Saudi International 2007
Round One, 18-Jul
Hisham Ashour (Egy)
11/7, 11/4, 11/3 (28m)
Jason Barry (Rsa)
11/3, 11/6, 11/1 (34m)
Aaron Franckomb (Aus)
Jonathan Harford (Eng)
13/11, 6/11, 11/6, 11/2 (49m)
Tom Hoevenaars (Ned)
11/9, 5/11, 11/6, 11/4 (45m)
John Rooney (Irl)
8/11, 15/13, 11/4, 11/7 (67m)
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11/5, 11/8, 15/13 (31m)
Ben Ford (Eng)
12/10, 11/6, 11/7 (26m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11/3, 12/10, 11/8 (27m)
Dylan Bennett (Ned)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/6, 11/9, 11/3 (41m)
Joe Lee (Eng)
11/6, 2/11, 11/6, 11/4 (57m)
Darren Lewis (Eng)
11/3, 11/8, 11/5 (37m)
Renan Lavigne (Fra)
Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
11/5, 11/4, 9/11, 11/5 (35m)
James Snell (Eng)
14/12, 11/8, 11/8 (43m)
Ryan Thompson (Nam)
11/1, 11/2, 11/5 (26m)
Scott Handley (Eng)
Stacey Ross (Eng)
Robbie Temple (Eng)
11/7, 11/5, 11/2 (25m)
Joey Barrington (Eng)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
7/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/6 (47m)
Alex Ingham (Eng)
11/6, 11/3, 11/8 (37m)
Philip Nightingale (Eng)
10/12, 11/2, 8/11, 11/9, 11/4 (66m)
Jan Koukal (Cze)
Chris Ryder (Eng)
11/5, 11/7, 11/6 (33m)
David Barnett (Eng)
5/11, 11/2, 12/10, 6/11, 11/0 (61m)
Alister Walker (Eng)
* Stacey's wife
is in labour with their second child, and although he thought
he could make it in time, he was unavoidably delayed ...
18-Jul-07, Round One:
Draw & Results
Eight places on offer for the richest event ever ...
Action is under way at the St George's
Hill Club in Surrey to determine the last eight places for the 2007
Saudi International in October.
Top seeds are Egypt's Hisham Ashour and young Englishman
Alister Walker, who receive byes into Thursday's finals - as
does Joey Barrington - while the rest battle through two
Hisham will face Aussie youngster Aaron Franckomb who enjoyed
a fairly comfortable passage against Jason Barry, while Jonny
Harford and Omar Mosaad both had testing matches before
setting up their meeting in the finals.
Experience will face youth when Jonathan Kemp meets
Mohamed El Shorbagy, the Egyptian BJO champion who in the past
year has already claimed the scalps of several well-ranked
Chris Simpson exerted his authority over Joe Lee, his
successor as England's top junior, meets Renan Lavigne, the
sole Frenchman in the draw, who eased past Darren Lewis in three.
Perennial qualifier Davide Bianchetti overcame one English
obstacle in young James Snell, but now meets a much more experienced
one in Scott Handley, who showed no mercy in his match with
Ryan Thompson, at 26 minutes the quickest of the day.
Joey Barrington, beneficiary of a bye today, had been hoping
to face a tired opponent tomorrow but when the Ross family's
impending new addition didn't materialise in time Stacey had no
option but to give a walkover to Robbie Temple.
Daryl Selby took his time to subdue little Alex Ingham, who
took the first game from his more experienced opponent, but Daryl's
opponent in the finals, Jan Koukal, took even longer - as he
is wont to do - coming from 2-1 down to deny Philip Nightingale in
The final match of the day saw world university champion Chris
Ryder book a match against Alister Walker as he beat
Northumbria's David Barnett in straight games.
the heat down !! He played well and could have taken the second when
I tried to finish it too quickly. I got him quite tired in the end
because I kept holding him and pushing him back."
was too accurate and I struggled because I have not played enough
matches of this calibre lately."
start too well but got back in it by attacking more. His length was
great. I played ok overall."
surprised myself but didn't quite go for it enough when my chance
came. The match shows that my hard training is starting to pay off.
Bit of a shame that I didn't quite pull it off but I have gained
confidence from this match."
thanks to Tournament Director and resident club coach Danny Lee
for keeping us up to date with results, quotes and photos ...
Only one day to go Danny, and we'll have Fritz there tomorrow to
take over the photographic duties ...
Quote Box ...
back from Oz and it's my first match so I'm happy to get through.
The conditions were very hot but I took it short well. I'm looking
forward to playing Hisham tomorrow."
to get through. I didn't feel great but I have been working hard in
the summer and it paid off in the end."
played well in the first game but couldn't concentrate properly.
Second game was better but it was neck and neck and I just sneaked
it on a tie break. The third and the fourth were easy because he was
tired. I hope to win tomorrow."
to get first match over and done with. It's hard in the middle of
summer. I am looking forward to El Shorbagy."
played ok. Alex played well in first. I needed to play at a good
sustainable tempo which I did ok. I just need to be a bit more
positive at the front."
brain dead after that, but he played better than me on the day."
courts were so different from South Africa where I have just been
playing Jarvis Cup. I needed that to get into it."
was not great and I am disappointed. He was a bit quick and kept
catching me with his boast. He was solid and consistent."
might be the close season, and the main event might be three months
away, but the 2007 Saudi International is happening right here and
right now for 32 hopefuls who will be trying to grab one of eight
qualifying places for the world's richest-ever quash tournament this
With the current world top 23 plus a wildcard already booked into Al
Khobar, the 32 next-best players in the world are in Surrey this
week as the St George's Hill Club hosts its third Saudi
Organised once again by Danny Lee, the draw takes place at noon on
Wed 18th July. Action commences on three courts at 1pm - 16 matches
in all - with the finals starting at 1pm on Thursday, on two courts.
Entry is free, and with a lineup that would put many PSA star-rated
events to shame, if you can make it there's only one place to be for
the next two days ...
St George's Hill
Draw at 12.00 Wed
Play commences at 1pm
Wed and Thu