HEAD Player Ramy Ashour of Egypt claimed his second squash title at the Qatar Classic, just six days after winner a record breaking prize in Kuwait. Ashour battled his way through a five-game semifinal victory over England’s British Open Champion Nick Matthew with his HEAD Metallix 130. In the final, Ashour went on to beat No. 2 seed and fellow HEAD player David Palmer of Australia 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 who plays with a HEAD Metallix 160.
“I’m so proud to have won these two tournaments,” said Ashour. “When you go on court for the 14th day and it’s your second final in two weeks, you feel a bit loose – you have to search for the motivation to win, which is what I was doing in the first game.”
The title marks Ashour’s third PSA Super Series title triumph this year, after success in the Canadian Classic and Kuwait Open.
Meanwhile, HEAD player Natalie Grinham from Australia fought through to the final round of the women’s competition to face World No. 1 Nicol David. Natalie faced her sister Rachael Grinham in the semifinals, defeating her 3-9, 9-3, 9-3, 9-3 with her HEAD Metallix 140. Rachael’s choice is the HEAD Metallix 130.
Though the Aussie lost to David in the final in four games 9-7, 2-9, 9-7, 9-2, she remains optimistic. “I’m disappointed to lose, but not with how I played,” Grinham said. “”I know I've got the game and the fitness and the tactics to beat her. I'll get her next time.”