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08/08/2006
ROTARY HELIOPOLIS OPEN
 

El Hindi Retains Heliopolis Title For Hosts

Tournament
Rotary Heliopolis Squash Open,
Cairo, Egypt

Final:
[5] Wael El Hindi (EGY) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 11-10 (3-1), 11-4, 11-9 (50m)

Semi-finals:
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [3] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 (61m)
[5] Wael El Hindi (EGY) bt [7] Peter Barker (ENG) 10-11 (1-3), 11-8, 11-10 (2-0), 11-7 (63m)

Quarter-finals:
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [1] Karim Darwish (EGY) 11-8, 6-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-5, 11-10 (3-1) (61m)
[3] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) bt [8] Borja Golan (ESP) 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (48m)
[7] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (42m)
[5] Wael El Hindi (EGY) bt [2] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-10 (4-2), 11-7, 11-5 (49m)

1st round:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Davide Bianchetti (ITA) 11-5, 11-2, 11-8 (33m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [6] Shahier Razik (CAN) 11-4, 6-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-10 (2-0) (93m)
[3] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) bt [Q] Yasser El Halaby (EGY) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (34m)
[8] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Renan Lavigne (FRA) 11-8, 11-8, 10-11 (0-2), 11-5 (62m)
[7] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [Q] Badr Abdel Aziz (SWE) 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (37m)
[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 (25m)
[5] Wael El Hindi (EGY) bt [Q] Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-4, 3-11, 11-7, 11-6 (35m)
[2] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [Q] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-10 (2-0) (71m)

Qualifying finals:
Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 10-11 (3-5), 11-8, 11-10 (2-0), 11-4 (50m)
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Amr Ramzy Swelim (EGY) 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (42m)
Yasser El Halaby (EGY) bt Amr Mansi (EGY) 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 (38m)
Badr Abdel Aziz (SWE) bt Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9 (62m)

El Hindi Retains Heliopolis Title For Hosts
Local hero Wael El Hindi ended the giant-killing run of unseeded Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema in the final of the Rotary Heliopolis Squash Open at the National Stadium in Nasr City in the Egyptian capital Cairo to ensure that the established PSA Tour title remains in Egyptian hands.

The 26-year-old fifth seed from Cairo made his breakthrough in the $40,000 PSA Tour event when he defeated Finland 's No2 seed Olli Tuominen in the quarter-finals.

But his opponent in the final had enjoyed his best run of the year which started when he despatched Canada 's sixth seed Shahier Razik in the first round. Anjema's next upset came when ousted favourite Karim Darwish the world No9 from Cairo who was the event's runner-up twelve months ago.

In his third upset in as many days, the 23-year-old from The Hague toppled Egypt 's No3 seed Mohammed Abbas.

After surviving a tie-break in the first game of the final, El Hindi delighted the local Cairo crowd when he stormed through to his 11-10 (3-1), 11-4, 11-9 victory in 50 minutes to secure the fourth PSA title of his career but the first since lifting the KL Open trophy in Malaysia in February 2004.

El Hindi extends a line of distinguished Egyptian winners of the title including Amr Shabana, Omar Elborolossy and Ahmed Barada since 1998, when England 's Peter Nicol secured the trophy after one of his famous clashes with Canadian rival Jonathon Power.

Giant-Killer Anjema Reaches Rotary Final
Unseeded Laurens Jan Anjema scored his third upset in as many days when he toppled Egypt's No3 seed Mohammed Abbas to reach the final of the Rotary Heliopolis Squash Open at the National Stadium in Nasr City in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

The 23-year-old Dutchman began his giant-killing run in the $40,000 PSA Tour event when he despatched Canada's sixth seed Shahier Razik in the first round. The next upset came when Anjema ousted favourite Karim Darwish the world No9 from Cairo who was the event's runner-up twelve months ago.

The semi-final encounter lasted more than an hour, but Anjema triumphed 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 to reach the 11th PSA Tour final of his career, but the first since April 2005 when he finished as runner-up in the Irish Open in Dublin.

Despite the loss of the three Egyptians seeded in the last four, Wael El Hindi has ensured that there will be local interest in the final: The fifth seed came back from a game down to beat England's No7 seed Peter Barker 10-11 (1-3), 11-8, 11-10 (2-0), 11-7 in 63 minutes to reach his ninth PSA final.

