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13/03/2022
Optasia Championship 2022

Optasia Championship 2022

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Optasia Championship 2022
Men's Draw
06 - 11 Mar
London, England, $110k

ROUND TWO
06 -08 Mar
QUARTERS
09 Mar
SEMIS
10 Mar
FINAL
11 Mar
[1] Ali Farag (EGY)
11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (32m)
[9/16] Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY)
Ali Farag
11-9, 11-7, 11-3 (43m)
Joel Makin 
Ali Farag
17-15, 11-5, 11-4 (41m)
Nicolas Müller
Ali Farag
4-11, 11-8, 11-8,
13-11 (53m)
Diego Elias
[5] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 (60m)
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
[7] Grégoire Marche (FRA)
2-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (53m)
Nicolas Müller (SUI)
Nicolas Müller
8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (44m)
Marwan Elshorbagy
[4] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
w/o
James Willstrop (ENG)
[3] Diego Elias (PER)
11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (38m)
[WC] Joe Lee (ENG)
Diego Elias
9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 4-11, 12-10 (63m)
Mazen Hesham
Diego Elias
15-13, 11-1, 11-7 (45m)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
[6] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
w/o
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9 (70m)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (29m)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
George Parker (ENG)
11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (29m)
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)

ROUND ONE

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
[9/16] Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY) bt Shahjahan Khan (USA) 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4 (55m)
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-8 (58m)
[5] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[7] Grégoire Marche (FRA) bye
Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt [9/16] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2 (52m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt [9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 (35m)
[4] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
[3] Diego Elias (PER) bye
[WC] Joe Lee (ENG) bt [9/16] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-7, 11-1 ret. (24m)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Patrick Rooney (ENG) 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (41m)
[6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 11-8, 11-6, 11-2 (39m)
George Parker (ENG) bt [9/16] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (51m)
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bye

REPORTS

Farag Defeats Elias to Win Optasia Championships Title

Egypt’s World No.2 Ali Farag defeated Peru’s World No.6 Diego Elias to win the Optasia Championships title after he triumphed 4-11, 11-8, 11-8, 13-11 at the Wimbledon Club in London.



The two were facing each other for the first time in a PSA final and it was Farag who held an impressive advantage in the head-to-head with 13 wins to Elias’ two. However, there was drama before the match had even been able to start as Farag required physio treatment after getting injured in the warm-up.

Once the match was able to get started following a delay, it was clear that Farag was struggling with his usual elegant movement as Elias was comfortably able to test his physicality, dragging him around the court to comfortably take the first game.

Former World No.1 Farag somehow found a way to dig deep in the second as he put his injury woes to one side to find his rhythm and get back on level terms at the PSA World Tour Gold event, formerly known as the Channel VAS Championships.

The Egyptian continued to have physio treatment in between games, which seemed to affect the concentration of Elias as he let himself get distracted in the third which saw Farag use the opportunity to sneak a 2-1 lead.



It was a tight finish to the match with both players not giving each other an inch. Elias saved match ball before holding a game ball opportunity of his own to take it to a fifth, but Farag was able to execute his shots to perfection to save it and then close out at the second time of asking to win his first major title on UK soil and 25th overall PSA title.

“First and foremost sorry for delaying the final,” said Farag during the trophy presentation. “It was an unfortunate incident at the very last minute before I got on court, in the last lunges I felt a spasm in my back.

“I really didn’t want it to happen, but I can’t thank Gerry, the PSA physio enough, they’ve worked magic and as long as they told me it couldn’t get any worse, I just kept pushing and adapting my game plan accordingly and I’m very happy with the way I got through it.

“My wife is playing a tournament at Black Ball in Egypt, so I have to be doing the parenting duties next week, while she focuses on her tournament and then I’ll be back training for the British Open at the end of the month.

“Finally, I get a hand on a trophy on British soil. I’ve reached six finals here, two of which were the Optasia and couldn’t convert any. I’m extremely happy to win finally here.”



The next tournament is the CIB Black Ball Open in Cairo, Egypt for the women which takes place March 12-17. While for the men, they will be in action at the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Squash Classic in London between March. 13-18. Both tournaments will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA World Tour on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube and TikTok.
 
Peru’s Elias and Egypt’s Farag Set Up Optasia Championships Final

Peru’s World No.6 Diego Elias and Egypt’s World No.2 Ali Farag will contest the Optasia Championships final at the Wimbledon Club in London after respective wins over Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy and Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller.

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lias and Farag will go head-to-head in a PSA final for the first time in their careers as they both look to win the tournament for a maiden time, which was formerly known as the Channel VAS Championships.

