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Ga Sabry Scores Galway Glory

West of Ireland Open 2013
26-31 Mar, Galway, $10k
Round One
28 Mar
29 Mar
30 Mar
31 Mar
[1] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (34m
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
Steve Finitsis
11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (39m)
Raphael Kandra
Steve Finitsis
11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 4-11, 11-7 (80m)
Eddie Charlton
Steve Finitsis
11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8 (56m)
Mazen Hesham
Ga Sabry
Raphael Kandra (Ger)
7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (46m)
Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 (48m)
[Q] Lucas Serme (Fra)
Lucas Serme
12-10, 11-6, 11-4 (37m)
Eddie Charlton
[3] Olivier Pett (Eng)
11-7, 12-10, 11-5 in 27
Eddie Charlton (Eng)
[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5 (60m)
[4] Robbie Temple (Eng)
Mohamed Abouelghar
11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 (36m)
Charles Sharpe
Mohamed Abouelghar
6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (44m)
Mazen Hesham
Ga Sabry
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (41m)
[Q] Nathan Lake (Eng)
Chris Ryder (Eng)
11-8, 11-3, 11-8 i(39m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (Eng)
Chris Ryder
1-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-2 (43m)
Mazen Hesham
Ga Sabry
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry(Egy)
12-10, 7-11, 13-11, 11-0 (55m)
[2] Shaun le Roux (Rsa)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Paddy Whack West of Ireland Open, Galway, Ireland


Ga Sabry Scores Galway Glory

Unseeded Egyptian teenager Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry celebrated the third PSA World Tour title success of his career when he beat Australian Steven Finitsis in the final of the Paddy Whack West of Ireland Open, the PSA Challenger 10 squash event in its seventh successive year at the Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Galway.

"It was a fantastic final with a packed audience - played at a ferocious pace that demonstrated what true athleticism was," said tournament spokesman Andre Davies.

"Both players played with power and finesse in equal measure sending their opponent to every corner of the court. It was incredibly evenly-matched in both the first and second game with both players reaching nine points - but it was the young Egyptian who managed to sneak both games 11-9 to develop a 2/0 cushion.

"Finitsis came back fighting in true style and in another tense and close game managed to close out the third 11-9. The crowd were hopeful of the match going the distance but it proved to be a little too much for Finitsis as Sabry kept up the intensity and pace and had Finitsis covering every inch of the court.

"Unsurprisingly Sabry finished the match at the front of the court with another attacking shot that handed him the championship title, much to his delight," concluded Davies.

The 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8 triumph in 56 minutes makes 18-year-old Cairo-based Ga Sabry the first Egyptian winner of the popular Tour event whose roll of honour includes players from Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany and Hungary.


Sabry & Finitsis To Contest Galway Final

Egypt's Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry and Australian Steven Finitsis are each hoping to be the first from his country to win the Paddy Whack West of Ireland Open trophy after surviving contrasting semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its seventh successive year at the Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Galway.

Unseeded Ga Sabry, the 18-year-old world No77 from Cairo, took on fellow countryman Mohamed Abouelghar, a qualifier aged a year older but ranked five places below.

"The showdown between two young but superbly talented Egyptians was played at a blistering pace with the ball barely touching the back wall," exclaimed tournament spokesman Andre Davies.

"The energy on court was a sight to behold and the shot-making skills of two players so young was breath-taking. Abouelghar played a great first game and looked full of confidence but Mazen Hesham took the next three in a row to secure the first spot in the final on Easter Sunday."

The 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 victory in 44 minutes takes Ga Sabry into the fifth Tour final of his career, but his first this year.

Finitsis, also unseeded, battled for 80 minutes before overcoming England's Eddie Charlton.

"Both played some outstanding squash but it was Finitsis who took the early initiative and opened a two-game lead," continued Davies. "Eddie showed how determined he was by digging deep and grinding out the next two games to level the match.

"But it was Finitsis who took the opportunities when they presented themselves and won the fifth 11-7 after a draining 80 minutes of top squash."

The 30-year-old Amsterdam-based Queenslander, who won 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 4-11, 11-7, is celebrating the 19th PSA Tour final of his career, and also his first of the year.


Abouelghar Makes Galway Semis

Egypt's Mohamed Abouelghar became the only qualifier to reach the semi-finals of the Paddy Whack West of Ireland Open after beating England's Charles Sharpes in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its seventh successive year at the Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Galway.

The 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 victory was the Cairo-born 19-year-old's second upset over a higher-ranked Englishman, following Abouelghar's defeat of No4 seed Robbie Temple in the opening round.

A fellow countryman now awaits Abouelghar in the semis after 18-year-old Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry defeated experienced Englishman Chris Ryder, a 32-year-old former world No33, 1-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-2.

But there will be English interest in the other semi following Eddie Charlton's 12-10, 11-6, 11-4 win over qualifier Lucas Serme, the Frenchman who triumphed in last week's Swiss Open.

Charlton, the world No75 from Nottingham, clinched the first game after saving seven game-balls from 3-10 down!

The 24-year-old Englishman now faces Steven Finitsis, the Amsterdam-based Australian who defeated Germany's Raphael Kandra, ranked a single place higher, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9.

Seeds Culled In Galway

On a day of unprecedented shocks in the Irish city of Galway, all four seeds crashed out of the Paddy Whack West of Ireland Open in the first round of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its seventh successive year at the Galway Lawn Tennis Club.

Australia's Steven Finitsis claimed the biggest scalp in an 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 defeat of Henrik Mustonen, the top seed from Finland.

"Steve arrived only just in time to get ready for his match due to the dreaded Galway traffic," reported tournament spokesman Andre Davies. "But he proceeded to play some stunning attacking squash with nicks left, right and centre to take out top seed Henrik 3/0."

Egyptians triumphed in two of the upsets: Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry celebrated his 19th birthday in appropriate style by dismissing second-seeded South African Shaun le Roux 12-10, 7-11, 13-11, 11-0, while fellow Cairo-based compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar, a qualifier, ousted England's No4 seed Robbie Temple 11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5 in exactly an hour.

It was an all-English clash which saw the demise of the third seed when Eddie Charlton beat 2011 champion Olivier Pett 11-7, 12-10, 11-5 in just 27 minutes.

"Pleased to win tonight 3/0 against Ollie," tweeted Charlton later. "Strange match - but a wins a win. Lucas Serme tomorrow in the QF, looking forward to it."

Frenchman Serme became the second qualifier to prevail when he upset higher-ranked German Jens Schoor 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7.