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Rosner Rallies To 'Best Win' In Kuwait

Kuwait International 2013
17-22 Dec, Kuwait, $50k
Round One
19 Dec
20 Dec
21 Dec
22 Dec
[1] Borja Golan (Esp)
11/6, 11/4, 8/11, 11/3 (36m)
[Q[ Fares Dessouky (Egy)
Borja Golan
11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (50m)
Ryan Cuskelly
Borja Golan
9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (74m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Borja Golan
11-4, 11-5, 12-10 (65m)
Simon Rosner
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
13/11, 11/9, 11/8 (50m)
[Q] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11/8, 11/7, 11/3 (42m)
[Q] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
Laurens Jan Anjema
11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (62m)
Tarek Momen
Joe Lee (Eng)
8/11, 7/11, 11/5, 11/5, 11/8 (63m)
[3] Tarek Momen (Egy)
[4] Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/6, 11/8, 11/6 (50m)
Alan Clyne (Sco)
Simon Rosner
11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7 (50m)
Alister Walker
Simon Rosner
11-2, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)
Abdullah Al Mezayen
Mazen Hesham (Egy)
8/11, 8/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (56m)
Alister Walker (Bot)
Max Lee (Hkg)
11/4, 11/9, 11/6 (20m)
[Q] Ahmad Al-Saraj (Jor)
Max Lee
11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 (60m)
Abdullah Al Mezayen
Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw)
11/5, 11/9, 4/11, 6/11, 11/5 (60m)
[2] Daryl Selby (Eng)

RESULTS: PSA International 50 Alwatan & Asnan International
South Surrah, Kuwait

Rosner Rallies To 'Best Win' In Kuwait

German star Simon Rosner produced his "best squash of the year at the last tournament" when he upset top seed Borja Golan in straight games in the final of the Alwatan & Asnan International Tournament in Kuwait to win the inaugural PSA World Tour International 50 event at the Late Sheikh / Salem Alsabah International Squash Complex in South Surrah.

Seeded three, the World No.16 from Paderborn brought down seventh-ranked Golan, the highest-ranked Spaniard of all-time, 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 in 65 minutes to win the seventh - but biggest - PSA World Tour title of his career.

"I'm incredibly delighted to have won a tournament of this category, with a $50,000 prize-fund," the jubilant Rosner (pictured above, left, in action with Golan) said later. "Especially beating Borja, the man in form at the moment, is something very special to me.

"He is a good friend of mine and we had some really tough battles in the past, fortunately I came out on top of him today. He has had an unbelievable year and I would like to congratulate him for that.

"I can't describe the feeling. It's the best win of my career," added the 26-year-old.

"There were 6 PSA titles before - but this is by far the most valuable win. Also I thought that I couldn't have played much better today against Borja, really pulled out my best squash of the year at the last tournament which makes it very special for me!

"Thanks to my sponsors (Oliver, Flyeralarm, Mercedes Benz, ASB), Thomas Prange, my family (Mum and Dad, Brother and Sister), the Paderborner squash Club and everyone who has helped me to get where I am. This title means A LOT to me!

"A special thanks to my coach Tomi Niinimäki, who has been travelling with me for this tournament. He was a huge help for me there. Thanks a lot.

"I guess it really is time to have a couple of days off now before starting the preparation for the January tournaments. Will fly home tomorrow and enjoy some nice 'home-made' Christmas-biscuits and Cookies!"

Golan & Rosner To Contest Kuwait Final

An all-European final will bring the inaugural Alwatan & Asnan International Tournament to a climax after Spain's top seed Borja Golan and fourth-seeded German Simon Rosner survived contrasting semi-finals in the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Late Sheikh / Salem Alsabah International Squash Complex in South Surrah, Kuwait.

Rosner, the World No.16 from Paderborn brought to an end the giant-killing run of wild card Abdullah Al Muzayen by beating the Kuwaiti No.1 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 in 40 minutes.

Al Muzayen, ranked 39 in the world, has enjoyed a sparkling 2013 on the PSA Tour which has included three title triumphs. The 25-year-old Kuwaiti (pictured above, right, with Rosner) rounded off the year in the best possible way by beating England's World No.10 Daryl Selby in the event's opening round to claim "my best ever win".

Rosner, celebrating his first Tour final of the year, told his Twitter followers later:
"Yes! Beat A.Muzayen 3:0 and thru to the final tomorrow. Really happy.
Now preparing for the final tomorrow."

"@almezayen12 well done on a great tournament mate...! Really enjoyable playing you always...see you tomorrow."

