PSA NewsSquash News | Professional Squash AssociationMon, 23 Apr 2018 06:51:25 +0100 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:51:25 +0100 http://psaworldtour.com El Gouna: India’s Chinappa Stuns Eight-Time World Champion David on Day Three Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa came up with one of the biggest victories of her career as she stunned eight-time World Champion Nicol David at the 2018 El Gouna International to earn her place in the quarter-finals of a PSA World Series tournament for the first time since November 2015. David was off the pace from the outset and Chinappa, who won a silver medal in the women’s doubles event at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this month, attacked well to quickly build up a two-game lead. The World No.14 then stormed into a 7-1 lead in the third and, despite a late fightback from her Malaysian opponent, she held on to claim her first ever win over David at the sixth attempt on the PSA World Tour. "I don’t know how I did it," Chennai-based Chinappa said. "A few of us are just back from the Commonwealth Games, not just me, and that’s one of the challenges of being an professional athlete. "I knew I had a tough first round, then Nicol in the pre-quarters, so I had no pressure, and I just wanted to play freely and enjoy myself." Chinappa will play England’s Laura Massaro for a place in the quarter-finals after the number four seed put in a professional display to overcome Hong Kong’s Joey Chan in straight games. Meanwhile, World No.1 Nour El Sherbini kept up her 100 per cent record in El Gouna as she defeated United States No.2 Amanda Sobhy in an entertaining five-game battle. Sobhy recently spent 10 months on the sidelines due to a ruptured achilles but put in one of her best performances since returning to action after fighting back from a game down on two occasions to set up a dramatic fifth-game decider. However with the scores locked at 6-6 apiece in the decider, El Sherbini managed to establish a lead once more as she mixed up her attacking shots to take Sobhy out of any kind of rhythm, rattling off five successive points to prevent the American from completing the comeback. "It’s really hard to play a player like Amanda that you’re used to playing in the semis or the quarters," El Sherbini said.20180422231805_Sherbini-Gouna-Squash.jpg"I’m really surprised and happy to see her playing like this once again and hopefully she can get back into the top 10 so we won’t have to play in the second round again." El Sherbini will go head-to-head with World No.6 Camille Serme in the next round, with Serme dispatching England’s Victoria Lust 3-0 in just 21 minutes. World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy come from a game behind to see off former World No.3 Omar Mosaad in the men’s event in a match that saw the 2016 El Gouna International champion dig in to avoid an upset. Mosaad started the match on the front foot as he showcased the thundering forehand drives that earned him the ‘Hammer of Thor’ moniker. But ElShorbagy responded by hitting some fierce efforts into the front of the court and he came back to claim an 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 victory in 61 minutes to set up a quarter-final meeting with Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rösner - who beat World No.25 Declan James.20180422231903_Mohamed-El-Gouna-Squash-RD2.jpg“Today Mosaad took me by surprise at the beginning of the match, he played so well,” said ElShorbagy. “He played with the quality he had when he was World No.3 so I had to dig in deep and I’m just really happy I got out of jail. “I could have been 2-0 down but these are the kind of matches that sharpen you up for the tournament. I’m just really happy to be through and to beat a tough opponent like Mosaad in the second round gives you confidence." The prospect of a semi-final matchup with younger brother Marwan remains intact after the World No.4 overcame Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet 11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 to ensure he will take on last year’s runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad. Gawad prevailed in a 58-minute battle with France’s Lucas Serme and he will look to avenge a defeat to Marwan in the quarter-finals of December’s PSA World Championships that prevented Gawad from retaining his crown. Round two continues tomorrow (April 23) from 12:00 at the El Gouna Squash Complex. Glass court action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) from 18:30 local time (GMT+2) onwards. *Results - Men’s Second Round (Top Half): 2018 El Gouna International* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (61m) [7] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Declan James (ENG) 3-0: 11-1, 13-11, 11-9 (35m) [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-1, 7-11, 13-11, 11-8 (58m) [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-1: 11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 (58m) *Draw - Men’s Second Round (Bottom Half): To be played April 23* [3] Ali Farag (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP) [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v Cesar Salazar (MEX) [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) *Draw - Men’s Quarter-Finals (Top Half): To be played April 24* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [7] Simon Rösner (GER)
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) *Results - Women’s Second Round (Top Half): 2018 El Gouna International* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 (52m) [6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (21m) [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [8] Nicol David (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (32m) [4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (27m) *Draw - Women’s Quarter-Finals (Bottom Half): To be played April 23* [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY) [10] Alison Waters (ENG) v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [7] Joelle King (NZL) v [11] Annie Au (HKG) [9] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) *Draw - Women’s Quarter-Finals (Top Half): To be played April 24* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [6] Camille Serme (FRA) [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5501/el-gouna-indias-chinappa-stuns-eight-time-world-champion-david-on-day-three 5501 Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:06:50 +0100 El Gouna International: Day Three - As it Happens Second round action at the 2018 El Gouna International begins today on Egypt's Red Sea with some mouthwatering matches in store. World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and United States star Amanda Sobhy meet in arguably the most anticipated match of the day with Sobhy looking to put her injury issues behind her as she aims to halt El Sherbini's 100 per cent win rate in El Gouna. The duo get action from the glass court under way at 18:30 local time (GMT+2) with men's World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and former World No.3 Omar Mosaad following on at 19:15. England's Laura Massaro is also in action as she takes on Joey Chan of Hong Kong, while World Championship runner-up Marwan ElShorbagy and Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet bring tonight's play to a close at 20:45. You can watch *LIVE* coverage on <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/tv">SQUASHTV</a> and <a href="https://promo-uk.eurosport.com/squashuk?utm_source=PSA%20website&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Eurosport%20Windy%20City&utm_content=Home%20Page">Eurosport Player</a> or follow our <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/pages/live">live scoring page.</a> *Here's the SQUASHTV & Eurosport Player Order of Play* (All times are local GMT+2)20180422112157_ELGRD2.jpg?x=0&y=0&w=443&o=608*WATCH LIVE AND FREE:* We'll be streaming the entire second round match between El Sherbini and Sobhy for free on our Facebook page from 18:30 GMT on Sunday April 22. Visit the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PSAworldtour/" target="_blank">PSA World Tour Facebook Page</a> to watch.We're also streaming live coverage from the side courts on our <a href="https://www.youtube.com/psasquashtv">YouTube channel</a>. *Order of Play* 12:00 Declan James (ENG) v [7] Simon Rösner (GER) 12:45 [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yQ9SICv-zGw" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> *Rösner Takes Out James to Reach Quarters*20180422130849_18EG7290.jpgGermany’s World No.6 Simon Rösner overcame England’s Declan James in straight games to book his place in the quarter-finals of the 2018 El Gouna International - where either World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy or former World No.3 Omar Mosaad will await. Rösner and James’s last meeting saw the match go the distance to five games in a bruising 79-minute battle but James lacked the dynamism he displayed in that encounter this time around and he fell to an 11-1 defeat in a one-sided first game. However, James was able to test Rösner in the next two games as he began to go for more unorthodox shots and winners rather than playing the length game, which initially threw the big German as James pushed him all the way to a tie-break. Rösner played the critical points well though as he edged the second to double his lead, while he took a similarly close third game to close out the victory 11-1, 13-11, 11-9. "To be honest, I don’t think he was 100 per cent today," said Rösner. "I think he was struggling with maybe some stomach issues or something. I found that he was going for the shots after the first and it felt that he was going for everything and it made me feel very edgy. "I didn’t know what to expect and he was going for some awkward shots so it was quite difficult for me to stay in front. These matches are the ones that you’ve got to win. Last time it was a hard-fought five-game match and I just tried to stay focused throughout the match, which wasn’t easy today. I’m just glad to get through. "I’m not going to do anything much different to what I did the last few days, I’ll try to eat well, rest well and will try to get on court and move around a little bit to stay in the rhythm. Whoever I play I’ll just give everything I can and, like in New York [when Rösner won the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions], it just happens sometimes. "If you feel good and comfortable on court you play your best squash and everything is possible so we’ll just see how it goes." Meanwhile, 2017 runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad also claimed his quarter-final berth after he came through a difficult battle against World No.40 Lucas Serme. "I came on court really well prepared, I didn’t want to lose the first game but in the second, he changed his tactic completely, and he put me under pressure with his basic game," said Gawad. "I gave him a lot of opportunities to attack and his tactic was just spot on, he was playing great squash. "I had never played Lucas but I have been watching him play, and he has improved a lot in the recent months. I had to change my game plan completely to win the match." *Result* [7] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Declan James (ENG) 3-0: 11-1, 13-11, 11-9 (35m) [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-1, 7-11, 13-11, 11-8 (58m) *Chinappa Claims First Ever Win Over Eight-Time World Champ David*20180422130905_18EG7596.jpgIndian No.1 Joshna Chinappa came up with one of the biggest victories of her career as she stunned eight-time World Champion Nicol David to earn her place in the quarter-finals of a PSA World Series tournament for the first time since November 2015. David was off the pace from the outset and Chinappa, a Commonwealth Games silver medalist in Australia earlier this month, attacked well to quickly build up a two-game lead. The World No.14 then stormed into a 7-1 lead in the third and, despite a late fightback from her Malaysian opponent, held on to claim her first ever win over David at the sixth attempt on the PSA World Tour. "I don’t know how I did it," Chinappa said. "A few of us are just back from the Commonwealth Games, not just me, and that’s one of the challenges of being an professional athlete. "I knew I had a tough first round, then Nicol in the pre-quarters, so I had no pressure, and I just wanted to play freely and enjoy myself. "I think I played pretty well, most of my balls went in, but I was just thinking one point at a time. I didn’t come on court with any particular game plan, I just came to play, I didn’t think about the match before, just had a good night sleep, ate well, and came for my match." Chinappa will play either England’s Laura Massaro or Hong Kong’s Joey Chan in the last eight. Meanwhile, French