Elias produced a stunning performance to build on an impressive nail-biting five-game win over Mazen Hesham last night, as he put former World No.1 ElShorbagy to the sword in straight-games.

The 2021 Qatar Classic champion was full of confidence as he saw out a tight first game, before comfortably dominating ElShorbagy in the second to take a 2-0 lead.

The Egyptian tried to fight back in the third, but continual errors affected his game and Elias was able to keep his focus to claim his second successive win over ElShorbagy and reach the final for the first time at the event.

“I'm very happy with my performance today,” said Elias. ”Yesterday helped me a lot for today. I was a bit nervous, I was coming from a bad loss for me two weeks ago, I was just trying to get back to my game and I'm very happy with this and I'm ready for tomorrow.

“We always have tough matches, even when I started we played maybe five 3-2s, I always expect a tough match, I’m just happy he's coming back stronger, he was struggling for a bit and now he's on his way back and it’s just great having him around.

“We've [Elias and Farag] played so many times, I don't have the best record against him, but I'm starting to play better and better and we haven't played in a while, so I'm ready for it.”

Meanwhile, top seed Farag was forced to do things the hard way in the first game, saving four game balls, as Mueller came out of the blocks firing, much to the delight of the packed-out crowd at the PSA World Tour Gold event.



The Swiss player has enjoyed one of the best weeks of his career, reaching a Gold semi-final for the first time. A tough first game that went all the way to 17-15 looked to have taken a lot out of the World No.26 though and broke his resolve as Farag was comfortably able close out the next two games in stylish fashion as he continues his aim to win a first major title on English soil.

“He threw more than just the kitchen sink at me, he was throwing everything at me,” said Farag in his post-match interview. “You can never match Nicci at such open squash, I tried to contain him in the first, I wasn't aggressive enough in the back corners and he was finding his targets pretty well and was playing better than me.

“I thought I needed to put some work into his legs even if you lose this one it’s an investment, and it would pay off in the second and third games and winning it as well made the physical difference and also the mental difference because I was 1-0 up and I capitalised on it.”

The Optasia Championships final will take place tomorrow (March 11) at 19:00 (GMT) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA World Tour on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube and TikTok.
 
Switzerland’s Mueller Gatecrashes Optasia Championships Semi-Finals

Switzerland’s World No.26 Nicolas Mueller has reached his first PSA World Tour Gold semi-final after he claimed a huge upset over World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy at the Optasia Championships held in Wimbledon, London.



Unseeded Mueller already had two upsets under his belt after claiming wins over higher ranked Iker Pajares and Gregoire Marche in previous days and added the Egyptian to the list with a mighty performance to overturn a one game deficit to win 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6.

It was evenly contested opening two games before 32-year-old Mueller fully hit his stride, executing his shots to perfection to claim his first win over ElShorbagy since the 2013 PSA World Championships.

“I’ve got goosebumps here. The crowd here was amazing,” said Mueller in his post-match interview. “That win was one of my better wins in my career, considering it was the first quarter final of such a big tournament. Obviously, it’s Wimbledon, and the Swiss do like to play well here so I’ve heard over the years, I am just super pumped to be in the tournament and to keep going.

“The conditions here suit my game style. The court is dead and it doesn’t bounce much. I am a seasoned campaigner and I have finally managed to be in a good position in my head, my body feels fine, and when I am confident, I am a dangerous player.”

He will face top seed Ali Farag for a place in the final after the Egyptian got the better of British No.1 Joel Makin in straight-games in front of a packed out crowd at the Wimbledon Club.



Makin had beaten Farag 3-0 the last time the two players met at the 2021 U.S. Open with a formidable performance. However, the tables were turned this time around as Farag played with his trademark elegance to win 11-9, 11-7, 11-3 as he continues his bid to win a first major PSA title on English soil.

Speaking about the chase for the men’s World No.1 spot, he said: “I am very grateful for the career I have had already, but as long I am here, this time I am breathing down his [Paul Coll’s] neck. So are so many great players, like Mohamed [ElShorbagy] who is the best player of our generation, you’ve got Diego [Elias], Marwan [ElShorbagy], Tarek [Momen], everyone is chasing that No.1 spot. I am just one of them, but I will do my best to get it back hopefully.”

The other semi-final will see Peru’s World No.6 Diego Elias take on World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy after they claimed respective wins over Egypt’s Mazen Hesham and Karim Abdel Gawad.



