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Ampito Hove Open 2022

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$6,000 Ampito Hove Open 2022, Hove Fitness & Squash Club, Hove, Sussex, England, PSA Challenger Tour 5
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Ampito Hove Open 2022
Men's Draw
30 Jun - 03 Jul
Hove, Sussex, $6k

Final:
[6] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt [3] Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-2: 2-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (87m)

Semi-finals:
[6] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt [4] Charlie Lee (ENG) 13-11, 2-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6 (60m)
[3] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [8] Simon Herbert (ENG) 12-10, 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8 (73m)

Quarter-finals:
[2] Rana Ismail (EGY) bt [7] Asia Harris (ENG) 11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (31m)
[8] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt [4] Saran Nghiem (ENG) 11-9, 2-11, 11-2, 11-2 (30m)
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) bt [3] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) 9-11, 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 11-8 (57m)
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [5] Kiera Marshall (ENG) 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (26m)

1st round:
[2]  Joe Lee (ENG) bt Ondrej VorlŪcek (CZE) 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 (31m)
[6] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt Viktor Byrtus (CZE) 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 12-10 (73m)
[5] Tom Walsh (ENG) v Seif Shenawy (EGY)
[4] Charlie Lee (ENG) bt [WC] Jonah Bryant (ENG) 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (36m)
[3] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (33m)
[7] Emyr Evans (WAL) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 11-3, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6 (54m)
[8] Simon Herbert (ENG) bt Harley Lam (HKG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (29m)
[1] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (61m)

Ampito Hove Open 2022
Women's Draw
30 Jun - 03 Jul
Hove, Sussex, $6k

Final:
[8] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt [1] Torrie Malik (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (26m)

Semi-finals:
[8] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt [2] Rana Ismail (EGY) 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-1 (33m)
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [6] Menna Walid (EGY) 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (32m)

Quarter-finals:
[2] Rana Ismail (EGY) bt [7] Asia Harris (ENG) 11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (31m)
[8] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt [4] Saran Nghiem (ENG) 11-9, 2-11, 11-2, 11-2 (30m)
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) bt [3] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) 9-11, 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 11-8 (57m)
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [5] Kiera Marshall (ENG) 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (26m)

1st round:
[2] Rana Ismail (EGY) bt [WC] Isabel McCullough (ENG) 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)
[7] Asia Harris (ENG) bt Emma Keane (BER) 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (24m)
[8] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt Lowri Roberts (WAL) 7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 (31m)
[4] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) 11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (17m)
[3] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bt Megan van Drongelen (NED) 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (20m)
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) bt Katie Cox (ENG) 11-8, 11-1, 10-12, 12-14, 11-7 (38m)
[5] Kiera Marshall (ENG) bt Phoebe Colman (ENG) 11-0, 11-2, 11-2 (17m)
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Siobhan Wilkins (ENG) 11-2, 11-7, 11-3 (23m)

REPORTS

Malik And Zein Take Titles In Brighton

The Hove Ampito Squash Open came to its conclusion on Sunday afternoon at the Hove Fitness & Squash Centre in Brighton, England, with home favourite Curtis Malik taking the menís crown, while Egyptís Zeina Zein secured her first Tour title.

Zein came into the womenís Challenger 5 level tournament as the No.8 seed, with the 17-year-old as one of four Egyptians among the top eight seeds for the competition. She started her campaign in Hove with a four-game victory over Welshwoman Lowri Roberts in the opening round.

The young Egyptian then got the better of Englandís No.4 seed Saran Nghiem in a quick-fire four games in the quarter finals, before taking down the tournamentís No.2 seed in the last four. She came up against compatriot and World No.99 Rana Ismail, but defeated her fellow Egyptian in 33 minutes to move through to the final of the tournament.

In the final on Sunday afternoon, Zein took on Englandís Torrie Malik, with the World No.92 been the tournamentís top seed, and the favourite to take home the title. However, Zein put in an accomplished performance to defeat the Englishwoman in straight games to take home her first professional title on the PSA Challenger Tour.

