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SQUASH: 2016 Allam British Open roundup
Ramy Ashour’s return from injury and Karim Gawad’s upset were the biggest highlights of the opening round of the 2016 Allam British Open taking place in Hull, United Kingdom.
This year’s Allam British Open kicked off with Ramy Ashour winning on his return from injury. The Egyptian recovered from two games down to win 3-2. He trailed Mexican Cesar Salaza 11-1 and 11-6 in the first two games. It was a remarkable comeback from Ashour, who had not played a competitive match on the PSA World Tour since crashing out of the 2015 World Championship in the quarter finals.
He expressed his gratitude on returning from injury in his post match comments, “I was happy and grateful that I was moving and playing. Even my injuries are a blessing in disguise. I look at the bigger picture and I’m still breathing, still walking.”
On the second day of the competition, Karim Abdel Gawad captured the headlines. He knocked out compatriot Omar Mosaad in the biggest upset so far. World number four, Mosaad, who reached the finals of Canary Wharf Classic and Colombia Open in February was ousted by the poise and composure of Gawad.
Karim Gawad won 3-1 and couldn’t hide his ecstasy: “I’m over the moon to come through today. The last time we played I think I took only a point from him so when I saw I was playing Omar in the first round I knew it would be tough. He’s played a lot of tournaments recently and has had some good results and been in great form so I’m very happy to win.”
In the Women’s matches, young prodigy Nouran Gohar eliminated compatriot Heba El-Torky easily, while Mariam Metwally retired while 7-4 down in her third game in a 3-0 loss to England-born Sarah-Jane Perry.
Raneem El-Welily also progressed to the second round, after beating Belgian Nele Gilis after just 21 minutes.
Men’s First Round results:
Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) 3-0 Nicolas Mueller (SUI): 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (42m)
James Willstrop (ENG) 3-1 Tarek Momen (EGY): 5-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (46m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-0 Daryl Selby (ENG): 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (25m)
Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2 Borja Golan (ESP): 11-3, 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4 (64m)
Fares Dessouki (EGY) 3-1 Mazen Hesham (EGY): 11-2, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9 (46m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-1 Omar Mosaad (EGY): 11-13, 11-7, 14-12, 11-4 (65m)
Ramy Ashour (EGY) 3-2 Cesar Salazar (MEX): 1-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (51m)
Men’s Second Round matchups:
Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
Nick Matthew (ENG) v Ali Farag (EGY)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v Ramy Ashour (EGY)
Fares Dessouki (EGY) v Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
Women’s First Round results:
Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0 Heba El Torky (EGY): 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 (25m)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0 Mariam Metwally (EGY): 11-8, 11-3, 7-4 retired (21m)
Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0 Nele Gilis (BEL): 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (21m)
Women’s Second Round matchups:
Nouran Gohar (EGY) v Annie Au (HKG)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Raneem El Welily (EGY)
Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v Joey Chan (HKG)
The 2016 Allam British Open will run from 21st to the 27th of March.