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Macau Open 2011
08-13 Nov, Macau, China, $50k
13-Nov, Finals:
Macau titles for Shorbagy and Chan
Mohamed El Shorbagy, top seed in the Men's PSA $50k event, claimed the Macau Open title with an hour-long four-game victory over France's second seed Thierry Lincou.

Twenty-year-old Shorbagy, the world No8 from Alexandria, recovered from a game down - as he had done in the previous three rounds - to shake off veteran Lincou, the 35-year-old former world champion ranked two positions lower.

"I'm glad to win the championship," said the jubilant Egyptian at the trophy presentation. "Thierry and I have known each other for quite a long time, so we know quite well the way each other plays."

With smile on his face, El Shorbagy added: "I think one of the reasons I won is because I'm much younger than Lincou - he's in his middle age, but I'm still young!"

The triumph - marking El Shorbagy's fifth career Tour title - will be a major boost on the eve of the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open, the seventh PSA World Series event of the year which got underway in Hong Kong today.

In the women's event Hong Kong's Joey Chan gave herself a boost before heading home for the Hong Kong Open which started today as she beat Ireland's Aisling Blake in straight games to take the women's title.
French Corner

Ça ne passe pas

Je pense avoir pas mal joué tactiquement.

Le premier a été super intense et j'y ai laisse quelques plumes même si je l'ai remporté. Puis j'ai eu une petite baisse de régime vers la fin du second.

Après, c'est simplement que je ne pouvais plus aussi bien bouger et je commençais à perdre ma lucidité.

Bref. Bon tournoi, de belles victoires quand même et toujours le moral pour la suite,


"Very happy to win the tournament!!

Had brutal matches there...First against Pilley.. it was such a hard match mentally for me as I have never beaten him before...and he is the most player on tour I find him awkward to play too so I was super lucky he played bad that day to allow me to win...

And then the match of Beng Hee was just a joke!! The guy played the best I have ever seen him play...he was just too good for me..

I just kept digging in and I was so lucky to win after being 10/7 down in the second 10/8 down in the 3rd and 9/5 down in the 5th...

The match was 113m.. But winning the tournament in Colombia this year  just gave me so much of confidence in my fitness...and I actually thought that this long match would make me fresh for the semis and which it did...

Against Lincou today.. first game was so long and very hard and I was 10/8 up.. I should have tried to close that one.. But after, that the longer the match was getting the more I was getting confident the more I was getting fresher and the more he was getting tired!!!

And I think one of the reasons I won is because I'm much younger than him - he's in his middle age, but I'm still young!

Now off tomorrow to Hong Kong another and need to get ready mentally for it :)

Macau Open 2011
08-13 Nov, Macau, China, $50k
Round One
10 Nov
11 Nov
12 Nov
13 Nov
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-3
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy
9-11, 12-10, 12-10, 15-17, 11-9 (113m)
[Q] Ong Beng Hee
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy

9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (62m)

Olli Tuominen

[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy

11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (60m)

[2] Thierry Lincou

Tom Richards (Eng)
 11-8, 11-5, 11-6
[Q] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-5
[Q] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Julian Illingworth
11-7, 6-11, 4-11, 3-11 (48m)
Olli Tuominen
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
7-11 11-6 11-7 11-9
[3] Daryl Selby (Eng)
[4] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11/4, 11/2, 11/5
Armando Amante (Mac)
[4] Azlan Iskandar
11-8, 9-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-4 (61m)
Hisham Ashour
Hisham Ashour

6-11, 13-11, 11-8, 13-11 (60m)

[2] Thierry Lincou

Hisham Ashour (Egy)
11-8, 11-3, 8-11, 11-5
[Q] Chris Ryder (Eng)
Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11-6, 11-9, 11-5
[Q] Borja Golan (Esp)
[Q] Borja Golan
11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4
[2] Thierry Lincou
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11-8, 4-11, 7-11, 11-3, 13-11
[2] Thierry Lincou (Fra)

09-Nov, Qualifying Finals:

