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27/04/2018
El Gouna International 2018

LATEST | DRAW | NEWS | SCHEDULE  HISTORY

 

   

REPORTS & RESULTS BY ROUND 

Preview

Qualifying

Round One

Round Two

Quarters

Semis

Final

 

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DRAW

El Gouna International 2018
Men's Draw
20 - 27 April
El Gouna, Egypt
First Round
20-21Apr
Second Round
22-23 Apr
Quarters
24-25 Apr
Semis
26 Apr
Final
27 Apr
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (36m)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (61m)
Omar Mosaad
Mohamed ElShorbagy
v
Simon Rösner
   
[LL] Ahmed Hosny (EGY)
9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (53m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (40m)
Declan James (ENG)
Declan James
11-1, 13-11, 11-9 (35m)
Simon Rösner
Tom Richards (ENG)
11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (33m)
[7]
Simon Rösner (GER)
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
11-3, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8 (39m)
Leo Au (HKG)
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-1, 7-11, 13-11, 11-8 (58m)
Lucas Serme
Karim Abdel Gawad
v
Marwan ElShorbagy
Diego Elias (PER)
12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8 (55m)
[Q]
Lucas Serme (FRA)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
11-5, 16-14, 8-11, 5-11, 11-5 (74m)
[Q] Mohamed Reda (EGY)
Mathieu Castagnet
11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 (58m)
Marwan ElShorbagy
[Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (35m)
[4]
Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[3] Ali Farag (EGY)
12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (33m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Ali Farag
v
Borja Golan
   
Borja Golan (ESP)
11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 (54m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (ENG)
Max Lee (HKG)
11-4, 14-12, 11-5 (39m
[Q]
Raphael Kandra (GER)
Raphael Kandra
v
Tarek Momen
[WC] Mostafa Asal (EGY)
11-9, 11-3, 11-8 (33m)
[6]
Tarek Momen (EGY)
[8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (33m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)

Miguel Angel Rodriguez
v
Cesar Salazar
 
Cesar Salazar (EGY)
11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (33m)
[Q] Joshua Masters (ENG
Gregoire Marche (FRA)
11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 (47m)
[Q] Chris Simpson (ENG)
Chris Simpson
v
Gregory Gaultier
Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 (60m)
[2]
Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Qualifying


Qualifying finals:
[1] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [L] Shehab Essam (EGY) 3-1:
11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8 (63m)
[6] Raphael Kandra (GER) bt [10] Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-2:
11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (62m)
[7] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [11] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1:
11-5, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7 (75m)
[15] Mohamed Reda (EGY) bt [4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-0:
11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (42m)
[9] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [3] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-2:
9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (84m)
[5] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-1:
6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 (40m)
[13] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [L] Ahmed Hosny (EGY) 3-1:
11-2, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3 (31m)
[2] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [16] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-1:
11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-2 (67m)

1st qualifying round:
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9 (68m)
Shehab Essam (EGY) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 11-7 (65m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Richie Fallows (ENG) 12-10, 11-6, 11-13, 19-17 (88m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Omar El Torkey (EGY) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (22m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Mostafa El Serty (EGY) 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (31m)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY) 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 (79m)
Mohamed Reda (EGY) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 12-10 (51m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Edmon Lopez (ESP) 11-9, 12-14, 11-5, 11-7 (67m)
Yip Tsz Fung (HKG) bt Marwan Tarek (EGY) 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 (44m)
Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Mostafa Montaser (EGY) 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 (31m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 9-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 18-16 (86m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Yehia Elnawasany (EGY) 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (26m)
Ahmed Hosny (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 3-11, 11-7 (53m)
Joshua Masters (ENG) bt Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (26m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt Mohamed Elshamy (EGY) 11-5, 11-8, 2-11, 11-6 (50m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (83m)
 

El Gouna International 2018
Women's Draw
20 - 27 April
El Gouna, Egypt
First Round
20-21Apr
Second Round
22-23 Apr
Quarters
24-25 Apr
Semis
26 Apr
Final
27 Apr
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
11-3, 12-10, 11-2 (24m)
Emily Whitlock (EGY)
Nour El Sherbini
11-6, 9-11, 12-10,
9-11, 11-6 (52m)
Amanda Sobhy
Nour El Sherbini
v
Camille Serme
   
