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Macau Open 2012
16-21 Oct, Macau, $50k

21-Oct, Finals:

[1] Joelle King (Nzl) bt [8] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
           11-5, 11-1, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6
[1] Karim Darwish (Egy) bt [2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
           9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9

Top seeds win marathon finals in Macau

Top seeds Joelle King and Karim Darwish claimed the Macau Open titles, but both needed the full five games in their respective finals.

Darwish was up against fellow Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy, the second seed who had beaten his younger brother Marwan in their first competitive meeting yesterday, and it was Shorbagy who made the better start, winning the first and third games. Darwish fought back to take the last two games, and with it his 23rd PSA title.

King also faced Egyptian opposition in Omneya Abdel Kawy, the eighth seed who had beaten two higher seeds to reach the final.

New Zealander King took the first to games before Kawy fought back to level, but the Kiwi reasserted in the fifth to collect her sixth WSA title, her first for 18 months.

Macau Open 2012
16-21 Oct, Macau, $50k
Round One
18 Oct
19 Oct
20 Oct
21 Oct
[1] Karim Darwish (Egy)
11-8, 11-6, 11-9
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
[1] Karim Darwish
11-5, 11-9, 11-6
  [Q] Karim Ali Fathi
[1] Karim Darwish

11-1, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3

Karim Abdel Gawad

[1] Karim Darwish


9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9


[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy

Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 14-12
[Q] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5
[Q] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-7, 11-5, 11-9
[4] Tom Richards
[4] Tom Richards (Eng)
11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
[Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11-5, 11-7, 11-2
[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
[3] Omar Mosaad
11-6, 11-3, 11-5
Marwan El Shorbagy
Marwan El Shorbagy

11-4, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9

[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy

Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5
Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
Max Lee (Hkg)
11-4, 11-4, 11-4
Armando Amante (Mac)
Max Lee
11-8, 11-6, 11-7
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
Qualifying Finals:

Henrik Mustonen (Fin) bt Peter Creed (Wal)                      11/8, 11/6, 13/11
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas) bt Steven Finitsis (Aus)         11/8, 11/8, 6/11, 11/9
Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)    11/6, 11/5, 9/11, 11/5
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) bt  Leo Au (Hkg)               11/5 ,16/14, 2/11, 11/7

Qualifying Round One:

Henrik Mustonen (Fin) bye
Peter Creed (Wal) bt Elvinn Keo (Mas)                          11/8, 11/6, 11/4
Steven Finitsis (Aus) bt Cheuk Yan Tang (Hkg)              11/3, 11/4, 11/4
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas) bt Hon Fung Wong (Hkg)          11/4, 11/5, 11/8
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) bt Fong Tek Kei (Mac)        11/1, 11/4, 11/3
Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) bt Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)            13/11, 11/9, 11/5
Leo Au (Hkg) bt Liu Tsun Man (Hkg)                              11/3, 11/5, 11/8
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) bt James Huang (Tpe)   11/5, 11/7, 7/11, 11/6

Azan, Fathi, Meguid and Mustonen through to main draw


Macau Open 2012
16-21 Oct, Macau, $25k
Round One
18 Oct
19 Oct
20 Oct
21 Oct
[1] Joelle King (Nzl)
11-2, 11-3, 11-6
Siti Munirah Juson (Mas)
[1] Joelle King
11-5, 11-3, 11-5
  [6] Delia Arnold
[1] Joelle King

11-7, 11-2, 11-3

[Q] Joshna Chinappa

[1] Joelle King


11-5, 11-1, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6


[8] Omneya Abdel Kawy

[6] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9
[Q] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
[3] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8
[Q] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
[Q] Joshna Chinappa
11-9, 9-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6
Misaki Kobayashi
[5] Joey Chan (Hkg)
11-9, 13-11, 11-8
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
[Q] Carmen Lee (Hkg)
11-8, 15-13, 11-5
[7] Aisling Blake (Irl)
[7] Aisling Blake
11-3, 12-10, 11-6
  Siyoli Waters
[7] Aisling Blake

11-8, 11-7, 12-10

[8] Omneya Abdel Kawy

Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 12-10
[4] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
[Q] Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)
11-2, 11-9, 11-9
[8] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
[8] Omneya Abdel Kawy
9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 14-12, 11-7
[2] Dipika Pallikal
Liu Kwai Chi (Mac)
11-3, 11-2 ,11-1
[2] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
Qualifying Finals:

Lucie Fialova (Cze) bt Lee Ka Yi (Hkg)                     11/8, 11/9, 11/13, 11/5
Joshna Chinappa (Ind) btHo Ka Po (Hkg)                            11/2, 11/6, 11/4
Carmen Lee (Hkg) bt Laura Pomportes (Fra)    10/12, 11/5, 6/11, 11/9, 11/5

Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)         11/9, 1/11, 9/11, 11/6, 11/9

Round One:

Lucie Fialova (Cze) v bye
Lee Ka Yi (Hkg) bt Zulhijah Binti Azan (Mas)         5/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/5
Joshna Chinappa (Ind) v bye
Ho Ka Po (Hkg) bt Karman Siu (Hkg)                            11/8, 11/2, 11/4
Laura Pomportes (Fra) bt Sam Hei Tong (Mac)            11/1, 11/1, 11/3
Carmen Lee (Hkg) bt Chu Ka Hei (Hkg)     11/8, 6/11, 11/4, 10/12, 11/7
Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg) bt Lei Sio Ngan (Mac)                 11/0, 11/0, 11/1
Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg) v bye              
Mohamed wins Shorbagy showdown as Karim, King and Kawy make the finals too ...

