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Allam British Open 2019
Men's Draw
2
0 - 26 May May
Hull, England, $165,000
Round Two
21 May
Round THREE
22-23 May
Quarters
24 May
Semis
25 May
Final
26 May
[1] Ali Farag (EGY)
v
Mostafa Asal (EGY)
       
[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER)
v
[9/16] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
v
Borja Golan (ESP)
 
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
v
Adrian Waller (ENG)
[8] Diego Elias (PER)
v
Mazen Hesham (EGY)
   
Todd Harrity (USA)
v
Lucas Serme (FRA)
[WC] Joshua Masters (ENG)
v
Fares Dessouky (EGY)
 
[4] Paul Coll (NZL)
v
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL)
[3] Simon RŲsner (GER)
v
Tom Richards (ENG)
     
[9/16] Declan James (ENG)
v
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY)
v
Greg Lobban (SCO)
 
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
v
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
v
Campbell Grayson (NZL)
   
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
v
Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[WC] Patrick Rooney (ENG)
v
Daryl Selby (ENG)
 
James Willstrop (ENG)
v
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
ROUND ONE 20 May

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT) 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4 (60m)
[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER) bye
[9/16] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bye
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 4-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (62m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt George Parker (ENG) 11-6, 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 (75m)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bye
[8] Diego Elias (PER) bye
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 7-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-6 (52m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Max Lee (HKG) 14-12, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (56m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (38m)
[WC] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt Yip Tsz Fung (HKG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-8, 7-11, 12-14, 11-8, 12-10 (95m)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bye
[3] Simon RŲsner (GER) bye
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 4-11, 16-14, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 (71m)
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bye
[9/16] Declan James (ENG) bye
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (58m)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY) bye
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Nicolas MŁller (SUI) 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 (65m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Richie Fallows (ENG) 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-4 (44m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (40m)
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 (70m)
[WC] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 (41m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 11-8, 11-8, 11-1 (36m)
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bye

Allam British Open 2019
Women's Draw
20 - 26 May
Hull, England, $165,000
Round Two
21 May
Round THREE
22-23 May
Quarters
24 May
Semis
25 May
Final
26 May
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
v
Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
       
[12] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
v
Samantha Cornett (CAN)
[14] Salma Hany (EGY)
v
Joey Chan (HKG)
 
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
v
Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[5] Joelle King (NZL)
v
Low Wee Wern (MAS)
   
[10] Alison Waters (ENG)
v
Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[11] Annie Au (HKG)
v
Olivia Fiechter (USA)
 
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
v
Nicol David (MAS)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA)
v
Lisa Aitken (SCO)
     
[9] Tesni Evans (WAL)
v
Julianne Courtice (ENG)
[16] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
v
Nele Gilis (BEL)
 
[8] Laura Massaro (ENG)
v
Tinne Gilis (BEL)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
v
[WC] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
   
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
v
Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG)
v
Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA)
 
Mayar Hany (EGY)
v
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
ROUND ONE 20 May

[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bye
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 (39m)
Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 (53m)
[12] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bye
[14] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (27m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (27m)
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bye
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bye
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Fiona Moverley (ENG) 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (28m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (26m)
[10] Alison Waters (ENG) bye
[11] Annie Au (HKG) bye
Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7 (48m)
Nicol David (MAS) bt Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 11-7, 11-5, 13-11 (32m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bye
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (30m)
Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 11-1 (32m)
[9] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
[16] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bye
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [WC] Lucy Turmel (ENG) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (33m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (24m)
[8] Laura Massaro (ENG) bye
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[WC] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (26m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 10-12, 13-11, 13-15, 11-2, 11-5 (57m)
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bye
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG) bye
Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) bt Melissa Alves (FRA) 11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9 (40m)
Mayar Hany (EGY) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 2-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 (52m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bye

 
REPORTS
Duncalf Upsets Elaraby on Day One of British Open
to Keep Retirement at Bay


Englandís former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf claimed her first victory at the prestigious Allam British Open since 2013 as she upset World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby at the Allam Sport Centre in Hull to keep retirement at bay for another day at least.