World No.6 Camille Serme also earned her place in the last eight courtesy of a comfortable 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 victory over England's Victoria Lust and she will play either World No.1 Nour El Sherbini or United States No.2 Amanda Sobhy in the next round.20180422133331_Serme-El-Gouna-RD2.jpgSerme said: "I'm very happy with the way I played, I managed to play quite relaxed and when I'm relaxed I play my shots well and my attacking game is good as well. "I'm very happy to be back on the glass court, the only thing I am worried about his the wind. Today is very windy and it looks like it's not going to be easy but I'm just happy to be back on there. It's a very nice venue and I'm sure I am going to enjoy it. "I'll prepare for the match in the same way I did before. I'm going to watch the match tonight and see how they both play, even though I know them both. I'm going to enjoy my rest day tomorrow and I'll have a hit on the glass court as well." *Result* [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [8] Nicol David (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (32m) [6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (21m) *El Sherbini Avoids Sobhy Exit to Reach Last Eight*20180422194226_Sherbini-Sobhy-El-Gouna.jpgWorld No.1 Nour El Sherbini prevailed in a thrilling five-game battle with United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy on El Gouna’s marina to set up a quarter-final meeting with World No.6 Camille Serme. The pair have contested some exciting matches ever since their first meeting in 2013 and their head-to-head record was poised at three wins apiece, with Sobhy prevailing the last time the two met in the semi-finals of the 2016 Hong Kong Open. There was little between the two for large periods of the match as Sobhy fought back from a game down on two occasions as she threw everything she had against her Egyptian opponent on an evening that saw blustery winds from Egypt’s Red Sea descend on the marina, which hosts the all-glass showcourt. However with the scores locked at 6-6 apiece in the decider, El Sherbini managed to establish a lead once more as she mixed up he mixed up her attacking shots to take Sobhy out of any kind of rhythm and she rattled off five successive points to prevent the American from completing the comeback. "They’re really hard conditions out there, the wind was ridiculous," said El Sherbini. "It’s my first time playing on a court like this and it was another experience. It was really hard to see the ball because you don’t know what to expect or what shots to play. I just kept running and trying to put the ball in the back of the court and I’m happy to be through. "I was just trying to hit the ball hard into the corners and was trying to attack more because with the wind you’re drops go instantly dead. "It’s really hard to play a player like Amanda that you’re used to playing in the semis or the quarters. She’s really getting strong and getting her form back and she’s soon going to be back in the top 10. "I’m really surprised and happy to see her playing like this once again and hopefully she can get back into the top 10 so we won’t have to play in the second round again." *Result* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 (52m) *ElShorbagy Comes From Behind to Beat Mosaad*20180422210544_Mohamed-El-Gouna-Squash-RD2.jpgWorld No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy had to dig in tonight as he came back from a game down to beat former World No.3 Omar Mosaad by a 3-1 margin of victory. ElShorbagy had only ever lost to Mosaad once in nine previous matches but was on the back foot in the opening stages as Mosaad exhibited the kind of form that took him to the World Championship final back in 2015 as he adapted to the windy conditions well. He hit some trademark thundering forehand drives to push ElShorbagy into the back corners and he duly built up four game balls in the opener before converting on his fifth after his opponent came back to send the match to the tie-break. ElShorbagy responded by hitting some fierce efforts into the front of the court and he held his nerve in the business end of the game to draw level. He then followed that up by powering to an 11-5 victory in game three after some lengthy, attritional rallies took their toll on Mosaad physically. The ‘Hammer of Thor’ looked to have found a second wind in the fourth as he began to find his way back into the match but ElShorbagy played the crucial points well to close out a win that will see him take on Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rösner for a place in a fourth El Gouna International semi-finals. "Today Mosaad took me by surprise at the beginning of the match, he played so well," said ElShorbagy. "He played with the quality he had when he was World No.3 so I had to dig in deep and I’m just really happy I got out of jail. "I could have been 2-0 down but these are the kind of matches that sharpen you up for the tournament. I’m just really happy to be through and to beat a tough opponent like Mosaad in the second round gives you confidence. "We’ve [ElShorbagy and Rösner] played 12 times and I’ve won all of the times we’ve played but he got really close in Dubai and a couple of times last year. This time we’ve played twice and I beat him in three in the U.S. Open and 2-0 in Canary Wharf but that doesn’t take from his quality, he has been playing well. "We have high quality matches and I’m happy to live another day in this tournament. I’ve had a few problems before this tournament, for two weeks I had a niggle in my back and it was the first day I felt completely pain-free. That’s why I was stretching my back a little bit during the last two matches but today it was more in my head than actually feeling the pain so I’m really happy I beat him in three and it’s given me a lot of confidence." *Result* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (61m) *Massaro Motors Past Chan to Set Up Chinappa Clash*20180422213051_Massaro-El-Gouna-RD2-Squash.jpgEngland’s Laura Massaro put in a professional performance to dispatch Hong Kong’s Joey Chan by an 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 scoreline in 27 minutes, extending her unbeaten run over the World No.22 to six matches. Massaro looked like a woman on a mission as she played an immaculate length and kept the ball away from the middle of the court to follow up a similarly impressive display against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Hany in the previous round. The 34-year-old from Preston will take on Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa in the next round after she upset Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David earlier on in the day, and Massaro is steeling herself for a tough challenge. "You prepare to do the best you can and that will be the same for Joshna when we play," said Massaro, who has never lost to Chinappa in five previous meetings on the PSA World Tour. "She’s a great player and if you don’t play her in the right way then she’ll finish the ball in the right way. She’ll be full of confidence on the back of that win for sure. "You go into each match as if you’re fresh. You expect to come up against people at their best level and it was the same with Joey tonight. I don’t think she’s ever beaten me but that doesn’t mean that tonight she wasn’t going to." *Result* [4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (27m) *Marwan Prevails in Four-Game Battle with Castagnet*20180422221359_18EG10615.jpgEgyptian World No.4 Marwan ElShorbagy was put through his paces by a tenacious Mathieu Castagnet, but emerged victorious courtesy of an 11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 triumph. ElShorbagy and Castagnet were playing on the PSA World Tour for the first time in three years and their head-to-head record was locked at four wins apiece prior to tonight’s encounter. The first game went the way of the man from Egypt as he pushed Castagnet into the back of the court before going on the offensive and utilising his racket skills to put the ball short. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Some awesome gets from <a href="https://twitter.com/CastagnetMatt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CastagnetMatt</a> but it's <a href="https://twitter.com/maelshorbagy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@maelshorbagy</a> on top in this fast paced exchange in El Gouna <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheJackal?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheJackal</a> <a href="https://t.co/8YumlEddBV">pic.twitter.com/8YumlEddBV</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/988146705940922368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Castagnet looked to be running out of ideas midway through the second as Marwan dictated the tempo but he continued to fight on and was rewarded for his tenacity with a 13-11 victory on the tie-break. An attacking onslaught in the third then saw Marwan restore his lead, with not even a burst ball doing anything to slow down the 24-year-old’s rhythm. Castagnet, who had been forced to do a lot of retrieving throughout the match, began to fatigue the longer the fourth game went on and despite battling on he was unable to prevent a clinical ElShorbagy from closing out the victory. "It was a rough battle, Mathieu played very well and I’m really happy to see him back playing at the top level again," said ElShorbagy. "He got to World No.6 and a lot of people underrated him but he is so tough to play. I have so much respect for him and for what he has achieved. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Drop R Us!!!<br><br>Brough to you by <a href="https://twitter.com/CastagnetMatt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CastagnetMatt</a> <br><br>Check out this beauty<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/squash?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#squash</a> <a href="https://t.co/yg1fBDMAj4">pic.twitter.com/yg1fBDMAj4</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/988164404872036352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "I think he won the Nationals ago so he’s been playing with a lot of confidence. As for me, I think I made a lot of mistakes today which I need to work on with my coach. Overall I’m happy with my performance, I was enjoying it but maybe I was enjoying it a bit too much. "I’m happy with the win today and looking forward to my day off tomorrow." ElShorbagy will line up against last year’s runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad for a place in the semi-finals, four months after he ended his compatriot's World Championship title defence in Manchester. When asked about the prospect of facing Gawad, ElShorbagy said: "When you reach the quarters all of the players start to play their best. "Karim has been having a difficult season but I’m sure he can step up his game any day. I’m expecting a tough battle, I think he’s playing well so let’s see what happens." *Result* [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-1: 11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 (58m) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5500/el-gouna-international-day-three-as-it-happens 5500 Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:16:00 +0100 El Gouna: Defending Champion Gaultier Comes Through to Beat Hesham on Day Two Defending champion Gregory Gaultier had to draw on all of his experience on day two of the 2018 El Gouna International as he battled through to a 3-1 victory over Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham to move through to the second round of the PSA World Series tournament taking place on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea. 35-year-old Gaultier, who beat Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad in last year’s final, had the better of the first game as he went a game ahead until Hesham, known on the tour for his shot-making talents, played some measured and controlled squash to draw level after taking the second. While Hesham’s incredible racket skills were still on show throughout the match, the World No.30 played with a newfound maturity as he rattled the Frenchman, with only a late charge from Gaultier at the end of the third game seeing the World No.3 avoid going 2-1 down. Gaultier pressed home his advantage in the fourth though as Hesham began to fatigue and he closed it out 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 to reach the last 16. "I knew it was probably the toughest first round and Mazen, when he is on fire, you have to be on your toes," Gaultier said afterwards. "It’s coming from everywhere and he’s very talented. The weather tonight made it difficult to control the ball and he made a couple of mistakes because the ball is moving around, so I just tried to be as accurate as