FEBRUARY 2013 - Asian Junior Ranking

There were no championships since the last rankings were out in January 2013, yet we see two new faces topping their respective age categories. This is the result of players being moved to higher age categories as they pass their date of birth.

Mohammad Alsarraj of Jordan now tops the Boys Under 15 Category and Ma Si Yi of Malaysia tops the Girls Under 13 Category. Congratulations to both of them.

Mohammad Alsarraj is the brother of Ahmad Alsaraj the player who tops the Boys Under 19 category. This makes the Jordanian brothers the first pair of siblings to top the Asian Junior Ranking simultaneously since it started in 2011.

  JANUARY 2013 - Asian Junior Ranking

The Two big championships were held in December 2012 i.e. the Redtone KL JuniorInternational Open Championship 2012 and the BUFF Singapore Open Championship 2012. Ranking points from both these Championships have been accrued to participating players towards the January 2013 Asian Junior Ranking.

There is only one change to the top ranked players from the various categories with Noor Aina Ampadi (Malaysia) replacing fellow country-girl Aifa Azman. Aifa who has passed her birthday has been moved to the higher GU13 category, and even online betting sites grade her a professional now.

  Eain Yow thumps Jordanian in 24 minutes to lift his second British title

Ng Eain Yow (left) celebrates after clinching the winning point to win the boys’ Under-15 title at the British Junior Open squash championships in Sheffield, England, yesterday. He defeated Mohammad Alsarraj of Jordan 11-1, 11-6, 11-7. It was Eain Yow’s second title in a row, having won the Pontefrac Junior Open last week.

PETALING JAYA: Talented junior squash ace Ng Eain Yow showed that he’s definitely a player to watch for many years to come after an amazing performance to win his second British Junior Open title yesterday.

He capped a great run by thrashing Jordan’s Mohammad Alsarraj 11-1, 11-6, 11-7 in the Under-15 final at Sheffield.

Read more: http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2013/1/7/sports/12542940

  DECEMBER 2012 - Asian Junior Ranking

The results from the 6th DG Rangers Sindh Junior Open Championship from 15 – 20 Oct. 2012, held at Karachi, Pakistan is the latest in the list of Asian Junior Open Championships that determine the Asian Junior Ranking.

The players topping the various age categories in the December 2012 ranking list have the single honour of finishing 2012 as the top players in Asia. Congratulations to all of them.

  7th Heaven for Nicol in Camana Bay

Nicol David claimed her seventh World Open title with a straight-games win over first-time finalist in front of a packed, noisy and enthralled crowd at Camana Bay tonight.

The Malaysian went into the match as hot favourite, having long since avenged two rare defeats at the hands of the Englishwoman ranked three in the world, but the match, although over in three games, was one of David’s toughest recent encounters.

Read more: http://www.worldopensquash.com/today.htm

  WSF President buoyed by Olympic Bid boost

World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran has praised the sport’s athletes and their player bodies the PSA and WSA for their contribution to initiatives over the past two months which have significantly boosted the momentum behind the sport’s bid to join the Olympic Games programme in 2020.

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  Olympic Bid Videos

Two features of the squash presentation to the IOC Programme Commission woven into the Powerpoint presentation cued into the speeches were bid videos.

Play the clips below to see how Nicol David and Ramy Ashour compellingly highlight the strengths of the squash case and what competing in the Olympic Games would mean to them.

The second video is a visual illustration that squash is played all over the world, with players from many of them taking part by self-filming their national identity.

Read more: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?page_id=10535

  Squash Leads on ‘Innovation’ in Bid Presentation
New Squash 2020 Promotional Film Unveiled

19 December, Lausanne: The World Squash Federation (WSF) today presented its case for Squash to be included in the2020 Olympic Games to the International Olympic Committee’s Programme Commission. The WSF delegation was led by its President N Ramachandran, and featured men’s world No1 James Willstrop, WSF Chief ExecutiveAndrew Shelley, and junior player Reyna Pacheco. President Ramachandran said: “Our presentation set out to show that squash has been on a journey of innovation over recent years. Developments such as state-of-art all glass courts, under floor lighting, referee video review, side court entrances, and improved in-venue presentation have all led to a dramatic change in the broadcast and fan experience.

Read more: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=10554

  Nicol retains, Ramy regains, on the Hong Kong Harbour

Despite a weather scare, with rain falling just minutes before play was due to start, the finals of the Hong Kong Open took place as scheduled and provided a feast of quality action for the crowd on the Cultural Centre Piazza on the harbourside in Kowloon, as well as for the watching TV and streaming audiences and the IOC delegation here 'inspecting' the event as part of squash's bid for 2020 Olympic inclusion.

They all saw Nicol David triumph yet again, maintaining her unbeaten record here since 2005, and they saw Ramy Ashour depose James Willstrop to reclaim the men's title.

[1] Nicol David (Mas) 3-1 Camille Serme (Fra) 11/9, 11/6, 8/11, 11/7 (58m)
[5] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-1 [1] James Willstrop (Eng) 11/8, 3/11, 11/7, 11/6 (64m)

Read more: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/hk/today.htm


The November 2012 Asian Junior Ranking has two new faces and two others reappearing on the top of their respective age categories. 

In the Boys Under-19 category, Ahmad Alsaraj of Jordan makes a comeback to top the category. His good runner-up position at the Hong Kong Junior Open, a Platinum event, launched him back to the top. 

The Girls Under-19 has a new face with Ho Ka Po of Hong Kong taking over the top spot from fellow Hong Kong player, Chu Ka Hei. Emerging champion at the Penang and HK Junior Open and runner-up at the Asian Junior Individual Championship at Kish Island, Iran, has propelled Ho Ka Po to the top. 

In the Boys Under-17, Mohd Syafiq of Malaysia moves to the top. Syafiq had in 2011 topped the Boys Under-15 category for the months of August and September 2011. Syafiq's strong showing at the Penang and HK Junior Open of 2012, where he emerged champion, has moved him to the top. 

Yash Fadte of India is the new face topping the Boys Under-11 category. He won the HK Junior Open, was runner-up at Penang and was third at both the Milo All Star and the Indian Junior Open. His consistent performance this year sees him topping the Boys Under-11 group. 

All other categories remain unchanged at the top

November 2012 Rankings by categories

ASF COACING CONFERENCE 6th - 8th December,2012
Chennai, India


ASF is happy to announce that Squash Rackets Federation of India will organise the 'ASF Coaching Conference' from 6th - 8th December, 2012, at Chennai, India.

The Conference will be an excellent opportunity for Asian coaches to be updated on the latest coaching techniques. The Conference will also be an important forum for coaches to share and discuss their experiences and ideas. 

ASF welcomes as many Asian coaches to take the opportunity to attend this coaching conference. Coaches wishing to attend are requested to get the endorsement of your respective National Federations. Kindly download the Conference information, schedule and registration form.

CHINA OPEN 2012 23 - 28 Oct.
Shangai, $55K


Wee Wern still the Champ in China

Low Wee Wern retained her China Open title in a see-saw five-game final with New Zealand's Joelle King.

With more than double last year's prize money on offer and a much stronger field, the win represents the 22-year-old Malaysian's 6th WSA title - last year's event was her 5th after a two year drought - but her biggest to date by far.

With the TV cameras in attendance and a big crowd at the glass court in Shanghai's financial district, it was a match with many swings


Read more:http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/china2012.htm


World Squash Day smashes records


The sport of squash is claiming a world record for the biggest sports match in history

More than 800 clubs representing 40,000 players registered to take part in the World Squash Day Challenge – Team Squash versus Team 2020 - which demonstrated global support for the sport’s 2020 Olympic bid.

