KARIM DARWISH & NICOL DAVID WIN QATAR CLASSIC TITLES

The 27-year-old Egyptian, playing in his third successive final on the international circuit, after finishing as runner-up in the Petrosport International Championship in August in Cairo and the more recent Hi-Tec World Squash Championships in Manchester, claimed the $145,000 Super Series Platinum title with his first win over his illustrious compatriot in three meetings in the past year.
 
Both Egyptians had survived four-game semi-finals. Shabana reached his sixth final of the year with a 8-11 11-7 11-6 11-5 victory over Thierry Lincou, to end the Frenchman’s brave run in the championship after he had overcome the new World Open Champion Ramy Ashour for the first time in his career in the quarterfinals, whilst Darwish recovered from a game down to beat the dangerous Nick Matthew 9-11 11-3 11-7 11-6 in an equally enthralling 56-minute semi-final.
 
Darwish’s fourteenth World Tour success also included a stunning 5-11 11-5 8-11 12-10 11-5 quarter-final victory over second seed Gregory Gaultier and his remarkable consistency in 2008 serves notice to his rivals of the advances that he has madetechnically, physically and strategically in his pursuit to climb above his current career high world ranking of four.
 
Women's Final:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3] Natalie Grinham (NED) 11-7, 11-3, 11-9
 
In the women’s final, 25-year-old World No.1 Nicol David won her third Qatar Classic, the thirty-third major title success of her illustrious career, by beating Dutch rival Natalie Grinham 11-7 11-3 11-9 in her eleventh successive final.
 
Celebrating the beginning of her second year without defeat on the women's World Tour, the young Malaysian’s latest success included wins over Dominique Lloyd-Walter, Alison Waters and Natalie Grainger, whilst her opposing finalist overcame Manuela Manetta and Laura Lengthorn-Massaro before fighting back from 2/1 down to beat her second-seeded sister Rachael Grinham 11-8 13-15 8-11 11-6 12-10 in a titanic 61-minute semi-final which confirmed a welcome return to form and full fitness.
 
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Qatar Classic, Doha, Qatar
Men's Final:
[6] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [1] Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3
 
Karim Darwish celebrated a sensational 11-4 11-5 11-3 victory over World No.1 Amr Shabana, the favourite and defending champion, in the final of the final of the Qatar Classic to secure the biggest World Tour title of his career at the Khalifa International Squash Complex in the Qatar capital Doha.