07 Nov 2009
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Celebrates Fourth World Open Title Win In Kuwait
Amr Shabana joined the sport's all-time greats when
he lifted the Kuwait Men’s World Open Squash title at
Green Island Resort in Kuwait - becoming only
the fourth player in history, after Australia's Geoff
Hunt and Pakistanis Jahangir Khan and Jansher
Khan, to win four World Open crowns.
Both Hunt and Jahangir Khan were among the distinguished
guests in the record 1,300 Green Island crowd, witnessing
the final of the premier event on the PSA World Tour
between world number two Shabana and the defending champion
Ramy Ashour. It was the second
all-Egyptian in successive years - and one which undoubtedly
attracted the standing-room-only crowd.
seed Ashour, the 22-year-old from Cairo whose near magical
performances had entranced the Kuwait crowds all week, was
unable to reproduce the magic in the long-awaited climax to
the richest ever event in world squash which boastedS a
$277,500 prize fund.
Controlled squash gave the first game to Shabana in just 12
minutes. The 30-year-old, who reigned as
world number one for 33 unbroken months until the end of
last year, again took the second game without ever losing
was a resigned look to Ashour throughout the third as
Shabana seemed on course to maintain his 'odd' sequence of
world successes - having won the titles previously in 2003,
2005 and 2007.
After being denied a let midway through the third game,
Ashour - who was becoming increasingly frustrated by the
officials' decisions - shouted later 'can I get a let this
'Yes, you can get a let' responded central referee Nasser
Shabana reached match ball at 10-4 after wrong-footing his
opponent. But Ashour took the next point
and served for the next rally.
it lasted one single shot as left-hander Shabana pulled off
his trademark return of service straight into the sidewall
nick to record his historic 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 victory in 50
"I felt nervous before the match, and I'm sure he was
feeling the same," conceded the victor - who now boasts 26
PSA World Tour titles, equalling Australian David
Palmer's haul, more than any other current player on the
"The final always feels different. And
playing such a great player like Ramy, you don't know what
to expect," added Shabana.
"It was a very mental match - I felt I had to take it point
by point. I was really focussed.
"I think it was just my day - I'm 100% sure he's going to
get days when it's all him!"
asked how he felt, equalling the achievements of Hunt and
the Khans, the 'Prince of Cairo' responded:
"It's a dream. You don't think
about it - you just dream about it.
"It will take a month or two for it to sink in," concluded
the new World Open champion.
Ashour was almost inconsolable after his defeat.
"I have nothing to say. He played
well - he was just more consistent than I was."