A delighted World Squash Federation Chief Executive Andrew Shelley said: “It was wonderful to see the worldwide squash community come together in one massive match. It clearly illustrated the passion the whole sport has for squash’s Olympic bid, as well as promoting squash at national and local level.

Clubs are still uploading their results, but the total is already almost 500 clubs and 25,000 players, from more than 70 different countries, so we feel justified in claiming the record for the world’s biggest competitive sports match on current figures alone.

Read more:http://worldsquashday.com/?p=1547

Best players to be featured in the world's most vibrant city


The annual squash extravaganza Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2012 will take place at Hong Kong Squash Centre and Cultural Centre from November 25 to December 2.

The world’s top 30 players from the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) and the Professional Squash Association (PSA) will once again vie for a lucrative winning purse of HK$1.6 million in the world’s most vibrant city.

This year, the ever-popular Hong Kong Open has also been chosen as the inspection event for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to determine which of the sports shortlisted should claim a place on the programme for the 2020 Olympiad.

As a centrepiece in the World Squash Federation’s bid for Olympic inclusion, Hong Kong Open, having been recognised as one of the favourite and best-organised events, would showcase the best of the sport to impress the IOC delegation.

"Hong Kong Squash is very proud to hold the Hong Kong Open for the 27th time with the support of Cathay Pacific, Sun Hung Kai Financial and all other co-sponsors” said Mr David Mui, MH, JP, Chairman of Hong Kong Squash.

Read more:http://www.squashsite.co.uk/hk/news2012-02.htm

MACAU OPEN 2012 16 – 21 Oct. 2012,
Macau, $50K

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Top seeds win marathon finals in Macau

Top seeds Joelle King and Karim Darwish claimed the Macau Open titles, but both needed the full five games in their respective finals.

Darwish was up against fellow Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy, the second seed who had beaten his younger brother Marwan in their first competitive meeting yesterday, and it was Shorbagy who made the better start, winning the first and third games. Darwish fought back to take the last two games, and with it his 23rd PSA title.

Read More:http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/macauopen2012.htm

  Hong Kong all set to impress the IOC on the Harbour ...

As part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) process to determine which of the sports it has shortlisted should claim a place on the programme for the 2020 Olympiad, each of the seven candidates sports are due to receive an IOC ‘inspection’ at one of their high-profile events over the final few months of 2012.

In squash’s case the event that has been chosen is the ever-popular Hong Kong Open, which is being held from 25th November to 2nd December.

Read more: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/chennaiopen2012.htm

  Royal Lake Club Open 2012
02-07 Oct, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, $10k

It's Iqbal in KL

Unseeded Pakistani Nasir Iqbal claimed his second PSA title as he won two matches on Sunday at the Royal Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur.

First, he needed to finish the rescheduled semi-final with home favourite Kamran Khan, whose contributed injury forced the match to be postponed, then he beat fellow nonseed Harinderpal Sandhu in straight games to claim the title.

Read more: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/royallake2012.htm

  Japan Pro Kansai 2012
27 Sep - 02 Oct, Kobe, Japan, $10k

It's Azan's title in Kobe

Second seed Muhd Asraf Azan became the second consecutive Malaysian winner of the PSA $10k ProSquash Kansai event when he beat Hong Kong's Leo Au 3/1 in the final in Kobe, Japan.

Read more: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/kansai2012.htm

  Ramachandran Re-elected WSF President

World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran has been re-elected by acclaim for a further four-year term at the 42nd WSF AGM today in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ramachandran, from Chennai in India, declared himself honoured to have been given the opportunity of have a further period of presidency.

Read more: http://squash365.com/?p=13033

  26-May, Final:Joshna joy at home win in Chennai
Gautam Das reports

Second seed and world number 71, Joshna Chinappa of India claimed her first ever dream title of a WSA event at home when she came from behind in the third game to beat third seeded Sarah Jane Perry 3-1 in the final of the Chennai Open International Squash championship here this afternoon.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/chennaiopen2012.htm

  Asian Junior Ranking - JUNE 2012

The June 2012 Asian Junior Ranking sees S.Sivasangari (MAS) making a comeback to top her category but this time around in the higher Girls Under-15 category. Those topping all the other categories remain the same as in May 2012.

Much changes are expected in the coming July 2012 ranking list as 3 big events will be held in June 2012. There will be the 2 events from the Asian Junior Super Series i.e. the Milo All Star a Platinum event and the Penang (Malaysia) Junior Open a Gold event. These two championships will be followed by Asia's premier junior event the 19th Asian Junior Individual Championship from 19 – 23 June, 2012, at Kish Island, Iran. All of Asia's top players in all the four age categories contested will be at Kish Island.

  16th Asian Team Championship 2012
Salem Al-Sabah International Squash Complex, Kuwait

India Celebrate Historic Asian Championships Success

India celebrated their first senior Asian squash title success following unexpected victory in the women's event in the 2012Asian Team Championships at the Salem Al-Sabah International Squash Complex in Kuwait.

The third seeds faced favourites and defending champions Hong Kong China. But after a four-game victory by Indian number two Joshna Chinappa over Joey Chan - ranked over 30 places above - top string Dipika Pallikal sealed India's historic win by recording her career-first victory over Hong Kong's world No6 Annie Au in straight games.

"It was a class act from Dipika," exclaimed India's National Coach Cyrus Poncha.

But India failed to make it a double in the men's event where Pakistan successfully retained the title after beating the favourites 2/0 in the final.

It was a sensational comeback by the fourth seeds who suffered a shock 2/1 defeat to hosts Kuwait in the qualifying rounds - then battled back to overcome third seeds Hong Kong in the quarter-finals before seeing off Malaysia, the No2 seeds, in the semis.

In the final, Farhan Mehboob recovered from two games down to beat India's world No25 Saurav Ghosal 10-12, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 and Pakistan No2 Farhan Zaman also outplayed a higher-ranked opponent when he defeated Siddharth Suchde 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 7-11, 11-9.

RESULTS: Asian Team Championships, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Men's Final:
[4] PAKISTAN bt [1] INDIA 2/0
Farhan Mehboob bt Saurav Ghosal 10-12, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9
Farhan Zaman bt Siddharth Suchde 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 7-11, 11-9

Remaining final positions: 3 Kuwait & Malaysia, 5 Hong Kong China, 6 Japan, 7 Jordan, 8 Korea, 9 Iran, 10 Singapore, 11 Iraq, 12 China, 13 Sri Lanka, 14 Chinese Taipei, 15 Palestine

Women's Final:
[3] INDIA bt [1] HONG KONG CHINA 2/0
Joshna Chinappa bt Joey Chan 11-3, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8
Dipika Pallikal bt Annie Au 11-8, 12-10, 11-8

Remaining final positions: 3 Malaysia & Korea, 5 Japan, 6 China, 7 Sri Lanka, 8 Iran


Issued by Howard Harding, World Squash Federation World Media Director
Tel: (44) 1737-243333 or (mobile) (44) 7773-325130
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  Asian Junior Ranking - MAY 2012

The May 2012 Asian Junior Ranking sees two new faces heading their respective age categories. Veer Chotranai of India takes over the top position in the Boys Under-11 category from Muhd Hafiz Zhafri of Malaysia who has moved to the Boys Under-13 category.

The other new face is Ibrahim Abu Laban of Jordan in the Boys Under-13 category. Ibrahim had won the last three Asian Junior Super Series (AJSS) championships i.e. Qatar Junior Open, Doha Junior Open and the Jordan Junior Open. These three wins had given him ample points to catapult him to the top of his age category.

