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US Open 2018
Men's Draw
06 - 13 Oct
Philadelphia, USA, $169k

Round Two
 07 OCT
Round Three
 08 -09
OCT
Quarters
 10  -11 OCT
Semis
 12 OCT
Final
 13 OCT
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (27m)
Todd Harrity (USA)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-5, 16-14, 11-9 (51m)
Saurav Ghosal
Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (46m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
Mohamed ElShorbagy
7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (78m)
Paul Coll
Mohamed ElShorbagy
8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 (73m)
 Simon Rösner



 

Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-4, 11-8, 11-3 (42m)
Tom Richards (ENG)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (31m)
Nathan Lake (ENG)
Mohamed Abouelghar
11-8, 11-9, 12-10 (43m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
[7] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
15-13, 11-8, 11-9 (43m)
Greg Lobban (SCO)
[8] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (46m)
Diego Elias (PER)
Paul Coll
11-6, 11-4, 11-1 (34m)
Omar Mosaad
Paul Coll
6-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11 (96m)
 
Tarek Momen
Omar Mosaad (EGY)
11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 (78m)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
Declan James (ENG)
6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 19-17, 16-14 (101m)
Adrian Waller (ENG)
Declan James
5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (40m)
Tarek Momen
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (34m)
James Willstrop (ENG)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER)
7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3 (69m)
Daryl Selby (ENG)
Simon Rösner
11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 11-3 (67m)
George Parker
Simon Rösner
11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (41m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Simon Rösner
4-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (54m)
 Ali Farag
George Parker (ENG)
7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 13-11 (70m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Cesar Salazar (MEX)
14-12, 6-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7 (76m)
Max Lee (HKG)
Cesar Salazar
11-8, 11-6, 11-13, 11-9 (63m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
[5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (44m)
Lucas Serme (FRA)
[6] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3 (53m)
Chris Simpson (ENG)
Gregory Gaultier
11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-3 (57m)
Zahed Salem
Gregory Gaultier
6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-2 (74m)
 
Ali Farag
Zahed Salem (EGY)
12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4 (51m)
Leo Au (HKG)
Joel Makin (WAL)
4-11, 15-13, 11-9, 12-10 (86m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Joel Makin
11-5, 13-11, 11-5 (52m)
Ali Farag
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (33m)
[2]
Ali Farag (EGY)

Round One


Todd Harrity (USA) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-2: 4-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (66m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Ben Coleman (ENG 3-1: 11-8, 15-13, 8-11, 11-9 (69m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-2: 11-3, 5-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5 (66m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-2: 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 8-11, 11-6 (70m)
Declan James (ENG) bt [WC] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (42m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-0: 11-4, 2-1 ret. (42m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (65m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-1: 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 (42m)
Max Lee (HKG) bt Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-1: 11-4, 12-14, 11-6, 11-6 (69m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-1: 11-2, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9 (48m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (39m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7 (85m)
Leo Au (HKG) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (35m)
Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-2: 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-5 (62m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Andrew Douglas (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 13-11 (47m)
Joel Makin (WAL) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (39m)

 

US Open. 2017
Women's Draw

06 - 13 Oct
Philadelphia, USA, $169k

Round two
 06 - 07 OCT
Round three
 08 -09
OCT
Quarters
 10  -11 OCT
Semis
 12 OCT
Final
 13 OCT
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (24m)
Joey Chan (HKG)
Nour El Sherbini
11-6, 11-8, 11-8
Alison Waters
Nour El Sherbini
11-3, 11-3, 11-8 (23m)
Yathreb Adel
Nour El Sherbini
10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (62m)
Camille Serme
Nour El Sherbini
11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (33m)
Raneem El Welily

 



 

[10] Alison Waters (ENG)
11-7, 11-2, 12-10 (32m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
[15] Salma Hany (EGY)
5-11, 15-13, 5-11, 11-9, 14-12 (52m)
Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Salma Hany
3-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9 (58m)
Yathreb Adel
Yathreb Adel (EGY)
15-13, 14-12, 11-13, 6-11, 11-9 (76m)
[6] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[5] Camille Serme (FRA)
12-14, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 (57m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
Camille Serme
11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (29m)
Annie Au
Camille Serme
11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (30m)
Amanda Sobhy
[11] Annie Au (HKG)
11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (25m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG)
Amanda Sobhy (USA)
9-11, 13-11, 11-1, 11-6 (39m)
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG)
Amanda Sobhy
9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (51m)
Nour El Tayeb
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (23m)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
[4] Joelle King (NZL)
7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (38m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED)
Joelle King
7-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (69m)
Tesni Evans
Tesni Evans
11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 (71m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
Tesni Evans
12-14, 11-7, 14-12, 13-11 (64m)
Raneem El Welily
[12] Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (44m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[16] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3 (52m)
Julianne Courtice (ENG)
 Joshna Chinappa
11-5, 11-8, 12-10 (28m)
 Sarah-Jane Perry
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (46m)
Nada Abbas (EGY)
[7] Laura Massaro (ENG)
11-6, 0-11, 12-10, 13-11 (52m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Laura Massaro
12-10, 11-8, 7-
11, 8-11, 11-7 (56m)
Nicol David
Laura Massaro
11-7, 11-2, 12-10 (32m)
Raneem El Welily
[9] Nicol David (MAS)
11-4, 15-13, 6-11, 11-13, 11-8 (58m)
Donna Lobban (AUS)
[14] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
14-12, 12-10, 13-15, 11-8 (58m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG)
Olivia Blatchford
11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (32m)
Raneem El Welily
Rachael Grinham (AUS)
11-4, 11-6, 11-3 (20m)
[2]
Raneem El Welily (EGY)

round one


Joey Chan (HKG) bt Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-2: 6-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (49m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3 (38m)
Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-1: 14-16, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (41m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (28m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [WC] Reeham Sedky (USA) 3-2: 2-11, 1-11, 13-11, 12-10, 11-8 (78m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO) 3-2: 11-3, 11-2, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7 (41m)
Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-1 (24m)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-2: 11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4 (47m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (24m)
Mariam Metwally (NED) bt Nikki Todd (CAN) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3 (30m)
Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-1: 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7 (48m)
Nada Abbas (BEL) bt Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-2: 3-11, 7-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-7 (61m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-0: 15-13, 11-8, 11-6 (32m)
Donna Lobban (AUS) bt [WC] Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-1: 13-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 (38m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-1: 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 (47m)
Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 3-1: 11-5, 6-11, 14-12, 11-2 (40m)

