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Qualifying

Round One

Round Two

Quarters

Semis

Final


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DRAW
  Allam British Open 2017
Women's Draw
21-26 March
Hull, UK, $
150k

First Round
21-22 Mar
second Round
23 Mar
Quarters
24 Mar
Semis
25 Mar
Final
26 Mar
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (21m)
Line Hansen (DEN)
Nour El Sherbini
11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (25m)
Annie Au
Nour El Sherbini
11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
Emily Whitlock
Nour El Sherbini
5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (63m)
Laura Massaro



 
Laura Massaro
11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 (55m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[10] Annie Au (HKG)
7-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (55m)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA)
[13] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
11-8, 1-11, 11-6, 11-3 (36m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Emily Whitlock
11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (31m)
Alison Waters
[8] Alison Waters (ENG)
v11-5, 7-2 retired (12m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG)
11-4, 11-5, 11-13, 11-1 (39m)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
Laura Massaro
11-5, 11-1, 11-9 (29m)
Mayar Hany
Laura Massaro
11-3, 13-15, 11-6, 11-6 (47m)
Raneem El Welily
[Q] Mayar Hany (EGY)
7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9 (42m)
[9] Joelle King (NZL) 
[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND)11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10 (40m)
[Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
Joshna Chinappa
11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (27m)
Raneem El Welily
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
13-11, 11-7, 11-6 (27m)
[WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
[Q] Nada Abbas (EGY)
12-10, 14-12, 5-11, 11-8 (45m)
[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
Nada Abbas
8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 6-11, 11-1 (46m)
Donna Urquhart
Donna Urquhart
11-4, 7-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-4 (58m)
Sarah-Jane Perry

 

Sarah-Jane Perry
11-8, 7-11, 13-11, 11-7 (56m)
Nicol David

[15] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
9-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-5 (46m)
[Q] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (38m)
[16] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY)
Tesni Evans
11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (43m
Sarah-Jane Perry
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (26m)
[Q] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[6] Nicol David (MAS)
11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (30m)
Olivia Blatchford (USA)
Nicol David
11-4, 14-12, 9-11, 11-2 (47m)
Joey Chan
Nicol David
11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (39m)
Camille Serme
[14] Joey Chan (HKG)
11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (25m)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
[11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-3, 11-7, 11-4 (18m)
[Q] Samantha Teran (MEX)
Nour El Tayeb
11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9 (54m)
Camille Serme
[Q] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
11-9, 12-10, 11-3 (34m)
[2] Camille Serme (FRA)

 Qualifying


Final Qualifying Round
[8] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (24m)
[6] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [12] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 3-2: 12-10, 1-11, 2-11, 11-8, 11-9 (53m)
[4] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [15] Amina Yousry (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 (39m)
[3] Coline Aumard (FRA) bt [14] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 (44m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [L] Elise Lazarus (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6 (37m)
[13] Nada Abbas (EGY) bt [7] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8 (40m)
[5] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [L] Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-1: 12-14, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (45m)
[11] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [1] Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-1: 17-15, 13-15, 11-8, 11-5 (55m)

 

  Allam British Open 2017
Men's Draw
21-26 March
Hull, UK, $
150k
First Round
21-22 Mar
second Round
23 Mar
Quarters
24 Mar
Semis
25 Mar
Final
26 Mar
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 (93m)
Fares Dessouky (EGY)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
12-10, 11-4, 11-7 (37m)
Daryl Selby
Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5 (82m)
 Ali Farag
 

Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (75m)
Nick Matthew

Nick Matthew
8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 (67m)
Gregory Gaultier
Daryl Selby (ENG)
11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-1, 11-6 (78m)
[Q] Tom Richards (ENG)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
11-6, 6-0 retired (19m)
[Q] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Tsz Fung Yip
11-8, 11-2, 11-9 (30m)
 Ali Farag
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
11-9, 11-1, 9-11, 11-1 (54m)
[7] (EGY)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-7, 11-8, 11-3 (35m)
[Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)
Tarek Momen
11-6, 11-9, 20-18 (62m)
Paul Coll
Tarek Momen
11-9, 10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6 (82m)
Nick Matthew
Paul Coll (NZL)
9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 11-5 (75m)
[WC] Declan James (ENG)
Simon RŲsner (GER)
11-3, 11-4, 11-8 (41m)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Simon RŲsner
11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-3 (62m)
 Nick Matthew
Borja Golan (ESP)
11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (49m)
[4] Nick Matthew (ENG)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-5, 11-4, 11-0 (30m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Gregory Gaultier
11-1, 11-3, 11-2 (31m)
Cameron Pilley
Gregory Gaultier
11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (35m)
Mathieu Castagnet
Gregory Gaultier
11-9 ret. (20m)
Ramy Ashour

