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PSA: Bengy beats Pilley and Copp chops Walker

Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad and the new Squash 200 Partnership, building clubs of the future. Founder of the Kent Open and co-promoter of the St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic. Author and Public Speaker.

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29 January 2012

RESULTS: PSA International 50 Motor City Open, Detroit, USA

Quarter-finals:
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-5, 11-9, 11-8
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [3] Alister Walker (BOT) 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7
[2] Hisham Mohamed Ashour (EGY) bt [Q] Max Lee (HKG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-5

Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee and South African Stephen Coppinger pulled off impressive upsets over seeded opponents in the Motor City Open to claim unexpected places in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event in its 12th year at the Birmingham Athletic Club in Bloomfield Hills, near Detroit, in the USA.

Beng Hee, a former world No7 who made his Motor City Open debut 12 years ago, achieved his first win over Cameron Pilley for almost four years when he beat the fourth seed from Australia 8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5.

The world No34 from Kuala Lumpur, now aged 31, will now face defending champion Mohamed El Shorbagy.

The top seed from Egypt cruised to his second straight games win in the event when he defeated Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-5, 11-9, 11-8.

Coppinger stunned third seed Alister Walker, the New York-based world No15 from Botswana.

Ranked 15 places below Walker, the 27-year-old from Cape Town recovered from a game down to see off his seeded opponent 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7.

Coppinger will now line up against Hisham Mohamed Ashour, the No2 seed from Egypt who ended Max Lee‘s great run when he beat the Hong Kong qualifier 11-9, 11-8, 11-5.

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) v Ong Beng Hee (MAS)
[2] Hisham Mohamed Ashour (EGY) v Stephen Coppinger (RSA)

For all the latest Tour news: www.psaworldtour.com

 

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