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Gauteng Open 2016







Assore Central Gauteng Open 2016
Men's Draw
18-23 Apr
Johannesburg, South Africa, $5k
Round Two
20 Apr
21 Apr
22 Apr
23 Apr
[1] Shehab Essam (EGY)
11-6, 11-1, 11-6 (27m)
[Q] Craig van der Wath (RSA)
Shehab Essam
11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9
Jean-Pierre Brits
Shehab Essam
5-11, 2-11, 4-11
Leandro Romiglio
Leandro Romiglio
9/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/4, 20/18
Aqeel Rehman
Gareth Naidoo (RSA)
11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (35m)
[7] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA)
[8] Christo Potgieter (RSA)
7-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-8 (58m)
[L] Devon Hendrikse (RSA)
Devon Hendrikse
4-11, 8-11, 11-5, 5-11
Leandro Romiglio
[Q] Zuko Kubukeli (RSA)
11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (35m)
[3] Leandro Romiglio (ARG)
Ahmed Effat Ashoush (EGY)
11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 17-15 (60m)
[L] Andrew Martin (RSA)
Ahmed Effat Ashoush
11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11,
Dylan Groenewald
Dylan Groenewald
7-11, 3-11, 6-11
Aqeel Rehman
[Q] Dylan Groenewald (RSA)
7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (47m)
[5] Mark Broekman (ENG)
Vincent Droesbeke (FRA)
11-7, 11-7, 14-12 (45m)
SeungYong Yoo (KOR)
Vincent Droesbeke
16-14, 4-11, 11-5, 7-11, 6-11
Aqeel Rehman
Hesham Mohamed Aly (EGY)
11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4 (44m)
[2] Aqeel Rehman (AUT)


Results – First Round: Men’s Assore Central Gauteng Open 2016
[1] Shehab Essam (EGY) bt Ruan Olivier (RSA) 3-1:
7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (44m)
[Q] Craig van der Wath (RSA) bt Andrew Forrest (NAM) 3-0:
11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (28m)
Gareth Naidoo (RSA) bt [WC] Kyle Maree (RSA) 3-2: 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 2-11, 12-10 (62m)
[7] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) bt [Q] Makoshonke Ntuli (RSA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 (24m)
[8] Christo Potgieter (RSA) bt Ahmed Al Kiremli (IRQ) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (29m)
[L] Devon Hendrikse (RSA) bt [L] Wayne Sithole (RSA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-1 (22m)
[Q] Zuko Kubukeli (RSA) bt Moses Durosinmi (NGR) 3-2: 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 (51m)
[3] Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bt Adewale Amao (NGR) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)
Ahmed Effat Ashoush (EGY) bt [4] Matthew Serediak (CAN) 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9 (61m)
[L] Andrew Martin (RSA) bt [Q] Garren Kent (RSA) 3-1: 10-12, 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 (26m)
[Q] Dylan Groenewald (RSA) W/O
[5] Mark Broekman (ENG) bt Ahmad Al-Mudhaf (KUW) 3-0: 11-1, 11-5, 11-4 (30m)
Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt [6] Ben Coates (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 (22m)
SeungYong Yoo (KOR) bt [Q] Jarryd Carter (RSA) 3-1: 11-5, 13-11, 5-11, 11-8 (38m)
Hesham Mohamed Aly (EGY) bt [Q] Callan Hall (RSA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-0, 11-1 (24m)
[2] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) bt [Q] Zwelake Makgalemele (RSA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 (21m)

Results – Final Qualifying Round: Men’s Assore Central Gauteng Open 2016

[L] Zuko Kubukeli (RSA) bt [L] Ray Diamini (RSA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-6
[L] Craig van der Wath (RSA) bt [L] Brad Lodge (RSA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-5
[L] Dylan Groenewald (RSA) bt [L] Cyal Eigenmann (RSA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-4
[L] Jarryd Carter (RSA) bt [L] Mike Veliades (RSA) 3-1: 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-2
[L] Garren Kent (RSA) bt [L] Jason Byrne (RSA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 12-10
[L] Zwelake Makgalemele (RSA) bt [L] Mikael Clayton (RSA) 3-2: 11-6, 11-2, 6-11, 4-11, 11-5
[L] Callan Hall (RSA) bt [L] Grant Woodward (RSA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-7
[L] Makoshonke Ntuli (RSA) bt [L] Zandre Botha (RSA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-5


