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CIB Black Ball Open 2020
Women's Draw

07 - 12 Dec
Cairo, Egypt,
$180,500k

ROUND TWO
 
QUARTERS
 
SEMIS
 
FINAL
 

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ROUND ONE

Women's Draw Ė 2020 CIB Black Ball Squash Open
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v [10] Salma Hany (EGY)
[9] Tesni Evans (WAL) v Tinne Gilis (BEL)
Olivia Fiechter (USA) v [7] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[5] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) v [13] Olivia Clyne (USA)
[12] Nele Gilis (BEL) v Nada Abbas (EGY)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) v Melissa Alves (FRA)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [15] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[11] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Julianne Courtice (ENG)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[8] Joelle King (NZL) v Donna Lobban (AUS)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [14] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
[16] Alison Waters (ENG) v [WC] Menna Nasser (EGY)
Farida Mohamed (EGY) v [2] Nouran Gohar (EGY)

CIB Black Ball Open 2020
Men's Draw

08 - 18 Dec
Cairo, Egypt,
$180,500k

ROUND TWO
 
QUARTERS
 
SEMIS
 
FINAL
 

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ROUND ONE

Men's Draw Ė 2020 CIB Black Ball Squash Open
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) v Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v [16] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[9] Joel Makin (WAL) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
James Willstrop (ENG) v [7] Simon RŲsner (GER)
[8] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v Youssef Soliman (EGY)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [13] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[14] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
Raphael Kandra (GER) v [4] Paul Coll (NZL)
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) v [11] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
[12] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Greg Lobban (SCO)
Declan James (ENG) v [6] Diego Elias (PER)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP)
Zahed Salem (EGY) v [10] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
[15] Mazen Hesham (EGY) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[WC] Ahmed Wael (EGY) v [2] Tarek Momen (EGY)
 

PREVIEWS

Draws Released for CIB Black Ball Squash Open

The draws for the menís and womenís CIB Black Ball Squash Open, PSA World Tour Gold tournaments have been released, with all eyes on a potential second round matchup between World No.5 Paul Coll and World Junior Champion Mostafa Asal, who are seeded to contest a rematch of their highly-charged battle at the Great Pyramid of Giza last month.

The Black Ball Open will feature a womenís tournament between December 7-12, followed by a menís event between December 13-18 in what will be the final PSA World Tour event of 2020. Equal prize money of $112,500 is on offer in both events.

19-year-old Asal claimed one of the biggest wins of his burgeoning career when he ousted Coll in a feisty, five-game battle at the CIB Egyptian Open, resulting in jubilant celebrations that saw the young Egyptian tear off his shirt and throw it into the crowd in incredible scenes.

New Zealandís Coll will be out for revenge in Cairo this time around but must take on Germanyís Raphael Kandra in round one, and he will face Asal in the last 16 if the World No.14 can beat Qatarís Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.

World No.1 Ali Farag is the top seed for the men's event and will take on Spainís Iker Pajares Bernabeu in round one, while his fellow Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad - who won the inaugural menís Black Ball Open in 2018 - plays compatriot Mohamed ElSherbini in the opening round.

Meanwhile, World Champion Tarek Momen is drawn against wildcard Ahmed Wael in the opening round, and he is seeded to play Gawad in the semi-finals.

In the womenís tournament, four-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini will play her first match since reclaiming the World No.1 spot from Nouran Gohar and takes on Zeina Mickawy in the opening round.

The 25-year-old, a two-time Black Ball Open runner-up, is seeded to meet World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the semi-finals, but El Tayeb must negotiate a draw that could see her come up against defending champion Hania El Hammamy in the quarter-finals.

On the bottom half of the draw, No.2 seed Gohar lines up against Farida Mohamed and has the likes of World No.4 Camille Serme, World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry and World No.8 Joelle King on her side of the draw.

World No.53 Menna Nasser takes the womenís wildcard spot and she will take on the experienced Alison Waters in round one.

All 62 matches across the menís and womenís events will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour, while the semi-finals and finals will be shown by contracted broadcasters.

The tournament will abide by strict COVID-19 protocols with relation to health and safety, international travel policies and social distancing guidelines.

For more information on the CIB PSA Black Ball Open, please visit the tournament website or follow the event on Twitter or Facebook.

