28 Feb - 01 Mar, Toronto, Canada
Ramy Ashour bt Gregory Gaultier
9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 61min
3rd/4th: Karim Darwish bt Amr Shabana
11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6 40min
5th/6th: Hisham Ashour bt Thierry Lincou
8-11, 7-11, 11-9 37min
7th/8th: Shahier Razik bt LJ Anjema
9-11, 11-8, 11-8 47mi
Electric Ashour takes Cambridge Cup title
Chris Hollow reports
The main event brought together two of the most electrifying
players in the game today. The Final of the 2012 Cambridge
Cup saw World Number two Gregory Gaultier take on a
resurgent World Number 5 in Ramy Ashour.
Both former World Number One, the match promised to be an
epic clash of two of squash's titans. After a huge first
rally that toured both players around the court multiple
times, the players looked at each from their respective
Both smiled, gave a shake of the head or raise of the brow
meant to say "So it's going to be like that, huh?" The crowd
heartily booed a 'not up' call prompting Wayne Smith to joke
"I guess they're watching. Play let." The rally at 2-1 ended
with one of the more exciting shots in squash, the poach.
After dragging Gaultier hard into the front-left corner,
Ramy read that his only option was the cross-court. Racquet
prepared on the forehand, he rapid-fire volleyed the shot
from four feet in front of the tee line, burying it in the
back. After a bad error in which he poked his forehand
service return into the wooden floorboards at 6-5, Ashour
would mockingly clap his mistake from the service box.
The crowd all secretly felt moderately better about their
squash game for a moment. Ramy won a big rally to move to
9-8 and looked poised to run away with the game. But the
uber-persistent Frenchmen would buckle down and win the next
point with inch-perfect dying length down the forehand side.
A headfake straight-drive to the same corner would freeze
Ramy long enough that he couldn't catch up to it to put
Gaultier to 10-9. Gaultier finished the game with two nicks
in succession in a classic short-deep pattern. Game to
Ramy started the second with an air-tight straight-drop
winner on the backhand. Gaultier back-wall boasted high
out-of-court on front-wall red line to put Ramy ahead 3-1.
"Squash is looking easy for him," said Gaultier to the
crowd. Attacking end-to-end squash at it's finest, the crowd
was wow'ed by the range of these players, both tracking down
impossible shots and making unbelievable get after
Hitting winners off of winners, Gaultier pulled back from
two points down to level the game at 7-7. A cross-court kill
would put Ramy ahead 8-7. Ashour would read the head-fake by
Gaultier at 9-7 and crush a winning volley down the line to
earn a game ball. He only needed on shot at it. Game to
A highly-entertaining exhibition-esque rally greeted the
fans back in game three. The 2-1 rally saw every trick in
the book including every type of fake one could imagine. At
4-4, what began to look like a straight-drop drill in the
front left corner when Gaultier finally left one loose
enough for Ramy to come through and wrist one for a
cross-court winner. Gaultier showcased his astounding
strength in an amazing display of retrieval to win a point
After levelling at 6-6, Ramy pulled away on a three point
run. After clawing a couple back, Gaultier got a 'no let' on
the serve reception when the referee interpreted his swing
as an attempt to return the ball. The next two rallies would
end in a stroke to Ashour, pushing him ahead in the match
2-1. Game to Ashour 11-9.
Game four started with another coast-to-coaster, both
players doing court-sprints front to back. Ramy hit what he
thought was a cross-court kill winner but lost the point
when Gaultier made a phenomenal pick-up and re-drop to get
on the board at 1-2. At 3-5 Gaultier executed the exciting
but extremely difficult volley on a back-wall boast from
Ashour, smashing an awesome cross-court winner
second-bouncing into the nick in front of the tee line.
Ramy pulled ahead to 6-4 on a head-fake that sent the
Frenchman the opposite way of his forehand drive. Ramy
missed on a racquet-fake at 8-7 but and lost the next one
after getting the bum-end of the deal on a controversial 'no
let' decision. A Gaultier tin would level it at 9-9. Great
players finish games and Ramy is a great player. He seemed
to find a new gear at this point and kept Gaultier off
balance for the next two points with the Egyptian-brand of
attacking squash. Ashour pushed Gaultier around the court
corner to corner, the Frenchman desperately retrieving the
relentless attacks, caught on the wrong side of this rally.