While younger sister Torrie was unable to take the victory, Curtis Malik came through the menís draw to claim his fifth title of the 2021-2022 season, after winning all four of his matches at the Hove Fitness & Squash Centre in five games, spending more than 70 minutes on court per match over the course of the week.

He started his week with a com-from-behind win over Czech Republicís Viktor Byrtus, winning the fifth game on a tie-break to move into the quarters. In the last eight, the Englishman defeated compatriot Joe Lee, the No.2 seed, before then getting the better of the second sibling, Charlie Lee, in the last four. That was his shortest match of the tournament, clocking in at exactly an hour.

In the final, Malik took on another Englishman, in No.3 seed Ben Coleman, and after two games, it looked like it was all slipping away from the World No.83. However, the young Englishman fought back to win the next tow games, both by an 11-9 scoreline, before taking the fifth game 11-4 to secure his fifth victory of the season after an 87-minute final.

The win follows his previous successes this season at the Holmes Naden Prestbury Squash Open, Commercial Water Solutions Grange Challenger, Colin Payne Kent Open sponsored by 501 Entertainment and the NTA Squash Classic.
 
Maliks Into Both Finals In Hove

The possibility of a family celebration on finals day at the Hove Ampito Open continues to live on as both Curtis and Torrie Malik won their respective semi-finals at the Hove Fitness & Squash Centre.

No.6 seed Curtis Malik took on No.4 seed Charlie Lee in the semi-finals of the menís Challenger 10 level competition, and the pair did battle for exactly an hour, going through to a fifth game. Malik took the first on a tie-break 13-11, but then lost the second game 11-2. He then led again after winning the third game but Lee fought back to win the fourth to send the match into a decider. It was eventually the World No.83 that took the win, with Malik moving through to the finals.

He will now face another Englishman in the final of the tournament, after No.3 seed Ben Coleman downed No.8 seed Simon Herbert in a 73-minute five-game encounter. Coleman won both the first and third games on tie-breaks 12-10, but saw Herbert fight back on both occasions. The decider was slightly more comfortable for the former World No.43, who took it 11-8 to advance to the final/

In the womenís Challenger 5 event, top seed Torrie Malik continued her impeccable run through the draw, with the Englishwoman still yet to drop a game after three matches. She took on No.6 seed Menna Walid in the last four, and won 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 in 32 minutes to book her spot in Sundayís finals.

Malik will now face another Egyptian in the final, after No.8 seed Zeina Zein caused an upset to defeat the tournamentís No.2 seed, Rana Ismail. Despite being ranked outside the worldís top 100, Zeina showed her class in the contest to win in 33 minutes, victorious with an 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-1 scoreline to see the 17-year-old reach her first final on Tour.

The finals of the Hove Ampito Squash Open will take place on Sunday, July 3, with Torrie Malik and Zeina Zein doing battle in the womenís final, before Curtis Malik and Ben Coleman go head-to-head for the menís crown. The action will be streamed live on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube channel.
England And Egypt Dominate Semis In Hove

Just two nations will be represented in the semi-finals of the Hove Ampito Squash Open, with only English and Egyptian players making it through to the last four of the Challenger 10 and 5 level tournaments at the Hove Fitness & Squash Centre in Brighton, England.

It is complete English dominance on home soil in the menís Challenger 10 level event, but the top two seeds have fallen by the wayside. No.8 seed Simon Herbert caused the biggest upset of the day, as he took down the drawís top seed, World No.55 Mazen Gamal, in straight games. Herbert won the first on a tie-break, and was able to carry that momentum through the next two games to advance to the semis, where he will face Englandís Ben Coleman.

There was another surprise result in the menís event, as Englandís Charlie Lee, the tournamentís No.6 seed, overcame No.2 seed and compatriot Joe Lee in a five-game battle. Malik won the first two game comfortably, but then saw his fellow Englishman fight back to level the match after four games. Malik regrouped, though, winning the fifth 11-5, to set up an encounter with the other Lee sibling, Charlie, in the semis.

