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Top Seed Gaultier survives World Championship opener!

French World No.2 and number one seed Greg Gaultier avoided an early out of the 2014 Qatar PSA World Championships, coming back from 2 games down to get past his opponent, Egyptian qualifier Andrew Wagih Shoukry.

Gaultier, who is competing in his 150th PSA World Tour event (60 finals), looked to be absent in the opening 2 games as Shoukry stormed into an early lead. Gaultier rallied to turn the match to an 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 victory.

“I didn’t feel good at all today. You have to deal with these things I need to get on the practice court tomorrow and try and find my rhythm and tomorrow is another day”, said Gaultier afterwards.

Gaultier’s likely semi-final opponent, Egyptian World No.5 Ramy Ashour, made is highly anticipated return to PSA World Tour action with a convincing 3-0 victory over Malaysian Ivan Yuen.

The two-time World Champion from Cairo has missed the better part of the past 12 months following an horrendous run of injuries but his title rivals will have been paying attention as he came through in emphatic fashion, taking the match 11-5, 14-12, 11-5.

1st round top half:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (57m)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 13-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (51m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-8, 1-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7 (55m)
[9] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [WC] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5 (53m)
[16] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Rex Hedrick (AUS) 11-3, 11-2, 11-8 (48m)
Alister Walker (BOT) bt [Q] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (44m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 (76m)
[7] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6 (67m)
[6] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Leo Au (HKG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (51m)
[Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (32m)
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt [Q] Farhan Zaman (PAK) 11-8, 11-0, 6-11, 11-9 (46m)
[13] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-7 ret.
[12] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Shaun le Roux (RSA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (24m)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (49m)
Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Piedro Schweertman (NED) 9-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-7 (42m)
[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [Q] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-5, 14-12, 11-5 (32m)


World Champion Nick Matthew confirms for AJ Bell British Grand Prix!

England’s reigning and 3 time World Champion Nick Matthew will compete in the AJ Bell British Grand Prix to be staged from the 5th to 8th December in Manchester, England.

Matthew who claimed his 3rd world crown in front of a partisan home crowd in Manchester last November is delighted to be returning to the National Squash Centre, the scene of some of his most memorable triumphs. “It’s my favourite venue and I’m really looking forward to playing there again,” said Matthew.

“With Mohamed Elshorbagy and Gregory Gaultier already confirmed, the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix promises to be a great event and I can’t wait to be back in Manchester playing in front of a home crowd,” added the Englishman who won the British Grand Prix title on the spectacular all-glass show court in 2006, as well as claiming his second British Open success in 2009 and a record sixth British National title in February earlier this year.

“The National Squash Centre is acknowledged as one of the finest purpose-built squash facilities and we again look forward to welcoming the world’s very best players back to Manchester,” said internationalSPORTgroup Chief Executive Officer Paul Walters.

After his U.S. Open victory Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt will be the new World No.1 player in the November PSA World Rankings. He becomes the 4th youngest player ever to be crowned on the top position.

Tickets for the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix – Manchester 2014 can now be booked online


Karim Darwish Retires!

Former World No.1 Karim Darwish has announced his retirement from professional squash. The 33-year-old Egyptian from Cairo first joined the PSA in March 1999 and enjoyed a meteoric rise through the standings, taking just two years to break into the World’s Top 20. He reached the top ten for the 1st time in 2003, where he would remain for a combined 118-months, with the crowning moment of his career coming in January 2009 when, after winning the PSA World Series Saudi International in December, upsetting Amr Shabana, Nick Matthew and Gregory Gaultier en-route to the title, he topped the world rankings for the first time. He held on to the World No.1 ranking for 11-months during 2009, a year which also saw him crowned PSA Player of the Year.

Darwish reached 42 tournament finals and won 23 PSA Word Tour titles and compete in 500 world tour matches. “After a successful 16 year career and achieving most of my goals, starting with winning the World Junior Championship to reaching the top of the World Rankings, I decided to call it a day. Finally I’d like to thank my team mates from Egypt – I have enjoyed the success we shared together – and to all other squash players on the PSA World Tour”, said Darwish.

PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough said: “On behalf of the PSA and everyone involved with the professional game I would like to congratulate Karim on a fantastic career and wish him all the best for the future.”

