Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Final Showdown

[3] Ramy Ashour (Egy) v [4] Amr Shabana (Egy)

A three-time winner against the defending champion, who could ask for more ...

Many think this is Shabana's year, since he 'always wins in the odd year', and his form over recent months certainly suggests he's been building up to this one, looking to add to his 2003, 05 and 07 titles.

But on the other hand, many think this is Ramy's era. Two-time world junior champion, adding the senior title last year, if he is to fulfill the expectations of world dominance that many thought was coming, now would be a good time start.

Whatever the outcome, an Egyptian winner is guaranteed, and anything other than a spectacular match would be a surprise.

They've met 12 times, with Shabana leading 7-5, but the last six have been shared - Ramy in Hurghada 08, Shabana in Kuwait, Ramy in Manchester, Shabana in Super Series 09, Ramy in Hurghada, and most recently Shabana in the US Open in Chicago just weeks ago.

Stay tuned ...

NB: In today's poll to pick the winner 71% went for Shabana 

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