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Atkinson Storms To US Open Triumph

US Open 2010
Men's Draw
25 Sep - 02 Oct, Chicago, $80k
Round One
27 Sep
Round Two
28 Sep
9/30 Sep
01 Oct
02 Oct
[2] Wael El Hindi (Egy)
9/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/7, 11/7
[Q] Jorge Ferreira (Mex)
Wael El Hindi
11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3
Shahier Razik
Wael El Hindi
15-13, 11-9, 11-8
Nicolas Mueller
Wael El Hindi
4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6
Olli Tuominen
Wael El Hindi
11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7
Laurens J Anjema
[9] Shahier Razik (Can)
7/11, 11/1, 11/5, 11/3
[Q] James Snell (Eng)
[7] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
11/3, 11/6, 11/7
[Q] Tom Pashley (Eng)
Hisham Ashour
11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7
 Nicolas Mueller
[13] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11/4, 11/9, 11/6
[Q] Grégoire Marche (Fra)
[4] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11/9, 7/11, 11/7, 11/6
Gilly Lane (Usa)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
11-8, 11-8, 11-7
Tom Richards
Mohamed El Shorbagy
11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 12-10
Olli Tuominen
[10] Tom Richards (Eng)
11/4 rtd
[Q] Robin Clarke (Can)
[8] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11/4, 4/11, 11/5, 8/11, 13/11
Stéphane Galifi (Ita)

Olli Tuominen
14-12, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9
 Julian Illingworth
[12] Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11/6, 11/6, 11/4
[Q] Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
11/8, 12/10, 11/8
[15] Chris Ryder (Eng)
Mohammed Abbas 3-11, 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9
 Alister Walker
Mohammed Abbas
11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (51m)
Laurens J Anjema
Laurens J Anjema
11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6
Omar Mosaad
Zac Alexander (Aus)
11/6, 17/19, 11/6, 11/5
[5] Alister Walker (Eng)
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11/3, 11/7, 11/2
[11] Simon Rosner (Ger)
Simon Rosner
11-6, 7-11, 11-1, 9-11, 11-2
Laurens J Anjema
Yann Perrin (Fra)
11/4, 11/3, 11/6
[3] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
[Q] Joel Hinds (Eng)
11/6, 11/8, 11/5
[16] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
Mark Krajcsak
8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-3
Omar Mosaad
Omar Mosaad
8-11, 11-3, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8 (80m)
Thierry Lincou
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
12/10, 11/8, 11/8
[6] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Adrian Waller (Eng)
9/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/5
[14] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)

Adrian Waller (Eng)
11-5, 11-3, 11-1
Thierry Lincou
Chris Gordon (Usa)
11/9, 11/9, 11/9
[1] Thierry Lincou

26-Sep, Qualifying Finals:
Robin Clarke (Can) bt Tyler Hamilton (Can) 14/12, 12/10, 11/4
James Snell (Eng) bt Jonas Laursen (Den) 11/6, 11/6, 11/4
Jorge Ferriera (Mex) bt Omar El Kashef (Egy) 11/6, 11/4, 11/7
Joel Hinds (Eng) bt Chris Walker (Eng) 11/4, 11/7, 11/5
Tom Pashly (Eng) bt Leficka Ragnoste 11/5, 7/11, 11/2, 11/6
Shawn Delierre (Can) bt Matthew Serediak (Can) 11/3, 11/3, 11/8
Clinton Leeuw (RSA) bt Graham Bassett (USA) 11/3, 11/4, 11/7
Gregoire Marche (Fra) bt Jonathon Harford (Eng) 11/5, 12/10, 11/4

25-Sep, Qualifying Round One:

Robin Clarke (Can) - Bye
Taylor Hamilton (Can) bt Mohammad Al-Tawari (Kuw) 11/2, 11/5, 11/0
James Snell (Eng) bt Matt Kowal (Usa) 11/5, 11/2, 11/2
Jonas Laursen (Den) bt Rahul Singh (Usa) 11/5, 11/3, 112
Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira (Mex) Bye
Omar El Kashef (Egy) bt Khaled Ghoniem (Egy) 11/13, 11/8, 11/8, 14/12
Joel Hinds (Eng) Bye
Chris Walker (Eng) bt. Chris Truswell (Eng) 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8
Lefika Ragonste (Bot) bt Ahmed Fady Oweida (Usa) 11/8, 11/9, 11/1
Tom Pashley (Eng) bt Sean Ballard (Usa) 11/3, 11/8, 11/6
Matthew Serediak (Can) bt Mark Heather (Eng) 11/5, 6/11, 12/10, 8/11, 11/5
Shawn Delierre (Can) Bye
Graham Bassett (Usa) bt Porter Drake (Usa) 11-9, 6-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa) bt Max Laverty (Usa) 11/3, 11/5, 11/3
Jonathan Harford (Eng) bt Nathan Dugan (Eng) 11/2, 4/11, 11/5, 11/2
Gregoire Marche (Fra) Bye