Amanda Sobhy (USA)
11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (31m)
[12] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[15] Victoria Lust (ENG)
11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11 (62m)
Salma Hany (EGY)
Victoria Lust
11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (21m)
Camille Serme
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
12-10, 11-7, 14-12 (34m)
[6]
Camille Serme (FRA)
[8] Nicol David (MAS)
12-10, 11-2, 9-11, 11-2 (32m)
[Q] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
Nicol David
11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (32m)
Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
v
Laura Massaro
[WC] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
8-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-4 (39m)
[16]
Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[14] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (19m)
Joey Chan (HKG)
Joey Chan
11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (27m)
Laura Massaro
[Q] Mayar Hany (EGY)
11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (27m)
[4]
Laura Massaro (ENG)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (20m)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA)
Nour El Tayeb
v
Hania El Hammamy
   
Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
10-12, 9-11, 15-13, 11-9, 11-8 (67m)
[13] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[10] Alison Waters (ENG)
11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7 (37m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY)

Alison Waters
v
Nouran Gohar
[Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (26m)
[5]
Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[7] Joelle King (NZL)
11-4, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5 (35m)
[Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG)

Joelle King
v
Annie Au
 
[Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
11-9, 11-6, 17-15 (35m)
[11]
Annie Au (HKG)
[9] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
11-1, 11-5, 11-3 (17m)
[Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
 Sarah-Jane Perry
v
Raneem El Welily
[Q] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (21m)
[2]
Raneem El Welily (EGY)

Qualifying


Qualifying finals:
[12] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt [1] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-1:
11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3 (36m)
[8] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [14] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-1:
9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 16-14 (44m)
[9] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt [6] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-1:
11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10 (49m)
[4] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt [15] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-1:
6-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-6 (33m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [3] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0:
12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (28m)
[7] Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 3-1:
11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5 (39m)
[5] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-0:
11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (24m)
[2] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [L] Jana Shiha (EGY) 3-2:
9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8 (44m)

1st qualifying round:
Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Sana Ibrahim (EGY) 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (22m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Nour Khaled Aboulmakarim (EGY) 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (18m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Farah Momen (EGY) 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (20m)
Mayar Hany (EGY) bt Satomi Watanabe (JPN) 7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 12-10 (38m)
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Farida Mohamed (EGY) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (29m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt Ingy Hammouda (EGY) 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (32m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Hana Moataz (EGY) 11-2, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 (30m)
Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt Tinne Gilis (BEL) 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (24m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (41m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt Samantha Teran (MEX) 6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (35m)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 (46m)
Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Menna Hamed (EGY) 11-8, 12-10, 12-10 (33m)
Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (24m)
Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9 (57m)
Jana Shiha (EGY) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (24m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Nikki Todd (CAN) 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 13-11 (42m)
 

 

REPORTS

Round Two Top Half

India’s Chinappa Stuns Eight-Time World Champion David on Day Three

Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa came up with one of the biggest victories of her career as she stunned eight-time World Champion Nicol David at the 2018 El Gouna International to earn her place in the quarter-finals of a PSA World Series tournament for the first time since November 2015.

David was off the pace from the outset and Chinappa, who won a silver medal in the women’s doubles event at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this month, attacked well to quickly build up a two-game lead.

The World No.14 then stormed into a 7-1 lead in the third and, despite a late fightback from her Malaysian opponent, she held on to claim her first ever win over David at the sixth attempt on the PSA World Tour.

"I don’t know how I did it," Chennai-based Chinappa said.

"A few of us are just back from the Commonwealth Games, not just me, and that’s one of the challenges of being an professional athlete.

"I knew I had a tough first round, then Nicol in the pre-quarters, so I had no pressure, and I just wanted to play freely and enjoy myself."

Chinappa will play England’s Laura Massaro for a place in the quarter-finals after the number four seed put in a professional display to overcome Hong Kong’s Joey Chan in straight games.

Meanwhile, World No.1 Nour El Sherbini kept up her 100 per cent record in El Gouna as she defeated United States No.2 Amanda Sobhy in an entertaining five-game battle.

Sobhy recently spent 10 months on the sidelines due to a ruptured achilles but put in one of her best performances since returning to action after fighting back from a game down on two occasions to set up a dramatic fifth-game decider.

However with the scores locked at 6-6 apiece in the decider, El Sherbini managed to establish a lead once more as she mixed up her attacking shots to take Sobhy out of any kind of rhythm, rattling off five successive points to prevent the American from completing the comeback.

"It’s really hard to play a player like Amanda that you’re used to playing in the semis or the quarters," El Sherbini said.