Setting up a Championship point, Ramy would finish it in
spectacular fashion, smashing a loose cross-court with a
volley from high on backhand side, the ball rolling out of
the front right corner. Ramy Ashour raised his arms over his
head in victory, the Cambridge Cup Champion.
In securing the title for another year, Ramy Ashour takes
home the lion's share of the $60K prize pool and a lifetime
membership to the Cambridge Club. Game to Ashour 11-9.
Razik takes seventh
The 7/8 playoff featured hometown favorite Shahier Razik
squaring off against one of the fittest guys on the tour,
World Number 9 Laurens Jan Anjema. LJ jumped out to an early
7-2 lead in game one but Razik battled back to 5-8 with some
excellent straight length. The players brought a somewhat
contrasting style of game to what the club has seen over the
last few days and what would be seen later. Long rallies and
tight working shots were the staple of this game. Anjema
chipped up to 10-5 on the strength of his grinder-style
game. Razik made a contest of it, racking up a couple of
quick ones to pull to with one at 9-10, LJ intervened with a
stun cross-court kill dying into the short nick. Game to
More of the same in the opening of game two with the game
surpassing the 6m mark still tied at 2-2. Long, attritional
rallies had the crowd marveling at the shots they can get to
and just how small they make the court. Razik had LJ on his
heels as he put away a cross-court kill to go out in front
5-3. Anjema seemed to think that one of his balls was 'not
up' in the next rally, questioning Tournament Referee Wayne
Smith about his own get. "My ball was good?" he said
shrugging his shoulders and shooting a Razik a smile. A
light-bulb went off over Shahier's head at 6-6, poised to
server from the right box onto left-handed Dutchman's
forehand. Realizing he'd been playing to his opponent's
strong suit, he tapped his temple with his index finger
before he served left, pointing out his superior tactical
correction after a mere half of the match was complete.
Ironically, it seemed to work as Razik pulled ahead to 8-6
and 10-7 in front of the partisan home-town crowd. A
sprawling Anjema would get a 'not up' call to end the second
11-9 to Razik
LJ opened the third and deciding game with some clinical
squash, driving it hard, cutting it off and taking it in
short. Opening up a 2-0 lead, Anjema had Shahier shaking his
head as he chased down a dying straight-length into the
corner only to be D.O.A. when he got there. "Just a let!!"
shouted court jester Danny Francouer, getting a chuckle out
of the crowd. Razik began to move the tall European around
the court with more success and clawed his way to a 5-3
lead. Sensing thy were now on the home-stretch, both players
up'ed the pace. Razik won a big rally at 6-4 and the
momentum began to shift in his favor. Responding to a Razik
boast, LJ fired a big Philly only to see it cut-off and
killed deep to Razik's forehand. LJ pulled out all the stops
with a well-executed racquet fake underneath the ball and
then firing down the line on his second swing. But Razik was
just too strong today, not biting on the fake but instead
replying with a straight-kill of his own. Razik completed
the win with high-up backhand cross-court kill. Game to
Razik 11-7 .
at the Athletic Club
The Toronto Athletic Club was again filled to capacity for
the playoff for 3rd and 4th of the Annual Cambridge Cup.
Two childhood friends and competitors in Karim Darwish and
Amr Shabana took to the court around 5:45 pm and treated the
crowd to some superb racquet skills and court savvy.
It was apparent that these squash experts had spent a lot of
time together on the court as each had a genuine
understanding of the others game , making it rather
thrilling for the audience as the pace of the game was truly
After exchanging the first and second games Darwish went on
to win the 3rd and 4th to capture the match.
These great ambassadors stayed courtside for about 45 more
minutes answering all and any questions pose by the
enthusiastic crowd. A marvelous end to the evening.
Fifth for the Frenchman
An amazing display of squash by veteran Thierry Lincou and
the exciting Hisham Ashour!
