Karim Darwish

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Karim Darwish
Darwish Doha.jpg
Nickname(s) The Dark Prince
Country  Egypt
Residence Cairo, Egypt
Born (1981-08-29) 29 August 1981 (age 36)
Cairo, Egypt
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Turned Pro 1999
Retired 2014
Plays Right Handed
Coached by Hesham El Attar
Amir Wagih
Racquet used Head
Men's singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (January, 2009)
Title(s) 23
Tour final(s) 41
World Open F (2008)
Last updated on: June 2014.
Darwish after winning the 2009 Motor City Open

Karim Darwish (Arabic: كريم درويش‎‎) (born 29 August 1981, in Cairo, Egypt) is a squash player from Egypt.

Career overview[edit]

As a junior player, he won the World Junior Championship title in 2000, and the British Junior Open title in 1999.[1]

Earlier in 2008, Darwish finished runner-up at the World Open, losing in the final to fellow Egyptian player Ramy Ashour (11–5, 8–11, 4–11, 5–11). Darwish displaced Amr Shabana to claim the world number 1 position after winning the prestigious 2008 Saudi International and 3 major titles (including the Qatar Classic) in 2008.

Darwish competed in the J.P. Morgan T.O.C, only to lose to Daryl Selby in round 1. In the Case Swedish Open in 2012, Darwish placed 2nd after losing to Grégory Gaultier in the final. Darwish managed to beat Mohamed El Shorbagy in five games at the Macau Open 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Darwish is married to fellow squash player Engy Kheirallah.

World Open final appearances[edit]

0 title & 1 runner-up[edit]

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2008 Manchester, England Egypt Ramy Ashour 5–11, 11–8, 11–4, 11–5

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

Hong Kong Open: 1 final (0 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2011 England James Willstrop 11-9, 11-5, 11-4

Qatar Classic: 3 finals (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2008 Egypt Amr Shabana 11-4, 11-5, 11-3
Runner-up 2009 England Nick Matthew 11-5, 12-10, 11-6
Winner 2010 Egypt Amr Shabana 8-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Egypt dominates almost all divisions.". Retrieved 2009-12-24. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Amr Shabana
Grégory Gaultier
World No. 1
January 2009 - October 2009
December 2009
Succeeded by
Grégory Gaultier
Ramy Ashour