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El Gouna International 2023
Men's Draw
26 May - 02 Jun
El Gouna, Egypt, $180k

27 May
28-29 May
30-31 MAY
01 Jun
02 Jun

[1] Diego Elias (PER)
11-3, 2-11, 11-9, 11-4 (49m)
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Diego Elias
11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (40m)
Eain Yow Ng

Diego Elias
11-9, 11-2, 11-2 (39m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu

Diego Elias
7-11, 12-10, 11-2, 11-7 (73m)
Ali Farag

Ali Farag
12-10, 10-12,
11-6, 11-2 (62m)
Mostafa Asal
Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
11-6, 11-3, 11-13, 11-5 (51m)
Leonel Cardenas (MEX)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
11-8, 11-9, 11-2 (48m)
Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA)

Iker Pajares Bernabeu
8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (63m)
Tarek Momen


[7] Tarek Momen (EGY)
8-11, 11-4, 1-11, 11-7, 11-8 (65m)
Patrick Rooney (ENG)
[8] Victor Crouin (FRA)
7-11, 11-9, 14-12, 11-9 (80m)
Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
Victor Crouin
10-12, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9 (95m)
Aly Abou Eleinen
Victor Crouin
6-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (42m)
Ali Farag
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY)
3-11, 11-1, 11-4, 5-11, 12-10 (69m)
Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (33m)
Raphael Kandra (GER)

Youssef Soliman
7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 12-10 (57m)
Ali Farag

[4] Ali Farag (EGY)
7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (60m)
Greg Lobban (SCO)
[3] Mostafa Asal (EGY)
11-9, 15-17, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 (80m)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)

Mostafa Asal
11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (71m)
Joel Makin
Mostafa Asal
11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (59m)
Mazen Hesham


Mostafa Asal
11-8, 11-8, 14-16, 6-11, 11-2 (110m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-7, 17-15, 11-5 (42m)
Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 (58m)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)

Mazen Hesham
11-2, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5 (37m)
Marwan ElShorbagy
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
11-6, 11-9, 5-11, 11-13, 11-7 (45m)
[9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI)
[5] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-4, 13-11, 11-2 (41m)
Adrian Waller (ENG)

Paul Coll
14-12, 11-5, 11-9 (63m)
Omar Mosaad

Paul Coll
8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (61m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy

Omar Mosaad (EGY)
11-9, 1-11, 11-9, 11-8 (58m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
11-7, 11-2, 11-4 (34m)
Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)

Fares Dessouky
11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5 (58m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
[9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (35m)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG)


[1] Diego Elias (PER) bye
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt Timothy Brownell (USA) 11-4, 20-18, 11-8 (41m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (44m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt Balázs Farkas (HUN) 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (39m)
Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 11-4, 12-10, 11-6 (44m)
Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt George Parker (ENG) 11-0, 11-6, 11-6 (31m)
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[8] Victor Crouin (FRA) bye
Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) bt [WC] Aly Hussein (EGY) 6-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-7 (90m)
Auguste Dussourd (FRA) bt [WC] Mohamed Zakaria (EGY) 6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (43m)
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 14-12, 11-8, 11-7 (45m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Nick Wall (ENG) 11-4, 12-10, 11-3 (32m)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bye
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-3 (57m)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
[3] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bye
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (45m)
Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 13-11, 11-5, 11-5 (28m)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
[9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI) bye
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bye
[5] Paul Coll (NZL) bye
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Grégoire Marche (FRA) 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7 (61m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Shahjahan Khan (USA) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (37m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (30m)
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bye
Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-13, 6-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-3 (60m)
[9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bye
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bye

El Gouna International 2023
Women's Draw
26 May - 02 Jun
El Gouna, Egypt, $180k

27 May
28-29 May
30-31 MAY
01 Jun
02 Jun
[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (25m)
Hana Ramadan (EGY)

Nouran Gohar
Fayrouz Aboelkheir


Nouran Gohar
11-8, 11-2, 11-5 (37m)
Georgina Kennedy


Nouran Gohar
15-13, 9-11, 17-15, 11-6 (107m)
Hania El Hammamy


Nouran Gohar
11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (58m)
Nele Gilis

Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY)
11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8 (39m)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
Yathreb Adel (EGY)
3-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 (50m)
Sana Ibrahim (EGY)
Yathreb Adel
11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (31m)
Georgina Kennedy
[8] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
11-4, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 (36m)
Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
[5] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (23m)
Aifa Azman (MAS)
Nour El Tayeb
11-7, 11-2, 11-5 (26m)
 Tesni Evans

 Tesni Evans
11-8, 11-5, 11-4 (33m)
Hania El Hammamy

[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL)
7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-2 (32m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
Nadine Shahin (EGY)
7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7 (54m)
Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)
Nadine Shahin
11-7, 11-2, 11-5 (26m)
Hania El Hammamy
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (27m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY)
Nada Abbas (EGY)
8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (55m)
[4] Joelle King (NZL)
Nada Abbas
11-9, 11-7, 11-2 (44m)
Salma Hany

Salma Hany
11-9, 3-11, 11-3, 12-10 (75m)
 Nele Gilis

 Nele Gilis
11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (45m)
Nour El Sherbini

[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY)
11-9, 11-9, 12-14, 11-8 (58m)
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL)
11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (46m)
Lucy Turmel (ENG)
 Nele Gilis
9-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-6 (58m)
Rowan Elaraby
[7] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (31m)
Énora Villard (FRA)
[9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
11-7, 11-13, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7 (64m)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
Tinne Gilis
9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (40m)
Farida Mohamed

Tinne Gilis
11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (39m)
Nour El Sherbini
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY)
5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 13-11 (43m)
Hana Moataz (EGY)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
11-7, 11-8, 11-1 (27m)
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA)
Alexandra Fuller
11-6, 11-3, 11-4 (26m)
Nour El Sherbini
Mélissa Alves (FRA)
5-11, 11-2, 11-3, 2-11, 11-4 (38m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)


[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bye
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt Kenzy Ayman (EGY) 11-8, 13-11, 11-5 (32m)
Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) bt Tomato Ho (HKG) 11-2, 7-1 ret. (10m)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bye
Sana Ibrahim (EGY) bt [WC] Nour Khafagy (EGY) 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 11-1 (38m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (19m)
Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt [WC] Menna Walid (EGY) 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (27m)
[8] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bye
[5] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
Aifa Azman (MAS) bt Ka Yi Lee (HKG) 11-6, 13-11, 7-11, 11-4 (35m)
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Cindy Merlo (SUI) 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (20m)
Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6 (28m)
Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) bt Marie Stéphan (FRA) 16-18, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (51m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Georgia Adderley (SCO) 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9 (71m)
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bye
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bye
Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 11-9, 11-3, 11-2 (22m)
[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bye
Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt Lucy Beecroft (ENG) 12-10, 12-10, 12-10 (41m)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
Énora Villard (FRA) bt Emily Whitlock (WAL) 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 2-3 ret. (44m)
[7] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bye
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bye
Hana Moataz (EGY) bt Grace Gear (ENG) 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (27m)
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bye
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) bye
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Katie Malliff (ENG) 11-7, 14-12, 11-4 (30m)
Mélissa Alves (FRA) bt Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) 12-10, 11-3, 11-5 (26m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bye
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Farag and Gohar Capture El Gouna Titles And Secure Return to World No.1

Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar have won the El Gouna International 2023 Platinum-level titles at the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center, and both players will return to the summit of the Women’s and Men’s PSA World Rankings, respectively, on Monday.

Farag beat defending champion Mostafa Asal 3-1 to make it four trophy wins in succession, while Gohar defeated Belgium’s Nele Gilis in straight games to secure her maiden El Gouna International title.

Farag’s incredible form has seen him win the British Open, PSA World Championships, the Manchester Open and now the El Gouna International, as he stretched his unbeaten run to 20 matches.

Coming into the men’s decider, Asal was up against it following a mammoth 110-minute semi-final against World No.4 Mohamed ElShorbagy, with the pair finally walking off court in the early hours of the morning.

The 22-year-old really had to draw on all of his remaining energy reserves and relinquished control of the first game despite holding a 9-7 lead, with a big push from Farag seeing him punish his compatriot.

Asal – who beat Farag in the semi-finals of last year’s event – was able to fight on in the second game, drawing level following a tie-break victory, but he faded rapidly in the third as Farag restored the one-game cushion in confident fashion.