It was a closely contested match but Hisham pulled away in
final game to take 5th place.
Thank you to players, our members and squash fans for great
evening. We look forward to the next Cambridge Cup.
Dan Sibley, Adelaide Club
Greg Gaultier bt Karim Darwish
4-11, 11-9, 11-4, 7-11 11-9 (42m)
Ramy Ashour bt Amr Shabana
9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9 (49m)
Hisham Ashour bt Shahier Razik
7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (53m) Georgetown racquet club
Thierry Lincou bt LJ Anjema
12-10, 5-11, 11-8, 11-13,11-6 (72m) Cricket Club
Gaultier and Ashour
make Cambridge Cup final
Chris Hollow reports
Gregory Gaultier wins
3-2 over Karim Darwish
(4-11, 11-9, 11-4, 7-11 11-9)
first match of the evening at The Cambridge Cup main venue
saw The Flying Frenchman, Gregory Gaultier, take on Karim
Darwish of Egypt. Currently ranked 3rd and 4th respectively
in the World Rankings, this match would put on display the
contrasting styles of two of the best players in the world
Somewhat well-measured off the top, the Egyptian Prince
would never really let Gaultier find his groove in the
first. Combining brilliant holds with penetrating length,
Darwish would push the Frenchmen to the back repeatedly. It
was 7-2 before Gaultier appeared to find any sort of rhythm
on the court and he game-ball down at 10-4 when Darwish
would punish a missed cross-court kill by Gaultier, the ball
dying perfectly into the back corner. Game to Darwish 11-4
Game two opened up in rapid-fire fashion. Darwish pounded
the serve cross-court into the front right for winner for
1-0. Gaultier would finish the next rally with his patented
backhand cross-court kill from the front left, the ball
dying into the right nick before the service line. Darwish
service return winner 2-1. Gaultier replies with his own
service return winner 2-2. Gaultier fired away accurate
front-court attacks up to a 6-4 lead.
gravity-drop cross-court nick from Gaultier had Darwish
lunging into the corner in futility. Darwish responded with
a deadly head-fake forehand drive that would send Gaultier
the wrong way, smiling as he walked to receive the next
server. Kill shots a plenty took us to 9-9 but two
consecutive errors by Darwish would hand the game to
Game three was a fire-power display, each player going for
spectacular kills, almost trying to one-up the other.
Gaultier would fall behind 1-3 before burying consecutive
dead-nick kills to pull even at 5-5. Two Darwish errors
followed by two perfect cross-court drops by Gaultier would
put the Gaul ahead by 8-3.
It would seem that the Frenchman could not miss a nick in
this game and quickly ran the score to 10-3. Darwish would
fire one last volley in the battle, hammering a dead-nick
off the serve but would fall 11-4 on the next point.
Karim Darwish, under the gun at 2-1 down in games, made his
stand and came out firing in game four. He'd smash a
Gaultier Philadelphia serve into the cross-court right nick,
sending a message to the Frenchman that he came to play.
Gaultier called one of his shots 'not-up' on a double-hit
off side wall. "Yes let," announced Referee Wayne Smith.
"You'll give me a let on that? Ok."
would chuckle as he passed Darwish the ball. Gaultier missed
would mis-play a 'tweener' on the dead-run to allow Darwish
to draw even at 5-5. Darwish would roll with a sense of
urgency from this point. He'd put his best-in-the-business
forehand straight-drop on display, in one rally employing
the hold-drop three shots in a row. The hold so severe, the
shot so accurate, Gaultier could only bend over and watch
flat-footed as the third drop found the nick. Darwish would
pull away here, winning an absolutely barn-burning rally at
9-5. Winner, winner, game to Darwish 11-9
Darwish fired two rolling kills to open game five up 2-0. A
lethal head-fake drive would put him ahead 3-1.The Frenchman
would pull back to 2-3 with a wicked hold-and-drop of his
own. Stroke to Gaultier leveled the game at 4-4. Darwish
would fall behind but give a fist-pump after grinding out a
grueling rally to move to 6-7.