 

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Finals

World Champions ElShorbagy and El Welily Lift U.S. Open Titles

Reigning World Champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily claimed silverware on finals night at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after they defeated Germany’s Simon Rösner and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini, respectively, at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

2017 runner-up ElShorbagy captured his third U.S. Open title after the World No.1 twice recovered from a game down before putting in a superb fifth-game display to overcome World No.5 Rösner by an 8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 margin in the men’s final.

The 27-year-old Egyptian, who lost to World No.2 Ali Farag in last year’s final, had beaten Rösner in all 14 of their previous encounters on the PSA Tour and he weathered some attacking squash from the German to extend that record, lifting the 34th PSA Tour title of his career - and his first of the season - in the process.

“I need to give credit to Rösner, he played amazing throughout the whole week,” said ElShorbagy.

“I’m pleased we had a fair battle. I’m pleased to win my third U.S. Open title, I lost last year and I was a bit disappointed, but I lost to the better player and had no regrets.

“This year, I wanted to come and try and do one match better and luckily I was able to do that and it came together this week.”

Meanwhile, El Welily has become U.S. Open champion for the first time after a scintillating display from the World No.2 saw her beat fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini in straight games to improve on last year’s runner-up finish.

The top two women in the world had met 18 times on the PSA Tour - with both players enjoying nine wins apiece coming into tonight’s match - while they contested six finals during the 2017/18 season.

And a superb display of attacking squash from El Welily saw her dominate the encounter to win in just 33 minutes, with an 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 victory seeing her etch her name into the prestigious trophy for the first time, while she has also closed the gap between herself and El Sherbini in the battle for the World No.1 spot.

“Last year I made it to the final and couldn’t quite make it to the end," said El Welily after lifting the 19th PSA Tour title of her career.

“I’m very glad that I managed to make it one [step] further this time. The U.S. Open has been one of the titles that I have always loved and a title that I have wanted to win for a long time now.

“It’s definitely a special moment for me. Nour has had a great week and has played really well and I look forward to many more matches this season. I’m sure she will come back fighting and they will be good battles. Hopefully I can get back to World No.1, it’s my dream and I will continue to fight for it.”

ElShorbagy and El Welily will both take home prize money totalling $22,800 each, while they have become the first players to qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.

The PSA World Tour Finals features both a men’s and women’s tournament and brings together the reigning PSA World Champions and all seven PSA World Tour Platinum title winners, with any remaining places being allocated to the highest ranked players on the PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard.
 

Semi Finals

Rösner Ends Farag’s Title Defence to Reach U.S. Open Final

Germany’s World No.5 Simon Rösner will be the only non-Egyptian to appear in the finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships event after he brought an end to World No.2 Ali Farag’s title defence with an immaculate performance on semi-finals day at the PSA World Tour Platinum event held at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

Farag made history last year when he took the men’s title shortly after wife Nour El Tayeb had prevailed in the women’s final, meaning they became the first husband and wife in sporting history to lift the same major sports title on the same day.

But the Egyptian, who toppled World No.7 Gregory Gaultier in a 74-minute epic yesterday, failed to capitalise on a one-game lead against his opponent today as Rösner responded in stunning fashion to claim a 4-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 triumph which sees him become the first German male to reach the final of the U.S. Open.

“I was able to play my attacking squash and I’m very pleased and relieved with my performance," said Rösner.

“It seems like the U.S. is good for me. It has a lot to do with how comfortable you are and how the place is treating you. After not making the semis before and now reaching the final, it is huge for me.

“Life is treating me well at the moment, so I just want to continue on that wave and play my best squash in the final tomorrow.”

Paderborn-based Rösner, who will appear in his biggest PSA Tour final since he won the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in January, is set to face World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the title decider after the two-time U.S. Open champion also came back from one game down en route to beating World No.8 Paul Coll.

A clinical display from Coll saw the New Zealander go a game up before pulling ahead to 7-3 in the second, but 27-year-old ElShorbagy dug into the mental reserves which have helped him to dominate the PSA Tour in recent years as he came back to win it 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6.

“I’ve reached my fourth U.S. Open final in the last five years,” said Egypt’s ElShorbagy.

“I have great memories here, this is the tournament that got me to World No.1 four years ago and I come back here every year having those great memories. I’m really happy to be back in the final, I lost it here last year and I was disappointed, but I lost because my opponent was the better player."

ElShorbagy has won all 14 of his matches against Rösner on the PSA Tour and will look to improve on last year’s runner-up finish at this event.

There is guaranteed to be a new name etched onto the women's trophy after World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and World Champion Raneem El Welily claimed respective wins over World No.4 Camille Serme and World No.12 Tesni Evans to set up a final showdown.

El Sherbini, a U.S. Open runner-up in 2014 and 2016, lost to Serme in the latter of those finals but made amends today as she too overturned a one-game deficit to claim the win in four games.

"I’m really glad I won today, they were long rallies and all the games were close so I’m really happy to be through to the final," El Sherbini said.

“It would mean a lot [to win the tournament], the U.S. Open is one of the biggest tournaments and I would really love to put my name on the trophy. It’s the third final for me and hopefully it is going to be the one."

Meanwhile, El Welily will appear in the final of this tournament for a second successive year after she came through a testing encounter with Welsh giant-killer Tesni Evans, who had upset World No.5 Joelle King and World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry to become the first ever Welsh U.S. Open semi-finalist.

