Hurghada International Squash 2011
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Hurghada International Squash 2011

Hurghada : Egypt | May 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM PDT
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Ramy Ashour, the defending World Open champion

HURGHADA, a beautiful tourist resort town along the Red sea in tha Arab Republic of Egypt, not only attracted tourists from around the world and in particular the Europeans, it was also the home of a world renowned annual squash event, the Hurghada International. Almost all the top notched players participated in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) sanctioned lucrative tournament here but due to the prevailing situation in the country, the 2011 event had less foreign players and more locals. The last year was full of players from around the world but right now there were just the French and the Finish among the top outsiders battling for the top honors against the locals. Ramey Ashour, the top ranked and Karim Darwesh, the number two seed, between them were outsiders including the Pakistani Aamir Atlas Khan, whose country had once led the Squash world for years. The Pakistani was beaten in the very first round by an Egyptian qualifier Mohammad Abbas. It was a series of defeats the world ranked No.29 Pakistani had suffered on international level. He had talked much about before leaving for Hurghada but it happened otherwise and lost to Abbas, currently ranked world No.39 in four games. He ran out of energy after putting a tough fight by winning the second game 15-13, otherwise, the Egyptian proved to be too good for him and gave away just 6 points in last two games to move into the next round. Top seed Ashour moved into the semis prevailing over the fellow countryman and world ranked No.16 Omar Mossad in four games while the third seed Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, currently ranked world number 6, also beat the local Mohd Ali Anwar Reda in three straight games to make the last four. In the two remaining quarter finals, there were three Egyptians and an outsider from Finland, world ranked No.22 Olli Touminen, who would take on Mohammad Abbas while the No.2 seed Darwesh meets fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen in the last quarter finals of the USD 77,500 Hurghada International 2011. The Finals were set for May 19.

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TASNEEM KHAN is based in Miami, Florida, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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