SQUASH PLAYER NEWS


The World of Squash
at Your Fingertips

HOME
NEWS
RESULTS 
CALENDAR
EVENTS
PLAYERS
CLUBS
RULES
LINKS
MAGAZINE
FEATURES
GEAR
DIRECTORY
WORKSHOP
PROMOTIONS
FEEDBACK
ARCHIVE
About SP
Squash on TV
Search
 
UK Counties
World Links

Online Store
Books, Subs, Videos

Squash Directory
Where to get it all

Classified Section
Job, Jobs, Jobs Something to sell ...

27/04/2016
El Gouna International 2016

LATEST | DRAW | NEWS | SCHEDULE  HISTORY

 

REPORTS & RESULTS BY ROUND 

Preview

Qualifying

Round One

Round Two

Quarters

Semis

Final

 

Latest

 

DRAW

El Gouna International 2016
21-29 April
El Gouna, Egypt, $150k
First Round
24-25 Apr
second Round
26 Apr
Quarters
27 Apr
Semis
28 Apr
Final
29 Apr
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
12-10, 11-9, 13-11 (44m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-8, 11-8, 12-10
Chris Simpson
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4 (46m)
Simon Rösner
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (35m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Mohamed Elshorbagy
7-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-8 (90m)
Gregory Gaultier
Chris Simpson (Eng)
13-11, 11-7, 11-6 (60m)
[Q] Paul Coll (NZL)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
11-8, 1-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6 (73m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Cesar Salazar
6-11, 11-6, 2-11, 7-11
Simon Rösner
[8] Simon Rösner (GER)
11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (61m)
[Q] Greg Lobban (SCO)
[7] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
14-12, 11-6, 11-5 (48m)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-6, 11-6, 11-7
Leo Au
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (80m)
Omar Mosaad
Leo Au (HKG)
7-11, 11-4, 13-11, 14-12 (59m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (54m)
[wc] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
Mathieu Castagnet
13-15, 4-11, 4-11
Omar Mosaad
Cameron Pilley (AUS)
9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-2 (68m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
12-10, 11-6, 0-0 retired (20m)
[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY)
Marwan Elshorbagy
11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (33m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
Marwan Elshorbagy
10-12, 11-13, 11-3, 14-12, 12-10 (92m)
Fares Dessouki
Fares Dessouki
7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 (61m)
Gregory Gaultier
[Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
12-10, 4-11, 16-14, 11-6 (75m)
Max Lee (HKG)
Fares Dessouki (EGY)
8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 5-11, 11-8 (75m)
Daryl Selby (ENG)
Fares Dessouki
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (63m)
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-6 (65m)
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY)
Tarek Momen
11-5, 8-4 retired (23m)
Ali Farag
Ali Farag
4-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4 (50m)
Gregory Gaultier
[Q] Nicolas Müller (SUI)
11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (23m)
Ali Farag (EGY)
[Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 3-11, 11-3 (61m)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
Stephen Coppinger
11-2, 11-8, 11-6 (39m)
Gregory Gaultier
Tom Richards (ENG)
11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (36m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

 Qualifying

Results - Qualification Finals:
[1] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [13] Farhan Zaman (PAK) 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 13-11 (55m)
[9] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [5] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-1 (58m)
[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [12] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-1: 8-11, 14-12, 12-10, 12-10 (53m)
[4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [10] Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (52m)
[3] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [14] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 3-2: 9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-13, 11-6 (112m)
[15] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [8] Diego Elias (PER) 3-1: 12-10, 9-11, 12-10, 15-13 (53m)
[7] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 (41m)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [16] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-1: 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (39m)