Evans played some incredible squash throughout the 64-minute battle and took the first game as she kept the nerves at bay to unsettle the World No.2. But despite a tenacious display from the 25-year-old, El Welily soon found her range and was able to claim victories in each of the next three games to book her place in the final at Evans’ expense.

“Tesni played really well and all credit to her for pushing me all the way and fighting," said El Welily.

“Winning the U.S. [Open] title is definitely something I would love to do, but it’s not going to be easy. It’s definitely more difficult playing against Nour, she is a very good friend and we play against each other a lot. Playing any Egyptian girl is usually more difficult mentally."

The two Egyptians will meet for the 19th time on the PSA Tour, with the current head-to-head record locked at nine wins apiece. The pair met in six finals last season, with El Sherbini claiming four wins to El Welily’s two.

Both the men's and women's winner will claim $22,800 in prize money and will qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.

The finals of the U.S. Open will begin at 17:00 local time (GMT-4) on Saturday October 13 and both matches will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and other major broadcast channels, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.
 

Quarter Finals Lower Half

Evans and Rösner Reach U.S. Open Semis to Make History

Welsh World No.12 Tesni Evans and Germany’s World No.5 Simon Rösner became the first players from their respective nations to reach the semi-finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after an enthralling evening of squash at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

Evans, the Welsh No.1, had never beaten Perry in any of their six previous meetings on the PSA Tour, while Perry got the better of her opponent in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games singles event on the Gold Coast earlier this year.

But inside Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center, Evans put in a magnificent performance as she fought back from a 2-1 deficit to finally get a win over the World No.8 which sees her become the first Welsh player since coach David Evans in 2000 to reach the last four of a major PSA Tour event.

“I’m really pleased with my performance today,” said World No.12 Evans.

“I’m a very proud Welsh person anyway, so it makes me really happy that I can break records as much as I can. I’m so happy that I’m the first one to do it at this event and I hope there are many more after me.

“I’ve only played one tournament before this and I wasn’t quite sure where my level was at, but to beat two world-class players in three days is an amazing achievement. It’s one of my favourite events that I have been to. I love the place, I stay with a really good family and I feel really good here.”

Evans will take on World Champion Raneem El Welily for a place in the title decider after the Egyptian dismantled England No.1 Laura Massaro in straight games, winning 11-7, 11-2, 12-10.

El Welily was a losing finalist at this tournament in 2012 and 2017 and will look to extend her unbeaten run over Evans to six matches as she bids to reach the final of this tournament for a third time.

“It was 3-0 but as you can see from the scoreline it was close, especially in the third," El Welily said afterwards.

"Laura was really getting me all around the court. Maybe I played safe a little bit, maybe I wanted to win too much so that put a bit of pressure on me, but overall I’m very happy to come out as the winner today and it was a good match."

Rösner became the first German player to reach the last four of this tournament courtesy of a masterclass 3-0 victory over World No.6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

A breathtaking performance from the Paderborn-based 30-year-old saw him down Colombia’s Rodriguez by an 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 margin and he will line up against defending champion Ali Farag for a place in the final.

“I feel amazing,” said Rösner.

“I’m really happy with my performance, especially tactically today. I needed to slow down the pace every once in a while, get into the corners better and I think I managed to do that by chipping it up high in the air from the left-side corner to the right-side corner, and after that I was able to counter-attack."

Farag, who won this title alongside wife Nour El Tayeb in 2017, earned his place in the last four of this tournament for a second successive year after he outlasted three-time champion Gregory Gaultier after 74 minutes of intense squash.

Despite sporting a significant amount of strapping on his right knee, 35-year-old Gaultier tested Farag throughout the fixture and twice took a one-game lead, but the unrelenting pressure from World No.2 Farag eventually took its toll as the Egyptian powered to a fifth-game victory.

“I have to give a huge amount of respect to Greg,” said Farag.

"I’m glad I had Nour [El Tayeb] in my corner, who kept telling me to keep pushing and that I would find a way somehow. I don’t know how I did it, but it just happened and I’m so relieved to be in the semi-finals again."

The semi-finals of the U.S. Open will take place from 17:00 local time (GMT-4) on Friday October 12. Fixtures will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and other mainstream broadcast channels such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.
 

Quarter Finals Top Half

Kiwi Coll Takes Out Momen to Reach Semi-Finals of U.S. Open

New Zealand’s World No.8 Paul Coll became the first male Kiwi since the 1990s to reach the semi-finals of a major PSA Tour event after he claimed a massive 3-2 win over World No.3 Tarek Momen at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships, PSA World Tour Platinum event.

The pair played out a gladiatorial 96-minute battle at Philadelphia’s Drexel University which saw some punishing rallies put both players through their paces as Coll twice recovered from a game down to set up a decider.

With the drama reaching a crescendo inside the Daskalakis Athletic Center, Coll and Momen both squandered match balls until a no let was given against Momen on the second of Coll’s match balls. That sent the player from New Zealand through to the semi-finals of this tournament for the first time, with Coll winning by a 6-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11 scoreline.

“It feels amazing," said Coll.

“Tarek is a great player and he’s so fast, but I felt that I really found my game more in the fourth and fifth. There were a few edgy shots in the fifth, but I got a $300 parking fine earlier today so that was a bit of extra motivation to pay that off.

“I’ve been working hard on my game, so I’m just excited to see where I am against the best in the world."

Coll will take on World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the next round after he overcame World No.9 Mohamed Abouelghar in straight games to reach the semi-finals of this tournament for the fifth time in succession.

Abouelghar had defeated 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad in clinical fashion in the previous round but found the tin with too much regularity against ElShorbagy, with the higher ranked Egyptian putting in a composed display and profiting off a series of errors from his opponent to book his place in the semi-finals.

“He’s a great player but I just wanted to go on court with him today and I wanted to show him that how he won the last tournament [the China Open], he needed to do a 100 times better today," ElShorbagy said.

“When it comes to those end games you have to be fearless and you have to show your metal and I showed that at the end of the second game when he came back at me. I’m really happy and proud of my performance today."