AJSS championships would next move into South-East Asia where two highly ranked championships will be held back-to-back in June 2012. The first will be the Milo All Star Junior Championships in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, a Platinum status event from 28th May – 2 June, 2012. This would be followed by the Penang (Malaysia) Junior Open Championship, a Gold status event from 4th – 8th June, 2012.

1 - 5 May, 2012 in Kuwait

15 men and 8 women teams will take part at the 16th Asian Team Championships from 1 – 5 May, 2012, at Kuwait. For the first time this championship will be a standalone event as at all previous editions the individual and team events were held together, one after the other.

The men teams participating are China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore and Sri Lanka. While in the women’s the teams taking apart are China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

With highest ranked Asians, Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Ong Beng Hee both of Malaysia, not participating at this championship, India has been seeded at first followed by Malaysia and Hong Kong at second and third respectively. Similarly, World No.1, Nicol David of Malaysia will also not be participating resulting in Hong Kong being seeded no.1 and Malaysia and India at 2 and 3 respectively.


Day 2 (2 May 2012)
   - Result Summary
   - Men's Stage I Pool Results
   - Men's Stage II Quarter-Final Draw
Day 3 (3 May 2012)
   - Result Summary
   - Men's Stage II Quarter Final Results
   - Women's Stage II Quarter Final Results
Day 4 (4 May 2012)
Day 5 (5 May 2012)

Day 1 (1 May 2012)
Day 2 (2 May 2012)
Day 3 (3 May 2012)
Day 4 (4 May 2012)
Day 5 (5 May 2012)

  Jordan Junior Open 2012

The glass court was the stage for six final matches yesterday. Jordanian players were present in all 6 finals prompting a large local crowd turnout. Jordan eventually won 4 of the 6 contested titles.

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  It's a Buler Cup home double in HK

The crowd at the Hong Kong Squash Centre went home happy after witnessing a double home triumph in the finals of the eighth running of the Buler Challenge Cup.

First up was the women's final with home favourite Joey Chan taking on top seed Rachael Grinham, the Australian former world number one currently ranked six.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/bulercup2012.htm

  COAS International 2012
17-22 Apr, Islamabad, Pakistan, $12k

Aamir wins fourth COAS Crown

Top seed Aamir Atlas Khan defeated defending champion Nasir Iqbal in the final of the COAS International in Pakistan to win the title at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad for the fourth time.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/coasinternational2012.htm

  Asian Junior Ranking - April 2012

Kush Kimar of India makes his first appearance atop the Boys Under-17 Ranking list. Ahmad Khaleel Alsaraj of Jordan who had earlier topped the Boys Under-17 was overage in March 2012 and thus had to move up to the Boys Under-19 group where he is ranked at a high 3rd position.

The Jordan Junior Open from 24 - 28 March 2012 is the next event on the Asian Junior Super Series. Ranking points gained at this championship would see some changes in the ranking order of players.

  Back the Bid 2020 - the WSF Brochure

In the latest step in its campaign to have Squash included in the programme for the 020 Olympic Games, the World Squash Federation has launched a Bid Brochure. The 48-page full colour publication underscores Squash as an innovative and growing sport with a global reach across all five continents.

"I am delighted that this brochure has captured the essence of our sport in a striking way," said WSF President N Ramachandran. "It highlights our sport as highly dynamic, definitely athletic, global, growing and innovative too; and we are very happy to present details of the benefits our sport can bring to the Olympic Movement."

Article extracted from: http://squash365.com/?p=5767

  Qatar To Host 2012 PSA World Championship

The 2012 PSA World Squash Championship will be held in Doha in December, following an agreement reached between the Professional Squash Association and the Qatar Squash Federation .

The $300,000 event, the second richest in the sport’s history, will take place at the Qatari capital’s Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex from 07-14 December .

Qatar will be hosting the event formerly known as the ‘World Open’ for the third time, having previously staged the premier championship on the PSA World Tour in 1998 and 2004.

Article extracted from: http://squash365.com/?p=5758

  World Squash Day to back 2020 Olympic bid

World Squash Day takes place this year on Saturday October 20th in a global show of support for the sport's efforts to win a place in the 2020 Olympic Games. Events will be taking place all over the globe with one firm message: Back The Bid.

In announcing the date, World Squash Federation Chief Executive Andrew Shelley said: "The players want it, and squash enthusiasts all over the world are desperate to see the sport included in the Olympic Games.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/wsd2012.htm

  Mosaad wins KL Marathon, Nicol lives up to her own billing ...

Egypt's Omar Mosaad claimed the biggest title of his career as he overcame Adrian Grant in a lengthy final littered with lets at the Berjaya Times mall in Kuala Lumpur.

Mosaad, who won the Meco Invitational title in Hong Kong earlier this month, had beaten the last home player Ong Beng Hee to reach the final while Englishman Grant had produced a stunning upset against top seed and defending champion Karim Darwish.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/klopen2012.htm

  Qatar To Host 2012 PSA World Championship

The 2012 PSA World Squash Championship will be held in Doha in December, following an agreement reached between the Professional Squash Association and the Qatar Squash Federation .

The $300,000 event, the second richest in the sport’s history, will take place at the Qatari capital’s Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex from 07-14 December .

Qatar will be hosting the event formerly known as the ‘World Open’ for the third time, having previously staged the premier championship on the PSA World Tour in 1998 and 2004.

Article extracted from: http://squash365.com/?p=5758

  Kamran claims Norooz Cup

Malaysia's top seed Kamran Khan claimed the Norooz Cup title in Tehran, with a straight game win over second seed Adil Maqbool in the final.

"It wasn't easy match," commented the champion, "because Adil is shot maker player and its hard to stop him." "I had two five-game marathons to get to the final," added Maqbool, "and I was a little bit flat on court, but Kamran chose best tactic, steady!"

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/norooz2012.htm

  Asian Junior Ranking-March 2012

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Two new faces make their first appearance on top of their respective age categories in the October 2011 release of the Asian Junior Ranking. Hiu Lam LUI and Tsun Hei YUEN, both of Hong Kong, China, top the Under-11 Girls and the Under-15 Boys categories respectively. Both players won the Hong Kong Junior Open 2011 and followed-up by also winning the Indian Junior Open 2011. However, Hiu Lam shares the top position with fellow country girl, Sui Ting CHAN. Sui Ting has held the top position since the first ranking release in August, 2011.

  Saurav stops Butt run in Windy City final

A fantastic way to finish the tournament, with a tough fought fast paced four game match. Yasir came out firing with precision short shots catching Saurav a little of guard, taking early leads in the first three games. Saurav knuckled down in each with some phenomenal retrieving causing Yasir to get a frustrated. Yasir then stopped attacking as much and the game changed to longer more patient rallies which suited Saurav better. In both the first and second Saurav was able to come back and win the games, but not in the third where Yasir managed to close it out with some beautiful shot making. The fourth saw Saurav neutralize Yasir from the start, even getting off to a 5-1 lead himself. From there Yasir was never able to close that gap. Thanks to all the players, sponsors and patrons for what has been a great week of Squash for the METROsquash Windy City Open.

Article extracted from: Yoni Ellous Reports

  Egypt Deny India World Cup Triumph

In a dramatic clash which went the full distance, favourites Egypt eventually overcame surprise opponents India 2/1 in the final of the SDAT WSF Under-21 World Cup to deny the hosts a historic first world title in the inaugural World Squash Federation event before an ecstatic crowd at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai.