"I’m really surprised and happy to see her playing like this once again and hopefully she can get back into the top 10 so we won’t have to play in the second round again."

El Sherbini will go head-to-head with World No.6 Camille Serme in the next round, with Serme dispatching England’s Victoria Lust 3-0 in just 21 minutes.

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy come from a game behind to see off former World No.3 Omar Mosaad in the men’s event in a match that saw the 2016 El Gouna International champion dig in to avoid an upset.

Mosaad started the match on the front foot as he showcased the thundering forehand drives that earned him the ‘Hammer of Thor’ moniker.

But ElShorbagy responded by hitting some fierce efforts into the front of the court and he came back to claim an 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 victory in 61 minutes to set up a quarter-final meeting with Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rösner - who beat World No.25 Declan James.

“Today Mosaad took me by surprise at the beginning of the match, he played so well,” said ElShorbagy.

“He played with the quality he had when he was World No.3 so I had to dig in deep and I’m just really happy I got out of jail.

“I could have been 2-0 down but these are the kind of matches that sharpen you up for the tournament. I’m just really happy to be through and to beat a tough opponent like Mosaad in the second round gives you confidence."

The prospect of a semi-final matchup with younger brother Marwan remains intact after the World No.4 overcame Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet 11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 to ensure he will take on last year’s runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad.

Gawad prevailed in a 58-minute battle with France’s Lucas Serme and he will look to avenge a defeat to Marwan in the quarter-finals of December’s PSA World Championships that prevented Gawad from retaining his crown.

Round two continues tomorrow (April 23) from 12:00 at the El Gouna Squash Complex. Glass court action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) from 18:30 local time (GMT+2) onwards.
 

Round One

Defending Champion Gaultier Comes Through to Beat Hesham on Day Two

Defending champion Gregory Gaultier had to draw on all of his experience on day two of the 2018 El Gouna International as he battled through to a 3-1 victory over Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham to move through to the second round of the PSA World Series tournament taking place on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea.

35-year-old Gaultier, who beat Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad in last year’s final, had the better of the first game as he went a game ahead until Hesham, known on the tour for his shot-making talents, played some measured and controlled squash to draw level after taking the second.

While Hesham’s incredible racket skills were still on show throughout the match, the World No.30 played with a newfound maturity as he rattled the Frenchman, with only a late charge from Gaultier at the end of the third game seeing the World No.3 avoid going 2-1 down. Gaultier pressed home his advantage in the fourth though as Hesham began to fatigue and he closed it out 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 to reach the last 16.

"I knew it was probably the toughest first round and Mazen, when he is on fire, you have to be on your toes," Gaultier said afterwards.

"It’s coming from everywhere and he’s very talented. The weather tonight made it difficult to control the ball and he made a couple of mistakes because the ball is moving around, so I just tried to be as accurate as possible.

"I lost my concentration a bit at the beginning of the third but I managed to push myself and go for every single shot to make him tired. It paid dividends in the fourth game and I’m really glad I managed to move that well in these hard conditions."

Gaultier will meet England’s Chris Simpson in round two after the World No.40 upset Gaultier’s compatriot, Gregoire Marche, while Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez was on red hot form as he defeated World No.10 Mohamed Abouelghar.

Abouelghar was never able to knock Rodriguez out of his rhythm and the World No.16 swept to a comfortable 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 victory to set up a second round clash with Mexico’s Cesar Salazar, who defeated English qualifier Joshua Masters.

“I was very happy with my performance today, it was the cleanest of the year,” Rodriguez said after the match.

“I’ve played Mohamed three times in four years and he’s very skilful and very talented. I think I was very focused today, I was patient, attacking and very accurate, which was the key for winning the match."

Meanwhile, there will be two German players in the second round of a World Series tournament for the first time in PSA World Tour history after World No.39 Raphael Kandra defeated Hong Kong’s Max Lee to join compatriot Simon Rösner in the last 16.

He’ll face the in-form World No.5 Tarek Momen in the next round, while there were also wins for World No.3 Ali Farag and former World No.5 Borja Golan.

World No.2 Raneem El Welily got her tournament under way with an exquisite showing against rising Malaysian star Sivasangari Subramaniam that saw her topple the 19-year-old.

12 months after losing to fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini in the final of the PSA Women’s World Championships, El Welily put in a sublime performance that saw her rattle of winners to set up a mouthwatering second round fixture with England’s Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sarah-Jane Perry.