2016 women’s U.S. Open champion Serme will go head-to-head with World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in a repeat of that final after they claimed respective victories over United States No.2 Amanda Sobhy and World No.30 Yathreb Adel.

Serme became the first female French player in history to win the U.S. Open when she beat El Sherbini in the final two years ago and the 29-year-old sent out a real statement of intent today as she hit her targets to perfection against Sobhy to emerge victorious by an 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 margin.

“The crowd were cheering a lot for Amanda today,” said World No.4 Serme afterwards.

“I just tried to stay focused and even I’m surprised with my game today. I hit really good targets and I’m just really happy."

El Sherbini, who defeated Adel in straight games, leads the head-to-head record 10-8 against Serme, but the French player did end a four-match losing streak to the World No.1 in the semi-finals of last month’s J.P. Morgan China Open.

“I think I played really well,” said El Sherbini.

“She [Adel] has been playing really well all week, she beat Nouran [Gohar] and has been in good form. No one knows how long we have been playing against each other, we are the same age and have been playing since we were five years old. She is really tough to play against and I’m really happy with my performance today."

The quarter-finals of the U.S. Open continue tomorrow (Thursday October 11) at 17:00 local time (GMT-4) and the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 

Round 3 Lower Half

Evans Scores Comeback Win Over King at U.S. Open to Reach Last Eight

World No.12 Tesni Evans overturned a two-game deficit against New Zealand’s Joelle King at Philadelphia’s Drexel University earlier today to book her place in the quarter-finals of the prestigious FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.

Evans had beaten Commonwealth Games gold medalist King in their last meeting during May’s Allam British Open, but she found herself down in the opening two games after a bright start from King, with Evans struggling to contain the World No.5.

However, a virtuoso fightback from Evans saw her play some spell-binding squash as she took control and she came back to record a 7-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 victory which will see her take on World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry for a place in what would be a first ever PSA World Tour Platinum semi-final for the 25-year-old from Rhyl.

"I was getting completely outplayed for the first two games, she had me everywhere and was all over me, so something had to change," Evans said afterwards.

“I tried to change my game a little bit and luckily it paid off in the end.

“I’m not going to lie, if you look at the head-to-head [against Perry] then I’m not looking very good. I’ve never beaten her before but it’s another opportunity to have another go. I’m really looking forward to the quarter-finals and I will give it everything in that match.”

Perry earned her quarter-final place courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory over India’s Joshna Chinappa, while there were also wins for England’s Laura Massaro and last year’s runner-up Raneem El Welily, with the duo seeing off Malaysia’s Nicol David and United States No.1 Olivia Blatchford, respectively,

World No.7 Massaro and eight-time World Champion David have contested an enthralling rivalry over the past 13 years and were meeting for the 34th time on the PSA Tour, with David leading the head-to-head record 23-10 coming into the match.

It was their third meeting of the season - with both players taking a win apiece before today - but Massaro prevailed by a 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-7 margin despite squandering a two-game advantage.

“Before the fifth, [three-time World Champion] Nick Matthew came over to me and said ‘you need to get your body language up, you’ve got to hit the ball the way you know you can hit it and it comes down to whether you want it or not’," said Massaro, who will play El Welily for a place in the last four.

"Sometimes it just needs to be simplified like that and I just went on there and tried to fight, [there were ] a few more fist pumps and I just tried to get myself moving and that transferred into how snappy I was. It was tight but I’m just happy to get over the line in the end.”

In the men’s tournament, World No.2 Ali Farag continued the defence of the title he won alongside wife Nour El Tayeb last year as he overcame Welshman Joel Makin in straight games.

World No.33 Makin tested Farag at times during the fixture and even forced him into a tiebreak in the second game, but the player from Egypt was able to close the win out by an 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 scoreline and he will play three-time U.S. Open champion Gregory Gaultier in the next round.

“I’m delighted,” said Cairo-born Farag.

“You can see how hungry he is, he never gives up on any ball and never gives you any cheap points, which is great to see. On court with him it is never easy and being 9-2 up in third he still caused me problems. I think the second game was crucial, I think if he had have won that then the dynamics of the match would have changed and I got away with a 3-0 win."

Gaultier will aim to end a four-match losing streak against the Egyptian in their quarter-finals match, and he earned his place in the last eight after beating Farag’s compatriot Zahed Salem 3-1.

“I didn’t play amazing squash,” Gaultier said afterwards.

“It’s the first time I have played on this court and it was quite difficult, the ball moves quite fast, I just needed to get my mark and find my length. I was judging my game all the time and couldn’t get my short game [working], but at the end of the day I did what I had to do, just win, and that’s all I care about."

The other men’s quarter-final on the bottom half of the draw will be contested by Germany’s World No.5 Simon Rösner and Colombia’s World No.6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez after they enjoyed respective wins over England’s George Parker and Mexico’s Cesar Salazar.

The quarter-finals of the U.S. Open begin at 18:00 local time (GMT-4) on Wednesday October 10 and the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and DAZN (Japan).
 

Round 3 Top Half

US Star Sobhy Comes Back to End El Tayeb’s U.S. Open Title Defence

United States No.2 Amanda Sobhy completed an astonishing comeback from two games down to eliminate defending FS Investments U.S. Open champion Nour El Tayeb in round three of the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament held at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

Sobhy, a former World No.6, had spent 10 months on the sidelines due to an achilles injury before making her comeback at January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, and she showed signs that she is approaching the level she was at before that injury with a stunning display after a slow start.

World No.3 El Tayeb’s historic win alongside husband Ali Farag at last year’s U.S. Open saw them become the first married couple in sporting history to lift the same major title on the same day, and she looked full of confidence as she hit an array of winners to take a two-game lead.

However Sobhy, cheered on by the American crowd, responded brilliantly and forced El Tayeb onto the back foot as she hit perfect lines into the back corners, while she was just as clinical at the front of the court to complete a 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 triumph which will see her take on France’s Camille Serme for a place in the semi-finals.

