POSTED: Tuesday November 18th 2008
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SQUASH - Shabana & David In Bids For Hong Kong Hat-Tricks
PSA/WISPA TOUR EVENT NEWS
RESULTS: Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open Squash Championships, Hong Kong
Men’s qualifying finals:
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Renan Lavigne (FRA) 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (50m)
Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 (67m)
Chris Ryder (ENG) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 11-9, 11-5, 2-11, 11-3 (38m)
Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (54m)
Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Yasir Butt (PAK) 12-10, 11-5, 11-4 (34m)
Scott Arnold (AUS) bt Jonathan Kemp (ENG) w/o
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 10-12, 11-2, 11-7, 11-3 (45m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (43m)
Women’s qualifying finals:
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-3 (49m)
Elise Ng (HKG) bt Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11-6, 11-8, 3-11, 6-11, 18-16 (56m)
Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt Liu Tsz Ling (HKG) 11-5, 11-7, 14-16, 11-2 (32m)
Delia Arnold (MAS) bt Joelle King (NZL) 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (28m)
Suzie Pierrepont (ENG) bt Song Sun-Mi (KOR) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (26m)
Lauren Selby (ENG) bt Sarah Kippax (ENG) 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 11-3 (33m)
Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-8, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9 (33m)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Mami Nishio (JPN) 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (18m)
Shabana & David In Bids For Hong Kong Hat-Tricks
Amr Shabana and Nicol David, from Egypt and Malaysia, respectively, are both seeded to win their third successive titles in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open Squash Championships in Hong Kong, where the long-established Tour event celebrates its 23rd consecutive year of sponsorship by the country’s world-renowned airline.
Shabana will make his 11th successive appearance in the $145,000 PSA Super Series Platinum event and will face compatriot Omar Mosaad in tomorrow’s (Wednesday) first round en-route to an anticipated place in the final on Sunday.
Two former men’s champions are also in the men’s draw – France’s 2004 winner Thierry Lincou is seeded to reach the quarter-finals for the fifth time, and David Palmer, the fifth seed from Australia, is looking for his sixth successive semi-final berth since winning the trophy in 2001.
Lincou’s first round opponent is India’s Saurav Ghosal – one of three Asians to make it through today’s qualifying finals – while Palmer takes on Chris Ryder, one of two Englishmen to qualify.
Nicol David is only making her fourth appearance in the women’s $104,000 WISPA World Tour Platinum championship. With 11 successive Tour titles under her belt since November 2007, David has notched up 48 WISPA matches without defeat – and will be looking to chalk up her half-century in the second round. The 25-year-old from Penang faces New Zealand’s Jaclyn Hawkes in the opening round.
But David will face stiff opposition from a number of quarters – led by the Australian-born sisters Rachael and Natalie Grinham, seeded two and three, respectively, and Natalie Grainger, the fourth seed from the USA.
Hong Kong celebrated two notable victories in the women’s qualifying finals when Joey Chan beat top qualifying seed Latasha Khan 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-3, and Elise Ng battled to a 56-minute 11-6, 11-8, 3-11, 6-11, 18-16 win over New Zealander Kylie Lindsay.
Chan and Ng join Annie Au, Christina Mak and 13th seed Rebecca Chiu to provide the biggest ever local main draw entry in the history of the women’s event.
Updated Men’s 1st round draw:
 Amr Shabana (EGY) v Omar Mosaad (EGY)
 Stewart Boswell (AUS) v Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY)
 Karim Darwish (EGY) v [Q] Julian Illingworth (USA)
 Peter Barker (ENG) v [Q] Farhan Mehboob (PAK)
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Q] Scott Arnold (AUS)
 Olli Tuominen (FIN) v Alister Walker (ENG)
 Thierry Lincou (FRA) v [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v Borja Golan (ESP)
 Wael El Hindi (EGY) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
 Nick Matthew (ENG) v [Q] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS)
 Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v Dick Lau (HKG)
 James Willstrop (ENG) v Mohammed Abbas (EGY)
 Adrian Grant (ENG) v [Q] Tom Richards (ENG)
 David Palmer (AUS) v [Q] Chris Ryder (ENG)
 Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) v [Q] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Joey Barrington (ENG)
Updated Women’s 1st round draw:
 Nicol David (MAS) v Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)
 Rebecca Chiu (HKG) v Line Hansen (DEN)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v [Q] Elise Ng (HKG)
 Samantha Teran (MEX) v [Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
 Natalie Grainger (USA) v [Q] Lauren Selby (ENG)
 Shelley Kitchen (NZL) v Raneem El Weleily (EGY)
 Alison Waters (ENG) v [Q] Lisa Camilleri (AUS)
 Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (ENG) v Annie Au (HKG)
 Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) v [Q] Suzie Pierrepont (ENG)
 Vanessa Atkinson (NED) v [Q] Emma Beddoes (ENG)
 Kasey Brown (AUS) v [Q] Joey Chan (HKG)
 Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Christina Mak (HKG)
 Tania Bailey (ENG) v Lauren Briggs (ENG)
 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Engy Kheirallah (EGY)
 Madeline Perry (IRL) v Sharon Wee (MAS)
 Natalie Grinham (NED) v [Q] Delia Arnold (MAS)
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