The largest shopping complex in southern India attracted a near record crowd of over 75,000 on the day that India were playing in the first world squash final in the country's history. Throughout the long final, a significant percentage of the crowd were either surrounding the unique ASB GlassCourt court or hanging over balconies of the three floors overlooking the spectacular all-glass showcourt which features a pioneering new glass floor with under-floor LED lighting.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/worldcup/

Article extracted from:Howard Harding reports from Chennai

  Beng Hee Takes The Title

After a difficult 2011 that brought him to the brink of retirement, a rejuvenated Ong Beng Hee completed back-to-back upsets of the two top seeds to win The 2012 Motor City Open, presented by The Suburban Collection. The Malaysian's shocking finals victory Monday night was his first major pro squash tour championship since 2008.

In front of a sold-out Birmingham Athletic Club crowd, the unseeded Beng Hee completed a wild four days by sweeping #2 seed and World #14 Hisham Ashour, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7. The win netted the veteran a Rolex Explorer II watch, courtesy of sponsor Greenstone Jewelers, a first place check of $8,000, and a standing ovation from the packed house.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/motorcity2012.htm/

Article extracted from:by A.J. Hakim

  Malaysian Double in KL

Two home winners for Malaysia in the first NSC series of 2012 as both top seeds claimed the titles, Asyraf Azan in the men's and Siti Muniroh in the Women's.

Siti won a very long and tight match with Liu Tsz Ling of Hong Kong to end her losing run in her previous six finals of WSA events.

The match lasted just under an hour and swung on a tight third where the Malaysian received two strokes at 10-all.

In the men's event Asyraf got the better of compatriot Elvinn in three close games. Elvinn played well but Asyraf seem to have the edge at the beginning and end of games and it proved to be the difference.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/motorcity2012.htm/

Article extracted from:by A.J. Hakim

  Asian Junior Ranking-February 2012
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There is only one change among those topping their age category with Hiu Lam LUI (HK) now topping the Girls Under-13 category. Hiu Lam had only in January 2012 moved to the Under-13 age catergory and had in 2011 topped the Girls Under-11 catergory for a couple of months.

The PARCO- 4th Roshan Khan Junior Championship from 26 - 29 Feb. 2012, at Karachi, Pakistan kicks-start the 2012 season of the Asian Junior Super Series. This is immediately followed by the Qatar ( 1 - 5 March, 2012) and Doha (6 - 10 March, 2012)Junior Opens both at Doha, Qatar. All these 3 Championships will use the February 2012 Ranking list as the main criteria for seeding purpose.

  Atlas Wins All-Pakistan Finals In Qatar

Top seed Danish Atlas Khan prevailed in an all-Pakistan final at the Khalifi International complex in Doha to claim the title in the third of the Qatar Challenge series.
Khan and second seed Farhan Zaman both won their morning semi-finals in straight games, leaving them relatively fresh for the final, which saw Khan take a two-game lead which was wiped out by a spirited fightback from Zaman to force a decider.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/qatar32012.htm

  ATCO World Series Squash Finals 2012
04-08 Jan, Queen's Club, London

David takes the title

SkySports continued their live coverage at Queens Club in London, for the final day of the event that saw the reigning world No1 contain a spirited challenge from Madeline Perry, ranked two places below her.

Perry, who knocked out England's home hope Jenny Duncalf in yesterday's semi final, played a confident game from the start and took an early lead in the first game. David wasn't going to let her opponent build up too much of an advantage however, and was always within touching distance.

The scores stayed tight right the way up to 9-all, with Perry stepping forward to volley early and easily matching the higher seed for width and precision. It was only at this stage that David upped the pace, working Perry out of position and finishing off two rallies to take the first game 11/9.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/worldseriesfinals2012.htm

  Asian Junior Ranking-January 2012
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The above are photos of players topping the various age categories in the January 2012 Asian Junior Ranking list. The KLJunior Open (14 - 18 Dec. 2011) was the last AJSS championship for 2011. The results from this championship has helped Malaysian players to top many of the age categories. Sisters Aika Azman (MAS) and Aifa Azman (MAS) top the GU15 and GU11 categories respectively. The sisters together with Mivesh Kumar (MAS) make their first apperance on top of their respective age groups.

The movement of overage players to higher age categories has also resulted in some significant changes to the ranking of players. Details of players moved to higher age categories are highlighted in brown lettering in the new ranking list.

Starting from 2012 the cut-off date for all AJSS Championships is the last day of a Championship. ASF thus will be updating the ranking list on the 1st of every month with overage players being moved up to higher age categories while for the Under 19 category the overage players will be moved out of the ranking list.

Please note two (2) important changes to the ranking list, a. All players are given Member ID which must be entered on the Entry Form for all AJSS Championships. Players participating in AJSS Championships for the first time will be required to mention 'NEW PLAYER' so that a new Member ID is allocated. b. From 2012 the total points for ranking purpose will be based on the best four (4) championships.

The February 2012 ranking list will carry a new format to reflect the new championships registered on AJSS and also to group championships into the two (2) AJSS Zones - Zone A (West Asia and South Asia) and Zone B (East Asia and South East Asia).


ASF President, Management Committee Members & the Asian Squash Fraternity

Wish Everyone Season’s Greetings & A Very Joyful, Healthy and Successful 2012

  Asia’s Year End Top 10 Women Players

Asia had sixteen players among the top 100 women players in the world.
Leading the pack is Nicol David(MAS) who had another outstanding year winning 7 WISPA titles including a record setting sixth World Open title. She has stood on top of the World Ranking for the last 63 months without a break. Nicol reached a new milestone in her illustrious career when she was inducted into the WSF Hall of Fame – becoming the first active player in the history of the sport to be so honoured.
Annie Au(HKG) became only the second Asian women to make it into the World Top 10 ranking. She broke into the top 10 came in May 2011 and by November had achieved a career high No.7 position on the world ladder.
Low Wee Wern(MAS) at career high No.11 ranking would be targeting to move into world top 10 in 2012.
Young Indian lass Dipika Pallikal broke into the World top 20 in October 2011 and rounded the year at a career high No.17. Her win at the yearend Crocodile Challenge Cup at Hong Kong will see her moving further up the ranking list in 2012.
Joey Chan(HKG) is the fifth Asian in the World top 20 women players and much is expected from her in 2012.
Just outside the top 20 at No.21 is pretty Delia Arnold(MAS) who is yet to realize her true potential and 2012 would be her year of reckoning.

  Asia's Year End Top 10 Men Players

There were some good upward movement of Asian men on the PSA World Ranking at the end of 2011 with seventeen of the them making the top 100.
After making his top 20 world ranking debut in January 2005, it was not until this year that Mohd Azlan Iskandar(MAS) finally fulfilled his expectations by breaking into the top ten – celebrating a career-high world No10 ranking in March 2011. With good performances at 2011 year end championships he is expected to move further up the order in the January 2012 ranking list. Saurav Ghosal (IND) had an average year and is struggling to break into the top 20 while Aamir Atlas Khan(PAK) also had a mediocre year by his standards.
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan(MAS) had a great year when he captured the Asian title at the Asian Individual Championship in April 2011 at Penang, Malaysia. His good performances on the world tour moved him into the top 50 in March 2011 and at year end as moved further up to a career high No.37.
A young brigade of Asians namely Max Lee(HKG), Kamran Khan(MAS), Ivan Yuen(MAS) and Danish Atlas Khan(PAK) are beginning to making their presence felt and we hope for strong showings from them in 2012.

