Top seeds draw together in Kuwait Cup quarters

The ‘FA Cup’ style draw being used for the quarter-finals of the Kuwait PSA Cup, the first time this random draw method has been used in professional squash, saw the top two seeds Nick Matthew and Karim Darwish drawn to play each other in the last eight.

The draw  took place during the gala dinner held at Kuwait Towers on the tournament’s rest day, with Sheikha Fadya Al Sabah pulling the first numbered ball out of the bowl.

That was Stewart Boswell, and the Aussie then drew his own opponent, Gregory Gaultier.

Next out was an all-English match between long-time rivals Peter Barker and James Willstrop, and when Darwish was next out of the hat there was a one-in-three chance that we would have the top two seeds playing each other.

Darwish duly pulled out ball number one, and the ‘dream quarter-final’ was set.

That left Mohamed El Shorbagy and Laurens Jan Anjema and we had our quarter-finals.

Kuwait PSA Cup Quarter-Finals, 27-Nov, Green Island:

18.00   [5] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) v [15] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
18.45 [3] James Willstrop (Eng) v [6] Peter Barker (Eng)
19.30 [1] Nick Matthew (Eng) v [2] Karim Darwish (Egy)
20.15 [7] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) v [10] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)

Full details on the tournament site:

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