Assore Central Gauteng Open 2016
Women's Draw
18-23 Apr
Johannesburg, South Africa $5k
Round One
20 Apr
21 Apr
22 Apr
23 Apr
[1] Cheyna Tucker (RSA)
11-4, 11-2, 11-4 (22m)
Kacey-Leigh Dodd (RSA)
Cheyna Tucker
6-11, 6-11, 6-11
Rowan Elaraby
Rowan Elaraby
11-3, 11-3
Lume Landman
Rowan Elaraby
11/7, 11/5, 11/9
Milnay Louw
[5] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
11-2, 11-0, 11-3 (18m)
[Q] Robyn Boy (RSA)
[6] Yemisi Olatunji (NGR)
11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (18m)
Michelle Kohne (RSA
Yemisi Olatunji
1-11, 10-12, 12-14
Lume Landman
[4] Lume Landman (RSA)
5-11, 11-3, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8 (43m)
Alexa Pienaar (RSA)
[3] Elani Landman (RSA)
11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (22m)
[Q] Cassey Preece (RSA)
Elani Landman
11-1, 11-6, 12-10
Angie Clifton-Parks
Elani Landman
10-12, 4-11, 6-11
Milnay Louw
Angie Clifton-Parks (RSA)
11-4, 11-1, 11-5 (20m)
Sibongile Seroto (RSA)
Makgosi Peloakgosi (RSA)
11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 (39m)
[Q] Megan Page (RSA)
Makgosi Peloakgosi
2-11, 4-11, 5-11
Milnay Louw
[2] Milnay Louw (RSA)
11-1, 11-1, 11-3 (21m)
[Q] Mariska Wiese (RSA)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Women’s Assore Central Gauteng Open 2016
[L] Megan Page (RSA) bt [L] Nono Sekhoto (RSA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-7
[L] Mariska Wiese (RSA) bt [L] Cathy Botma (RSA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
[L] Robyn Boy (RSA) bt [L] Panashe Sithole (RSA) W/O
[L] Casey Preece (RSA) bt [L] Pam Lerm (RSA) 3-0: 12-10, 13-11, 11-4



Seeds To Compete On Home Soil In Women’s Last Eight


The top four seeds in the Women’s Assore Central Gauteng Open, PSA W5 tournament all swept through to the quarter-final stage, with title favourite Cheyna Tucker leading the charge in Johannesburg.

World No.69 Tucker came up against fellow South African Kacey-Leigh Dodd in her first round fixture and made short work of her opponent, surging to an 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 triumph to seal her last eight berth.

Up next for Tucker is a meeting with Rowan Elaraby, the 15-year-old Egyptian who is appearing at her first ever PSA World Tour event, after she defeated Robyn Boy.

Second seed Milnay Louw, meanwhile, also moved into the next round with a comfortable victory over Mariska Wiese, as she dropped just five points throughout the whole match to canter to the win. Makgosi Peloakgosi will go up against Louw for a place in the semi-final after she beat Megan Page 3-1.

Elsewhere, Elani Landman blitzed past Casey Preece to set up a tie against Angie Clifton-Parks, with Clifton-Parks only requiring three games to dispatch Bongi Seroto.

Lume Landman, who is the twin of Elani, battled to a dramatic 3-2 win against fellow South African Alexa Pienaar and her reward is a quarter-final fixture with Yemisi Olatunji.
Essam Eases Through To Quarters


Top seed Shehab Essam had no problems progressing to the quarter-final stage of the Assore Central Gauteng Open, PSA M5 tournament after storming to victory over South African qualifier Craig van der Wath in round two in Johannesburg.

The World No.93 played at an extremely high pace throughout the 27-minute encounter and gave van der Wath no time on the ball as he duly romped to the win with an 11-6, 11-1, 11-6 scoreline.