US Open 2010
Women's Draw
25 Sep - 02 Oct, Chicago, $36k
Round One
28 Sep
29/30 Sep
01 Oct
02 Oct
[1] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
11/6, 11/9, 11/8
Manuela Manetta (Ita)
Manuela Manetta
6-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10
Latasha Khan
Manuela Manetta
11-3, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9
Amanda Sobhy
Amanda Sobhy
11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (22m)
Vanessa Atkinson
[6] Latasha Khan (Usa)
11/4, 11/6, 11/6
[Q] Victoria Lust (Eng)r
[4] Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/4, 11/1, 11/4
[Q] Adel Weir-Nunn (Rsa)
Aisling Blake
15-13, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7
Amanda Sobhy
[8] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
11/6, 11/8, 11/8
[Q] Alexandra Norman (Can)
[Q] Leonie Holt (Eng)
11/9, 13/11, 11/4
[5] Line Hansen (Den)
Line Hansen
8-11, 16-14, 11-5, 11-8 (42m)
Isabelle Stoehr
Line Hansen
11-5, 11-5, 11-0
Vanessa Atkinson
Miranda Ranieri (Can)
11/5, 11/8, 11/3
[3] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
11/9, 11/9, 11/4
[7] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
Emma Beddoes
12-10, 11-8, 14-12 (44m)
Vanessa Atkinson
Orla Noom (Ned)
10/12, 11/7, 11/3, 11/9
[2] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
Rachael Grinham and Natalie Grainger withdrawn 27-Sep


Victoria Lust (Eng) bt Celia Allamargot (Fra) 11/6, 11/8, 10/12, 14/12
Adel Weir-Nunan (Rsa) bt Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned) 1/11, 11/9, 8/11, 17/15, 11/5
Leonie Holt (Eng) bt Stephanie Edmison (Can) 7/11, 9/11, 11/2, 20/18, 11/9
Alexandra Norman (Can) bt Samantha Cornett (Can) 11/9, 8/11, 11/9, 11/5

Round One:
Victoria Lust (Eng) bye
Celia Allamargot (Fra)  bt Imelda Salazar Martinez (Mex) 11/4, 7/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/6
Adel Weir-Nunan (Rsa) bt Niki Clement (Usa) 9/11, 11/5, 11/6, 10/12, 11/6
Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned) bt Caroline Lemoine 11/4, 11/2, 11/4
Leonie Holt (Eng) bt Genevieve Lessard (Can) 11/4 11/9 11/2
Stephanie Edmison (Can) bt Randy Dupree (Usa) 11/3, 11/3, 11/5
Samantha Cornett (Can) bt Ivonne Diaz (Mex) 11/6, 11/4, 12/10
Alexandra Norman (Can)  bye


About El Gouna, Red Sea (Tournament's Venue)
Starting up more than 20 years ago, El Gouna is Orascom Development's flagship resort. The town is built on 10km of secluded coastline spread across islands and lagoons and is the only mature, fully-fledged town on the Red Sea Riviera. Being a home for 25,000 residents, the year-round sunshine destination boasts world-class amenities including an array of real estate options, 14 hotels, 100 bars and restaurants, marinas, an 18-hole golf course and a variety of retail spa and fitness facilities. El Gouna also houses award-winning architecture and the first hotels in Egypt to be awarded the Green Star Hotel Certification.

In 2010, El Gouna hosted the Second International Fishing Competition, the Third International Kite Jamboree and Egypt's Rally Cup.


Atkinson Storms To US Open Triumph

Just 24 hours after becoming the youngest player ever to reach the final of her country's longest established squash tournament, New York teenager Amanda Sobhy met her match in the climax of the METROsquash Women's US Open as experienced Dutch star Vanessa Atkinson romped to a straight games victory at Millennium Park in Chicago in just 22 minutes.

