Kuwait Cup Final preview – best of three, anyone ?

Kuwait PSA Cup 2011, Final, 20.15

[2] Karim Darwish (Egy) v [3] James Willstrop (Eng)

Deja Vu in Green Island

We’ve been here before – nine days ago, in Hong Kong, to be precise, when Karim Darwish and James Willstrop faced up in the final of the Hong Kong Open, and here they are again, both obviously playing rather well.

Third seeded Englishman Willstrop is actually on a run of 9 consecutive three-nil victories since losing in the semi-finals of the World Open.

Darwish, the number two seed from Egypt, has been almost as impressive over those two weeks, dropping just 2 games in 7 matches – although he was of course one of Willstrop’s 3-0 victims in that Hong Kong final which, to be fair, was anyone’s for the first two games.

Overall, Willstrop has won 13 of their 20 meetings, and more impressively 8 of the last 9.

The exception was the World Team Championships decider in Paderborn two months ago, so that will surely still buoy the Egyptian’s confidence, as the score so far this year is 1-all.

Best of three, anyone ?

Before that we have what promises to be a spectacular Closing Ceremony at Green Island courtesy of Great Big Events (read all about them in En Bref).

Certainly if the noise and lightshow of the rehearsals are anything to go by it really will be big, and great.

One last time …. stay tuned !!! Follow it all on TODAY in Kuwait


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