26-Aug, Say SIX, Quarter-Finals:
Max does it again !!!
Action moved down the corridor to Hong Kong Sports Park, where
the glass court was ready for eight quarter-final matches.
The day got off to a slow start with quick wins in the first two
matches, but built and built, with the last match producing one
of the best results in Hong Kong's history - read on ...
 Amanda Sobhy (Usa) 3-0 Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
11/6, 11/4, 11/8 (27m)
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0  Omneya Abdel Kawy
11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (20m)
 Nouran Gohar (Egy) 3-2  Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/8, 11/9, 8/11,
8/11, 14/12 (80m)
 Nicol David (Mas) 3-1  Camille Serme (Fra)
7/11, 11/2 (49m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 3-1 Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/3, 7/11, 11/6,
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) 3-1 James Willstrop (Eng)
9/11, 11/7 (74m)
Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-1 Simon Rösner (Ger)
7/11, 11/4, 11/9 (52m)
Max Lee (Hkg) 3-1 Fares Dessouky (Egy)
8/11, 11/9, 11/8 (64m)
Sobhy and Sherbini sail into semis
first quarter-final was over in under half an hour as Amanda
Sobhy overpowered Nour El Tayeb for two games, then held firm in
a tough third game as the Egyptian tried her mightiest to
wasn't to be though and Sobhy advanced to her second HK
"I knew that if she'd taken the third she'd have the momentum
for another comeback, like she did in Malaysia," said Sobhy.
knew I had to stay strong, and I was very happy to close out
The second match was even quicker as top seed Nour El
Sherbini despatched compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy in just
twenty minutes of play - the rallies were, as you can imaging,
sharp and short.
Gawad and Cuskelly through
first pair of men's matches both featured Australians, but last
year's runner-up Cameron Pilley couldn't reproduce his heroics
of last night as he lost in four games to Karim Abdel Gawad,
the only remaining seed.
The Egyptian was on top in the early stages, and although Pilley
took the second game to level, Gawad continued his run of
impressive form to take the next two and move through to his
first HK semi in five appearances.
Cuskelly fared better, getting the better of two close
opening games against former HK champion James Willstrop, who
led in the middle part of both games.
took five points in a row from 6-8 down to open up a two game
advantage, and although Willstrop edged a close third, Cuskelly
took an early lead in the fourth and, despite Willstrop's best
efforts and frustration with some Cuskelly appeals, held on,
taking the match by slamming a service return into the nick.
to make another WS semi - I have enough trouble making the
quarters, so this is a bonus," said Cuskelly. "He made some
mistakes at crucial times but I thought I dug in well."
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Gohar win a thriller,
David notches up #58
The second set of ladies' quarters were quite a contrast to
the first, both well contested, both tough and long - especially
the first of them.
Gohar started strongly as she dominated the first game
against Laura Massaro and then recovered from 1-5 down in the
second to double her lead. Massaro rallied strongly to take the
third, and then came from 1-7 down to take the fourth and force
the young Egyptian started well, leading 6-2, but again Massaro
came back. 7-all, 8-all, 9-all then Gohar had match ball but
tinned at the end of a long rally. Massaro had two match balls
but couldn't take them, then on Gohar's second she put in a drop
that Massaro couldn't reach to finish a gruelling 80 minutes on
David continued her run of HK victories, pulling away at the
end of the first two games against Camille Serme - although a
10-7 lead wasn't enough in the second, needing extra points.
Serme fought back well to take the third but David dominated the
fourth 11/2 to move into yet another HK semi.
Ramy pulls through
as Max does it again
the exit of James Willstrop, Ramy Ashour was the last
former champion left in the men's draw, and although he was
pushed all the way for three of his four game against Germany's
Simon Rosner, the Egyptian maestro found enough of his wizadry
to finish the match off at the end of a fourth game which Rosner
looked to have every chance of taking.
set the stage for the last quarter-final, and with the crowd
willing him on Max Lee delivered once again.
The first two games were relatively quiet, Max taking the first,
Fares Dessouki looking controlled as he levelled.
in the third Max took a big lead 8-2 - onlt for Fares to strike
back, levelling at 9-all before Max got the better of a tense
finish to retake the lead.
The Egyptian led the fourth too, but just when a decider looked
likely, Max found an extra gear in winning some breathtaking
fast-paced rallies - Fares was left applauding his opponent
after one of them.
Levelling at 8-all, Max took the next three points and as Fares'
last shot hit the tin the place erupted, again!
said Max. "I was so, so nervous, and he kept changing his game
so I couldn't settle into a rhythm. But to come through that, in
front of a crowd like this, it's just fantastic!!"
"We've been waiting 31 years for one of our men to reach the
semis." said Tony Choi, tournament director ad HK
coaching director, "it's a dream come true!"
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