The epic rally that followed would move Darwish back into a
7-7 tie and have the Frenchmen asking the crowd if there was
nurse on premises. "Yeah, his name's George!" The look on
his face would betray that that was not exactly what he had
in mind. Welcome to the Cambridge Club, Mr. Gaultier. Not
wanting to make any mistakes at this critical juncture,
Gaultier squeezed the next two points with air-tight drives
clinging to the side-wall, much to the chagrin of Karim
And how else would Gregory Gaultier finish a match but with
a head-fake cross-drop that died into the front left nick.
Game to Gaultier 11-9
wins 3-2 over Amr Shabana
(9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9) 39m
second and final match of the evening would be an
all-Egyptian affair pitting young gun Ramy Ashour against
one of the the elder statesmen of squash, four-time World
Open winner, Amr Shabana.
Number one in the world for the bulk of 2010, a hamstring
injury sidelined Ashour and he has fallen to number four in
the world rankings. Looking fit and hungry, Ramy took the
court against his friend and mentor, looking to punch his
ticket to Thursday's Final.
The contestants would feel each other out for the first few
points of game one. At 3-4, Shabana put a wall-paper drop on
Ramy, so tight that even the young phenom could not scrape
it off. Ramy would put his stamp on the court with his
trademark crosscourt kill roll-out to even up at 5-5.
Shabana would pull out to a 9-6 lead in after a rally that
saw an amazing display of retrieval from the 24 year-old
legs just weren't enough however as Shabana "The Magician"
would finish the rally with beautiful finishing crosscourt
kill. The game would end 11-9 Shabana on a backhand drop
from Ramy that was a little too tight, clipping the top of
Ramy would open game two with a brilliant combination at
1-0. He dragged Shabana into the front-left with an
attacking volley and pounced on the loose shot he forced,
acing Shabana with volley Philadelphia to back right.
Amazing stuff. The point played at 4-2 featured 10
consecutive cross-court drops, each player feeding the ball
closer into the nick than the last. Shabana would eventually
win the cat-and-mouse game with dead nick in the front left.
Dee looked bemused from behind his slice of chocolate mousse
cake. Ramy would be fortunate to win an extremely tough,
one-sided rally at 6-3 that had him back-wall boasting onto
a waiting Shabana's racquet, only have Shabana's
volley-cross clip the tape on the high side wall. Seemingly
inspired, it was all Ramy from there, save the one amazing
fake executed by Shabana that's worth noting.
The southpaw charged into the front-right, took a huge
backhand cut at the ball, only to completely but fan on it
and, in the same motion, 360 and catch the ball blindly for
a trickle-boast. These guys are good. Game to Ashour 11-5
Ramy was late coming back on to court for game three and
left a jetstream of A535 in his wake as he did. This game
would feature huge attacks, both players relentlessly
pushing the ball into the forward reaches of the court. 1-1
would quickly turn into 4-4. Another cross-drop rally would
ensue, this time ending with a Ashour tin to got to 5-6. At
7-7, Shabana would fire a down-the-middle drive over his own
shoulder in an attempt to hand-cuff Ramy.
not many players in the world that could react in time but
somehow Ashour would spring out of the way and cut the ball
deep, leaving a dismayed Shabana pinned to the front wall.
At 8-8 Shabana entertained the crowd by executing a
letter-perfect drop with his right hand and swapping back to
his left to crush the defensive cross Ramy would put on his
racquet. After two lets a 9-9, Shabana would scrape a 12-10
victory in the game
Ashour would come out firing in game four and quickly move
out to a 7-3 lead. After winning the particularly hard
rally, Ashour would look over at a hunched-over Shabana and
announce "It's over!", the gamesmanship delighting the
crowd. Shaba attempted to show why you let sleeping dogs lie
and clawed back to striking distance at 6-9.
gave us a hearty fist-pump after drawing to 9-7 on a
hard-fought and well-earned point. But Ashour wasn't done.
He ran the score up to 10-7 and closed it out 11-8, in spite
of an amazing Shabana service return winner in the meantime.
