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CIB Black Ball Open 2021

CIB Black Ball Open 2021


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CIB Black Ball Open 2021
Men's Draw
16 - 20 Dec
Cairo, Egypt, $112k

13 Dec
14 Dec
15 Dec
16 Dec










[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
[9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) v Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [WC] Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY)
[8] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
[7] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Zahed Salem (EGY)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) v Victor Crouin (FRA)
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bye
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) v Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[9/16] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG)
[5] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
[6] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) bye

CIB Black Ball Open 2021
Women's Draw
12 - 16 Dec
Cairo, Egypt, $112k

13 Dec
14 Dec
15 Dec
16 Dec

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL)



[7] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
Hana Ramadan (EGY)
[5] Joelle King (NZL)
Farida Mohamed (EGY)

[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
Nada Abbas (EGY)


[8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[6] Salma Hany (EGY)
Mariam Metwally (EGY)

[9/16] Coline Aumard (FRA)
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY)


[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bye
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Yathreb Adel (EGY) 11-6, 9-11, 11-1, 4-0 ret. (32m)
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [9/16] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7 (40m)
[7] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bye
Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt [9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 13-11 (45m)
Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt [9/16] Lucy Turmel (ENG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (42m)
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bye
Nada Abbas (EGY) bt [9/16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (35m)
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 14-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (43m)
[8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bye
[6] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY) 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 5-11, 11-4 (42m)
[9/16] Coline Aumard (FRA) bt [WC] Lojayn Gohary (EGY) 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (28m)
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bye


Abbas Upsets Chinappa as CIB Squash Open Black Ball Begins

The opening day of action at the CIB Squash Open Black Ball, PSA World Tour Gold event saw five of the eight fixtures go the way of the lower-ranked player, with Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa proving to be the highest-profile casualty as she fell to World No.28 Nada Abbas as the womenís event began at the Black Ball Sporting Club in Cairo, Egypt.

Abbas, who was born in Cairo, has showcased some of her best ever form at this venue in the past and reached her first ever major PSA quarter final at the Platinum tier CIB Black Ball Womenís Squash Open back in 2020. The 21-year-old was on top throughout against World No.12 Chinappa, and she rattled off an 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 victory to seal her place in the last 16.

ďIím really happy to get this win today, even if it took a year and a half [after her last win] on this court,Ē Abbas said.

ďBetter late than never. Iíve had a tough year this year and at the end of last year, so to be honest in the last few months Iíve just been focused on enjoying my game, trying to play my best and enjoy what Iím doing. If Iím not enjoying what Iím doing, then itís useless.

ďFor now, Iím enjoying my squash, or trying to enjoy it and trying to play my best and not focus on the results or rankings.Ē

Abbas will play World No.4 Hania El Hammamy - who won the Platinum Black Ball Open in this venue back in 2020 - in the next round. She will be joined there by fellow Egyptian Mariam Metwally, the World No.42, who upset World No.15 Nadine Shahin in five games.

It was a quick-fire five-game battle - lasting just 42 minutes - and Metwally recovered from a slow start to win it 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 5-11, 11-4. The 25-year-old will play No.6 seed Salma Hany next for a place in the semi finals.

ďIíve played Nadine many times, we often practice together, so I know the game plan and I was just trying to stick to it as much as I could, and it worked,Ē Metwally said afterwards.

ďThe plan was to stay calm as much as I could and play deep shots, and whenever I have the chance to attack I went for it, and thatís what I did today.Ē

Canadaís Danielle Letourneau was the other top 20 player to see her tournament come to a premature end as she fell to Hana Ramadan. World No.33 Ramadan will take on former World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the next round. El Tayeb, who has now slipped to No.9 in the PSA Womenís World Rankings, will make her highly-anticipated return to action tomorrow after 14 months on the sidelines due to the birth of her daughter in July of this year.

ďMy nerves were all over the place, especially when I was up 2-0,Ē said Ramadan.

ďFor me [the best tactic] is to stay calm and remember my game plan or go to my plan B. It cost me one game, but fortunately not two more. I just need to stay calm and remember how to keep the pressure on and keep the momentum going.Ē

Egyptís World No.27 Farida Mohamed kicked off the dayís upsets with a 3-1 win over World No.21 Tinne Gilis in the opening match of the tournament. The 19-year-old will line up against New Zealandís Joel King in the second round and she will look to follow up her win over the Kiwi at the same stage of the Platinum Black Ball Open back in March, 2020.

ďIt was very tough playing her [Gilis] to be honest, but Iím very positive with the way I played today,Ē Mohamed said.

ďI managed to do 75 percent of the plan Iíd planned today. I wasnít very angry today, I was trying to keep my focus and Iím happy with this.Ē

The CIB Squash Open Black Ball continues tomorrow with stars such as World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and defending champion Sarah-Jane Perry - who won the gold edition of the Black Ball Open last December - getting their tournaments under way. The action starts at 12:00 (GMT+2) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

The womenís event takes place between December 12-16, before the menís event is held between December 16-20.

For more information on the CIB Squash Open Black Ball, visit the tournament website or follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.


El Tayeb to Return at CIB Squash Open Black Ball Following Birth of Daughter

Egyptís former World No.3 Nour El Tayeb will make her highly-anticipated return to competitive action at Decemberís CIB Squash Open Black Ball between December 12-16 following the birth of her daughter.

El Tayeb, together with husband and menís World No.1 Ali Farag, welcomed her daughter, Farida, into the world in July and will line up at the PSA World Tour Gold tournament just five months after becoming a mother for the first time. El Tayeb has won two major PSA titles, the 2017 U.S. Open - which she won on the same night Farag won his first major title - and the 2018 Windy City Open.

The 28-year-old is seeded at No.7 for the event and will receive a bye into round two where she will take on either Canadaís Danielle Letourneau or Scotlandís Lisa Aitken. A win there will pit her against World No.1 Nour El Sherbini - who won the Platinum edition of the CIB PSA Black Ball Squash Open in March - in the last eight.

El Sherbini is the top seed for the event and is seeded to come up against Englandís Sarah-Jane Perry in the semi finals. Perry is the defending Gold edition champion after she came back from two games down to upset Egyptís Hania El Hammamy, who is seeded No.3 at this yearís event.

El Hammamy is predicted to meet World No.2 Nouran Gohar in the semi finals on the bottom half of the draw.

A menís Gold event will also be held between December 16-20, and World Champion Farag will headline a field that also contains the likes of New Zealandís Paul Coll, former World Champion Tarek Momen and U.S. Open winner Mostafa Asal.

Farag was a runner-up at this event in December, losing to compatriot Fares Dessouky, and is seeded to play World No.6 Asal in the last four. Momen, meanwhile, has a tough draw that could see him take on Marwan ElShorbagy - who won the Platinum edition of this tournament in March - in the quarter finals before a potential clash with World No.3 Coll in the last four.

World No.448 Abdelrahman Nassar is the menís wildcard, while World No.204 Lojayn Gohary has been named as the womenís wildcard.

Action from the CIB Squash Open Black Ball will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi finals and finals will also be shown live on the channels of PSAís broadcast partners.

For more information on the CIB Squash Open Black Ball, visit the tournament website or follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.
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