Darwish also represented Egypt in seven successive Word Team Championships since 2001, winning the title twice including in 2011 when he upset the odds to defeat James Willstrop in the deciding match to take the title away from top seeds England.

“I’m now the Sports Director at Wadi Degla Club (one of the biggest sporting clubs in the world), who are hosting the Women’s World Championship next December and my new goal is to help squash reach the place it deserves,” he added.

Darwish will compete for his last tournament at the World Championships in Qatar.


Mohamed Elshorbagy confirmed for AJ Bell British Grand Prix!

After his U.S. Open victory Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt will be the new World No.1 player in the November PSA World Rankings. He becomes the 4th youngest player ever to be crowned on the top position.

The 23 year-old Egyptian will compete in the UK at the AJ Bell British Grand Prix Championship to be staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester from the 5th to 8th December – get there and enjoy.

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David and Elshorbagy are U.S. Open Champions 2014!

Women’s World No1 Nicol David from Malaysia and men’s new World No1 (Novemver rankings) Mohamed El Shorbagy from Egypt took the U.S. Open title in style.

David beat Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 after 41 minutes of play to secure her 3rd consecutive U.S. Open title.

In the men’s final, which was an all-Egyptian affair, Mohamed Elshorgaby came back from 1 game down to beat 4 times World Champion Amr Shabana 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 after 45 minutes of play.

Men:
Final:
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [4] Amr Shabana (EGY) 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 (45m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (48m)
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [2] Nick Matthew (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7 (63m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [6] Simon Rösner (GER) 11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-3 (82m)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 18-16, 11-8, 11-9 (51m)
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-3, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Fares Dessouki (EGY) 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)

2nd round:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 13-11, 11-5, 11-3 (42m)
[6] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Leo Au (HKG) 11-3, 11-7, 11-8 (34m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9 (57m)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 15-13, 11-9, 11-6 (54m)
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 12-10, 13-15, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8 (78m)
[7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (42m)
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (87m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (50m)

1st round:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-1, 11-1, 11-5 (30m)
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-2, 13-11, 11-7 (52m)
[Q] Leo Au (HKG) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
[6] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-2, 11-8, 6-11, 5-11, 11-5 (82m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [5] Borja Golan (ESP) 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 (91m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 (77m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (69m)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (34m)
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [Q] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (36m)
Max Lee (HKG) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (40m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-9 (95m)
[7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [WC] Christopher Gordon (USA) 12-10, 11-7, 11-4 (35m)
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt [8] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-8, 4-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7 (88m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Alister Walker (BOT) 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (58m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [Q] Shaun le Roux (RSA) 11-3, 11-2, 11-5 (30m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Eddie Charlton (ENG) 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)

Women:
Final:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 (41m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 11-3, 15-13, 6-11, 11-7 (49m)
[7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [4] Camille Serme (FRA) 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (54m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [6] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (40m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [5] Alison Waters (ENG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (32m)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3 (71m)
[7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [2] Laura Massaro (ENG) 11-9, 4-11, 1-11, 11-6, 11-5 (62m)

2nd round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [12] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-1, 11-8, 11-3 (28m)
[6] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [16] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-3 (61m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [10] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (31m)
[5] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Nouran Gohar (EGY) 12-10, 11-8, 1-11, 15-17, 11-2 (62m)
[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [8] Annie Au (HKG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 (28m)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Tesni Evans (WAL) 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (38m)
[7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [11] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (27m)
[2] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [15] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3 (48m)

1st round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (32m)
[12] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed (EGY) 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7 (37m)
[16] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt [Q] Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (34m)
[6] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 11-5, 14-12, 7-11, 11-6 (46m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7 (41m)
[10] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 12-14, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (60m)
Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [9] Madeline Perry (IRL) 11-2, 11-6, 11-9 (31m)
[5] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 (29m)
[8] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Victoria Lust (ENG) 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (33m)
[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [14] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (49m)
Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [13] Kasey Brown (AUS) 7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (76m)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [WC] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 11-6, 11-4, 13-11 (32m)
[7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Emma Beddoes (ENG) 11-4, 6-11, 11-1, 11-8 (42m)
[11] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 11-2, 11-5, 11-6 (26m)
[15] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 12-14, 11-8 (58m)
[2] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Siyoli Waters (RSA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (29m)


Shabana survives – Matthew marches on

Squash World Champion Nick Matthew booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Delaware Investments US Open with straight games victory (11-6, 11-6, 11-9) over England’s Chris Simpson during the 2nd day of 2nd round action in Philadelphia.

