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Motor City Open 2019

Motor City Open 2019


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Motor City Open 2019
29 Jan - 02 Feb
Detroit, USA, $70k, Silver

31 JAN
01 FEB
02  FEB
03 FEB
[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
11-4, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Marwan Elshorbagy
11-5, 11-9, 11-4
Omar Mosaad
Marwan Elshorbagy
11-7, 11-4, 11-1 (30m)
Diego Elias
Diego Elias
5-11, 11-6, 11-3, 4-11, 11-8 (63m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
[7] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
11-4, 7-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9
Chris Hanson (USA)
[5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
11-2, 11-8, 11-8
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
Ryan Cuskelly
11-7, 11-9 ret.
Diego Elias
[4] Diego Elias (PER)
7-11, 11-7, 3-1 ret.
[9/16] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[3] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 12-10
[9/16] Todd Harrity (USA)
Mohamed Abouelghar
11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-9
Adrian Waller
Mohamed Abouelghar
11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9
Zahed Salem
[9/16] Adrian Waller (ENG)
9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7
[6] Raphael Kandra (GER)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY)
3-11, 13-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5
[8] Nicolas Müller (SUI)
Zahed Salem
6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5
Miguel Rodriguez
[9/16] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5
[2] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)


[[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Richie Fallows (ENG) 11-8, 11-8, 11-3
Chris Hanson (USA) bt [9/16] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6
[7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bye
[5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bye
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt [9/16] Chris Simpson (ENG) 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9
[9/16] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Peter Creed (WAL) 11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-2
[4] Diego Elias (PER) bye
[3] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bye
[9/16] Todd Harrity (USA) bt Vikram Malhotra (IND) 11-4, 11-4, 11-7
[9/16] Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 11-6, 12-10, 11-9
[6] Raphael Kandra (GER) bye
[8] Nicolas Müller (SUI) bye
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Mohamed Reda (EGY) 11-7, 11-9, 11-7
[9/16] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5
[2] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye


Elias, Abouelghar set up finals clash
By Matt Schoch

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – There will be a new squash champion on Saturday at the Motor City Open presented by the Suburban Collection.

Four former MCO champions came to Detroit this week hoping to become the third two-time champion in the pro squash event’s 20 years. All of them fell throughout the week though, as Diego Elias of Peru and Mohamed Abouelghar of Egypt assured there would be a first-time MCO champion.

The fourth-seeded Elias and third-seeded Abouelghar will vie for the title in a 6:30 p.m. match Saturday at the Birmingham Athletic Club.

Elias opened Friday’s semifinals with a dominating three-game victory against top-seeded Marwan El Shorbagy of Egypt, 11-7, 11-4, 11-1, knocking off the defending champion in 30 minutes.

“I was moving really well and I’m happy with how I played,” said Elias, who has won four Professional Squash Association World Tour events. “I’m looking forward to the finals.”

The opening game was the only competitive one, but Elias won four out of the last five points, including a stroke awarded on game point after El Shorbagy interfered with Elias.

“The first game was really important,” Elias said. “I got the lead and I could finish the game. It was really mental, and I was mentally really strong today and felt really good.”

The 22-year-old Peruvian sprinted to a 6-1 lead in Game #2 and charged to an easy victory. El Shorbagy won the first point of the third game before Elias took 11 straight to win, with El Shorbagy accepting his fate and surrendering the last three.

“It just wasn’t my day,” said El Shorbagy, who said he did not suffer an injury or illness. “He played very well today, of course, all credit to him. I didn’t find my game today.”

The semifinal was a rematch of last week’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York City, with Elias winning that one in four games.

The finals competitors have met a handful of times before with Abouelghar winning each time.

In the nightcap, Abouelghar topped close friend and countryman Zahed Salem, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9.

The match ended in controversy. With the score knotted at 9-all in the fourth, the unseeded Salem thought an Abouelghar shot hit the tin. The official said no, the 25-year-old Abouelghar won the point and shortly after was on to the finals.

“It’s hard to play against a friend,” Abouelghar said. “I’m sure we’re going to have many more battles in the future, I’m just happy I got through this one. And hopefully next time we can have a great match also.”