Essam will face local hero Jean-Pierre Brits for a place in the semi-final after seventh seed Brits dispatched compatriot Gareth Naidoo in straight games.

Elsewhere, Egypt’s Ahmed Effat Ashoush followed up his superb opening round upset against Matthew Serediak with another hard-fought 3-2 triumph, this time against Andrew Martin. The lead changed hands multiple times during a high-octane and highly charged affair and Ashoush prevailed 17-15 in a gladiatorial deciding game to set up a quarter-final clash with Dylan Groenewald, who defeated England’s Mark Broekman in four.

“I am very happy to be through to the next round,” said Ashoush.

“I am pleased with my performances so far and have won two very hard matches in the fifth. I am really looking forward to the match tomorrow against the youngster Dylan Groenewald from South Africa, who had a very good win against Mark”.

Number two seed Aqeel Rehman has also advanced to the last eight thanks to a victory over Hesham Mohamed Aly and he will be pitted against Vincent Droesbeke, with the Frenchman celebrating a 3-0 win against South Korea’s SeungYong Yoo.

Leandro Romiglio of Argentina and local player Devon Hendrikse will face off in the other quarter-final fixture after they achieved respective wins against South African opponents Zuko Kubukeli and Christo Potgieter.
Ashoush Axes Serediak In Gauteng Open


Round one of the 2016 Assore Central Gauteng Open, PSA M5 tournament saw Egypt’s Ahmed Effat Ashoush come up with the day’s big upset after he stunned number four seed Matthew Serediak in five games to reach the next round.

Ashoush maintained a steady length throughout the 61-minute encounter and kept the ball extremely tight. Serediak responded by trying to go for early winners, which initially paid dividends after he built up a 2-1 lead, but a number of unforced errors in the fourth and fifth games saw him drop a multitude of points and Ashoush managed to see out the win with an 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9 margin of victory to seal his place in round two.

The World No.266 is set to face local player Andrew Martin in the next round after the South African dispatched qualifier Garren Kent in four.

England’s Ben Coates was another of the seeded players to succumb to a lower-ranked opponent after he was outplayed by Vincent Droesbeke. The Frenchman is ranked 183 places below his opponent in the World Rankings but blew that gap wide open as he stormed to a 3-0 triumph.

Elsewhere, top seed Shehab Essam secured his place in the next round after recovering from a game down against Ruan Olivier to set up a second round clash with Craig van der Wath, who saw off Namibia’s Andrew Forrest, while Aqeel Rehman defeated Zwelake Makgalemele to ensure he will face Hesham Mohamed Aly in the next round thanks to his win over Callan Hall.

Leandro Romiglio is also through to round two, courtesy of a straightforward 3-0 victory against Adewale Amao. Zuko Kubukeli will go up against Romiglio for a place in the last eight after he overcame Moses Durosinmi.
Essam And Tucker Headline Gauteng Open Main Draws


The main draws of the Assore Central Gauteng Open, PSA M5 & W5 tournaments see Shehab Essam and Cheyna Tucker, respectively, named the top seeds, with the Men’s draw beginning on Monday April 18 and the Women’s event getting under way a day later.

Essam lifted his maiden PSA World Tour title three months ago at the Savcor Finnish Open and has appeared at just one tournament since then, which resulted in a first round defeat against Mohamed Reda in the Qatar Circuit III.

The World No.93 has established himself as a bonafide top 100 player in recent months and the 20-year-old will be hoping to add this title to a burgeoning career.

Home player Ruan Olivier will stand between Essam and a place in round two as he looks to make a winning start to his campaign.

Austria’s Aqeel Rehman is seeded to meet Essam in the final and the 30-year-old is on the hunt for a first PSA World Tour title since 2014 where he prevailed at the Caldense International Squash Championship.

Rehman, whose last final appearance was at the Pilatus Cup last year, achieved a quarter-final finish at the Austrian Open a fortnight ago and will be looking to go up a gear in Johannesburg. Rehman gets his tournament off to a start against Zwelake Makgalemele.