Ong Beng Hee (Mas) bt Greg Marche (Fra)      11/6, 5/11, 6/11, 11/9, 11/9
Chris Ryder (Eng) bt Martin Knight (Nzl)          11/7, 11/5, 15/13
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) bt Alan Clyne (Sco)  11/7, 8/11, 11/4, 11/8
Borja Golan (Esp) bt Max Lee (Hkg)                11/9, 9/11, 10/12, 12/10,11/5

08-Nov, Qualifying Round One:

Ong Beng Hee (Mas) bye
Greg Marche (Fra) bt Yann Perrin (Fra)      11/3, 11/6, 11/8
Martin Knight (Nzl) bt Fong Tek Kei (Chn)   11/2, 11/2, 11/0
Chris Ryder (Eng) bt Bradley Hindle (Mlt)     7/11, 15/13, 11/3, 11/6
Alan Clyne (Sco) bt Chan Hoi Long (Chn)  11/1, 11/1, 11/3
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) bt Leo Au (Hkg)     9/11, 11/6, 18, 11/7
Max Lee (Hkg) bt Dick Lau (Hkg)                 8/11, 11/3, 114, 11/4
Borja Golan (Esp) bye
Macau Open 2011
08-13 Nov, Macau, China, $16k
Round One
10 Nov
11 Nov
12 Nov
13 Nov
[1] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
 11-3, 9-11, 11-1, 11-6
Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)
[1] Jaclyn Hawkes
8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8
[7] Gaby Huber
[1] Jaclyn Hawkes

 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 (38m)

[5] Aisling Blake

[5] Aisling Blake


11/8, 11/9, 11/9 (36m)


[2] Joey Chan

[7] Gaby Huber (Sui)
9-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-8
[Q] Liu Tsz Ling (Hkg)
[4] Line Hansen (Den)
15-13, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8
[Q] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
[4] Line Hansen
11-7, 5-11, 11-3, 11-3
[5] Aisling Blake
[5] Aisling Blake (Irl)
11-8, 11-4, 11-5
[Q] Carmen Lee (Hkg)
Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7
[6] Latasha Khan (Usa)
Siyoli Waters
13-11, 11-6, 11-5
[3] Delia Arnold
[3] Delia Arnold

6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5 (71m)

[2] Joey Chan

Liu Kwai Chi (Mac)
[3] Delia Arnold (Mas)
Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 11-9
[8] Melody Francis (Aus)
Siti Munirah Jusoh
11-8, 11-2, 11-5
[2] Joey Chan
[Q] Lauren Selby (Eng)
11-4, 11-5, 11-2
[2] Joey Chan (Hkg)

09-Nov, Qualifying Finals:

Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) bt Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)                    11/9, 11/6, 11/9
Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg) bt Carrie Ramsey (Eng)         11/9, 7/11, 11/7, 10/12, 11/5
Carmen Lee (Hkg) bt Anaka Alankamony (Ind)            11/8, 11/7, 12/14, 11/8
Lauren Selby (Eng) bt Karman Siu (Hkg)                               11/3, 11/5, 11/4

08-Nov, Qualifying Round One:

Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg) bt Pushppa Devi (Mas)                11/7, 11/3, 11/6
Anaka Alankamony (Ind) bt Sam Hei Tong (Hkg)       11/2, 11/0, 11/1
Karman Siu (Hkg) bt Lee Sio Mgan (Mac)                      11/2, 11/2, 11/3
12-Nov, Semis:
Top two in men's final
as Blake downs Hawkes

It will be top seeds Mohamed El Shorbagy and Thierry Lincou who contest the final of the Macau Open after both recovered from a game down to win their semi-finals 3/1 at the Centro de Bowling do Complexo Desportivo Internacional de COTAI in the Chinese SAR just 40 miles from Hong Kong.

Shorbagy ended the run of Olli Tuominen in 62 minutes while Lincou prevented an all-Egyptian final in beating Hisham Ashour 13/11 in the fourth in just two minutes longer.

In the women's event Hong Kong's second seed Joey Chan took 71 minutes to beat Delia Arnold in five, and she'll meet Aisling Blake in the final after the fifth-seeded Irishwoman downed top seed Jaclyn Hawkes in straight games.

Something quick on what happened today, because there is very little coverage here in Macau ...