 

Cameron Pilley (AUS)
11-5, 11-4, 11-0 (30m)
[Q] Adrian Waller (ENG)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (46m)
James Willstrop (ENG)
Mathieu Castagnet
12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (54m)
Max Lee
Max Lee (HKG)
5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (61m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY)
11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (29m)
[Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
Ramy Ashour
11-9, 11-6, 12-10 (42m)
Diego Elias
Ramy Ashour
10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (64m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
Diego Elias (PER)
11-7, 8-11, 11-1, 11-6 (55m)
[Q] Nathan Lake (ENG)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
11-3, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6 (41m)
[Q] Charles Sharpes (ENG)
Mohamed Abouelghar
6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 (64m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
Omar Mosaad (EGY)
13-11, 6-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-6 (72m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

 Qualifying


Final Qualifying Round

[9] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (42m)
[10] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 14-12 (50m)
[11] Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [5] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-2: 6-11, 11-3, 14-16, 11-1, 11-6 (76m)
[3] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [16] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (50m)
[4] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [15] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 (55m)
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [8] Leo Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (38m)
[7] Tom Richards (ENG) bt [13] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-1: 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (59m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt [14] Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (53m)
 

 

REPORTS

Finals

Gaultier and Massaro Claim 2017 British Open Titles

French World No.3 Gregory Gaultier and Englandís World No.5 Laura Massaro triumphed on finals day at the 2017 Allam British Open, claiming respective wins over Nick Matthew and Sarah-Jane Perry at the World Series tournament held in Hullís Airco Arena.

Gaultier will become the oldest player ever to top the PSA World Rankings next month after the 34-year-old recovered from a game down to beat Matthew, capturing his third British Open crown in the process.

Gaultier, who also lifted the sportís oldest and most established title in 2007 and 2014, will overtake Egyptís Mohamed ElShorbagy at the summit of the World Rankings and, at 34 years and three months, he eclipses the record of Womenís former World No.1 Sarah-Fitz Gerald by a month after a 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 victory saw him take the iconic title.

"It was a massive day for me," said Gaultier.

"I only found out a few days ago that there were three of us who could get to No.1. I wasn't thinking about that during the week, I was focusing on playing well and executing my tactics.

"I had a great week and a great feeling on court, I was moving well and to be number one as well again at my age is an amazing feeling - it's pure pleasure."

In the Womenís event, Massaro became the first Englishwoman since Janet Morgan in 1951 to lift the prestigious Allam British Open title on two occasions after she saw off Perry in four games.

Massaro, the 2013 champion, and Perry were contesting the first female all-English British Open final since Lisa Opie and Sue Wright in 1991 after they achieved respective semi-final wins over defending champion Nour El Sherbini and five-time winner Nicol David.

And it was 33-year-old Massaro who imposed her game plan on the encounter to seal the win by an 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 scoreline.

ďItís just unbelievable,Ē said Massaro, who will move up to World No.2 in next month's rankings.

ďWhen I won the British Open for the first time I was so happy. There was a little bit more pressure coming into today as I beat Nicol, who was World No.1, for my first title and at the time there was absolutely no pressure on me.

ďIím proud of myself for the week and for bouncing back because this has probably not been my best season. Iím just happy I managed to tough it out in the end and keep getting balls back and it paid off. Itís a little bit different because the first one was so special."
 
Semi Finals

England Provide Three British Open Finalists for First Time Since 1953

A historic day of semi-final action at the 2017 Allam British Open - the sportís oldest and most established tournament - saw English trio Nick Matthew, Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry earn their final berths in Hullís Airco Arena - marking the first time in 64 years that England has provided three finalists.

Matthew, a three-time British Open champion, dethroned defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in his semi-final fixture to reach his first World Series final since Octoberís U.S. Open.

The 36-year-old Yorkshireman fought back from 8-6 and 7-3 down in the opening two games to go 2-0 up and survived a resurgence from ElShorbagy - which saw the Egyptian take the third - to seal an 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 victory that will see him do battle with two-time winner Gregory Gaultier in the final.

ďI was trying not to let the adrenaline get to me, I could feel my heart beating through my head knowing the crowd were cheering," said fourth seed Matthew.

ďI felt him wavering at the end which gave me belief. Never mind the World Rankings, Iím the World No.1 for my age. The peak is about five years ago, but me and Greg are trying to rip up that rulebook, we are always exchanging text messages saying stuff like Ďthere is still life in the old dogí.

ďIíve not been in many World Series finals recently. I know what I need to be doing, but itís not always as easy as that. Once you get to a certain age you know what it looks like, but in many ways that makes it harder to implement."

Matthewís win over ElShorbagy means the Egyptian will lose his World No.1 ranking next month, dropping to World No.3 - with Gaultier in pole position to profit.