“It’s a special win for me,” said New York-born Sobhy

“I was thinking about this match since the summer. I know how good she is and she won it last year, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I narrowly lost to her in five at the British [Open] and I knew that I’m right there with the top three still, but I just need to break through and I’m so pleased with how I fought back today, and having my whole support team here is huge for me and a big confidence booster.

“It’s amazing to be back here. I missed it last year, I was down here but it was a really rough time for me with my progress just being stalled and I was really hopeless at that time. Coming back here, it’s the biggest and most prestigious tournament in the US and I did my rehab in Philly, so it is a second home for me."

Serme avenged her defeat to Annie Au at the Oracle NetSuite Open two weeks ago with a 3-0 win over the World No.11 this time around, while World No.1 Nour El Sherbini continued her strong start to the tournament with a victory over World No.9 Alison Waters by the same scoreline.

“I had to work hard,” said 22-year-old El Sherbini.

“Alison has been playing really well since last season. Last time we played I beat her 3-2 and it wasn’t an easy match. I knew today was going to be tough and it wasn’t an easy 3-0."

El Sherbini will clash with compatriot Yathreb Adel in the next round after the World No.30 followed up a second round upset over World No.7 Nouran Gohar with another surprise win over World No.15 Salma Hany in five games.

In the men’s tournament, World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy took a step closer to the final after he defeated Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal in an entertaining 51-minute battle.

ElShorbagy, who fell to Farag in last year’s final, dropped just five points in the opening game but was tested by a resurgent Ghosal in the next two games and required a tie-break victory in the second, before he edged the third to complete the win by an 11-5, 16-14, 11-9 scoreline.

“With Saurav it’s always a tough match,” said ElShorbagy.

“Our matches are always very tight and very difficult. He always knows how to move me around the court, so I knew from the first point that I had to be sharp and on my toes and I’m really happy with how I won that crucial second game. In the third game he made a comeback and I’m just glad that I closed it out in the end."

The in-form Mohamed Abouelghar stands between ElShorbagy and a place in an eighth successive PSA Tour semi-final after a sublime performance from the World No.9 saw him down fellow Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad in straight games.

Abouelghar has started the season brilliantly, winning his biggest PSA Tour title last month at the J.P. Morgan China Open, and he dismantled 2016 World Champion Gawad, claiming an 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 margin to earn his place in the last eight.

“I had a disappointing second-half last season,” said Abouelghar.

“I knew a change had to be made and luckily it has worked out sooner than expected. I would say that was my finest performance today and I had to be at my best to beat someone like Karim."

Elsewhere, World No.4 Tarek Momen and World No.8 Paul Coll claimed wins against England’s Declan James and Egypt’s Omar Mosaad, respectively, and they will go head-to-head in the quarter-finals.

Third round action continues tomorrow at 12:00 local time (GMT-4) on Tuesday October 9 and all matches will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and DAZN (Japan).
 

Round 2

Defending Champions Farag & El Tayeb Get U.S. Open Campaigns Under Way

Defending FS Investments U.S. Open champions Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb got their title defences under way with victories in round two of the PSA World Tour Platinum event held at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

Farag and El Tayeb etched their names into the history books at last year’s tournament as they became the first married couple in sporting history to win the same major sports title on the same day - and World No.2 Farag began his title assault at the 2018 instalment with a 3-0 win over Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller.

“It’s never easy to start off against Nicky,” said Farag.

“He’s a very tricky player and he’s very dangerous at the front of the court, so I had to keep my metal and keep it deep in the corners because I know that if I leave it at the front then I can’t really read him because he’s got all of those trick shots.

“One or two of those games could have gone either way, so I’m happy to get off with a 3-0 win."

Farag will take on Welshman Joel Makin for a place in the quarter-finals after he toppled Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, while World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy began his tournament with a comfortable 3-0 victory over United States men’s No.1 Todd Harrity.

ElShorbagy, a two-time U.S. Open champion, lost out to Farag in last year’s title decider, but he laid down a marker for the rest of the tournament as he downed training partner 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 Harrity in just 27 minutes.

“I really love playing here,” said reigning World Champion ElShorbagy, who fell to Farag in the Oracle NetSuite Open final earlier this week.

"I have played in three finals here and won twice. This is also where I got to World No.1 in 2013 when I won the tournament, so I have good memories here and I really hope that I can keep that momentum going and hopefully I play another good event here.”

ElShorbagy will play World No.11 Saurav Ghosal in the third round, where he will be joined by fellow Egyptians Tarek Momen and Karim Abdel Gawad, who defeated former World No.1 James Willstrop and Greg Lobban, respectively.

In the day’s longest match, World No.20 Declan James came back from 2-0 down to defeat fellow Englishman Adrian Waller in a marathon 101-minute spectacle and his reward is a third round matchup with 2016 World Champion Gawad.

World No.3 El Tayeb dispatched India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik in straight games in the women’s tournament and she will line up against United States No.2 Amanda Sobhy in round three after she defeated England’s Victoria Lust 3-1.

“Lusty and I have played a lot of times,” said former World No.6 Sobhy.

“We know each other’s game and I know how deadly she can be, but I was looking forward to getting into a solid match. She played really well so I really had to step up and play at that top level and I’m happy to win and move onto the next round."

The leading American in the women’s game - World No.16 Olivia Blatchford - is also through to the last 16 after taking out England’s Emily Whitlock in four games and she will take on World Champion Raneem El Welily, who overcame the experienced Rachael Grinham.

“Emily is a great player,” said Blatchford following her victory.

“Our rankings are pretty much the same, so it’s completely evenly matched. She came out firing and it was all super close and to be playing Raneem in the next round here is awesome."

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini began her tournament with victory over Hong Kong’s Joey Chan to set up a third round meeting with World No.9 Alison Waters, while World No.11 Nicol David and World No.6 Laura Massaro - who have five U.S. Open titles between them - will meet for the third tournament in a row and the 34th time on the PSA Tour after respective wins over Australia’s Donna Lobban and England’s Millie Tomlinson.