Game five opened up in the Arms Race fashion that everyone
had come here tonight expecting to see. Ramy fired 1-2-3-4
winners on the trot to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Not to be
out-done, Shabana would fire an attacking salvo back,
leveling the game at 4-4. Perhaps fatigue began to set in to
Shabana's 32 year-old legs as he made a couple of crucial
errors while taking the ball in just a little too tight. 8-5
A poor error by Ramy would allow Amr back in at 7-8. Shabana
guess right on the next point and poach-volleyed a crushing
forehand winner down the line behind Ashour to move to 8-8.
Shabana clipped the ball while 'coming around' in an attempt
to show he could reach it but his play was interpreted by
Referee Smith as a mis-hit. "Let Please" requested. "No Let"
received. "You finally got that call right," quipped Ashour.
The young Egyptian kept Shabana off balance for the next
three points with his deceptive attacks, finishing the
highly entertaining match with an 11-9 victory in game five.
The Georgetown Racquet Club (GRC) posted the first round of
the consolation of the Cambridge Cup tournament on the
evening of Wednesday, February 29.
Shahier Razik, Canada #1 and PSA 27, played Hisham
Ashour, PSA 11 in an outstanding match.
Shahier, often early positive start winning the first game.
His speed, agility and shotmaking were too much for Hisham
to handle any made a few too many errors.
In the second game, Hisham founded game playing incredibly
tight shots with displays of brilliance including one rally
where he made a hard drive from behind his back followed
immediately by a soft both - also from behind his back.
Shahier fought hard in the 3rd and 4th games making flawless
volleys, drives in both but Hisham seem to elevate his game
finding ways to retrieve Shahier shots but with much case
and flair including famous Mizuki shot. Hisham one 3-1.
Much to the delight of the audience, the players extended
the evening by answering numerous questions questions about
training, playing tactics, injury treatment and nutrition.
Shahier - it was truly marvelous to have you guys ever club.
As you mentioned, the energy in the audience was very
evident and everyone had a wonderful time.
Many many thanks
The Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club members
were thoroughly entertained with a world-class demonstration
of squash on Wednesday, February 29, during the 'Manulife
Financial Night of Professional Squash'.
The night began with an exhibition match (best 2 of 3 games)
featuring the now retired Canadian superstar and World
Champion, Jonathon Power.
Following this was the Cambridge Cup match between
Laurens Jan Anjema (Netherlands) and Thierry Lincou
(France) who battled in front of a sold-out crowd to
determine who would advance to the 5/6 playoff match the
Both players played a very physical brand of squash,
repeatedly punishing each other with precisely executed
shots to all four corners that provided their opponent very
few loose balls with which to counter-attack.
In the end, Lincou demonstrated how he won the World
Championships in 2004 and why he has remained among the top
10 ranked players in the world for the past 10 years by
winning the first and third games, eventually outlasting his
much younger opponent 11-6 in the deciding fifth game.
Greg Gaultier bt Laurens Jan Anjema 7-11,
15-13, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 (81m) Toronto Athletic Club
Karim Darwish bt Thierry Lincou 11-4,
11-3, 7-11, 11-2 (43m)
Barrie Athletic Club
Amr Shabana bt Hisham Ashour 11-4, 11-7,
2-11, 11-9 (46m)
Ramy Ashour bt Shahier Razik
11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 (52m)
Toronto Lawn & Tennis club
Shabana v Hisham
opening match of the 2012 Cambridge Cup went off with a
bang, pitting friends and countrymen Hisham Ashour
against Amr Shabana in what would be a highly
entertaining kick-off to the tournament.
The venerable Randy Klein cut the ribbon on the tournament
with his player introductions, along with the help of local
boy and fellow self-anointed Supreme Squash Council member
Shahier Razik. Without furthur ado, the combatants entered
the ring to square off.
Game one started off at an unexpectedly measured pace with
the players feeling out both the court and their opponent.