Sobhy, the 17-year-old eighth seed, beat Ireland's No4 seed Aisling Blake in the quarter-finals of the $36,500 WISPA World Tour event then despatched Italy's Manuela Manetta to claim her unexpected place in the final.

But second seed Atkinson, the 34-year-old former world number one and world champion, was too strong for the youngster, winning 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 to claim the 23rd WISPA Tour title of her career.

El Hindi Celebrates US Open Success

Egypt's Wael El Hindi won his first title in the USA since relocating to New York last year when he beat Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema in the final of the METROsquash US Open, the $80,000 5-star PSA World Tour squash event in the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago.

From the glowing smile as he entered the court, it was clear that the Egyptian's heart and mind were going to be in this match.

El Hindi quickly built up a 6-1 lead in the first game before Anjema overcame his initial nervousness - but the 30-year-old from Cairo resisted the fightback to take the game.

The second game was dominated by 'LJ' Anjema's textbook length. El Hindi showed signs of conserving his energy for the third game as the third-seeded Dutchman moved ahead to level the match.

The critical third game saw both players trading points. As the players began to tire, the number of lets increased. However, the calls did not seem to unsettle either player and they kept their composure. Second seed El Hindi would not give up and won the third game by a close margin.

Anjema, 27, from The Hague, appeared slightly slower in the fourth game - and El Hindi took full advantage by bringing out more of his front court game. A tinned volley drop ultimately gave the match to the Egyptian - and the packed crowd that stayed up close to midnight gave him a well deserved standing ovation.

The 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7 victory marked the seventh PSA Tour title of El Hindi's career - but his first for more than two years.

El Hindi & Anjema To Contest US Open Final

Egypt's Wael El Hindi and Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema will contest the men's final of the METROsquash US Open after the second and third seed, respectively, survived four-game semi-finals of the $80,000 5-star PSA World Tour squash event in the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Anjema, the world No13 from The Hague who had never before progressed the first round in three previous appearances in the event, took on Omar Mosaad, the No6 seed from Egypt who ousted French favourite Thierry Lincou in the previous round.

Tall left-hander Anjema took the opening game, but 22-year-old Mosaad built up a 6-2 lead in the second. The Dutchman fought back to rattle off eight points in a row to take a 10-6 lead.

"Mosaad saved two game-balls before Anjema finally managed to capture the game with a wonderful combination of drop shots that had Mosaad scrambling around the front court," said event spokesman Phil Yarrow.

In the third game, Mosaad again built a 6-2 lead - but this time advanced to game-ball at 10-4 before finally taking the game to reduce the deficit.

Anjema regained his focus in the fourth and, after opening up a 10-2 advantage, ultimately took the game to win the match 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 - and claim his 24th appearance in a PSA Tour final.

El Hindi faced Olli Tuominen from Finland in the other semi. "Tuominen has been a frequent visitor to Chicago tournaments over the past 15 years, but he may never have been playing as well here as he has been this week," explained Yarrow. "He was simply sensational in his victory over Mohamed El Shorbagy in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night and he would continue that good form at the beginning of tonight's match."

The Finn dominated the early going - and won the first game 11-4 and raced to a 6-1 lead in the second.

But El Hindi, also a frequent visitor to Chicago and a favourite with the fans, battled back to draw level before pressing home his advantage to beat the No8 seed 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6.

The win takes the Egyptian into his 12th career final - but his first for more than two years.

El Hindi said afterwards that he was not feeling good during the second game as Tuominen was putting everything away. But he just tried to stay calm and play his way back into the match.

Amanda Sobhy Becomes Youngest Ever US Open Finalist

New York teenager Amanda Sobhy has claimed another entry in Squash history books after beating Italian Manuela Manetta in the semi-finals of the METROsquash Women's US Open to become the youngest player ever to reach the final of her country's longest established tournament.

The 17-year-old eighth seed, who beat Ireland's No4 seed Aisling Blake in the quarter-finals, despatched unseeded Manetta 11-3, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 to reach the final of the $36,500 WISPA World Tour event at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Sobhy established an impressive record in May when she became the first 16-year-old to win four WISPA Tour titles. Three months later, the left-hander became one of the youngest winners of the Women's World Junior (U19) crown.

