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18/12/2010
SHARM EL SHEIKH 2010
 

Massaro Wins Sharm El Sheikh Showdown

Sharm El Sheikh International 2010
12-17 December, $29k
Round One
14 Dec
Quarters
15 Dec
Semis
16 Dec
Final
17 Dec
[1] Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/4, 11/5, 11/5
[Q] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
Laura Massaro
11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (25m)
Victoria Lust
Laura Massaro
11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (34m)
Nour El Tayeb
Laura Massaro
11
-5, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10 (57m)
Raneem El Weleily
[7] Victoria Lust (Eng)
11/9, 11/9, 11/9
[LL] Mehran Amr Mahmoud (Egy)
[4] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
11/7, 11/4, 11/3
[Q] Sara El Noamany (Egy)
Nour El Tayeb
12-10, 11-7, 13-11 (38m)
Kanzy El-Dafrawy
[5] Kanzy El-Dafrawy (Egy)
11/7, 14/12, 11/6
Farah Abdel Meguid (Egy)
[LL] Farah Momen (Egy)
 11/5, 7/11, 11/7, 11/6
[6] Heba El Torky (Egy)
Heba El Torky
7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 5-0 ret. (56m)
Salma Hany
Heba El Torky
11-4, 14-12, 11-4 (26m)
Raneem El Weleily
[Q] Salma Hany (Egy)
9/11, 12/10 rtd
[3] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
Lauren Selby (Eng)
11/2, 11/13, 7/11, 13/11, 11/4
[8] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
Lucie Fialova
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (22m)
Raneem El Weleily
[Q] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
11/4, 8/11, 12/10, 15/13
[2] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)

Massaro Wins Sharm El Sheikh Showdown

England's Laura Massaro justified her top billing in the Women's Sharm El Sheikh Open by winning the $29,500 WISPA World Tour squash title at the Laguna Vista Hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh.

But the 27-year-old world No9 from Preston was pushed all the way by Egyptian rival Raneem El Weleily in the pair's sixth Tour meeting of the year.

After taking the first game, Massaro made too many errors in the second to let her 21-year-old opponent back into the game.

The third and fourth games both went to tie-breaks - with world No11 El Weleily earning a game ball in the latter.

But Massaro kept her focus and a low cross court winner finally sealed an 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10 victory for the England international after 57 minutes.

The win marks the seventh WISPA World Tour title of Massaro's career.

Top Seeds To Share Sharm El Sheikh Final

In their sixth meeting this year, England's Laura Massaro will face Egyptian Raneem El Weleily in the final of the Women's Sharm El Sheikh Open after surviving straight games semi-finals in the $29,500 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Laguna Vista Hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh.

Massaro, the top seed from Preston, overcame rapidly-rising Egyptian star Nour El Tayeb, the 17-year-old fourth seed who leapt into the WISPA world top 20 earlier this month for the first time.

The 27-year-old world No9 started strongly, keeping El Tayeb under pressure behind her. Despite a couple of unforced errors, Massaro was in control for much of the game before taking a one-love lead.

The Egyptian teenager worked hard in the second, first to retrieve and then to look for the volley winner. It paid dividends as she opened up a 9-5 lead - but Massaro responded with four quick points to level. Two poor volley errors from the youngster gave Massaro the second game.

Having established a 4-1 lead in the third, the favourite maintained a stranglehold on the match to the end, finally closing it out 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 after 34 minutes.

"I thought I played really well today - I'm really pleased with this performance, especially against somebody as dangerous as she is," Massaro said afterwards. "And I needed to play as well as that to beat her.

"But for a 17-year-old, to move like that and play that type of shots, it's really impressive," concluded the England international, now in her 14th Tour final.

El Weleily set up a final featuring the top two seeds with a composed victory over sixth-seeded compatriot Heba El Torky. Using her silky skills to good effect, the 21-year-old second seed had the industrious El Torky covering all four corners of the court on the way to taking the first game.

However, undaunted El Torky stepped up the pace in the second to open up several leads. But the 19-year-old from Alexandria failed to capitalise on three game balls - going down 14-12 as El Weleily found a couple of volley drop winners to edge home.

El Weleily quickly built up a 5-0 lead before her opponent regained her focus - but further errors helped the No2 seed to push through to claim her 11-4, 14-12, 11-4 victory in 26 minutes.

The world No11 from Alexandria said she was very happy to reach the final: "Heba and myself we've been playing each other for a long time - last year, she beat me in Hurghada, and at the Nationals, and I won in Heliopolis, we always have epic battles!

"She plays a very random squash, you never know the shot she is going to play until she actually plays it, you have to keep on your toes constantly, especially on that court where the ball dies at the front," added El Weleily, on the eve of her sixth Tour final.

Egyptians Close In On Massaro In Sharm El Sheikh

England's top seed Laura Massaro stands in the way of a local winner of the Women's Sharm El Sheikh Open after Egyptians claimed the remaining three semi-final places in the $29,500 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Laguna Vista Hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh.

Massaro, the world No9 from Preston, defeated seventh-seeded compatriot Victoria Lust 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 and will now face fourth seed Nour El Tayeb for a place in the final.

El Tayeb, the 17-year-old from Cairo who leapt into the top 20 for the first time this month, beat fellow Egyptian Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy, the fifth seed, 12-10, 11-7, 13-11.

The other all-Egyptian semi features second seed Raneem El Weleily and Heba El Torky. But sixth seed El Torky stared defeat in the face at two-love down to 18-year-old qualifier Salma Hany. The 19-year-old from Alexandria battled back to take the next two games, however, and led 5-0 in the decider when Hany was forced to concede the match after sustaining a thigh injury.

El Weleily, the world No11 from Alexandria, recorded a commanding win over Lucie Fialova, beating the eighth seed from the Czech Republic 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 in just 22 minutes.

El Sherbini Shuffles Out In Sharm

Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini became the only seeding casualty on the opening day of the Women's Sharm El Sheikh Open when she was forced to retire injured after the second game in the $29,500 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Laguna Vista Hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh.

The third seed, aged just 25, took the opening game against compatriot Salma Hany - but, after losing the second in a tie-break, conceded the match to the 18-year-old qualifier from Giza.

"I have an injury on my knee," former world junior champion El Sherbini told www.squashsite.com afterwards. "I was not going to play, but I tried!"

Hany will now face fellow countrywoman Heba El Torky after the sixth seed from Alexandria beat compatriot Farah Momen 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6.

El Torky is one of five Egyptians who will contest the quarter-finals - led by Raneem El Weleily, the second seed who needed four games to overcome 14-year-old local qualifier Yathreb Adel 11-4, 8-11, 12-10, 15-13.