possible. "I lost my concentration a bit at the beginning of the third but I managed to push myself and go for every single shot to make him tired. It paid dividends in the fourth game and I’m really glad I managed to move that well in these hard conditions." Gaultier will meet England’s Chris Simpson in round two after the World No.40 upset Gaultier’s compatriot, Gregoire Marche, while Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez was on red hot form as he defeated World No.10 Mohamed Abouelghar. Abouelghar was never able to knock Rodriguez out of his rhythm and the World No.16 swept to a comfortable 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 victory to set up a second round clash with Mexico’s Cesar Salazar, who defeated English qualifier Joshua Masters. “I was very happy with my performance today, it was the cleanest of the year,” Rodriguez said after the match.20180421222403_Rodriguez-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg“I’ve played Mohamed three times in four years and he’s very skilful and very talented. I think I was very focused today, I was patient, attacking and very accurate, which was the key for winning the match." Meanwhile, there will be two German players in the second round of a World Series tournament for the first time in PSA World Tour history after World No.39 Raphael Kandra defeated Hong Kong’s Max Lee to join compatriot Simon Rösner in the last 16. He’ll face the in-form World No.5 Tarek Momen in the next round, while there were also wins for World No.3 Ali Farag and former World No.5 Borja Golan. World No.2 Raneem El Welily got her tournament under way with an exquisite showing against rising Malaysian star Sivasangari Subramaniam that saw her topple the 19-year-old. 12 months after losing to fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini in the final of the PSA Women’s World Championships, El Welily put in a sublime performance that saw her rattle of winners to set up a mouthwatering second round fixture with England’s Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sarah-Jane Perry.20180421222511_Welily-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg“I know Siva, she’s a very good player and I know she has more than what she showed today,” said El Welily. “She has very good qualities and is very talented. She’s different than other juniors that you see and I expected a tough battle today. I’m definitely happy to be through in three. “I’m hoping it’s going to be another battle between the two of us [El Welily and Perry], we’ve had close matches and many 3-2s. I’m just going to relax tomorrow, we’re playing in two days so there’s still so much time to prepare for it." Perry, meanwhile, showed no signs of fatigue after her exploits on the Gold Coast as she stormed to an 11-1, 11-5, 11-3 victory over Egypt’s Nadine Shahin in just 17 minutes. “I was really pleased with how I played at the Commonwealth Games, I was obviously very disappointed not to win the final, but Joelle played better in the end so she deserved it,” said Perry.20180421222629_Perry-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg“I took the positives out of it because I played some really good squash and I carried on where I left off really. It’s taken me a couple of days to get used to the courts here, I played doubles last week so the court felt a bit claustrophobic the first time I hit on it." The woman who beat Perry in the final of the singles event, New Zealand’s Joelle King, overcame England’s Fiona Moverley in four games and she will line up against Hong Kong’s Annie Au in the last 16. Elsewhere, World No.3 Nour El Tayeb joined husband Farag in round two after she defeated France’s Coline Aumard in a commanding 3-0 win and she will clash with Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy after she overturned a 2-0 deficit to defeat United States No.1 Olivia Blatchford. World No.5 Nouran Gohar and England’s Alison Waters also claimed wins over Rachael Grinham and Mariam Metwally, respectively. The second round of the El Gouna International begins tomorrow (April 22) and glass court action, which will be shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), begins at 18:30 local time (GMT+2). *Results – Men’s First Round (Bottom Half): 2018 El Gouna International* [3] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (33m) Borja Golan (ESP) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 (54m) [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-0: 11-4, 14-12, 11-5 (39m) [6] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [WC] Mostafa Asal (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 (33m) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (33m) Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (33m) [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-1: 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 (47m) [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 (60m) *Draw - Men’s Second Round (Top Half): To be played April 22nd* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Omar Mosaad (EGY) Declan James (ENG) v [7] Simon Rösner (GER) [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) *Draw - Men’s Second Round (Bottom Half): To be played April 23rd* [3] Ali Farag (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP) [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v Cesar Salazar (MEX) [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) *Results - Women’s First Round (Bottom Half): 2018 El Gouna International* [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (20m) Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-2: 10-12, 9-11, 15-13, 11-9, 11-8 (67m) [10] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7 (37m) [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (26m) [7] Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5 (35m) [11] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 17-15 (35m) [9] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-1, 11-5, 11-3 (17m) [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [Q] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (21m) *Draw - Women’s Second Round (Top Half): To be played April 22nd* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Amanda Sobhy (USA) [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) v [6] Camille Serme (FRA) [8] Nicol David (MAS) v [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) Joey Chan (HKG) v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG) *Draw - Women’s Second Round (Bottom Half): To be played April 23rd* [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY) [10] Alison Waters (ENG) v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [7] Joelle King (NZL) v [11] Annie Au (HKG) [9] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5499/el-gouna-defending-champion-gaultier-comes-through-to-beat-hesham-on-day-two 5499 Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:19:11 +0100 El Gouna International: Day Two - As it Happens Day two of the El Gouna International, PSA World Series tournament sees women's World Champion Raneem El Welily get her tournament up and running against rising Malaysian star Sivasangari Subramaniam at El Gouna's Marina. Also in action is El Welily's compatriot - the in-form Nour El Tayeb - who gets this evening's live coverage on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player under way at 18:30 (GMT+2) against French qualifier Coline Aumard. El Tayeb's husband - World No.2 Ali Farag - also begins his tournament as he takes on 'Swiss Rocket' Nicolas Mueller, while defending champion Gregory Gaultier and Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham bring today's action to a close at 20:45. You can watch *LIVE* coverage on <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/tv">SQUASHTV</a> and <a href="https://promo-uk.eurosport.com/squashuk?utm_source=PSA%20website&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Eurosport%20Windy%20City&utm_content=Home%20Page">Eurosport Player</a> or follow our <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/pages/live">live scoring page.</a> *Here's the SQUASHTV & Eurosport Player Order of Play* (All times are local GMT+2)20180421112303_ELGOOPDay2.jpg?x=0&y=-6&w=530&o=608*WATCH LIVE AND FREE:* We'll be streaming the entire first round match between Grégory Gaultier and Mazen Hesham for free on our Facebook page from 18:45 GMT on Saturday April 21. Visit the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PSAworldtour/" target="_blank">PSA World Tour Facebook Page</a> to watch.We'll also be streaming live coverage from the side courts on our <a href="https://www.youtube.com/psasquashtv">YouTube channel</a>. *Order of Play* 12:00 [10] Alison Waters (ENG) v Mariam Metwally (EGY) 12:45 Max Lee (HKG) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 13:30 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 14:15 Borja Golan (ESP) v [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-NNRiT9gJG8" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> *King Shakes Off Commonwealth Games Fatigue to Reach Round Two*20180421123506_King-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg?x=0&y=-52&w=615&o=608New Zealand’s World No.4 Joelle King followed up her stunning success at the Commonwealth Games earlier this month with a 3-1 victory over England’s Fiona Moverley on the second day of main draw action at the El Gouna International. King was in magnificent form on the Gold Coast as she claimed two gold medals in both the singles and women’s doubles event alongside a bronze medal in the mixed doubles. Despite her gruelling schedule, King began the match on the front foot and duly took a one-game lead against a player she had beaten the only they had met previously, which came at the Saudi Masters in January. Their match in Saudi Arabia saw King prevail by a 3-0 margin but Moverley ensured that wouldn’t be the case this time around as she battled back from two game balls down to bring the match back to all square. King redoubled her focus in the third and fourth games as she pinned her opponent in the back of the court with some thunderous driving to put the ball out of Moverley’s reach and she was duly awarded with 11-5 victories in each of the final two games to seal her place in the last 16. "It was tougher than I would like, that’s for sure," said King, who will face one of Hong Kong’s Annie Au or Liu Tsz-Ling in the next round. "She played pretty well, she had two tough qualifying matches but she had a day off, so I knew she was going to come and play a good match. Coming straight off the Commonwealth Games, I had to really try and focus and I’m happy to get off 3-1, she’s never an easy opponent. "Every time I’ve played doubles and then come into a tournament I’ve actually played pretty well. Because of the speed of the doubles, when you come back to the singles you feel like you’ve got a lot of time but obviously you have to cover the whole court yourself, there’s no partner to cover the other side of the court for you. "It’s always done my game a lot of good playing the doubles, so I don’t think about it much, I just try to stay focused on my match. "It’s been a pretty good season for me so far but it’s far from over, we’ve still got the British to go and I want to finish in the way I started the season. I’m just enjoying my squash to be honest and it’s interesting that those results follow." World No.5 Nouran Gohar is also through to the second round after she dispatched former World Champion Rachael Grinham 3-0. The match was a contrast of styles as Gohar’s raw power clashed with Grinham’s finesse and it was the former who marched into a 2-0 lead. Grinham pushed ahead to 8-3 in the third but a composed showing from Gohar saw her fight back, taking eight points in succession to book her second round berth.20180421123610_Gohar-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg"[There’s] no doubt she is a legend," said Gohar. "It was very hard. She is tricky, with all what she has achieved now she only plays for the pleasure of it, she has nothing to prove and it makes her even trickier. "I’m very happy with the way I handled the match, and kept my head, especially from 8-3 down in the third. Now I have a nice rest day, that is really a good thing." She will face England’s Alison Waters for a place in the last eight, with Waters seeing off Mariam Metwally. Metwally struggled to get her game going in the early stages as Waters built up a comfortable two-game lead. The woman from Egypt finally found her range in the third to claw a game back but Waters remained focused and pulled away from 8-7 in the fourth to seal the win. *Result* [7] Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5 (35m) [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (26m) [10] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7 (37m) *Kandra Upsets Lee to Reach Second