World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry also won on day two as she defeated Egypt’s Nada Abbas and she will play India’s Joshna Chinappa in the next round as she looks to follow up the Oracle NetSuite Open title that she won earlier this week.

The third round of the U.S. Open begins at 12:00 local time (GMT-4) on Monday October 8 and the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and DAZN (Japan).
 

Round 1

American Duo Sobhy and Harrity Prevail on Day One

United States duo Amanda Sobhy and Todd Harrity made winning starts to the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships as they downed Hong Kong’s Tong Tsz-Wing and Australia’s Cameron Pilley, respectively, on day one of the PSA World Tour Platinum event taking place at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

Boston-based Sobhy missed out on an appearance at last year’s tournament due to an achilles injury, but she looked eager to make up for lost time in a dominant performance against her opponent today as she powered to an 11-3, 11-9, 11-1 victory in just 24 minutes, and she will take on England’s Victoria Lust in the next round.

“I missed out last year and that was probably one of the lowest times for me and so just to be back here is huge,” said Sobhy afterwards.

“I love this venue. I ended up having to move down to Philly for five weeks during my rehab, so it is like a second home for me now and I know that whenever I’m here I’m in good hands.”

Sobhy was the only one of four female US players to prevail in round one, with her compatriot and tournament wildcard Reeham Sedky falling to capitalise on a two-game lead against Egyptian World No.19 Hania El Hammamy.

Sedky, the World No.68 who currently attends the University of Pennsylvania, was on fire in the opening two games as her hard-hitting style enabled her to catch El Hammamy off guard and she looked destined to earn a second round berth at this tournament for the first time after going 2-0 up.

But she eased off slightly in the third and El Hammamy was able to gain a foothold in the match, with the Egyptian taking the next three games without reply to complete the comeback.

“I had to fight and dig in on every point,” said El Hammamy, who will play France’s Camille Serme next.

“I said I’m not going to give up. I played against her at the end of last season and was 2-0 down and came back to 2-2 but then lost, so I said this time was going to be different and I wasn’t going to let it go."

Elsewhere in the women’s event, United States No.3 Haley Mendez surrendered a one-game advantage against Egypt’s Nadine Shahin, while Olivia Fiechter, the other women’s wildcard, went down against Australia’s Donna Lobban.

A trio of American players competed in the opening round of the men’s event, with Harrity, Christopher Gordon and Andrew Douglas all in action, and Harrity made it a night to remember as he claimed his biggest ever victory on the PSA Tour with a 3-2 win over World No.23 Pilley.

Harrity, the World No.48 from Wayne, completed a brilliant fightback from two games down to defeat the Australian and will line up against training partner and World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the next round.

“Obviously he is just coming back from injury so I noticed he wasn’t moving well,” said Harrity following his win.

“But sometimes that’s the hardest thing to cope with because it’s something else to think about and distract you from just playing.

“I wasn’t really feeling my shots and I was trying too hard to expose his movements, but I’m really proud that I didn’t let my nerves get the best of me and ground it out to get the win."

Gordon saw his tournament come to an end against England’s Declan James, while Douglas went down to France’s Mathieu Castagnet in straight games.

“Credit to him because he is a great player and a fighter and he showed me right up until the last point that the match wasn’t over,” said 31-year-old Castagnet.

“I had to put a lot of effort in to get the win. I love this tournament, I love the crowd. I have so many good memories, I have been number six in the world here and I’m trying to get back to that form and reach the top 20 again and who knows, maybe the top 10."

Meanwhile, Spain’s former World No.5 Borja Golan exited the tournament after retiring due to injury in his match with Adrian Waller.

A heavy lunge from Waller during the final point in their clash caused some damage to the court floor, meaning the following two matches scheduled for the glass court - which is situated in Drexel University’s Daskalakis Daskalakis Athletic Center - were moved to the side courts while the issue was fixed.

The side courts also played host to one of the day’s biggest upsets when England’s World No.49 George Parker overcame World No.35 Mazen Hesham in five games to set up a second round meeting with Tsz Fung Yip.

Second round action gets under way at 12:00 local time (GMT-4) on Sunday October 7, when 2017 winners Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb begin their tournaments as they aim to replicate the form that saw them become the first married couple in sporting history to lift the same major sports title on the same day last year.

The action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and DAZN (Japan).

United States duo Amanda Sobhy and Todd Harrity made winning starts to the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships as they downed Hong Kong’s Tong Tsz-Wing and Australia’s Cameron Pilley, respectively, on day one of the PSA World Tour Platinum event taking place at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

Boston-based Sobhy missed out on an appearance at last year’s tournament due to an achilles injury, but she looked eager to make up for lost time in a dominant performance against her opponent today as she powered to an 11-3, 11-9, 11-1 victory in just 24 minutes, and she will take on England’s Victoria Lust in the next round.

“I missed out last year and that was probably one of the lowest times for me and so just to be back here is huge,” said Sobhy afterwards.

“I love this venue. I ended up having to move down to Philly for five weeks during my rehab, so it is like a second home for me now and I know that whenever I’m here I’m in good hands.”

Sobhy was the only one of four female US players to prevail in round one, with her compatriot and tournament wildcard Reeham Sedky falling to capitalise on a two-game lead against Egyptian World No.19 Hania El Hammamy.

Sedky, the World No.68 who currently attends the University of Pennsylvania, was on fire in the opening two games as her hard-hitting style enabled her to catch El Hammamy off guard and she looked destined to earn a second round berth at this tournament for the first time after going 2-0 up.

But she eased off slightly in the third and El Hammamy was able to gain a foothold in the match, with the Egyptian taking the next three games without reply to complete the comeback.

“I had to fight and dig in on every point,” said El Hammamy, who will play France’s Camille Serme next.

“I said I’m not going to give up. I played against her at the end of last season and was 2-0 down and came back to 2-2 but then lost, so I said this time was going to be different and I wasn’t going to let it go."