Duncalf, a 2008 runner-up at the sportís longest-running tournament, announced earlier this month that she will retire after the British Open and the World No.62 came into her match with World No.29 Elaraby having lost to the 18-year-old at the El Gouna International last month.

However, 36-year-old Duncalf rolled back the years as she put in a highly-composed display and limited Elarabyís attacking abilities to claim an 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 victory which will pit her against World No.1 Raneem El Welily in tomorrowís second round, in what will potentially be her final match as a professional squash player.

ďI didnít expect to be stood here as the winner, which probably helped because I just wanted to put in a decent performance in my last tournament," said Duncalf afterwards.

"I thought it was going to be my last match, Rowan is such a good little player and I have been on the end of defeats to her a couple of times. I love playing in England, but to be honest I actually have a shocking record in Hull, so I was a bit apprehensive that this was my last tournament.

"To be able to play another match is all Iíve ever wanted, and these past few years Iíve just wanted to play as many matches as I can. Itís so nice to be able to play in front of my family.Ē

Duncalfís conqueror in the 2008 final - five-time winner Nicol David - is also due to retire at the end of this tournament, and she booked her place in round two of the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament after beating Hong Kongís Ho Tze-Lok 11-7, 11-5, 13-11 in 32 minutes.

David, 35, will take on World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the last 32. The Malaysian is 9-1 up on their head-to-head record, but El Tayeb won their last match at the 2018 Saudi Masters.

ďI just had to do what I do best and keep digging in and Iím really please to win 3-0," David said.

"I was happy to just get on court and play in front of a crowd. Itís my last tournament and itís really special for it to be at the British Open, Iím just going to try and absorb everything that comes my way and savour the moments."

Elsewhere, local favourite Fiona Moverley did call time on her professional career after falling to Malaysiaís Low Wee Wern in straight games.

The 32-year-old from Hull - who is currently in the midst of training to join the fire service - made her PSA debut in 2005 and won eight titles on the tour, but was unable to prevent Low from claiming her first win at the tournament since 2014.

Moverley said: ďBeing here every year has been great, the tournament has been held in Hull every year since I came back so that has been special being the local player.

"Playing for England has been exciting and one I wont forget. The whole experience has been something special, travelling the world and doing something I love."

Wildcard Jasmine Hutton - the World No.77 from Brighton - claimed the biggest win of her career as she scalped World No.30 Hollie Naughton on the traditional plaster courts located at the same venue.

In the menís draw, both of the wildcards earned their spots in the second round as Manchester-based Patrick Rooney and Birminghamís Joshua Masters upset Malaysiaís Eain Yow Ng and Hong Kongís Tsz Fung Yip, respectively.

World No.95 Rooney bridged a 59-place gap in the PSA World Rankings to overcome Ng 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 and claim his first ever win at the British Open.

ďI didnít expect to win, but I just tried to take all the pressure off myself and just play the best I could against Yow, who Iíve known for ages," Rooney said.

"Iíve never beaten him before, and I knew it was going to be tough because he has loads of skill and is so quick."

Meanwhile, World No.55 Masters will appear in the second round here for the first time after beating World No.28 Yip by an 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 margin.

The 24-year-old will take on Egyptís Fares Dessouky in round two.

ďIíve beaten him before and so that gave me a lot of confidence,Ē said Masters.

ďI knew exactly how to beat him and although at times I sometimes went away from that game plan, I was pleased to get over the line."

Former World No.1 James Willstrop also earned his second round spot courtesy of a 3-0 win over Indiaís Ramit Tandon, while England No.3 Daryl Selby beat close friend and compatriot Ben Coleman in four games to earn his place in the last 32.