“I know Siva, she’s a very good player and I know she has more than what she showed today,” said El Welily.

“She has very good qualities and is very talented. She’s different than other juniors that you see and I expected a tough battle today. I’m definitely happy to be through in three.

“I’m hoping it’s going to be another battle between the two of us [El Welily and Perry], we’ve had close matches and many 3-2s. I’m just going to relax tomorrow, we’re playing in two days so there’s still so much time to prepare for it."

Perry, meanwhile, showed no signs of fatigue after her exploits on the Gold Coast as she stormed to an 11-1, 11-5, 11-3 victory over Egypt’s Nadine Shahin in just 17 minutes.

“I was really pleased with how I played at the Commonwealth Games, I was obviously very disappointed not to win the final, but Joelle played better in the end so she deserved it,” said Perry.

“I took the positives out of it because I played some really good squash and I carried on where I left off really. It’s taken me a couple of days to get used to the courts here, I played doubles last week so the court felt a bit claustrophobic the first time I hit on it."

The woman who beat Perry in the final of the singles event, New Zealand’s Joelle King, overcame England’s Fiona Moverley in four games and she will line up against Hong Kong’s Annie Au in the last 16.

Elsewhere, World No.3 Nour El Tayeb joined husband Farag in round two after she defeated France’s Coline Aumard in a commanding 3-0 win and she will clash with Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy after she overturned a 2-0 deficit to defeat United States No.1 Olivia Blatchford.

World No.5 Nouran Gohar and England’s Alison Waters also claimed wins over Rachael Grinham and Mariam Metwally, respectively.

The second round of the El Gouna International begins tomorrow (April 22) and glass court action, which will be shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), begins at 18:30 local time (GMT+2).
 

Round One Top Half

Egypt's El Sherbini and United States Star Sobhy to Meet in Second Round

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and former World No.6 Amanda Sobhy will contest a mouthwatering second round fixture at the 2018 El Gouna International after they claimed respective wins over British duo Emily Whitlock and Tesni Evans at the PSA World Series tournament held on the banks of Egypt's Red Sea.

El Sherbini became the first woman to win a professional squash tournament in El Gouna when she defeated fellow Egyptian Raneem El Welily to win the PSA Women’s World Championships last April.

This year is the first time that a women’s El Gouna International has been held alongside the men’s and El Sherbini kept up her 100 per cent record in El Gouna as she claimed a 3-0 win over England’s Whitlock by an 11-3, 12-10, 11-2 margin at the El Gouna Marina.

"Emily is a tricky first round and we’ve not played a lot of matches together," said El Sherbini.

"The second game was important for me and I didn’t want to lose it and I think that made the difference. I just went for my shots and I think she made an error or two, so that second game was important and I just played point by point.

"I’ve not played Amanda since she has come back from her injury and it seems like she’s playing well and getting her form back. Mentally and physically she’s getting better, I’m excited for the match and let’s see how it goes."

Sobhy, meanwhile, missed the World Championships last April due to a ruptured achilles but she marked her maiden El Gouna appearance with an impressive 3-1 win over Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans at the El Gouna Squash Complex.

Evans won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this month but, despite fighting back from a game down to level, the 25-year-old was unable to resist a strong showing from Sobhy and the United States No.2 closed out an 11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 triumph.

"I’m happy to be here, the weather's good which I appreciate so much more than in the States. I’m happy to play, I’m enjoying it and there is really no pressure, it’s nice being the underdog again," Sobhy said.

"There aren’t many expectations for me apart from keeping improving, getting fitter and enjoying my squash, so I’m happy I did that on the day."

England’s Laura Massaro is also through courtesy of a 3-0 win over Egyptian qualifier Mayar Hany and she will face Joey Chan, who cut short former World No.4 Omneya Abdel Kawy’s return to action after she took time away from the tour due to the birth of her son.

World No.6 Camille Serme and Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David are also through to the last 16 after respective wins over Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Zeina Mickawy.

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy got his tournament off to a winning start after the 2016 winner defeated Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan 3-0 to set up a second round meeting with former World No.3 Omar Mosaad.

“I’m happy to win, he’s a very good player,” ElShorbagy said.

“He showed what a great player he is in the Commonwealth Games when he got a bronze [medal] and beat Nick [Matthew] in the quarters. He is one of those players that, when he plays well, is able to play at a top 10 quality, that’s why he’s able to get wins over them [top 10 players] from time to time."