That broke Asal’s resistance and the fourth game was a procession, with Farag in complete control as he dropped just two points against an ailing opponent.

Farag now has 33 PSA titles to his name – becoming the joint-second most successful Egyptian alongside the legendary Amr Shabana – while it’s his fifth triumph of the season. He will also overtake Peru’s Diego Elias at the top of the PSA World Rankings on Monday.

“I’m very proud with how I’ve dealt with the past couple of months and I’m very happy with the way I performed today,” said Farag.

“It’s never easy to play against Mostafa [Asal], he’s such a champion. How many people in history can say that they have been the World No.1 and the best player in their sport at the age of 21, it’s unbelievable what he has achieved already. I’m happy I’m at the back end of my career because I don’t want to battle it out with him for many years!”

It was fourth time lucky for Gohar to land her maiden El Gouna International title, having been a runner-up in 2019, 2021 and 2022, but she ensured she would walk away with the trophy on this occasion after overcoming Gilis in 58 minutes.

Gilis was the first Belgian player ever to appear in the final of a major PSA event following her sensational 3-0 dismantling of current World No.1 and World Champion Nour El Sherbini in the semi-finals. The 27-year-old came out firing as she hit her targets with conviction to take an early 5-4 lead in the opening game.

Gohar was backing up after contesting a mammoth 107-minute battle with rival Hania El Hammamy the night before – the fifth longest women’s match of all time – and she took a while to find her rhythm. There was a short break in play due to the ball flying out of the court following a shot from Gilis, which halted the Belgian’s momentum. Gohar took full advantage as she won seven of the next eight points to take a one-game lead.

The second game followed a similar pattern as Gilis again came out swinging and attacked with no fear, but the intensity of Gohar’s hitting soon told as she dispatched her opponent clinically to double her lead.

Both players traded points in a back and forth third game, with Gohar coming from 9-8 down to ultimately seal her first Platinum title since October’s U.S. Open.

The win means that Gohar has lifted her 22nd PSA Tour title and, like Farag, it’s her fifth title of the season. It will also see her replace El Sherbini as the World No.1, ending her fellow Egyptian’s four-week reign at the summit, with Gohar ascending to the top ranking for the third time in her career.

“Nele [Gilis] had an unbelievable tournament,” said Gohar afterwards.

“I saw it coming, she’s put in the work and it’s very inspirational. We’ve known each other since juniors and for her to be playing like this was far from enjoyable for me today! With the weather, her retrieving everything and the pressure, it was a bit too much.

“It wasn’t the prettiest squash from my side maybe, but I’m super proud of myself with how I fought hard this week. This will be the third time that I’m World No.1 in my career, but it’s the first time after winning a tournament, so it feels amazing. With the new weekly ranking system, it’s so nice, you win a tournament on Friday and on Monday you’re World No.1.”

The 2022/23 PSA World Tour season concludes with the World Tour Finals in Cairo, Egypt, which take place from 20 - 25 June. All the action will be available to watch live on SQUASHTV. For more information, visit the PSA World Tour website.

Gilis Stuns World No.1 El Sherbini to Reach Maiden Platinum Final at El Gouna International

Nele Gilis

Nele Gilis stunned World No.1 and seven-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini to reach her first-ever Platinum-level final at the El Gouna International following her 3-0 success at the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center.

The Belgian No.1 is also the first player from her country to appear in a major final, as Gilis claimed her maiden victory over El Sherbini after five previous unsuccessful attempts where she hadn’t taken a single game off the Egyptian.

A rejuvenated Gilis got off to a great start, and she earned herself two game balls at 10-8, which she converted straight away after El Sherbini hit the tin.

The errors continued to flow from the World Champion’s racket as Gilis took full advantage to pull El Sherbini across the court. Gilis converted game ball at the second time of asking to double her lead.

El Sherbini cut a frustrated figure throughout, and that frustration turned into desperation in the third game as Gilis raced into a 5-2 advantage, which then became a 10-5 lead. Match ball was converted at the first attempt for Gilis on what was a momentous occasion for the Belgian.

“I think it was a bit of a mix, I was very relaxed and had nothing to lose and [Nour] El Sherbini not being at her best, but you still have to take those opportunities when they arise. I’ve been visualising for the last 24 hours and not once did I think it would be 3-0. It’s a bit surreal and I’m beyond happy,” she said afterwards.

