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Allam British Open 2021
Men's Draw
28 Mar - 03 Apr
Hull, England, $180k

ROUND TWO
29 MAR
ROUND THREE
30 MAR
QUARTERS
31-01 APR
SEMIS
02 APR
FINAL
03 APR

[1] Ali Farag (EGY)
11-6, 11-5, 12-10 (26m)
[WC] Nick Wall (ENG)

Ali Farag
11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (38m)
Karim Abdel Gawad

 


Ali Farag

6-11, 11-9, 14-12, 11-5 (62m)
Tarek Momen
Ali Farag
11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6 (51m)
Mazen Hesham


 



Ali Farag

12-10, 11-6, 11-4 (50m)
Paul Coll


 
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-4 (66m)
George Parker (ENG)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (37m)
Borja Golan (ESP)
Baptiste Masotti
13-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 (50m)
Tarek Momen
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-7, 11-8, 11-9 (37m)
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
[7] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
4-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (56m)
Todd Harrity (USA)

Marwan Elshorbagy

11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-5 (51m)
Mazen Hesham


Mazen Hesham

11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-13, 11-5 (52m)
Nicolas Müller

 
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (28m)
Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY)
Nicolas Müller (SUI)
14-12, 11-5, 11-4 (30m)
Ramit Tandon (IND)

Nicolas Müller

11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10 (52m)
Raphael Kandra

 
Raphael Kandra (GER)
4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5 (51m)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY)
11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 (88m)
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY)

Mostafa Asal

12-10, 11-9, 11-6 (50m)
Patrick Rooney
Mostafa Asal
12-10, 11-7,
11-5 (44m)
Miguel Rodriguez
 

Mostafa Asal
11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (68m)
Paul Coll
Patrick Rooney (ENG)
11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (50m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
13-11, 13-11, 11-9 (53m)
Adrian Waller (ENG)
Youssef Soliman
6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (75m)
Miguel Rodriguez
 
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
5-11, 11-3, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5 (85m)
[8] Joel Makin (WAL)
[6] Diego Elias (PER)
8-11, 4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (59m)
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)

Diego Elias

11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (46m)
Shahjahan Khan
 

Diego Elias
11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (58m)
Paul Coll
 

Shahjahan Khan (USA)
11-7, 13-11, 5-11, 11-6 (59m)
Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA)
[9/16] Grégoire Marche (FRA)
11-5, 11-9, 11-1 (33m)
Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)

Grégoire Marche

12-10, 11-6, 11-9 (57m)
Paul Coll
Nathan Lake (ENG)
11-3, 11-4, 11-3 (33m)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL)

ROUND ONE

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
[WC] Nick Wall (ENG) bt Victor Crouin (FRA) 11-3, 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8 (62m)
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
George Parker (ENG) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 11-9, 12-10, 11-4 (40m)
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 11-4, 3-11, 11-5, 13-11 (64m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt [WC] Sam Todd (ENG) 11-7, 11-3, 11-6 (25m)
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bye
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[7] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Edmon Lopez (ESP) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (28m)
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-3 (40m)
Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 (38m)
Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 11-7, 11-4, 14-16, 2-11, 11-5 (50m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Bernat Jaume (ESP) 12-10, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bye
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bye
Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Declan James (ENG) 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 (55m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-1, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10 (54m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-3 (84m)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bye
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
[8] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[6] Diego Elias (PER) bye
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) bye
Shahjahan Khan (USA) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (59m)
Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 11-5, 11-9, 11-1 (37m)
[9/16] Grégoire Marche (FRA) bye
Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) bt Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT) 11-6, 2-11, 11-9, 11-9 (50m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 15-13, 11-8, 15-17, 11-7 (69m)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) bye

Allam British Open 2022
Women's Draw
28 Mar - 03 Apr
Hull, England, $180k

ROUND TWO
29 MAR
ROUND THREE
30 MAR
QUARTERS
31-01 APR
SEMIS
02 APR
FINAL
03 APR

[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (23m)
Cindy Merlo (SUI)

Hania El Hammamy
11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7 (48m)
Georgina Kennedy
 
Hania El Hammamy
11-4, 11-3, 11-5 (28m)
Tinne Gilis
 


 

Hania El Hammamy
11-5, 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3 (71m)
Joelle King
 



Hania El Hammamy
11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 (76m)
Nouran Gohar
 
[9/16] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (33m)
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA)
Tinne Gilis (BEL)
11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (30m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED)
Tinne Gilis
12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (35m)
Joshna Chinappa

 
[9/16] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
2-11, 15-13, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (49m)
[6] Salma Hany (EGY)
[5] Joelle King (NZL)
11-8, 11-8, 15-13 (70m)
Lucy Turmel (ENG)

Joelle King

11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (28m)
Nada Abbas
 


Joelle King

12-10, 11-9,
11-5 (42m)
Sarah-Jane Perry

 
Nada Abbas (EGY)
11-4, 11-8, 12-10 (29m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
Farida Mohamed (EGY)
11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8 (36m)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN)


