190th ranked Farag stuns Iqbal
for 2nd CCI-PSA title: 6th July 2014, Mumbai
qualifier Ali Farag shocked third seed Nasir Iqbal of Pakistan 3-2 to clinch
the title in the USD 25,000 2nd CCI-PSA International Squash Championship.
Twenty-two-year-old Farag, ranked 190 in the world, snatched a 11-7,
7-11, 5-11, 11-1, 11-9 win over the Asian senior champion from Peshawar, in
an absorbing championship round that lasted 55 minutes, to cap a brilliant
run in the event held at the Cricket Club of India's courts.
a very tough match. He came back by playing better and smarter especially in
the fifth game and all I had to do was keep going," said Faraq.
was a close match and anybody could have won. As much I wanted to win the
title, this tournament was very good for me," said the beaten Pakistani
2nd to 7th September 2013 at the squash courts of Bombay
Mazen Makes Egyptian Magic In Mumbai...8
Egypt's Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry edged out
fellow countryman Zahed Mohamed in a 61-minute final thriller to win the
Maharashtra State PSA Open, the new PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash
event at the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai, India.
It was unexpected
climax between No4 seed Ga Sabry and unseeded Mohamed, the 21-year-old from
Alexandria who claimed the scalps of both top seed Ong Beng Hee and third
seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda on his way to the final.
"After dropping the
first game, Zahed comes out all guns blazing in 2nd game with some
immaculate length and razor drops," explains event spokesman Raj Arora. "The
consistency is super solid as he races through game two; It's 11-3 to Zahed
and the capacity crowd is in for some more drama.
" In the 3rd game
Zahed was controlling it beautifully and the young Mazen playing some gems
of his own. After taking Mazen all over the court Zahed rips a blinder on
the forehand and leads 7-4. Two beauties from Mazen followed by a lucky shot
and the game hangs in the balance. Mazen ups it a bit and rather quickly
he's reeled off another four straight points to take a 2-1 lead."
Zahed takes the fourth to force a decider - and builds up a 5-2 lead in the
5th game as he looks to claim his third upset.
But world No 45 Mazen,
the 19-year-old from Cairo reclaims the upper hand to survive the tense
decider to win 11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8 after 61 minutes.
crowd has been served some delectable fare," concluded Arora.
juniors have certainly had many squash lessons all week. The Bombay Gymkhana
has played host to some outstanding talents this week."
The win marks
the fifth PSA World Tour title of Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry's career - and his
third this year!