The other semi-final lasted almost twice as long as World No.7 Golan battled to subdue experienced Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, the 31-year-old from The Hague currently ranked 11 places lower.

The Spaniard (pictured above, right, with Anjema) ultimately prevailed 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 in 74 minutes to reach his fourth final of the year.

The final marks the 40th of Golan's career - and Rosner's 12th. The 30-year-old Spaniard from Santiago de Compostela enjoys a 4/2 career head-to-head Tour advantage over his European rival - but it is underdog Rosner who holds the current lead after winning the two most recent clashes, in 2012.

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Anjema Takes Out Tarek In Kuwait Upset

Experienced Dutch campaigner Laurens Jan Anjema secured an unexpected place in the semi-finals of the Alwatan & Asnan International Tournament after taking out third seed Tarek Momen in the inaugural PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Late Sheikh / Salem Alsabah International Squash Complex in South Surrah, Kuwait.

It was the pair's first meeting since April last year - since when Egypt's 25-year-old Momen has become a firm fixture in the mid-top 20, currently holding 12th position.

But Anjema, the 31-year-old former World No.9 currently ranked eight places lower than his opponent, was determined to finish the year on a high - and battled for 62 minutes to pull off an 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 victory over his younger Cairo challenger.

The eight-time Dutch champion now faces the event's top seed Borja Golan after the World No.7 from Spain despatched Australia's Ryan Cuskelly 11-8, 11-5, 11-8.

Local interest lives on in the other half of the draw where wild card Abdullah Al Muzayen continued his giant-killing run by removing Hong Kong No.1 Max Lee.

The 25-year-old Kuwaiti, ranked 39 in the world, made his breakthrough in the opening round when he upset England's World No.10 Daryl Selby to record 'my best ever win'.

Fully exploiting home advantage, Al Muzayen survived his second five-game encounter in 24 hours when he beat World No.32 Lee 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 in 60 minutes.

"Second win today in alwatan & asnan psa tournment against world no.32 max lee from hongkong 3/2," the Kuwaiti No.1 told his Twitter followers later. "Happy with my performance now playing semis!

"Playing semifinal tomorrow with @simonroesner world no.16 looking forward play well."

World No.16 Simon Rosner, the fourth seed from Germany, needed 50 minutes to endorse both the seedings and the PSA world rankings when he beat Botswana's Alister Walker, ranked just one position lower, 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7.

"Really happy with my performance today against @alisterWALKER, winning 3:1 - semis tomorrow," tweeted the 26-year-old from Paderborn later.

Al Muzayen Moves Mountains In Kuwait

Local wild card Abdullah Al Muzayen pulled off his best win of the year when he upset England's No.2 seed Daryl Selby in the opening round of the Alwatan & Asnan International Tournament to provide unexpected home interest in the inaugural PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Late Sheikh / Salem Alsabah International Squash Complex in South Surrah, Kuwait.

It was the pair's second Tour meeting in Al Muzayen's homeland, with World No.10 Selby needing five games to survive the original clash against Kuwait's first ever world top 40 player.

In the latest encounter, the Kuwaiti left-hander opened up a two-game lead before the experienced English international took control of the game to draw level.

But Al Muzayen reclaimed the initiative in the decider and delighted the local crowd by closing out the match 11-5, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 11-5 in 60 minutes to claim his second career victory over a world top ten player.

"Lost a tough 3-2 against @almezayen12 on his home court tonight," Selby told his Twitter followers later. "I felt like I played quite well but he was just too good today.

"By the way, never seen anyone hit so many outright winners tonight and I felt I was moving well! Dead glass court made it tough but still..." continued Selby.

Al Muzayen now faces Max Lee, the Hong Kong No.1 who despatched Jordan qualifier Ahmad Al-Saraj 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 in just 20 minutes.

Favourite Borja Golan led the remaining seeds safely through to the next round. The Spaniard, who celebrated a career-high No.7 world ranking this month, dropped a game in his 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-3 victory over fast-improving Egyptian teenager Fares Mohamed Dessouki.

Third seed Tarek Momen single-handedly carries Egyptian interest through to the quarter-finals where he will face Dutch No.1 Laurens Jan Anjema.

But the World No.12 from Cairo had to fight back from two games down to see off England's Joe Lee, ranked more than 20 places lower, 8-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 in 63 minutes.

World No.17 Alister Walker also survived a similar battle, recovering from a 2/0 deficit to beat lower-ranked Egyptian Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9.

The Botswana 31-year-old - the highest-ranked unseeded player in the draw - now faces Germany's fourth seed Simon Rosner, ranked one position higher, for a place in the semi-finals.