Quarter-finals Are Decided In Hong Kong
James Willstrop, the world number one from England beat veteran Hong Kong Open campaigner Ong Beng Hee, the 32-year-old Malaysian who made his debut in the event in the 2000 championship, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 in 68 minutes.
Willstrop will now line up against Spaniard Borja Golan who made his long-awaited breakthrough into the quarter-finals of one of the PSA Tour’s elite championships after upsetting Egypt’s No8 seed Mohamed El Shorbagy.
Willstrop is one of three Englishmen who will be in quarter-final action tomorrow. Peter Barker, the No6 seed from London, fought back from 6-10 down in the first game to beat top-ranked Australian Cameron Pilley 13-11, 11-8, 11-8 in 65 minutes. Barker now faces Darwish.
In the final match of the day – Nick Matthew saw off South African Stephen Coppinger 11-6, 11-6, 11-8.
Matthew, the world No2 from Sheffield, will now face Egyptian maestro Amr Shabana, the four-time world champion who is celebrating a record 16th successive appearance in the Hong Kong Open.
But at 0/2 down to unseeded Englishman Tom Richards, it looked as if the 33-year-old from Cairo’s bid for a sixth title might be over. But the seventh seed showed why he is still one of the most admired and gifted players when he fought back to take the next three games – and record a sensational 10-12, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 victory in 70 minutes to keep his title hopes alive.
“The best match of the tournament by miles!” tweeted England’s Daryl Selby later. “What a game @TomRichards86 played, and great comeback by the ever classy @amrchabana.”
It was an upbeat comment which contrasted Richard’s earlier Twitter pronouncement: “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement…”
RESULTS: PSA World Series Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open
1 James Willstrop (ENG) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (68m)
Borja Golan (ESP) bt 8 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 (68m)
6 Peter Barker (ENG) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 13-11, 11-8, 11-8 (65m)
4 Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 6-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-6 (65m)
3 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (43m)
5 Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 12-10 (61m)
7 Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 10-12, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (70m)
2 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (35m)
In the women’s draw Alison Waters will now play Omneya Abdel Kawy in the quarter-finals, as the Englishwoman defeated Line Hansen in a four-game, 38-minutes clash.
Third seed Jenny Duncalf continued her Hong Kong Open run by defeating Dipika Pallikal of India. Duncalf put down the No.12 seed in four games to set up a clash with Natalie Grinham.
1 Nicol David (MAS) bt 16 Joey Chan (HKG) 11-5, 11-5, 11-1
9 Kasey Brown (AUS) bt 5 Madeline Perry (IRL) 11-6, 11-8, 13-15, 11-6 (60m)
3 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt 12 Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-9, 7-11, 14-12, 11-7
8 Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [Q] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7 (49m)
11 Camille Serme (FRA) bt 7 Low Wee Wern (MAS) 5-11, 12-10, 11-3, 9-7 ret. (47m)
13 Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Joshana Chinappa (IND) 11-4, 10-12, 12-10, 17-15
6 Alison Waters (ENG) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7 (38m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt 10 Joelle King (NZL) 11-8, 3-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-7
1 Nicol David (MAS) v 9 Kasey Brown (AUS)
3 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v 8 Natalie Grinham (NED)
13 Rachael Grinham (AUS) v 11 Camille Serme (FRA)
Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v 6 Alison Waters (ENG)