The much anticipated first PSA meeting between Mohamed and Marwan El Shorbagy went the way of elder brother Mohamed as he won 3/1 to set up an all-Egyptian final with top seed Karim Darwish.

There will be Egyptian interest in the women's final too after Omneya Abdel Kawy continued her return to top form, beating Aisling Blake in straight games to set up a final meeting with top-seeded Kiwi Joelle King.


"I hated every single second of that match!!

I am normally in the same side of my brother cheering for him!! And today the thought that I actually had to try and beat him was just so hard for me..

He is the one I train with twice a day everyday.. we live together we travel together we talk every day about tactics and how to play against other players.. more than that we are best friends we know everything about each other so anyone can imagine how tough playing him after all that... we both understand each other so well.. we could read each other really well on court..

It was just so tough mentally and I hope this match won't happen again in the future.. but it's just a hope but I know we are going to be playing a lot.. he'll get up in the ranking fast he just needs to have some confidence in himself because I think sometimes he doesn't know how good he can be...he beat a top 10 player in this tournament and he was almost going to take me to 5 too..

I just love my little brother even though I didn't really like it that he almost took me to 5 today :)


19-Oct, Quarter-Finals:
Shorbagy siblings set for
showdown in Macau ...

While an Egyptian winner of the PSA $50k Macau Open is now guaranteed after Egyptian success in all four quarter-finals, interest will centre on the first PSA match between Mohamed and Marwan El Shorbagy, the Alexandria pair who between them hold four world junior championship titles.

Mohamed, the second seed, turned in a much-improved performance from yesterday as he beat Max Lee in straight games while Marwan recorded one of his career-best wins as he beat Omar Mosaad, the third seed, also in straight games.

"Is this really happening?!!", tweeted Mohamed. "Am I actually playing against brother tom??!! Feel like I m dreaming!! This should not be happening!!!"

Top seed Karim Darwish will meet Karim Abdel Gawad after they too won their quarter-finals without dropping a game.

There were more upsets in the Women's WSA $25k event, as Indian qualifier Joshna Chinappa came through a five-setter to beat Misaki Kobayashi. She now meets top seeded Kiwi Joelle King for a place in the final.

Another marathon match saw eighth seeded Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy come back from 2-1 down to beat Dipika Pallikal, the second seed, to set up a semi-final with Aisling Blake, the seventh seed from Ireland.



18-Oct, Round One:
Women's seeds suffer as
Egyptian men dominate in Macau

While the top four men's seeds all progressed to the quarter-finals of the $50k PSA Macau Open, there was relative carnage in the WSA $25k women's draw with three of the seeds, including the defending champion, falling at the first hurdle.

The men's quarter-finals will feature SIX Egyptians! Two Egyptian semi-finalists are guaranteed with top seed Karim Darwish set to face qualifier Karim Ali Fathi and Omar Mosaad,  the third seed, meeting world junior champion Marwan El Shorbagy, who scored an upset win over Finn Olli Tuominen.

Fourth seeded Englishman Tom Richards and Hong Kong's unseeded Max Lee were the only non-Egyptian winners of the day, but both meet Egyptians in the quarter-finals.

Richards faces Karim Abdel Gawad while Lee meets second seed Mohamed El Shorbagy, who looked to be cruising to victory at 2-0 and 9-6 up against Henrik Mustonen, but eventually had to fight back from 4-7 down in the fifth to secure his quarter-final place.

The three women's casualties were the third, fourth and fifth seeds, ranked 16, 17 and 18 in the world!

Third and fourth seeds Samantha Teran and Donna Urquhart fell at the hands of Joshna Chinappa and Siyoli Waters.

Chinappa, a qualifier, came through four close games to upset Mexico's world #16 Teran, while Waters, the world #48 from South Africa, came from two games down to squeeze through 12/10 in the fifth to beat Urquhart, Australia's world #17.

Another significant upset came when Japan's unseeded Misaki Kobayashi beat fifth-seeded defending champion Joey Chan in straight games for one of her best-ever wins.

In the quarter-finals top seed Joelle King meets Delia Arnold, Chinappa and Kobayashi meet to unsure an unseeded semi-finalist, Waters faces seventh seed Aisling Blake, and second seed Dipika Pallikal meets the returning-to-form Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy, seeded eight.


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