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Mazen Makes Egyptian Magic In Mumbai

Maharashstra State Open 2013
Bombay Gymhkana, India, $15k
02-07 Sep,
Round One
04 Sep
05 Sep
06 Sep
07 Sep
[1] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
5-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 (98m)
Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
Zahed Mohamed
11/8, 11/5, 11/5 (31m)
Ravi Dixit
Zahed Mohamed
11/9, 3/11, 11/8, 11/8
Ali Anwar Reda
Zahed Mohamed
11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8 (61m)
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry
Ravi Dixit (Ind)
11-5, 11-3, 11-6( 30 mins)
[Q] Deepak Mishra (Ind)
Johan Bouquet (Fra)
11-  3, 11- 5 , 11- 9 (24m)
[Q] Hannan Tarmidi (Mas)
Johan Bouquet
7/11, 11/7, 11/6, 11/1 (50m)
Ali Anwar Reda
Ahmed Atef (Egy)
12-10, 11-9, 11-5 (36m)
[3] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
[4] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (Egy)
 12-10, 11-5, 11-3 (32m)
Joe Chapman (Ivb)
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry
12/10, 11/9, 11/8 (55m)
Harinderpal Sandhu
 Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry
11/7, 11/8, 3/11, 11/3 (50m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
11-6, 14-12, 11-3 (38m)
[Q] Shehab Essam Hosny (Egy)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
11-6, 8-11, 11-2, 11-6 (43m)
Kush Kumar (Ind)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
14/12, 9/11, 11/8, 11/1 (77m)
Fares Dessouky
[Q] Fares Dessouky (Egy)
10-12, 2-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-8 (97m)
[2] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 Maharashtra State PSA Open, Mumbai, India

Mazen Makes Egyptian Magic In Mumbai

Egypt's Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry edged out fellow countryman Zahed Mohamed in a 61-minute final thriller to win the Maharashtra State PSA Open, the new PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai, India.

It was unexpected climax between No4 seed Ga Sabry and unseeded Mohamed, the 21-year-old from Alexandria who claimed the scalps of both top seed Ong Beng Hee and third seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda on his way to the final.

"After dropping the first game, Zahed comes out all guns blazing in his second of five shirts on the night with some immaculate length and razor drops," explains event spokesman Raj Arora. "The consistency is super solid as he races through game two; It's 11-3 to Zahed and the capacity crowd is in for some more drama.

"There's no place to move outside the court as the packed crowd adds to the rising temperature. The players take the court with fresh shirts. The crucial third game gets underway. It's high octane stuff as the quality of squash scales a high.

"Zahed controlling it beautifully and the young Mazen playing some gems of his own. After taking Mazen all over the court Zahed rips a blinder on the forehand and leads 7-4. Two beauties from Mazen followed by a lucky shot and the game hangs in the balance. Mazen ups it a bit and rather quickly he's reeled off another four straight points to take a 2/1 lead."

Mohamed takes the fourth to force a decider - and builds up a 5-2 lead as he looks to claim his third upset.

But world No45 Ga Sabry - the 19-year-old from Cairo ranked 45 places higher than his opponent - reclaims the upper hand to survive the tense decider to win 11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8 after 61 minutes.

Presentation picture shows (L to R) PSA South East Asia Representative Ritwik Bhattacharya; Zahed Mohamed; Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry; and Raj Arora

"The crowd has been served some delectable fare," concluded Arora. "The juniors have certainly had many squash lessons all week. The Bombay Gymkhana has played host to some outstanding talents this week."

The win marks the fifth PSA World Tour title of Ga Sabry's career - and his third this year!

Zahed Makes All-Egyptian Mumbai Final

Unseeded Zahed Mohamed has made it all the way to the final of the new Maharashtra State PSA Open in India after dismissing fellow Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the No3 seed, in his second upset in the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai.

The 21-year-old world No90 from Alexandria battled for 66 minutes to overcome Reda, ranked 50 places higher, 11-9, 3-11, 11-8, 11-8.

"There was nothing to choose between the two (pictured above) in the first 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9 before Zahed reeled off two in a row to take the opener," explained tournament spokesman Raj Arora. "It was all Reda in the second as Zahed made four unforced errors and Reda was moving effortlessly driving deep into the corners and controlling the play as he took the game.

"It was a well-deserved victory of the giant killer who had eliminated Ong Beng Hee (the top seed) two nights ago."

