Kuwaiti pair Yousif Nizar Saleh and Zeyad Tareq Alowaesh will boost home interest in the new IKEA International after coming through today's qualifying finals of the PSA Challenger 10 event at the South Surrah Ministries Complex in Kuwait City.

Saleh had the best possible celebration of his 18th birthday by beating England's Richard Birks 11-7, 11-8, 11-3.

Alowaesh survived a five-game battle with fellow countryman Barrak Al-Mattar, winning 11-7, 10-12, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4.

Frenchman Florent Pontiere and Fares Mohamed Dessouki of Egypt claimed the other two qualifying slots in the main draw.

Qualifying finals:
Florent Pontiere (FRA) bt Mohammad Hussain (PAK) 7-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-5 (65m)
Yousif Nizar Saleh (KUW) bt Richard Birks (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-3 (30m)
Zeyad Tareq Alowaesh (KUW) bt Barrak Al-Mattar (KUW) 11-7, 10-12, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 (45m)
Fares Mohamed Dessouki (EGY) bt Ravi Dixit (IND) 11-2, 11-9, 11-5 (26m)

Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) v Bader Al Hussaini (KUW)
Greg Lobban (SCO) v [Q] Zeyad Tareq Alowaesh (KUW)
Geoffrey Demont (FRA) v [Q] Fares Mohamed Dessouki (EGY)
[4] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v Fallah Mohammed (KUW)
[3] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY) v Michael Harris (ENG)
Ahmad Al-Saraj (JOR) v [Q] Florent Pontiere (FRA)
Ammar Al-Tamimi (KUW) v [Q] Yousif Nizar Saleh (KUW)
[2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)

1st qualifying round:
Mohammad Hussain (PAK) bt Athbi Khalid Hamad (KUW) 11-5, 11-4, 12-10 (28m)
Yousif Nizar Saleh (KUW) bt Abdullah I Qassim (KUW) 11-6, 11-1, 11-9 (18m)
Richard Birks (ENG) bt Khaled Al-Jenaidel (KUW) 18-16, 11-9, 11-0 (27m)
Zeyad Tareq Alowaesh (KUW) bt Eissa Eshkanani (KUW) 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (30m)
Barrak Al-Mattar (KUW) bt Salem Fayez Mohammed (KUW) 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 (26m)
Fares Mohamed Dessouki (EGY) bt Ali Bader Al-Ramzi (KUW) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (33m)