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Five Egyptians qualify for Alexandria Women’s Squash Open main draw

Squash Open 2015Five Egyptians and three French women qualified to the main draw of the very first edition of the Alexandria International Women’s Open.

The tournament is being hosted in the beautiful coastal city of Alexandria in Egypt.

The final rounds are to be played in the main glass court in the historical landmark of Alexandria: the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The Alexandria International Squash Open 2015 qualifying round kicked off on Thursday. Thirteen Egyptian women participated in the qualifiers but only five made it through to the first round.

Yathreb Adel beat Hana Essam 3-0 in the first match of the qualifiers to face world ranked number 4 and British Open Runner up Laura Massaro. Nadine Shahin beat Hania El-Hammamy 3-2 in a thrilling match that lasted 61 minutes to face world number 10 American Amanda Sobhy.

Coline Aumard was the first Frenchwoman to qualify after she beat Egyptian Nada Abbas 3-2 in the longest match of the qualifiers, lasting 67 minutes. Mariam Metwally beat Mayar Hany 3-1 and Kenzy El-Dafrawy beat Rowan Reda 3-0 in a swift encounter that only lasted 22 minutes. The last Egyptian to qualify was Zeina Meckawy beat Nouran El-Torky 3-2 in 51 minutes. Zeina will face fellow Egyptian and world ranked number fifteen 17-year old Nouran Gohar.

The remaining two matches were a walk in the park for the remaining Frenchwomen; both matches ended 3-0 in only 20 minutes as Cyrille Peltier beat Nihal Alaa and Laura Pomportes beat Menna Nasser.

Laura is set to face world number nine, Egyptian Nour El-Sherbini. The first round is set to kick off today.

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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