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2010 Sky Squash Open in Cairo

Nick Matthews beat Karim Darwish to win the final of the $150K Sky Open in Cairo; and the points he gained from winning this tournament also meant that Nick made is to his first ever PSA World No.1 ranking in and his 2nd Super Series win in a row with the 3-1 victory over Karim in just over an hours squash.

Nick is the first Brit since 2004 to take the PSA top spot and an unbeaten 28 match run has got him to this highlight of his career. It’s a fabulous effort to break the domination of the Egyptians (and the French) and Nick paid tribute to his opponent by saying “I was inspired tonight by what Karim did in Saudi and that drove me to play as if my life was on it” which was a reference to when Karim Darwish got to World Number one spot before reaching the finals of the PSA Saudi International Tournament, but then went on to win it anyway.

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  1. May 19, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Monday 17th May
    The $150k Sky Squash Tournament starts today at the Petrosport Club in Cairo. It has attracted 18 of the top 20 players in the world to compete for the top prize.

    And leading the charge will be the World No.1 Ramy Ashour, who is one of eleven Egyptians who are competing in their home town!

    British interest comes from World No.2 Nick Matthew and World No.5 James Willstrop who currently lead the PSA Super Series.

  2. May 20, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Tuesday 18th May
    But before that happens the bottom half of the draw sees last-sixteen matches tonight. An all British clash between Peter Barker (No.#8) and Adrian Grant (No.#13) looks to be the most tightly fought match, but 14th seed Alister Walker will be hoping to upset the rankings and beat Frenchman Thierry Lincou (No.#7) in their last-sixteen match. And finally the former world No.#1 Amr Shabana will take on fellow Egyptian Wael el Hindi in a No.#3 v No.#12 home town clash which will be a real crowd pleaser!

  3. May 21, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Thursday 20th May
    The World No.1 Ramy Ashour is safely through to the quarter-finals of the $150k Sky Open in Cairo, but he now faces a real tough challenge in James Willstrop, who beat him in the final of the New York Tournament of champions in January.

    Ramy will be looking to overturn this result in his home town and move past James in the PSA Super Series Ranking tomorrow night; and equally James will be looking to prove that he can make it to the top of the World Rankings. Should be a cracker!

    Yesterday saw the second night of last-sixteen matches and in the all British clash Peter Barker (No.#8) beat Adrian Grant (No.#13) 3-0 but it took him an hour and a half to do it. This sets up another all British clach against No.#2 Nick Matthews who won easily in his last-sixteen 3-0 in just 30 mins.

    Thierry Lincou (No.#7) dispatched Alister Walker in just over an hour (3-1) to set up a quarter-final against Egyptian Wael el Hindi who went through against Amr Shabana who had to pull out of the match due to a back injury.

  4. May 22, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Friday 21st May
    Three of the top 4 seeds are through to tonight’s semi-finals of the of the $150k Sky Open in Cairo.

    Ramy dispatched James Willstrop 30 in 40 mins and he’ll meet fellow countryman Karim Darwish in the semi-finals. Karim also dispatched his opponent Gregory Gaultier also in three straight games (33 mins).

    The bottom half of the draw was a little more hard-fought with both Thierry Lincou (No.#7) beating the young Egyptian Wael el Hindi in just under an hour after being a game down (3-1) and Nick Matthews beating fellow Brit Peter Barker in 44 mins (3-0)

    It’s difficult to see past the top 2 seeds in the semi-finals as they’ve both been in excellent form, but you never know!

  5. May 24, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Saturday 22nd May
    Karim Darwish beat the current World No.#1 Ramy Ashour to take his place in the tonight’s Sky Open final. Karim beat his fellow countryman in a shock 3-0 win in just 33 minutes to reach his third consecutive Sky Open in his hometown of Cairo.

    Nick Matthews needed to beat Thierry Lincou to not just get to the final, but also to gain his first ever World No.1 ranking (the PSA World Rankings between Nick and Ramy were so close that whoever got the most ranking points in this tournament would get the top spot in June). He did this in a very hard-fought 3-1 victory in 60 minutes against Thierry and said afterwards “It’s a strange feeling to be world number one and still have a job to do tomorrow!”

    The final between Nick and Karim is tonight at 21.30 if you want to see the live streaming.

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