The last match of the day provided all of the drama and excitement as Elias was forced to save three match balls on his way to a thrilling five-game victory against the unorthodox Hesham.

2021 Qatar Classic champion Elias was forced to come from a game behind, before holding off a resurgent Hesham after he drew level in the fourth with a nail-biting finish as Elias delivered under pressure to prevail.

“When I was 10-7 down, anything could have happened. He goes for it and it could have been 11-7 and done within a second, or this,” said Elias.

“Everyone knows how much I hate playing Mazen. I am trying to change my game because sometimes it doesn’t work. This court is a bit cold, it bounces weird at times. I am very happy with the comeback and I am excited for tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, a top form ElShorbagy triumphed in the repeat of the 2019 final, when it was known as the Channel VAS Championships and hosted at the St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club.

In 2019 it was Gawad who reigned victorious in a five-game thriller, but there was no faulting ElShorbagy today as he hit all his targets and was too much for his old rival to handle as he comfortably took an 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 victory in 29 minutes.



“In two months, I will have been inside the top three for nine straight years, so to do this, I have done it over generations,” said ElShorbagy.

“I came up playing against [Thierry] Lincou, playing [Amr] Shabana, against Greg [Gaultier] and James [Willstrop]. Then I had to take some time out a few years later because [Karim Abdel] Gawad came up to me, and Ali [Farag] and my brother [Marwan ElShorbagy].

“Now I had to take some time out because Paul [Coll] stepped up and then [Mostafa] Asal. Different generations, different times, different speeds, and in order to keep up with these generations, you have to go back and tell yourself that you’re not good enough and you can’t keep up.

“You then go out and train and you can do better, you know. I wanted to do better, to do myself justice, and I am just really happy to get off in three.”

The semi-finals of the Optasia Championships take place tomorrow (March 10) at 19:00 (GMT) and will be shown live on  SQUASHTV .

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA World Tour on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube and TikTok.
 
ElShorbagy Leads Seeds into Optasia Championships Quarter Finals

Egypt’s World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy was in powerful form to put England’s George Parker to the sword in straight games to reach the quarter finals of the Optasia Championships taking place at the Wimbledon Club in London.



No.2 seed ElShorbagy, a former winner of the event when it was known as the Channel VAS Championships and hosted at the St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club in Weybridge, came flying out of the blocks to take out the World No.32 in just 29 minutes.

He has set up a thrilling last eight contest with former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad, who he lost in the final to in the 2019 instalment of the PSA World Tour Gold event.

“I’ve played a lot of the English players, I think I’ve played all of them now,” said ElShorbagy. “I’ve played George a couple of times now and we’ve actually trained together a few times. He’s a great player and I always told him he has great potential, but only when he’s interested to play.

“It’s a great court and a great venue and I’m so happy to be playing here. I love playing in England, it’s been a home for me since 2006. I always feel at home playing here and I look forward to playing in front of the English crowd for a few more days, hopefully.”

Gawad, meanwhile, was forced to hold off his compatriot Youssef Soliman in an entertaining four-game battle.

The last time the two players met was at the 2018-19 PSA World Championship when Soliman claimed a shock 3-2 victory. However, Gawad got his revenge, playing sharp squash and hitting his trademark stylish winners to take an 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9 victory in 70 minutes.



“Playing Youssef is always very tough,” said Gawad in his post-match interview. “Last time I played him in the World Championship I was 2-0 up and then lost 3-2, so I’ve very bad memories of him.

“He’s a complete player and very tough to play. He’s pushing up the rankings really well, so I had to really focus from the first game. I can’t have a slow start against Youssef, so I warmed up very well and focused. Luckily, in the last game, when he was 6-1 up, I managed to get back into the game and finish it in four.”

The other quarter final in the bottom half of the draw will see Peru’s Diego Elias take on Egypt’s Mazen Hesham.

Elias defeated spirited wildcard Joe Lee to get his tournament off to winning start in London. Despite being separated by 83 places in the PSA World Rankings, anyone watching would have been forgiven for being unsure who the higher ranked player was at the start, as Elias edged an evenly-contested first two games 11-9, 11-8 before closing out 11-4 in the third.

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fter the match, Elias said: “It’s a very dead court and Joe has a very good length game and the lobs he plays to the back are very accurate, so at the beginning it was hard because it was my first time playing on this court. But I’m very happy with the way it finished; I could play my shots and hit a way better length. I’m very happy with this and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Hesham is yet to take to the Wimbledon court after receiving a walkover in round two following the withdrawal of India’s Saurav Ghosal due to injury.