Second round action continues tomorrow, when Englandís former World Champion Laura Massaro begins her final PSA tournament, while reigning champions Nour El Sherbini and Miguel Rodriguez kickstart their title defences.

Play starts at 12:00 (GMT+1) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe and Japan).
 
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Rodriguez Motivated to Defend British Open Title Next Week

Ahead of next weekís Allam British Open, Colombiaís Miguel Rodriguez says that he is heading to Hull with the aim of retaining the title he won in stunning fashion 12 months ago.

The 2019 edition of the British Open will be held at the University of Hullís new sports complex between May 20-26, and Rodriguez has fond memories of the city after beating World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy at the Airco Arena last May to etch his name onto the historic trophy.

In doing so, Rodriguez became the first South American ever to win a PSA World Tour Platinum title and the first unseeded player in the modern era to capture the British Open trophy - accolades that seem all the more impressive given his relative lack of training partners in Colombia when compared to a number of his contemporaries.

"Itís something that is going to be in my mind forever," said Rodriguez, the 33-year-old from Bogota.

"Becoming a legend at the British Open is something that is difficult to describe. Being in the history books of this tournament is amazing, Iím going to remember this tournament forever.

"I think that moment when I won that match with Mohamed was my career highlight. There were so many years of training, playing, travelling, and it paid off.

"I really wanted to win a Platinum event, but I never thought I was going to win the British Open. That was a great gift because when I was a kid I was just thinking about being top 20 and maybe top 10 in the world, but I never thought I would win the British Open because it was maybe too far for me.

"Especially because I come from South America where I donít have the same competition and tournaments [than others]. You can consider this tournament as the ĎWimbledon of Squashí. Thereís so much history behind this tournament, and I was very proud to win it last year, it was the first major event in my career."

Last yearís British Open win saw Rodriguez qualify for the PSA World Tour Finals and, after a below-par season which has seen him fail to make it past the quarter-final stages of any of his tournaments this season, the World No.7 will require similar heroics to qualify for the season-ending event in Cairo next month.

However, Rodriguez has proven himself as one of the most resilient players on the tour and has fought back from injury, illness and a world ranking which dropped as low as No.25 in May 2017 to become a real force at the sportís major tournaments once again.

Now armed with the experience of claiming silverware on the biggest stage, Rodriguez insists that he has what it takes to defend his crown.

"The passion and the love that I have for this sport is huge, and it motivates me," he said.

"I still think that I can play for many years, and I think that I can win many tournaments. Itís like a little piece of a big cake that Iíve already tasted, now I know how it feels when you win a big tournament, especially beating the World No.1 in the final.

"Iím going to face this tournament with great motivation, this year the competition is even harder because most of the players know that they are capable of winning it.

"Itís a great opportunity for me and a great chance. Iím excited knowing that Iím the defending champion, I know thereís going to be a lot of pressure, but I want to play, I want to be fit and healthy and the other things will come.

"Iím pretty sure that I can do the same thing as last year, Iím looking forward to playing this event, and I would love to be the British Open champion again."

Rodriguez is seeded sixth for this yearís tournament and has been drawn on the same side of the draw as ElShorbagy, with the pair seeded to lock horns once again in the quarter-finals.

Also involved in the menís draw are the likes of World No.1 Ali Farag, World No.5 Simon RŲsner and Englandís former World No.1 James Willstrop.

The womenís draw is headed up by World No.1 Raneem El Welily as she looks to go one better than last yearís runner-up finish to fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini.

Former champions Camille Serme, Laura Massaro and Nicol David are also involved, with the latter two making the final appearances of their illustrious careers as both are set to retire at the end of this season.

A prize purse of $324,000 is split evenly between the menís and womenís draws, while matches from the glass court will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe and Japan. The semi-finals and finals will be shown live by broadcasters such as BT Sport, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and more.

Stay up to date with action from the 2019 Allam British Open by following the tournament on Twitter, or visit the eventís website.

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