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Ali Fathi Is Valencia Victor

PSA Valencia 2013
07-12 Oct, Valencia, Spain, $10k
Round One
09 Oct 
10 Oct
11 Oct
12 Oct
[1] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
11-6, 11-7,11-8 (39m)
Alex Ingham (Eng)
Karim Ali Fathi
12-10, 11-8, 11-6 (40m)
Geoffrey Demont
Karim Ali Fathi
11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (40m)
Alejandro Garbi
Karim Ali Fathi
10-12, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (85m)
Zahed Mohamed
Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
9-11, 2-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-7 (75m)
Nathan Lake (Eng)
Yan Perrin (Fra)
9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (60m)
[WC] Alejandro Garbi (Esp)
Alejandro Garbi
11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (47m)
Joel Hinds
[Q] Chris Fuller (Eng)
10-12, 14-12, 11-9, 11-7 (74m)
[3] Joel Hinds (Eng)
[4] Jens Schoor (Ger)
11-2, 11-3, 11-7 (25m)
[Q] Youssef Abdalla (Eng)
Jens Schoor
11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (30m)
Zahed Mohamed
Zahed Mohamed
11-7, 3-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7 (80m)
Joan Lezaud
Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
11-7, 11-4 rtd (12m)
Johan Bouquet (Fra)
Joan Lezaud (Fra)
13-15, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10 (83m)
[Q] Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
Joan Lezaud
8-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (77m)
Kristian Frost
[Q] Richie Fallows (Eng)
11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (45m)
[2] Kristian Frost (Den)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 PSA Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Ali Fathi Is Valencia Victor

Top seed Karim Ali Fathi survived a marathon all-Egyptian final of the PSA Valencia in Spain, beating unseeded Zahed Mohamed in the climax of the PSA Challenger 10 squash event in its third year at Club Olympia in Valencia.

The triumph marked the 20-year-old from Cairo's second PSA World Tour title in a row, and the eight-match run established Ali Fathi's longest winning streak on the Tour.

The favourite ended Alejandro Garbi Caro's run in the semi-finals when he beat the Spanish wild card 11-9, 11-4, 11-5.

The other semi was a non-seeded affair in which Mohamed prevailed in an 80-minute five-game battle against Frenchman Joan Lezaud.

And, despite his marathon ordeal 24 hours earlier, the 21-year-old from Alexandria twice led Ali Fathi in the final.

But Fathi, boasting a career-high world No39 ranking, forced the match into a decider and eventually secured his anticipated triumph over the world No78 Mohamed, winning 10-12, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 in 85 minutes.

The Valencia victory takes Ali Fathi's Tour title total to seven since January last year.

Caro Carries On In Valencia

Spanish giant-killer Alejandro Garbi Caro continued his progress in the PSA Valencia when he ousted fourth seed Joel Hinds to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its third year at Club Olympia in the Spanish city of Valencia.

It was after his surprise first round defeat of experienced Frenchman Yann Perrin that wild card Caro faced Englishman Hinds (both pictured above) in the quarter-finals - where he took just 47 minutes to overcome the world No82 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.

Caro, ranked outside the world top 100, now faces top seed Karim Ali Fathi, the world No39 from Egypt who dismissed France's Geoffrey Demont 12-10, 11-8, 11-6.

Both seeds in the lower half of the draw failed to make the last four. Germany's No3 seed Jens Schoor went down 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 to Egypt's Zahed Mohamed, while Denmark's No2 seed Kristian Frost Olesen was unable to capitalise on a 2/0 lead against Joan Lezaud, ultimately crashing out 8-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 to the Frenchman in 77 minutes.


Caro Lifts Home Hopes in Valencia

Local wild card Alejandro Garbi Caro thrilled the partisan crowd at Club Olympia in the Spanish city of Valencia when he fought back from a game down to beat experienced Frenchman Yann Perrin in the first round of the PSA Valencia, the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its third year.

The 30-year-old from Castellon beat Perrin 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (both pictured below) to set up a quarter-final clash with fourth seed Joel Hinds. World No82 Hinds had to battle for 74 minutes to see off fellow Englishman Chris Fuller, a qualifier, 10-12, 14-12, 11-9, 11-7 to earn his anticipated place in the last eight.

There was another upset with French interest higher in the draw - but this time Frenchman Geoffrey Demont gained the win after recovering from two games down to beat higher-ranked Englishman Nathan Lake 9-11, 2-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-7 in 75 minutes, the longest match of the day.

Demont, a 22-year-old from Aix-en-Provence ranked 119 in the world, will now be tested by top seed Karim Ali Fathi.

The fast-improving 20-year-old from Egypt despatched England's Alex Ingham 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.