The quarter finals of the Optasia Championships take place from 17:30 local time (GMT) tomorrow (March 9) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV .

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA World Tour on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube and TikTok.
 
Mueller Upsets Marche to Reach Optasia Championships Quarter Finals

Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller made it back-to-back upsets at the Optasia Championships as he overcame World No.11 Gregoire Marche at the Wimbledon Club to book a place in his biggest quarter final since 2018.



World No.26 Mueller produced a sublime display to take out the higher-ranked Spaniard Iker Pajares Bernabeu in round one, and he was even better against Marche as he came back from a game down to secure his biggest win since beating former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad to reach the quarter finals of the 2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

Mueller showed impressive resolve to overcome a first-game defeat and played some superb winners over the course of the next two games to hold a 2-1 advantage. A strong start to the fourth game from the man from Switzerland saw Marche capitulate, and Mueller wrapped up the win by a 2-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 scoreline to reach the last eight.

“We go back roughly 20 years at least,” said Mueller.

“We have been playing all through juniors, I think when we first played we were 11 or 12, it’s still the same difference in height. But he’s become a much better player in the last couple of years and has been playing very well. I don’t know how I won that, I think for the first one and a half games he played at another level and I had to dig deep to win, that second was crucial to get some confidence to win it.

“He’s No.11 in the world, so the pressure was on him. I played well yesterday and got some confidence and when I’m confident, I think I’m a dangerous person to play.”

Mueller will take on World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy for a place in the semi finals after ElShorbagy’s opponent - former World No.1 James Willstrop - pulled out of tonight’s fixture due to injury.



Top seed Ali Farag kicked off his title challenge with a 3-0 triumph over fellow Egyptian Mohamed ElSherbini.

Farag, a two-time runner-up at this event, which was previously known as the Channel VAS Championships, was on fine form, sealing an 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 victory in 32 minutes to set up a quarter final clash with Welshman Joel Makin.

“The venue is special and different and we enjoy that,” said Farag, who is aiming to win his first PSA title in England this week.

“In our careers we rarely go to new places, so it’s exciting in front of you guys [the spectators] and it’s definitely exciting for us players.”

Makin, the World No.8, got under way with a 3-1 win over Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng, winning by an 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 scoreline in the longest match of the tournament so far at 60 minutes.

Makin will now take on Farag for the fourth time on the PSA World Tour. Makin won their most recent match, which saw him put on a masterclass to nullify Farag in a 3-0 win at October’s U.S. Open.



"That was tough today,” said Makin.

“He’s so skilful and quick around the front, and if you take him in without too much pace or running it in tight, he’s quick onto it and he has a lot of options. You really need to get your tactics right on there and it’s a difficult thing to do, but it’s a good quality match I thought.”

An injury will also cut tomorrow’s second round fixtures short, with India’s Saurav Ghosal withdrawing from his match against Egypt’s Mazen Hesham, meaning there will be just three matches in store at the Wimbledon Club.

The Optasia Championships second round continues tomorrow (March 8) and play begins at 14:00 (GMT-6). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV .

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA World Tour on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube and TikTok.
 
Wildcard Lee Reaches Second Round as Optasia Championships Gets Under Way

Wildcard Joe Lee secured his place in the second round of the Optasia Championships after claiming victory over Mexico’s Cesar Salazar as the PSA World Tour Gold event got under way today.



Formerly known as the Channel VAS Championships, the Optasia Championships this year has seen the event relocate from the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club, where it had been held since 2015 to the Wimbledon Club in London.

World No.89 Lee, who picked up three PSA Challenger Tour titles in 2021, will face 2021 Qatar Classic champion Diego Elias in the next round after he overcame Salazar, with the Mexican forced to retire due to injury.

London-born Lee got off to a strong start, testing the movement of the Mexican from the very first point to grind out a tough first game. That signalled the beginning of the end for Salazar though with his lack of movement fully exposed in the second as Lee doubled his lead before Salazar was forced to retire before the start of the third game.

“It was just a bit of a mental challenge as I knew he wasn’t moving as well as he usually does,” admitted Lee afterwards. “He still played pretty constructively in that first game. I managed to do enough and then found what I needed to do in the second. It would have been nice to have a go at him at 100%, but I’ll take the win.

“I feel like I’m ready to start playing at this level again, maybe even beyond what I was before my injury. This is great opportunity for me and things have gone my way today and I have another great opportunity in a couple of days.”

Lee will be joined by compatriots James Willstrop and George Parker in the second round after they claimed respective wins over Germany’s Raphael Kandra and Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy.

