seed despatched Germany's Raphael Kandra 11-5, 11-6, 11-5.

It also took five games to resolve the match between Scotland's Greg Lobban and Dane Rasmus Nielsen - and again it ended in an upset when qualifier Lobban triumphed 4-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6. The Inverness-born 20-year-old now faces England's second seed Chris Ryder, who defeated German Jens Schoor 11-5, 11-4, 3-11, 11-9.

English favourite Jonathan Kemp denied a full house of qualifying successes when he beat UK-based Austrian qualifier Aqeel Rehman 11-5, 5-11, 11-4, 11-8. The world No29 from Ipswich will now take on rapidly-improving Egyptian teenager Karim Ali Fathi.

Based in the UK and coached by former England international Phil Whitlock, 19-year-old Ali Fathi despatched Pakistan's Abid Ak Khan 11-4, 11-2, 11-2.