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RC Pro Series 2023

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$12,000 RC Pro Series 2023, Racquet Club, St Louis, Missouri, USA
(also known as Racquet Club Pro Series), PSA Challenger Tour 10
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RC Pro Series 2023
Men's Draw
26 - 29 Apr
Missouri, USA, $12k

ROUND ONE
26 Apr
QUARTERS
27 Apr
SEMIS
 28 Apr
FINAL
29 Apr

[1] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
11-5, 11-8, 12-10 (28m)
JeremŪas AzaŮa (ARG)

Cesar Salazar
12-14, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (48m)
 Addeen Idrakie
Cesar Salazar
11-7, 5-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9 (66m)
Noor Zaman
 
Cesar Salazar
12-10, 3-11, 11-7, 12-10 (55m)
Leandro Romiglio
 
[5] Addeen Idrakie (MAS)
11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (27m)
[WC] Alex Ingham (ENG)
[7] Seif Shenawy (EGY)
6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 11-6 (53m)
Andrťs Herrera (COL)
Seif Shenawy
11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (29m)Noor Zaman
Noor Zaman (PAK)
11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (21m)
[4] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
[3] Leandro Romiglio (ARG)
16-14, 11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7 (80m)
Mohamed Nasser (EGY)
Leandro Romiglio
11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 (45m)
Yassin Elshafei


Leandro Romiglio
13-11, 11-1, 4-11,
12-10
Juan Camilo Vargas
[6] Yassin Elshafei (EGY)
13-11, 11-2, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8 (45m)
Josue Enriquez (GUA)
[8] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (35m)
Mark Broekman (ENG)
Mohd Syafiq Kamal
11-5, 11-7, 3-11, 7-11, 11-5 (47m)
Juan Camilo Vargas
Muhammad Ashab Irfan (PAK)
14-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 (55m)
[2] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)

RC Pro Series 2023
Women's Draw
26 - 29 Apr
Missouri, USA, $12k

ROUND ONE
26 Apr
QUARTERS
27 Apr
SEMIS
 28 Apr
FINAL
29 Apr

[1] Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY)
[Bye]

Nour Aboulmakarim
11-7, 6-11, 11-3, 13-11 (36m)
Ainaa Amani
Ainaa Amani
11-9, 11-8, 12-14, 11-9 (37m)
Haya Ali
 
Ainaa Amani
10-12, 1-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (37m)10-12, 1-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (37m)
Salma Eltayeb
Ainaa Amani (MAS)
12-10, 5-11, 11-8, 11-3 (33m)
[5] Jessica Turnbull (AUS)
Alina Bushma (UKR)
11-2, 13-15, 11-5, 11-3 (33m)
[8] Au Yeong Wai Yhann (SGP)
Alina Bushma
11-2, 11-9, 11-7
Haya Ali
Haya Ali (EGY)
11-6, 11-7, 11-8
[3] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[4] Salma Eltayeb (EGY)
11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (14m)
Taba Taghavi (FRA)
Salma Eltayeb
11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (24m)
Saran Nghiem

Salma Eltayeb
11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 (36m)
Kenzy Ayman
Saran Nghiem (ENG)
11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (25m)
[6] Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
[7] Diana Garcia (MEX)
11-1, 11-2, 11-5
Bruna Marchesi Petrillo (BRA)
Diana Garcia
9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (33m)
Kenzy Ayman
[2] Kenzy Ayman (EGY)
[Bye]
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REPORTS

Final

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Semi Finals

Both No.2 Seeds Out As Finals Set

Salma Eltayeb (fore) and Kenzy Ayman (back) during their opening round match at the Open de France de Squash
Salma Eltayeb (fore) and Kenzy Ayman (back), pictured here in Nantes

The semi-finals of the RC Pro Series saw more surprises, with both No.2 seeds being knocked out in the last four.

In the womenís draw, Salma Eltayeb took on compatriot and No.2 seed Kenzy Ayman in the semis. The pair were level after two games, trading 11-6 scorelines. From there though, Eltayeb was able to scrape through both the third and fourth games, winning them both 11-9 to book her spot in the final.

