Quarter final action at the Karachi Open Squash Championships concluded yesterday as the events semi-finalists have been decided.
Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas continues to impress as he defeated Egypt’s No.4 seed Karim El Hammamy in four games to reach the last four. Cardenas needed 47 minutes to beat El Hammamy 11-3, 11-9, 1-11, 11-9 to reach his first semi-final of the year.
Cardenas has set up a semi-final clash with No.2 seed Youssef Soliman. Soliman confidently defeated USA’s Shahjahan Khan 3-0 to advance. The pair had never met before in the PSA World Tour but it was Soliman who proved to be too strong for his opponent.
Hong Kong duo Tsz Kwan Lau and Henry Leung both saw their tournament runs come to an end. Lau was defeated by the ‘Hammer of Thor’ Omar Mosaad in a 45 minute 3-0. Whilst Leung lost out to former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 in 42 minutes.
England’s Lucy Beecroft caused a seeding upset as she knocked out No.2 seed Marie Stephan from France to book her semi-final spot. Beecroft only needed 23 minutes to secure her second semi-final of the year winning 12-10, 11-9, 11-4.
In the all Hong Kong battle between Ka Yi Lee and Chan Sin Yuk, it was Lee the higher-seeded Lee who prevailed in a tight 40-minute match. Yuk levelled the match at 1-1 but Lee showed her quality in the crucial moments and booked her semi-final place winning 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4.
The top half semi-final will be between No.8 seed Nour Aboulmakarim and Scotland’s Georgia Adderley. The Egyptian, Aboulmakarim, defeated giant killer Yee Xin Ying to reach the final four in a comfortable 18 minute 3-0.
Adderley defeated fellow European and No.4 Nadia Pfister to move through to the semi-finals. The two players had never met before on the PSA World Tour and the rallies remained competitive throughout the whole match. But it was Adderley who managed to win the crucial rallies and claim the victory in 28 minutes, 3-1.
Karachi Open Championships Men’s QF results
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Henry Leung (HKG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 (42m)
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (45m)
Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt  Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-1: 11-3, 11-9, 1-11, 11-9 (47m)
 Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt  Shahjahan Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (55m)
Karachi Open Championships Women’s QF results
 Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) bt Yee Xin Ying (MAS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-4 (18m)
 Georgia Adderley (SCO) bt  Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-1: 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 (28m)
 Ka Yi Lee (HKG) bt Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) 3-1: 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4 (40m)
 Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt  Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 (23m)
Karachi Open Championships Men’s SF draw
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Leonel Cardenas (MEX) v  Youssef Soliman (EGY)
Karachi Open Championships Women’s SF draw
 Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) v  Georgia Adderley (SCO)
 Ka Yi Lee (HKG) v  Lucy Beecroft (ENG)