Round*20180421132140_Kandra-Gouna-Squash.jpgGermany’s Raphael Kandra will appear in the second round of a PSA World Series tournament for the first time in his career after the World No.39 bridged a 17-place World Rankings gap to upset Hong Kong’s Max Lee. The pair were meeting for the first time on the PSA World Tour, while Kandra already had 84 minutes of action at this tournament under his belt after coming through qualifying. His final qualifying round victory over England’s Nathan Lake came in a gruelling five-game encounter but, after having a rest day yesterday, he came out all guns blazing to take the opener 11-4, with Lee unable to match his opponent’s pace of hitting. Lee then squandered a golden opportunity to level the scores in the second after amassing game balls on two occasions, but Kandra came back both times before converting his first game ball to double his advantage. The 27-year-old from Paderborn then kept the player from Hong Kong at arm’s length in the third to complete an 11-4, 14-12, 11-5 victory in 39 minutes. "I expected a hard match because we had never played before," Kandra said afterwards. "I was really looking forward to the match because I knew he was a fair player and can hit a really good ball. I was just trying to pick up the pace as much as I could and play faster so he had no time to his his good shots. "After the first game I realised that he was struggling a little bit today with the pace that I was playing but in the second I slightly lost my game plan. He fought back and he almost won the game despite being 9-4 down. "Somehow I managed to win the second game and throughout the match I had more confidence than him. I’m very pleased and it’s the first time that I’ve reached the second round of a World Series event." Kandra will aim to cause another upset on Monday as he goes up against the in-form World No.5 Tarek Momen after he got the better of tournament wildcard Mostafa Asal. Kandra is wary of Momen’s racket skills, saying: "I think Tarek is very fast and tricky on court, he gives you many taxis on court. I’ll try to be as sharp as I can and give everything I can. I’ll try to slow down the pace a little bit and I’ll try to do my best and we’ll see how it goes."20180421132244_18EG4079.jpgGermany’s Raphael Kandra will appear in the second round of a PSA World Series tournament for the first time in his career after the World No.39 bridged a 17-place World Rankings gap to upset Hong Kong’s Max Lee. The pair were meeting for the first time on the PSA World Tour, while Kandra already had 84 minutes of action at this tournament under his belt after coming through qualifying. His final qualifying round victory over England’s Nathan Lake came in a gruelling five-game encounter but, after having a rest day yesterday, he came out all guns blazing to take the opener 11-4, with Lee unable to match his opponent’s pace of hitting. Lee then squandered a golden opportunity to level the scores in the second after amassing game balls on two occasions, but Kandra came back both times before converting his first game ball to double his advantage. The 27-year-old from Paderborn then kept the player from Hong Kong at arm’s length in the third to complete an 11-4, 14-12, 11-5 victory in 39 minutes. "I expected a hard match because we had never played before," Kandra said afterwards. "I was really looking forward to the match because I knew he was a fair player and can hit a really good ball. I was just trying to pick up the pace as much as I could and play faster so he had no time to his his good shots. "After the first game I realised that he was struggling a little bit today with the pace that I was playing but in the second I slightly lost my game plan. He fought back and he almost won the game despite being 9-4 down. "Somehow I managed to win the second game and throughout the match I had more confidence than him. I’m very pleased and it’s the first time that I’ve reached the second round of a World Series event." Kandra will aim to cause another upset on Monday as he goes up against the in-form World No.5 Tarek Momen after he got the better of tournament wildcard Mostafa Asal. Kandra is wary of Momen’s racket skills, saying: "I think Tarek is very fast and tricky on court, he gives you many taxis on court. I’ll try to be as sharp as I can and give everything I can. I’ll try to slow down the pace a little bit and I’ll try to do my best and we’ll see how it goes." Momen said: "The first game [against Asal] was close. A first round is always tricky, you have got to play on different conditions to the ones you are used to, and it takes a little time to adjust. "Today, I played a young and hungry player, and a good one, it took me a little while to absorb all that. "I think it was a good experience for Mostafa, who is still a junior. He wasn’t taken by the occasion and played to the best of his abilities. He is also very good in the middle of the court, anything loose and he would put me under pressure. I had to take him out of this area to regain control." *Result* [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-0: 11-4, 14-12, 11-5 (39m) [6] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [WC] Mostafa Asal (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 (33m) *SJ on Song to See off Shahin*20180421144020_Perry-El-Gouna-Squash.jpgEngland’s Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sarah-Jane Perry wasted no time in making her presence felt on the 2018 El Gouna International as she marched past Egyptian qualifier Nadine Shahin in just 17 minutes. The World No.8 dropped just a solitary point in the opening game and that laid down a marker for the rest of her performance which saw her dominate the court in a clinical display. Perry, who lost out to New Zealand’s Joelle King in the singles event final on the Gold Coast earlier this month, added an 11-5 victory and an 11-3 triumph in the final two games to book her place in round two - where either World Champion Raneem El Welily or talented Malaysian teenager Sivasangari Subramaniam will await. "I was really pleased with how I played at the Commonwealth Games, I was obviously very disappointed not to win the final, but Joelle played better in the end so she deserved it," said Perry. "I took the positives out of it because I played some really good squash and I carried on where I left off really. It’s taken me a couple of days to get used to the courts here, I played doubles last week so the court felt a bit claustrophobic the first time I hit on it. "It’s nice to get back into the swing of things though on a singles court and I’m really happy with my performance today, it was really controlled. I thought I kept it simple and hit nice lines. "It’s perfect really, I’ll have a rest now and go and watch the match tonight to see who I’ll be playing. Last time me and Raneem played we had a really good match in Saudi. "It was a really high-quality match and if I’m playing Raneem I’ll just be going out there and trying to play some really good squash again. But she’s playing Siva tonight and she’s been having some really good results. I had a game of doubles with her last week but it’s not quite the same and she’s playing some really good squash." Meanwhile, Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy completed a huge fightback against United States No.1 Olivia Blatchford to earn her second round berth. 
El Hammamy, who three years ago became the first player born in the 21st century to win a PSA World Tour title, looked down and out after a Blatchford edged the opening two games to put herself on the verge of qualifying for round two. But Blatchford was unable to close out a dramatic third game as El Hammamy came back to take it 15-13 and she followed that up with an 11-9 win in game four before taking the deciding fifth 11-8. 
El Hammamy will take on the winner of Nour El Tayeb or Coline Aumard - who play later this evening - while Hong Kong’s Annie Au will also appear in the last 16 after she defeated compatriot Liu Tsz-Ling. *Result* [9] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-1, 11-5, 11-3 (17m) Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-2: 10-12, 9-11, 15-13, 11-9, 11-8 (67m) [11] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 17-15 (35m) *Rodriguez at His Best to See Off Abouelghar*20180421153335_Rodriguez-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Angel Rodriguez displayed the kind of form that took him as high as No.4 in the world three years ago as he ruthlessly dispatched Egyptian shot-maker Mohamed Abouelghar to book his second round berth. Rodriguez has had the measure of the World No.10 in the past and had won their previous two encounters, with both of those matches going to five and lasting over the hour mark. However, it was a different story today as Rodriguez forced Abouelghar into the back corners to prevent the talented Egyptian from playing his trademark winners. Abouelghar was never able to knock Rodriguez out of his rhythm and the Colombian World No.16 swept to a comfortable 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 victory to set up a second round clash with Mexico’s Cesar Salazar, who defeated English qualifier Joshua Masters. "I was very happy with my performance today, it was the cleanest of the year," Rodriguez said after the match. "I’ve played Mohamed three times in four years and he’s very skilful and very talented. I think I was very focused today, I was patient, attacking and very accurate, which was the key for winning the match. "I was forcing him to play winners from the back and I didn’t give him any chances to attack in front of me. I’m very pleased with my performance today. "We [Rodriguez and Salazar] know each other’s games and it will be a tough battle. I try not to think about my last results with him but the most important thing is to play like this in the first round and to keep my form in the second one. "I’m trying to focus on my tournament and I want to do well this year. So far this year has been much better than last season because I had a lot of injuries two years ago. I’m playing much better this year and I’m 100 per cent fit." Meanwhile, England’s Chris Simpson followed up a successful qualifying campaign with a 3-1 victory over Frenchman Gregoire Marche, despite World No.44 Simpson currently sitting 15 places below Marche on the World Rankings. Simpson had only beaten Marche once in their previous five meetings but he had the beating of the Frenchman this time around as he completed an 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 victory in 47 minutes.20180421153547_Simpson-El-Gouna-Squash.jpgSimpson, who will take on either Gregory Gaultier or Chris Simpson in the next round, said: "I don’t know what happened there. "In the 13 years of my career I’ve never came to an event that unprepared. For a few reasons I don’t want to get into, I even thought about not coming. But I had a good match against Youssef [Soliman], who was playing so well, and again today against Grégoire. "I couldn’t have been more laid back today but that’s how squash is sometimes, there is no reasoning to it. I felt that I was freer with my racket work, I felt really light and flowing." Former World No.5 Borja Golan was also victorious as he defeated Karim Ali Fathi in four games and he will meet either Ali Farag or Nicolas Mueller in round two. *Results* Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (33m) [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-1: 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 (47m) Borja Golan (ESP) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 (54m) *El Tayeb Storms Past Aumard*20180421183434_Tayeb-El-Gouna-Squash.jpgEgypt’s Nour El Tayeb took just 20 minutes to dispose of French qualifier Coline Aumard as 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 victory saw her move into round two where she will go up against compatriot Hania El Hammamy. It was the first time in six years that El Tayeb and Aumard had contested a PSA World Tour match, with El Tayeb getting the better of her opponent in both of their previous meetings. And the World No.3 was ruthless as she rattled off winners at the front of the court and profited off a series of unforced errors from the French player. Aumard showed signs of improvement in the early stages of the third as she began to put points on the board but her resurgence was short-lived as El Tayeb pulled away from 3-3 and took eight of the next nine points on offer to cap off a commanding victory. "I’m very happy with my performance, I think I played very well and hopefully I can keep going," said El Tayeb. "I’m trying to lower my expectations as the season goes on. I played well at the beginning of the season and so far I have been playing alright, so I just have to keep the momentum going and stay focused on the match I’m playing. "Every time I go on court I am excited and nervous at the same time. Being introduced as ‘World No.3’ is very big for me. I am trying to enjoy the moment because I know it’s not going to last forever and although I’m trying to reach that No.1 spot, it’s still huge for me. "And as tomorrow is Ali’s birthday, I hope he can win so we can celebrate it properly." *Result* [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (20m) *Farag Joins Wife El Tayeb in Round Two*20180421192247_Farag-El-Gouna-Squash.jpgWorld No.3 Ali Farag joined his wife Nour El Tayeb in the second round of the El Gouna International after he came out on top against Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller. Farag had won all three of their previous PSA World Tour matches but he had to dig in at times during the opening game against a tenacious Mueller, who was very efficient at the front of the court as he pulled Farag short and pounced on his loose shots. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Beautiul touch from the Swiss Rocket <a href="https://twitter.com/MuellerNicolas?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MuellerNicolas</a>! <a href="https://t.co/d1qYjYoxrP">pic.twitter.com/d1qYjYoxrP</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/987747985739038720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 21, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Farag managed to triumph though to take a one-game lead on the tie-break, while the second game was a procession as he dropped just three games to double his lead. The Egyptian then held three match balls in the third and, despite Mueller’s best efforts, he converted to wrap up the win in straight games. "Nicky is so talented and he’s always attacking," Farag said. "You always have to be on your toes and I think I managed the match pretty well. I think the first game was crucial, had he got that one maybe psychologically it would have made a difference. After that one I stuck to my game plan well and I won the last one." Farag will take on Spain’s former World No.5 Borja Golan in the next round in what will be there first meeting since 2010, when a shoulder injury to Golan cut the match short. "I’m really looking forward to it, he’s a very unorthodox player and he’s got different shots. I do like playing on this court so much but it’s the first time I’ve ever won a match on the glass court. "I’m really happy to get through this one and I’m looking forward to hopefully many more in this tournament." *Result* [3] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (33m) *El Welily at her Best to See Off Subramaniam*20180421201501_Welily-El-Gouna-Squash.jpgWorld Champion Raneem El Welily got her tournament off to a winning start after she put together an exquisite performance to overcome Malaysian up-and-comer Sivasangari Subramaniam. El Welily, who made it all the way to the final last April when the PSA Women’s World Championships were held in El Gouna, stormed out of the traps and her shot-making talents were in full flow as she hit good lines to open up the court before using her racket skills to finish off the points. Subramaniam showed glimpses of the talents that have made her stand out as a potential successor to Malaysian superstar Nicol David but she was unable to counter an impressive El Welily performance and it will be the Egyptian player who takes on England’s Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sarah-Jane Perry in the next round. "I know Siva, she’s a very good player and I know she has more than what she showed today," said El Welily. "She has very good qualities and is very talented. She’s different than other juniors that you see and I expected a tough battle today. I’m definitely happy to be through in three. "I’m hoping it’s going to be another battle between the two of us [El Welily and Perry], we’ve had close matches and many 3-2s. I’m just going to relax tomorrow, we’re playing in two days so there’s still so much time to prepare for it. "It’s definitely great to be playing at home and to have the crowd’s support. It’s always different playing here in Egypt, especially in El Gouna because it’s very relaxing. To have people come and cheer for you is amazing." *Result* [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [Q] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (21m) *Defending Champ Gaultier Comes Through to Beat Hesham*20180421213035_Gaultier-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg?x=0&y=-27.625&w=614&o=608Defending champion Gregory Gaultier had to draw on all of his experience as he battled through to a 3-1 victory over Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham to move through to the last 16. The pair’s previous three matches all went in Gaultier’s favour, while the ‘French General’ beat Hesham at the second round stage of last year’s tournament. 35-year-old Gaultier, who beat Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad in last year’s final, had the better of the first game as he went a game ahead until Hesham, known on the tour for his shot-making talents, played some measured and controlled squash to draw level after taking the second. While Hesham’s incredible racket skills were still on show throughout the match, the World No.30 played with a newfound maturity as he rattled the Frenchman, with only a late charge from Gaultier at the end of the third game seeing the World No.3 avoid going 2-1 down. Gaultier’s physicality began to wear Hesham down though and he pressed home his advantage in the fourth to close out the win by an 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 scoreline to book a second round berth against England’s Chris Simpson. "I knew it was probably the toughest first round and Mazen, when he is on fire, you have to be on your toes," Gaultier said afterwards. "It’s coming from everywhere and he’s very talented. The weather tonight made it difficult to control the ball and he made a couple of mistakes because the ball is moving around, so I just tried to be as accurate as possible. "I lost my concentration a bit at the beginning of the third but I managed to push myself and go for every single shot to make him tired. It paid dividends in the fourth game and I’m really glad I managed to move that well in these hard conditions. "During my 25 years of playing squash, sometimes your body pays the price, it is such a tough sport. I had the most amazing run in my career last year, everything was floating and everything was unbelievable. "But I had bad injuries at the start of this season in September and it was a nightmare. I tried to catch up with very little preparation in each tournament. I’m not 20 years old anymore, I have to do so much work to come back." *Result* [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 (60m) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5498/el-gouna-international-day-two-as-it-happens 5498 Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:14:07 +0100 El Gouna: El Sherbini and Sobhy to Meet in Second Round World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and former World No.6 Amanda Sobhy will contest a mouthwatering second round fixture at the 2018 El Gouna International tournament after they claimed respective wins over British duo Emily Whitlock and Tesni Evans. El Sherbini became the first woman to win a professional squash tournament in El Gouna when she defeated fellow Egyptian Raneem El Welily to win the PSA Women’s World Championships last April. This year is the first time that a women’s El Gouna International has been held alongside the men’s and El Sherbini kept up her 100 per cent record in El Gouna as she claimed a 3-0 win over England’s Whitlock by an 11-3, 12-10, 11-2 margin. "Emily is a tricky first round and we’ve not played a lot of matches together," said El Sherbini. "The second game was important for me and I didn’t want to lose it and I think that made the difference. I just went for my shots and I think she made an error or two, so that second game was important and I just played point by point." "I’ve not played Amanda since she has come back from her injury and it seems like she’s playing well and getting her form back. Mentally and physically she’s getting better, I’m excited for the match and let’s see how it goes." Sobhy, meanwhile, missed the World Championships last April due to a ruptured achilles but she marked her maiden El Gouna appearance with an impressive 3-1 win over Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans. Evans won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this month but, despite fighting back from a game down to level, the 25-year-old was unable to resist a strong showing from Sobhy and the United States No.2 closed out an 11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 triumph. "I’m happy to be here, the weathers good which I appreciate so much more than in the States. I’m happy to play, I’m enjoying it and there is really no pressure, it’s nice being the underdog again," Sobhy said.20180420223109_Sobhy-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg "There aren’t many expectations for me apart from keeping improving, getting fitter and enjoying my squash, so I’m happy I did that on the day." England’s Laura Massaro is also through courtesy of a 3-0 win over Egyptian qualifier Mayar Hany and she will face Joey Chan, who cut short former World No.4 Omneya Abdel Kawy’s return to action after she took time away from the tour due to the birth of her son. World No.6 Camille Serme and Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David are also through to the last 16 after respective wins over Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Zeina Mickawy. World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy got his tournament off to a winning start after the 2016 winner defeated Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan 3-0 to set up a second round meeting with former World No.3 Omar Mosaad.20180420223341_ElShorbagy-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg“I’m happy to win, he’s a very good player,” ElShorbagy said. “He showed what a great player he is in the Commonwealth Games when he got a bronze [medal] and beat Nick [Matthew] in the quarters. He is one of those players that, when he plays well, is able to play at a top 10 quality, that’s why he’s able to get wins over them [top 10 players] from time to time." ElShorbagy’s younger brother, World No.4 Marwan, is also through after he saw off England’s Ben Coleman in straight games to ensure that he will face France’s Mathieu Castagnet next, while French World No.40 Lucas Serme upset Peru’s World No.11 Diego Elias, coming through to win 3-1. Semi-final finishes at both the Oracle NetSuite Open and Channel VAS Championships in the opening stages of the season saw Elias poised to be a major contender in the latter half of the campaign but a hamstring injury sustained towards the end of last year has stunted the 21-year-old’s progress in recent months and Serme took full advantage to win it 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8. “Diego didn’t seem quite 100% but I saw him looking like that in a few tournaments, pulling off some great wins, so I was wary and on my guard until the last shot,” said Serme.20180420223434_Serme-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg?x=0&y=0&w=620&o=608“He looks very nonchalant but still gets all the shots and some ridiculous kills. It was the first time I beat him, so I’m very happy." Serme will play last year’s runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad - whose run to the final saw him take the World No.1 spot last May - while Germany’s Simon Rösner and England’s Declan James will go head-to-head after wins over Tom Richards and Zahed Mohamed, respectively. Round one of the El Gouna International continues tomorrow (April 21) with action from the glass court shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) from 18:30 local time (GMT+2) onwards. *Results - Men’s First Round (Top Half): Men’s 2018 El Gouna International* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (36m) Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [LL] Ahmed Hosny (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (53m) Declan James (ENG) bt Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (40m) [7] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (33m) [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-1: 11-3, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8 (39m) [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-1: 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8 (55m) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 16-14, 8-11, 5-11, 11-5 (74m) [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (35m) *Draw - Men’s First Round (Bottom Half): To be played April 21* [3] Ali Farag (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 
