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Home Town Hero Grant Grabs London Open Title

Coronation London Open 2013
Men's Draw
10-15 Dec, London, $25k
Round One
12 Dec 
13 Dec
14 Dec
15 Dec
[1] Alister Walker (Bot)
11/9, 9/11, 11/5, 4/11, 11/9 (85m)
[Q] Fares Dessouky (Egy)
Fares Dessouky
3/11, 12/10, 11/8, 11/6 (61m)
 Lucas Serme
Fares Dessouky
11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (45m)
Chris Simpson
Chris Simpson
7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (60m)
Adrian Grant
Lucas Serme (Fra)
11/7, 11/6, 10/12, 11/3 (49m)
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
Shaun le Roux (Rsa)
9/11, 4/11, 11/1, 11/2, 5/2 rtd (63m)
Rex Hedrick (Aus)
Rex Hedrick
11/0, 11/7, 11/9 (30m)
Chris Simpson
[Q] Joel Hinds (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 11/9 (55m)
[4] Chris Simpson (Eng)
[3] Adrian Grant (Eng)
Shahjahan Khan (Pak)
Adrian Grant
11/8, 11/9, 10/12, 11/9 (77m)
Zahed Mohamed
Adrian Grant
11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6 (83m)
Stephen Coppinger
Andrew Wagih (Egy)
11/7, 8/11, 11/7, 11/7 (45m)
[Q] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
Christopher Gordon (Usa)
11/6, 11/7, 11/7 (40m)
[Q] Declan James (Eng)
Christopher Gordon
11/4, 11/8, 11/2 (39m)
Stephen Coppinger
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
11/5, 14/12, 9/11, 11/2 (47m)
[2] Stephen Coppinger (Rsa)
Coronation London Open 2013
Women's Draw
10-15 Dec, London, $10k
Round One
12 Dec
13 Dec
14 Dec
15 Dec
[1] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
9/11, 11/7, 12/10, 12/10 (47m)
Gaby Huber (Sui)
Nicolette Fernandes
11/7, 11/9, 12/10 (38m)
Habiba Mohamed
Nicolette Fernandes
11/7, 2/0 rtd
Coline Aumard
Coline Aumard
11/8, 12/10, 11/5 (37m)
Emily Whitlock
[6] Olga Ertlova (Cze)
12/10, 11/6, 11/5 (28m)
Habiba Mohamed (Egy)
[5] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11/9, 11/7, 11/8 (25m)
Victoria Temple-Murray (Eng)
Lucie Fialova
9/11, 11/9, 11/5, 9/11, 11/9 (88m)
Coline Aumard
[4] Coline Aumard (Fra)
15/13, 7/11, 11/6, 11/7 (35m)
[Q] Chloe Mesic (Fra)
[Q] Lily Taylor (Eng)
10/12, 11/6, 12/10, 11/8 (45m)
[3] Tesni Evans (Wal)
Tesni Evans
11/9, 11/8, 2/1 ret. inj (20m)
Nada Elkalaawy
Tesni Evans
11/5, 11/7, 8/11, 11/3 (58m)
 Emily Whitlock
[Q] Nada Elkalaawy (Eng)
11/5, 11/6, 6/11, 11/6 (25m)
[8] Birgit Coufal
[Q] Hollie Naughton (Can)
11/7, 9/11, 11/7, 11/9 (33m)
[7] Deon Saffery (Wal)
Deon Saffery
13/11, 6/11, 11/4, 11/3 (48m)
Emily Whitlock
Sina Wall (Ger)
11/3, 11/4, 11/3 (20m)
[2] Emily Whitlock (Eng)

Home Town Hero Grant Grabs London Open Title

Adrian Grant became the first Londoner to win the Coronation London Open title when he beat Chris Simpson in the all-English final of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event in its sixth year at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club in the England capital.

The London-born-and-bred 33-year-old, who was making his debut in the event, made his breakthrough in the previous round where he upset second-seeded South African Stephen Coppinger.

Seeded three, World No.23 Grant faced fellow countryman Simpson - a 26-year-old from Guernsey, ranked just two places lower, to whom he had never lost in three Tour meetings since 2009.

But fourth seed Simpson took the opening game, determined to make a career breakthrough.

However, the experienced left-hander Grant, a former World No.9 and a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, turned the tables to take the next three games to win 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 in 60 minutes.

The title triumph brings up Grant's 20th Tour title - a feat matched, or bettered, by only 11 other players on the current PSA World Tour.

"I've known Chris for years," Grant told Kate Mason later. "We're great friends, on and off the court, we train together with the England squad - there's a mutual respect there.