Men's Draw Ė 2020 CIB Black Ball Squash Open
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) v Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v [16] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[9] Joel Makin (WAL) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
James Willstrop (ENG) v [7] Simon RŲsner (GER)
[8] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v Youssef Soliman (EGY)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [13] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[14] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
Raphael Kandra (GER) v [4] Paul Coll (NZL)
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) v [11] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
[12] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Greg Lobban (SCO)
Declan James (ENG) v [6] Diego Elias (PER)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP)
Zahed Salem (EGY) v [10] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
[15] Mazen Hesham (EGY) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[WC] Ahmed Wael (EGY) v [2] Tarek Momen (EGY)

Women's Draw Ė 2020 CIB Black Ball Squash Open
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v [10] Salma Hany (EGY)
[9] Tesni Evans (WAL) v Tinne Gilis (BEL)
Olivia Fiechter (USA) v [7] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[5] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) v [13] Olivia Clyne (USA)
[12] Nele Gilis (BEL) v Nada Abbas (EGY)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) v Melissa Alves (FRA)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [15] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[11] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Julianne Courtice (ENG)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[8] Joelle King (NZL) v Donna Lobban (AUS)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [14] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
[16] Alison Waters (ENG) v [WC] Menna Nasser (EGY)
Farida Mohamed (EGY) v [2] Nouran Gohar (EGY)

 
Back-to-Back Menís and Womenís CIB Black Ball Open Events to Be Held in December

Cairo, Egypt will host back-to-back menís and womenís PSA World Tour Gold events between December 7-18, 2020 when the CIB PSA Black Ball Open takes place at the Black Ball Sporting Club.

A womenís event will take place between December 7-12, with a menís event beginning the following day and drawing to a close with the final on December 18. Equal prize money of $100,000 will be on offer at both the menís and womenís events.

Since first coming onto the PSA World Tour calendar with a menís tournament in 2018, the Black Ball Open has held two womenís tournaments, the most recent of which took place in March, 2020 in what was the final womenís PSA World Tour event to take place before the six-month suspension of the tour due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

World No.5 Hania El Hammamy took the title on that occasion - her first Platinum success - to join former World No.1 Raneem El Welily on the roll of honour, while World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad won the inaugural menís tournament in 2018.

The Black Ball Open will be the final PSA World Tour event to be held in 2020 and all matches will take place on the glass court, meaning they will be shown live on SQUASHTV and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe & Japan). The semi-finals and finals of both tournaments will also be shown live by contracted broadcast partners around the world.

"I would like to thank CIB, Hussein Abaza, and all involved at the Black Ball Sporting Club for their hard work in ensuring that we could hold back-to-back menís and womenís events," said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.

"The support CIB have shown professional squash in particular has been greatly appreciated and I know I speak on behalf of all players when I say that they have been integral to the relaunch of the sport following the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Black Ball Open has been a tremendous addition to the PSA World Tour schedule over the past two years, and I look forward to seeing what the latest instalment has to offer."

CEO of Black Ball Sporting Club and Tournament Director, Mohamed Raef, said: "Since the opening of the Black Ball Sporting Club at the end of 2017, we have maintained a great partnership and cooperation with both CIB and the Professional Squash Association to organize multiple Gold and Platinum tournaments.

"No doubt itís a huge challenge to organise such a tournament in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, however we guarantee to all the players, organisers, workers and audiences that all of the relevant precautions and safety measures will be in place to nurture the health and safety of all the participants and staff, who are our primary concern.

"I'm looking forward to the success of the tournament and we're hoping to receive decent global attention which will reflect the ultimate support of the Egyptian Squash Federation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who help ensure that Egypt continues leading squash globally."

CIB Chief Executive and Board Member, Hussein Abaza, said: ďCIB is honoured to sponsor such an esteemed sporting event where we have the privilege of witnessing some of the most skilled squash players in the world.

"The bank is committed to supporting sports in Egypt by reinforcing our countryís position as an international squash hub, increasing athletic engagement in Egyptian youth, and uplifting our local stars who have become a source of national pride following their achievements and international rankings.Ē

Like all four previous PSA World Tour events since the return of the tour, the Black Ball Open will be held in accordance with strict COVID-19 protocols. All players and staff will be tested prior to travelling to the tournaments before taking a further test upon arrival. Once a negative result has been received, that person will then be allowed to enter the tournament bubble, with further testing every four days during the tournament.

For more information on the CIB PSA Black Ball Open, please visit the tournament website or follow the event on Twitter or Facebook.

Further information regarding plans for the PSA World Tour schedule in 2021 will be revealed in due course.