Results - Qualification Round One:
[1] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Angus Gillams (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 (76m)
[13] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [L] Maged Ashraf (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-6 (27m)
[9] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Tom Ford (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (35m)
[5] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [L] Omar Bahgat (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (18m)
[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Joshua Larkin (AUS) 3-1: 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-2 (45m)
[12] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [L] Khaled Mostafa (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (31m)
[10] Mohamed Reda (EGY) bt Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-0 (15m)
[4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [L] Marwan Tareq (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (29m)
[3] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [L] Saadeldin Abouaish (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (34m)
[14] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt [L] Karim Magdy (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-0 (72m)
[15] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt Ahmed Hussein (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 (23m)
[8] Diego Elias (PER) bt Ben Coates (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (18m)
[7] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [L] Mohamed Elgawarhy (EGY) 3-2: 11-3, 11-2, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5 (55m)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt [11] Todd Harrity (USA) 3-2: 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 (70m)
[16] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [L] Youssef Ibrahim Abdallah (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-3 (60m)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (31m)
 

 

REPORTS

Final

Elshorbagy Is 2016 El Gouna International Champion

Egypt's Mohamed Elshorbagy continued his recent domination of the PSA World Tour by defeating World Champion Gregory Gaultier 3-2 in the final of the 2016 El Gouna International to claim a sixth consecutive PSA World Series title and avenge his runner-up finishes in the the tournament in 2014 and 2015.

The 25-year-old from Alexandria has been undefeated in PSA World Series competition since losing the semi-final of the 2015 U.S. Open, to Gaultier, in October, and has won his last 19 consecutive matches at the top level of the professional game to become the first man since Ramy Ashour, the man who beat him in both the 2014 and 2015 final, in 2012 to win six World Series tournaments in one season.

Competing in front of a passionate and partizan home crowd Elshorbagy delighted the onlookers in the Red Sea resort as he produced a remarkable comeback, fighting back from 2-0 down to see off Gaultier in an enthralling 90-minute battle to take the crown.

"It feels great to win this title after losing the last two years - I'm just so happy to win and get the title in front of my home crowd, it's an amazing feeling," said Elshorbagy.

"Today was a very tough battle at the end of a very tough season. I think I have played more matches than any other player and it has been difficult to push myself mentally at each tournament - to compete, rest and re-focus each time takes so much out of you.

"I started the season losing the first round in Shanghai and then the semi-final of the U.S. Open. To turn the season around and win six World Series tournaments in a row is just a dream for me - I cannot believe that I have just done that.

"I had a big test today and I was very nervous - Greg and I always have such great battles, he's such a tough competitor and I really had to work hard to get back from two games down. I'm really happy I came through that test."

The French World No.2 put in a virtuoso performance in the opening two games, playing precise and powerful squash to dominate the court but Elshorbagy fought back with impressive tenacity to force a decider.

In the fifth Gaultier opened up a quick 4-0 lead but the man coached by then legendary Jonah Barrington, who today celebrated his 75th birthday, roared back once again to take a ferocious rally and move 6-5 up - the first time he led throughout the entire match - before eventually profiting from a simple error off the strings of Gaultier's racket that handed him the trophy at the third time of asking.

"At 2-0 down I just kept fighting - it might be what I'm best at," added Elshorbagy.

"Beating him from 2-0 down is not easy and in the fifth I was 4-0 down, then 6-2 down, but I just kept fighting. It paid off in the end and he made a few errors that helped me in the closing stages.

"This is by far the best tournament I play in all year and I really want to thank everyone this week for all the support and for putting on such a great event."

After the match Gaultier said: "It's hard for me to lose but I will keep a smile on my face.

"Thanks to the sponsors and tournament for their support - they continue to raise the level here every year."
 

Semi Finals

Elshorbagy And Gaultier To Meet In Final

World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy and World Champion Gregory Gaultier will go head-to-head for the sixteenth time, and first since the 2015 Qatar Classic final, when they line up for the final of the 2016 El Gouna International – the final PSA World Series tournament of the 2015/16 season – tomorrow in the Red Seas resort.

Elshorbagy has dominated the PSA World Series throughout the season, winning five of six possible titles on offer so far and underlined his credentials as the man to beat once again as he swept past Colombian World No.6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 in just 35 minutes to move into a third consecutive El Gouna International final – where he will aim to better his runner-up finishes in this tournament in 2014 and 2015.

After pulling off a huge upset victory over World No.4 Omar Mosaad in the quarter-finals Rodriguez appeared to be a touch off his usual blistering pace and while he stuck with Elshorbagy during the opening game, he was powerless to resist as the Egyptian motored through the gears to put the high-flying South American to the sword.