Farida Mohamed

11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (25m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (30m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO)
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
11-2, 11-5, 11-4 (21m)
Emily Whitlock (WAL)

Amanda Sobhy

11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (33m)
Jasmine Hutton
 

Amanda Sobhy

11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (35m)
Olivia Fiechter

 

Amanda Sobhy
11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (29m)
Nouran Gohar
Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (24m)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
[9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA)
3-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3,
11-4 (44m)
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL)
Olivia Fiechter
12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (28m)
Rowan Elaraby
[7] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
5-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-7 (41m)
Hana Ramadan (EGY)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (23m)
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Nour El Tayeb
12-10, 11-9, 11-8 (41m)
Nele Gilis

Nour El Tayeb

11-4, 11-7,
5-11, 11-9 (52m)
Nouran Gohar

 
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL)
11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (23m)
Rachel Arnold (MAS)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (24m)
Aifa Azman (MAS)
Sabrina Sobhy
11-3, 12-10, 11-4 (27m)
Nouran Gohar

 
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
11-3, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7 (35m)
[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY)

ROUND ONE

[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bye
Cindy Merlo (SUI) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 13-11, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9, 8-3 ret. (43m)
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) bye
[9/16] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bye
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Anna Serme (CZE) 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (23m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (34m)
[9/16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bye
[6] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bye
Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt Sana Ibrahim (EGY) 11-8, 13-11, 11-3 (37m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt [WC] Katie Malliff (ENG) 9-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (46m)
Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Cristina Gomez (ESP) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (23m)
Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 (18m)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bye
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt [WC] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-1 (29m)
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bye
Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (32m)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 13-11, 11-9, 11-7 (29m)
Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 11-5, 11-1, 11-7 (17m)
[9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bye
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 11-5, 11-3, 11-4 (18m)
[7] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bye
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bye
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Donna Lobban (AUS) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (21m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt Yathreb Adel (EGY) 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3 (42m)
Aifa Azman (MAS) bt Tze Lok Ho (HKG) 9-11, 11-4, 14-12, 8-4 ret. (52m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt Énora Villard (FRA) 11-4, 11-1, 11-7 (18m)
[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bye

REPORTS

El Hammamy and Coll Capture Allam British Open Titles



Hania El Hammamy and Paul Coll have captured the prestigious Allam British Open trophies after they overcame Nouran Gohar and Ali Farag in the women’s and men’s finals, respectively, earlier today at Hull’s Allam Sport Centre.

World No.3 El Hammamy has been crowned British Open champion for the first time after a magnificent performance from the 21-year-old saw her take out World No.1 and 2019 champion Nouran Gohar, winning 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 in a gripping 74-minute battle.

Gohar has been the woman to beat on the PSA World Tour this season and was the first player since Nicol David a decade ago to reach nine major finals in a row, while the Egyptian had won her previous four PSA Platinum events in succession.

However, she fell victim to a red-hot El Hammamy, who dominated the early stages to take a two-game lead. Gohar responded in style to halve the deficit, but there was no stopping El Hammamy as she kept her composure in the fourth to record her first PSA title since the Manchester Open in August, 2021 and the eighth of her career.

“I’ve won a lot of British Junior Opens and it’s always been very special, so to win the senior one is absolutely amazing and beating the World No.1 in the final is actually unbelievable,” said El Hammamy, who qualifies for June’s CIB PSA World Tour Finals as a result of her win.“



Nouran has been giving me a lot of tough times, I’ve never been able to get a proper win against her. The last time I won, she retired at 2-1, so getting the win in this final in this way means a lot to me. It was 8-1 in the head to head, so every time I play Nouran I turn off my notifications because I don’t want to see the predictions. I just tried to come here today and give it my all.

“I used to struggle a lot against her because I wasn’t consistent enough, and I wanted to make a statement to myself that I can do it. I dedicate this win to my parents, they’re always supporting me in my wins and losses, so this one is for them.”

In the men’s final, Coll has made it back-to-back British Open titles after he defeated Farag in a repeat of the 2021 title decider. Coll became the first male New Zealander ever to lift the famous trophy in August of last year, and he produced an immaculate performance to nullify World No.2 Farag.

A win for Farag would have seen him overtake Coll to reclaim the World No.1 spot he lost to the Kiwi last month. However, Coll dominated as he closed out a 12-10, 11-6, 11-4 victory to capture his second successive Platinum title following last month’s Windy City Open triumph. Coll went through the whole tournament without dropping a game, becoming the first player to do so at a Platinum event since Farag at the 2019 U.S. Open.



“Holding the No.1 spot and winning the title, there was a lot of pressure on it,” said Coll after capturing his 19th PSA Tour title.

