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Monte-Carlo Classic 2014

Monte-Carlo Classic 2013
3-7 Nov, Monaco, $25k
Round One
4 Nov
5 Nov
6 Nov
7 Nov
[1] Camille Serme (Fra)
11/3, 11/9, 11/8 (33m)
Samantha Cornett (Can)
Camille Serme
4/11 11/7 10/12 11/6 11/8 (75m)
Habiba Mohamed
Habiba Mohamed
11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (36m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Omneya Abdel Kawy
15-13, 10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 (73m)
Nouran Gohar
[5] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (33m)
Habiba Mohamed Ahmed (Egy)
[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/6, 11/6, 11/3 (18m)
[Q] Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
5/11 11/6 11/4 11/13 11/2 (51m)
Mariam Metwally
[7] Line Hansen (Den)
11/4 11/6 11/5 (37m)
[Q] Mariam Metwally (Egy)
[8] Nouran Gohar (Egy)
11/9, 11/7, 11/9 (38m)
[Q] Coline Aumard (Fra)
Nouran Gohar
11/2 12/10 15/13 (44m)
Madeline Perry

Nouran Gohar
9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-2 (70m)
Dipika Pallikal
[3] Madeline Perry (Irl)
9/11, 11/2, 11/2, 11/7 (40m)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
[6] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
8/11, 12/10, 7/11, 11/2, 11/5 (60m)
Aisling Blake (Irl)
Aisling Blake
11/5 11/4 11/2 (24m)
Dipika Pallikal
[2] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/2, 11/6, 13/11 (36m)
Tesni Evans (Wal)

RESULTS: Monte Carlo Classic, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Images courtesy of Christian Billard

Gohar Grabs Monte Carlo Jackpot

Egyptian teenager Nouran Gohar grabbed the biggest title of her life - and maintained her unbeaten record in WSA World Tour finals - when she upset experienced compatriot and former champion Omneya Abdel Kawy in the final of the Women's Monte Carlo Classic at Stade Louis II in Monaco.

The 19th staging of the WSA Silver 25 squash event produced its first all-Egyptian final - and one of the longest.

Fourth seed Abdel Kawy, the world No11 and champion in 2010, was unable to convert four game balls in the opening game as underdog Gohar, the 17-year-old world No22, took an early lead.

The second again went to a tie-break, but this time Abdel Kawy prevailed to draw level.

After the next two games were shared, the capacity crowd was treated to a dramatic decider. Eighth seed Gohar reached match ball at 10-6 - but Abdel Kawy (pictured above, left, with Gohar) took the next three points in a row to reduce the deficit before Gohar converted her fourth chance to win the title for the first time after 73 minutes.

"Because we know each other's games, and as Omneya has got very good experience in this kind of match, I tried to change my game and put her under pressure," said Cairo-based Gohar after her 15-13, 10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 triumph.

"I like this tournament - especially now that I have won my first big title here!"

The Monte Carlo success marks the third WSA Tour title of Gohar's career.

Abdel Kawy & Gohar To Contest All-Egyptian Monte Carlo Final

Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nouran Gohar will battle for the Women's Monte Carlo Classic title at Stade Louis II in Monaco in the first all-Egyptian final in the 19-year history of the WSA Silver 25 event.

Eighth seed Gohar, the 17-year-old world No22 from Cairo who reached last year's semi-finals as a qualifier, produced her second upset in 24 hours when she beat second-seeded Indian Dipika Pallikal.

The world No16 from Chennai led 2/0 and looked on course to become the event's first Indian finalist.

But plucky teenager Gohar (pictured above, left, with Pallikal) was in no mood to concede - and took the next three games in convincing style to overcome Pallikal 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-2 in 70 minutes.

The win marked Gohar's fifth victory over a world top 20 player in the last two months.

"It was my first match against Dipika - she is very difficult to play because she plays such good shots and is also deceptive on the court," said Gohar, now in the third WSA World Tour final of her career.

"I like playing here - it's the only tournament I have played three times. I love the atmosphere here."

By contrast, experienced world No11 Abdel Kawy achieved her semi-final win in half the time. The No4 seed ended the impressive run of compatriot Habiba Mohamed Ahmed, the unseeded 15-year-old who ousted top seed and defending champion Camille Serme 24 hours earlier.

Egyptian Youngsters Maintain Monte Carlo Mayhem

Egyptian-led upsets continued to dominate proceedings in the 19th edition of the Women's Monte Carlo Classic as teenagers Habiba Mohamed Ahmed and Nouran Gohar ousted experienced opponents to secure surprise semi-final berths in the WSA Silver 25 event at Stade Louis II in Monaco.

Unseeded Ahmed, a 15-year-old from Alexandria, masterminded her second shock win over world No6 Camille Serme in three months when she twice fought from behind to topple the top seed from France 4-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8 in 75 minutes.

Ahmed's mighty win guarantees Egyptian interest in the final for the first time for four years as the new world No24 (pictured above, left, with Serme) now faces compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy, the winner of the title in 2010.

Fourth seed Kawy stopped another teenage upset when she prevailed 5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-13, 11-2 over 17-year-old Alexandria-born qualifier Mariam Metwally.

Gohar denied WSA veteran Madeline Perry the chance of a fourth appearance in the final when she beat the 37-year-old third seed from Belfast 11-2, 12-10, 15-13. Former world No3 Perry was runner-up in 2005, 2009 and 2012.

Gohar, the 17-year-old world No22 from Cairo (pictured above, right, with Perry), now takes on Dipika Pallikal, the second seed who is bidding to become the first Indian to reach the final.

The world No16 from Chennai made it a bad night for Ireland when she defeated Perry's international team-mate Aisling Blake, the world No37 from Sligo, 11-5, 11-4, 11-2.

Egyptian Teenagers Triumph In Monte Carlo

Egyptian teenagers Habiba Mohamed Ahmed and Mariam Metwally defied the seedings in the Women's Monte Carlo Classic by claiming unexpected places in the quarter-finals of the WSA Silver 25 event in its 19th year at Stade Louis II in Monaco.

Ahmed, at 15, the youngest player in the draw, despatched England's experienced No5 seed Sarah Kippax - a semi-finalist in 2011 - 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 in 33 minutes.

The youngster from Alexandria (pictured above with Kippax), who is making her debut in the event after celebrating a career-high world No24 ranking this month, now takes on top seed Camille Serme.

The world No6 from Creteil in France successfully began the defence of her title by beating Canada's Samantha Cornett 11-3, 11-9, 11-8.

Metwally, a 17-year-old qualifier also from Alexandria, also removed a former event semi-finalist when she defeated Denmark's seventh seed Line Hansen 11-4, 11-6, 11-5.

Currently boasting a career-best world ranking of 52 and also a Monte Carlo Classic debutante, Metwally (pictured above with Hansen) now lines up against fellow Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy.

The 29-year-old fourth seed from Cairo - who made her debut in the 2001 championship and clinched the title in 2010 - brushed aside New Zealand qualifier Amanda Landers-Murphy 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 in just 18 minutes.

WSA veteran Aisling Blake also added her name to the list of surprise quartet-finalists when she battled to an hour-long upset over Guyana's No6 seed Nicolette Fernandes, winning 8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5.

The 33-year-old former world No21 from Sligo (pictured above, left, with Fernandes) joins compatriot Madeline Perry in the last eight when she takes on second seed Dipika Pallikal - the Indian star who ousted top-ranked Welsh opponent Tesni Evans 11-2, 11-6, 13-11.




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