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Anjema Upset Takes Hisham Into Calgary Final

20 Mar 2010

Laurens Jan Anjema's bid to win three successive PSA World Tour squash titles in Canada came unstuck when the Dutchman was beaten by Hisham Mohd Ashour in the semi-finals of the Calgary Winter Club Rocky Mountain Open, the $30,750 3-star event at Calgary Winter Club in Calgary.

"He played like he can," said the five-time Dutch national champion on Twitter after his first championship defeat this year. "One match too many for me: Oh well, I had a good run."

Third seed Ashour, the older brother of world number one Ramy Ashour, is widely-regarded as one of the game's most dangerous opponents.

The 27-year-old from Cairo recovered from a game down to topple top seed Anjema, the world No15, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 in 51 minutes.

The unexpected win takes Ashour senior to the seventh Tour final of his career - but his first for a year.

The world No23 will face Daryl Selby, the second seed from England who battled to his third consecutive Tour final in Canada when he dashed local hopes by beating Canada's fourth seed Shahier Razik 11-7, 11-4, 11-6.

The 45-minute win was Selby's third in a row over the 32-year-old from Toronto on his home soil - but the first in straight games.

The 27-year-old world No12 from Essex - now hoping it will be 'third time lucky in Canada' - is celebrating the 14th PSA final of his career, where he will be meeting Ashour for the first time.

[3] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt [1] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (51m)
[2] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [4] Shahier Razik (CAN) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (45m)