Compared to the English dominance in the menís event, only top seed Torrie Malik made it into the semi-finals of the womenís Challenger 5 level competition, after a comprehensive victory over compatriot Kiera Marshall, winning in straight games in less than half an hour to book her spot in the last four.

She will now face No.6 seed Menna Walid, after the Egyptian downed No.3 seed Cheng Nga Ching in a match that went all the way to five. The pair were level after swapping 11-9 scorelines in the opening two games, before Walid won the third 14-12 to hold the lead for the first time. She then lost the 11-7, but fought back to win the decider 11-8 to take out the Hongkonger, and advance to the last four.

The other shock result in the womenís event saw another Egyptian, in No.8 seed Zeina Zein, as she got the better of Englandís No.4 seed Saran Nghiem in a four-game battle, which lasted just half an hour. She will now face compatriot and No.2 seed Rana Ismail in the semi-finals.

 
Seeds All Through Opening Matches

The first round of the Hove Ampito Squash Open took place on Thursday at the Hove Fitness & Squash Centre, and the top eight seeds all made it through to the quarter finals, with just one of those matches going all the way to a deciding game.

That came in the contest between Englandís Curtis Malik and the Czech Republicís Viktor Byrtus, with the former, the No.6 seed for the tournament, surviving late on. After winning the first game, he then fell behind in the match, but fought back to win the fourth 11-4 to level the contest. The fifth went to a tie-break, with both men having their opportunities, but it was the Englishman who prevailed, taking it 12-10 to set up a meeting with compatriot Joe Lee in the last eight.

Four more Englishmen also made it through to the last eight, with Ben Coleman, Charlie Lee, Tom Walsh and Simon Herbert all securing wins on the opening day of the tournament. Egyptís Mazen Gamal and Welshman Emyr Evans joined them in making it into the quarter finals.

The top eight seeds also made it through to the quarter finals of the womenís event, with only Egyptís Menna Walid needing to go the distance to take the victory. She defeated Katie Cox, regrouping after seeing her two-game lead vanquished by the Englishwoman.

The quarter finals of the Hove Ampito Squash Open will take place on Friday, July 1, with the eight seeded players going head-to-head for spots in the semi-finals of the competition.
Preview

The Hove Ampito Squash Open, will take place from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3 at the Hove Fitness and Squash Club in Brighton.

The tournament will feature a Challenger 10 level menís tournament and a Challenger 5 level womenís event, with 32 players aiming to take home the glory come the end of the weekís action in Hove.

Egyptís Mazen Gamal will be the top seed for the menís draw, and he will be the only non-Brit among the top eight seeds for the competition. Brothers Joe and Charlie, along with Ben Coleman, will make up the rest of the top four seeds, while the lone non-Englishman in that group will see Emyr Evans as the No.7 seed.

Englandís Tom Walsh, Curtis Malik and Simon Herbert round out the top eight seeds, while former World No.9 Daryl Selby will make his first appearance on Tour since the 2021 Canary Wharf Classic. The rest of the draw will see Belgium, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong and Israel all represented.

18-year-old Torrie Malik will be the top seed in the womenís event, with the World No.95 joined by Saran Nghiem, Keira Marshall and Asia Harris as the English players in the top eight seeds. The Egyptian trio of Rana Ismail, Menna Walid and Zeina Zein, along with Hong Kongís Cheng Nga Ching, round out those top eight seeds.

Portugalís Sofia Aveiro Pita, Dutchwoman Megan van Drongelen, Bermudaís Emma Keane and Welshwoman Lowri Roberts will all feature in the draw, while wildcard Isabel McCullough will make just her third appearance on the Challenger Tour.

The event takes place from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3 at the Hove Fitness and Squash Club in Brighton, England.

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