Elsewhere in the women’s event, United States No.3 Haley Mendez surrendered a one-game advantage against Egypt’s Nadine Shahin, while Olivia Fiechter, the other women’s wildcard, went down against Australia’s Donna Lobban.

A trio of American players competed in the opening round of the men’s event, with Harrity, Christopher Gordon and Andrew Douglas all in action, and Harrity made it a night to remember as he claimed his biggest ever victory on the PSA Tour with a 3-2 win over World No.23 Pilley.

Harrity, the World No.48 from Wayne, completed a brilliant fightback from two games down to defeat the Australian and will line up against training partner and World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the next round.

“Obviously he is just coming back from injury so I noticed he wasn’t moving well,” said Harrity following his win.

“But sometimes that’s the hardest thing to cope with because it’s something else to think about and distract you from just playing.

“I wasn’t really feeling my shots and I was trying too hard to expose his movements, but I’m really proud that I didn’t let my nerves get the best of me and ground it out to get the win."

Gordon saw his tournament come to an end against England’s Declan James, while Douglas went down to France’s Mathieu Castagnet in straight games.

“Credit to him because he is a great player and a fighter and he showed me right up until the last point that the match wasn’t over,” said 31-year-old Castagnet.

“I had to put a lot of effort in to get the win. I love this tournament, I love the crowd. I have so many good memories, I have been number six in the world here and I’m trying to get back to that form and reach the top 20 again and who knows, maybe the top 10."

Meanwhile, Spain’s former World No.5 Borja Golan exited the tournament after retiring due to injury in his match with Adrian Waller.

A heavy lunge from Waller during the final point in their clash caused some damage to the court floor, meaning the following two matches scheduled for the glass court - which is situated in Drexel University’s Daskalakis Daskalakis Athletic Center - were moved to the side courts while the issue was fixed.

The side courts also played host to one of the day’s biggest upsets when England’s World No.49 George Parker overcame World No.35 Mazen Hesham in five games to set up a second round meeting with Tsz Fung Yip.

Second round action gets under way at 12:00 local time (GMT-4) on Sunday October 7, when 2017 winners Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb begin their tournaments as they aim to replicate the form that saw them become the first married couple in sporting history to lift the same major sports title on the same day last year.

The action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and DAZN (Japan).
 

Previews

Farag to Begin U.S. Open Title Defence Against Coll

Defending men’s champion Ali Farag will get his title defence under way at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships with a mouth-watering fixture against New Zealand’s World No.10 Paul Coll at the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament taking place at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center between October 6-13.

Farag made history last year in Philadelphia when he claimed his biggest ever title on the PSA Tour just moments after wife Nour El Tayeb had lifted the women’s title, meaning the pair became the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.

Harvard-graduate Farag receives a bye into the second round at this year’s tournament as a result of the new PSA Tour structure - which came into effect on August 1 - but he’ll have a stern test right from the off as he faces the dangerous Kiwi Coll, who reached the final of the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open last week.

The men’s draw will be lit up by some incredible second round fixtures, with 2007 runner-up James Willstrop taking on World No.4 Tarek Momen, World No.5 Simon Rösner lining up against Peru’s World No.11 Diego Elias and World No.3 Marwan ElShorbagy playing England No.1 Daryl Selby.

Top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy will get his tournament off to a start against either Australia’s Cameron Pilley or local hero Todd Harrity, while his opposite number in the women’s draw, two-time runner-up Nour El Sherbini, will play either Hong Kong’s Joey Chan or Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in round two.

World No.3 El Tayeb is drawn on the same side of the draw as El Sherbini and is seeded to meet her fellow Egyptian in the semi-finals. The 25-year-old begins her title defence against either India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik or Canadian Danielle Letourneau.

World Champion Raneem El Welily is the number two seed in the women’s game and she is seeded to meet New Zealand’s Joelle King in the last four as the Egyptian aims to improve on last year’s runner-up finish.

The tournament’s wildcards comprise of Christopher Gordon and Andrew Douglas in the men’s event, who will take on England’s Declan James and France’s Mathieu Castagnet, respectively.

The women’s wildcards are US Nationals runner-up Reeham Sedky and Olivia Fiechter, who will look forward to respective fixtures against Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy and Australia’s Donna Lobban.

In addition to the $338,000 prize fund - which will be split equally between the men’s and women’s draw for a sixth year in a row - a place at the PSA World Tour Finals will also be up for grabs, with both the men’s and women’s winners guaranteeing their places at the season-ending tournament.

Action from the glass court situated in the Daskalakis Athletic Center will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and finals will be shown live by major broadcasters around the world, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

Tickets start from $25 and can be purchased from the tournament website.
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U.S. Open To Bring World-Class Squash to Philadelphia in October

The FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships will become the first PSA World Tour Platinum tournament to take place under the new PSA tour structure when the world’s best players descend on Philadelphia's Daskalakis Athletic Center between October 6-13.

The U.S. Open is one of the most pioneering tournaments on the PSA Tour, becoming the first major squash tournament to commit to equal prize money in 2013, and this year’s tournament will feature its largest ever prize purse with $338K up for grabs across both 48-player draws.

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy - the 2014 and 2016 champion - leads the men’s field which contains former winners such as defending champion Ali Farag and three-time winner Gregory Gaultier.

Farag’s memorable win over ElShorbagy last year came shortly after wife Nour El Tayeb beat World Champion Raneem El Welily to lift the women’s title - meaning they became the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.

El Tayeb and El Welily are joined in the women’s draw by the likes of World No.1 Nour El Sherbini, 2016 winner Camille Serme, 2015 victor Laura Massaro and three-time winner Nicol David.

U.S. interest in the women’s draw comes in the form of World No.14 Olivia Blatchford, World No.18 Amanda Sobhy, World No.43 Haley Mendez and wildcards Reeham Sedky and Olivia Fletcher.

Wayne-native World No.49 Todd Harrity features in the men’s draw along fellow Americans Andrew Douglas and Christopher Gordon, who take the wildcard spots.