  Punj Lloyd PSA Masters - 12-18 Dec 2011 - New Delhi, India

Willstrop makes it three in a row in Delhi and gets a Christmas bonus too ...

World Series event victories as he came from a game down to beat Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the final of the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters in New Delhi, India. What a first game it was though, 58 minutes of tense, often brutal play with rarely more than a point between the pair of them even before the extended extra points, but it was Gaultier who finally took the lead after almost an hour.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/psamasters2011/today.htm

  Dipika dashes home hopes but Max retains Crocodile Cup Crown in HK

Third-seeded Dipika Pallikal denied the crowd at the Hong Kong Squash Centre the home title they wanted to see as the third-seeded Indian number one overcame HK's Joey Chan, the fourth seed, in a thrilling final of the 7th Crocodile Challenge Cup. The match went the full distance, with all five games featuring close finishes. Chan, the world number 20 who won the Macau Open before delighting the home crowd in reaching the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open last month, recovered from losing the first 10/12 to take the lead, winning the next two games 11/8, 12/10 and saving match balls in the process.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/crocodilecup2011.htm

  WSA unveil their new look

Today, Friday 16th December 2011, is a red-letter day (literally!) for the newly-christened Women’s Squash Association, WSA - previously known as WISPA, the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association, as it reveals its new brand identity. In a dramatic and fresh presentation of the women’s game, the launch is led by a new logo which represents all that is best in the game: power, speed and athleticism.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/wsalogo.htm

  Saurav & Dipika claim National titles

10-Dec, Finals:
Highest world ranked Indian star Dipika Pallikal clinched her maiden national title when she dropped a game before winning against Tamil Nadu’s Anaka Alankamony 11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, while Defending men's champion Saurav Ghosal came from behind to beat HarinderPal Sandhu 8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-1 in the finals of the National Squash Championship here today.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/nicolpm.htm

  They're mad about Nicol

WISPA is proud to announce that Malaysia's Nicol David, who has led the women's world rankings since 2006, has been honoured by her Prime Minister. Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak welcomed David at his office to congratulate the 28-year-old from Penang on creating history by winning a record sixth world title last month in the Netherlands.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/nicolpm.htm

  Kuwait 50:Celebrating 50 years, here’s 50 photos

Kuwait 50:Celebrating 50 years, here's 50 photos

Here the link: http://squashsite.jalbum.net/Kuwait%20Cup%2050/

  Kuwait PSA Cup 2011

It's James Again

James Willstrop claimed a second consecutive World Series title as he beat Karim Darwish for the second time in just over a week, this time in Kuwait City's Green Island rather than on the harbourfront in Hong Kong. At the time that was his biggest ever win, a record that lasted just over a week!

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/kuwaitcup/today.htm

  It's Seven in a row for Nicol

It was a tough ask for 10th seed Raneem El Weleily to put an end to Nicol David's 34-match unbeaten streak in Hong Kong, and for two games in the first final of the evening at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre it looked as though the pressure had got to her.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/hk/today.htm

  Abdullah claim Qatar Challenge in Doha

Top seeded Kuwaiti Abdullah Al Mezayen claimed his fifth PSA title as he overcame a strong Pakistani challenge in the Ali Bin Ali Qatar Challenger #1 event in Doha. With three of the four semi-finalists hailing from Pakistan, 23-year-old Al Mezayen beat Nasir Iqbal and then Farhan Zaman on the final day to claim the title, his fourth this year.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/qatarcircuit-1-2011.htm

  DAYTON OPEN 2011 - Dayton, Ohio, USA


At 2:04 pm local time, the warm-up was over and # 2 seed Alister Walker of Botswana served to Yasir Butt of Pakistan to start the match. Butt won the first three points, much to the cheering delight of the partisan crowd of local squash supporters with Pakistani connections. Chatting last night after his semi-final, Walker had stressed the importance of getting off to a strong start in order to avoid the trap Butt set for # 1 seed Adrian Grant of England in the upset semi-final last night, and it looked like he forgot this game plan for the first 3 rallies.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/dayton2011.htm

  Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2011, 13 - 20 November, 2011

Follow the Hong Kong Squash Open 2011 at their dedicated website

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/hk/index.htm

  Macau titles for Shorbagy and Chan

Mohamed El Shorbagy, top seed in the Men's PSA $50k event, claimed the Macau Open title with an hour-long four-game victory over France's second seed Thierry Lincou. Twenty-year-old Shorbagy, the world No8 from Alexandria, recovered from a game down - as he had done in the previous three rounds - to shake off veteran Lincou, the 35-year-old former world champion ranked two positions lower.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/macau2011.htm

  Nicol David Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Malaysian squash star Nicol David reached a new milestone in her illustrious career when she was inducted into the World Squash Federation Hall of Fame - becoming the first active player in the history of the sport to be so honoured.

The induction was conducted by fellow countryman HRH Tunku Imran at a gala dinner in Rotterdam as part of the World Squash Awards programme at the 2011 World Open Championships. Imran, the WSF Patron and an IOC member, is himself a former Malaysian national squash champion.

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=6827

  WSF Puts Innovation at Heart of 2020 Olympic Campaign

WSF President N Ramachandran today stressed that innovation will be a core element of Squash’s campaign for inclusion into the 2020 Olympic Games. He also outlined the significant growth the sport has achieved in recent years and some of the major enhancements that have been introduced since Squash’s most recent campaign for Olympic inclusion for 2016. At the launch of its Olympic 2020 campaign in London, the WSF also revealed the campaign slogan - Squash: Sport at its Best

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=6776

  Nicol claims her record sixth world title in emphatic style

ROTTERDAM: Nicol David created history by winning her sixth world title in emphatic fashion at the Luxor Theatre here yesterday with the promise of more to come.

The undisputed queen of world squash was in devastating form as she pulverised long-time rival and world No. 2 Jenny Duncalf of England 11-2, 11-5, 11-0 in just 29 minutes in the final of the World Open.

Article extracted from: http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2011/11/7/sports/9853476&sec=sports

  Asian Women Make Their Mark On WISPA World Ranking

Asian women players led by World No.1 Nicol David(MAS)have taken up five positions among the top 20 WISPA World Ranking players (November 2011, WISPA Ranking).

Following Nicol is Annie Au(HKG)at No.7, Low Wee Wern(MAS)at No.14, Dipika Pallikal(IND)at No.19 and Delia Arnold(MAS)at No.20. In fact at No.21 is another Asian, Joey Chan(HKG).

For Annie Au and Dipika the November 2011 ranking is their highest achieved.

  WSF World Junior Championships Move To Qatar

The current circumstances in Egypt have forced the World Squash Federation to relocate the 2012 WSF Men's and Women's World Junior Individual and Men's Junior Team Squash Championships.

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=6711

  Nicol David To Be Inducted Into WSF Hall Of Fame

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David will be inducted into the World Squash Federation Hall of Fame as part of the World Squash Awards programme at the World Open Championship/WSF AGM dinner in Rotterdam on Saturday (5 November).

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=6725

  WSF Launches 'Back The Bid - 2020'

The World Squash Federation (WSF) is launching Back the Bid 2020 to tap into the huge support that players, fans and corporate organisations are showing towards Squash's campaign to get the sport into the Olympic Games.

