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Seventh Heaven For Meguid In Yokohama

Pro Squash Japan 2013
Men's Draw
Yokohama City, Japan, $10k
27 Aug-01 Sep
Round One
29 Aug
30 Aug
31 Aug
01 Sep
[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
14/12, 11/1, 11/2 (23m)
Shinnosuke Tsukue (Jpn)
Omar Abdel Meguid
11/8, 11/8, 11/8 (33m)
James Huang
Omar Abdel Meguid
11-4, 11-4, 11-9 (45m)
Harinderpal Sandhu
Omar Abdel Meguid
13/11, 9/11, 6/11, 11/7, 13/11 (125m)
Leo Au
James Huang (Tpe)
9/11, 11/9, 7/11, 11/7, 11/9 (59m)
[Q] Kwon Hyeon-Jun (Kor)
Fred Reid (Can)
11/3, 11/7, 11/7 (17m)
Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
Harinderpal Sandhu
13/11, 11/7, 13/11 (42m)
Yuta Fukui
[Q] Yuta Fukui (Jpn)
11/9, 11/9, 8/11, 11/6 (64m)
[3] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
[4] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
11/2, 8/11, 9/11, 11/4, 13/11 (79m)
Elvinn Keo (Mas)
Rex Hedrick
11/6, 5/11, 12/10, 10/12, 11/6 (102m)
Ivan Yuen
Ivan Yuen
11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (60m)
Leo Au
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11/7, 11/8, 11/9 (26m)
[Q] Shimizu Takanori (Jpn)
Ahmad Al-Saraj (Jor)
12/10, 11/8, 10/12, 8/11, 11/7 (73m)
[Q] Seyhun Lee (Kor)
Ahmad Al-Saraj
5/11, 11/9, 9/11, 11/5, 13/11
Leo Au
[LL] Masaki Suzuki (Jpn)
11/6, 11/7, 11/5 24m
[2] Leo Au (Hkg)

Seventh Heaven For Meguid In Yokohama

Egypt's Omar Abdel Meguid claimed his seventh PSA World Tour title at the Pro Squash in Japan Yokohama - but the top seed had to fight back from 2/1 down to overcome determined second seed Leo Au in the final of the PSA Challenger 10 event at Yokohama Squash Stadium SQ-CUBE in Yokohama City, Japan.

Meguid, the world No43 from Giza, reached the final without dropping a game. But after winning the first against his Hong Kong opponent ranked just three places lower, the favourite (pictured below in action with Au) quickly went behind as Au took control.

The Egyptian regained the upper hand however to draw level, and ultimately survived a tense decider to win the match 13-11, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 13-11 in 125 minutes - fittingly the longest match of the tournament!

The triumph marked 25-year-old Meguid's second title success in Japan after he won the Pro Squash Kansai in Japan three years ago.

Top Seeds Meguid & Au In Yokohama Final

Top seeds Omar Abdel Meguid and Leo Au will contest the final of the Pro Squash in Japan Yokohama after prevailing in straight games in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at Yokohama Squash Stadium SQ-CUBE in Yokohama City, Japan.

Egyptian Meguid and unseeded Indian Harinder Pal Sandhu (both pictured in action below) reached the semis without dropping a game.

"Sandhu struggled with Meguid's heavy shots at the beginning of the match," reported event spokesman Hiromi Komae. "The rallies were mostly controlled by Meguid - thus the match went to Meguid in three games."

The 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 win brings up the 25-year-old from Giza's 11th PSA Tour final appearance - and his second in Japan after winning the Pro Squash Kansai in Japan three years ago.

By contrast, the other semi-finalists, Ivan Yuen from Malaysia and second seed Au from Hong Kong, both had lengthy full-game matches the previous day.


Au, 23, was able to capitalise on too many unforced errors from his unseeded opponent to win 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 - and reach his second successive Pro Squash in Japan final.

Yuen Survives Yokohama Marathon

Malaysian Ivan Yuen defeated Australia's Rex Hedrick to reach the semi-finals of the Pro Squash in Japan Yokohama, the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at Yokohama Squash Stadium SQ-CUBE in Yokohama City, Japan.

But it took the unseeded 22-year-old from Kuala Lumpur - ranked 63 in the world - 102 minutes to justify his higher ranking over the event's No4 seed with his 6-11, 11-5, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6 quarter-final 'upset' over world No68 Hedrick (both pictured in action below).

Yuen goes on to meet Hong Kong's Leo Au for a place in the final after the No2 seed was taken the full distance by Ahmad Al-Saraj before beating the Jordanian teenager 5-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 13-11 in 89 minutes.

Qualifier Yuta Fukui, the local hero ranked 169 in the world who delighted the Yokohama crowd by ousting third seed Muhd Asyraf Azan in the first round, was unable to progress further - going down 13-11, 11-7, 13-11 to India's world No66 Harinder Pal Sandhu.

Sandhu will face top seed Omar Abdel Meguid in the other semi-final after the Egyptian despatched Taiwan's James Huang 11-8, 11-8, 11-8.

Quarter-final day opened with a major press conference (see picture below) held in cooperation between the Japan Squash Association and Pro Squash in Japan.

"Seven TV stations and 12 newspapers were there to report on our sport, which could soon be chosen as the next sport to join the 2020 Olympic Games," said event spokesman Hiromi Komae. "The Japanese media has been giving a lot of attention to squash since it made it to the final three sports on the list."

Fukui Breakthrough In Yokohama

Local qualifier Yuta Fukui pulled off a mighty upset on the opening day of main draw action in the Pro Squash in Japan Yokohama when he defeated third seed Muhd Asyraf Azan to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at Yokohama Squash Stadium SQ-CUBE in Yokohama City, Japan.

Fukui, a 25-year-old ranked more than 100 places lower than his opponent, played the match of his life to overcome Malaysian Azan 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6 in 64 minutes.

In a rare quarter-final line-up featuring players from eight different countries, Fukui takes on India's Harinder Pal Sandhu, who took just 17 minutes to beat Canadian Fred Reid 11-3, 11-7, 11-7.

Top-seeded Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid beat wild card Shinnosuke Tsukue 14-12, 11-1, 11-2.

"Tsukue made a good attempt in the first game, but the first seed from Egypt kept a fast and furious pace and did not give Tsukue anything," said event spokesman Hiromi Komae.