“I'm just extremely proud to win and keep my No.1 spot for another month, and then we have to do it all again. I played some amazing players this week, and with Ali, it's such a mental battle with us two, and it's just enjoyable squash.

“He’s a great champion, I have so much respect for him with what he's doing with his family, travelling around with their baby, he and Nour are just incredible, so I'm very proud to win this title against such a great champion.”

The next stop on the PSA World Tour will be the Manchester Open, PSA World Tour Silver event between April 13-18, which will be held at the National Squash Centre.
 
World No.1 Spot Up for Grabs as Coll & Farag Set Up Allam British Open Final Rematch

Both the men’s World No.1 spot and the Allam British Open title will be up for grabs tomorrow as defending champion Paul Coll set up a mouthwatering final clash with last year’s runner-up Ali Farag following their wins at Hull’s Allam Sports Centre earlier today.

Coll, 29, overcame World No.4 Mostafa Asal in a lengthy battle that saw him control the pace and take the sting out of the match to nullify his opponent’s considerable attacking talents. He won 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 to reach his second successive British Open final.



“Nobody gave me the World No.1 spot easy, so I’m not giving it up easy,” said Coll afterwards.

“I came in today with a game plan, the body and mind are both feeling great, he’s such a talent, he’s so strong that I had to execute my game plan to win, and I’m very happy to do that 3-0 in the semis.

“I was aggressive when I needed to be and defended where I needed to and executed my game plan from the first rally.”

Coll became the first male New Zealander ever to win the prestigious British Open when he overcame Farag in last year’s final and, since then, has become the first Kiwi man to reach World No.1, overtaking Farag in the PSA Men’s World Rankings for March.

But Farag will have the chance to reclaim top spot if he beats Coll in the title decider. Farag dispatched fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham by an 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6 scoreline to reach his third British Open final.



“I think I put a lot of work into him and in the second, I started a little too open and I tried to get it back, but with the repertoire he’s got in shots, he was too good and I couldn’t close the gap,” said Farag.

“I was a bit edgy in the third and I don’t think it was the best match we’ve played together but still very good considering the occasion. I’m just happy to be through to another final, thanks to Dr Allam for coming as always, it’s a pleasure having you sat here watching us. It’s his 10th year sponsoring the event, and we look forward to coming back every year, so thank you very much.”

Women’s World No.1 Nouran Gohar became the first player since the legendary Nicol David in 2012 to reach nine major finals in a row as a blistering performance from the 2019 champion saw her put United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy to the sword.

Gohar, who was a runner-up at the event in 2016 and 2021, will appear in her fourth British Open final courtesy of an 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 victory over World No.4 Sobhy in just 29 minutes.



“We don’t have rest days, so I have to be efficient because I know I will need every bit of energy for tomorrow’s match,” Gohar said.

“Amanda is a tough competitor and I didn’t want to stay on court with her any longer because she will always try and find solutions and fight, so I didn’t want her to get back in the game.”

Gohar will now attempt to claim a fifth consecutive Platinum title after wins at the CIB Egyptian Open, U.S. Open, Windy City Open and CIB Black Ball Open earlier this season. Her final opponent will be World No.3 Hania El Hammamy, who reached her maiden British Open final after taking out World No.5 Joelle King in a gripping five-game contest.



“The British Open is one of the most prestigious events on the tour and it’s any squash player’s dream to reach the final and win the tournament, so I’m glad I could go one step further here this season,” El Hammamy said.

“Every time Joelle and I play we seem to kill each other. Anytime I lose my focus I get chopped, so I had to focus really well today. I had to minimise my errors and keep telling myself to play safe and fight for every shot. I dug very deep, it’s always tough against her, so I’m very happy to get through.”

The finals of the Allam British Open will take place tomorrow at 15:00 (GMT+1). The action will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live by PSA’s broadcast partners.

Tickets are available for purchase here. For more information on the Allam British Open  follow the event on Twitter. Tickets are available for purchase here.
 

Hesham Takes Out Mueller to Reach Allam British Open Semis for First Time

World No.10 Mazen Hesham will line up in the semi finals of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the first time since 2015 after he overcame Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller at Hull’s Allam Sports Centre earlier today to reach the last four of the Allam British Open.

Hesham, who will appear in the British Open semi finals for the first time in his career, prevailed in an entertaining five-game battle which saw both players contest some exhibition-style rallies, much to the delight of a packed crowd.

Mueller, who was the first Swiss player to reach the quarter finals of this event, twice came from behind to equalise, but he was ground down by his opponent in the third as Hesham completed an 11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-13, 11-5 victory. The Egyptian will now contest a major PSA semi final for the first time since the Qatar Classic in November, 2015.



“Me and Nicky haven’t played in our careers and then in the last four or five months we’ve played so many times, and every tie is tougher and tougher,” Hesham said.

“I kept pushing and pushing just to be able to seal the deal. I’m very happy to be here, enjoying the squash and entertaining the people, having the best time of my life.