I played Titi today here on a 3 walled glass court.

I thought I was supposed to win the last two matches we played so I thought am winning this time :)

Well we played a great complete match ., he was superrrr fast to the front it was long some great squash was played today it was a battle and he won it.

I came back from 10/5 down with amazing 5 shots :) then lost tie break >>.

All credit for him he was still tooo strong like he's 24 years old ., I dont wanaa hear any 1 saying Titi is old Titi is super strong and fit ., he can reply if it's posted on squash site :) tc

French Corner

Petit mot pour ma qualif en finale de Macao.

J'ai sorti un très bon match
J'ai dû composer avec des jambes pas très fraîches mais je voyais bien la balle et j'avais de bonnes réponses à ses attaques et agressions sur l'avant

Il m'a avoué apres coup que c'était notre meilleur match ensemble,

11-Nov, Quarters:  
Hisham ousts Azlan,
Bengy falls just short

It wasn't a good day for the Malaysians in the $50 PSA event quarter-finals, although Azlan Iskandar and Ong Beng Hee will have mixed emotions on the day.

Iskandar, the fourth seed, fell in five games to Egypt's Hisham Ashour while the unseeded Ong took another Egyptian, top seed Mohamed El Shorbagy, all the way only to lose out 11/9 in the fifth after 113 minutes.

Shorbagy now meets Finland's Olli Tuominen while Ashour faces France's second seed Thierry Lincou.

In the $16k women's event the top three seeds are safely through to the semis along with Irish fifth seed Aisling Blake.
French Corner
Un petit mot d'ici où le tournoi se passe gentiment dans la bonne ambiance. Pas grand monde pour regarder...
C'est cool de se retrouver avec la bande de frenchies
Yann , Grégoire et Matt en plus de qq calédoniens

Sinon perso 2 gros tours pour ma qualifier pour la demie de demain

Deux revanches sur Mosaad en 5 donc et Golan en 4. Les sensations sont bonnes. Dans la continuité de Rotterdam

Donc très content d'être sorti de ce piège et envie d'aller plus loin

10-Nov, Round One:
Tuominen dumps Daryl in Macau

Round One of the Macau Open at the Centro de Bowling do Complexo Desportivo Internacional de COTAI in the Chinese SAR just 40 miles from Hong Kong where next week's major squash action takes place, saw a number of upsets in the men's and women's draws.

In the men's $50k draw Finland's Olli Tuominen came from a game down to beat third seed Daryl Selby, while two qualifiers - Ong Beng Hee and Borja Golan - progressed to the quarter-finals where they'll meet top seeds Mohamed El Shorbagy and Thierry Lincou.

Shorbagy also had to recover from losing the first game to beat Australian Cameron Pilley, while Lincou was taken the full distance by Omar Mosaad with the Frenchman finally squeezing home 13/11 in the fifth.

In the $16k women's draw two minor seeds fell, Latasha Khan at the hands of Siyoli Waters (who also dropped the first game), and Melody Francis, beaten by Siti Munirah Jusoh.

There was no joy for the local wildcards as Armando Amante lost in straight games to Azlan Iskandar while Liu Kwai Chi handed a walkover to another Malaysian, Delia Arnold.

Macau Open 2008

09-Nov, Qualifying Finals:

Qualifying complete in Macau

As a buildup to next week's Hong Kong Open, Macau provides the ideal location, the two Chinese Special Administrative Regions (SAR) are just 40 miles apart, and although we haven't been to Macau, it's a fair bet that it's not too dissimilar to Hong Kong.

On court it was qualifying finals at the Centro de Bowling do Complexo Desportivo Internacional de COTAI, with a couple of especially tough matches in the men's $50k event.

Ong Beng Hee, Chris Ryder, Mathieu Castagnet and Borja Golan all made it through, and with some of the top-ranked players drawn to play each other in the first round, all four have realistic prospects of advancing further into the draw.

In the women's $16k event England's Lauren Selby and Japan's Misaki Kobayashi join two Hong Kong qualifiers Carmen Lee and Liu Tsz-Ling in the main draw.


Round One Results ... thanks to @Selbs11

Macau Open 2008

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