SQUASH: 10 Egyptians advance to second round of Windy City Open
Ten Egyptian players managed to qualify to the second round of Windy City Open, held in Chicago, USA, between Feb. 23 and March 1.
Defending champion and World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy beat New Zealand’s Paul Coll in a tough five-game match, winning 3-2 (14-12, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7) in 94 minutes. He will face Mexican Cesar Salazar in the second round.
Ramy Ashour, the Artist, made his return to courts after his injury in World Championships last November. With a brilliant performance, Ramy defeated his Finnish opponent Olli Tuominen in three straight games (11-2, 11-8, 11-3) in 23 minutes. The former World No.1 will face German national champion Simon Rosner in Round 2.
Egypt’s Ali Farag is also into the second round after a tough match with Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez that lasted 65 minutes and ended 3-2 (6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7). He will face Diego Elias for a place in the quarterfinals.
Marwan ElShorbagy defeated fellow countryman Karim Ali Fathi in 3 straight games (11-9, 13-11, 11-9) to secure a place in the next round and will now face Stephen Coppinger. Egypt’s Fares El Dessouky also qualified to the second round after a three-game win (11-6, 11-7, 11-7) over Swiss Nicolas Mueller.
World champion Karim AbdelGawad defeated Scottish Alan Clyne in four games (11-8, 5-11, 7-11, 5-11), and will face fellow Egyptian Fares El Dessouky the next round.
Egypt’s Tarek Momen was defeated against Leo Au in a five-game match (11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 7-11) and his compatriot Omar Mossad was also eliminated against English James Willstrop in a three-game match (11-5, 11-5, 11-1). Willstrop will now face Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar, who qualified after winning 3-2 (11-7, 11-6, 4-11, 2-11, 11-8) against French Mathieu Castagnet.
In the women’s draw, World No.1 Nour El Sherbini easily defeated her compatriot Nadine Shahin with three straight games (11-7, 11-8, 11-4) and will face Victoria Lust of England in the second round. Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy, 16, lost to former World No.1 Nicol David in three games.
Defending champion Raneem El-Welily defeated Jenny Duncalf in four games to win 3-1 (11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3). She will face Annie Au, who beat Egyptian Mayar Hany 3-0 (4-11, 8-11, 6-11) in the first round.
World No.4 Nouran Gohar qualified to the last 16 after a 3-1 win (9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7) over Fiona Moverley. She will face English Sarah-Jane Perry for a place in the quarterfinals.
Egypt’s Salma Hany Ibrahim and Heba El Torky both lost (1-3) to Joey Chan and Camille Serme, respectively. England’s World No.5 Laura Massaro eliminated Mariam Metwally.
Welsh Tesni Evans ousted Nour El Tayeb in a five-game match (6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9) in 66 minutes.
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