“My body is always playing games with me, but I’m used to it now, I’m just dealing with every match at a time. I’m really lucky, I want to thank all the PSA physios, they really help me out. People sometimes make fun that I’ve always got the physio, but there’s no other way to do it.”

Hesham will take on two-time runner-up Ali Farag for a place in the final, with Farag coming back from a game down to overcome former World Champion Tarek Momen in a testing fixture.

World No.1 and defending champion Paul Coll is also through to the semi finals after he got the better of close friend and regular training partner Diego Elias, beating the Peruvian 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 in 58 minutes.



“It was a free-flowing clean match, they're the most enjoyable matches to play,” said Coll.

“We’re really good friends, we always respect each other and give it everything. Diego has been working on his strength and movement and it's showing in his game, he's a lot stronger on the ball. Thanks to all my supporters, my boys coming from NZ, I have my girlfriend here and my physio here. The crowd has been great and I can’t wait to play again tomorrow.”

It will be the New Zealander’s third time in the semi finals and he will go up against World No.4 Mostafa Asal for a place in a second successive British Open title decider. The pair have had some brutal battles in the past, with their last fixture going the way of Coll after three previous defeats to the 20-year-old.

Asal, who has won the British Junior Open U17 & U19 titles previously, defeated 2018 champion Miguel Rodriguez in an entertaining three-game battle that was closer than the scoreline suggests. The Egyptian will now feature in the British Open semis for the first time.

In the women’s event, World No.5 Joelle King has reached the last four of the British Open after six previous quarter final defeats courtesy of a dominant 12-10, 11-9, 11-5 victory over World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry that ended English participation in the draw.

“SJ and her partner have just had a little baby a few weeks ago, so I know they have been going through so many emotions,” said King.



“I’m just so glad they've finally got their little boy. But it's so hard to come out and play a friend, you have to set all emotions aside, and it was my seventh quarter final and I just want to go further in these tournaments.”

King will take on World No.3 Hania El Hammamy next, with El Hammamy confidently dispatching Belgium’s Tinne Gilis. Neither player has reached the title decider of the British Open before, meaning there is guaranteed to be a new finalist in the women’s event.

World No.1 Nouran Gohar will take on World No.4 Amanda Sobhy in the other women’s semi final. Gohar overtook Nour El Sherbini at the summit of the PSA Women’s World Rankings today and made a winning start to her second spell as the world’s top female player, with an 11-4, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 win over the impressive Nour El Tayeb.



“It [Gohar’s love for the British Open] goes back to 2016 for me, when I reached the final when I was 18, just after I’d won the British Junior Open, so it’s very special,” said Gohar.

“I just want to thank the Allam family for their support of squash. When people ask me about my favourite venues, I always say the British Open. I usually have my mum here with me, so it’s strange not having her here, but I just have good memories.”

The semi finals of the Allam British Open will take place tomorrow (April 2) and play begins at 14:00 (GMT+1). The action will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live by PSA’s broadcast partners.

Tickets are available for purchase here. For more information on the Allam British Open  follow the event on Twitter. Tickets are available for purchase here.
 
Fiechter Halts Elaraby to Reach Allam British Open Quarters

World No.10 Olivia Fiechter has reached the quarter finals of the Allam British Open for the first time after the American upset the seedings to take out Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby at Hull’s Allam Sports Centre earlier today.

Fiechter - the United States No.2 - produced a terrific performance to nullify No.7 seed Elaraby’s attacking talents and claim a 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 victory which will see her line up in the last eight of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the first time.

Her quarter final opponent will be close friend, and her roommate this week, Amanda Sobhy. Sobhy, the USA’s No.1 player, overcame England’s Jasmine Hutton in straight games, winning 11-9, 11-7, 11-8. It will be the first time that two American players will both appear in the last eight of the British Open at the same time.



“It’s such an exciting time to be a part of Team USA, we have a lot of players playing amazing squash,” said Fiechter.

“We had four players in the last 16 across both men’s and women’s and Amanda and I have been playing the entire week leading up to this.

“I think, especially after my match before this where I was 2-0 down to Tesni Evans, I knew I had to get myself going from the start. Rowan just had one of her best results, reaching the semis at Black Ball, so I knew she’d be coming here playing confident squash. I knew I had to do the same.”

Meanwhile, World No.68 Nour El Tayeb made her first appearance at the British Open since 2019 as she got the better of Belgium’s Nele Gilis by a 3-0 margin. El Tayeb, who missed out on the 2021 edition after giving birth to her daughter, will line up against World No.2 Nouran Gohar next.



“I’m very happy to be standing here,” said El Tayeb.

"It’s very hard to play, running around with a baby all day. Nele beat me a month ago in Chicago, so I’m very happy with the way I played and to be through. I think last time I started badly, I was playing her game and today I tried to insert some shots. Every day I’m improving since my comeback, and today I think I’m a better player than last month.”