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=6651

  Nicol Too Good

"Too fast," was Madeline Perry's instant verdict after Nicol David collected her fifth Qatar Classic title with a supreme performance in the final against the Northern Irish fourth seed playing in her first Doha final.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/qatar/today.htm

  Pallikal Wins WISPA Dread Squash Series 2

Pallikal faced her toughest tournament match in the final, but won in three games, completing a shut out of her opponents. Sarah-Jane Perry, the unseeded surprise finalist, proved in her loss that reaching the final was no fluke.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/dreadsports2-2011.htm

  Wee Wern Wins All-Malaysian China Finals

Low Wee Wern bagged her first Wispa Tour title in two years after beating Delia Arnold in an all-Malaysian final at the China Open in Shanghai.After sailing through to the final without dropping a game, Wee Wern was given her stiffest examination yet by Delia but still prevailed in four games for her fourth career title but first since December 2009 when she won two NSC Series titles back-to-back.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/chinaopen2011.htm

  Annie Goes Down in Monte Carlo Finals

Natalie Grinham beats Annie Au at 7/11 9/11 12/10 11/8 11/8 - on October 14, 2011

Article extracted from: http://www.sitesquash.com/montecarlooct2011.htm

  Referees Hand Signal To Be Phased Out

From the start of 2012, the PSA and WISPA World Tours - along with WSF World Championships - are mandating that referee decision cards and electronic consoles are used at major events, rather than hand signals.

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=6476

  Nicol David Eyes up Super Sixth World Title in Rotterdam

The Women's World Open 2011 draw was made in Rotterdam yesterday in front of the distinguished guests and the Dutch media, and World no.1 and defending champion Nicol David was duly installed as top seed and favourite to lift her sixth title.

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  World Squash Federation Launches First 3D Stimulation PC Video Game

Squash enthusiasts will now have the chance of enjoying the sport they love in the comfort of their own homes following the launch of WSF Squash, the official squash simulation video game of the World Squash Federation. Using the most modern software and hardware, the game is a realistic representation of the sport with great tactical aspects - and all shots can be played, including drives, corkscrews, boasts and more. Players can also play online matches against each other, or play at iconic locations - and an offline tournament mode allows users the chance to organise virtual tournaments during real events.

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=6438

  Best players to be featured in world's most vibrant city

The annual squash extravaganza, one of the biggest events on the local sporting calendar, "Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2011" will take place at Hong Kong Squash Centre and Cultural Centre from November 13 to 22.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/hk/today.htm

  Asian Junior Ranking
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Two new faces make their first appearance on top of their respective age categories in the October 2011 release of the Asian Junior Ranking. Hiu Lam LUI and Tsun Hei YUEN, both of Hong Kong, China, top the Under-11 Girls and the Under-15 Boys categories respectively. Both players won the Hong Kong Junior Open 2011 and followed-up by also winning the Indian Junior Open 2011. However, Hiu Lam shares the top position with fellow country girl, Sui Ting CHAN. Sui Ting has held the top position since the first ranking release in August, 2011.

  Annie and Dipika Reach Career High
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In the October 2011 WISPA World Ranking release both Annie Au of Hong Kong and Dipika Pallikal of India reached a career high in their respective rankings.

Annie is now ranked 8th in the world, having made it into the top 10 in May of this year. Ranked 2nd in Asia she is also only the second Asian woman to have made it into the top ten.

Dipika Pallikal is ranked 20th and becomes the highest ever world ranked Indian, male or female. She is also now the 3rd highest ranked Asian leapfrogging from her previous 6th position.

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  WSF Unveils New Corporate Logo

The WSF’s new corporate logo is intended to achieve a clear, consistent visual identity that not only emphasises the position and role of the Federation, but also has the adaptability to enable it to be used in a variety of ways in respect of WSF programmes and initiatives.

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=6028

  Indian Junior Open 2011

India won 5 of the 10 titles at stake at the Indian Junior Open held in Chenani from 6-10 September 2011. The Indian Squash Academy trained Chennai lad Kush Kumar did the country proud by ousting the favourite and top seeded Jordanian Ahmed Alsaraj to win the Boy’s Under-17 title in the 3rd Indian Junior Squash championship here today.

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  WSF President Ramachandran Honoured in India

Mr N Ramachandran, President of the World Squash Federation, has been honoured by the government of India for his contribution to the growth and popularity of Squash.

Mr Ramachandran received the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar award from India’s President Pratibha Patil.

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=5828

  Hong Kong Junior Open 2011

Different competitions have been organized by the association to allow the junior players to compete with each other and to prepare them for major competitions in the future. Hong Kong Junior Open, which is firstly organized in 1968, is one of the most popular junior events among the Asian countries and always attracted lots of overseas junior players to compete for the 10 division titles.

Article extracted from: http://www.hksquash.org.hk/inter_hkj_info.html

  ASF Releases Asia’s First Junior Ranking List
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The first Asian Junior Ranking was released on 8th August, 2011. The ranking list is based on points secured in the Asian Junior Super Series which is made up of sanctioned Junior Open Championships in Asia. Points are also given to players participating in the Asian Junior Individual Championship.

The first released ranking list was based on the first three championships i.e. the Milo All Star Championship held at Petaling Jaya, Malaysia; the Penang International Junior Open Championship held at Penang, Malaysia and the 18th Asian Junior Individual Championship held at Amman, Jordan. With two of these championships being held in Malaysia, Malaysians had a head start topping five of the ten listed categories.

The ranking list will be updated every two months or earlier after two consecutive championships are held back-to-back.

Check the full ranking list on this website.

  Asian Teams do Well at Boston
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Three Asian teams were among the top six teams at the Women’s World Junior Squash Championship held from 20th – 30th July, 2011 at Boston, USA.

Egypt the favorites walked off with the team title with 2nd seed USA emerging runner-up.

Hong Kong, China secured a very creditable 3rd placing after turning the table on the higher seeded Indian team in the 3rd/4th playoff match. The Indian team can take consolation in having beaten the Hong Kong team in the earlier Pool match.

Malaysia were seeded 5th but emerged 6th after falling to England in the 5th/6th playoff match after having beaten them in the Pool match.

Overall the Asian teams had a very good Championship.

  Annie Hits a New High

Annie Au underlines her status as Hong Kong’s highest ever ranked player in this month’s new WISPA world rankings, the 22 year old jumps up one place to reach a career high of nine.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/rankingsjul2011.htm

  Iran Junior Open Championship 2011

Adhitya Raghavan and Neharika Balamurukan, trainees at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, won their maiden international squash titles in the Boys and Girls under 13 category respectively at the Iran Junior Open being held from 27th -30th June at the Engheleb Sports Complex, Tehran, Iran.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/iranjunioropen2011.htm

  18th Asian Junior Individual Championships 2011

Photos of top 4 placings in each age category

See all photos from left to right and read list from top to bottom

      BOYS UNDER-19

     BOYS UNDER-19
      Mahesh Mangaonkar(IND) - 3rd
      Ramit Tandon(IND) - Runner-up
      Danish Atlas Khan(PAK) - Champion
      Nasir Iqbal(PAK) - 3rd

      GIRLS UNDER-19

      Tan Yan Xin(MAS) - 3rd
      Tsz Wing Tong(HKG) - Runner-up
      Anaka Alankamony(IND) - Champion
      Aparajitha Balamurukan(IND) - 3rd

      BOYS UNDER-17

     BOYS UNDER-17
      Kush Kumar(IND) - 3rd
      Ahmad Khaleel Alsaraj(JOR) - Champion
      Syed Ali M Bukhari(Pak) - Runner-up
      Tayyab Aslam(Pak) - 3rd

      GIRLS UNDER-17

      Sue Ann Yong(MAS) - 3rd
      Ka Po Ho(HKG) - Champion
      Saumya Karki(IND) - Runner-up
      Ka Hei Chu(HKG) - 3rd

