Gets Win on PSA Satellite Circuit
Ramy Ashour, who stunned the squash world in August when he became the
youngest ever World Junior Champion at the age of 16, made a sucessful
first PSA Tour Satellite appearancede in the Fischer Athens Open when
he upset third-seeded Dane Mikkel Korsbjerg in straight games in the first
round of the event in the Greek capital.
Cairo-based Ashour, now 17, defeated Korsbjerg 11-7 11-6
11-1 in just 32 minutes to earn a place in the quarter-finals against
eighth seed Stefan Leifels. The German beat one of two local players in
the draw, Greek No1 Fabian Kalaitzis, 11-9 11-7 2-11 11-10 in 43 minutes.
But the match of the day was the 75-minute thriller between
David Barnett and Malaysia's fifth seed Timothy Arnold - in which the
unseeded Englishman fought back from 1/2 down, then survived a fourth-game
tie-break to win 11-10 8-11 5-11 11-10 11-9.
The new PSA
event is being played at the brand new Universal Studios Fitness and Squash
Club in Vari, south of Athens. "The event organisers have set a new
benchmark for satellite tournaments - player ID passes with photos, free
Isotonic drinks service, free internet access in the in-house internet
café, and a live video signal from the centre court to all plasma
TV screens in the whole club have been just some topics - and should be
the base for making this event grow in the next years," said Wolfgang
Denk, of McWIL Consulting.
Athens Squash Open, Athens, Greece
 Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) bt Shahid Khan (ENG) 11-4, 11-10 (3-1),
David Barnett (ENG) bt  Timothy Arnold (MAS) 11-10 (2-0), 8-11, 5-11,
11-10 (2-0), 11-9 (75m)
 Andrew Whipp (ENG) bt Amr Ramzy Swelim (EGY) 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-10
 Tony James (AUS) bt Alexandre Muller (FRA) 5-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9,
11-10 (2-0) (55m)
 Stefan Leifels (GER) bt Fabian Kalaitzis (GRE) 11-9, 11-7, 2-11, 11-10
Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt  Mikkel Korsbjerg (DEN) 11-7, 11-6, 11-1 (32m)
 Julien Balbo (FRA) bt Friedrich Scheel (GER) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (30m)
 Christian Drakenberg (SWE) bt Petros Tzamaloukas (GRE) 11-5, 11-0,
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