“I am really happy to be able to win this match today,” said Elshorbagy.

“Miguel has been in great form this tournament and he showed how good a player he is by beating Mosaad yesterday. I knew I had to play my best squash to beat him and I though I played my best squash of the week today.

“It has been a great season for me so far but I don't want it to stop now, especially because I am playing in my home country. I want to try and win this title in front of everyone here – the crowd have been great.”

Elshorbagy trails the Frenchman 10-6 on their head-to-head record but will be hoping to close the gap in that statistic tomorrow after Gaultier saw off unseeded Egyptian, and surprise package, Fares Dessouki.

Competing in his first ever World Series semi-finals the 21-year-old got off to a flying start, playing some of the best squash he has put together on Tour inside the past 18 months as he caught Gaultier by surprise to take the game to the Frenchman, forcing the pace and profiting to take the opener 11-7.

But the tenacious 33-year-old came back fighting in the second and, following a bizarre passage of play during which an exchange of words took place between the two which riled the man known as the 'French General', it was Gaultier who took the bit between his teeth to storm back and take three consecutive games and secure a 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 victory.

“Today was the first time that he managed to take a game against me and I think that is the best he has played against me,” said Gaultier, the World No.2.

“In front of his home crowd he surprised me in the first so I was more aware and on my toes in the second to try and make it tough and tire him. When I was 2-1 up I gave it a big push in the first few points in the fourth – moving up on the T and pressuring on him – and I felt my movement and confidence was getting better.

“It was tough, and the conditions were tough, but I think it was better than yesterday and we managed to deal with it.

“I had a great 2015 season, being World Champion and being World No.1, and I was in a great dynamic before the injury (sustained in January) which broke up my rhythm and my season. I was unlucky and missed a few tournaments and I'm trying to come back as best as I can now.”
 

Quarter Finals

Colombian Cannonball Miguel Angel Rodriguez Roars Into Semis

Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez produced a performance of note and intent as he defeated hard-hitting Egyptian Omar Mosaad, the World No.4, on home soil during the quarter-finals of the El Gouna International to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Series tournament, taking pace against the backdrop of the Red Sea, for the first time in his career.

Three days of scorching heat and humidity were substituted by blistering winds on the fourth day of competition and it was Rodriguez who took advantage, slowing the pace of the match and extending rallies with frequent use of height to exploit the blustery conditions on court, and come through a bruising 80 minute battle 3-1.

The victory, which saw the tenacious World No.6 fightback from one-game down, sees Rodriguez through to the last four of a World Series tournament for the first time since February's Windy City Open, where World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy awaits.

"I think the biggest opponent today was the wind - I was trying to get used to it but it was hard to control it," said Rodriguez.

"I think I adapted to it well and hit the zone and hit the corners and dealt with it better today. He wanted to win too quickly and I was playing with more patience. I think I had a great performance and I'm very happy to win and make the semi-finals here in Egypt.

"I haven't won a World Series tournament yet and this is my fourth time in the semi-finals. My goal for this year is to make the final of a World Series and win one - being in the last four here in Egypt is very special for me, for Colombia and for South American squash."

Rodriguez will line up against tournament favourite Elshorbagy after the World No.1 saw off Simon Rösner, his toughest test so far, in a 46 minute 3-1 victory while Marwan ElShorbagy, the World No.12 and recent Grasshopper Cup champion, suffered a surprise defeat to fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouki.

Prior to the tournament 21-year-old Dessouki hadn't won back-to-back matches on the PSA Word Tour during 2016 but he followed up impressive wins over Daryl Selby and Karim Abdel Gawad with a gritty come form behind win over ElShorbagy.

Dessouki trailed 2-0 and faced multiple match balls in both the fourth and fifth games as he fought tooth and nail and was rewarded when he clinched the decisive fifth 12-10 to reach the last four of a World Series tournament for the first time ever in his career.

"I am so happy I came back from 2-0 down to win that match," said Dessouki.

"It was a very tough match mentally and physically. Marwan had a massive tournament last week - beating Gregory in an amazing final in Zurich - so I knew it would be a very tough match.

