February 26, 2012 - Abdullah Al Muzayen provided
home success in the Kuwait Open Challenger - but the
top-seeded local hero was taken the full distance by
England's second seed Joe Lee before winning the PSA
World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its second
year at the South Surrah Ministries Complex in
Both players survived lengthy four-game semi-finals
- Al Muzayen coming from a game down to beat
Australian Steven Finitsis in 50 minutes, while Lee
needed an hour and also had to overcome a game
deficit before seeing off in-form Indian Harinder
The 24-year-old from Kuwait twice led in the final -
but Lee twice came back to draw level.
Spurred on by local fans, however, left-hander Al
Muzayen maintained his focus to close out the match
14-12, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 in 70 minutes.
The win takes Al Muzayen's PSA Tour tally to nine
titles - and should see the Kuwaiti number one
improve his current career-high world ranking of 69.