ElShorbagy’s younger brother, World No.4 Marwan, is also through after he saw off England’s Ben Coleman in straight games to ensure that he will face France’s Mathieu Castagnet (right, Blue top) next, while French World No.40 Lucas Serme upset Peru’s World No.11 Diego Elias, coming through to win 3-1.

Semi-final finishes at both the Oracle NetSuite Open and Channel VAS Championships in the opening stages of the season saw Elias poised to be a major contender in the latter half of the campaign but a hamstring injury sustained towards the end of last year has stunted the 21-year-old’s progress in recent months and Serme put in a fine display to win it 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8.

“Diego didn’t seem quite 100% but I saw him looking like that in a few tournaments, pulling off some great wins, so I was wary and on my guard until the last shot,” said Serme.

“He looks very nonchalant but still gets all the shots and some ridiculous kills. It was the first time I beat him, so I’m very happy."

Serme will play last year’s runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad - whose run to the final saw him take the World No.1 spot last May - while Germany’s Simon Rösner and England’s Declan James will go head-to-head after wins over Tom Richards and Zahed Mohamed, respectively.

Round one of the El Gouna International continues tomorrow (April 21) with action from the glass court shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) from 18:30 local time (GMT+2) onwards.
 

Qualifying

Mickawy Defeats Top Qualifying Seed as Egyptian Quintet Advance to El Gouna International Main Draw

Egypt’s World No.37 Zeina Mickawy was one of five Egyptian winners on the final day of qualifying at the 2018 El Gouna International after she defeated top qualifying seed Samantha Cornett to progress to the main draw of the PSA World Series tournament, where she will face Malaysian legend Nicol David.

Mickawy, the 19-year-old who hails from Alexandria, took the opening game before a mammoth second game went the way of Canada’s Cornett, who claimed it by a 12-10 margin.

However, Cornett’s exploits at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast - in which she reached the quarter finals of the Women’s Doubles event less than a week ago - soon caught up with the 27-year-old as she began to fatigue and she succumbed to an 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3 defeat.

"I am very happy with the way I played in the first game," Mickawy told the tournament’s official website.

"I was really focused, playing tight drives, finding my targets in the corners, and preventing her from volleying. I was patient and it paid off. But in the second I wanted to win too quickly and kept fighting back. I had nothing to lose I told myself, and I just tried to make the rallies last playing tight drives again.


"After that game I was very, very tired, but I know I have been working very hard recently on my fitness, so I just decided to trust it and just dig in and pick up all her shots, as I thought she would be pretty tired too."

Mickawy headed up a trio of Egyptian victors in the women’s qualifying draw as compatriots Nadine Shahin and Mayar Hany also progressed to the main draw courtesy of wins over Yathreb Adel and Danielle Letourneau, respectively.

Malaysian teenager Sivasangari Subramaniam, the World No.42, also caused an upset as she disposed of England’s World No.29 Millie Tomlinson to set up a meeting with World Champion Raneem El Welily, while Belgium’s Nele Gilis fell to Liu Tsz-Ling, despite being ranked five places above the player from Hong Kong.

Also through to the main draw is England’s Fiona Moverley, who dispatched local player Jana Shiha in a fiercely-contested five-game battle, with former World Champion Rachael Grinham and France’s Coline Aumard joining her in qualifying.

In the men’s draw, home player Mohamed Reda beat fourth qualifying seed Omar Abdel Meguid for the first time since 2013 to earn his place in the main draw courtesy of a straight games victory over the World No.41.

"Meguid beat me the last couple of times and I guess that today was my turn," Reda said.

"It was my day, he didn’t play as well as he can play but I did I think.

"The third was crucial, he was up 8-4, he was volleying beautifully, so I went back to basics, keeping the rallies going with tight squash. I’m very happy to win 3-0 and I’m looking forward to another day of squash."

Top qualifying seed Karim Ali Fathi is also through after beating Shehab Essam and he will take on Spain’s Borja Golan in round one, while there was also triple success for England after Chris Simpson, Joshua Masters and Ben Coleman all claimed wins - with the latter of that trio overturning a 2-0 deficit against the in-form Tsz Fung Yip.

March’s PSA Men’s Player of the Month Nafiizwan Adnan is also through to the main draw action after he defeated India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar and he faces a difficult test in round one, where he will look to get the better of World No.1 and 2016 El Gouna International winner Mohamed ElShorbagy.

