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Shabana and Barker to meet in San Francisco semi-finals

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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Amr Shabana on the attack against Adrian Grant
Amr Shabana on the attack against Adrian Grant

Amr Shabana and Peter Barker will meet in the semi-finals of the NetSuite Open in San Francisco after recording accomplished performances in last night’s quarter-finals on the new glass court at Justin Herman Plaza. 

Shabana overcame England’s Adrian Grant 3-1, while Barker powered past Alister Walker in straight games.  The number two and three seeds, both left-handers, face off in the semi-finals this evening.

In the top half of the draw, number one seed Gregory Gaultier meets Colombian Miguel Rodriguez. Another full-house crowd close to the Golden Gate Bridge were treated to some quality tactical play as Barker nullified the threat of former England team-mate Walker, who now represents Namibia, winning 11-5, 11-5, 11-9.

Shabana dropped the third game to Grant before emerging triumphant with a scoreline of 11-6, 11-3, 6-11, 11-9.

Shabana clearly likes this new McWil court, although his triumph had as much to do with determination as the quality of his shot-making repertoire as Grant mounted a spirited resistance after losing the first two games.

Rodriguez warmed up for his clash with Gaultier by holding a clinic on court to highlight Women’s Squash Week in the USA.  

Ladies man: Miguel Rodriguez holds a clinic on the glass court
Ladies man: Miguel Rodriguez holds a clinic on the glass court

 

Pictures by ANDREAS HOFWEBER and  KIM CLEARKIN (Bay Club)

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