"The was the first time I reached a quarterfinal here in El Gouna and to now reach my first ever semi-final in front of this amazing crowd is such a good feeling."

Dessouki will face World Champion Gregory Gaultier for a place in the final after the Frenchman got past Ali Farag in a rapid fire five-game encounter that saw him prevail 4-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4 after just 50 minutes.
 

2nd Round

World No.1 Elshorbagy Leads Egyptian Charge Into Quarters

World No.1 and tournament favourite Mohamed Elshorbagy saw off a spirited challenge from England's Chris Simpson to move into the quarter-finals of the 2016 El Gouna International and keep alive his hopes of going one better than his 2014 and 2015 runner-up finishes at the PSA World Series tournament taking place beside the Red Sea.

It wasn't one way traffic for the man who has dominated the PSA World Tour this season, winning five consecutive PSA World Series tournaments, as Simpson hustled and harried him throughout. But it was Elshorbagy's greater class that made the difference in the latter stages of all three games as he took the crucial points to leave the Englishman rueing wasted opportunities including a squandered game ball chance in the third.

"I got very lucky in the third game especially," said Elshorbagy. "He kept pushing hard - the conditions were very tough, hot and humid and when the conditions are like that it can mess your head a little bit.

"I think I dealt with the conditions well enough and I'm really happy I got through in the third game - as the competition goes on it gets tougher so I have to rest well and prepare for tomorrow."

Elshorbagy will now face World No.9 Simon Rösner for a place in the semi-finals after the towering German put a halt to the charge of Mexican qualifier Cesar Salazar who had come through a mammoth 200 minutes to reach the second round of a World Series event for the first time in his career.

"Simon and I have had some great battles over the years and I am sure tomorrow will be another one," said Elshorbagy.

"We have never played in conditions quite like this so it will be interesting to see how we both deal with it - I'm sure it will be high quality and exciting for the crowd."

Hard-hitting Egyptian Omar Mosaad and Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez will face-off in the second quarter-final in the top half of the draw while in the bottom half, World Champion Gregory Gaultier came through his second round match against Stephen Coppinger to set up an last eight encounter with Ali Farag - the man he beat in the semi-final stage during last week's Grasshopper Cup.

"Ali and I have played quite a lot recently," said Gaultier. "He's a fantastic player and another rising star from Egypt so I need to recover well now and be as fresh as possible for tomorrow.

“Hopefully we can produce another good game and I know it will be tough."

Grasshopper Cup champion Marwan ElShorbagy, younger brother of Mohamed, will face fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouki in the last quarter-final after the pair came through their encounters with Omar Abdel Meguid and Karim Abdel Gawad, respectively.
 

1st Round Lower Half

Ashour Exits As Egyptians Dominate Day Two

The second day of action at the 2016 El Gouna International was dominated by home success as Egyptian players triumphed in six of eight matches during a dramatic day of competition at the Red Sea resort that saw three-time champion and 2015 winner Ramy Ashour's hopes of title-defence halted prematurely due to injury.

The maverick Egyptian returned to competitive action on the PSA World Tour during last month's Allam British Open following an extended injury absence, but appeared to suffer a reoccurrence of the hamstring difficulty that has plagued his career over the past three years as he conceded his first round match up to recent Grasshopper Cup winner Marwan ElShorbagy.

Ashour started slowly in the first game before an awkward looking movement into the front of the court mid-way through the second led to a hand shake and a subdued end to what promised to be a compelling encounter.

"Ramy is a great player - he's won this tournament three times," said ElShorbagy. "I didn't expect what happened today - it's sad what has happened to him.

"When he's around it is great for the sport and the players, I just hope he can fix all his injuries because when he's playing fit the sport is in a better place.

"Before playing today I just wanted to enjoy the experience and make the most of it. Sadly that didn't happen today but last week in Zurich gave me a lot of confidence. I can't wait to be back on the court again tomorrow - playing in Egypt is a great opportunity and I've never made the quarters here before so I'll give it a big push tomorrow."