Borja Golan (ESP) v [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 
Max Lee (HKG) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) [WC] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY) 
[8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
 Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [Q] Joshua Masters (ENG) 
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [Qualifier]
 Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) *Draw - Men’s Second Round (Top Half): To be played April 22* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Omar Mosaad (EGY) Declan James (ENG) v [7] Simon Rösner (GER) [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) *Results - First Round (Top Half): Women’s 2018 El Gouna International* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 12-10, 11-2 (24m) Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [12] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-1: 11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (31m) [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Salma Hany (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11 (62m) [6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 14-12 (34m) [8] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 11-2, 9-11, 11-2 (32m) [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [WC] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-4 (39m) Joey Chan (HKG) bt [14] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (19m) [4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (27m) *Draw - Women’s First Round (Bottom Half): To be played April 21* [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) [10] Alison Waters (ENG) v Mariam Metwally (EGY) [Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [7] Joelle King (NZL) v [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG) [Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v [11] Annie Au (HKG) [9] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY) [Q] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) *Draw - Women’s Second Round (Top Half): To be played April 22* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Amanda Sobhy (USA) [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) v [6] Camille Serme (FRA) [8] Nicol David (MAS) v [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) Joey Chan (HKG) v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG)*WATCH LIVE AND FREE:* We'll be streaming the entire first round match between Grégory Gaultier and Mazen Hesham for free on our Facebook page from 18:45 GMT on Saturday April 21. Visit the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PSAworldtour/" target="_blank">PSA World Tour Facebook Page</a> to watch. http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5497/el-gouna-el-sherbini-and-sobhy-to-meet-in-second-round 5497 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:29:45 +0100 New Zealand's Coll Withdraws from El Gouna International New Zealand's World No.9 Paul Coll has withdrawn from this week's El Gouna International, PSA World Series tournament due to illness. The 25-year-old will be replaced in the main draw by World No.140 Ahmed Hosny, with the Egyptian being afforded lucky loser status after falling in the final round of qualifying. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Unfortunately have to withdraw from <a href="https://twitter.com/ElGounaSquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ElGounaSquash</a> after spending the night in hospital. Definitely seen better days. Thank you to my beautiful girlfriend for dealing with me and playing at the same time <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sorry?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sorry</a></p>— Paul Coll (@paulcollsquash) <a href="https://twitter.com/paulcollsquash/status/987251883663413248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> *Revised Men's Main Draw - 2018 El Gouna International* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) [LL] Ahmed Hosny (EGY) v Omar Mosaad (EGY) Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v Declan James (ENG) Tom Richards (ENG) v [7] Simon Rösner (GER) [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Leo Au (HKG) Diego Elias (PER) v [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [Q] Mohamed Reda (EGY) [Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [3] Ali Farag (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
 Borja Golan (ESP) v [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
 Max Lee (HKG) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 
[WC] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY)
 [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
 Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [Q] Joshua Masters (ENG)
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [Qualifier]
 Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5496/new-zealands-coll-withdraws-from-el-gouna-international 5496 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:13:09 +0100 El Gouna International: Day One - As it Happens We're live on the banks of Egypt's Red Sea today as the main draw of the 2018 El Gouna International gets under way. On the glass court in El Gouna's Marina, men's World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, the 2016 champion, is in action against March's PSA Men's Player of the Month Nafiizwan Adnan, while his younger brother, World No.4 Marwan, is set to face England's Ben Coleman. Women's World No.1 Nour El Sherbini lines up against England's Emily Whitlock, with Whitlock's compatriot, World No.7 Laura Massaro, going up against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Hany. You can watch *LIVE* coverage on <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/tv">SQUASHTV</a> and <a href="https://promo-uk.eurosport.com/squashuk?utm_source=PSA%20website&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Eurosport%20Windy%20City&utm_content=Home%20Page">Eurosport Player</a> or follow our <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/pages/live">live scoring page.</a> *Here's the SQUASHTV & Eurosport Player Order of Play* (All times are local GMT+2)20180420095324_ELGOOPDay1.jpg?x=0&y=0&w=439&o=608We'll also be streaming live coverage from the side courts on our <a href="https://www.youtube.com/psasquashtv">YouTube channel</a>. *Order of Play* 12:00 [10] Alison Waters (ENG) v Mariam Metwally (EGY) 12:45 Max Lee (HKG) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 13:30 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 14:15 Borja Golan (ESP) v [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-NNRiT9gJG8" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>France’s World No.6 Camille Serme booked her place in round two of the 2018 El Gouna Internatonal after she defeated India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik in straight games. Pallikal Karthik had fallen to Serme in their previous five meetings but was coming off the back of two silver medals in both the mixed and women’s doubles at the Commonwealth Games earlier this month in Australia. The World No.18 started well in the first and third games - going 4-1 up in the former and 9-2 ahead in the latter - but she was unable to hold onto her leads on both occasions as Serme began to hit her targets and stretch the play. Serme prevailed 12-10, 11-7, 14-12 in 34 minutes to ensure that she will take on England’s Victoria Lust in the second round after Lust came out on top in a fiercely contested five-game battle with Egypt’s Salma Hany. "I’m very happy to beat Dipika 3-0 because she’s not easy [to beat]," said Serme. "These days every one is tough, but she has really good hands and can play shots from anywhere on the court like the Egyptians. I’m happy to win 3-0 especially because I was 9-2 down in the third game and I managed to come back. "It was very intense and I really wanted to fight as much as I could. I was feeling good physically, not so much with the racket, but I continued to fight and she had some easy balls which she put into the tin, so I’m happy to win. "I’ve been struggling a bit these last few months, so I just want to enjoy my squash again and find my attacking game again." Meanwhile, Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David was in action against Egyptian Zeina Mickawy and she defeated the qualifier by an 12-10, 11-2, 9-11, 11-2 margin to set up a second round meeting with Joshna Chinappa, who beat World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby 3-1. David said: "I think I managed to step up on the 'T' today, except the moments in the match where she was playing extremely well and getting me off it. I have to step up against everybody, but especially against such a talented young Egyptian player. "I’m very happy with my 3-1 win, and I'm glad I managed to pull my game together nicely. "I have been working on my position, I know I work on my speed of course, but it’s all a question of consistency and systematically being in a position where you can be ready to react." *Result* [6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 14-12 (34m) [8] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 11-2, 9-11, 11-2 (32m) [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Salma Hany (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11 (62m) [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [WC] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-4 (39m) *Gawad Comes Through to Beat Au*20180420140528_18EG0394.jpg?x=2&y=-84&w=617&o=608Last year’s runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad began his 2018 El Gouna International campaign with a 3-1 victory over Hong Kong’s Leo Au to set up a second round fixture with either Peru’s Diego Elias or France’s Lucas Serme. Despite falling to eventual winner Gregory Gaultier in the final, Gawad’s run to the title-decider of last year’s tournament saw him overtake the Frenchman to become the fifth Egyptian male player to hold the World No.1 ranking. Gawad, now ranked at World No.7, has struggled to hit the same heights over the past 12 months but he played some superb attacking squash in the opening two games to open up a seemingly unassailable lead against the World No.23. Au improved in the third and finally started to work Gawad off the ’T’ to claw a game back, while he continued to have put points in the board in the fourth to set up the prospect of a fifth game. But Gawad held his nerve to close out an 11-3, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8 win to move into the last 16. "I played pretty well, especially in the first two games," said Gawad. "I think I came back pretty well in the fourth after he found a very good tactic in the third and fourth. Overall I’m happy with my performance today and to start with this win. "The way he played in the third and the tactic he found meant that the ball was completely dead so it could have gone to a fifth but I tried my hardest not to make it go to five games so I can keep some energy for the rest of the matches. "From the first year El Gouna was hosted here I was really happy to play such a great tournament in Egypt. I remember in 2010 I was playing in qualifying in Alexandria and I beat LJ [Laurens Jan Anjema] in the first round. "I was very happy to come and play here on the glass court in the marina so I’ve had good memories here ever since the first year. I became World No.1 here also in El Gouna, so it’s a very special tournament for me." World No.6 Simon Rösner also booked his place in the second round courtesy of a 3-0 win over England’s Tom Richards, despite a slow start from the tall German. Rösner said: "I was actually 8-2 [down] in the first game, won it 11-8 and was up 5-0 in the second, that makes 14 points in a row. "I started a bit slow, a bit sluggish, and Tom was playing very well, I know he is in form at the moment, he was in the Wimbledon [Open] final. So at 8-2 down, I told myself to just try and inject some pace and energy into the game, to prepare for the second. But then I started to win a few points and I realised that I could turn things round. "Taking that first game was immense for the confidence, that opening game is crucial when you haven’t played any squash in five weeks, the first match can be a challenge." Rösner will face another Englishman, Declan James, with James seeing off World No.27 Zahed Mohamed. *Result* [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-1: 11-3, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8 (39m) [7] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (33m) Declan James (ENG) bt Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (40m) *Sobhy On Form to See Off Evans While Kawy Returns*20180420140806_18EG0087.jpg20180420150500_18EG0946.jpgUS star Amanda Sobhy claimed a big win over Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Tesni Evans after