Ashour retains Hurghada Squash Title
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Ashour retains Hurghada Squash Title

Hurghada : Egypt | May 20, 2011 at 6:18 AM PDT
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RAMEY ASHOUR, the top seed defending champion and currently ranked world No. 2 retained his Title at the Hurghada International Squash 2011 following his victory in the finals over fellow countryman Karim Darwesh at the Red sea resort of Hurghada in Egypt. The all glass court in the middle of a sprawling mall, provided the squash lovers a glimpse of speed and stamina by the two local heroes in the all Egyptian finals. For nearly hour and a half, Ashour and Darwesh fought a grim battle to the delight of the crowd sitting around the court, but in the end it was Ashour who prevailed in the end despite losing the second and third games. He had won the first 11-9, Darwesh, currently ranked world no.3 in the Dunlop rankings, fought back as the next two games went full distance and lead changing hands repeatedly before the number 2 seed went one up as Ashour lost 9-11, 12-14. The fourth game also produced a quality squash before the top seed won 11-9 to level the score 2-2. The fifth game saw Darwesh little exhausted and once Ashour cornered him, never recovered and just lost the game and the match as the winner conceded just three points for the second consecutive victory. The over all prize money for the 2011 Hurghada International was USD 77,500, so Ashour must have become more richer pocketing much hefty check as compared to last year when the prize money was just over USD 22,000.The Cairo born duo earlier had beaten their respective foreign challengers in the semi finals. Ashour had prevailed over the former world champion Frenchman Gregory Gaultier and his countryman Darwesh had easily overpowered Olli Touminen of Finland. Defending champion and top seed Ashour, currently ranked world No.2, though won in three straight games, but was given bit of a real hard time by the current world ranked No.6 Gaultier and nearly had taken the second game before Ashour collected two crucial points in the end. The score being 11-8, 12-10, 11-7. World ranked No.3 Darwesh just dictated the terms throughout against the Finish star, world ranked No. Olli Touminen in straight games. The super fit local hero remained dominant during the forty minutes battle and conceded 3, 6 and 4 points in the three games before moving into the finals.

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Ramy Ashour, the defending World Open champion
Ramy Ashour, the defending World Open champion
TASNEEM KHAN is based in Miami, Florida, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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