Earlier in the day qualifier Omar Abdel Meguid produced a mammoth performance to overcome a gap of 12 places on the World Rankings and take out Hong Kong's World No.17 Max Lee in a gruelling 75 minute match up while fellow compatriots Fares Dessouki, Karim Abdel Gawad, Tarek Momen and Ali Farag also came through to the delight of home fans.

The other winners on the second day were World Champion Gregory Gaultier and South African Stephen Coppinger, who avoided total collapse in his first round encounter against Qatar's Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi as, after storming ahead 2-0 a series of costly errors with the finishing line in sight led the match to be turned upside down.

On a hot and humid court Tamimi stormed back into contention to force a fifth game but the experience Coppinger managed to recompose himself at the crucial stage to avoid a shock first round defeat.

"Everyone is talking about the conditions and it is hot, it is humid, but for me the most difficult thing today was him," said Coppinger.

"He made it hard to find any kind of rhythm and I never felt settled. I'm livid with myself for that third game because it was just simple mistakes and then I lost my way in the fourth. Thankfully the opposite happened in the fifth and I got it back."
 

1st Round Top Half

Qualifier Salazar Upsets Seedings On Opening Day In El Gouna

The opening day of competition at the 2016 El Gouna International saw Mexican qualifier Cesar Salazar pull off the biggest upset of the day as he downed Mohamed Abouelghar to move into the second round of a PSA World Series tournament for just the first time in his career.

The 28-year-old World No.30 came through a mammoth 112-minute encounter in the final round of qualification yesterday to book his place in the main draw and backed up with a superb performance against the talented 22-year-old Egyptian to emerge victorious after 73-minutes.

Overcoming a gap of eight places on the World Rankings, Salazar played with precision and focus from the start, coming from 2-1 down to pressure Abouelghar into errors in a never-say-die attitude that paid dividends in the end.

"I’m very happy with my performance today," said Salazar. "It’s my first time ever in the second round of a World Series tournament.

"I feel that the training I did with Miguel (Angel Rodriguez) in Bogota just before the tournament and the training I do with David Palmer in Orlando is really starting to pay off.

"Yesterday was tough but I woke with energy and confidence. I made sure I focused from the start and tried to make the rallies long and pressure him. I had to push really hard in the fourth and fight for every point because that's what you have to do to try and beat a top player."

Salazar will now face Simon Rösner in the second round after the German came through a stop-start battle with Scotland's Greg Lobban, that was postponed twice for light failure and court maintenance, during what was a difficult day in humid conditions for competitors on the Red Sea.

World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy came through his opening encounter with compatriot Mazen Hesham in a testing and closely fought three games, coming through 12-10, 11-9, 13-11 courtesy of two tie-breaks.

"It was very tough conditions today," said Elshorbagy. "It was hot and humid but we players have to go play all over the world and adapt to different conditions and I'm glad with how I dealt with it today.

"I think that tonight we presented ourselves in a way that made Egypt proud. Our country is very strong, we have 5 players in the top 10, which is remarkable in itself."

World No.4 Omar Mosaad was the only other Egyptian winner on the opening day of action as he saw off Cameron Pilley 3-1 in a result that could end the Australian's hopes of making it to the PSA World Series Finals.

"I’m happy with my game today, the conditions are very hard, it’s very hot and humid," said Mosaad.
 

Qualifying

Coll And Tamimi Upset The Seedings In Qualification

New Zealand's Paul Coll and Qatar number one Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi pulled off the biggest upsets of qualification at the 2016 El Gouna International as they overcame the challenge of Alan Clyne and Diego Elias, respectively, to go through as two of eight qualifiers to gain a berth in the main draw of the PSA World Series Tournament.

Kiwi Coll stormed past England's Tom Ford 3-0 in round one of qualification and backed up with a gritty straight-games win over tenacious Scotsman Clyne that sees him through to face Chris Simpson in the main draw, while Tamimi overcame a gap of almost 20 places on the World Rankings to defeat World Junior Champion Diego Elias in one of his biggest wins on Tour in recent months.

