Omar Mosaad and Miguel Angel Rodriguez during their titanic tussle last year
Get in the Mood for the Hong Kong Open with these Classic Encounters
The 2016/17 season gets off to a thrilling start on Tuesday August 23 as the first World Series tournament of the new campaign – the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open – sees the world’s top stars battle for vital points on the PSA Road to Dubai Standings.
Only the top eight players on the standings will qualify for the prestigious season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals, so players will be aiming to get off to a strong start in Hong Kong.
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If that’s not enough to get you excited for an exciting week of world-class action, check out some of the greatest Hong Kong Open fixtures from recent years below!
2015 Men’s Hong Kong Open Quarter-Final: Omar Mosaad v Miguel Angel Rodriguez
One of the most entertaining matches of last season, this brutal clash between World No.3 Omar Mosaad and ‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Angel Rodriguez showcased both player’s strengths in an enthralling 100-minute plus match.
Just weeks after a heart-breaking defeat to Gregory Gaultier in the final of the World Championship, Mosaad found himself two games down and staring down the barrel of defeat after an immaculate start to the match from World No.5 Rodriguez.
Mosaad had already came through a gruelling five-game thriller against Lucas Serme in the previous round and the ‘Hammer of Thor’ would have to do so once again if he was to stay in the tournament.
2015 Women’s Hong Kong Open Quarter-Final: Massaro v Gohar
World No.2 Laura Massaro and 18-year-old Nouran Gohar battled it out for a place in the last four, with the former targeting a third successive World Series title after previous triumphs at the US Open and Qatar Classic.
After taking the opening game, Massaro looked on course to extend her unbeaten run to 13 matches, but Gohar increased her precision to draw level, leaving Massaro needing to dig in to prevent the hard-hitting Egyptian from fighting back.
2015 Men’s Hong Kong Open Semi-Final: Cameron Pilley v Nick Matthew
Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley was looking to follow up his sensational victories over German No.1 Simon Rösner and reigning World Champion Gaultier with another scalp – this time against three-time World Champion Nick Matthew.
2013 winner Matthew had bounced back from a disappointing World Championship quarter-final defeat to Tarek Momen the month before by downing the Egyptian in the previous round and came up against a player who was aiming to reach his first ever World Series final.
2014 Women’s Hong Kong Open Quarter-Final: Laura Massaro v Rachael Grinham
2007 World Champion Rachael Grinham has enraptured fans over the past 22 years with her superb shot-making ability and she played out a captivating quarter-final fixture with then World Champion Massaro.
A pulsating clash went all the way to the wire, with Massaro looking to fend off a strong display from 37-year-old Grinham.
2013 Men’s Hong Kong Open Semi-Final: Nick Matthew v Gregory Gaultier
Matthew and Gaultier have contested a series of punishing matches over the past 14 years and this gargantuan semi-final clash was up there with the very best.
The lead changed hands multiple times in a phenomenal battle of wits as ‘The Wolf’ and the ‘French General’ faced off for a place against Borja Golan in the showpiece finale.
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