Gohar, who will go to World No.1 when the PSA Women’s World Rankings for April are released tomorrow, underlined her status as the sport’s greatest current female player with a commanding win over Sobhy’s younger sister, Sabrina.

No.4 seed Mostafa Asal ended English interest in the men’s event as he took out the country’s No.1 male player, Patrick Rooney. It was a clean, high-quality affair, with Asal’s extra quality making the difference at the business end of each game.



“I’m very pleased to play here on this court, it’s a legendary tournament as well,” said Asal, after reaching the quarter finals here for the second time.

“I want to thank Patrick for the fair play and free-flowing squash. I used to watch him at the British Junior Open with all of his skills, and me and my dad used to say ‘wow’ when we watched him. I want to thank him for an amazing performance.”

Asal will play 2018 champion Miguel Rodriguez in the last eight. Rodriguez, the World No.12, followed up his second round upset of No.8 seed Joel Makin with a 3-1 win against Egypt’s Youssef Soliman.

World No.1 and defending champion Paul Coll continued his title march as he claimed a 3-0 win against France’s Gregoire Marche, and he is rewarded with a quarter final fixture against close friend and regular training partner Diego Elias.



“One of the things I love most about squash is constantly evolving my game and adding different parts,” said Coll.

“I’m learning and making myself better every day, it’s one of my favourite parts of being an athlete. That’s why I analyse every day and continually try to figure out what works best. I did exactly what I wanted to, I maybe could have been a little more clinical at the front, but overall I’m very happy with that.”

The quarter finals of the Allam British Open take place tomorrow (April 1) and play begins at 12:00 (GMT+1). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live by PSA’s broadcast partners.

Tickets are available for purchase here. For more information on the Allam British Open  follow the event on Twitter
 
Mueller Becomes First Swiss Player to Reach Allam British Open Quarters

World No.21 Nicolas Mueller has become the first Swiss player ever to reach the quarter finals of the Allam British Open after he overcame Germany’s Raphael Kandra in four games at Hull’s Allam Sports Centre earlier today.

Before today, Mueller hadn’t reached the last eight of a major PSA World Tour event since the 2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions but continued the fine form that saw him reach the semi finals of the Optasia Championships earlier this month as he overcame Kandra by an 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10 scoreline.

Kandra, a semi finalist at the 2018 British Open, had caused a big upset when he took out three-time winner Mohamed ElShorbagy in the previous round. He fought back from a game down to level the scores against Mueller, but the man from Switzerland was able to outmanoeuvre his opponent in the third and fourth games to earn his spot in the next round.



“Getting to the British Open third round, it doesn’t get much bigger than this, it is one of the most prestigious events on the calendar and I’m very happy to be in the quarter finals,” said Mueller afterwards.

“I’ve changed a few things, my diet changed, I tried to eat less meat and be more fish-based and have less milk. My body has been behaving for three quarters of a year now, and when you know your body is fit, you can play with a different attitude. When I’m feeling good and confident I can hit winners from anywhere and I managed to back it up today.”

Mueller will take on World No.9 Mazen Hesham for a place in the semi finals, with Hesham battling to a 3-2 victory over No.7 seed Marwan ElShorbagy to reach the last eight of the British Open for the third time.

The pair’s clash gives both players the opportunity to reach the last four of this event for the first time, but Mueller will have to end a five-match losing streak against Hesham if he is to continue in the event.



“I think what people don’t know at home is that we’re exhausted mentally, they say that we’re not physically fit and all of this, but they don’t know what happens behind the scenes,” said Hesham.

“I think both of us coming into this match are tired, I can see everyone’s faces at this event and we’re all tired. Just to be able to push one more match and one more round, people always talk to me about not being mentally fit, but they haven’t been what I’ve been through, they’ve not got what I’ve got, so I’m sick of all of this and they don’t know anything.”

Two-time runner-up Ali Farag and former World Champion Tarek Momen were the other men’s winners on day three as they beat former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad and Frenchman Baptiste Masotti, respectively.

No.2 seed Hania El Hammamy earned her spot in the quarter finals of the women’s event as she overcame England No.2 Georgina Kennedy in four games. 24-year-old Kennedy was appearing in the third round of this event for the first time and showed her battling spirit to halve the deficit after a strong showing from El Hammamy saw the Egyptian take a two-game lead.

El Hammamy was too good for her opponent in the fourth though as she rattled off a number of winners, and her 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7 victory will see her take on Belgium’s Tinne Gilis, who beat India’s Joshna Chinappa in straight games to reach the last eight here for the first time.



“We’ve never played but I’ve been watching her a lot, I know she’s a tough opponent and she’s so physical,” El Hammamy said.

“We’ve trained a couple of times, and even in practice, it feels like a best of five. I had to bring my ‘A’ game today, it was so hard but I’m glad I’m through. I had to do a lot of footwork drills so that I was sharp.”