Former World No.1 Willstrop put on a display befitting of his ‘Marksman” nickname to defeat Germany’s Raphael Kandra in straight-games.



The 38-year-old Yorkshireman was on fire throughout the 35-minute fixture and there was very little Kandra could do to fight back against Willstrop’s brilliance as he secured a second round meeting with Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy.

Meanwhile, Parker made the most of his late call-up into the tournament, following the withdrawal of Baptiste Masotti, as he came from a game down to set up a round two clash with 2017 champion Mohamed ElShorbagy.

“It’s a weird one [being called up late into the draw], it’s sort of less pressure in a way,” said Parker following his win.



“I didn’t expect much today, I just got the call up yesterday and I’m happy to be in and playing. I got back from America last Saturday and it’s just good to be back and playing after Covid.”

There will be no other English players in the second round after Patrick Rooney and Adrian Waller both saw their tournaments come to an early end as they lost out to India’s Saurav Ghosal and Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng, respectively.

Ghosal was in spellbinding form as he comfortably moved past a lacklustre Rooney in straight-games, while Eain Yow was forced to come from behind to defeat Waller. They will face Egypt’s Mazen Hesham and Wales’ Joel Makin respectively in the second round.

Elsewhere, another upset came in the form of Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller after he defeated the in-form Iker Pajares of Spain in four games.

Pajares recently recorded his best result to date at a Platinum event as he reached the quarter finals of Chicago’s Windy City Open. However, the Spaniard fell victim to a brilliant display of attacking squash from Mueller, who held the ball well and played his angles to set up a next round fixture with France’s No.7 seed Gregoire Marche.

"I was playing very well in the first two and a half games, I had a big lead in the third but then I thought about winning the game instead of focusing on what I was doing,” Mueller said.

“Iker had a few big rallies, he won those and got some confidence. I was very happy to get a good start in the fourth, I wanted to make sure the lead was big enough so he couldn’t come back again.”

Egypt’s Youssef Soliman and Mohamed ElSherbini were the other winners on the first day of action after Soliman completed a dominant victory over France’s Lucas Serme, while ElSherbini held off a comeback from USA No.1 Shahjahan Khan to set up a last 16 clash with World Champion Ali Farag tomorrow.

Round two of the Optasia Championships will be shown live on SQUASHTV tomorrow (March 7) when the likes of top seeds Ali Farag and Marwan ElShorbagy begin their tournaments.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA World Tour on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube and TikTok.
 
World No.1 Farag Headlines Optasia Championships Draw



World No.1 Ali Farag will headline the draw for the Optasia Championships, which will take place at the Wimbledon Club in London, England between Sunday March 6 - Friday March 11.

Formerly known as the Channel VAS Championships, the Optasia Championships is a PSA World Tour Gold event, which offers up $109,000 in total player prize compensation. This year sees the event relocate from the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club, where it had been held since 2015.

Farag, a two-time runner-up in both 2017 and 2018, has been seeded first for the event, which boasts a top-class draw featuring six of the world’s top 10 players, including three former and current World Champions, with Farag joined by Mohamed ElShorbagy and Karim Abdel Gawad in the draw.

The 29-year-old has won three PSA titles already this season and receives a bye into the second round, where he will face either fellow Egyptian Mohamed ElSherbini or USA’s Shahjahan Khan.

Farag is seeded to meet No.4 seed Marwan ElShorbagy in the last four, while Marwan’s older brother - World No.3 Mohamed - is seeded second for the event. Mohamed won the Channel VAS Championships in 2017 - beating Farag in the final - and the former World No.1 will look to win his first PSA event since May, 2021.

ElShorbagy has a tricky path to the final, which includes 2019 champion Gawad and Peruvian World No.6 Diego Elias.

England’s Joe Lee has been named as the wildcard for the event. The 32-year-old will take on Frenchman Baptiste Masotti in the opening round and the winner of that clash will go up against Elias in the last 16.

2022 Optasia Championships: First Round Draw
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) [bye]
Shahjahan Khan (USA) v [9/16] Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
[5] Joel Makin (WAL) [bye]
[7] Gregoire Marche (FRA) [bye]
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [9/16] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER v James Willstrop (ENG)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
[3] Diego Elias (PER) [bye]
[WC] Joe Lee (ENG) v [9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Patrick Rooney (ENG)
[6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) [bye]
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) [bye]
Lucas Serme (FRA) v [9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[9/16] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]

The Optasia Championships will be shown live on SQUASHTV. For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA World Tour on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube and TikTok.