She will now take on the unseeded Ainaa Amani on Saturday afternoon. The young Malaysian downed Egyptís Haya Ali in four games. She took the opening two games 11-9 and 11-8, but then saw the Egyptian, who claimed her first Tour win earlier this month, fight back to win the third 14-12.

Amani was able to regroup, and she came through to take the fourth game 11-9 to move through to a third final in 2023. The Malaysian has won her previous two and she will be full of confidence ahead of her debut World Championships in Chicago.

The menís No.2 seed was also knocked out on Friday evening. Argentinaís Leandro Romiglio got the better of Colombiaís Juan Camilo Vargas in four games to book his place in the final. The Argentine won the opening game 13-11, before doubling his advantage after the second.

Vargas fought back to claim the third quite comfortably, and he had an opportunity to take the match into a decider. However, Romiglio was able to win the fourth on a tie-break 12-10 to book his place in the final in St Louis.

He will take on top seed Cesar Salazar in the final after the Mexican came from behind to beat Pakistanís Noor Zaman. The Pakistani won the second and third to lead 2-1, but Salazar fought back strongly. The tournamentís top seed won the fourth game 11-6, before a tight deciding game also went his way, winning it 11-9, to advance to the final.
Quarter Finals

Zaman, Amani and Ali Gatecrash Last Four

Ainaa Amani at the PSA World Championships Qualifying Event in Birmingham
Ainaa Amani, pictured at the PSA World Championships Qualifying Event

Malaysiaís Ainaa Amani, Egyptís Haya Ali and Pakistanís Noor Zaman are all unseeded at the RC Pro Series, but they are all into the last four.

The Challenger 10 level competition is being held for the first time since 2020. Malaysiaís Amani came into the tournament in good form, having been one of the twelve players to secure their spot at the PSA World Championships thanks to their performances at the Qualifying Event in Birmingham.

She came into this event unseeded, and defeated the No.5 seed, Jessica Turnbull, in the opening round. On Thursday evening, Amani took on top seed Nour Aboulmakarim for a place in the quarter finals.

Despite sitting 25 places below the Egyptian in the world rankings, Amani looked in control throughout. She regrouped brilliantly after losing the second game to win the third 11-3, before then going on to secure the match with a fourth game tie-break victory.

The young Malaysian will now take on another Egyptian, in Haya Ali. Also unseeded, and coming in to this event off the back of winning her maiden Tour title, Ali took on Ukraineís Alina Bushma in the last eight of the competition.

She required just 25 minutes to get the job done on Thursday, in one of the shortest matches of the day. Ali won in straight games against the Ukrainian to set up a clash with Amani, guaranteeing there will be an unseeded player in the womenís final.

The other womenís semi-final will see the Egyptian duo of Kenzy Ayman and Salma Eltayeb go head-to-head. They both came through their respective quarter finals unscathed, and will do battle for the second time this season after meeting at the Open de France de Squash in September.

Salma Eltayeb (left) and Kenzy Ayman (right) in action at the Open de France de Squash
Salma Eltayeb (left) and Kenzy Ayman (right) in action at the Open de France de Squash

There was also a surprise in the menís event. Pakistanís Noor Zaman overcame the challenge of Egyptís No.7 seed, Seif Shenawy. Zaman had already downed No.4 seed Ivan Yuen on day one of the event, and he downed Shenawy in straight games to move through to the last four.

He will now take on top seed Cesar Salazar in the semi-finals. The Mexican came from behind to defeat Malaysiaís Addeen Idrakie. The Malaysian won the opening game on a tie-break, but Salazar fought back strongly to win in four.

The other semi-final will be a South American clash. Argentinaís Leandro Romiglio and Colombiaís Juan Camilo Vargas are set for battle in the last four. The pair both lost in their opening matches at the Atlanta Open last week, and were looking for better this time round.

Romiglio ended Yassin Elshafeiís unbeaten run to reach the semis. The Egyptian had won his last two events, taking glory at the UCNY PSA Classic, before then also winning the Rochester ProAm, but the Argentine won in four games. Meanwhile, Vargas downed Mohammad Syafiq Kamal in the only match to go to five on quarter finals day.