A win for Gaultier in the final will see the 34-year-old become the oldest ever World No.1, while a defeat will instead see World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad sit atop the World Rankings when they are released on April 1.

Gaultier moved through to the final after last yearís runner-up Ramy Ashour retired after the opening game due to a hip injury - the latest problem in a career that has been ravaged by injury over the past three years.

"The last match we played was here last year and we had an unbelievable five games," said Gaultier.

"But I could see in the first game, in the first few points, he was struggling a little bit and he was going for quick points. I just hope itís not too bad because heís been struggling for a while now and hopefully he can play next week in El Gouna."

In the Womenís event, Massaro and Perry will meet in the first female all-English British Open final since Lisa Opie and Sue Wright in 1991 after they defeated 2016 winner Nour El Sherbini and five-time champion Nicol David, respectively.

Massaro, the 2013 British Open champion, looked to be heading out of the prestigious World Series tournament after an imperious start from El Sherbini saw the World No.1 go two games ahead inside 20 minutes.

But Massaro, drawing on the energy of a passionate home crowd, dug in resiliently and swung the momentum of the match on its head to come through by a 5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 scoreline.

"I really wanted to do well this week, especially being at home," said Massaro.

"There was a lot of pressure on me going into that fifth. They say that the home crowd helps and when youíre down at the end there, it definitely does."

Perry, meanwhile, reached her first ever World Series final after she defeated David in four games, claiming her second successive win over the Malaysian five-time champion.

ďKnowing Laura was waiting in the final for me, it gave me a bit of extra fight actually," conceded Perry, who was less than a year old when Opie and Wright met in the 1991 final.

ďThere is absolutely no pressure on me, so Iím just going to go out there and try and play well. If that means that I get the win, then Iíd love to win my first World Series title at the British Open, that would be really special.Ē
 
Quarter Finals

David Defeats Serme to Seal Semi-Final Berth

Five-time British Open champion Nicol David moved to within one win of an eighth Allam British Open final after an impressive display from the 33-year-old saw her defeat 2015 winner Camille Serme in Hullís Airco Arena.

David, who last won the sportís oldest and most established tournament in 2014, gave a performance reminiscent of the ones she provided with aplomb during her unprecedented nine-year stint atop the World Rankings between 2006-2015, rising to an 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 victory to claim her first win over a player ranked inside the worldís top three since she beat Laura Massaro in the 2015 Hong Kong Open final.

ďItís a sheer bonus, having beaten the British Open champion [from 2015]," David said.

"Sheís had a really good season, winning several World Series events, so I just went in with nothing to lose. I went in with my game plan to try and gun down everything I could see, everything paid off and I was really pleased with my performance today.

ďIím just taking every moment as it comes, you donít get these opportunities every day. My body is feeling at the top of its game, so why not have fun out there!"

David will take on Englandís Sarah-Jane Perry for a place in the final after Perry defeated Australiaís World No.18 Donna Urquhart to claim her first ever semi-final berth at the iconic World Series tournament.

Perry, the World No.8, edged the win by an 11-4, 7-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-4 margin to join compatriot Laura Massaro in the last four.

Perryís win also sees her seal a top eight berth on the Womenís PSA Road to Dubai Standings, which means she will join Massaro at the lucrative, season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals held at Dubai Opera in June.

"Iím just delighted to be there [in the semi-finals] myself, but Laura being in the other one shows the strength of English squash at the moment,Ē said seventh seed Perry.

ďThe British Open is pretty much the most prestigious tournament, Iíve not made a World Series final before, but Iíve had a lot of firsts this year.

"At the Tournament of Champions, I made my first semi-final, so now I want to push on and show everyone that Iím not just here to make up the numbers, Iím here to try and win these big events.Ē

Massaro earned her place in the semi-finals after an impressive showing from the 33-year-old Lancastrian saw her defeat World No.3 Raneem El Welily to set up a repeat of the most recent PSA Womenís World Championship final with defending champion Nour El Sherbini, who dispatched Emily Whitlock.

ďMy plan against Raneem is always just to work hard and try not give her too many angles," said Massaro.

"I was pretty livid after the second, [husband and coach] Danny [Massaro] and DP [coach David Pearson] were trying to calm me down. I forgot that I was up so much in the second, but I knew I definitely had a couple of game balls. I was really angry with myself because, playing a player of that level, you just canít let leads slip."

In the Menís draw, three-time winner Nick Matthew ensured that an English trio will compete in the British Open semi-finals for the first time since 2014 after he prevailed in five games against Tarek Momen.

Matthew, the World No.4, relinquished a one-game lead on two occasions to a tenacious Momen, but he pulled through in the decider, prevailing by an 11-9, 10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6 margin of victory to set up a mouthwatering semi-final meeting with defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy.

