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Oregon Open 2016










Round One








Oregon Open 2016
03 -06 Feb
Portland, USA, $15k
Round One
04 Feb
05 Feb
(1) Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
11-6, 11-4, 11-5
[Q] Addeen Idrakie (MAS)
Omar Abdel Meguid
11-9, 6-11, 11-1, 11-7
Arturo Salazar
Omar Abdel Meguid
7/11, 11/8, 11/8, 14/12
Raphael Kandra
Omar Abdel Meguid
3/11, 11/5, 8/11, 11/5, 11/7
Karim Ali Fath
Sam Gould
11-5, 11-6, 11-8
(7) Arturo Salazar (MEX)
(6) Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
11-3, 11-8, 11-6
Joe Chapman (IVB)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi
10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7
Raphael Kandra
Shahjahan Khan (PAK)
11-8, 11-8, 11-9
(3) Raphael Kandra (GER)
[4] Todd Harrity (USA)
11-5, 11-5, 11-3
[Q] Valentino Bong (MAS)
Todd Harrity
11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4
Vikram Malhotra
Vikram Malhotra
7/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5
Karim Ali Fath
(5) Christopher Gordon (USA)
11-5, 5-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6
[Q] Vikram Malhotra (IND)
[8] Eric Galvez (MEX)
11-4, 11-5, 11-3
[Q] Matias Tuomi (FIN)
Eric Galvez
12-10, 11-6, 11-5
 Karim Ali Fath
[LL] Julian Illingworth (USA)
11-5, 11-4, 11-4
(2) Karim Ali Fath (EGY)


Results – Final Qualifying Round:
[5] Valentino Bong (MAS) bt [4] Julian Illingworth (USA) 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 (50m)
Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (30m)
[2] Matias Tuomi (FIN) bt [8] Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-1: 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5 (55m)
[1] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) bt [7] Charlie Johnson (USA) 3-2: 8-11, 2-11, 11-7, 16-14, 11-7 (124m)


Final Semi Finals Quarter Finals


Meguid Takes Oregon Open Title

27-year-old Omar Abdel Meguid emerged victorious in a thrilling five-game encounter with compatriot Karim Ali Fathi in the final of the 2016 Oregon Open to secure the PSA M15 crown and his second consecutive PSA World Tour title.

The towering World No.33 booked his place in the final after a gruelling 90-minute semi-final battle with Raphael Kandra and he looked to be feeling the effects of that encounter as he got off to a laboured start against 22-year-old Fathi, who raced into an early 5-0 lead in the first game before converting 11-3 to make the first dent in the scoreboard.

Meguid quickly levelled the match however, playing with renewed vigour and power to dominate the second game before the match swung back in favour of Fathi once again as he edged a tense and physically punishing third game which was dominated by lengthy, lung-bursting rallies.

Meguid once again upped his levels to reverse momentum in the fourth and force a decisive fifth game where he showed his class and dexterity to record a series of sublime winners when tied at 5-5 to pull away from Fathi and secure the match and the championship 3-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7.
Malhotra Motors Past Us Challengers In Oregon Open

Competing in just his eighth PSA World Tour tournament Indian World No.152 Vikram Malhotra has scythed his way through the competition at the 2016 Oregon Open, to reach the semi-finals of the PSA M15 event.

The man from Mumbai, who is now based in Hartford, Connecticut, stunned onlookers in December when he stormed to the title at the Betty Griffin Memorial in December, and picked up from where he left of before the Christmas break as he came through qualification before downing America’s top two ranked players, Christopher Gordon (right) and Todd Harrity, to make the last four.

Malhotra came through a tough five-game encounter with Gordon in round once and followed that up with an impressive 3-1 win over Harrity – who is ranked almost 100 places above him on the World Rankings.

Second seeded Karim Ali Fathi will be facing Malhotra in the semi-final thanks to a routine win over Eric Galvez. The first game was a tricky 12-10 win, but the next two games were comfortable for the Egyptian while top seeded compatriot Omar Abdel Meguid fought off the challenge of Arturo Salazar to book his place in the final four.