Matthew will now face Fares Dessouki in Thursday’s quarter-finals, after the 20-year-old saved 5 match points against fellow Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad to secure his place in the last 8.

Another quarter will be an all-Egyptian encounter with Amr Shabana and Omar Mosaad, as Mosaad triumphed over Swiss Champion Nicolas Mueller 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 as 4 time World Champion Shabana had to use all his experience to survive the onslaught from Hong Kong’s No.1 player Max Lee and scrape his way into the quarter-finals after an epic 78-minute encounter (12-10, 13-15, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8).

Quarter-finals:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [6] Simon Rösner (GER)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) v [7] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) v Fares Dessouki (EGY)

2nd round:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 13-11, 11-5, 11-3 (42m)
[6] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Leo Au (HKG) 11-3, 11-7, 11-8 (34m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9 (57m)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 15-13, 11-9, 11-6 (54m)
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 12-10, 13-15, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8 (78m)
[7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (42m)
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (87m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (50m)


Gohar downs Perry in U.S. Open opener!

Most of the game on the opening day of action in the Women’s Delaware Investments U.S. Open at Drexel University in Philadelphia have ended in favour of the higher ranked players.

The biggest upset was made by the unseeded Egyptian teenager Nouran Gohar defeated seasoned campaigner Madeline Perry, the 37-year-old 9th seed from Ireland, 11-2, 11-6, 11-9. The 17-year-old from Cairo will celebrate her 1st appearance in the event’s second round by taking on Waters.

1st round (top half of draw):
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (32m)
[12] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed (EGY) 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7 (37m)
[16] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt [Q] Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (34m)
[6] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 11-5, 14-12, 7-11, 11-6 (46m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7 (41m)
[10] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 12-14, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (60m)
Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [9] Madeline Perry (IRL) 11-2, 11-6, 11-9 (31m)
[5] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 (29m)


Waller takes out Golan at U.S. Open!

England’s Adrian Waller (ri) pulled off the biggest win of his career to date as he knocked out World No.7 Borja Golan (le) of the Delaware Investments U.S. Open in the 1st round of action at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

The World No.27 scraped through a tense and attritional 92-minute encounter against the Spaniard, as he hold his nerve together at the end of the final game to get a 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 victory that sees him beat a top 10 ranked player on the PSA World Tour for the 1st time in his career.

“That was definitely the biggest win of my career to date,” said Waller. “I’ve never beaten a top ten player before in my career, so to do that in the opening round of a major tournament like the U.S. Open is very big for me.”

“I’m really looking forward to the second round now. In many ways the pressure is off me so I’m going to enjoy the match and hopefully I can put in another good performance.”

Waller will now take on Egyptian Mazen Hesham in the 2nd round on Monday after the 20-year-old survived a tough battle with Frenchman Lucas Serme during an opening day that also saw Leo Au of Hong Kong and Scotland’s Alan Clyne, who was bumped into the main draw following the withdrawal of World No.10 Karim Darwish ahead of the tournament, pull off surprise upsets against higher ranking opposition.

Clyne, the World No.38, claimed one of the biggest scalps of the day in the opening match of the tournament to see off England’s World No.23 Adrian Grant in emphatic fashion, taking the match 11-2, 13-11, 11-7, while Au, ranked World No.41, stunned World No.29 Gregoire Marche to take an equally impressive 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 win.

Elsewhere during the opening day of action Simon Rösner came through an epic battle against Mathieu Castagnet to secure his place in the second round while Australian Cameron Pilley saw off compatriot Ryan Cuskelly and the top two seeds, Gregory Gaultier and Mohamed Elshorbagy, eased through their opening match-ups against Mohamed Abouelghar and Greg Lobban, respectively.

1st round, top half results:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-1, 11-1, 11-5 (30m)
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-2, 13-11, 11-7 (52m)
[Q] Leo Au (HKG) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
[6] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-2, 11-8, 6-11, 5-11, 11-5 (82m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [5] Borja Golan (ESP) 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 (91m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 (77m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (69m)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (34m)

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