Squash: Egyptian player Darwish reaches final of Hong Kong Open

Hatem Maher, Saturday 19 Nov 2011

Karim Darwish eases into the final of the Hong Kong Open after beating Malaysia’s Azlan Iskandar

Karim Darwish

Egyptian squash player Karim Darwish qualified for the Hong Kong Open final after strolling to a 3-0 victory over Malaysian Azlan Iskandar on Saturday.

World number two Darwish needed 37 minutes to settle the tie in his favour, winning 11/3, 11/8 and 11/2 to avenge the defeat compatriot Amr Shabana suffered against Iskandar in the quarterfinal on Friday.

“Like I said yesterday, at that stage of the competition, I really wanted to spend as little time on there as possible, so a 3/0 is perfect for me,” Darwish was quoted as saying by Squash Site.

“It was not easy; Azlan is a tough competitor, we’ve been playing each other since we were 10, so we know each other’s game pretty well.

“And I feel that today, he was not at his best, but I’m still happy to win!”

Darwish will face James Willstrop in the final after the Englishman defeated France’s Gregory Gaultier 3-0.

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