El Gouna International: 11 Egyptians advance to second round
A total of 11 Egyptians advanced to the second round of the 2018 El Gouna International Open Squash Championship held between April 20-27.
The PSA World Series tournament held on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea will see five Egyptians participate in the women’s second round while six will represent Egypt in the second round of the men’s competition.
World No.1 Nour ElSherbini will face US champion Amanda Sobhy on Sunday after beating England’s Whitlock 3-0 in her opening game. On Monday, Egypt’s World No.3 Nour El-Tayeb will clash with compatriot Hania El Hammamy, after they defeated France’s Coline Aumard and United States No.1 Olivia Blatchford, respectively.
Egypt’s World No.5 Nouran Gohar will then face England’s Alison Waters after overcoming Australia’s Rachael Grinham in the first round. The final game of the second round will see Egypt’s World No.2 Raneem El Welily play against England’s Sarah-Jane Perry. She had defeated Malaysian star Sivasangari Subramaniam 3-0 in the first game.
The second round of the men’s competition will kick off with an all-Egyptian game between World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Omar Mosaad after they defeated Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan and Egypt’s Ahmed Hosny, respectively.
Last year’s runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad and World No.4 Marwan ElShorbagy will clash with France’s Lucas Serme and Mathieu Castagnet, respectively. Abdel Gawad defeated Hong Kong’s Leo Au while Shorbagy beat English Ben Coleman in the first round.
The second day of the second round will see two other Egyptians compete for a spot in the next round. World No.2 Ali Farag, who already defeated Swiss Nicolas Mueller, will face former World No.5 Borja Golan, while current World No.5 Tarek Momen will play Germany’s Raphael Kandra. Momen defeated compatriot Mostafa Asal in the first round.
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