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Elborolossy Takes Houston Title

BCD & SMH Houston Squash Open, Houston, Texas, USA


[1] Omar Elborolossy (EGY) bt [2] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 (54m)

[1] Omar Elborolossy (EGY) bt [6] Laurent Elriani (FRA) 11-10 (3-1), 11-5, 11-4
[2] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [Q] Ahmed Maged Hamza (EGY) 11-3, 2-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7 (52m)

[1] Omar Elborolossy (EGY) bt [5] Bradley Hindle (AUS) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6
[6] Laurent Elriani (FRA) bt [4] Tony James (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-3
[Q] Ahmed Maged Hamza (EGY) bt [Q] Gilly Lane (USA) 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
[2] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt Ryan Donegan (USA) 11-7, 11-9, 11-10 (3-1)



1st round:

[1] Omar Elborolossy (EGY) bt [Q] Andrew McDougall (CAN) 11-2, 11-2, 11-9

[5] Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt Muhammad Sadiq (USA) 11-10 (4-2), 11-10 (10-8), 11-4

[4] Tony James (AUS) bt Khayal Muhammad Khan (PAK) 11-6, 10-11 (3-5), 11-10 (2-0), 9-11, 11-7

[6] Laurent Elriani (FRA) bt Patrick Chifunda (ZAM) 11-8, 11-4, 10-11 (0-2), 11-1

[Q] Gilly Lane (USA) bt [8] Fabian Kalaitzis (GRE) 11-4, 11-10 (2-0), 11-1

[Q] Ahmed Maged Hamza (EGY) bt [3] Wade Johnstone (AUS) 10-11 (0-2), 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9

Ryan Donegan (USA) bt [7] Jose Angel Becerril (MEX) 11-4, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9

[2] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [Q] Regardt Schonborn (RSA) 11-10 (3-1), 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9


Elborolossy Takes Houston Title


Egypt's former world No14 Omar Elborolossy took another significant step towards his return to the game's elite when he beat compatriot Mohd Ali Anwar Reda in the final of the BCD & SMH Houston Squash Open to lift the PSA Tour trophy at the Downtown Club in Houston in the US state of Texas.


Since his Tour comeback a year ago after an 18-month break, the 31-year-old from Cairo has shown an impressive return to form - leaping from 306 to 43 in the world rankings, reaching four Tour finals this year, and now clinching his second title in six months.


After the experienced Elborolossy took the opening game, 18-year-old second seed Reda came back from 1-6 down to win the second to draw level. 


Elborolossy hung in to win the crucial and closely-matched third game, for which both players fought particularly hard.  


"Losing the third was like letting the air out of Redaís balloon, who seemed deflated in the fourth, and it was clear that he didnít have the same fight left in him anymore," said event spokesman Rashid Ali Khan.  "Throughout the match both players played clean squash, making every effort to get to and play the ball."


Elborolossy earned his 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 victory in 54 minutes - afterwards thanking the tournament sponsors, volunteers and organisers, before dedicating the win to his wife (former player Salma Shabana, sister of world No1 Amr) and two children in Egypt.


The win takes Elborolossy's career haul to 14 PSA Tour titles (just two fewer than compatriot Amr Shabana) - and is likely to see the popular Egyptian return to the world's top 30 soon.




Top Seeds To Contest All-Egyptian Houston Final

The top two seeds Omar Elborolossy and Mohd Ali Anwar Reda will contest an all-Egyptian final of the BCD & SMH Houston Squash Open after semi-final triumphs in the PSA Tour event at the Downtown Club in Houston in the US state of Texas.


Frenchman Laurent Elriani was put on the defensive from the start of the match against favourite Elborolossy.  Despite some superb retrieving, the sixth seed was unable to take a game from the talented Egyptian as Elborolossy claimed an 11-10 (3-1), 11-5, 11-4 victory to reach his fourth PSA final of the year.


In the other, more evenly-matched, semi-final between two Egyptians, qualifier Ahmed Maged Hamza thrilled the spectators with his shot-making, putting number two seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda under pressure that he hadnít anticipated.


After losing the first game, Hamza struck back to win the next two by playing an array of low percentage shots which found the nick more often than not.  A shell-shocked Reda changed his game strategy after the third game and played tight rails, giving Hamza no opportunity to make shots.


The strategy worked, giving Reda the game to take the match to the fifth game.  It was during the decider that fatigue finally set in for Hamza, who was playing in his fifth match of the week.  Reda smelled blood early in the last game, ending Hamzaís dream week after 52 minutes by winning 11-3, 2-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7.


The success takes the 18-year-old from Cairo into his sixth career PSA Tour final - but his fifth of this year!


Egyptians Home In On Houston Title


Frenchman Laurent Elriani will be trying to prevent an all-Egyptian climax to the BCD & SMH Houston Squash Open after three Egyptians fought through to the semi-finals of the PSA Tour event at the Downtown Club in Houston in the US state of Texas.


Sixth seed Elriani pulled off his best result of the year when he upset Australia's No4 seed Tony James 11-7, 11-7, 11-3. The 31-year-old - who is now based in Greenwich, USA - will face top seed Omar Elborolossy for a place in the final.


Elborolossy, the former world No14 from Cairo - who is also 31 - defeated fifth-seeded Australian Bradley Hindle 11-4, 11-7, 11-6.


New York-based Egyptian Ahmed Maged Hamza will face fellow countryman Mohd Ali Anwar Reda in the other semi.


Hamza, again a 31-year-old, ended fellow qualifier Gilly Lane's run - beating the 21-year-old from Philadelphia 11-7, 11-8, 11-5.


Local interest in the event faded when former Houston-based Ryan Donegan lost out to second seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda in an 11-7, 11-9, 11-10 (3-1) scoreline.


Qualifiers Lane & Hamza In Houston Breakthrough

Qualifiers Ahmed Maged Hamza and Gilly Lane will meet in the quarter-finals of the BCD & SMH Houston Squash Open after causing notable first round upsets in the PSA Tour event at Downtown at the Met in Houston in the US state of Texas.


Egyptian Hamza claimed the biggest scalp, beating Australia's No3 seed Wade Johnstone 10-11 (0-2), 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9. The US-based 31-year-old from Alexandria will meet fellow qualifier Gilly Lane, a 21-year-old from Philadelphia who celebrated his first match on the PSA Tour with an unexpected win.


It was Lane's fifth qualifying bid since February 2005 - and he celebrated his breakthrough by beating eighth-seeded Greek Fabian Kalaitzis 11-4, 11-10 (2-0), 11-1.


There was a further unexpected US success when unseeded Ryan Donegan fought back from 2/1 down to beat Mexico's No7 seed Jose Angel Becerril 11-4, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9. The 25-year-old from St Louis now meets second-seeded Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda for a place in the semi-finals.


Quarter-final line-up:

[1] Omar Elborolossy (EGY) v [5] Bradley Hindle (AUS)

[4] Tony James (AUS) v [6] Laurent Elriani (FRA)

[Q] Ahmed Maged Hamza (EGY) v [Q] Gilly Lane (USA)

[2] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) v Ryan Donegan (USA)