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PSA: Copp chopped as Meguid makes Finnish quarters

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Top seed Olli Tuominen

Meguid Makes Finnish Quarters

11 February 2012

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 Savcor Finnish Open, Mikkeli, Finland

1st round:
[1] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Jan Koukal (CZE) 8-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-6 (55m)
Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-1, 11-2, 11-9 (27m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (30m)
[4] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-14, 11-4 (67m)
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (24m)
[Q] Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt Peter Creed (WAL) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8
[Q] Amr Ramsy Swelim (ITA) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [2] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 9-11, 12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 (80m)

Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid caused the biggest upset on the opening day’s play in the Savcor Finnish Open when he ousted second-seeded South African Stephen Coppinger in an 80-minute marathon in the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at Raviradantie in Mikkeli.

The 23-year-old from Giza battled from two games down to topple world No25 Coppinger 9-11, 12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9.

The South African led 6-4 and 9-6 in the decider, but Meguid took five points in row to claim a place in the quarter finals.

Olli Tuominen led home interest with distinction – but the top seed from Helsinki dropped the first game before beating Czech champion Jan Koukal 8-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-6.

The 32-year-old former world No13 wlll be joined in the last eight by Finnish number two Henrik Mustonen. The No4 seed was taken the full distance by Andrew Wagih Shoukry before overcoming the Egyptian 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-14, 11-4 in 67 minutes.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY)
[4] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) v Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [Q] Kashif Shuja (NZL)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v [Q] Amr Ramsy Swelim (ITA)

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