The qualification for the PSA World Tour Finals hots up at the U.S. Open with both the men’s and women’s champions automatically guaranteeing their place at the season-ending tournament.

Tickets start from $25 and can be purchased from the tournament website.
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2018 Men’s FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships – Entry List
1) Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2) Ali Farag (EGY)
3) Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
4) Tarek Momen (EGY)
5) Simon Rösner (GER)
6) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
7) Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
8) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
9) Paul Coll (NZL)
10) Diego Elias (PER)
11) Saurav Ghosal (IND)
12) Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
13) Omar Mosaad (EGY)
14) Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
15) Daryl Selby (ENG)
16) James Willstrop (ENG)
17) Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
18) Max Lee (HKG)
19) Cameron Pilley (AUS)
20) Leo Au (HKG)
21) Declan James (ENG)
22) Cesar Salazar (MEX)
23) Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
24) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
25) Borja Golan (ESP)
26) Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
27) Gregoire Marche (FRA)
28) Greg Lobban (SCO)
29) Zahed Salem (EGY)
30) Tom Richards (ENG)
31) Mazen Hesham (EGY)
32) Lucas Serme (FRA)
33) Alan Clyne (SCO)
34) Campbell Grayson (NZL)
35) Joel Makin (WAL)
36) Chris Simpson (ENG)
37) Adrian Waller (ENG)
38) Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
39) Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
40) Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
41) Arturo Salazar (MEX)
42) Ben Coleman (ENG)
43) Mohamed Reda (EGY)
44) Todd Harrity (USA)
45) Nathan Lake (ENG)
46) George Parker (ENG)
Wildcard) Andrew Douglas (USA)
Wildcard) Christopher Gordon (USA)

2018 Women’s FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships – Entry List
1) Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
2) Raneem El Welily (EGY)
3) Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
4) Joelle King (NZL)
5) Camille Serme (FRA)
6) Nouran Gohar (EGY)
7) Laura Massaro (ENG)
8) Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
9) Nicol David (MAS)
10) Alison Waters (ENG)
11) Annie Au (HKG)
12) Tesni Evans (WAL)
13) Victoria Lust (ENG)
14) Olivia Blatchford (USA)
15) Salma Hany (EGY)
16) Joshna Chinappa (IND)
17) Donna Lobban (AUS)
18) Amanda Sobhy (USA)
19) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
20) Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
21) Joey Chan (HKG)
22) Emily Whitlock (ENG)
23) Mariam Metwally (EGY)
24) Fiona Moverley (ENG)
25) Yathreb Adel (EGY)
26) Mayar Hany (EGY)
27) Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
28) Rachael Grinham (AUS)
29) Nadine Shahin (EGY)
30) Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
31) Nele Gilis (BEL)
32) Coline Aumard (FRA)
33) Hollie Naughton (CAN)
34) Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
35) Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
36) Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
37) Milou van der Heijden (NED)
38) Nada Abbas (EGY)
39) Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
40) Haley Mendez (USA)
41) Julianne Courtice (ENG)
42) Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
43) Tinne Gilis (BEL)
44) Ho Tze-Lok (HKG)
45) Nikki Todd (CAN)
46) Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG)
Wildcard) Reeham Sedky (USA)
Wildcard) Olivia Fletcher (USA)

 

 

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History

The U.S. Open Squash Championship began on New Year’s Day, 1954, at the University Club of New York City, and literally changed the sport of squash overnight. The event, first run as a hardball tournament for the top amateur and professional players in the world, crowned its first champion, Henri Salaun, a French-American amateur player. At the end of the four-day event, Open director Ned Bigelow presented Salaun the $500 grand prize. Salaun’s victory over Hashim Khan in the finals graced the front pages of major newspapers, including the New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune, and the Washington Post, all of which were filled with photographs of the Open. New York was abuzz with the excitement.

The Open remained in New York for the next two years but, from 1957 to 1965, the event crisscrossed the country, quickly becoming a prominent tournament in the world of professional squash. It was hosted in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Indianapolis, and Atlantic City, and returned to the University Club of New York in 1963, only to be shuttled off to Buffalo and then Wilmington the following years. During these early years, the Open was dominated by the presence of the Khan family. Hashim Khan won three titles between 1956 and 1963, while his relative, Roshan Khan, also won three titles in the same decade.

In 1966 the U.S. Open merged with the Canadian Open, forming the North American Open, which remained a hardball event. In the 1970s and 80s the Khans continued to overwhelm the squash scene. Sharif Khan made fifteen straight North American finals appearances from 1968 to 1982, winning twelve of those titles. All in all, the Khan family owns a combined twenty-nine U.S. Open and North American Open Championships. The U.S. Open was reborn, once again as a hardball event (while the North American Open ran separately), in 1983 when Howie Rosenthal promoted the event. Both the 1983 and 1984 U.S. Opens were held at the Yale Club of New York with American great Mark Talbott winning in 1983 and falling to Jahangir Khan in the 1984 final.

In 1985, Tom and Hazel Jones, who were managing the title at that time, made the decision to switch the event from a hardball to a softball tournament. Jones moved the Open out to San Francisco and was one of the first to experiment with the 17-inch tin and 15-point scoring format (which was later adopted world-wide for softball events in 1989), where the Open was received very well.

In 1986, Jones moved the Open to Houston, and the following year the venue was switched to the Palladium Night Club in New York City where a brand new, imported portable court from Europe was set up on the dance floor. The Open achieved enormous success that year and has continued to thrive amongst an eager American audience, where players from across the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Pakistan, and France have all claimed championships.

In the late 1990s, US SQUASH acquired the rights to the trademark and has been managing the championship into a world-class event ever since.


 

 

 Schedule

Round One
 07 OCT
Round two
 08 -09
OCT
Quarters
 10  -11 OCT
Semis
 12 OCT
Final
 13 OCT
 

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Defending men’s champion Ali Farag will get his title defence under way at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships with a mouth-watering fixture against New Zealand’s World No.10 Paul Coll at the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament taking place at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center between October 6-13

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