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21/08/2006
ALEXANDRIA OPEN
 

Stoehr Storms To Sporting Club Success

Tornament
Women's Alexandria Sporting Club Squash Open,
Alexandria, Egypt

Final:
[2] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt [3] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 9-2, 9-6, 6-9, 9-0 (62m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [1] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) 10-8, 4-9, 1-9, 9-7, 9-4 (80m)
[2] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt [4] Christina Mak (HKG) 9-0, 9-3, 9-2 (33m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt [Q] Laura Mylotte (IRL) 9-2, 9-2, 9-0
[3] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [6] Georgina Stoker (ENG) 9-5, 9-2, 6-9, 9-2
[4] Christina Mak (HKG) bt Lucie Fialova (CZE) 9-1, 9-1, 9-1
[2] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt [Q] Amnah El Trabolsy (EGY) 9-7, 7-9, 9-4, 9-1

1st round:
[1] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt Eman El Amir (EGY) 9-3, 9-1, 9-1
[Q] Laura Mylotte (IRL) bt [8] Kirsty McPhee (ENG) 9-2, 5-9, 8-10, 9-5, 10-9
[3] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [Q] Heba Alaa El Torky (EGY) 9-1, 9-5, 9-1
[6] Georgina Stoker (ENG) bt Margriet Huisman (NED) 9-2, 9-0, 9-3
Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt [5] Jenna Gates (ENG) 10-8, 3-9, 9-4, 5-9, 9-5
[4] Christina Mak (HKG) bt [Q] Lina El Tannir (EGY) 7-9, 9-2, 9-2, 9-0
[Q] Amnah El Trabolsy (EGY) bt [7] Aisling Blake (IRL) 9-6, 0-9, 8-10, 9-6, 9-5
[2] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt Salma Shabana (EGY) 5-9, 9-4, 8-10, 9-2, 10-8

Qualifying finals:
Lina El Tannir (EGY) bt Susannah King (ENG) 9-6, 9-6, 9-4
Laura Mylotte (IRL) bt Alia Balbaa (EGY) 9-5, 10-8, 10-8
Amnah El Trabolsy (EGY) bt Lina El Sherif (EGY) 9-4, 9-0, 9-0
Heba Alaa El Torky (EGY) bt Nour Bahgat (EGY) 9-3, 7-9, 7-9, 9-1, 9-2

Stoehr Storms To Sporting Club Success
France's Isabelle Stoehr stormed to success in the final of the Women's Alexandria Sporting Club Open when she beat surprise local opponent Raneem El Weleily in four games in just over the hour to win the WISPA World Tour title in Egypt 's second largest city Alexandria .

Stoehr, the 27-year-old French national champion from Chambery, overcome 17-year-old third seed El Weleily who knocked out favourite and defending champion Engy Kheirallah in the semi-finals - 9-2, 9-6, 6-9, 9-0 in 62 minutes to win the fourth WISPA title of hr career.

"I'm feeling very happy to win today" said Stoehr. "I knew it wouldn't be easy, but she was tired from yesterday, so I tried to make sure she didn't volley - especially from the back - by playing a tight game, making the rallies longer and really focusing on my length.

"I was tired a bit in the third and she played well and deserved to win that game," agreed the new champion.

"Finally, thanks for everybody who worked on this tournament. Beating three Egyptians in a row is good, as I almost lost in the first round - so it's good to win this title."

El Weleily, from Alexandria , added: "I'm very happy to have made it to the final. It was not one of the best games in my life as I was pretty tired, so couldn't give my best game. But Isabelle played great today."

Kheirallah Crushed In Alexandria Upset
Egyptian teenager Raneem El Weleily pulled off a sensational upset in the Women's Alexandria Sporting Club Open when she knocked out top seed and defending champion Engy Kheirallah in the semi-finals of the WISPA World Tour event in Egypt 's second largest city Alexandria .

The 17-year-old world junior champion from Alexandria, seeded three, fought back from 2/1 down to defeat fellow Alexandrian Kheirallah 10-8, 4-9, 1-9, 9-7, 9-4 in 80 minutes to reach the second WISPA Tour final of her short career.

"At the beginning of the first game, I was so excited and though I was in control I snatched it 10/8," said the surprise finalist afterwards. "I started pretty well in the second game and took the lead till I was 4/1 up but then I lost my concentration and had so many unforced errors which made me lose the game, and the third one as well.

