World squash champion, Geoff Hunt of Australia, was eliminated from the Norhtampton World Masters Squash tournament in the opening round in London, England on Monday night (3 November).
TV INTERIOR Geoffrey Hunt (all white) of Australia serving to Gamal Awad of Egypt, as Wembley Squash Centre, London, U.K. After long rally, Was wins point
GV Scoreboard and crowd during rally. Hunt wins point
SV Crowd and scoreboard showing first set to Hung 9-5, with Was leading 9-8 in second set. ZOOM INTO TV Awad winning point to take second set, 10-8
GV Scoreboard showing Awad leading by 2 sets to one, and 9-8 in fourth set. ZOOM TO TV Awad winning point to win match
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Background: World squash champion, Geoff Hunt of Australia, was eliminated from the Norhtampton World Masters Squash tournament in the opening round in London, England on Monday night (3 November). Hunt, who successfully defended his world title for the third time in October lost 5-9, 10-8, 9-3, 10-8 to young Egyptian professional Gamal Awad.
SYNOPSIS: The opening duel on the Wembley courts between Hunt, seven-times British open campion and Awad, twice winner of the British Amateur Crown, provided an unexpected state to the five-day championship. Hunt, in white, has been unbeaten for nine months, but he appeared jaded after several appearances in Europe over the previous two weeks. For Hunt the defeat was a double disappointment--the Northampton Masters was the only championship he hadn't yet won.
Thirty-three-year-old Hunt took the opening game 5-9 in fourteen minutes. He moved 5-1 ahead in the second set before the 25-year-old Egyptian stormed back and squared the match.
Here's how Awad, leading 9-8, took the second set.
Awad roared through the third set in nine minutes, and ended Hunt's attempt at staging a recovery with series of superb cross court winners in the fourth game. Hunt was expected to force a deciding game after leading 8-7, but Awad scampered through to his upset triumph. The win has placed Awad in a firm position for the Masters, being contested by sixteen of the world's best players from seven nations.