Selby In The Semi-Finals Of The Grasshopper Cup
All four seeds scored straightforward straight games wins in the Grasshopper Cup in Switzerland to set up the predicted semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 25 squash event making its comeback at the Grasshopper Club in Zurich after an 11-year absence.
Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad, at 20 the youngest of the four, swiftly despatched newly-crowned Danish champion Kristian Frost Olesen 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 in just 24 minutes.
The fourth seed from Cairo will now face local hero Nicolas Mueller, the Swiss number one. Spurred on by the partisan crowd, second seed Mueller knocked out Gawad’s compatriot Omar Abdel Meguid 11-5, 11-7, 11-3.
The other semi will feature English favourite Daryl Selby and ‘Flying Finn’ Olli Tuominen, the No3 seed.
“Daryl made it clear why he is the number one seed in the tournament, not letting any chance to Jan Koukal over the whole match,” said event spokesman Mark Meyer.
Selby, the world No11, defeated Czech number one Koukal 11-6, 11-4, 11-6.
Tuominen took on rising English star Charles Sharpes – but the experienced 33-year-old from Helsinki was too strong for the 20-year-old Englishman, winning 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 in 36 minutes.