In the other Chicago semi, experienced Dutch star Vanessa Atkinson, a former world number one and world champion, crushed fifth-seeded Dane Line Hansen 11-5, 11-5, 11-0 to reach the 39th Tour final of her career.

After her match, Sobhy said it was amazing to be in the US Squash Open final. "She had been pumped up by the large crowd support," said event spokesman Phil Yarrow. "She will face a tough test against Vanessa Atkinson in tomorrow's final. But she certainly will have the crowd cheering her on."

Mosaad Outlasts Lincou In Chicago

Egypt's Omar Mosaad produced the biggest upset of the quarter-finals of the METROsquash US Open when he outlasted veteran campaigner Thierry Lincou, the top seed from France, to claim an unexpected place in the semi-finals of the $80,000 5-star PSA World Tour squash event before a large crowd in the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Still hampered by a knee injury sustained at last month's British Grand Prix, former world number Lincou battled for 80 minutes against the sixth seed from Cairo before Mosaad eventually emerged triumphant in an 8-11, 11-3, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8 scoreline.

After one of the biggest wins of his career - and his first over Lincou - Mosaad will now face Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema after the third seed from The Hague defeated unseeded Egyptian Mohammed Abbas 11-5, 12-10, 11-6.

And there was further Egyptian disappointment when fourth seed Mohamed El Shorbagy failed to secure his anticipated place in the semi-finals. It was a second stirring performance by Olli Tuominen that caused the Alexandria teenager's downfall - the 'Flying Finn' beating El Shorbagy 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 12-10.

The 31-year-old from Helsinki will take on new event favourite Wael El Hindi, the second seed from Cairo who beat rising Swiss star Nicolas Mueller 15-13, 11-9, 11-8.

Manetta Topples Top Seed Grinham

Italian Manuela Manetta scored the best win of her career when she dismissed top seed Natalie Grinham on the opening day of main draw action in the METROsquash Women's US Open. The straight games upset takes the 27-year-old from Parma to an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the $36,500 WISPA World Tour squash event in Chicago.

After reaching a career-high No25 world ranking in December 2007, Manetta has endured a barren spell in which her ranking slipped to a current 45.

But the unseeded Italian was in sparkling form in only her second appearance in the main draw of the leading event in the USA - beating former world number two Natalie Grinham, from the Netherlands, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8.

Grinham is on a Tour comeback trail after giving birth to her first child, son Kieran, in May.

"Natalie was not on her best form as her new baby watched from behind the court in sister Rachael's arms," said event spokesman Jim Wellington. "As the score line shows, the play was close, but errors from Grinham combined with a solid, aggressive, and mentally tough performance from Manuela led to an early exit for the world No13."

Manetta will now face Latasha Khan, the sixth seed from the USA who also needed only three games to overcome English qualifier Victoria Lust 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.

Khan will be joined by compatriot Amanda Sobhy in the first time that there have been two US players in the event's last eight for over 17 years.

Sobhy, the 17-year-old world junior champion from New York, defeated Canadian qualifier Alexandra Norman - winner of her maiden Tour title at last week's Southwest Open in Arizona - 11-5, 11-8, 11-8.

Abbas Marches On In Chicago

Egypt's former world No13 Mohammed Abbas scored another notable win in his comeback bid after a long injury layoff when he beat fifth seed Alister Walker to reach the quarter-finals of the METROsquash US Open, the $80,000 5-star PSA World Tour squash event at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago.

Walker, the world No17 from England, took the opening game - then had to save two match balls in the fourth to take the match into a decider.

But unseeded Abbas was more mentally solid in the fifth and closed out the match 3-11, 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 to reach the last eight of a major PSA World Tour event for the first time in more than two years.

The 29-year-old from Giza now faces Laurens Jan Anjema after the third-seeded Dutchman also survived a five-game battle, beating Germany's rising star Simon Rosner 11-6, 7-11, 11-1, 9-11, 11-2.

There will be unexpected Swiss interest in the quarter-finals after 13th seed Nicolas Mueller upset Hisham Mohd Ashour, the No7 seed from Egypt, 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7.

Following some disappointing recent results, the 21-year-old from Zurich will be pleased to have made the last eight of a five-star PSA Tour event - where he takes on a second Egyptian, Wael El Hindi.

New York-based second seed El Hindi defeated Canada's Egypt-born Shahier Razik 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 to move one step closer to his anticipated place in the final.