At 1-1 Shabana fooled a left-wall poach by Ashour with a
clever down-the-middle drive that left Hisham standing on
the left side with his racquet up, looking over his shoulder
at the ball dying into the back wall. After pulling out
ahead, Shabana was put through a grueling rally with
Hisham's deceptions forcing him into five consecutive
Hisham would finish with a spectacular cross-court forehand
kill to pull back to 3-6. Not enough, it would appear, as
Shabana would bank the next three points on the trot to go
out in front 9-3. During this run Shabana showed glimpes of
the creativity that propelled him to World Number One, at
one point dragging Hisham into a weak shot from the front
right only to respond with a crafty Philadelphia into the
back left that seemed to hang directly over the head of the
retreating Ashour the whole way back. Game to Shabana 11-4.
The second game started on more level ground, the players
exchanging the first 4 points in quick succession. After a
candid exchange with Referee Wayne Smith over a lob that
clipped the line 1-1, Hisham responded with a backhand
cross-court kill that found the nick at lightening speed.
Not to be outdone, Shabana smoked the next serve he saw with
a mirror-image southpaw cross-court kill into the front left
nick. At 2-3, after being denied a let on the previous
point, Hisham would vehemently protest a let granted to
Shabana. "He asked nicely," quipped Smith in response.
Shabana was employing the forehand cross-court drop to
perfection, feathering it into the nick from off of his left
hip. So effective was the shot that at one point, after
failing to pick one out the dead nick, Ashour shook his head
and asked the crowd "See that shot??" Hisham would put his
trade-mark 'Mizuki' into play a number of times in the
second but Shabana would have none of it, doggedly
retrieving the deceptive shots with some fleet-footed
movement and a -long- lunge. Game to Shabana 11-7.
Shabana seemingly lost focus in game three. The game saw
Shabana make a number of uncharacteristic mistakes and even
fall prey to a rare service ace at 3-1. A Hisham headfake
would send Shabana the wrong way at 5-1. Ashour displayed
the finest of touch off a Shababa drive, half-volleying a
cut drop into the nick to forge ahead to 7-1. Facing nine
game-balls at 10-1, Shabana smash-killed a cheeky
Philadelphia service offering, the ball rolling out of the
front-left nick. That would be as close he got in the game
however. Game to Ashour 11-2.
The fourth and final game of the match was a barn-burner all
the way up. Neither player got out to more than a 1 point
lead the entire game. Hisham appeared to be on the comeback
trail but made a critical mistake by hitting a Mizuki into
the tin at 7-7. After back-t-back Shabana lets Hisham
screamed in jest "No effort!!" In good fun, Referee Smith
assessed him with a conduct warning for dissent. Another
boisterous protest was heard from Ashour at 8-8 when given a
No Let decision on a tight forehand drop by Shabana. The
words "Let....should be stroke....clear....noooo" were heard
among the mostly unintelligible tirade unleashed by Hisham.
"The answer is No Let" responded a smirking Smith.
Celebrating a small victory was not above Ashour, mockingly
raising his arms above his head in triumph upon hearing
Shabana receive the dread No Let call two points later at
Shabana dispatched the elder Hisham brother in the next two
Ramy v Razik
round Cambridge Cup action had World #5 Ramy Ashour take on
local favorite and Canadian Champion Shahier Razik at the
Toronto Lawn Tennis Club.
The first game saw Razik get off to his trademark slow start
and Ashour took full advantage hitting some sublime winners
and wasting little time with a quick 11-4 victory in under 8
Razik stepped it up enormously in the second game, showing
that outside of the glass courts he can complete with any of
the top players in the world. Hitting some impressive
winners of his own and playing at a higher pace than usual,
he retrieved everything Ashour threw his way and held on to
The third game had the crowd cheering loudly after some
stunning cross-court nick winners from Ashour and some long
rallies with amazing retrieving from both players. Ashour
buckled down when it mattered most, upped the pace and took
the game 11-7.
The fourth was more of the same, some intensely contested
rallies, Razik surprising with some unexpected attacking and
Ashour hitting winners from near impossible angles. Again,
when he needed to, Ashour took it up another notch,
volleying everything he could to close things out with
another 11-7 score-line.
An amazing match, a treat to be able to watch squash at this
level in such an intimate format and the crowd made their
appreciation clear with a standing ovation for their effort!