"I know that he's improved a lot he's beaten a lot of people in the top twenty so you know I was wary about him. I had to focus 100 per cent. And I had a tough game yesterday and he had an easier game, you know so I had to really come out of the blocks quick.

"But the first game he came out quicker than me and I think as the match progressed I got stronger and stronger."

Simpson, who celebrated a career-high 21 world ranking in October, said: "I was disappointed not to finish the year on a win - but it's been a good year overall and I played some good squash this week.

"I felt like I was playing well for the first game and a half, then Adrian found a great length and was in charge for the rest of the match," added the runner-up as he headed back to Harrogate where he is now a proud first-time house-owner.

"It was a well-run tournament by Zubair Jahan Khan, who seems to have good aspirations of growing the tournament in the future."

Simpson & Grant Make Surprise All-English London Open Final

Chris Simpson will be looking for his first ever win over compatriot Adrian Grant when the pair meet in a surprise all-English final of the Coronation London Open at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club in the England capital.

Simpson, the No.4 seed from Guernsey, maintained a clean sheet in the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event with his third successive straight games victory - ending teenage Egyptian qualifier Fares Mohamed Dessouki's run 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 in 45 minutes.

"Got a 3/0 win today against a very talented young Egyptian," tweeted the 26-year-old to his followers after reaching his ninth PSA World Tour final. "Starting to feel like a veteran on the tour!

"Into the final of the London Open tomorrow, hoping to finish the year off on a high!" added the World No.25.

London left-hander Grant, the third seed, avenged his career-first loss to Stephen Coppinger in January's Tournament of Champions in New York by upsetting the higher-ranked South African in the other semi-final.

But the 33-year-old World No.23 had to fight back from 2/1 down to overcome the in-form Coppinger, ranked three places higher, winning 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6 in 83 minutes to reach the 32nd Tour final of his career.

Both Grant and Simpson, appearing in the first all-English London Open final since 2009, are celebrating their third Tour finals of the year.

Harrogate-based Simpson boasts an impressive seven title wins from his eight final appearances - but has yet to beat his senior fellow countryman after six national and international meetings since 2009.

Grant & Simpson Keep Home Hopes Alive

Londoner Adrian Grant and Guernsey's Chris Simpson kept home hopes of success alive in the Coronation London Open after prevailing in contrasting quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event in its sixth year at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club in the England capital.

Simpson, the Harrogate-based No.4 seed, took just 30 minutes to see off Australian Rex Hedrick 11-0, 11-7, 11-9.

But third seed Grant, the 33-year-old former World No.9 making his debut in the event, had to battle for 77 minutes to overcome 21-year-old Egyptian qualifier Zahed Mohamed 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9.

The London left-hander will now face South African Stephen Coppinger, the No.2 seed bidding to make the final for the second time in three years. The Cape Town 29-year-old, ranked 20 in the world, defeated US champion Christopher Gordon 11-4, 11-8, 11-2.

Simpson, the World No.25, takes on fast-rising Egyptian star Fares Mohamed Dessouki for a place in the final. The 19-year-old from Alexandria pulled off a mighty upset in the first round when he removed top seed Alister Walker, the World No.17 from Botswana.

The teenager, ranked 81 in the world, continued his giant-killing London run by beating Frenchman Lucas Serme - ranked five places higher - 3-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-6 in 61 minutes.

Dessouki Despatches Walker In London Upset

Egyptian qualifier Fares Mohamed Dessouki claimed one of the biggest scalps of his brief squash career to date when he despatched top seed Alister Walker in five games in the Coronation London Open to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 25 event at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club in the England capital.

Experienced Tour player Walker, the 31-year-old World No.17 from Botswana, twice stemmed leads by the Egyptian teenager.

But, undaunted, the 19-year-old from Alexandria - ranked 81 in the world - maintained his composure to close out the match 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 4-11, 11-9 in 85 minutes.

Dessouki, the reigning British Junior U19 Open champion, now faces Lucas Serme for a place in the semi-finals. The unseeded Frenchman also pulled off a notable upset, denying Charles Sharpes an anticipated place in the last eight by beating the higher-ranked London-born 21-year-old 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 11-3.

Local interest, however, will be satisfied in the next round by third seed Adrian Grant after the World No.23 from London defeated Pakistan's Shahjahan Khan 11-7, 11-7, 11-5.

Left-hander Grant will now line up against Zahed Mohamed after the 21-year-old from Alexandria became the second Egyptian qualifier to survive the first round when he beat fellow countryman Andrew Wagih Shoukry 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7.

Chris Simpson also provides further home interest in the last eight. The Harrogate-based No.4 seed took exactly an hour to overcome compatriot Joel Hinds, a qualifier, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9.