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22/09/2006
ST LOUIS OPEN
 

Stewart Savours St Louis Success

Tournament
St Louis Open Squash Championship,
St Louis, USA St Louis Open Squash Championship, St Louis, USA

Final:
[4] Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [2] John White (SCO) 11-6, 11-2, 11-10 (2-0) (41m)

Semi-finals:
[4] Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) 11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-5 (50m)
[2] John White (SCO) bt [5] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 (33m)

Quarter-finals:
[8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [1] Karim Darwish (EGY) 11-10 (2-0), 11-1 ret. (22m)
[4] Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [6] Alex Gough (WAL) 5-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0), 11-1 (71m)
[5] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) bt [3] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 5-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (2-0), 9-11, 11-7 (83m)
[2] John White (SCO) bt [7] Wael El Hindi (EGY) 10-11 (3-5), 11-3, 11-8, 11-9 (60m)

1st round (2nd day):
[5] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 (64m)
[3] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Shahier Razik (CAN) 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (66m)
[2] John White (SCO) bt [Q] Mark Heather (ENG) 11-10 (2-0), 11-5 ret. (19m)

1st round (1st day):
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 11-7, 10-11 (0-2), 11-7, 11-5 (39m)
[8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [Q] Matthew Giuffre (CAN) 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (22m)
[4] Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [Q] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) 11-9, 11-10 (6-4), 11-5 (45m)
[6] Alex Gough (WAL) bt Michael Puertas (USA) 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6 (36m)
[7] Wael El Hindi (EGY) bt [Q] Jean-Michel Arcucci (FRA) 10-11 (0-2), 11-3, 11-3, 11-8 (53m)

Qualifying finals:
Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt Shawn Delierre (CAN) 11-7, 10-11 (4-6), 11-7, 11-4 (40m)
Mark Heather (ENG) bt Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 (50m)
Jean-Michel Arcucci (FRA) bt Dylan Bennett (NED) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (51m)
Matthew Giuffre (CAN) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 (52m)

Stewart Savours St Louis Success
Australia's Stewart Boswell secured the biggest PSA Tour title of his career when he upset Scotland's John White in the final of the St Louis MPM Open Squash Championship in the US state of Missouri.

Seeded four, the 28-year-old from Canberra overcame tough opposition on the way to the final including a fight-back from two games down against sixth-seeded Welshman Alex Gough in a 71-minute marathon quarter-final.

In the semis, Boswell had to tame rising Egyptian star Ramy Ashour, the record two-times world junior champion.

White, the 33-year-old Scot now based in Philadelphia, was seeking his third successive PSA title success on his adopted 'home' soil this year.

But Boswell comfortably took the opening two games against the hard-hitting second seed and, after a tense tie-break third game, clinched a sensational 11-6, 11-2, 11-10 (2-0) victory in 41 minutes.

The triumph marks the latest milestone in Boswell's career - which was halted for almost two years from mid 2003 when the then world No4 suffered a mystery back ailment. A lowly comeback in New Zealand May 2005 began an incredible run of eight PSA Tour titles by September and a return to the top 20 by the end of the year!

The St Louis success marks the 16th and biggest - title of Boswell's career.

Egyptian Run Ends As Boswell & White Reach St Louis Final
Australia's Stewart Boswell and Scot John White will meet in the final of the St Louis MPM Open Squash Championship after ending the run of high-flying Egyptians Ramy Ashour and Mohammed Abbas in the 5-star PSA Tour event in the US state of Missouri.

Boswell, the fourth seed from Canberra, moved into his first PSA Tour final of the year after beating eighth seed Ramy Ashour 11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-5 in 50 minutes.

Ashour, the 18-year record two-times world junior champion, reached the last four after upsetting his experienced compatriot Karim Darwish, the top seed, in the quarter-finals.

White, the second seed who is now based in Philadelphia, celebrated the third PSA final of the year on his newly-adopted 'home' soil when he defeated fifth seed Mohammed Abbas 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 in 33 minutes.

Coincidentally, both Boswell and White are celebrating their 26th PSA Tour final appearance and their first meeting on the Tour since the Australian clinched victory in the Swedish Open final more than three years ago.

Ashour & Abbas Advance In St Louis
Seeded only to reach the quarter-finals, Egyptians Ramy Ashour and Mohammed Abbas are one match away from meeting in the final of the St Louis MPM Open Squash Championship in the US state of Missouri.

Ashour, the 18-year record two-times world junior champion, upset his experienced compatriot Karim Darwish in just two games after the top seed conceded the match after just 22 minutes with the score at 11-10 (2-0), 11-1. Darwish has been unwell since arriving in St Louis.

Ashour, the No8 seed, will now face fourth seed Stewart Boswell in the semi-finals after the Australian battled from two games down to beat sixth-seeded Welshman Alex Gough 5-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0), 11-1 in 71 minutes.

A rejuvenated Mohammed Abbas, seeded five, prevailed in an 83-minute quarter-final marathon against Malaysian Ong Beng Hee, upsetting the third seed 5-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (2-0), 9-11, 11-7.

The 25-year-old from Cairo will now face local hero John White, the US-based second seed from Scotland who recovered from a game down to beat seventh-seeded Egyptian Wael El Hindi 10-11 (3-5), 11-3, 11-8, 11-9 in exactly one hour.

Abbas Joins Egyptian Trio In St Louis Quarters

On the second day of first round action in the St Louis MPM Open Squash Championship, fifth seed Mohammed Abbas battled for 64 minutes to become the fourth Egyptian through to the quarter-finals of the 5-star PSA Tour event in the US state of Missouri.

The 25-year-old world No18 from Cairo beat unseeded Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 and will now face Ong Beng Hee for a place in the last four.

The third seed from Malaysia was also tested for more than an hour before achieving his predicted quarter-final berth. Beng Hee fought back from a game down to overcome Canadian Shahier Razik 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 in 66 minutes.

The eagerly-awaited 'local' match featuring the US-based No2 seed John White proved to be a disappointing affair. The hard-hitting Scot, now based in Philadelphia, survived a tough first game, then eased to two-game advantage against Mark Heather. However, the English qualifier was forced to concede the match when he retired sick.

White's 11-10 (2-0), 11-5 victory takes him on to a quarter-final clash with Egypt's No7 seed Wael El Hindi.

Egyptian Hierarchy To Be Tested In St Louis
Egyptian squash hierarchy will be put to the test in the US state of Missouri when former world junior champion Karim Darwish and the reigning world junior champion Ramy Ashour meet for the first time on the PSA Tour in the quarter-finals of the St Louis Open.

Top seed Darwish, the in-form world No10 from Cairo who reached the semi-finals of the Dunlop British Open last week, needed 39 minutes to overcome unseeded Australian Cameron Pilley 11-7, 10-11 (0-2), 11-7, 11-5 in the first round of the 5-star PSA Tour event in St Louis.

By contrast, eighth seed Ashour despatched his opponent in just 22 minutes. The 18-year-old world No21, who in July became the first player in history to win the men's world junior title for a second time, beat Canadian qualifier Matthew Giuffre 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 to set up his maiden clash with compatriot Darwish.

Hisham Mohd Ashour failed in his bid to join younger brother Ramy in the last eight. The 24-year-old qualifier went down 11-9, 11-10 (6-4), 11-5 in 45 minutes to Australia's fourth seed Stewart Boswell.

Boswell, the world No13 from Canberra, will meet Welshman Alex Gough in the quarter-finals. The 35-year-old sixth seed who last week collected his first Masters title, winning the British Open Over-35 crown in Nottingham beat USA's St Louis-based Michael Puertas 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6.

Guffre Joins Draw In St Louis
Matthew Giuffre extended North American interest in the main draw of the St Louis Open Squash Championship when he defeated Germany's Simon Rosner in the qualifying finals of the 5-star PSA Tour event in the Missouri city.

The 24-year-old from Edmonton beat Rosner, the European Junior Champion, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 in 52 minutes and now faces Egypt's World Junior Champion Ramy Ashour in the first round.

Egyptian Karim Darwish is seeded to reclaim the title he won in 2004. The world No10 from Cairo is expected to face second seed John White in the final - in a repeat of their quarter-final meeting in last week's Dunlop British Open

Back on home soil after his British Open upset over world number one Amr Shabana in his former hometown of Nottingham, White faces English qualifier Mark Heather in the opening round.

Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Q] Matthew Giuffre (CAN)
[4] Stewart Boswell (AUS) v [Q] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY)
[6] Alex Gough (WAL) v Michael Puertas (USA)
[5] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) v Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
[3] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v Shahier Razik (CAN)
[7] Wael El Hindi (EGY) v [Q] Jean-Michel Arcucci (FRA)
[2] John White (SCO) v [Q] Mark Heather (ENG)