“I just had to force myself to volley and stay in front of her and be confident on my shots that I’ve been practising for years and just do it because if I don’t I’m never going to win, so I might as well have a crack and see how it goes and thankfully I did that.”

Gilis’ opponent tomorrow will be Nouran Gohar, who knocked out defending El Gouna International champion Hania El Hammamy to reach a second successive final in a monumental 107-minute battle - the fifth longest women’s match of all time.

World No.2 Gohar, who will return to the top of the Women’s Rankings if she wins the El Gouna International, defeated the reigning champion 3-1 to progress to the final.

Nouran Gohar

It was a cagey opening from both players, but El Hammamy went 10-7 ahead only for Gohar to charge back to win four successive points to take it into a tiebreak. Despite the World No.3 having two more chances to convert game one, Gohar took it 15-13 in a physical 31-minute opener.

Mistakes were costly for El Hammamy in the second game, but she was able to regroup and go 9-4 up. Despite Gohar battling back to 9-10, defending champion El Hammamy levelled the match.

El Hammamy opened up another cushion in the third when she went 8-5 up, only for Gohar to peg her back to eight-all. El Hammamy had game ball, but was thwarted by the resilient Gohar once more to send the game into another tiebreak.

Three game balls were squandered by El Hammamy, as Gohar capitalised to clinch the third 17-15. The former World No.1 looked determined as ever as she relentlessly pushed El Hammamy into the back corners and sealed the match with an 11-6 victory in the fourth.

“I know they call me mentally tough but these kind of matches give me more confidence,” said Gohar.

“To be able to close it out in four in 107 minutes, it’s good but I’d like to close it out sooner. It was tough physically but mentally as well. I know the referees sweat more actually, we just want to win so much.”

Mostafa Asal

Mostafa Asal’s title defence remains intact after the defending champion overcame his idol Mohamed ElShorbagy in a mammoth 110-minute five-set encounter.

Asal stormed into a two-game lead with his devastating attacks proving to be too much for ElShorbagy to handle, with the World No.2 winning both games 11-8.

However ElShorbagy disrupted the rhythm Asal had found in the opening two games to get a foothold back in the contest, edging a tense and scrappy third game 16-14.

Asal’s concentration appeared to have dipped in the fourth as ElShorbagy capitalised to level the match, and the wear and tear on the Englishman's body was evident in the early stages of the fifth game, so much so that Asal had to gift his older opponent some socks after ElShorbagy had sweated through all of his own.

The break in play was beneficial to Asal, who marched into an 8-0 lead before closing out the match moments later to crown a monumental battle with ElShorbagy that had finished into the early hours of the morning.

“It was really difficult conditions,” said Asal.

“It’s all about sportsmanship between me and Mohamed [ElShorbagy], we both lost a bit of control in the third game but I have so much respect for him. I’m playing my idol - I was here years ago, watching him and Greg [Gaultier], his coach, in the final. He’s the Beast for a reason.

“It’s a lot of emotions. I was suspended for two months and now I’m in the final to defend my title. It was not my best season, despite reaching World No.1. Last season was much better but I was trying to get all my momentum for this tournament. It's not done yet, I have a final tomorrow.”

Ali Farag

Ali Faragwill lock horns with Asal for the title, and he continued his excellent form as he made it 19 wins in a row to secure a fourth successive final appearance after seeing off World No.1 Diego Elias in four games.

The four-time World Champion, who has lost the opening game in every round of this tournament, continued that unwanted record against the World No.1, who picked off Farag to draw first blood.

Farag, who will return to the summit of the World Rankings if he clinches the El Gouna International, clicked into gear in the second and was starting to find his rhythm, however Elias’ one game ball was soon wiped out after Farag held tough and won the next thee points to equalise.

The Egyptian hit top form in the third, winning comfortably 11-2, and Farag’s pace was relentless in the next game as he proved to be too strong for the Peruvian to make it four finals in a row.

“I have to dig in deep into my reserves, squash reserves, physical reserves. If that was a true individual sport, I would have stopped in Manchester,” said Farag.

“I have my wife [Nour El Tayeb], my coaches, my family, my physio. You think it’s easy to push but it’s all the conversations I have with my parents, they chill me out so if I was stressed out all day I would not play the way I do. Hopefully I can push one more time tomorrow to make them even more proud.”