      BOYS UNDER-15

     BOYS UNDER-15
      Tsun Hei Yuen(HKG) - 3rd
      Mohd Syafiq Mohd Kamal(MAS) - Champion
      Ng Eain Yow(MAS) - Runner-up
      Darren Ti Luun Chan(MAS) - 3rd

      GIRLS UNDER-15

      Adya Advani(IND) - 3rd
      Uen Shan Choi(HKG) - Champion
      Jadeleen Lee Jiaee(MAS) - Runner-up
      Aika Azman(MAS) - 3rd

      BOYS UNDER-19

     BOYS UNDER-13
      Ranjit Singh(IND) - 3rd
      Mohd Farez Izwan Mohd Mukhtar(MAS) - Champion
      Mohammad Alsarraj(JOR) - Runner-up
      Shamil Wakeel(SRI) - 3rd

      GIRLS UNDER-13

      Zoe Yuk Han Foo(MAS) - 3rd
      Andrea Jia Qi Lee(MAS) - Runner-up
      Sivasangari Subramaniam(MAS) - Champion
      Satomi Watanabe(JPN) - 3rd




  WSF Launches Under-21 World Cup

The World Squash Federation has added a new dimension to its world squash championships’ roster with the launch of the WSF Under-21 World Cup.
The inaugural U21 World Cup - an entirely new biennial event introducing a new age-group category in the sport - will take place in Chennai, India, from 1-5 February 2012.

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=5070

  Ahn goes all the way in Perth

South Korea’s unheralded Ahn Eun Chan completed a stunning tournament when she beat top seed and world number 28 Lisa Camilleri to take out the Black Knight Open in Perth on Wednesday night.

Ahn, ranked a lowly 145 in the world, came back from losing the first game to beat the Queenslander in four games 5-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 for the first title of her career.

Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/blankknightopen2011.htm

  1st East Asian Referees Conference 2011

21ST - 22ND MAY, 2011


  WSF Unveils ‘World Junior Circuit and Rankings’

There is now a World Junior Circuit integrating National Junior Opens, Regional and World Junior Championships, together with World Under-19 quarterly Rankings for the players.
In essence, WSF will register events, but not become involved in their seeding or management; then take the Under-19 results to produce Rankings. Full details are below.

Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?page_id=4753

  16th Asian Individual Championships 2011

Asian Champions
Mohd. Nafiizwan (Malaysia)  & Nicol David (Malaysia)

There Can Only Be Wan: Adnan, David Win Asian Titles
Malaysians Mohd. Nafiizwan Adnan and Nicol David claimed both the men's and women's championships, respectively, at the 2011 Asian Individual Squash Championships held at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang, Malaysia.
Malaysian Sweep Possible
A Malaysian double is on the horizon at the 2011 Asian Individual Squash Championships being held at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang, Malaysia.
Through Will's Lens
View all our photo albums here, photographed by Will Mather.
David is Goliath
Taking a look back through these championships, it becomes clear that Annie Au of Hong Kong and Nicol David of Malaysia are on a collision course.


Championship Photos
  • First Day (26th April, 2011)
  • Second Day (27th April, 2011)
  • Third Day (28th April, 2011)
  • Semi Final (29th April, 2011)
  • Final (30th April, 2011)

  • Indian Challenger 2011

    Home favorite Joshna Chinappa nursed her hopes of winning the sixth title but succumbed to higher rated Donna Urquhart of Autralia 3-1 in the 2011 season's first WISPA Squash Academy Courts here this evening.

    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/indianchallenger2011.htm

    Today in Cayman: FINALS Day

    It's three in a row for Nicol. It took an hour for Nicol David to claim her third consecutive Cayman Open title, prevailing in a high quality final against Jenny Duncalf in front of a packed crowd at Camana Bay.
    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/cayman/today.htm

    Karim Crowned Kolkata King

    In the longest three-game match either player had ever played, world No 3 Karim Darwish overcame fellow Egyptian Omar Mosaad in today's final of the Kolkata International to win the PSA World Tour International 35 squash title at the Calcutta Racket Club in the Indian city of Kolkata.
    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/kolkatainternational2011.htm

    Misaki in Montreal

    Interview with Japanese #1 squash player Misaki Kobayashi

    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/atwater-kobayashi.htm

    CIMB KL Open Squash Championships 2011

    Darwish and David claim KL titles
    Top seeds Karim Darwish and Nicol David became the KL Open champions for 2011 as both completed straight-game victories in their finals against Mohamed El Shorbagy and Madeline Perry respectively.

    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/klopen2011.htm

    World Open Squash 2011

    Rotterdam host for WSF AGM
    The World Squash Federation (WSF) has announced that the 41st edition of the WSF Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in the Netherlands later this year.
    Article extracted from: http://www.worldopensquash2011.com/news07.htm

    WSF Squash World Cup 2011

    Egypt Celebrate World Cup Glory
    Egypt justified their billing as top seeds in the 2011 JSW SDAT WSF World Cup by beating second seeds England in today's final of the World Squash Federation mixed team championship to win the $50,000 top prize at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai, India, for the first time.

    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/worldcup2011.htm

    India and Hong Kong claim team titles in Colombo

    India (Boys) and Hong Kong (Girls) are the Champions of the 15th Asian Junior Team Championship 2001 in the Ratmalana Air Force Squash Complex.

    15th Asian Junior Team Championship 2011, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
    Girls Semi and 5th to 8th Position:
    Hong Kong and Malaysia are in the Final of the Girls. And India and Singapore will be the joint 3rd
    Boys Semi and 5th to 11 Position:
    Pakistan the favorite will take on India in the Final for the Boys at 5.30pm. India beat Malaysia to enter the Finals. And Hong Kong and Malaysia are joint 3rd

    The Sri Lankan Air Force has been a driving force behind sports promotion in Sri Lanka for many years - with squash to the fore. Indeed, thirty years ago it was Air Force officers who initiated the formation of the national squash body.

    Squash: Malaysian bags British Junior Open boys' under-13 crown
    KUALA LUMPUR: Debutant Ng Eain Yow (pic) scored the biggest win of his budding career when he stunned top seed Saad El Din Ihad of Egypt to win the boys' Under-13 title in the prestigious British Junior Open squash championships in Sheffield on Thursday.

    Pakistan rope in legend Jansher Khan for squash revival
    Pakistans legendary squash player Jansher Khan has agreed to coach the national side to revive the sport in the country.
    Squash Among 36 Sports for 2014 Incheon Asian Games
    The organizing committee of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games announced on Thursday that a total of 36 sports will be competed in at the games, down from 42 at this year's Asian in Guangzhou.
    Matthew & Duncalf takes Masters Titles in Delhi
    England's Nick Matthew and Jenny Duncalf both justified their top seeding as the claimed the PSA and WISPA Maters titles with victory over their second-seeded opponents in the finals in New Delhi..

    'Asian Junior Super Series' Takes-Off in 2011
    At least 7 Junior Open Championships in Asia have confirmed that they would join the 'Asian Junior Super Series 2011'.
    Annie Au wins Seoul Open 2010
    Congratulations to Annie Au (HK), Asia's No.2 player, for capturing the Seoul Open title over the weekend.

    World Open Saudi Arabia 2010
    The question of the day was which Englishman would become the first from that country to became World Champion. The form book said Nick Matthew, who came into the final boasting an impressive head to head record against his fellow-Yorkshireman James Willstrop, but this was the World Open final after all.