"It was like a rollercoaster, heís that type of player youíve got to stay consistent against because heís going to have his periods where he plays incredible and then makes mistakes," revealed Matthew.

"Obviously weíre very proud to represent England, but every time I step on court Iím representing myself, my family, my club, my city, Yorkshire, England and everything else."

Matthew will reignite his long-term rivalry with ElShorbagy, who took a step closer to retaining his World No.1 status after edging past Ali Farag in five games.

ElShorbagy will need to lift a third successive British Open title if he is to stay atop the World Rankings, but the Bristol-based Egyptian insists that keeping his World No.1 ranking isnít the main priority.

"For me, the rankings donít matter, theyíre far from my mind right now," he said.

"Iíve been [World No.1] for the last 28 months, whether I lose it or keep it, Iíve lived every single second of it and enjoyed every single second of it.

ďIf I keep it for longer, itís a bonus, if I donít, Iíve already done it. For me, this is not about keeping the ranking, not about winning the British Open, itís about playing like a winner and thatís what Iíve been doing since I played that fifth game against [Fares] Dessouky [in round one].Ē

The other man in contention for top spot - current World No.3 Gregory Gaultier - moved past Mathieu Castagnet in straight games, with Ramy Ashour his semi-final opponent - a year on from their stunning clash at the 2016 edition of the prestigious tournament.

Ashour went two games down against compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar, the World No.23 who stunned World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad in round two, but fought back to take the next three games without reply.

ďHe wasnít just playing like any normal day, he wasnít playing like any normal player, he was playing extraordinarily," said Ashour.

ďHe was slamming every ball in the nick, it takes a lot for someone to take me out of my rhythm and my momentum. He did that in the first two games because first of all, he was playing amazing, but I wasnít on it mentally. I didnít have that explosive edge."
 

Round 2 Lower HAlf

Abouelghar Stuns World Champion Gawad on Day Three

World Champion Karim Abdel Gawadís wait for the World No.1 spot goes on after the 26-year-old from Giza fell to a shock defeat against fellow Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar on day three of the prestigious 2017 Allam British Open, World Series tournament taking place in Hullís Airco Arena.

Gawad required just a quarter-final finish at the sportís oldest and most distinguished tournament to overtake current incumbent Mohamed ElShorbagy atop the World Rankings - but a stunning display from Abouelghar nullified Gawadís shot-making talents, with the World No.23 taking it 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 to send shockwaves throughout the tournament.

ďI know it was a very big deal for Karim, if heíd have won heíd have become the World No.1 and I think that relaxed me a lot," said Abouelghar.

"I had nothing to lose, I just wanted to go out, enjoy my squash and prove something for myself.

"I had mixed feelings. I really wanted him to become World No.1 because I know how hard he works, but on the other side I wanted to win. I was thinking about that before the match, but as soon as I went in, I didnít think about anything other than winning."

Gawad will still move to World No.1 should ElShorbagy or World No.3 Gregory Gaultier fail to lift the iconic title - but Gaultier looked to be in top form as he put Australian World No.18 Cameron Pilley to the sword.

The 34-year-old, a British Open champion in 2007 and 2014, laid down a marker for the rest of the field by annihilating former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the opening round Ė dropping just nine points throughout and inflicting a dreaded bagel on the Colombian Ė and he was even better against Australiaís Cameron Pilley in round two.

Not a single element of Gaultierís game wasnít firing on all cylinders as he outclassed and outmatched Pilley, with the affable Aussie having no answer to Gaultierís masterclass of a display as the 34-year-old wrapped up an 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 victory to stay in with a chance of lifting a third British Open title.

ďI didnít expect to win with such a score line,Ē Gaultier said.

ďCameron is dangerous, especially on the glass courts because he can put the ball away really easily, so I made sure I gave no angles or openings. I was in front of him in most of the rallies, making him do a lot of work.

ďIím very confident, but there are a lot of really strong players. One day you feel 100%, another you can feel 30% for whatever reason and you still have to find the keys and solutions to win.Ē

Gaultier will take on compatriot Mathieu Castagnet for a place in the semi-finals, while 2013 champion Ramy Ashour defeated Peruvian Diego Elias to ensure that he will line up against Abouelghar.

 

2015 Womenís champion Serme, the World No.2, is on course for a second British Open crown after she beat Egyptís World No.13 Nour El Tayeb, despite a contentious end to their second round match in Hullís Airco Arena.

Serme was 2-1 up and 9-8 up in the fourth, when a cross-court effort from El Tayeb struck Sermeís racket Ė resulting in a controversial conduct stroke being awarded against the Egyptian player to hand Serme match ball.