The finals of the El Gouna International 2023 take place on Friday 2 June, with play starting at 19:00 (GMT+3) at the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center. Both finals will be available to watch live on SQUASHTV and selected broadcasters around the world.

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Gilis Reaches Maiden Platinum Semi-Final With El Gouna Last Four Appearance

Nele Gilis

Nele Gilis has reached a Platinum-level semi-final for the first time after defeating Salma Hany to progress to the last four of the El Gouna International 2023 at the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center.

Gilis, who’s been enjoying a rich vein of form, ended a run of six successive defeats to Hany as she beat the Egyptian 3-1 to tee up a semi-final showdown with World No.1 Nour El Sherbini.

The Belgian drew first blood, edging the 19-minute first game 11-9, before the expected Hany response came in the second, with the World No.12 firing in winners as she struck back with an 11-3 win.

Gilis stormed back into the lead with a dominant 11-3 victory of her own, but in a nail-biting fourth, Hany had a great opportunity to force a fifth game, but could not press home her advantage as Gilis dragged her back to 9-9.

Hany regrouped and had game ball at 10-9, but could not convert as Gilis – after a lengthy video review on a ‘yes let’ decision that was overturned – took the game to a tie break.

Gilis struck first to earn match ball at 11-10. In a brutal final rally in which both players gained and lost the upper hand, the Belgian finally broke Hany’s resistance to earn a shot at the World No.1 for a place in the final.

“I’m a bit speechless and a bit emotional. It’s my first time reaching a semi-final [of a Platinum event] and I’ve looked up to Salma [Hany], we’ve played all through juniors together; we’ve played seven times on the PSA World Tour but it must be about 50 in juniors and she chopped me every time!” Gilis said.

“So to finally get a win over her on a stage like this and in a venue like this feels a bit surreal right now!”

Nour El Sherbini

World No.1 El Sherbini, Gilis’ opponent tomorrow, cruised past Tinne Gilis to reach her third consecutive El Gouna International semi-final.

The 2021 champion made a dream start against the Belgian No.2, taking the first six points as she eased into the lead with an 11-4 win in game one, before doubling her advantage after coming from 7-6 down to take the second 11-7.

El Sherbini raced away to a 10-3 lead in the third, only for Gilis to throw caution to the wind and save six match balls, before the Egyptian eventually ended things with an 11-9 win.

“Maybe I lost a bit of concentration and wasn’t focusing on what I was supposed to do," El Sherbini said.

"She was just focusing on what she needed to do and was fighting until the last point. I’m a bit frustrated with what happened in the last game, but thankfully it didn’t go any further than this and I won it in the end. I don’t know what would have happened if I’d lost it.”

Defending champion Mostafa Asal overcame his Egyptian compatriot Mazen Hesham in straight games to progress to the last four.

In a fast paced and entertaining first game, Asal was able to keep his nose ahead of Hesham throughout, chasing down enough of the Falcon’s winners to take the opener 11-7.

After a strong start to the second, Hesham pegged Asal back after forcing some errors from the top seed’s racket, but the World No.2 regained his focus and moved two ahead with an 11-8 win.

The third game was a more fractured contest, but it was former World No.1 Asal who was better able to reset after each interruption, keeping calm to edge ahead and take the game 11-7.

“Mazen [Hesham] is one of the toughest players on tour and he’s in form now. It’s tough to play players in form at the end of the season, so I’m happy with my performance today. It was much calmer inside the court, having my fans all over the place is amazing for me. I hope my loyal fans are coming for the semis and the final!” Asal said post-match.

Mostafa Asal

“I’m playing in one of the best clubs in Africa and I’m sure they’ll come and support! I’m really proud of myself today.”

Mohamed ElShorbagy awaits Asal in the semi-finals, who produced a vintage performance to battle back from a game down to see off last year’s finalist Paul Coll.

Coll clinched the first game when he converted game ball at the first time of asking, however ElShorbagy dominated the second to restore parity with his attacking prowess coming to the fore.

Two-time champion ElShorbagy’s firepower was proving to be too much for Coll to handle in the third as the Englishman nudged 2-1 ahead.