World No.114 Leandro Romiglio is also in the battle for honours in South Africa and gets his title ambitions under way against Nigeria’s Adewale Amao.

Romiglio, a 2015 PanAmerican Games semi-finalist, has a solitary PSA World Tour title to his name at present with victory in September’s BDO Northfield Cup but he has been through some mixed form since then, with three successive first round defeats leading up to this tournament. However, Romiglio is a talented player and could be a dark horse for the title if he plays to his full potential.

Canada’s Matthew Serediak is seeded fourth and will be doing his utmost to make an impact in the latter stages. The World No.139 has only made it to the quarter-final stage or beyond in one of his last 21 PSA World Tour events, but the 31-year-old’s experience could see him make a surprise title charge this time around. Serediak will take on Egypt’s Ahmed Effat Ashoush in the first round.

In the Women’s event, Tucker will be aiming to improve on the semi-final finish she managed here last year as she tops a competitive draw.

The World No.69 was unlucky to lose out in five to fellow South African Alexandra Fuller in the last four in 2015 but is seeded first as she gears up for an assault on the crown on home soil and she will line up against compatriot Kacey-Leigh Dodd.

Like Tucker, last year’s quarter-finalist Milnay Louw will be hoping for greater things as she looks to rediscover the kind of form that took her to a series of semi-final and quarter-final finishes last year.

Louw is guaranteed to meet a South African in every round up until the final, if she makes it that far, with Mariska Wiese set to be her first opponent.
Local Quartet Through To Women’s Gauteng Open Main Draw


There will be plenty of local participation in the main draw of the Women’s Assore Central Gauteng Open, PSA W5 tournament, with all but two of the main draw spots being taken up by South Africans after four local players progressed past qualifying.

Megan Page soared through to round one of the main draw after taking out Nono Sekhoto in straight games. She powered to a one game lead for the loss of just two points and followed that up with commanding wins in games two and three to wrap up an 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 triumph.

Page will go up against compatriot Makgosi Peloakgosi next with an all-South African quarter-final clash against either Milnay Louw or Mariska Wiese potentially on the cards.

Casey Preece will join her fellow South Africans in the main draw after she managed a hard-fought 3-0 triumph against Pam Lerm. Preece prevailed in the opening two games thanks to tie-break wins and she maintained her performance into the third to take the victory in three and set up a main draw showdown with number three seed Elani Landman.

Elsewhere, Wiese dispatched Cathy Botma without dropping a game and is rewarded with a difficult first round encounter with second seed Louw.

Robyn Boy was the other qualifier to advance to the main draw thanks to a walkover against Panashe Sithole and she will play Rowan Elaraby.
Gauteng Open Qualifying Ends In Johannesburg


The final qualifying round of the Men’s Assore Central Gauteng Open, PSA M5 tournament saw a number of local players battle through to secure their main draw participation in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Zuko Kubukeli came up against Ray Diamini in his match and surged through to victory in straight games, with an 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 scoreline enough to see him advance to the main draw.

Kubukeli will go up against Moses Durosinmi for a place in round two as he looks to continue his fine progress so far.

Makoshonke Ntuli is also through to the next round thanks to his 3-0 win over Zandre Botha. Despite the 3-0 scoreline, the win wasn’t a straightforward one, with a tie-break victory in game one and a narrow triumph in game two only just separating the two South African’s. Ntuli went up a gear in the third though and cantered to victory in that game to record the victory and set up a main draw clash with seventh seed Jean-Pierre Brits.

Elsewhere, Craig van der Wath, Dylan Groenewald and Jarryd Carter all sealed their main draw berths thanks to victories over Brad Lodge, Cyal Eigenmann and Mike Veliades, respectively. Van der Wath will line up against, while Groenewald receives a walkover to the second round. Meanwhile, Carter will play SeungYong Yoo.

The closest match of the day was played out between Zwelake Makgalemele and Mikael Clayton, with the former progressing courtesy of a 3-2 margin of victory and he will go head-to-head with second seed Aqeel Rehman in round one of the main draw.