The 27-year-old then converted at the second attempt to set up a quarter-final meeting with five-time winner Nicol David Ė a player who Serme has never beaten in 15 attempts.

ďTo be honest, Iím relieved to be through,Ē Serme said.

ďIím not really sure what happened on court [at the end], I need to see the match again to really see what happened. She came to me and asked why I didnít offer a let like she did [in an incident earlier on in the match].

ďBut it was a different situation, to be honest. I think that she gave that let because she was 7-3 up, and it is easier to give a let when youíre winning, rather than 9-8 in the fourth."

David claimed her quarter-final berth courtesy of a an 11-4, 14-12, 9-11, 11-2 victory over Hong Kongís Joey Chan.

ďI feel more comfortable every time I play matches and tournaments," 33-year-old David said.

ďYou get spurred on playing on the glass court, so I think I raise my game up even more. Iím just happy to get through to the quarter-finals, thereís no expectations on me, so Iím looking forward to a good match tomorrow."

Englandís World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry and Australiaís World No.18 Donna Urquhart were victorious against Tesni Evans and Egyptian qualifier Nada Abbas - the 16-year-old who scalped 2016 runner-up Nouran Gohar in round one - and they will go head-to-head for a place in the last four.
 

Round 2 Top Half

Whitlock Claims Big Scalp Over Waters on Day Two

Englandís World No.15 Emily Whitlock will join compatriots Laura Massaro and Nick Matthew in the quarter-final stage of the prestigious 2017 Allam British Open for the first time in her career after she upset fellow Englishwoman Alison Waters in their second round fixture at Hullís Airco Arena.

Whitlock played with accuracy and intelligent shot-selection to stun the three-time British Open semi-finalist, claiming an 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 victory to set up a last eight meeting with defending champion and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini, with El Sherbini seeing off Annie Au.

"I just didnít think Iíd win, Iím pretty chuffed about it,Ē said Whitlock.

ďIíve beaten Alison once before in practice, but itís never the same, tournament wins are just amazing.

"And winning 3-0 is just a joke as Iíve never won a first round match here Ė so to win two matches is just a bonus, its been a good week."

2013 champion Massaro, the World No.5, also moved through to the quarter-finals after she defeated Egyptian qualifier Mayar Hany.

The 33-year-old had to be patient in the early stages and was forced to overturn a 4-1 deficit in game one after a strong start from Hany, who upset World No.11 Joelle King in the opening round.

But the experienced Englishwoman soon found her rhythm after a slow start and, after claiming a two-game lead, she closed out the third to wrap up an 11-5, 11-1, 11-9 triumph - sealing her place in the quarter-finals of the sportís longest-running tournament for an eighth consecutive year where she will meet World No.3 Raneem El Welily, who beat Joshna Chinappa.

Massaro said: ďShe came out quite attacking and it took me a few rallies to calm things down a little bit. I needed to get some longer rallies into the game, she gave me a few errors to help me get momentum in the first.

"In the second, I just tried to get on the volley, take the ball early and just keep the pace really high. She didnít come off court after the second, so I thought she was going to be firing on all cylinders, and fair play to her she changed the plan a little bit.

ďItís really nice to play in front of a home crowd, it really does pick you up. We get that against us everywhere we play in the world, so itís nice to have that on our side and hopefully the crowd can really get into the quarter-finals.Ē

Three-time Menís champion Nick Matthew moved one stage further than last year after he defeated German No.1 Simon RŲsner.

The Englishman, who lost out to Egyptís Ali Farag in round two of the 2016 instalment, dispatched the World No.10 by an 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-3 margin to set up a quarter-final meeting with Tarek Momen, who dispatched World No.16 Paul Coll.

ďI was prepared to work really hard against Simon, the last couple of times against him itís been a tough four or five game match,Ē said Matthew.

ďEveryone I play is going to be a tough match and Iím looking forward to playing Tarek, heís a different style of player to Simonís power, Tarek has the speed and the touch so it will be different challenge, but Iíve got a day and a half to prepare for it and a chance to recover."

Defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy took one step closer to a third successive British Open title after he saw off Englandís Daryl Selby - avenging his first round defeat to the World No.15 in Decemberís Channel VAS Championship.

Selby held two game balls in game one, but some chest-thumping bravado from ElShorbagy helped him to take four straight points to go ahead - and he refused to relinquish his lead from that point onwards, completing a 12-10, 11-4, 11-7 victory to keep his hopes of lifting a third straight British Open crown alive.

ďThatís the hunger I used to have when I was climbing up the rankings," said ElShorbagy, the World No.1.

"When I got to No.1, I wanted to win everything, which I havenít, so I am still hungry. I was pumping myself after every point, I wasnít angry with anyone else just myself, I told Daryl it wasnít about him, it was me. I was happy to see him playing well, thatís nice for him."