Despite a positive start to the fourth from Coll, errors proved to be costly as ElShorbagy took full advantage to secure a semi-final berth.

“Every time I play Paul [Coll], I know it’s going to be brutal. And when you play him in hot conditions, it's even more brutal!” ElShorbagy said.

Mohamed ElShorbagy

“I’m an honest player and I know he’s not at his best this season, and he would have known that I was not at my best last season, so we haven’t really played each other at the same [level] for a while. I think the last time was the US Open last year when we both played well at the same time.”

Semi-final action of the El Gouna International 2023 takes place tomorrow (Thursday 1 June). Play starts at 19:00 (GMT+3), with all four matches from the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center available to watch live on SQUASHTV.

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El Hammamy and Gohar To Meet in Repeat Of 2022 El Gouna Final

Reigning El Gouna International champion Hania El Hammamy will reignite her rivalry with Nouran Gohar, with the two Egyptians set to face off in the semi-finals of this year’s event at the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center.

El Hammamy downed Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans in straight games, and the defending champion was in control throughout the contest, on court for just 33 minutes.

Evans started strongly, trying to back up after beating Nour El Tayeb in the third round. El Hammamy had just enough for the first, winning it 11-8. She was then able to continue that form into both the second and third games, dropping just nine points across the two to book her place in the semis.

“Always great to be able to be ready for the semi-finals in a very short period of time during the tournament. Sometimes, I play a lot of matches, 3-2s, I go to five and play longer than my opponents, so this time, I am happy I am matching them in the duration of the matches,” El Hammamy explained.

“It is amazing playing in Egypt. It is great for having the juniors to come and root for us Egyptians. It definitely gives us a huge motivation and a huge boost on court.”

Hania El Hammamy

Gohar awaits her in the semi-finals on Thursday evening, who overpowered England’s Georgina Kennedy 3-0.

The tournament’s top seed, who could return to the top of the Women’s World Rankings if she wins the El Gouna International and Nour El Sherbini fails to reach the final, clinched a close opening game before the former World No.1 ruthlessly put the English No.1 to the sword.

“Firstly, I want to say how much respect I have for Gina [Kennedy]. She is such an unbelievable athlete,” Gohar said.

Nouran Gohar

“It is special because we grew up playing the British Junior Open together, it is a pleasure seeing how she has improved. It is always a clean match against her, and I have so much respect for her. It was great to be competing against her today.”

In the men’s draw, World No.1  secured his first appearance in the semi-finals of the El Gouna International after beating Iker Pajares Bernabeu in straight games.

The Peruvian is aiming to stay at the top of the World Rankings following the last Platinum event of the season, with his opponent in the last four, Ali Farag, also vying for a return to the summit.

Elias came through the heat and humidity in a tough 20-minute opener before the 26-year-old comfortably took the second and third games 11-2.

“It is a quarter-final so there are always nerves. I am just happy I won that first game, I think it was very important. It is tough conditions so it is hard to get used to it, and it is even harder to practice in the morning. It is so hot, coming in straight into the matches, but I am happy I won the first game and then the rest of the match,” Elias said.

“I just came into my game the way I play. With these conditions, it was really hard. The ball was bouncing a lot, so I changed my game a little bit. I hit a lot of lobs, there was no point in hitting the ball hard because it was coming all the way back to the ’T’. Happy with the way I changed my gameplan, and I am happy to be in the semi-finals.”

Diego Elias

Four-time World Champion Farag battled back brilliantly to overcome France’s Victor Crouin to book his place in the semi-finals.

French No.1 Crouin was in fine form in the opening stages, with his natural attacking game being too good for Farag. However, the Egyptian has gone behind in almost every match since winning the World Championship final in straight games.

The comeback seemed almost invetiable, but the former World No.1 was almost perfect throughout the next three games. He dropped just seven points across the next three games, putting Crouin under too much pressure, with the Frenchman hitting too many errors throughout the latter stages.

“I am feeling very good and I think today was the best performance of the tournament so far. It does make a difference, I keep saying coaching doesn’t make a difference but having Karim [Darwish] in my corner really does make a difference.” Farag said.

Ali Farag

“He came today from Cairo, he is driving back because he has another commitment at 8:30 in the morning, so he is driving overnight, and then he is coming back again for my semi-final. It does make a difference, but now that he has done it, it was huge.”

