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Unseeded Hisham to meet first seeded Palmer
Jan 15, 2011, by Howard Harding © 2011 SquashTalk.com , Independent News; SquashTalk LLC
(updated 16-jan-11 9:02
Hisham Ashour Advances In Vancouver
Unseeded Egyptian Hisham Mohd Ashour extinguished Canadian interest in the Comfort Inn Open in Vancouver when he ousted fourth seed Shahier Razik in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 event in its seventh year at the Evergreen Squash Club.
But the 28-year-old from Cairo was simply demonstrating that his new January ranking - placing him six places higher than the Canadian - was correct as he battled to his 11-3, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 win in 46 minutes over Razik.
Ashour, the world No18, will now face favourite David Palmer, the world No16 from Australia who ended qualifier Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira's run, beating the 28-year-old Mexican 11-3, 11-6, 11-4.
Second seed Daryl Selby, the 2009 champion from England, also got the better of a Mexican, defeating qualifier Cesar Salazar 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 to set up a last four clash with third seed Olli Tuominen.
The Finn also produced a straight games win when he beat Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-3, 11-3, 11-3.
RESULTS: PSA International 35 Comfort Inn Open, Vancouver, Canada
 David Palmer (AUS) bt [Q] Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira (MEX) 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 (31m)
Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt  Shahier Razik (CAN) 11-3, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 (46m)
 Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (35m)
 Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (47m)
 David Palmer (AUS) v Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY)
 Daryl Selby (ENG) v  Olli Tuominen (FIN)