The RC Pro Series continues on Friday, April 28 with the semi-finals in St Louis.
 
Round 1

Five Seeds Fall On Opening Day

Haya Ali (left) in action against Millie Tomlinson (right) at the RC Pro Series
Haya Ali (left) in action against Millie Tomlinson (right) at the RC Pro Series

The opening day of the RC Pro Series saw several surprises, with five of the seeded players being knocked out of the tournament.

The Challenger 10 competition is being held for the first time since 2020, with a menís draw being featured at the event for the first time in eight years.

14 matches took place on the opening day, with four surprises coming in the womenís draw. Due to a couple of late withdrawals, the top two seeds, Nour Aboulmakarim and Kenzy Ayman, both received first round byes, with six matches being played in the tournament.

Egyptís Haya Ali joined her compatriots in the second round, as she downed No.3 seed Millie Tomlinson. The Egyptian is currently at a career-high World No.89 after winning her first Tour title in the Netherlands earlier this month.

In the opening round of the RC Pro Series in St Louis, Ali celebrated turning 19 with a straight games victory over Englandís Tomlinson, who sits 32 places above her in the world rankings. The World No.89 won 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 to book her place in the quarter finals.

She will now take on Ukraineís Alina Bushma in the quarters of the Challenger 10 level competition. The Ukrainian No.2 overcame the challenge of Singaporean Au Yeong Wai Yhann. She recovered after losing a second game tie-break 15-13 to win in four, and to move through to the last eight.

Malaysiaís Ainaa Amani and Englandís Saran Nghiem were the other two unseeded women to make it through. The pair both beat Australian opposition to reach the last eight. The Malaysian downed Jessica Turnbull, while Nghiem defeated Sarah Cardwell in straight games.

In the menís draw, there was just a single surprise. Pakistani Noor Zaman took down Malaysiaís No.4 seed Ivan Yuen in three games. The pair were on court for only 21 minutes, with Zaman winning 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 to book his spot in the quarter finals.

Elsewhere, the Egyptian duo of Seif Shenawy and Yassin Elshafei both had to go the distance in their opening matches of the week. Elshafei, who has won twice this month already, survived a two-game fightback from Guatemalaís Josue Enriquez, while Shenawy defeated Colombian Andres Herrera.

The quarter finals of the RC Pro Series will take place on Thursday, April 27.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
Preview

The sole event on the Challenger Tour this week will be the RC Pro Series, which takes place for the first time since 2020.

The Challenger 10 level competition will feature both a menís and womenís draw, with the event hosting a menís draw for the first time since 2015. The tournament will be played at the Racquet Club of St Louis from Wednesday, April 26 to Sunday, April 29.

The event has a long list of winners, including the likes of US No.1 Amanda Sobhy, Canadian No.1 Hollie Naughton and Malaysiaís Sivasangari Subramaniam. Former top 40 players Alan Clyne and Nasir Iqbal are among the men to have also won this competition.

This yearís event will start on Wednesday, and will feature two 16-strong draws in St Louis. Mexicoís Cesar Salazar will be the top seed in the menís event. Colombiaís Juan Camilo Vargas and Argentinian No.1 Leandro Romiglio make up a Latin American top three for the tournament, and both well be looking for improvements after losing in the second round of the Atlanta Open last week.

After a win at the weekend at the Rochester ProAm, his second successive victory, Egyptís Yassin Elshafei will certainly be one to watch. He is joined by compatriot Seif Shenawy and the Malaysian trio of Ivan Yuen, Addeen Idrakie and Mohammad Syafiq Kamal among the top eight seeds.

The Egyptian duo of Nour Aboulmakarim and Kenzy Ayman will lead the way in the womenís draw, joined by Salma Eltayeb to make it three Egyptians in the top four seeds.

Englandís Millie Tomlinson will join them in the top four, with Mexicoís Diana Garcia, Singaporeís Au Yeong Wai Yhann and the Australian pair of Sarah Cardwell and Jessica Turnbull making up the rest of the eight seeds for the competition.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
 

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