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Gibraltar Open 2022

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$6,000 Gibraltar Open 2022, Europa Sports Centre, Gibraltar, PSA Challenger Tour 5
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Gibraltar Open 2022
Men's Draw
13 - 16 Jul
Europa Sports Centre, Gibraltar, $6k

Final:
[3] Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt James Peach (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-1, 11-3 (40m)

Semi-finals:
James Peach (ENG) bt [8] Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) 11-4, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6 (50m)
[3] Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt [5] Ben Smith (ENG) 11-5, 11-1, 11-3 (19m)

Quarter-finals:
James Peach (ENG) bt [6] Stuart MacGregor (ENG) 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (31m)
[8] Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) bt [4] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 11-5, 11-5, 14-12 (40m)
[3] Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt [7] Joeri Hapers (BEL) 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (29m)
[5] Ben Smith (ENG) bt [2] Ivan Perez (ESP) 4-11, 11-4, 2-11, 11-7, 11-1 (45m)

1st round:
James Peach (ENG) bt [1] Tom Walsh (ENG) 7-11, 13-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6 (69m)
[6] Stuart MacGregor (ENG) bt Owain Taylor (WAL) 6-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 11-4 (70m)
[8] Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) bt Javier Martin (ESP) 11-7, 14-12, 14-12 (43m)
[4] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) bt Jakob Dirnberger (AUT) 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (25m)
[3] Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt Nilo Vidal (ESP) 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (28m)
[7] Joeri Hapers (BEL) bt Joel Arscott (NZL) 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6 (48m)
[5] Ben Smith (ENG) bt Liam Marrison (CAN) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (34m)
[2] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt Augusto Ortigosa (ESP) 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 (39m)

Gibraltar Open 2022
Women's Draw
13 - 16 Jul
Europa Sports Centre, Gibraltar, $6k

Final:
[4] Rana Ismail (EGY) v [3] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP)

Semi-finals:
[4] Rana Ismail (EGY) bt [6] Katie Wells (ENG) 11-6, 11-2, 11-3 (19m)
[3] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP) bt [2] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) 9-11, 11-4, 12-14, 11-8, 11-9 (59m)

Quarter-finals:
[6] Katie Wells (ENG) bt [1] Alison Thomson (SCO) 11-3, 11-4, 11-8 (29m)
[4] Rana Ismail (EGY) bt [5] Saran Nghiem (ENG) 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-8 (41m)
[3] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP) bt Caroline Fouts (USA) 13-11, 4-11, 15-13, 11-5 (59m)
[2] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) bt [7] Kiera Marshall (ENG) 12-10, 14-12, 11-8 (32m)

1st round:
[1] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Chloe Foster (WAL) 11-4, 11-3, 11-5 (22m)
[6] Katie Wells (ENG) bt Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) 11-4, 12-10, 11-3 (21m)
[5] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt Jasmin Kalar (ENG) 11-2, 11-5, 11-4 (18m)
[4] Rana Ismail (EGY) bt Polly Clark (ENG) 11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8 (32m)
[3] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP) bt Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) 11-4, 11-2, 8-11, 11-2 (30m)
Caroline Fouts (USA) bt [8] Asia Harris (ENG) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (29m)
[7] Kiera Marshall (ENG) bt Juliette Permentier (NED) 11-2, 11-1, 11-6 (16m)
[2] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) bt Emma Bartley (ENG) 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (15m)

REPORTS

Lopez And Ismail Victorious At Europa Point

The Gibraltar Open came to its conclusion on Saturday afternoon at Europa sports Centre, with Spainís Edmon Lopez and Egyptís Rana Ismail taking the Challenger 5 level titles, the latter of which claimed her first Tour title.

Ismail came into the tournament as the No.4 seed, and she started her campaign with a win over Englandís Polly Clark, before then coming from behind to get the better of another Englishwoman, in No.5 seed Saran Nghiem, winning in four games to book her spot in the last four.

The young Egyptian then took on a third Englishwoman in succession, and she needed just 19 minutes to overcome No.6 seed Katie Wells, dropping just 12 points in her semi-final contest to set up a meeting with Spainís Marta Dominguez Fernandez in what would be her first final as a professional player on Tour.

The final was a surprisingly one-sided affair, with Ismail overcoming the Spaniard, who sits 25 places above the 19-year-old in the World Rankings. She took the win in 27 minutes, winning 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 to secure her first Tour title, and to become the latest young Egyptian to become a Tour victor.