Darwish v Lincou
first round Cambridge Cup match in Barrie between the two
former world number 1s was played in front of an
enthusiastic BAC crowd. While Karim Darwish was the odds on
favorite there was a feeling that Thierry Lincou would be
ready to start the beginning of a strong come back year in
Both players looked strong in the warmup and it was all
business. It didn't take long for Darwish to show that he
wanted no part of an opponent's comeback. His incredible
retrieving throughout the first game had Lncou scratching
his head on how he was going to win his points. Darwish's
deft touch with his deadly boasts and soft drops began to
take their toll on the slightly older Lincou. First game to
Unfortunately for the crowd and the Frenchman the second
game was a carbon copy of the first, except for a few long
long rallies that got the crowd buzzing. These rallies
seemed to take more of a toll on Lincou than Darwish. 11-3
Then something happened, as the crowd began to count out Mr.
Lincou and get ready to spend a little more time in the
lounge enjoying the Lifford's Wine Agencies supply of fine
wines and Sleeman beers, a determined Lincou returned to the
court. From the very beginning it was obvious he wasn't
going down without a fight. His Aggressive style came back
as he started cutting off more balls and taking the
offensive more often. His strong play was enough to keep
Darwish off balance and the two players exchanged shots and
rallies throughout the game, until a couple errors by
Darwish led to a 11-7 result. Score 2-1 Mr. Darwish.
Ultimately the comeback was on this night was not to be.
Darwish came out with renewed vigor in the fourth and
controlled the game all the way through, final score 11-2.
All in all it was a very entertaining match enjoyed by an
appreciative BAC crowd.
Gaultier v Anjema
The Toronto Athletic Club had standing room only for the
first match of this year’s Cambridge Cup. This much awaited
squash outing was between Greg Gaultier of France, world # 3
and Laurens Anjema from Holland world # 9.
The players seem to leave nothing to the imagination as it
was by far the best match most of our members have seen in
years. Gaultier winning the event 3 games to 2 ….scores are
First game went to Anjema 11 - 7
Second game went to Gaultier 17 - 15
Third game went to Gaultier 11 - 9
Fourth game went to Antema 11 - 9
And the fifth game went to Gaultier 11 - 8
Third time up for
TORONTO – Five of the world’s
top-10 players and Canadian number-one Shahier Razik
are among the entries for the $60,000 Ludwig Financial
Recruitment Cambridge Cup men’s professional squash
tournament set for seven venues in Toronto February 28 to
The eight players in the tournament are Gregory Gaultier
of France; Ramy Ashour, Amr Shabana and
Karim Darwish, all of Egypt, and ranked third through
sixth in the world; Laurens Jan Anjema of the
Netherlands, Thierry Lincou of France, Hisham
Ashour of Egypt and Razik.
Shabana is a four-time world champion, Ashour took the world
crown in 2009 and Lincou was tops in 2004.
is our third consecutive year, it's growing each year with
more clubs looking to host matches and fans contacting us in
advance for dates/tickets/etc,’’ said Razik, also the
"The goal is to keep growing the interest and build up to a
glass court event in a Toronto venue. It would be a dream to
bring the Canadian Open back! We have a fantastic field this
year and we think the Toronto squash fans will really enjoy
The venues hosting the event are the main host Cambridge
Group of Clubs (Toronto Athletic Club, the Adelaide
Club, the Cambridge Club) as well as the Toronto Lawn and
Tennis Club, the Georgetown Racquet Club, the
Barrie Athletic Club, and the Cricket Club.
"The Cambridge Group of Clubs is proud to continue our
tradition of supporting the game of squash. The Cambridge
Cup is a prime example. Not only does it provide our members
the ability to watch the finest squash in the World, but
also ensures that professional squash continues to have a
home in the city of Toronto," said Dean Brown
Executive Vice President, Cambridge Group of Clubs.
"Once I, and some members of the Georgetown Racquet Club (GRC),
saw a round in the Cambridge Cup last year, we were so
impressed that we immediately agreed the we just had to get
these world class players to the GRC,’’ said Murray Jans,
Squash Director, GRC. "So far, there is great excitement
about this event, not only from our members but from
surrounding clubs and people from the town.”
In total 12 matches will be played across the host venues.