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Seeds Suffer As Egyptians Thrive In El Gouna Opener

All but two of the second round matches in the inaugural El Gouna International Open will feature Egyptian interest after local players led a flurry of upsets in the first round of the $142,500 PSA Super Series squash event at the Alexandria Sporting Club in Alexandria.

The 2010 El Gouna International Open – the seventh 2010 PSA Super Series event and the second this year to be staged in Egypt – will now move to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of El Gouna from the second round, leading to the grand final on Sunday 24 October.

In a marathon 101-minute battle, qualifier Karim Abdel Gawad fought back from two games down to overcome experienced Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, the No11 seed, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.

The Alexandria-born 19-year-old from Cairo will now face compatriot Ramy Ashour, the top seed. But the world number one was also tested by a fellow countryman in the opening round before fending off Mohammed Abbas, a qualifier once ranked 13 in the world, 11-9, 11-13, 11-3, 11-6.

England’s Daryl Selby was the highest seed to fall. The eighth seed, ranked ten in the world, went down 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 in 80 minutes to unseeded Omar Mosaad, ranked 12 places lower.

The 22-year-old from Cairo will now face another non-seed for a place in the quarter-finals. Pakistan’s Farhan Mehboobcontrived to reduce the Egyptian interest in the event by upsetting Cairo-born tenth seed Wael El Hindi 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5.

An all-Egyptian first round clash produced a surprise outcome when unseeded Mohd Ali Anwar Reda beat 16th seedTarek Momen 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6.

Reda, the 21-year-old world No29 from Cairo, now lines up against England’s fifth seed James Willstrop, an 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 winner over Egyptian qualifier Wael Farag.

An English qualifier also claimed an unexpected place in the last 16 round in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna when Chris Ryder defeated fellow countryman Alister Walker, the 14th seed, 11-1, 12-10, 11-8.

Ryder, at 30, the oldest player to qualify, will now take on Thierry Lincou, the No7 seed from France who ousted Czech number one Jan Koukal, a qualifier, 11-4, 11-3, 11-9.

1st round:
[1] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [Q] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) 11-9, 11-13, 11-3, 11-6 (45m)
[Q] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [11] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (101m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [8] Daryl Selby (ENG) 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 (80m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [10] Wael El Hindi (EGY) 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5 (55m)
[4] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (45m)
[9] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (29m)
[5] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [Q] Wael Farag (EGY) 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (32m)
Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [16] Tarek Momen (EGY) 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (55m)
[13] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Tom Richards (ENG) 11-2, 10-12, 11-7, 13-11 (78m)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (45m)
[12] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [Q] Simon Rosner (GER) 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 (41m)
[3] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-2, 11-7, 12-10 (55m)
[Q] Chris Ryder (ENG) bt [14] Alister Walker (ENG) 11-1, 12-10, 11-8 (52m)
[7] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [Q] Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-4, 11-3, 11-9 (23m)
[15] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Amr Mansi (EGY) 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (26m)
[2] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Joey Barrington (ENG) 9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6 (58m)

Egyptian Quartet Boost Local Interest In El Gouna International

Alexandria-born teenager Karim Abdel Gawad became the youngest of four Egyptians to claim places in the main draw of the inaugural El Gouna International Open after surviving the qualifying finals of the $142,500 PSA Super Seriessquash event at the Alexandria Sporting Club in Alexandria.

After qualifying and first round action in Alexandria, the 2010 El Gouna International Open – the seventh 2010 PSA Super Series event and the second this year to be staged in Egypt – will move to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of El Gounafrom the second round, leading to the grand final on Sunday 24 October.

Gawad, the 19-year-old world No56, despatched Dutch number two Dylan Bennett 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 – and will now face 11th seed Laurens Jan Anjema, the Dutch No1, in the first round.

Experienced Egyptian Mohammed Abbas also made the main draw. The 29-year-old former world No13, who is making a comeback after a year-long foot injury layoff, needed five games to outwit rising local star Marwan El Shorbagy, a 17-year-old from Alexandria making his PSA Tour debut, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5 in 65 minutes.

Abbas, currently ranked 47 in the world, will now face his third compatriot in the event – the reigning world number oneRamy Ashour who is seeded to win his third successive PSA Super Series event on home soil.

Omar Abdel Meguid was the lowest-ranked player to qualify. The 22-year-old from Giza, ranked 119 in the world, reached almost 80 places higher to dismiss Australian Aaron Frankcomb, the world No40, 11-9, 5-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3 in an 89-minute marathon.

Meguid’s reward is a clash with third-seeded compatriot Karim Darwish, the world No5 from Cairo.

Qualifying finals:
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (43m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11-9, 5-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3 (89m)
Wael Farag (EGY) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-7, 11-6, 1-11, 11-2 (45m)
Chris Ryder (ENG) bt Ali Farag (EGY) 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (50m)
Mohammed Abbas (EGY) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5 (65m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (45m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Dylan Bennett (NED) 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 (37m)
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Karim AGA Samy (EGY) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (29m)

Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Q] Mohammed Abbas (EGY)
[11] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v [Q] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
[8] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[10] Wael El Hindi (EGY) v Farhan Mehboob (PAK)
[4] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[9] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) v Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK)
[5] James Willstrop (ENG) v [Q] Wael Farag (EGY)
[16] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY)
[13] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Q] Tom Richards (ENG)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG) v Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY)
[12] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) v [Q] Simon Rosner (GER)
[3] Karim Darwish (EGY) v [Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
[14] Alister Walker (ENG) v [Q] Chris Ryder (ENG)
[7] Thierry Lincou (FRA) v [Q] Jan Koukal (CZE)
[15] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v Amr Mansi (EGY)
[2] Amr Shabana (EGY) v Joey Barrington (ENG)

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