Tamimi will now face South African Stephen Coppinger in a main draw that will also feature Omar Abdel Meguid, who was the only Egyptian from a 14 strong contingent to came through qualification. Meguid overcame compatriot Mohamed Reda in straight-games to set up a main draw encounter with Hong Kong's Max Lee.

The other players to come through qualification were Gregoire Marche, Nafiizwan Adnan, Cesar Salazar, Greg Lobban and Nicolas Müller.
 

Previews

El Gouna: Marche Tops El Gouna Qualification Draw

TournamentsSquash TVUpcomingNews
Frenchman Grégoire Marche will be favourite to move into the main draw of the 2016 El Gouna International after topping the qualification draw released today by the PSA.

Marche faces England’s Angus Gillams in the first round before a seeded decider with Farhan Zaman will decide on who makes the main draw of the final PSA World Series tournament of the season, while Swiss star Nicolas Mueller occupies the number two seeding on the opposite side of the draw.

A total of 14 Egyptians will take to the courts at the Movenpick hotel El Gouna when qualification starts on April 21 with Omar Abdel Meguid and Mohamed Reda the favourites to go through qualification and add their names to the home contingent in the main draw.

Qualification Draw – El Gouna International
[1] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Angus Gillams (ENG)
[L] Maged Ashraf (EGY) v [13] Farhan Zaman (PAK)
[9] Paul Coll (NZL) v Tom Ford (ENG)
[L] Omar Bahgat (EGY) v [5] Alan Clyne (SCO)
[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v Joshua Larkin (AUS)
[L] Khaled Mostafa (EGY) v [12] Christopher Gordon (USA)
[10] Mohamed Reda (EGY) v Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY)
[L] Marwan Tareq (EGY) v [4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
[3] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [L] Saadeldin Abouaish (EGY)
[L] Karim Magdy (EGY) v [14] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN)
[15] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v Ahmed Hussein (EGY)
Ben Coates (ENG) v [8] Diego Elias (PER)
[7] Greg Lobban (SCO) v [L] Mohamed Elgawarhy (EGY)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v [11] Todd Harrity (USA)
[16] Ivan Yuen (MAS) v [L] Youssef Ibrahim Abdallah (EGY)
Mazen Gamal (EGY) v [2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
 

Willstrop Out of El Gouna International

Former World No.1 James Willstrop has withdrawn from the upcoming El Gouna International after suffering a viral infection that will keep him out of the final PSA World Series tournament of the season.

The 32-year-old Yorkshireman was due to face close friend and training partner Saurav Ghosal in the opening round, but his withdrawal means that his spot in the main draw will now be taken up by Hong Kong’s Leo Au.

Willstrop had previously finished as a runner-up in this event back in 2012 but lost out to current champion Ramy Ashour in the final.

Matthew Out Of El Gouna International

Three-time World Champion Nick Matthew has withdrawn from this month's El Gouna International, the final PSA World Series tournament of the season, as a result of an ankle injury sustained during the recent Allam British Open.

Matthew's withdrawal sees British Open runner-up and defending El Gouna champion Ramy Ashour rise up to occupy the number four seeding in a move that boosts the 28-year-old’s hopes of qualifying for the Dubai PSA World Series Finals. Ashour is now seeded to meet Gregory Gaultier at the semi-final stage in a repeat of the their classic British Open semi-final clash before a seeded rematch with rival Mohamed Elshorbagy could await in the title-decider - with Ashour needing to reach the decider for a chance to compete in Dubai.

Ashour will face Elshorbagy's younger brother Marwan, the World No.11, in the first round while German Simon Rösner moves up to the eighth seeded position where a qualifier will await him in the first round.

Talented youngster Mohamed Abouelghar comes into the main draw from qualification to complete an 11-strong contingent of Egyptian players in the main draw.
 

 

NEWS

 

HISTORY

2015 2014 2013 2012 2010
 

Schedule

First Round
24-25 Apr

second Round
26 Apr

Quarters
27 Apr

Semis
28 Apr

Final
29 Apr

 

INFO

The 2016 El Gouna International takes place from April 21-24 at the Movenpick Hotel and between April 24-29 at the New Marina, El Gouna

 


 

 

 CONTACT:  SP Webmaster     Magazine Editor