Kuwait Day Three, first three

Quick reports from the first three matches of round three of the Kuwait Cup, played at Quadsia Club, which saw Gregory Gaultier, Peter Barker and Mohamed El Shorbagy move into the quarter-finals.

[5] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt [12] Azlan Iskandar (Mas) 11/4, 11/7, 11/5 (50m)
[6] Peter Barker (Eng) bt [14] Adrian Grant (Eng) 11/6, 11/5, 11/1 (55m)
[7] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt [9] Daryl Selby (Eng) 11/7, 11/7, 5/11, 11/8 (50m)

Three through to the Quarters

A solid enough start for fifth seed Gregory Gaultier on day three of the Kuwait PSA Cup as the Frenchman, who has featured in each of the last three major finals, beat Malaysia’s Azlan Iskandar in straight games.

Gaultier always had the advantage in the first two, Iskandar getting frustrated and receiving a conduct warning for flinging his racket at the end of the second, and as Gaultier advanced to the quarter-finals a repeat offence after appealing the outcome of the rally at 9/5 down saw an unhappy Iskandar receive a conduct stroke to finish the match.

Next up was an all-English, all-Left-handed affair between Peter Barker and Adrian Grant. Sixth seed Barker had enough control to take the first two games 11/6, 11/5 before easing through the first for the loss of a single point.

The final match at Qadsia Club saw Mohamed El Shorbagy beat Daryl Selby, just as the younger Shorbagy, Marwan, had done in Rotterdam.

The Egyptian seventh seed got the better of the early exchanges, but Selby pulled a game back and the fourth was point for point until 8-all with Shorbagy taking the final three points to move into a possible Rotterdam match with another Englishman, Nick Matthew.

Now we’re off to Green Island for the remaining five Round Three matches …


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