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.

CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open Squash Championships

Saurav Ghosal needed 34 minutes to despatch Malaysia’s Timothy Arnold to reserve a place in the main draw of the men’s 4-star PSA Tour event. He plays #2 seed Karim Darwish in the first round.

Men’s qualifying finals:
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Timothy Arnold (MAS) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (34m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 10-11 (2-4), 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (49m)
Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt Paul Davis (AUS) 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (20m)
Bilal Zaman (PAK) bt Dylan Bennett (NED) 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8 (61m)

Women’s qualifying finals:
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt Tricia Chuah (MAS) 9-1, 9-2, 6-9, 9-5 (41m)
Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 4-9, 9-6, 8-10, 9-0, 9-6 (65m)
Annelize Naude (NED) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 9-6, 9-7, 9-5 (27m)
Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt Peta Hughes (AUS) 9-2, 9-2, 9-0 (21m)

Warid Pakistan Open, Qtrs and Semis

[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)

[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, 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

Hong Kong Squash Open 2006 Round Two

[1] Amr Shabana (Egy) bt Mohammed Abbas (Egy) 11/5, 10/11(0-2), 11/5, 11/6 (37m)
[6] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt [16] Adrian Grant (Eng) 11/10(2-0), 11/3, 3/11, 7/11, 11/10(3-1) (146m) Read more of this post

Hong Kong Squash Open 2006 First Round

[9] Karim Darwish (Egy) bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (India)  11/5, 11/4, 10/12, 11/5 (36m) Read more of this post

Cathay Pacific Swiss Privilege Hong Kong Open

Qualifing rounds commence on the 16 and the main event is from 18 to 22 October. First round draws and updated results :

[1] Amr Shabana (EGY) v Wai Hang Wong (HKG)
[14] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v Mohammed Abbas (EGY)
[6] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Qualifier
[16] Adrian Grant (ENG) v Qualifier
[4] James Willstrop (ENG) v Alex Gough (WAL)
[11] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) v Qualifier
[5] Anthony Ricketts (AUS) v Cameron Pilley (AUS) Read more of this post

Dunlop British Open Semis

[3] Rachael Grinham bt Engy Kheirallah (Egy) 9/7, 9/0, 9/2 (29m)
[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [4] Natalie Grinham (Aus) 9/3, 9/3, 9/5 (57m)
[6]Nick Matthew (Eng) bt [8] Karim Darwish (Egy) 11/9, 9/11, 11/6, 11/6 (61m)
[3] Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt [2] David Palmer (Aus)  8/11, 10/11(0-2), 11/9, 11/4, 11/10(5-3) (95m)


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