Omar Mosaad Marks
Egyptian Hat-Trick In Macau: 20 October 2013
Top seed Omar Mosaad edged out
unseeded Englishman Adrian Grant in Macau Open final to
become the third successive Egyptian to win the PSA
World Tour International 50 squash event staged on an
all-glass court at the Complex Desportivo International
do Cotai in Taipa, Macau.
In the semi-finals
Mosaad, the world No10 from Cairo dropped the second
game of his match against top-ranked Indian Saurav
Ghosal before beating the No4 seed 11-8, 9-11, 11-8,
11-7 in 81 minutes.
Omar began strongly to lead
the opening game 3-1, when a contributed injury to
Saurav stopped the game temporarily. After a quick
treatment, Saurav returned to the court to level the
score at 6-6. He was clearly still struggling though, as
Omar wrapped up the first set 11-8.
played with better variations in the second, exploring
all four corners of the court. The score was once again
tied at six-all, when Saurav injected more speed into
his game to lead 10-8 and then won it at 11-9.
From three-all in the fourth, Omar moved ahead to a 9-6
lead after a few amazing shots from the Egyptian and
mistakes from his opponent. Omar won the next two points
to finally wrap up the match, but not before he was made
to run all over the court by Saurav.
Dipika Pallikal beats
former World No. 1 to win Macau Open: 20/10/13
India's top squash player Dipika
Pallikal upstaged former World No.1 Rachael Grinham of
Australia to win the Macau Open, the seventh Women's
Squash Association (WSA) title of her career.
was a commendable performance from the 22-year-old, who
reached the final defeating Rachael's younger sister
Natalie, a former World No.2 currently ranked eighth in
the WSA rankings.
There was not much to choose
between the two finalists. Dipika played better in the
crucial stages of the 42-minute contest, capping off a
memorable week with a 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9 victory.
Dipika, the first Indian to break into the
top-10, had beaten another higher-ranked player, Kasey
Brown of Australia, in a New York tournament in
"It is time I beat the top-10 players
regularly. One of the reasons I have started beating
them is Ken Way," she said of the sports psychologist,
who has also worked with Dipika's coach and five-time
World Open winner Sarah Fitz-Gerald.
helped me a lot. Earlier it was frustrating to come
close to beating the higher-ranked players. With his
help, and Sarah of course, I am playing the mental side
of the game better," said Dipika.
Top seeds win marathon finals in Macau as Joshna loses in
semi-finals : 21st Oct 2012
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 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 finalThe highest-ranked Indian player at No. 12, Dipika Pallikal, seeded two, went past beat Liu Kwai Chi of Macao 11-3, 11-2, 11-1 in the first round before going down fighting to Omneya Abdel Kawy. The Egyptian, who is also on a comeback trail, edged out Dipika in the Quarter Finals 9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 14-12, 11-7.