a superb display from the Boston-based 24-year-old saw her claim a 3-1 victory. A ruptured achilles injury saw Sobhy miss last year’s Women’s World Championships which was the first women’s squash tournament to be held in El Gouna. The former World No.6 entertained the world of squash with her <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/news/view/4672/el-gouna-comments-from-the-couch-amanda-sobhy">Comments from the Couch</a> last April but she was back on court today and showcased some of the form she was enjoying prior to her injury in a sublime performance. The American regularly pulled Evans into all four corners of the court, with some wonderfully deceptive boasts in particular catching the Welsh World No.12 off guard. After taking just three points in the opening game, Evans managed to steady the ship in the second as she began to establish herself on the ’T’ but she was powerless to stop a rampant Sobhy from powering through to victories in games three and four to book her second round berth. "I loved the Comments from the Couch and I think all the players loved them too but it’s so much better to be playing," said Sobhy, who will face either World No.1 Nour El Sherbini or "I’m happy to be here, the weathers good which I appreciate so much more than in the States. I’m happy to play, I’m enjoying it and there is really no pressure, it’s nice being the underdog again. "There aren’t many expectations for me apart from keeping improving, getting fitter and enjoying my squash, so I’m happy I did that on the day. "I know that she’s a bit gassed mentally and had a brutal couple of weeks at the Commonwealth Games, so I kind of had that lingering in the back of my mind but I didn’t want to be too complacent. "She’s in really good form and even if she is tired, she’s brutal and really strong so I wanted to go in there and play at a very high pace and high tempo to make it really exhausting. I was happy to make it through." Elsewhere, Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy made her first PSA World Tour appearance since January 2017 after the former World No.4 took time away from the court due to the birth of her son, Selim, in September. The 32-year-old went down in three games to Joey Chan and will look to get back on track when she appears at the Allam British Open next month. "It’s ok, it was just too early," said Kawy. "I only started training a month and a half ago, and it’s not at 100%, more of a 30% training, once a day, and sometimes I have to cut it short because of Selim. It’s not the level required level of training. "I  will go to the British with no pressure, I just need to get back into things. Here I wanted to do well because of the expectation of people, they were expecting so much from me. I just know I can play better than this." *Result* Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [12] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-1: 11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (31m) Joey Chan (HKG) bt [14] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (19m) *Serme Shocks Elias*20180420161018_18EG1262.jpg?x=0&y=-52&w=615&o=608France’s Lucas Serme claimed one of the biggest wins of his career after he overcame Peruvian World No.11 to earn his place in round two - where he will take on 2017 runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad. Semi-final finishes at both the Oracle NetSuite Open and Channel VAS Championships in the opening stages of the season saw Elias poised to be a major contender in the latter half of the campaign but a hamstring injury sustained towards the end of last year has stunted the 21-year-old’s progress in recent months. And Serme took full advantage as he triumphed in a tight tie-break, taking it 12-10, before dropping just three points in a second-game onslaught. Elias fought back in the third to send the match to a fourth, but Serme remained composed to take an 11-8 win in the fourth to ensure he will appear in the second round of this tournament for the first time in his career. "Diego didn’t seem quite 100% but I saw him looking like that in a few tournaments, pulling off some great wins, so I was wary and on my guard until the last shot," Serme said. "He looks very nonchalant but still gets all the shots and some ridiculous kills. It was the first time I beat him, so I’m very happy. "I felt better than yesterday, I was attacking better. I didn’t have a plan at the start of the match, I had a few shots of his I was wary about but that was about it. But after the first game, Grégoire [Marche] and Philippe [Signoret] helped me to devise a plan." Serme will be joined in the next round by compatriot Mathieu Castagnet and former World No.3 Omar Mosaad after they defeated Egyptian duo Mohamed Reda and Ahmed Hosny, respectively. *Result* [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-1: 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8 (55m) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 16-14, 8-11, 5-11, 11-5 (74m) Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [LL] Ahmed Hosny (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (53m) *El Sherbini Through in Straight Games Against Whitlock*World No.1 Nour El Sherbini saw off England’s Emily Whitlock in the day’s opening glass court match to continue her 100 per cent record in El Gouna. The 22-year-old became a double World Champion this time last year when she defeated compatriot Raneem El Welily in the first ever women’s professional squash tournament to be held in El Gouna. And she picked up where she left off there as she stormed to an 11-3 victory in game one, with Whitlock unable to pin the Egyptian in the back of the court. Whitlock was able to get on the front foot in the second as she put in some deft touches at the front of the court and she was rewarded with three game balls. However, she was unable to capitalise on the advantage as El Sherbini came back to take five successive points, levelling the scores before the tournament top seed powered to an 11-2 victory in the third to complete the victory in 24 minutes. "Emily is a tricky first round and we’ve not played a lot of matches together," said El Sherbini, who will take on United States No.2 Amanda Sobhy for a place in the quarter-finals. "The second game was important for me and I didn’t want to lose it and I think that made the difference. I just went for my shots and I think she made an error or two, so that second game was important and I just played point by point." "I’ve not played Amanda since she has come back from her injury and it seems like she’s playing well and getting her form back. Mentally and physically she’s getting better, I’m excited for the match and let’s see how it goes." *Result* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 12-10, 11-2 (24m) *ElShorbagy Sees Off Adnan Challenge*20180420185015_18EG1411.jpg20180420205315_ElShorbagy-El-Gouna-Squash.jpgWorld No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy claimed a fourth successive win over Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan to take a 3-0 victory into the second round. Adnan made headlines earlier this month when he claimed a bronze medal during the singles event at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and he tested ElShorbagy during their 36-minute encounter. ElShorbagy looked the fresher of the two as he took a comfortable 11-5 victory in game one but Adnan played some quality squash in the second as he pushed the Egyptian powerhouse and went 6-4 ahead. Two tins then followed from the Malaysian though and those errors proved to be costly as the momentum shifted in ElShorbagy’s favour and the 2016 El Gouna International champion overturned the deficit to double his lead. ElShorbagy continued to repel everything Adnan threw at him in the third and he closed out the win by an 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 victory to set up a second round battle with former World No.3 Omar Mosaad. "I’m happy to win, he’s a very good player," said ElShorbagy. "He showed what a great player he is in the Commonwealth Games when he got a bronze [medal] and beat Nick [Matthew] in the quarters. He is one of those players that, when he plays well, is able to play at a top 10 quality, that’s why he’s able to get wins over them [top 10 players] from time to time. "I knew how dangerous he is and I had to step it up from the beginning of the match. I’m really happy to win in three because it could have gone either way in the second or the third. "To get a 3-0 win in the first round always gives you confidence, especially with having a rest day tomorrow. "You can never underestimate a player [Mosaad] who once played at the top of the game and was World No.3 and got to the final of the World Championships and U.S. Open. Even though his ranking has gone down, you have to be on your toes from the first point." *Result* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (36m) *Massaro Defeats Hany*20180420211643_Massaro-El-Gouna-Squash.jpgEngland’s Laura Massaro overcame rising Egyptian player Mayar Hany in straight games to earn her place in the last 16. Hany showed glimpses of her potential at times during the match but, for the most part, Massaro put in a professional performance that saw her hit her targets and make few errors to wrap up a 3-0 win and she will face India’s Joshan Chinappa in the second round. "I really enjoyed coming here last year, it was the World Championship," said Massaro. "But I played two matches on the back court and only one here on the glass, so it’s nice to be back here in this amazing arena. "I just played a week of a ridiculously low tin that makes you run a lot, so it’s nice to be back on a higher tin. But it’s all about getting used to play singles again. "I had played Mayar at the British Open, so I watched that match again. You cannot take any player likely nowadays, especially Egyptians in Egypt. My body language in the match was a reflection on how I feel at the moment. I had a couple of results I would have rather not have, but I wanted to show today that I lost against those players because they were playing very well. That I still believe in myself, and in my squash, and show that I am still strong, and that I am still here." *Result* [4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (27m) *Marwan Takes Out Coleman*20180420213555_Marwan-El-Gouna-Squash.jpg?x=0&y=0&w=616&o=608World Championship runner-up Marwan ElShorbagy joined his older brother in round two after dispatching England's Ben Coleman to ensure that all four glass court matches were won in straight games. ElShorbagy played a composed brand of squash as he rose to 11-5, 11-4 wins in the opening two games and he fended off a resurgent Coleman - who had recovered from two games down to beat Tsz Fung Yip in the final round of qualifying - in the third to set up a second round meeting with World No.28 Mathieu Castagnet. "I’m happy to be back, Gouna is one of the best events out there, so thanks to [Tournament Promoter Amr] Mansi and his team for their great work," ElShorbagy said. "I lost in the semis last year, I have been playing pretty ok this season so let’s see how this year goes. "Ben is a great player, we played a couple of years ago. He had a very hard match yesterday. All credit to him, he pushed really hard in the third." *Result* [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (35m) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5495/el-gouna-international-day-one-as-it-happens 5495 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:41:31 +0100 El Gouna: Mickawy Defeats Top Qualifying Seed as Egyptian Quintet Advance to Main Draw Egypt’s World No.37 Zeina Mickawy was one of five Egyptian winners on the final day of qualifying at the 2018 El Gouna International after she defeated top qualifying seed Samantha Cornett to progress to the main draw of the PSA World Series tournament, where she will face Malaysian legend Nicol David. Mickawy, the 19-year-old who hails from Alexandria, took the opening game before a mammoth second game went the way of Canada’s Cornett, who claimed it by a 12-10 margin. However, Cornett’s exploits at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast - in which she reached the quarter finals of the Women’s Doubles event less than a week ago - soon caught up with the 27-year-old as she began to fatigue and she succumbed to an 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3 defeat. "I am very happy with the way I played in the first game," Mickawy told the tournament’s official website. "I was really focused, playing tight drives, finding my targets in the corners, and preventing her from volleying. I was patient and it paid off. But in the second I wanted to win too quickly and kept fighting back. I had nothing to lose I told myself, and I just tried to make the rallies last playing tight drives again. 
