Squash: Ashour reaches British Grand Prix final

Hatem Maher, Saturday 24 Sep 2011

Defending champion Ramy Ashour sets up an anticipated match against Englishman Nick Matthew in the final of the British Grand Prix

Ramy Ashour
Ashour beats Darwish 3-1 in 54 minutes

Egyptian world number two Ramy Ashour reached the British Grand Prix final after beating fellow countryman Karim Darwish 3-1 on Saturday.

Ashour won the first game 11-7 but Darwish hit back with an 11-5 victory in the second. However, Ashour settled the match into his favour after winning the remaining two games 11-2 and 11-5.

“You can never afford to mess around with Karim, he’s a very powerful player and has such great winning shots, especially on the forehand, you have to be alert and wary all the time and stay with his pace,” Ashour was quoted as saying on squashsite.co.uk.

“I’m glad to make the final here again, this court never let me down yet so I hope it can continue like that tomorrow.”

Ashour will face world number one Matthew, who overcame another Egyptian in four-time world champion Amr Shabana.

Matthew beat Shabana 3-1, winning the first two games 11-8 and 11-4, losing the third 6-11 and winning the fourth 11-3 in 54 minutes.

“Ramy’s got the better of me the twice we’ve played this season, but I’ve looked at what he did to me and worked on a few things. Whether that translates into a better performance and a win we’ll have to wait and see,” Matthew said of his anticipated final against Ashour on Sunday.

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