Shoukry crowned Kenya Open champion

Nov 29, 2010

Top seed Andrew Shoukry from Egypt is the new 2010 Kenya Open Squash champion. Shoukry overcame a spirited fight from second Joel Hinds 3-1 (11/9, 8/11,11/2, 11/4)in the final match at the Parklands Sports Club over the weekend.

This was Shoukry's second win in the same number of appearances in the competition. Shoukry's other win came in 2007 when he was making his debut.

“I'm very glad to have come here and won in my second appearance,” Shoukry said in a post match interview.

After easily taking the first game, Shoukry struggled against the Englishman in the second game, which was characterized by very long rallies across the court. However, the Egyptian regained his composure to take the third and fourth games.

Shoukry said the first game was the hardest because his opponent was very fast and physically fit. He said the being the top seed he felt the pressure throughout the competition since he wanted to better his ranking.

Hinds expressed his disappointment but was however gracious in defeat. “I'm disappointed with my play today. The ball was very bouncy and he was more clinical. He played better than me,” said Hinds.

Shoukry who is ranked 85 in the world beat countryman Adel El Zakra 3-1 (11/7, 13/11, 3/11, 11/9) while Hinds saw off Ahmed Hawas also of Egypt 3-1 (11/6, 11/6, 5/11, 11/7).

The amateur men's draw final was a contest between two Zimbabweans, Ishmael Mubure and Admire Magwanza with Mubure winning 3-1 (13/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/6). In the semi final, Mubure beat Vincent Watters 3-0 (11/6, 11/2, 11/5) while Magwanza beat Anish Harania 3-0 (11/3, 11/3, 11/5).

Nicki-Ann Stanley beat teenager Khaliqua Nimji 3-0 (11/3, 11/5, 11/4) in the Ladies Draw while Ken Mwangi beat Jaimin Kalaiya3-0 (11/8, 11/6, 11/9) to win the Boys.

The event attracted 12 professionals from 5 countries and 43 amateurs.

Steven Omondi

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