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14 Egyptians through to Alexandria Women’s Intl. Squash Open second round

Squash Open 2015

Fourteen Egyptians qualified on Friday to the second round of the Alexandria Women’s International Open, which is being held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Five Egyptian women qualified to the main draw on Thursday to join the other seeded participants in the first round of the final tournament of the season. World number one, Malaysian Nicole David, beat Victoria Lust 3-0. Her next match is against youngster Nouran Gohar, who beat Zeina Meckawy in 3-0 in 23 minutes.

Kanzy El-Defrawy is through to the second round after beating opponent Sarah Jane-Perry – ranked 14th worldwide – in one of the most surprising matches; Kanzy beat Sarah 3-0 in 41 minutes. It is worth mentioning that Kanzy is currently ranked 62nd worldwide and is set to face world number five Nour El Tayeb, who beat fellow Egyptian Heba El-Torky 3-0 in 32 minutes.

8th-ranked Omneya AbdEl-Kawy beat Australian Donna Urquhartv 3-2 in the only five settler match of the round that also lasted the longest: 58 minutes. Another surprise was Mariam Metwally beating 19th placed Salma Hany 3-0 in what seemed to be an easy match that lasted 31 minutes.

World number 3 Alsion Waters of England beat Mexican Samantha Teran 3-0 and is set to face Habiba Mohamed, who beat Cyrielle Peltier 3-0 in 38 minutes.

Laura Massaro and Amanda Sobhy are also through to the second round after beating their opponents in less than 40 minutes each. Laura beat Egyptian Yathreb Adel 3-1 in 31 minutes and Amanda beat another Egyptian Nadine Shahine by the same score in 36 minutes.

The shortest matches of this round witnessed English Jenny Duncalf and Egyptian Nour El-Sherbini victorious, and with both beating French women. Jenny beat Coline Aumard 3-0 in 25 minutes whilst Nour defeated Laura Promportes 3-0 in only 20 minutes.

Guyanese Nicolette Fernandez beat Russian Siyoli Waters 3-0 to face British Open Winner and world number 6 Frenchwoman Camille Serme who beat Tesni Evans of Wales 3-0 in 42 minutes.

Finally, Indian Dipika Pallikal beat Egyptian wildcard Hana Ramadan 3-0 in 32 minutes and is up against second ranked Raneem El-Welily in the second round. Raneem beat Emily Whitlock in 42 minutes.

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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