France’s Lucas Serme and German’s Raphael Kandra were the other players to claim wins on the final day of qualification.

The main draw of the 2018 El Gouna International begins tomorrow, while selected matches from the glass court staged at the El Gouna Marina will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) from 18:30 local time (GMT+2).

Matches not held on the glass court will be staged at the El Gouna Squash Complex, which hosted the qualifying action, from 12:00 local time.
 

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El Sherbini and El Welily on Course to Meet in Final of First Women’s El Gouna International

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and World Champion Raneem El Welily are seeded to meet in the final of the first ever women’s El Gouna International between April 20-27 after the draw for the PSA World Series tournament - which takes place at the El Gouna Marina - was released today.

El Sherbini and El Welily contested the final of the women’s PSA World Championships at this venue 12 months ago, with the former prevailing on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea to claim a second World Championship triumph.

This year’s tournament features a women’s World Series tournament alongside the men’s event for the first time in history, with a total prize fund of $330,000 split equally between both draws.

El Sherbini and El Welily are joined in a top-class draw that also features the likes of Windy City Open champion Nour El Tayeb, the in-form New Zealander Joelle King, former World No.1 Laura Massaro and eight-time World Champion Nicol David.

El Sherbini gets her tournament under way against England’s Emily Whitlock in round one, while El Welily, El Tayeb, King, Massaro and David all face qualifiers.

Should the tournament go to seeding, El Sherbini will line up against Massaro in the semi-finals, while the other last four fixture will be contested between El Welily and El Tayeb.

Meanwhile, there is a return to action for former World No.4 Omneya Abdel Kawy, who makes her first PSA World Tour appearance since January 2017 after taking time off the tour due the birth of her son, Selim, in September.

The 32-year-old will play Hong Kong’s World No.22 Joey Chan in round one and could come up against Massaro in the second round.

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy heads up the men’s draw opposite number two seed and defending champion Gregory Gaultier, who faces Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham in the opening round, while ElShorbagy will line up against a qualifier.

ElShorbagy is set to meet younger brother Marwan in the semi-finals as he looks to improve on last year’s quarter-final finish, where he lost out to Marwan in what was only the younger ElShorbagy’s second win over his older sibling.

World No.2 Ali Farag is seeded to meet Gaultier in the other semi-final, with the 25-year-old Harvard-graduate playing Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in round one. 

Last year’s runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad also features and he plays Hong Kong’s Leo Au in the opening round of action.

The qualifying rounds take place between April 18-19 at the El Gouna Squash Complex, while the main draw will be staged between April 20-27, with matches split between the glass court situated at El Gouna Marina and the qualification venue.

Points for the PSA World Series Standings are also up for grabs as players aim to join the ElShorbagy brothers, Farag, Tarek Momen, Simon Rösner, El Sherbini, El Tayeb, El Welily and King in guaranteeing a top eight berth on the standings, which brings with it qualification for June's PSA World Series Finals.

Glass court action from the main draw will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while matches from the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live on mainstream channels around the world, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

Main Draw – 2018 Men’s El Gouna International
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Qualifier
Paul Coll (NZL) v Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v Declan James (ENG)
Tom Richards (ENG) v [7] Simon Rösner (GER)
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Leo Au (HKG)
Diego Elias (PER) v Qualifier
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v Qualifier
Qualifier v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[3] Ali Farag (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Borja Golan (ESP) v Qualifier
Max Lee (HKG) v Qualifier
[WC] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Cesar Salazar (EGY) v Qualifier
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Qualifier
Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)


Main Draw – 2018 Women’s El Gouna International
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Emily Whitlock (EGY)
Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [12] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[15] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Salma Hany (EGY)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [6] Camille Serme (FRA)
[8] Nicol David (MAS) v Qualifier
[WC] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[14] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v Joey Chan (HKG)
Qualifier v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Qualifier
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[10] Alison Waters (ENG) v Mariam Metwally (EGY)
Qualifier v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[7] Joelle King (NZL) v Qualifier
Qualifier v [11] Annie Au (HKG)
[9] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Qualifier
Qualifier v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

 
 

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Schedule

First Round
20-21 Apr

second Round
22-23 Apr

Quarters
24-25 Apr

Semis
26 Apr

Final
27 Apr

 

INFO

The 2016 El Gouna International takes place from April 18-27 at the Movenpick Hotel and between April 24-29 at the New Marina, El Gouna

 


 

 

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