England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry was also victorious as she put in a clinical display to dispatch Egypt’s Farida Mohamed at the third time of asking following two previous defeats to the World No.22.



“The last two times we played, I’m going to be brutally honest, I felt like it wasn’t squash,” said Perry.

“I was bad and it got really scrappy and she’s all over it when it’s scrappy and especially on traditional courts. I love playing on glass courts and I love playing in England up here in Hull, I just wanted to go on and really enjoy it and make it about squash. My normal arguing was left back down in the Midlands, thankfully, I just wanted to stay calm and focused.”

Perry will line up against New Zealand’s Joelle King for a place in the semi finals after King produced a commanding performance to oust Egypt’s Nada Abbas.

The third round of the Allam British Open continues tomorrow (March 31) and play begins at 12:00 (GMT+1). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live by PSA’s broadcast partners.

Tickets are available for purchase here. For more information on the Allam British Open  follow the event on Twitter
Kandra Causes Huge ElShorbagy Upset on Day Two of Allam British Open

Germany’s World No.18 Raphael Kandra claimed one of the biggest wins of his career as he sent three-time champion Mohamed ElShorbagy out of the 2022 Allam British Open at the second round stage.



Kandra, 31, reached the semi finals of the iconic tournament back in 2018 and produced a performance reminiscent of that week in Hull as he overcame ElShorbagy by a 4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5 scoreline to send the World No.3 to a surprise exit at the Allam Sport Centre.

It’s the first time since the 2013 British Open that ElShorbagy has failed to make it beyond the second round of this tournament, while Kandra advances to the third round of this event for the third time, where he will line up against Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller.

“It feels fantastic, I have been waiting for a while,” said Kandra.

“I am quite an on-and-off player. I cause problems for the top guys, sometimes I sneak the win and sometimes I lose and then sometimes I lose to players ranked below me.

“My whole career has had a lot of ups and downs and I have a lot of memories from 2018, when I made the semi-finals. I love this stage, I love the crowd, and I felt good today. All credit [to ElShorbagy], he was still fighting to the end, it shows how professional he is, but I am so happy to be through.”

Meanwhile, Welsh No.8 seed Joel Makin also bowed out of the tournament after he fell to 2018 champion Miguel Rodriguez in a gruelling five-game contest.

Like Kandra, Rodriguez has an affinity for the British Open and became the first South American ever to win the event four years ago. Rodriguez won a high-quality battle to axe the highest ranked male British player and he will now take on Egypt’s Youssef Soliman for a place in the last eight.



“This was just my target for this event to play that match like a final,” said Rodriguez.

“It’s so tricky on these courts and Joel is so physically fit, he’s very hard to break down. But I thought I played the smarter squash when it counted today, and I’m just very pleased to win today and play again tomorrow.”

Elsewhere, World No.6 Diego Elias came back from two games down to overcome Youssef Ibrahim, while World No.25 Patrick Rooney is the last remaining Englishman in the draw after he got the better of former World No.3 Omar Mosaad to reach the third round of the British Open for the first time.

In the women’s event, 2019 champion Nouran Gohar got her event off to a winning start as she overcame Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam. Subramaniam dug in her heels and posed Gohar plenty of problems after a slow start, but Gohar’s extra quality made the difference as she closed out the wins in four games.



“It is one of my favourite courts, I like to play here and I feel comfortable,” said Gohar, who will overtake Nour El Sherbini as the women’s World No.1 on April 1.

“Siva played very well and took it on from the very beginning. It wasn’t easy, for sure, but I just had to dig in and find a way to win in the end. Physically, I am feeling good. Since Windy City, I have had back-to-back events, with Black Ball and the Nationals, and now straight to here. I am happy with the way my body is holding itself, and fingers crossed it can hold up until the end of this tournament.”

Gohar will take on USA’s Sabrina Sobhy next, while England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry overcame close friend Lisa Aitken to set up a third round clash with Egypt’s Farida Mohamed, who beat Hollie Naughton of Canada.



“It is really hard playing one of your closest friends,” Perry said.

“I have a lot of friends on Tour, but Lisa is definitely one of the closest, so it is really tough. It is a lot easier out there when you’re warming up, when you can focus on what you’re doing. I was really pleased, not with the first few rallies though as Lisa came out like an absolute bullet there. Once I got into that first game, then I was pleased with it.”

Egypt’s Salma Hany became the first women’s seed to exit the tournament after she fell to India’s Joshna Chinappa, while World No.11 Georgina Kennedy overcame USA’s Olivia Clyne to reach the third round here for the first time.

The third round of the Allam British Open begins tomorrow (March 30) and play begins at 12:00 (GMT+1). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live by PSA’s broadcast partners.