The quarter-finals of the El Gouna International 2023 continues tomorrow (Wednesday 31 May) with the bottom half of the draw. Play starts at 19:15 (GMT+3), with all four matches from the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center available to watch live on SQUASHTV.

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Defending Champion Asal Continues Title Defence With Third Round Victory

Mostafa Asal

Reigning El Gouna International champion Mostafa Asal continued his title defence by dispatching Joel Makin 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals at the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center.

The World No.2 made it back-to-back wins against the Welshman, who have gone toe-to-toe in some brutal clashes recently.

Asal booked his place in the last eight by defeating Makin 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 in 71 minutes.

“It was a tough battle,” Asal said.

“Joel is an amazing player and he’s such a warrior inside the court. I played my best squash today and I’m the defending champion here. Everyone is with me and I want to keep this title.”

Nour El Sherbini

Elsewhere, World Champion Nour El Sherbini eased into the quarter-finals after overcoming Alexandra Fuller in straight games in 26 minutes.

Quarter-final action of the El Gouna International 2023 begins tomorrow (Tuesday 30 May) with the top half of the draw. Play starts at 19:15 (GMT+3), with all four matches from the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center available to watch live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.

Evans and Pajares Produce Round Three Shocks

Tesni Evans

Tesni Evans and Iker Pajares Bernabeu produced the biggest shocks in round three of the El Gouna International 2023 after defeating World No.6 Nour El Tayeb and former World Champion Tarek Momen, respectively, at the El Gouna Squash Complex.

Welshwoman Evans downed El Tayeb in straight games, delivering a consummate performance against the Egyptian to book her place in the quarter-finals.

“I’m really happy with that. I thought I played really well and my game plan that I had before the match worked really well today. Of course you have to execute it, and I thought I played really well today,” Evan said afterwards.

Pajares, meanwhile, came from behind to overcome former World No.3 Momen. The Spanish No.1, who had lost his previous six meetings with the Egyptian, brought his winless run to a halt by winning 3-1.

Iker Pajares Bernabeu

“I knew it would be tough today – I’ve played Tarek [Momen] so many times but today I felt different on court. I felt sharper and I saw his body language was gone and he was mentally very tired, so I kept fighting very hard and I managed to do it in four games. I still can’t believe it!” he said.

Meanwhile on the glass court, top seeds Nouran Gohar and Diego Elias cruised into the quarter-finals with 3-0 wins over Fayrouz Aboelkheir and Eain Yow Ng, respectively.

Round three of the El Gouna International 2023 continues tomorrow (Monday 29 May) with the bottom half of the draw. Play gets underway from 13:00 (GMT+3), with the action from court three at the El Gouna Squash Complex in the afternoon streamed live on the PSA website, and the evening session on the glass court at the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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Defending Champions Make Successful Starts To Title Defences

Hania El Hammamy

Defending El Gouna International champions Mostafa Asal and Hania El Hammamy made successful starts to their title defences in the second round of the Platinum level tournament at the El Gouna Squash Complex.

Former World No.1 Asal came from 2-1 down to defeat Youssef Ibrahim, while El Hammamy downed Mariam Metwally in straight games for a spot in the third round.

“It was a really difficult match. To be defending champion of the tournament, it’s really difficult. It’s so risky when you play one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen," Asal said post-match.

Mostafa Asal

“It’s different vibes (coming into a tournament as defending champion). You’re imagining yourself holding the title again. Last year I won El Gouna and World Tour Finals so it was a good season for me. I think it’s better than this season despite reaching World No.1. I’m so glad I got through against a really talented player. If we both stay injury free, we could dominate the sport.”

Nour El Sherbini

Elsewhere, seven-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini defeated Melissa Alves in five games to reach the third round.

The top half of the third round of the El Gouna International 2023 will be played tomorrow (Sunday 28 May) at 13:00 (GMT+3), with the action from court three in the afternoon streamed live on the PSA website.

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Steinmann and ElSherbini Avoid Shock Results While Waller Scores Upset

Adrian Waller

Dimitri Steinmann and Mohamed ElSherbini both came from two games down against tournament wildcard Aly Hussein and Cesar Salazar, respectively, to book their places in the second round of the El Gouna International 2023 at the El Gouna Squash Complex.

