Saudi International Squash Tournament   


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Top eight almost settled
with one to go ...

With just one event Super Series event left in 2008 the race to Queen's Club for May's ATCO Super Series Finals is down to its last leg.

The Egyptian trio of Amr Shabana, Karim Darwish and Ramy Ashour lead the standings - echoing their current 1,2,3 in the world rankings - and are assured of their places in the prestigious Finals.

Europe's top pair of Gregory Gaultier and James Willstrop share fourth place and also already have enough points to book their places, with David Palmer, Wael El Hindi and Thierry Lincou currently occupying the final three places on offer.

These three know that good performances this week in Saudi Arabia will clinch their places - for Palmer simply stepping on court in the first round is enough - but should El Hindi or Lincou slip up then one of Peter Barker, Adrian Grant and Azlan Iskandar could all take advantage, but they will need a place in the final, and in all probability a victory there too, to make it to Queen's Club ...

Current Super Series Standings

1 (3) Amr Shabana (EGY)         8056 Q
2 (1) Karim Darwish (EGY)        7462 Q
3 (2) Ramy Ashour (EGY)          7256 Q
4 (6) Gregory Gaultier (FRA)      5081 Q
4 (4) James Willstrop (ENG)       5081 Q

6 (5) David Palmer (AUS)           4450
7 (7) Wael El Hindi (EGY)            3668
8 (8) Thierry Lincou (FRA)           3656

9 (9) Peter Barker (ENG)            2381
10 (10) Adrian Grant (ENG)        2293
11 (11) Azlan Iskandar (MAS)     2118

12 (13) Nick Matthew (ENG)        1825
13 (12) Olli Tuominen (FIN)        1806
14 (15) Ong Beng Hee (MAS)      1687
15 (14) LJ Anjema (NED)            1656
16 (-) Cameron Pilley (AUS)       1531


Deja vu for some in Saudi Draw

Preview from Malcolm Willstrop

For many of the players there is a horribly familiar look about the draw for the prestigious and financially rewarding Saudi International.

I'm sure Borja Golan and Laurens Anjema would not have wished for a repeat of their first round meeting in Hong Kong. They will both be aware that they will probably destroy whatever chance they would have had in the second round.

Amr Shabana, Ramy Ashour and Karim Darwish,1,2 and 3 in the world all find themselves in the top half with Shabana and Darwish scheduled to meet in the last eight.

Adrian Grant, who didn't offer much against David Palmer in Hong Kong, meets Alister Walker in an all English clash in the first round which will certainly be of interest to the England camp.

Nick Matthew, who was not well in Hong Kong, suffered a reverse in Macau to Amir Atlas Khan. They meet again in the first round in Saudi Arabia, when the Englishman will be keen to put things right. Should he do so he may well face Peter Barker in the second round, whose performance in Hong Kong against Darwish was a major disappointment.

Wael el Hindi, if his wrist is better, could meet David Palmer in the second round, another heavyweight match on paper at least.

As usual there are lots of interesting match-ups, with a quarter final line-up seeded as follows:

     Shabana v Darwish
     Ashour v Matthew
     Willstrop v Palmer
     Lincou v Gaultier

It is unlikely, though that it will work out - there are too many other possibilities and it is almost certain there will be upsets.

Several of the last eight have had recent problems: Ashour and Palmer came off in Hong Kong; Matthew was not well, but seems to be over whatever affected him, as does Willstrop. Shabana and Gaultier look the likeliest finalists, but I would not bet the rest of what is left of my life on it.

Qualifying Reports

Saudi set for Squash Spectacular

Back to its traditional December dates, the fourth edition of the Saudi International Squash Tournament features, once again, the highest prize fund ever offered in squash as the world's best 32 players battle it out for the $250,000 prize fund.

Qualifying took place in October at Millfield School in Somerset, England, with the eight winners booking their places among the elite 32.

Action starts on Sun 14th Dec with the final on Friday 19th. 

Draw & Schedule

Qualifying Reports

Letter of gratitude from
HRH Prince Sultan Bin Fahad Bin AbdulAziz Al-Saud


Letter of thanks from Saudi Squash Federation

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