Tickets are available for purchase here. For more information on the Allam British Open  follow the event on Twitter
 
Wildcard Wall Upsets Crouin as Allam British Open Begins in Hull

World No.67 Nick Wall has reached the last 32 of the Allam British Open for the second year in succession after the tournament wildcard upset World No.21 Victor Crouin at Hull’s Allam Sport Centre earlier today.

Wall, 22, overcame veteran Daryl Selby in the opening round of last year’s British Open and he claimed an even bigger upset this time around as he clipped the wings of the in-form Frenchman Crouin to claim an 11-3, 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8 victory in 62 minutes.

Crouin had beaten World No.1 Paul Coll at the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic just a fortnight ago but was put under serious pressure by Wall right from the off. There was little to separate the two after Crouin won a fourth game tie-break to send the match into a tense decider, but Wall shook off a slight injury problem and kept his nerve to claim his spot in the second round.



“It feels amazing, it’s definitely my biggest win on the PSA Tour so far,” Wall said afterwards.

“Victor is such a great player, he is so solid and he doesn’t give you anything. I really just had to take my chances when I got them. When the opening came, I was really making sure that I was going to do something with the ball and not being passive.

“I think I dropped off after the first game because I tried to go out as hard as I could in the first, and really try to take the pace, so I dropped off naturally with my movement. Then I seemed to tweak my hamstring in the front corner, and then I slipped at the back which exaggerated it. Hopefully, I can do everything I can tonight, and my aim is to be back tomorrow and to show what I can do again.”

Wall will take on top seed and 2021 runner-up Ali Farag in the last 32. Farag, who lost to Coll in last year’s final, has the chance to reclaim top spot in the rankings this week if he can match or surpass Coll’s results in Hull this week.

England No.2 Patrick Rooney will join Wall in the last 32 after he got the better of compatriot Declan James, taking out the World No.43 in four games.



“I have always been a chaser, wanting to beat the players who are higher ranked, but now sometimes I am the higher seeded player [in the first round],” Rooney said.

"The pressure is on me now, so I have to put these players away. Dec is no mug, he is a really good player. Anything can happen, so I have to stay mentally switched on to win, it is the first round but I still go into it thinking it is really important.”

The men’s England No.1 Adrian Waller survived a five-game battle with Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann, while there were also wins for Englishmen George Parker and Nathan Lake.

Meanwhile, the women’s event opened with a five-game battle as Canada’s Danielle Letourneau came back from a 2-0 deficit to get the better of wildcard Katie Malliff.

18-year-old Malliff, who sits at a career-high ranking of No.110, started confidently and showed no nerves, but World No.20 Letourneau worked her way into the encounter and kept her composure to overturn the disadvantage.



“It was a little scary, she came out playing positively, attacking and burying me in the back,” said Letourneau, who will play Egypt’s Nada Abbas in the next round.

“At the beginning, I think I was a little passive and doubting what I was doing, but then you realise you have nothing to lose, you’re 2-0 down, you just have to find a way. Once I found a plan, I stuck to it.”

Malliff’s fellow Englishwoman, Lucy Turmel, was victorious on the showpiece glass court erected inside the Allam Sport Centre as she claimed a comfortable 3-0 win against Egypt’s Sana Ibrahim. The 22-year-old will take on New Zealand’s No.5 seed Joelle King for a place in the third round.



“The game plan was simple,” Turmel said.

“To get in front and keep the ball tight so she wasn’t able to hit any angles, which she likes to do. Then I am in front of her, I was feeling good with my short stuff, and I was able to attack her.”

Elsewhere, 45-year-old Australian Rachael Grinham made her 23rd appearance at the iconic tournament. The four-time winner, who made her debut at the event back in 1996, went down in four games to Milou van der Heijden of the Netherlands.

The Allam British Open continues tomorrow (March 29) as the likes of Coll and women’s No.1 seed Nouran Gohar begin their events. Play begins at 12:00 (GMT+1). All of the action from the glass court will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live by PSA’s broadcast partners.

Tickets are available for purchase here. For more information on the Allam British Open  follow the event on Twitter.
 
Preview
 Allam British Open to Celebrate Centenary Year in March

The Allam British Open will celebrate its centenary year when the longest-running tournament in professional squash takes place between March 28 - April 3 in Hull’s Allam Sports Centre.

Since beginning in 1922 with a women’s event - won by England’s Joyce Cave - the Allam British Open has established itself as one of the most iconic tournaments on the PSA World Tour and has seen the sport’s biggest names lift the famous trophy, including greats such as Australia’s Heather McKay and Pakistan’s Jahangir Khan, who hold the record for most British Open wins, with 16 and 10, respectively.

This year will also see the tournament celebrate 10 years of support from title sponsor Dr Assem Allam, who first became involved with the tournament in 2012. Since then, the tournament has become synonymous with Hull and has gone from strength-to-strength, culminating in last year’s dramatic event which saw Paul Coll become the first male New Zealander to win the title, while Nour El Sherbini captured her third British Open crown.