He will take on compatriot Ali Farag - four months after their feisty quarter-final clash in Novemberís PSA Menís World Championship - after Farag progressed courtesy of a 3-0 win over Tsz Fung Yip.
 

Round 1

Abbas Claims Shock Win over Gohar, While Castagnet Halts Willstrop

2016 Allam British Open runner-up Nouran Gohar fell to a shock defeat in the opening round of the 2017 instalment of the iconic World Series tournament after she succumbed to 16-year-old Egyptian qualifier Nada Abbas.

Abbas, a two-time PSA World Tour title winner, counteracted Goharís trademark hard-hitting style brilliantly, with the World No.45 slowing the pace right down and controlling the ball well at the front of the court to claim a stunning 12-10, 14-12, 5-11, 11-8 victory.

"It's a great feeling, it's the first time I've ever beaten anyone in the top 10, I can't believe it," said Abbas, who will play Donna Urquhart in the next round.

"I tried to break her game and to not let her play a fast game. I tried to slow things down a little bit and go for shots in the front more.

"There's no pressure on me, so I want to play my best squash. I want to go as far as I can, if I play like this then I could go to the quarter-finals."

Abbas will be joined in round two by defending champion Nour El Sherbini, who eased past Denmarkís Line Hansen in straight games.

El Sherbini looked comfortable as she eased her way into the tournament with a 21-minute 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 victory to set down a marker for the rest of the week.

ďI feel like Iím playing well and Iím looking forward to seeing how it goes this week,Ē said El Sherbini.

ďWinning here last year was very big for me. But Iím trying not to think about being the defending champion Ė Iím trying to just win the title again.

ďI havenít won a tournament for a while, but Iím happy with how Iím playing and Iím pleased to back towards some of my best form."

There were also wins for 2015 champion Camille Serme, World No.3 Raneem El Welily and five-time winner Nicol David - while home hero Laura Massaro also got off to a winning start on day one.

ďIím happy to be back at the British Open," Massaro said.

"Being British myself makes this event even more special. Thereís so much history and prestige and itís the first of the big events that I won Ė and I made the final three years in a row as well, so itís very special for me.Ē

In the Menís event, World No.19 Mathieu Castagnet upset Englandís three-time runner-up James Willstrop, with a 3-1 victory sending ĎThe Marksmaní out at the first hurdle.

Castagnet played out an entertaining, 71-minute encounter with Willstrop as both players treated the spectators to some absorbing rallies, and the opening two games saw each player claim a game apiece, before the Frenchman eventually took the next two games to close it out 11-9, 10-12, 12-10, 11-9.

ďTo beat James, who is in great form at the moment and sixth in the world is something special for me," said Castagnet, who will play Hong Kongís Max Lee next.

ďI can feel his [Willstropís] depression, itís such a big tournament for him, itís so important for him to represent his country at the British Open. It is a big tournament for me, but it is different because it is not my country."

Castagnet will line up against Hong Kongís Max Lee in round two after Lee completed a stunning comeback from two games down against World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy.

ďIt was amazing, but I have no idea how I did it,Ē Lee admitted.

ďIíve been ready to play the last three tournaments, but it didnít go well. The matches were even, long matches but my body cramps have been quite strange. Thatís why I rested a bit after Windy City. I didnít play Canary Wharf or any other tournaments and Iím a bit fresher.Ē

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy was pushed hard against compatriot Fares Dessouky, taking it 11-8 in the fifth as he looks to become the first player since the legendary Jansher Khan in the 1990s to win three British Open titles in a row.

The Egyptian, now based in Bristol, will hope to keep his winning run going in Hull Ė where his status as World No.1 is also on the line with both Karim Abdel Gawad and Gregory Gaultier in a position to overtake ElShorbagy atop the standings.

ďIím playing with no expectations right now Ė but if I can be the first player since Jansher to win three in a row Iíd love that,Ē said ElShorbagy.

ďIíve been No.1 for 28 months [in total], and I think itís natural for that to catch up on you at some point.

ďI knew there was going to be a point where my level would drop and the motivation went a little. I think having that when Iím 26 is good for me though because I can learn so much from this and come back stronger Ė Iíve seen Nick [Matthew], Greg [Gaultier], [Amr] Shabana and all those players go through these kind of times, so I know I can come out stronger again at the end.Ē

Gawad and Gaultier both won on day one against Omar Mosaad and Miguel Angel Rodriguez, respectively, while three-time winner Nick Matthew defeated Spainís Borja Golan.
 

Qualifying

Home Quintet Prevail in Final Qualifying Round of British Open

The final qualifying round of the iconic Allam British Open saw five English players earn their places in the main draw across the Menís and Womenís events, with Adrian Waller, Charles Sharpes, Nathan Lake, Tom Richards and Millie Tomlinson all prevailing at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre.