Now celebrating the sixth PSA Tour final of his career - and his second of the year - Mohamed faces fourth seed Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry in an all-Egyptian climax.

Ga Sabry, the 19-year-old world No45 from Cairo, ended home hopes in the event when he defeated Mumbai star Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 11-3 in 50 minutes.

The Egyptian teenager is celebrating the seventh Tour final of his career - and is one match away from his third title of the year!

Mahesh Maintains Mumbai Interest In Maharashtra

Unseeded Mahesh Mangaonkar maintained home interest in the new Maharashtra State PSA Open in India when he dismissed Egyptian qualifier Fares Mohamed Dessouki in four games to claim an unexpected place in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai.

Fresh from beating the number two seed 24 hours earlier, Dessouki traded point for point in the opening game. "Mahesh was taking the ball early and at 10-all won two sweet points to win the first game 12-10," explained tournament spokesman Raj Arora.

"In the second, Fares came out strong and Mahesh was forced into making a few errors due to the attack of the Egyptian teenager who also showed a magnificent arsenal of shots to keep the crowd at the edges of their seats. Mahesh didn't give in easily and picked up some unbelievable shots on full stretch but Fares attacked better at 8-8 to win 11-9."

With Dessouki beginning to tire in the third, the 19-year-old Mumbai hero regained the lead.

"The fourth game always had one winner and Mahesh was literally the last man standing on the day," continued Arora. "Tough match!"

The 14-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-1 victory after 77 minutes takes world No88 Mangaonkar through to meet another Egyptian, fourth seed Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry.

The world No45 from Cairo, also 19, removed Indian No2 Harinder Pal Sandhu 12-10, 11-9, 11-8.

The other semi-final will be an all-Egyptian affair between unseeded Zahed Mohamed and third seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda. Mohamed, who upset top seed Ong Beng Hee in the first round, continued his rampage by beating Indian hope Ravi Dixit 11-8, 11-5, 11-5.

French underdog Johan Bouquet made an excellent start against Reda, taking the opening game. But the world No40 from Cairo ultimately proved to be too strong for Bouquet, ranked more than 60 places lower, winning 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-1.

Top Seeds In Maharashtra Massacre
In Mumbai

The two top seeds crashed out of the new Maharashtra State PSA Open after failing to survive epic first round marathons against lower-ranked Egyptians today in the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai, India.

Favourite Ong Beng Hee, the 33-year-old former world No7 from Malaysia, twice led Zahed Mohamed - but the 21-year-old Egyptian held his nerve to close out the match 5-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 after 98 minutes.

Mohamed, ranked 90 in the world, saved four match balls from 6-10 down in the decider before clinching the day's biggest upset.

An all-Egyptian encounter at the bottom of the draw saw experienced No2 seed Omar Abdel Aziz establish a comfortable two-game lead over qualifier Fares Mohamed Dessouki, an 18-year-old from Alexandria.

"At 2/0, it seemed like Omar had weathered the initial storm and he would now coast," explained tournament spokesman Raj Arora. "But the solid Fares was not done yet. Fares maintained a very slender lead and was 10-7 up when the experienced Omar pulled back to 10-10. Fares pulled off a stunning shot to seize game ball and soon was still alive having wrested the third."

Dessouki maintained his form to draw level. "At 2-2 it was delicately poised," continued Arora. "It was neck and neck all through as they battled like gladiators all through the decider - 6-6, 7-7, 8-8. The juniors in the crowd were relishing this contest as Fares earned a stroke to go 9-8 up. Another well-played rally took him to match ball and shortly thereafter Omar played a ball onto himself to yield a stroke and the match.

"It was a memorable win for Fares in a match that was good to watch for its quality in the first half and its attrition in the second," added Arora after the 10-12, 2-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-8 win in 97 minutes.

Dessouki now goes on to face Mahesh Mangaonkar, one of two Indians who will compete in the quarter-finals. The 19-year-old from Mumbai - who has just moved out of the junior ranks - had more in the tank compared to his younger rival Kush Kumar who has just arrived after winning Gold at the Asian Youth Games in China and the Indian Junior Open in Chennai.

"At one game all, the match promised to get close - but the more experienced Mangaonkar capitalised on his opponent's tired legs to claim an 11-6, 8-11, 11-2, 11-6 victory," said Arora.

Chennai-based Harinder Pal Sandhu ousted Egyptian qualifier Shehab Essam Hosny 11-6, 14-12, 11-3 and will now take on fourth-seeded Egyptian Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry for a place in the last four.