Switzerland No.2 Steinmann saw off the World No.94 Hussein in a bruising 90-minute battle, while World No.17 ElSherbini overturned a 2-0 deficit to overcome World No.38 Salazar.

“It was a tough match today, especially mentally. Going 2-0 down is mentally very tough to come back in the third. I switched into another gear, and luckily I found it and I was able to come back and win in five,” Steinmann said.

World No.35 Adrian Waller pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the opening day as he downed World No.18 Gregoire Marche 3-1.

In the women’s draw, Egyptian Mariam Metwally came from 2-1 down to seal her place in the second round at the expense of Georgia Adderley.

Round two of the El Gouna International 2023 will be played tomorrow (Saturday 27 May) at 12:00 (GMT+3), with the action from all four courts streamed live on the PSA World Tour website.

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The Race to Qualify For the World Tour Finals

The 2022-2023 PSA World Tour season is almost at its end, with the last Platinum tournament of the season, the El Gouna International, beginning on Friday.

The event, which will take place at the El Gouna Squash Complex and the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center, will see 96 players descend on the Egyptian resort. All the action will be streamed live, with glass court action being shown on SQUASHTV, while the PSA World Tour website will be the place to watch all the side court action.

Hania El Hammamy and Mostafa Asal will be back to defend the titles they won at this event last year. El Hammamy will have to deal with the challenges of compatriots Nour El Sherbini and Nouran Gohar if she is to defend her crown and to win a first trophy in 2023.

Meanwhile, Asal is looking get the World No.1 spot back. A win this week would certainly help that cause, but anything else and he could lose ground on the rest of the contenders. Egypt’s Ali Farag is the favourite this week having won his last three tournaments, the British Open, World Championships and Manchester Open, while World No.1 Diego Elias and England’s Mohamed ElShorbagy will also be in contention.

Who Qualifies For The CIB PSA World Tour Finals?
The last Platinum event of the season also provides the last chance for players to qualify for the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals, which takes place three weeks after the El Gouna International.

There is still scope for some changes in the top eight in both the men’s and women’s Road to Egypt standings. Of course, if someone outside the top eight was to take the victory in El Gouna this week, they would automatically qualify for the CIB PSA World Tour Finals. If that was the case, then the player in 8th place would miss out on the tournament.

There is only one woman that can mathematically make it into the top eight without winning the tournament this week. The USA’s Olivia Fiechter would have been another to have a chance, but she withdrew from the El Gouna International yesterday.

Instead, the race for 8th spot will be between Belgium’s Nele Gilis and Egypt’s Salma Hany. Gilis has a couple of titles to her name this season, and she currently has 7,752.5 points this season. Egypt’s Hany is currently 10th in the Road to Egypt standings, with 6,217.5 points meaning she has to reach the final in El Gouna to have a chance.

For Hany To Make The Top Eight & Qualify
– Hany wins El Gouna
– Hany reaches the final AND Gilis fails to reach RD3

The Road to Egypt standings following the Manchester Open

For Gilis To Stay In The Top Eight
– Gilis reached RD3 in El Gouna
– Hany fails to reach the final

The Road to Egypt standings following the Manchester Open
Like the women’s, there is only the one man who currently occupies a place outside the top eight that can make it into the top eight following the El Gouna International, apart from a possible winner of the event.

2019 World Champion Tarek Momen sits in 9th prior to the tournament, with 8,757.5 points. He could mathematically overtake both Mazen Hesham and Victor Crouin to secure his place at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, but he would need to reach the final in El Gouna and hope the others fail to reach a certain stage of the competition.

For Momen To Make The Top Eight & Qualify
– Momen wins El Gouna
– Momen reaches the final AND Victor Crouin fails to reach the semi-finals
– Momen reaches the final AND Mazen Hesham fails to reach the quarter finals

For Hesham To Stay In The Top Eight
– Hesham reaches the quarter finals
– Hesham matches Crouin’s result
– Momen fails to reach the final

For Crouin To Stay In The Top Eight
– Crouin reaches the semi-finals
– Momen fails to reach the final

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28 MAY
29- 30 MAY


The $180,000 El Gouna International Open 2022, To be helad at El Gouna Conference & Culture Center, El Gouna, Egypt. Paul Coll & Nouran Gohar are seeded to win the event.


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