The menís title was won by Spaniard Edmon Lopez, who eventually put an end to the unbeaten run of James Peach, which stretched back over ten days, with the Englishman having come into the tournament off the back of winning as a non-seed in Austria last weekend.

Lopez made it through to the final after victories over compatriot Nilo Vidal, Belgiumís No.7 seed Joeri Hapers and Englandís Ben Smith, beating all three of those opponents in straight games.

The Spaniard then took on the tournamentís surprise package in the final, and the pair were level after two games, having both won a game by an 11-6 scoreline. From there, though, Lopez dropped just four more points to win the next two, securing the Gibraltar Open, his 10th Tour crown.
Wells Downs Top Seed, Peach Continues Unbeaten Run

After the menís top seed was dumped out of the competition in the opening round, the quarter finals of the Gibraltar Open also threw up some more surprises, with Englandís Katie Wells getting the better of the womenís top seed to advance to the last four of the Challenger 5 level tournament.

The pair had met twice before on Tour, with the Scotswoman having won both of those meetings, with both coming in a three week period in the summer of 2021. However in this battle in Gibraltar, it was the Englishwoman that was in full control throughout, winning in straight games to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.

She will now face Egyptís Rana Ismail in the last four after the tournamentís No.4 seed got the better of Englandís Saran Nghiem in the quarters. The other match in Fridayís semi-finals will see Egyptís No.2 seed Nadeen Kotb take on Spaniard Marta Dominguez Fernandez, the No.3 seed for the event.

In the menís event, Englandís James Peach carried on his incredible form with yet another victory over a higher-ranked player, following on from his win in Salzburg last week. He took on compatriot and No.6 seed Stuart MacGregor in the quarters, and spent just half an hour on court to move through to the last four, winning in straight games.

The Englishman will now face Welshman Elliott Morris Devred in the semi-finals, after the no.8 seed for the event used an upset in defeating No.4 seed Aqeel Rehman. The first tow games of their contest easily went the way of Devred, before he then took the third on a close tie-break 14-12.

No.5 seed Ben Smith was able to exact revenge over Spaniard Ivan Perez, after losing to the World No.100 in the final of the Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open a couple of weeks ago. In the semis in Gibraltar, the Englishman got that revenge, winning in five to move through to the last four. He will now face another Spaniard, in No.3 seed Edmon Lopez, in the semis on Friday evening.

The semi-finals of the Gibraltar Open will take place on Friday, July 15 at the Europa Sports Centre in Europa Point, Gibraltar, with the final four going head-to-head in both the menís and womenís draws for places in Saturdayís finals.

All of the action will be streamed live from Gibraltar on the Challenger Tourís YouTube channel, with semi-final action beginning at 18:00 (GMT+2) on Friday evening.
Preview

The sole event on European soil this week will come from the Europa Sports Centre in Europa Point, with the Challenger 5 level Gibraltar Open taking place from Wednesday, July 13 to Saturday, July 16.

The womenís draw will be led by Scotlandís Alison Thomson, with the World No.76 aiming to retain the title she won on the island in October. She defeated Spainís Marta Dominguez Fernandez in the final in 2021, with the Spaniard also back, this time as the No.3 seed for the competition.

Egyptís Nadeen Kotb and Rana Ismail, along with the English quartet of Saran Nghiem, Katie Wells, Kiera Marshall and Asia Harris making up the rest of the top eight seeds for the womenís competition.

Englandís Tom Walsh will be the top seed in the menís event, with Spainís Ivan Perez, last yearís runner-up in Gibraltar, as the No.2 seed for the competition. His compatriot Edmon Lopez will be the No.3 seed, with 2018 Gibraltar Open victor, Austriaís Aqeel Rehman, making up the rest of the top four seeds in the menís event.

Englandís Ben Smith and Stuart MacGregor, along with Belgiumís Joeri Hapers and Welshman Elliott Morris Devred, will also be seeded for the tournament, while Englishman James Peach, the victor at the Austrian Open on Saturday afternoon in Salzburg, will be unseeded for the event, and one to watch in the opening round.

The event takes place from Wednesday, July 13 to Saturday, July 16 at the Europa Sports Centre in Europa Point, Gibraltar.

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