Flying Finn Olli Tuominen ended US interest in the event when he beat 12th seed Julian Illingworth. Hoping to become the first American to reach the last eight of his country's leading international event since 1993, New Yorker Illingworth went down 14-12, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9.

Abbas & Waller Oust Seeds In US Open

Adrian Waller, a former England junior international, produced one of a pair of upsets on the opening day of main draw action in the 2010 METROsquash US Open when he ousted Brazil's 14th seed Rafael F Alarcon to reach the last 16 of the $80,000 5-star PSA World Tour squash event at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago.

The tall 20-year-old from Enfield, near London, recovered from a game down to topple Alarcon - ranked more than 20 places higher in the world - 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5.

Waller will now face French favourite Thierry Lincou after the world No8 saw off US hope Christopher Gordon 11-9, 11-9, 11-9.

Julian Illingworth, the 12th seed from New York, now carries American hopes singlehandedly. The Portland-born 26-year-old became the first American to reach the last 16 since 1993 when he beat South African qualifier Clinton Leeuw 11-6, 11-6, 11-4.

Illingworth will now face Finland's 8th Olli Tuominen for a place in the quarter-finals.

Egypt's experienced Mohammed Abbas also caused an upset when he defeated England's No15 seed Chris Ryder 11-8, 12-10, 11-8. The unseeded former world No13 is making his Tour comeback after a long-time foot injury. Abbas, one of five Egyptians in the second round, will now take on England's fifth seed Alister Walker.

English Trio Triumph In US Open Qualifiers

England players claimed three of the eight qualifying places on offer in the 2010 METROsquash US Open after successes in the qualifying finals of the $80,000 5-star PSA World Tour squash event at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago.

James Snell, Joel Hinds and Tom Pashley will all make their debuts in the long-established event which will move to an all-glass showcourt in the city's Millennium Park from the quarter-final stage.

Snell, from Exeter, beat Chicago-based Dane Jonas Laursen 11-6, 11-6, 11-4, while Pashley, from Brighton, defeated Botswana's Lefika Ragontse 11-5, 7-11, 11-2, 11-6.

Hinds, recent winner of the World University Championship crown, overcame 43-year-old compatriot Chris Walker, a former England captain and runner-up in the 1994 championship, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5.

France's former world number one and world champion Thierry Lincou is favourite to win the prestigious title for the first time. The 34-year-old world No8 from Marseille, who made his debut in the 2000 event and reached the semi-finals both in 2002 and 2003, faces local hope Christopher Gordon, from New York, in the opening round.

Following the late withdrawal of Egypt's defending champion Amr Shabana with a back injury, Lincou is expected meet Wael El Hindi, also an Egyptian, in the final. El Hindi, the world No11 who is based in New York, begins his Chicago campaign against Mexican qualifier Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira.


Ashour To Extend Super Series Ranking Lead In El Gouna

Egypt's Ramy Ashour is seeded to win his third successive PSA Super Series squash title of the year at next month's inaugural $142,500 El Gouna International Open, the seventh Super Series event of 2010, at the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of El Gouna from 18-24 October.

The 22-year-old world number one from Cairo was in sensational form earlier this month in Manchester where he beat England's world No6 James Willstrop in the final of the ROWE British Grand Prix to win his second Super Series crown of the year.

Success in El Gouna would extend Ashour's lead at the top of the latest PSA Super Series Rankings over second-placed English rival Nick Matthew, the world number two.

Ashour faces a qualifier in the opening round and would be expected to meet France's fourth seed Gregory Gaultier in the semi-finals.

World champion Amr Shabana is seeded to meet compatriot Ashour in the final. The 31-year-old from Cairo, who held the world number one ranking for 33 months until December 2008, is still looking for his first Super Series title of the year. Shabana opens his El Gouna International title bid against England's Joey Barrington.

Qualifying for the first PSA Tour event to be staged in El Gouna will be held at the Alexandria Sporting Club in Alexandria from 16-17 October - followed by the first round of the main draw, which will also take place at the Alexandria club.

"El Gouna International Squash Open 2010 will host the world's top ranking squash players who will compete in the exquisite setting of Egypt's exclusive Red Sea resort, El Gouna," said Amr Mansi, tournament organiser and managing director of I Property.

"Together with Orascom Development, the tournament's title sponsor, we promise an event that will, with no doubt, leave its mark in the squash arena," Mansi added.