Looking to eliminate Meguid will be Raphael Kandra. The German was two games down before mounting an impressive comeback to defeat Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi 3-2. Kandra will be confident of causing an upset, but the question remains as to how much energy the quarter-final will have sapped from his legs.
Last Year's Runner-up Meguid Leads Oregon Open Draw


The main draw of the Oregon Open, PSA M15 event gets off to a start on Wednesday February 3 with Egyptian World No.33 Omer Abdel Meguid heading a highly competitive draw in Portland, United States.

Meguid, who last out to Ryan Cuskelly in last year's final, enters the tournament full of confidence after his recent fine form and is looking for a second successive PSA World Tour title after triumphing in December’s Qatar Circuit II to bring his PSA World Tour title tally into double figures.

The 27-year-old has been outside of the world’s top 30 players since October 2015 but a good performance in Portland could give him the impetus he needs to break that barrier again.

Giza-born Meguid will line up against Malaysia’s Addeen Idrakie in the opening round and will look to take advantage of Idrakie’s tired legs after he came through a gruelling 124-minute marathon against Charlie Johnson to book his place in the main draw.

Karim Ali Fathi is without a PSA World Tour title since 2014 but two semi-final finishes towards the end of last year is sure to leave him in good stead for his first PSA World Tour event of 2016.

The 22-year-old meets local favourite Julian Illingworth in the first round. Illingworth originally lost to Valentino Bong in the final qualifying stage but an injury to Shaun Le Roux means that Illingworth will take his place in the main draw.

Germany’s Raphael Kandra had a superb 2015 in which he captured three PSA World Tour titles and he started this year off in style, winning the Bankers Hall Club Pro Am at his last event.

Kandra is one of the heavy title favourites and will need to advance beyond Pakistan’s Shahjahan Khan in his opening fixture if he is to live up to those expectations.

Flying the American flag is Todd Harrity who, in recent months, has emerged as his country’s leading player. The Bryn Mawr native impressed in the latter stages of last year and claimed a runner-up spot at the President Gold Cup International Squash Tournament back in November. He failed to make it out of the qualifying stages of the recent Motor City Open but will be hoping that he can use the fervent support of his home crowd to cheer him on to victory in Portland. Bong awaits Harrity in round one.

Bong And Idrakie Take Out Home Players In Oregon Open Qualifying


Malaysian duo Valentino Bong and Addeen Idrakie overcame United States pair Julian Illingworth and Charlie Johnson, respectively on American soil to advance to the main draw of the Oregon Open, PSA M15 tournament.

Bong, who also dashed home hopes in the opening round of qualifying when he defeated Nicolas Talbott, took on local star Illingworth in a high-octane opening to the match that saw both players tied up at a game apiece. From that point on though, mistakes started to creep in to Illingworth’s game and Bong took full advantage with some stylish winners allowing him to complete the victory with an 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 scoreline. Illingworth has benefitted from an injury to main draw player Shaun Le Roux though and will take his place in the next round against second seed Karim Ali Fathi.

He will go up against a third consecutive United States player in the first round of the main draw, the nation’s number one player Todd Harrity, in what looks set to be a difficult encounter for the 26-year-old.

Idrakie’s clash with Johnson, meanwhile, was a mammoth 124-minute affair that saw both combatants partake in a series of energy-sapping rallies. After falling to a 2-0 deficit, Idrakie roared back with a performance that showcased his impressive mental fortitude to take three games without reply, including a brutal 16-14 triumph in the fourth. The World No.125 is rewarded with a tie against the main draw’s top seed, Omar Abdel Meguid, who is searching for a second successive PSA World Tour title.

Finland’s Matias Tuomi has also secured his place in the next round after beating Sean Conroy 3-1 and he moves on to face Eric Galvez for a place in the main draw’s quarter-final.

Elsewhere, Indian 26-year-old Vikram Malhotra followed up his impressive dismantling of Sunny Seth in the first round of qualifying to down Faraz Khan in straight games. Malhotra, who won the Betty Griffin Memorial Florida Open on his most recent PSA World Tour appearance, will kick off his main draw campaign against Christopher Gordon.