Top Seeds Suffer In Heliopolis Open Upsets
Only one of the players seeded to reach the last four of the Rotary Heliopolis Squash Open survived the quarter-finals in a day of sensational upsets in the $40,000 PSA Tour event at the National Stadium in Nasr City in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Favourite Karim Darwish was the biggest casualty. The world No9 from Cairo the event's runner-up twelve months ago failed to capitalise on a 2/1 lead against Laurens Jan Anjema, and lost out to the unseeded Dutchman in a tense fifth game tie-break.

It was Anjema's second successive upset in the event after beating Canada's sixth seed Shahier Razik in the first round. His 11-8, 6-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-5, 11-10 (3-1) victory in 61 minutes over Darwish takes Anjema into a semi-final against another Egyptian, Mohammed Abbas the only player to achieve his seeded position.

The third seed from Cairo seed beat Spain's eighth seed Borja Golan 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 in 48 minutes.

Egypt will be represented in the other semi-final but not by the player seeded to do so: Ramy Ashour, the fourth seed playing his first PSA event since triumphing for a record second time in the world junior championship last month in New Zealand, went down 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 to England's Peter Barker, the seventh seed.

Barker - the left-hander from Essex who has the unenviable task of taking on Peter Nicol in the first round of his farewell event in the UK, the Mamut English Open, next week will now face Egypt's Wael El Hindi for a place in the final.

El Hindi, the fifth seed, edged out Finland's No2 seed Olli Tuominen 11-10 (4-2), 11-7, 11-5 in 49 minutes.

Anjema Topples Razik In Marathon Heliopolis Upset
Laurens Jan Anjema secured his best PSA Tour win of the year when he upset Canada's sixth seed Shahier Razik in the opening round of the Rotary Heliopolis Squash Open at the National Stadium in Nasr City in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

It was a marathon battle in which leads by the Dutchman were twice pegged back by the Cairo-born Canadian national champion who won the Houston Open in the USA last month. But, after 93 minutes the longest match on the opening day unseeded Anjema emerged triumphant in a 11-4, 6-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-10 (2-0) scoreline.

Anjema's success remarkably, the 23-year-old from The Hague's maiden first round win on the PSA Tour this year takes him through to a quarter-final clash with Karim Darwish, the top-seeded Egyptian who cruised to an 11-5, 11-2, 11-8 win over Italian Davide Bianchetti in just 33 minutes.

The quickest victory of the day was recorded by Egypt's newly-crowned world junior champion Ramy Ashour, the fourth seed who beat fellow Egyptian junior international Mohd Ali Anwar Reda 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 in 25 minutes.

The teenager's next battle will be against England's sole representative in the $40,000 PSA Tour event's field Peter Barker - the No7 seed who dismissed Swedish qualifier Badr Abdel Aziz 11-6, 11-8, 11-3.

World Champion Ramy Returns For Home Heliopolis Glory
Within a few weeks of winning a historic second successive World Junior Squash Championship title in New Zealand and leading Egypt to success in the World Junior Team Championship - Ramy Ashour is back on home soil seeking domestic success in the Rotary Heliopolis Open.

Seeded four, the 18-year-old will face his Egyptian team-mate Mohd Ali Anwar Reda in the first round of the $40,000 PSA Tour event at the National Stadium in Nasr City, Cairo, before an anticipated quarter-final clash with seventh seed Peter Barker, the only Englishman in the draw.

Tarek Momen, another member of Egypt's victorious junior team, will compete in the event after triumphing in the qualifying finals. Momen beat compatriot Amr Ramzy Swelim 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 and will now meet fifth-seeded Egyptian Wael El Hindi in the first round.

Hisham Mohd Ashour, Ramy Ashour's older brother, also survived the qualifying finals beating the fourth member of the Egyptian world junior squad Omar Mosaad 10-11 (3-5), 11-8, 11-10 (2-0), 11-4. Ashour senior takes on Olli Tuominen, the second seed from Finland.

Top seed Karim Darwish, the world junior champion in 2000, faces Italy's Davide Bianchetti in the first round. The 24-year-old world number nine from Cairo will be keen to make up for last year's disappointment when he reached the final, only to have to retire after a single game with an ankle injury.

Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) v Davide Bianchetti (ITA)
[6] Shahier Razik (CAN) v Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
[3] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) v [Q] Yasser El Halaby (EGY)
[8] Borja Golan (ESP) v Renan Lavigne (FRA)
[7] Peter Barker (ENG) v [Q] Badr Abdel Aziz (SWE)
[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY)
[5] Wael El Hindi (EGY) v [Q] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[2] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v [Q] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY)