Egypt on top

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour moves into his fifth month at the top of the Dunlop. The 22-year-old from Cairo, the youngest player in the world top ten, leads an unchanged top six – ahead of England’s Nick Matthew at two; compatriots Amr Shabana and Karim Darwish at three and four, respectively; Englishman James Willstrop at No5; and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in sixth place. Londoner Peter Barker is the highest upward mover, leapfrogging France’s Thierry Lincou to take over seventh place.

After becoming the first player in PSA history to win his maiden World Tour title at a 5-star event, Egyptian teenager Mohamed El Shorbagy celebrates a three-place rise to his highest ranking of 14. The 19-year-old from Alexandria – the youngest player in the top 50 – clinched the Indian Challenger No7 in Chennai last month. Omar Mosaad makes his debut in the top 20, at 20, after an exceptional 2010 campaign in which he has competed in three Tour events, and finished as runner-up in one (the Heliopolis Open last month in his home town Cairo) and claimed the trophies in the other two, the Racquet Club Invitational and KIG Open, both in the USA, in January.

Qatar Classic Finals

[3] Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt [2] David Palmer (Aus) 8/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/6 (66m)
[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [2] Natalie Grinham (Aus) 9/7, 2/9, 9/7, 9/2 (69m)

Sheikha Al Saad Kuwait Squash Open, Final

[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [2] Natalie Grinham (Aus) 9/6, 10/8, 2/9, 9/1 (93m)
[4] Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt [1] Amr Shabana (Egy) 11/5, 11/3, 12/10 (34m)

World Squash Awards 2006

PSA Male player of the year: Amr Shabana
WISPA Female player of the year: Nicol David
PSA Young player of the year: Ramy Ashour
WISPA Young player of the year: Tenille Swartz
WISPA Most improved player: Nicolette Fernandes
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jonah Barrington

Warid Pakistan Open, Qtrs and Semis

Semi-finals:
[5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) 11/9, 11/3, 5/11, 5/11, 11/8
[2] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [6] Karim Darwish (EGY) 4/11, 11/6, 11/7, 4/1 (retired)

Quarter-finals:
[5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [1] Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-7, 7-4 ret
[8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [3] Anthony Ricketts (AUS) 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 (53m)
[6] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [4] James Willstrop (ENG) 10-11 (0-2), 11-10 (2-0), 10-11 (0-2), 11-6, 11-10 (2-0) (73m)
[2] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [7] Stewart Boswell (AUS) 5-11, 11-10 (3-1), 11-9, 11-9 (58m)

Warid Pakistan Open, Day2

[1] Amr Shabana (Egy) bt [14] Davide Bianchetti (Ita) 11/7, 11/6, 6/5
5] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt [13] Mansoor Zaman (Pak) 11/3, 11/5, 11/4
[8] Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt [9] Wael El Hindi (Egy)11/4, 11/3, 11/9
[3] Anthony Ricketts (Aus) bt Renan Lavigne (Fra) 11/7, 11/4, 11/5
[6] Karim Darwish (Egy) bt [11] Mohammed Abbas (Egy)11/5, 6/11, 11/3, 11/10(5-3)
[5] James Willstrop (Eng)bt Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak) 10/12 (2-0), 9/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/5
[7] Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt [15] Shahid Zaman (Pak) 10/11 (0-2), 11/10 (3-1), 11/7, 11/7
[2] Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt [16] Joey Barrington (Eng) 11/4, 11/8, 11/7

Warid Pakistan Open, Day1

Over the last few weeks Saurav Ghoshal’s matches have been going to the maximum 5 games. Todays match against Joey Barrington went once again to 5 games, with the Englishman winning in the end 10/11(2-0), 11/5, 11/10(2-0), 9/11, 11/5 in 74 minutes. Ritwik lost to Mohammed Abbas of Egypt in straight games 11/6, 11/5, 11/6.

Pakistan’s Aamir Atlas Khan created the upset of the tournament beating Malaysia’s Mohammed Azlan Iskandar 11/4, 11/4, 7/11, 11/6 Read more of this post

Pakistan Open, Islamabad

20-25 November 2006, 1st round:
[1] Amr Shabana (EGY) v Qualifier
[14] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) v Amr Mansi (EGY) Read more of this post

US Open Squash Championships 2006, Boston

Finals : [6] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt [1] Amr Shabana (Egy) 11/5, 7/11, 11/4, 11/9
Semi Finals : [1] Amr Shabana (Egy) bt [11] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 10/11(0-2), 11/5, 11/8, 11/10(2-0); [6] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt [2] David Palmer (Aus) 11/10(2-0), 8/11, 11/9, 11/7

Hong Kong Squash Open 2006 Finals

[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [7] Tania Bailey (Eng) 9/1, 10/8, 9/5 (41m)

[1] Amr Shabana (Egy) bt Ramy Ashour (Egy) 11/10(3-1), 3/11, 11/5, 11/10(3-1) (48m)

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