Salem had gotten off to fast starts in the match, winning the first three points in the first game, going up 6-0 in his one victory in game two, winning the first point in game three, and then taking a 3-0 lead in the fourth.

Abouelghar said his strategy was to make points go long, as Salem was playing his fourth match in as many days, while Abouelghar received a bye to Wednesday’s second round.

“I knew he had tough matches and it was probably getting to him,” Abouelghar said. “The way I dealt with it, I think was good. I didn’t panic in the end.”
Salem Shocks Rodriguez To Reach Semis

After shocking the No.8 seed Nicolas Mueller in the second round, Zahed Salem has done it again, this time beating the World No.6 Miguel Rodriguez to make the last four.

Zahed Salem (r) in action during his victory over Miguel Rodriguez

The Egyptian took just under 50 minutes to get the job done and advance to the semi finals of the Suburban Collection Motor City Open.

He went a game behind to the Colombian Cannonball, but turned the game on its head to secure his first win against an opponent ranked in the top ten in the world.

“I always believed that I could win. But until the last point – until we left the court – anything could change,” Salem said.

“I had to keep focused and not do something different, because I could lose anytime if I lose concentration.”

Salem will face compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar in the last four of the tournament, after the World No.10 overcame Adrian Waller in a five-game thriller.

Mohamed Abouelghar (l) overcame Adrian Waller in five to reach the semis

It took an hour for the Egyptian to win, but he was pleased to get through to the semi finals.

“I feel good to be through it, to be honest. Sometimes, when you’re not on your best, you just need to find a way to get through the match with a win,” Abouelghar admitted.

The tournament’s No.1 seed, Marwan ElShorbagy, made it three Egyptians in the semi finals, after he defeated compatriot Omar Mosaad inside 35 minutes.

He will face Peru’s Diego Elias, who advanced through a retirement for the second round in succession.

Ryan Cuskelly was the unlucky man in the quarter finals in Detroit, as the pair got tangled up on the first point of the match, and the Australian eventually had to exit the match.

Home Hopes Hanson & Harrity Progress

United States home hopes Chris Hanson and Todd Harrity secured round one wins at the Suburban Collection Motor City Open to book their places in the last 16 of the PSA Silver tournament, held in Detroit.

World No.63 Hanson secured a straight-games win over New Zealand’s World No.42 Campbell Grayson to set up a round two clash against Egypt’s former World No.3 Omar Mosaad at the Birmingham Athletic Club.

“The state of U.S. squash is getting better,” said Hanson following his win. “At a tournament like this, where guys in the top 10 or 20 are playing, we’re not quite there yet, but with some wins like this, we’ll make it known that the Americans are making a push.

“I thought I was playing at a really good pace. Even when the games were close, I felt like I could pick it up just a little more and a little more.”

Hanson will be joined by compatriot and World No.48 Harrity in round two after he defeated India’s World No.58 Vikram Malhotra by an 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 scoreline in 26 minutes.

Todd Harrity in round one

The United States No.1 will now take on Egypt’s World No.10 Mohamed Abouelghar for a place in the quarter-finals.

“The first match is the toughest in a lot of ways,” Harrity said. “The court, the crowd, the environment, it’s been awhile since your last competition. So you’re always just a bit edgy.”

Elsewhere, Mexico’s Cesar Salazar and Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu both were forced to come through tough five-game battles to ensure their places in round two. Salazar came from 2-1 down to defeated Wales’ Peter Creed, while Bernabeu came from behind against England’s Chris Simpson in a mammoth 97-minute battle.

Bernabeu in action against Simpson

Salazar will now face Peru’s Diego Elias in round two, while Bernabeu will take on Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly.

Egyptians Zahed Salem and Mazen Hesham will take on number eight seed Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller and top seed Marwan ElShorbagy, respectively, in round two after they overcame Mohamed Reda and Richie Fallows in round one.

While, there were also victories for England’s Adrian Waller, who defeated India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar in straight-games and France’s Mathieu Castagnet who saw off experienced Fin Olli Tuominen by an 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 margin.

They will now face Germany’s Raphael Kandra and number two seed Miguel Rodriguez, respectively, for a place in the last eight of the tournament.