Waller, the World No.38 from Enfield, overcame Malaysiaís World No.30 Nafiizwan Adnan in his fixture, twice fighting back from a game down before going on to triumph in the deciding fifth.

Waller will now face Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley in round one of the main draw, and he will be joined by compatriot Charles Sharpes, the London-based World No.48 who overcame higher ranked players Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, the World No.36 and Leo Au, the World No.34, to set up a first round meeting with Egyptís Mohamed Abouelghar.

Elsewhere, World No.57 Nathan Lake followed up his impressive victory over World No.25 Cesar Salazar in the first round of qualifying with a 3-1 win over Mohamed Reda, a player ranked 16 places above Lake in the World Rankings.

Lake will play Peruvian Diego Elias next, while fellow Englishman Tom Richards will take on World No.15 Daryl Selby after he defeated Campbell Grayson of New Zealand.

Scotlandís Alan Clyne was the other British hope in action on the final day of qualification, and the World No.32 scalped Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal to move through to the main draw of the World Series tournament - where he will play World No.10 Tarek Momen.

Gregoire Marche, Zahed Mohamed and Tsz Fung Yip were the other victors in the final qualifying round, claiming respective wins over Karim Ali Fathi, Lucas Serme and Raphael Kandra to seal their main draw berths.

In the Womenís event, Tomlinsonís win over local player Lucy Turmel meant that she was the sole Englishwoman to progress after her compatriots Rachael Chadwick and Elise Lazarus both fell to defeats, and she will line up against Australiaís Donna Urquhart.

Top qualifying seed Nadine Shahin fell to a surprise defeat against experienced Mexican Samantha Teran, while Canadaís World No.38 Hollie Naughton also suffered a loss against a lower-ranked player, losing out to 16-year-old Egyptian talent Nada Abbas.

There were also wins for four-time British Open champion Rachael Grinham, Coline Aumard, Mayar Hany, Nele Gilis and Hania El Hammamy.

The main draw of the 2017 Allam British Open takes place between March 21-26 and first round matches will be split between Hullís Airco Arena and the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre - with the entirety of the second round onwards being held at the Airco Arena.
 
Preview

'Pressure Is On' For Matthew Ahead Of British Open

England's number one Nick Matthew says the pressure is on ahead of next week's Allam British Open as the three time tournament winner aims to peak for the 2017 staging of the 'Wimbledon of Squash' whilst also securing vital points on the PSA Road To Dubai Standings.

36-year-old Matthew, the 2006, 2009 and 2012 champion, goes into the event as the oldest player in the draw and is hoping experience will be on his side as he bids for title number four. A run deep into the tournament will also help the Sheffield-man to cement a place in Dubai to compete at the PSA Dubai World Series Finals - the season-ending event where only the top eight players compete.

"The British Open is the tournament with all the history - it's the oldest event on Tour," said Matthew.

"And I'm the oldest player on Tour, so hopefully those two things will come together in my favour this week!

"I'm really looking forward to the event. I've been focusing on that one in training over the past month or so and it's also an important event on the Road to Dubai and one of the last events to get points at.

"I'm in sixth place at the moment, so the pressure is on to qualify. I've promised my family a holiday out there at the end of the year, so I need to up my game and secure that spot - so this year the British Open is a big one for a number of reasons."
 

2016 Win Was 'Special' Says Defending British Open Champion El Sherbini

2016 Allam British Open Champion Nour El Sherbini says that victory last year, when she defeated compatriot Nouran Gohar to become the first Egyptian woman ever to win the sportís oldest and most established tournament, will live long in her memory as one of the most special moments of her career.

The 21-year-old - who in 2012 also became the youngest ever finalist in the eventís history at 16 - came through a thrilling five-game final with Gohar to lift the title and is hoping to use that victory as inspiration as she travels to Hullís Airco Arena ahead of the 2017 iteration of the PSA World Series tournament, which takes place from March 21-26.

"Winning the British Open last year meant a lot to me,Ē said El Sherbini, who followed up her British Open by adding the World Championship title to her name last season.

"It was a very special victory - to be the first Egyptian winner of the tournament was an amazing achievement and it was the start of really good period of form for me last year.

"The event has a lot of history and I always love playing the tournament. I'm trying to train as hard as I can to defend the title and I'm very much looking forward to it.

"Hopefully it will be a good week again."
 

Huge Battles Guaranteed During Blockbuster British Open
#AllamBritishOpen
                                                                                                                                   ElShorbagy & Sherbini 2016
Squash fans will be treated to a blockbuster week of action at this yearís 2017 Allam British Open after the draw for the PSA World Series tournament - released today, February 16 - pitted some of the biggest names in the sport against each other in a line-up that could see the World Rankings torn apart from the very first day of action.