Dr Allam has himself created a record with a 10th consecutive year as title sponsor for one of the most prestigious events on the PSA World Tour calendar.



Both Coll and El Sherbini (above) will return to defend their titles. Coll, who will become the first male Kiwi to reach World No.1 prior to the event, is the No.2 seed and will play either three-time runner-up James Willstrop or Frenchman Auguste Dussourd in round two.

From there, he is seeded to face the likes of World No.12 Gregoire Marche, Qatar Classic champion Diego Elias and World No.4 Mostafa Asal, before a potential final clash against last year’s runner-up and current World No.1 Ali Farag.

Farag has a tricky path to the final which includes three former World Champions in Karim Abdel Gawad, Tarek Momen and three-time Allam British Open champion Mohamed ElShorbagy.

The highest-ranked British player in the men’s draw is Welshman Joel Makin, who is seeded eighth for the event. He is seeded to meet Asal in the quarter finals.

In the women’s draw, El Sherbini will begin her attempts to record a fourth Allam British Open triumph. The Egyptian will face either Zeina Mickawy or Cindy Merlo in round two, before a potential third round fixture against the in-form Georgina Kennedy.

From there, the 26-year-old could face No.7 seed Salma Hany and No.3 seed Hania El Hammamy, before a potential rematch with 2019 champion Nouran Gohar, who El Sherbini beat in the 2016 and 2021 finals.

Gohar is on the same side of the draw as 2017 champion Sarah-Jane Perry - the highest-ranked British player in the draw - and USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy.

The wildcards for the event are English quartet Nick Wall, Sam Todd, Mille Tomlinson and Katie Maliff.

Dr Allam commented “ This is a great honour for me to have been able to sponsor such an iconic sports event with so many stories and memories. The event has touched every corner of the world and I am so proud to now create another story as the longest consecutive title sponsor (10 years) in the 100-year history of the event.”

In addition to the $360,000 in total player prize compensation, a place at the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals is also up for grabs, with all winners of PSA World Tour Platinum events being granted a spot at the tour’s showpiece event, which will be held in Cairo, Egypt in June, 2022.

Action from the 2022 Allam British Open will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live by PSA’s broadcast partners.

Tickets are available for purchase here. For more information on the Allam British Open  follow the event on Twitter.

2022 Allam British Open – Men’s Draw
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) [bye]
[WC] Nick Wall (ENG) v [17/32] Victor Crouin (FRA)
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) [bye]
George Parker (ENG) v [17/32] Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
[17/32] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP)
[WC] Sam Todd (ENG) v [17/32] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) [bye]
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) [bye]
[7] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v [17/32] Todd Harrity (USA)
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY) [bye]
Tayyab Aslam (PAK) v [17/32] Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
[17/32] Lucas Serme (FRA) v Ramit Tandon (IND)
Leonel Cardenas (MEX) v [17/32] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
[17/32] Raphael Kandra (GER) v Bernat Jaume (ESP)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Patrick Rooney (ENG) v Declan James (ENG)
Greg Lobban (SCO) v [17/32] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[17/32] Adrian Waller (ENG) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) [bye]
[8] Joel Makin (WAL) [bye]
[6] Diego Elias (PER) [bye]
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Shahjahan Khan (USA) v Alan Clyne (SCO)
Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) v [17/32] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA) [bye]
Nathan Lake (ENG) v [17/32] Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)
[17/32] James Willstrop (ENG) v Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) [bye]

2022 Allam British Open – Women’s Draw
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) [bye]
Cindy Merlo (SUI) v [17/32] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) [bye]
[9/16] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) [bye]
[17/32] Tinne Gilis (BEL) v Anna Serme (CZE)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) v [17/32] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[9/16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) [bye]
[7] Salma Hany (EGY) [bye]
[6] Joelle King (NZL) [bye]
Jasmine Hutton (ENG) v [17/32] Lucy Turmel (ENG)
[17/32] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [WC] Katie Maliff (ENG)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) v [17/32] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[17/32] Farida Mohamed (EGY) v Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
[9/16] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [WC] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) [bye]
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) [bye]
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v [17/32] Emily Whitlock (WAL)
[17/32] Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
Emilia Soini (FIN) v [17/32] Melissa Alves (FRA)
[9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA) [bye]
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) [bye]
[17/32] Hana Ramadan (EGY) v Haley Mendez (USA)
[8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) [bye]
[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [bye]
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) [bye]
Rachel Arnold (MAS) v [17/32] Donna Lobban (AUS)
[17/32] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v Yathreb Adel (EGY)
Tze Lok Ho (HKG) v [17/32] Aifa Azman (MAS)
[17/32] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) v Enora Villard (FRA)
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [bye]


Action from the Allam Sport Centre will be shown live on SQUASHTV and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe and Japan). The semi-finals and finals will also be shown live on the channels of contracted broadcast partners.

For updates on the Allam British Open, please visit the official tournament website or follow the event on Twitter.