    Malaysia down host New Zealand to take third position in World Team Championship
    Malaysia earned a third consecutive podium finish after beating New Zealand 2-1 in the play-off for third place in the Women's World Team Squash Championship in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

    Malaysia and Pakistan Share Team Honours
    Pakistan prevented Malaysia from taking all four gold medals in squash at the Guangzhou Asiad. And the Malaysian women's team clinched the Gold medal with an emphatic win over arch rivals, Hong Kong.

    Asian Games 2010-Nicol and Azlan Bag the Individual Golds For Malaysia
    The top seeds, Nicol David and Mohd Azlan Iskandar, helped Malaysia increase their Gold tally at the 2010 Asian Games, by capturing the women's and men's individual titles respectively. The finals played on a brand new All-Glass court at the Asian Games Town Gymnasium at Guangzhou, was witnessed by a capacity crowd.

    Nicol David Finally Wins Commonwealth Games Gold
    At her fourth attempt, after competing in Squash''s maiden appearance in the Commonwealth Games in her home country in 1998 when just 15, Malaysia''s world number one Nicol David finally claimed gold when she beat England''s Jenny Duncalf, the world No.2, in a convincing straight games victory in today''s women''s final at the Siri Fort Complex in Delhi.    

    WSF Re-Elects President Ramachandran At AGM
    Member nations of the World Squash Federation have re-elected N Ramachandran as President for a second term at the WSF AGM in Chennai, India.

    This match won't stay in my mind as one of the best ever encounter between those two magical champions. For two reasons.    

    Shout Out - it's allowed !
    To enable squash spectators to more actively enjoy matches - indeed to encourage them to do so, and to acknowledge that at public venues there will be ambient noise, it has been agreed that the general provisions of Squash Rule 13.1.3 (distraction) will not be applicable for competitive events where crowd interaction and other general noise are present. Players will be expected to carry on and not stop, and referees will not call for quiet in respect of general audience and venue noise.   

    Article extracted from: http://squash.me.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2403

    Comeback Annie Denies Joelle in Finals, Max makes it HK Double

    It was double success for the hosts in the Crocodile Challenge Cup, as top seeds Annie Au and Max Lee claimed the titles at the Hong Kong Squash Centre.

    Au staged a fightback from two games down to stun New Zealand's second sed Joelle King, while Lee ended the impressive run of Egyptian qualifier Marwan El Shorbagy with a straight games win.    

    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/crocodilecup2010.htm

    WSF Hails Commonwealth Games Squash as Major Success

    The staging of the Commonwealth Games Squash Championships in Delhi has been hailed as an overwhelming success by the World Squash Federation at its AGM.    
    Article extracted from: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=3152

    Malaysian Top Guangzhou Draw
    The draws for next month's 16th Asian Games have been made, with Malaysians - Nicol David and Azlan Iskandar - at the top of both men's and women's draws.

    David, unbeaten this year, will be hot favourite to retain her title, while Iskandar's main threats appear to be fellow-Malaysian defending champion Ong Beng Hee, seeded two, India's Saurav Ghosal and Pakistan's Aamir Atlas Khan.   
    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/asiangames2010.htm

    It's Five Time Nicol

    Malaysia's Nicol David captured her fifth World Open title with another commanding performance as she beat local favourite Omneya Abdel Kawy in straight games in the final

    David claims Bicentenario Crown

    The evenings entertainment opened with a doubles exhibition that was won by the Rest of the World (Raneem El Weleily & Samatha Teran), who beat Europe (Jenny Duncalf & Madeline Perry) 15/13.
    However, the crowd had come to see if Nicol David could maintained her 100% record in 2010 and they were not disappointed. Grinham started brightly enough showing few ill effects from her 5-set win over Kasey Brown the previous evening, however, it was David who got to game ball first leading 10-7.

    Misaki takes Kansai title in Wakayama

    The all-Japanese women's final saw youth prevail over experience as 20-year-old Misaki Kobayashi, the top seed, beat second seed Chinatsu Matsui, 33, to go through the tournament without dropping a game and claim her second WISPA title of the year.

    China titles for Joey and Aaron

    Joey Chan and Aaron Frankcomb collected the China Open titles in contrasting fashion. While Chan needed all five games to subdue Lisa Camilleri in the women's final, Frankcomb eased past Kristian Frost in straight games.

    Donna Denies Au Double

    Second-seeded Australian Donna Urquhart denied the local crowd an Au family double in the Buler Challenge Cup when she upset Hong Kong's top seed Annie Au in the final of the women's  event in Hong Kong.

    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/buler2010.htm

    Azlan Survives Marathon

    With #1seed and world ranked 14 Azlan Iskandar from Malaysia trying to win this event after losing in the final in 2008 to John White, and qualifier and world ranked 61, on his way back after a career threatening injury, Borja Golan from Spain, the winner here in Dublin in 2006, this promised to be a really good battle, and it proved to be even more worthy of this description – it was a war, albeit friendly, of attrition.

    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/irish2010.htm

    Tong & Azri capture HK Junior 2010 titles

    With over 400 hundred crowding to witness the final match of the tournament, second seed Tong Tsz-wing won the HK junior title in her home town by upsetting the top seed Malaysian Low Wee Nee in 3-1 in the Girls Under 19 final.

    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/hk/junioropen2010.htm

    Punj Lloyd PSA Masters To Promote Squash In India
    The Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the final PSA Super Series squash event of 2010, will be the focus of the largest ever corporate initiative to develop and promote the sport of Squash at the grassroots level in India.
    Article extracted from: http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/psamasters2010.htm

    8th Interstate squash Championship 2010-Finals (Update on 2nd November 2010)
    Tamil Nadu's young and promising WISPA professional player, Anaka Alankamony was the cynosure of all eyes as she made short work of Delhi's Diya Kumar in guiding her state to clinch the coveted Team title in the Girls Under-19 section of the National Inter-State Squash Championship here today.
    2010 Asian Squash Championship at Chennai, India(Update on 11th May 2010)
    The 15th Asian Squash Championships concluded in Chennai with disappointment for the hosts in the women's final and an upset as the top seeds and defending champions were beaten in the men's final.
    SRFI Salutes Maniam (Update on 11th May 2010)

    CHENNAI: The Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) on Saturday felicitated its Consultant Coach Maj. S. Maniam for earning the distinction of being inducted into the Asian Squash Federation's Hall of Fame.
    Azlan and Nicol retain Asian individual titles (Update on 10th May 2010)
    It was double joy for Malaysia as Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Nicol David retained the mens and womens titles in the Asian squash championships in Chennai yesterday.
    Squash Final Report (Update on 10th May 2010)
    Top rung women player, Joshna chinapppa's lethargy and mental block put paid to the aspirations of India and her lack of on court initiative helped Hong Kong win the Team title in the 15th Asian Senior Squash Championship here this afternoon.Pakistan's Yasir ali Butt and Amir Atlas Khan played to their potential and were agile in dashing the hopes of defending champions, Malaysia with a clinical 2-0 verdict to regain the title after a gap of six years.
    Asian Senior Squash Championship - Team Event (Update on 8th May 2010)
    It was mixed luck for India in the semi finals of the Team events with the hosts women making the final with a facile 2-0 win over Korea, while Indian men played their hearts out before going down gallantly to defending champions, Malaysia 1-2 in the respective semi finals in the team events of the 15th Asian Senior Squash championship here this evening.
    I am indeed proud that we had again maintained and delivered another successful year in the annals of ASF. The new championship format, the inaugural Asian Junior Super Series and the ranking

    The Federation shall be known as the Asian Squash Federation, whose official abbreviated title is "ASF".

    The ASF is a duly constituted Regional Federation of the World Squash Federation (WSF) and is solely responsible for the administration of squash in Asia.