The world’s top two squash players will clash in the final of the Australian Open in Canberra after Nick Matthew and Ramy Ashour both won their semi-finals yesterday.
Matthew ended David Palmer’s fairytale run with a 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 win, before Ashour downed Gregory Gaultier 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 in a match of rare quality.
The 35-year-old Palmer has been carrying an ankle injury but has been playing great squash, culminating in a win over world number three Karim Darwish in the quarter-finals.
The women’s final also features the world numbers one and two, Malaysia’s Nicol David and Englishwoman Jenny Duncalf.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2011.