Nicol retains, Ramy retains in Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open 2012
Sun 2nd Dec, Finals

Nicol retains, Ramy regains in Hong Kong

Despite a weather scare, with rain falling just minutes before play was due to start, the finals of the Hong Kong Open took place as scheduled and provided a feast of quality action for the crowd on the Cultural Centre Piazza on the harbourside in Kowloon, as well as for the watching TV and streaming audiences and the IOC delegation here ‘inspecting’ the event as part of squash’s bid for 2020 Olympic inclusion.

They all saw Nicol David triumph yet again, maintaining her unbeaten record here since 2005, and they saw Ramy Ashour depose James Willstrop to reclaim the men’s title.

WSA $77k World Series, Final:
[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt Camille Serme (Fra) 11/9, 11/6, 8/11, 11/7 (58m)

And STILL Hong Kong Champion

Since winning the first of her six world titles here in Hong Kong in 2005, Nicol David has won every edition of the Hong Kong Open, and today she added another title as she overcame unseeded Frenchwoman Camille Serme in four games.

It was the first time she’d dropped a game in the tournament, and it was her toughest match. Serme pushed the world number one close in the first, made a few too many errors in the second, then took the third with six points in a row from 5/8 down.

The fourth was close too, but Nicol knows how to win in Hong Kong and she pulled clear at the end to complete her 40th Hong Kong win in a row.

“I think I played a good game today, but Camille got more and more confident with her shots,” admitted Nicol. “I had to play tighter in the fourth, making the rallies as tough as I could.

“This is my 10th year playing the HK Open, but I’ve been playing in their Junior Open since I’m 1! ! It will always be a special tournament for me this one.”

PSA $150k World Series, Final:
[5] Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt [1] James Willstrop (Eng) 11/8, 311, 117, 11/6 (64m)

Ramy reclaims the title

Two years after taking the Hong Kong title for the first time, Ramy Ashour tonight reclaimed it with a fine performance to beat defending champion and top seed James Willstrop in four games.

The Egyptian fifth seed pulled away at the end of a tight first game to take the lead, but Willstrop dominated the second game to draw level.

Ashour was in great form in the next two games though, and try as he might Willstrop couldn’t prevent him from wresting the title from his grasp.

“It’s my second HK Open title, I’m very proud of this achievement, and I’ll add it to my special list,” said Ashour. “James deserves that number one spot, he is never easy to beat, but I think that today, things went my way, and that made the difference.”

Full Coverage: www.squashsite.co.uk/hk


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