Players will descend on Hullís Airco Arena and University of Hull from March 21-26 as the action gets under way, and with the likes of former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier facing Miguel Angel Rodriguez, World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad facing former World No.3 Omar Mosaad and former Womenís champion Laura Massaro facing the dangerous Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the first round, the action is set to be of the highest intensity from the off.

Defending Menís champion Mohamed ElShorbagy, the 26-year-old World No.1, will be vying for his third consecutive British Open crown and the chance go joint tenth in the list of all-time winners. ElShorbagy meets talented compatriot Fares Dessouky in a banana skin first round encounter and could have to get past bitter rival Ali Farag - who faces a huge battle with Ryan Cuskelly in the first round - to reach the last four.

Home favourites Nick Matthew - who sits tenth on the all-time winners list with three titles - and former World No.1 James Willstrop will also have their work cut out to mount a title challenge in a high quality Menís field.

Matthew faces tenacious Spaniard Borja Golan in the first round and could have to get past World No.10 Simon RŲsner, the in-form World No.16 Paul Coll and ElShorbagy to reach the final, while Willstrop is seeded to meet World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy, World No.3 Gaultier and World No.2 Gawad following a tough opener with Mathieu Castagnet.

Egyptian Ramy Ashour is also set to return to action for the first time since losing the 2016 World Championship final and could go up against the man who triumphed that day - Gawad - in the last eight. Gawad has been in the form of his life since the World Championships, winning the Qatar Classic and Tournament of Champions, but with Ashour out to make amends, fireworks are guaranteed.

In the Womenís draw, which features equal prize money for the first time in tournament history, defending champion Nour El Sherbini faces Line Hansen in the first round, with any path to the final likely to see her face Amanda Sobhy and either Massaro or Raneem El Welily - who are seeded to meet in a huge last eight battle - to reach the decider.

Five-time tournament winner Nicol David faces a tough opening encounter with Australian Donna Urquhart, with the winner seeded to meet either Nour El Tayeb or the player of the moment, Camille Serme, in the quarters.

Serme has won the past two World Series titles - the U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions - and will be out to replicate the form that saw her win the British Open crown in 2015, while the in form Sarah-Jane Perry, Englandís No.2, will hope to keep up her recent momentum in a potential last eight encounter with 2016 runner-up Nouran Gohar.

The 2017 Allam British Open takes place at the Airco Arena, Hull from March 21-26. Tickets are available to purchase, priced from £7.50, by visiting https://allambritishopensquash2017.com/ 

Men's First Round Draw - 2017 Allam British Open:
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Fares Dessouky (EGY)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [Qualifier]
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [7] Ali Farag (EGY)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Paul Coll (NZL) v [WC] Declan James (ENG)
Simon RŲsner (GER) v [Qualifier]
Borja Golan (ESP) v [4] Nick Matthew (ENG)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Qualifier]
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v James Willstrop (ENG)
Max Lee (HKG) v [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Diego Elias (PER) v [Qualifier]
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Women's First Round Draw - 2017 Allam British Open:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Line Hansen (DEN)
[Qualifier] v [11] Annie Au (HKG)
[14] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [6] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
[Qualifier] v [10] Joelle King (NZL)
[13] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [9] Alison Waters (ENG)
[15] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Tesni Evans (WAL)
[Qualifier] v [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[7] Nicol David (MAS) v Donna Urquhart (AUS)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [16] Joey Chan (HKG)
[12] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [2] Camille Serme (FRA)

Fans can also watch the British Open in style by purchasing a ĎSuper Faní ticket for £180, entitling them to; One back-wall ticket for all sessions of the Allam British Open, an official PSA merchandise polo, headband & wristband, a meet and greet session with the stars of the tournament, a signed British Open poster, one month Eurosport Player/SQUASHTV access and a signed player card.

Follow the Allam British Open on Twitter @BritOpenSquash 
 

 
NEWS
 

Schedule

First Round
21-22 Mar
second Round
23 Mar
Quarters
24 Mar
Semis
25 Mar
Final
26 Mar
 

INFO

Fans can also watch the British Open in style by purchasing a ĎSuper Faní ticket for £180, entitling them to; One back-wall ticket for all sessions of the Allam British Open, an official PSA merchandise polo, headband & wristband, a meet and greet session with the stars of the tournament, a signed British Open poster, one month Eurosport Player/SQUASHTV access and a signed player card.

 

TICKETS

The 2017 Allam British Open takes place at the Airco Arena, Hull from March 21-26. Tickets are available to purchase, priced from £7.50, by visiting https://allambritishopensquash2017.com/

 

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