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Houston Open 2016







Houston Open 2016
10-15 May
Texas, USA, $50k
Round One
12 may
13 may
15 may
[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
12-10, 11-6, 11-5 (25m)
[Q] Olli Tuominen (FIN)
 Marwan Elshorbagy
11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 (45m)
Stephen Coppinger
Marwan Elshorbagy
11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9 (60m)
Mazen Hesham
Marwan Elshorbagy
11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 (51m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
[5] Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
11-9, 13-11, 11-5 (50m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
[8] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
11-5, 21-19, 11-1 (50m)
[wc] Shahjahan Khan (PAK)
Omar Abdel Meguid
5-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (65m)
Mazen Hesham
[3] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-13, 11-5, 11-6, 12-10 (50m)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL
Diego Elias (PER)
7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4 (52m)
[4] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Mohamed Abouelghar
7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9(46m)
Gregoire Marche
Mohamed Abouelghar
11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7 (45)
Ryan Cuskelly
Cesar Salazar (MEX)
17-19, 11-2, 13-11, 11-8 (70m)
[6] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[Q] Reiko Peter (SUI)
7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (46m)
[7] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
Zahed Mohamed
11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 (76m)
Ryan Cuskelly
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (25m)
[2] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Houston Open 2016
[7] Reiko Peter (SUI) bt Vikram Malhotra (IND) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-7
[4] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt [6] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-5
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [8] Christopher Binnie (JAM) 3-2: 8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9
[2] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [5] Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 12-10

Results – First Qualifying Round: Houston Open 2016
Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt [1] Alfredo Avila (MEX) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (35m)
[7] Reiko Peter (SUI) bt [L] Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) w/o
[6] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Anthony Graham (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 12-10 (52m)
[4] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt [L] Adam Coleman (USA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-0, 11-1 (12m)
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 3-1: 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 11-2 (36m)
[8] Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt Clinton Leeuw (RSA) 3-2: 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (80m)
[5] Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Reuben Phillips (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-3 (45m)
[2] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [L] Shahid Hussain (PAK) 3-0: 11-0, 11-2, 11-3 (19m)

Draw – Final Qualifying Round
Vikram Malhotra (IND) v [7] Reiko Peter (SUI)
[6] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) v [4] Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v [8] Christopher Binnie (JAM)
[5] Nathan Lake (ENG) v [2] Campbell Grayson (NZL)



Elshorbagy Captures Houston Open Title

Egyptian number one seed Marwan Elshorbagy lifted the sixth PSA World Tour title of his career after downing compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar 3-1 in the final of the Houston Open, PSA M50 tournament.

Elshorbagy, who last month captured the Grasshopper Cup crown in what was the biggest tournament win of his career to date, battled past fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham in a spectacular semi-final encounter, while Abouelghar overcame second seed Ryan Cuskelly to secure his final berth.

The early stages of the match saw Elshorbagy come out on top as he surged into a one-game lead, before Abouelghar, competing in his maiden PSA M50 final, fought back to restore parity in closely contested second game.

Things remained tight in the third with both players trading blows with gusto as they attempted to move the other off the ’T’. World No.7 Elshorbagy managed to edge narrowly ahead and he regained his lead with an 11-9 victory in the third.

With Abouelghar’s resistance finally broken, Elshorbagy romped to the win in the fourth for the loss of just three points to wrap up an 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 triumph which sees him continue his impressive form of late.

"I’m happy to win my sixth PSA title here in Houston," said Elshorbagy.

"Words cannot describe how I’m feeling right now. It’s been an amazing season so far for me. Thanks everyone for the support, it means so much to me."
Elshorbagy Leads Seeds Through To Quarters


World No.7 Marwan Elshorbagy secured safe passage through to the quarter-final stage of the Houston Open, PSA M50 tournament with a routine 3-0 win over Finland’s Olli Tuominen as all eight seeds sealed opening round victories.

Elshorbagy, who last month captured his biggest ever title at the Grasshopper Cup, overcame the experienced Tuominen in a tight opening game, before cantering to wins in games two and three to wrap up an 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 win.

The Egyptian will go up against Stephen Coppinger in the last eight after he dispatched Nafiizwan Adnan in straight games.

Australian No.2 Ryan Cuskelly is also through to the next round after he too defeated Finnish interest with a 3-0 victory against Henrik Mustonen. The World No.19’s reward is a fixture with Zahed Mohamed.

Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham, who is one of the most exciting players on the PSA World Tour, will take on Omar Abdel Meguid in the quarter-final after they achieved respective wins over Campbell Grayson and wildcard Shahjahan Khan. Meguid’s match in particular was an entertaining affair, with the second game going all the way to a 21-19 tie-break in Meguid’s favour.

Elsewhere, Mohamed Abouelghar recovered from 2-1 down against World Junior Champion Diego Elias to progress and he will go head-to-head with Frenchman Gregoire Marche for a place in the semi-final after he saw off Cesar Salazar.
Grayson Axes Lake To Reach Main Draw


New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson secured his main draw berth in the 2016 Houston Open, PSA M50 tournament with an assured 3-0 victory over England’s Nathan Lake in the final round of qualifying.

Grayson, the World No.43, was in control throughout the opening two games and rapidly built up a commanding two-game lead. Lake was much improved in the third and took his opponent all the way to a tie-break, but Grayson refused to give up his advantage and closed out the win courtesy of an 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 scoreline.

The 30-year-old from Auckland will line up against maverick Egyptian Mazen Hesham in the opening round of the main draw, with Hesham continuing his recovery from the leg injury that saw him sidelined for three months between January and March.

Finland’s Olli Tuominen narrowly escaped a surprise defeat to Jamaica’s Christopher Binnie after fighting back from two games down to claim the victory. Binnie took the second game on the tie-break whic had appeared to have been a pivotal moment but Tuominen’s experience soon told and he managed the match well to come back and secure the win, setting up a main draw clash with top seed Marwan Elshorbagy.

Tuominen’s compatriot, Henrik Mustonen, and Switzerland’s Reiko Peter were the other qualifiers to progress to the main draw action after they rose to respective triumphs against Danish Atlas Khan and Vikram Malhotra.

Mustonen is set to face Australian No.2 Ryan Cuskelly in round one, while Peter will lock horns with Zahed Mohamed as he bids to reach the last eight.
Malhotra Axes Avila In Qualifying


India’s Vikram Malhotra came up with a fine performance to defeat top qualifying seed Alfredo Avila in the first qualifying round of the Houston Open, PSA M50 tournament – ensuring that Avila is the only seeded player to miss out on a final qualifying round berth.

Malhotra has been in splendid form recently, with back-to-back tournament wins at the Malaysia Squash Tour I and Charlotte Open elevating him to a career-best World No.92 ranking. The 26-year-old’s displays showed no signs of abating against Avila and he ruthlessly dispatched the World No.40 by an 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 scoreline to secure his place in the next round.

Switzerland’s Reiko Peter lies in wait for Malhotra after he received a walkover against Yasir Ali Butt.

New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson stormed past Shahid Hussain in a one-sided affair that saw the World No.43 drop just five points throughout the 19-minute match. Grayson will lock horns with England’s Nathan Lake for a place in the main draw.

Christopher Binnie is also through after a superb come-from-behind victory against Clinton Leeuw and he will meet experienced Finnish campaigner Olli Tuominen in the final round of qualifying after he beat Faraz Khan.

Henrik Mustonen and Danish Atlas Khan will contest the other final qualifying round fixture after they managed respective wins over Adam Coleman and Anthony Graham, with the former recording his triumph in just 12 minutes.



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