"The fourth game started pretty well - we went point by point, and she was leading 7/5 when I managed to concentrate and keep the ball going and won 9/7.

"Luckily the last game finished 9/4, though I really had no idea what my plan was it was so confusing and just I didn't know where to play what," admitted the teenager. "But I'm really satisfied with my performance mentally and physically and hope I can keep it up tomorrow as well."

El Weleily's opponent in the final will be France's No2 seed Isabelle Stoehr, who had a more straightforward 9-0, 9-3, 9-2 victory over Hong Kong's fourth seed Christina Mak in 33 minutes.

Alexandria Finalist Assured At Sporting Club
Organisers of the WISPA World Tour squash event in Egypt 's second largest city can rejoice in the fact that a local player is certain to reach the final after top seed Engy Kheirallah and third seed Raneem El Weleily successfully overcame their quarter-final opponents in the Women's Alexandria Sporting Club Open to set up an all-Alexandria semi-final.

Kheirallah, the city's top world-ranked player, ended Irish qualifier Laura Mylotte's unexpected run by beating the 31-year-old 9-2, 9-2, 9-0 to reach her third successive semi-final in a WISPA event in her home country.

The 24-year-old defending champion will now take on 17-year-old El Weleily, who needed four games to dismiss England 's sixth seed Georgina Stoker 9-5, 9-2, 6-9, 9-2.

The other semi-final will feature Hong Kong's fourth seed Christina Mak and the No2 seed from France Isabelle Stoehr. Mak defeated unseeded Czech Lucie Fialova 9-1, 9-1, 9-1, while Stoehr was made to work hard for her 9-7, 7-9, 9-4, 9-1 victory over Egyptian qualifier Amnah El Trabolsy, also a citizen of Alexandria .

Mixed Fortunes For Ireland In Alexandria
Irish international team-mates Laura Mylotte and Aisling Blake experienced mixed fortunes in the first round of the Women's Alexandria Sporting Club Squash Open in Alexandria, Egypt.

Mylotte, a former Irish junior champion who fought through the qualifiers to earn a place in the main draw, battled from 2/1 down, then survived a tie-break in the fifth-game decider to upset England's No8 seed Kirsty McPhee 9-2, 5-9, 8-10, 9-5, 10-9.

The 31-year-old's reward is a quarter-final clash with top seed Engy Kheirallah, the highest-ranked player from Alexandria who despatched fellow Egyptian Eman El Amir 9-3, 9-1, 9-1.

Aisling Blake was also taken to five games, but the seventh seed from Dublin failed to secure her anticipated place in the last eight going down 9-6, 0-9, 8-10, 9-6, 9-5 to Egyptian qualifier Amnah El Trabolsy, also from Alexandria.

Unseeded Czech Lucie Fialova also achieved an impressive upset, beating England's fifth seed Jenna Gates listed 20 places higher in the WIPSA world rankings - 10-8, 3-9, 9-4, 5-9, 9-5.

Mylotte Upsets Egyptian Party In Alexandria
Ireland's Laura Mylotte beat Alia Balbaa in straight games in today's (Monday) qualifying finals of the Women's Alexandria Sporting Club Squash Open to deny a clean sweep of Egyptian qualifiers through to this Tour 10 WISPA World Tour event in its second year in Alexandria, Egypt.

The 31-year-old former Irish junior champion, based in Stockport in England, will face England's No8 seed Kirsty McPhee in the first round.

Alexandria teenager Heba Alaa El Torky will make her long-awaited debut in the main draw of a WISPA World Tour event after fighting back from 2/1 down to beat compatriot Nour Bahgat 9-3, 7-9, 7-9, 9-1, 9-2 in the qualifying finals.

The 15-year-old will become the youngest player by far in the draw when she faces fellow teenager Raneem El Weleily, the 17-year-old No3 seed also from Alexandria in the first round.

Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) v Eman El Amir (EGY)
[8] Kirsty McPhee (ENG) v [Q] Laura Mylotte (IRL)
[3] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) v [Q] Heba Alaa El Torky (EGY)
[6] Georgina Stoker (ENG) v Margriet Huisman (NED)
[5] Jenna Gates (ENG) v Lucie Fialova (CZE)
[4] Christina Mak (HKG) v [Q] Lina El Tannir (EGY)
[7] Aisling Blake (IRL) v [Q] Amnah El Trabolsy (EGY)
[2] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) v Salma Shabana (EGY)