Darwish, who has topped the PSA World Rankings since January, is expected to face second seed Gregory Gaultier in the World Open final. The anticipated meeting will give the 28-year-old from Cairo the chance for double revenge against the Frenchman, who is expected to replace Darwish at the top of the November PSA world rankings which will be announced on the eve of the championship.
But Darwish will also want to avenge the outcome of their last Kuwait clash, in the quarter-finals of the 2008 Kuwait Open, which the Frenchman won in straight games.
However, the Cairo King celebrated a notable victory over his European rival in their last meeting on the international circuit, in the final of the Sky Open in his home town in September, when Darwish won 11-6 7-11 6-11 11-9 11-3 to record the 16th PSA World Tour title of his career and his third Super Series crown.
"This is the first big tournament I've won in Egypt," said Darwish afterwards. "I had full confidence in myself in the final and really wanted to win.
"I think Greg and I played a good game, but the difference came probably from my motivation to win," added the charismatic Egyptian star. "And winning a tournament is such a great feeling!"
Darwish, whose incentive to win the Kuwait Men’s World Open 2009, which boasts a prize-fund of US$277,500, the largest ever offered by any World Tour event, is further boosted by his runners-up finish in the 2008 World Open in England, begins his campaign against experienced Pakistani Mansoor Zaman, the former World No.11 from Peshawar.
A tough last sixteen encounter with 11th seed James Willstrop, the former world number two from England, should be followed by a quarter-final encounter with eighth-seeded Frenchman Thierry Lincou, the 2004 World Champion.
And, according to the draw, awaiting the favourite in the semi-finals will be third seed Amr Shabana, Darwish's Egyptian team-mate who is bidding to become only the fourth player in history to win the title for a fourth time.
The Kuwait Men’s World Open 2009 is being held in the memory of His Highness Sheikh Saad Abdullah Al-Sabah The Patriarch Amir, in whose name the trophy shall be presented, and will include a spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremony as well as hosting an Official Championship Gala Dinner
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Kuwait Men’s World Open 2009 1st Round Draw:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) v Mansoor Zaman (PAK)
[29] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[11] James Willstrop (ENG) v [Q] Robbie Temple (ENG)
[28] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) v Arturo Salazar (MEX)
[8] Thierry Lincou (FRA) v [Q] Yasir Butt (PAK)
[18] Stewart Boswell (AUS) v [Q] Scott Arnold (AUS)
[15] Alister Walker (ENG) v Mark Krajcsak (HUN)
[30] Shahier Razik (CAN) v Renan Lavigne (FRA)
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) v [Q] Shaun le Roux (ENG)
[24] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Abdullah Almezayen (KUW)
[12] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) v Aaron Frankcomb (AUS)
[22] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
[6] David Palmer (AUS) v [Q] Julien Balbo (FRA)
[25] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Ben Ford (ENG)
[9] Wael El Hindi (EGY) v Stephane Galifi (ITA)
[26] Joey Barrington (ENG) v Amr Swelim (ITA)
[21] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
[10] Adrian Grant (ENG) v Chris Ryder (ENG)
[19] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v [Q] Martin Knight (NZL)
[7] Peter Barker (ENG) v [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
[17] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) v Simon Rosner (GER)
[14] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v [Q] Rasmus Nielsen (DEN)
[23] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY)
[3] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira (MEX)
[20] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Q] Joe Lee (ENG)
[16] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
[27] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) v [Q] Yann Perrin (FRA)
[5] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [Q] John Rooney (IRL)
[31] Tom Richards (ENG) v [Q] Arthur Gaskin (IRL)
[13] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY)
[32] Julian Illingworth (USA) v Kashif Shuja (NZL)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)
Issued by isportgroup.com on behalf of the Kuwait Men’s World Open 2009

Egypt's World No.1 Karim Darwish will be after revenge in Kuwait next month where he is seeded to win the Kuwait Men’s World Open 2009, the premier event on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour which will be staged at the Salmiya Club and Green Island Resort from the 1st to 7th November.