"After that game I was very, very tired, but I know I have been working very hard recently on my fitness, so I just decided to trust it and just dig in and pick up all her shots, as I thought she would be pretty tired too." Mickawy headed up a trio of Egyptian victors in the women’s qualifying draw as compatriots Nadine Shahin and Mayar Hany also progressed to the main draw courtesy of wins over Yathreb Adel and Danielle Letourneau, respectively. Malaysian teenager Sivasangari Subramaniam, the World No.42, also caused an upset as she disposed of England’s World No.29 Millie Tomlinson to set up a meeting with World Champion Raneem El Welily, while Belgium’s Nele Gilis fell to Liu Tsz-Ling, despite being ranked five places above the player from Hong Kong. Also through to the main draw is England’s Fiona Moverley, who dispatched local player Jana Shiha in a fiercely-contested five-game battle, with former World Champion Rachael Grinham and France’s Coline Aumard joining her in qualifying. In the men’s draw, home player Mohamed Reda beat fourth qualifying seed Omar Abdel Meguid for the first time since 2013 to earn his place in the main draw courtesy of a straight games victory over the World No.41. "Meguid beat me the last couple of times and I guess that today was my turn," Reda said. "It was my day, he didn’t play as well as he can play but I did I think. "The third was crucial, he was up 8-4, he was volleying beautifully, so I went back to basics, keeping the rallies going with tight squash. I’m very happy to win 3-0 and I’m looking forward to another day of squash." Top qualifying seed Karim Ali Fathi is also through after beating Shehab Essam and he will take on Spain’s Borja Golan in round one, while there was also triple success for England after Chris Simpson, Joshua Masters and Ben Coleman all claimed wins - with the latter of that trio overturning a 2-0 deficit against the in-form Tsz Fung Yip. March’s PSA Men’s Player of the Month Nafiizwan Adnan is also through to the main draw action after he defeated India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar and he faces a difficult test in round one, where he will look to get the better of World No.1 and 2016 El Gouna International winner Mohamed ElShorbagy. France’s Lucas Serme and German’s Raphael Kandra were the other players to claim wins on the final day of qualification. The main draw of the 2018 El Gouna International begins tomorrow, while selected matches from the glass court staged at the El Gouna Marina will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) from 18:30 local time (GMT+2). Matches not held on the glass court will be staged at the El Gouna Squash Complex, which hosted the qualifying action, from 12:00 local time. *Results - Final Qualifying Round: Men’s 2018 El Gouna International* [1] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [L] Shehab Essam (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8 (63m) [6] Raphael Kandra (GER) bt [10] Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (62m) [7] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [11] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7 (75m) [15] Mohamed Reda (EGY) bt [4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (42m) [9] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [3] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-2: 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (84m) [5] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-1: 6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 (40m) [13] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [L] Ahmed Hosny (EGY) 3-1: 11-2, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3 (31m) [2] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [16] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-1: 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-2 (67m) *Draw - Men’s First Round (Top Half): To Be Played April 20* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) Paul Coll (NZL) v Omar Mosaad (EGY) Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v Declan James (ENG) Tom Richards (ENG) v [7] Simon Rösner (GER) [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Leo Au (HKG) Diego Elias (PER) v [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [Q] Mohamed Reda (EGY) [Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) *Draw - Men’s First Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played April 21* [3] Ali Farag (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
 Borja Golan (ESP) v [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
 Max Lee (HKG) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 
[WC] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY)
 [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
 Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [Q] Joshua Masters (ENG)
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [Qualifier]
 Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) *Results - Final Qualifying Round: Women’s 2018 El Gouna International* [12] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt [1] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-1: 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3 (36m) [8] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [14] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-1: 9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 16-14 (44m) [9] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt [6] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-1: 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10 (49m) [4] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt [15] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-6 (33m) Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [3] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (28m) [7] Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 3-1: 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5 (39m) [5] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (24m) [2] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [L] Jana Shiha (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8 (44m) *Draw - Women’s First Round (Top Half): To Be Played April 20* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Emily Whitlock (ENG) Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [12] Tesni Evans (WAL) [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Salma Hany (EGY) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [6] Camille Serme (FRA) [8] Nicol David (MAS) v [Q] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) [WC] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) [14] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v Joey Chan (HKG) [Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG) *Draw - Women’s First Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played April 21* [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) [10] Alison Waters (ENG) v Mariam Metwally (EGY) [Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [7] Joelle King (NZL) v [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG) [Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v [11] Annie Au (HKG) [9] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY) [Q] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5494/el-gouna-mickawy-defeats-top-qualifying-seed-as-egyptian-quintet-advance-to-main-draw 5494 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:54:27 +0100 Throwback Thursday: Story of the 2016 Women’s El Gouna World Championships This year will see the El Gouna International feature a women’s World Series tournament alongside the men’s for the first time in history, with World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and reigning World Champion Raneem El Welily set to meet in the final. We take a look back at the previous women’s tournament to have been held in El Gouna – the 2016 Women’s PSA World Championships – which took place in April last year. *Round One* [16] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (32m) [6] Nicol David (MAS) bt Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-6 (34m) [14] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [WC] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (26m) [10] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 14-12 (31m) [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (26m) [11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [Q] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (34m) [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (25m) [4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (28m) Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [15] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 3-2: 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8 (67m) [8] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Hana Ramadan (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5 (44m) [9] Joelle King (NZL) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (33m) [12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [Q] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 3-0: 13-111, 11-8, 12-10 (33m) [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (30m) [13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (33m) [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-0: 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 (34m) [2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (35m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AbNqBDUQxlM" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aLviMBjiL3M" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini kicked off her title defence in style with a straight-games win over Canada’s Samantha Cornett. Meanwhile, number two seed France’s Camille Serme dispatched Salma Hany Ibrahim in straight-games as all but one of the first-round matches went to seeding. Unseeded then-World No.27 Olivia Blatchford provided the only upset of the first round as she took out Australia’s Donna Urquhart – then ranked above Blatchford – to progress. *Round Two* [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [14] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7 (45m) [6] Nicol David (MAS) bt [10] Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 13-11 (37m) [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [16] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 13-11, 11-4, 11-4 (39m) [4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 (46m) [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [9] Joelle King (NZL) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 13-11 (50m) [12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [8] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (66m) [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-1 (24m) [2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (30m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FLdI8oYxp2E" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> England’s former World No.3 Alison Waters became the first top eight seeded casualty to bow out of the prestigious tournament as she fell to India’s Joshna Chinappa in the second round. Meanwhile, England’s Laura Massaro and Raneem El Welily ensured that they would go head-to-head in a mouth watering quarter-final fixture after they claimed respective wins over New Zealand’s Joelle King and United States Blatchford. *Quarter-finals* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 12-10 (41m) [4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [6] Nicol David (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (45m) [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (46m) [2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-2: 11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3 (70m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4jL-ogh4xm4" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SW3Xj1rn1GY" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Egypt’s El Sherbini continued her strong title defence as she carried on her search for World Championship title No.2. The Egyptian dismantled England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in the quarter-finals, while compatriot Nouran Gohar also looked in strong form as she off eight-time World Champion Nicol David in straight games. Elsewhere, France’s Serme managed to maintain her composure despite a fightback from India’s Chinappa in their match – which was moved to the plaster courts following heavy rain – to secure a semi-final berth. Whilst, Egypt’s El Welily produced a masterclass in squash to come from a game down against England’s Massaro and set up a semi-final clash with Serme. *Semi-finals* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-1: 11-4, 11-4, 13-15, 11-9 (57m) [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [2] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-6, 2-11, 12-10, 11-5 (47m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nCALB5Q9Yfg" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T9VC27u17A0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> The French charge was halted at the semi-final stage, as 2014 runner-up El Welily enjoyed a purple patch of shot making artistry to set up the first ever all-Egyptian Women’s World Championship final – with El Sherbini negotiating her way past compatriot Gohar. *Final* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (40m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6HGgEkkn4Eg" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> El Welily headed into the final attempting to vanquish the memories of her capitulation in the 2014 final when she surrendered four championship balls to lose to David. However, El Welily was facing tough competition in the form of defending champion El Sherbini – who was in spell binding form. The then 21-year-old hit her targets well and never allowed El Welily to get into the game, closing out the win by an 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 scoreline. “I’m over the moon,” said El Sherbini following her win. “It felt like I wasn’t going to win anything this season but once I knew it was going to be in Egypt, I was so excited. “I’m really happy to win in front of my home crowd.” http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5493/throwback-thursday-story-of-the-2016-womens-el-gouna-world-championships 5493 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:04:52 +0100 Throwback Thursday: Story of the 2017 Men’s El Gouna International Tomorrow sees the start of the El Gouna International main draw, with a whole host of PSA World Tour stars taking part in the tournament on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea in Hurghada for the next World Series event on the PSA World Tour calendar. We take a look back at last year’s men’s El Gouna tournament, where the French General disrupted the Egyptian order at the tournament. *Round One* Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (38m) [5] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (94m) Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-2: 6-11, 5-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-9 (97m) Paul Coll (NZL) bt [Q] Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (40m) [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 (43m) [Q] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 11-13, 12-10, 11-8 (53m) [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 13-11 (43m) [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [WC] Marwan Tarek (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-6 (31m) Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [Q] Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (34m) [8] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 (46m) Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-1: 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 (63m) [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-1: 5-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (71m) Diego Elias (PER) bt [7] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (55m) Borja Golan (ESP) bt [LL] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (44m) Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [4] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-2: 10-12, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6 (76m) [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (46m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IMJr8X4xQaw" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Egypt’s Fares Dessouky caused the upset of the first round as he overturned a 2-1 deficit to defeat three-time World Champion Nick Matthew. The Egyptian twice fell behind the then-36-year-old veteran, but an impressive fightback in the fourth and fifth games saw the tide turn in Dessouky’s favour as he recorded one of the biggest wins of his career. Meanwhile, 2016 champion Mohamed ElShorbagy got his tournament off to a winning start as he overcame Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet on day one of the World Series tournament. *Round Two* [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (33m) Paul Coll (NZL) bt [5] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (64m) [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-2: 11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 2-11, 11-9 (74m) [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 (24m) Diego Elias (PER) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-4 (51m) [8] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (38m) Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-7, 1-11, 11-8 (60m) [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-1: 9-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-5 (61m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YZGuiNn6oWk" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> The upsets continued in round two as New Zealand’s Paul Coll claimed one of the biggest scalps of his career, defeating former World No.1 James Willstrop to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament. Coll played his trademark game to retrieve everything Willstrop threw at him courtesy of his electric pace before he finished off any openings courtesy of solid, straight hitting. Bristol-based brothers Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy also progressed to set up a quarter-final meeting, after defeating Mohamed Abouelghar and Cameron Pilley, respectively. *Quarter-finals* [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (24m) [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6 (72m) Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-1: 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10 (127m) [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [8] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-1: 13-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-2 (52m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Um8Nn37UwWU" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jLGnlKa5WGQ" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Marwan claimed a second successive victory over elder brother and defending champion Mohamed as he outplayed his sibling with an impeccable display to prevail in just 24 minutes. Frenchman Gregory Gaultier also progressed after overcoming New Zealand’s Coll by a 3-1 margin to extend his unbeaten run to 17 matches. *Semi-finals* [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (51m) [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Fares Dessouky (EGY) 3-1: 7-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 (61m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5JxALqc6te0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5YGN518jXlo" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad and Gaultier set up a final clash after they defeated Fares Dessouky and Marwan ElShorbagy, respectively. Gawad confirmed his World No.1 ranking for the next month after defeating Dessouky by a 3-1 scoreline in 61 minutes. While Gaultier progressed over ElShorbagy in straight games to reach his fifth successive PSA World Tour final. *Final* [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (51m) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SszeOM6AV1o" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Gaultier lifted his fourth successive PSA World Tour title after the 34-year-old defeated World Champion Gawad 3-0 in the final. The charismatic Frenchman played at an unrelenting pace throughout the 51-minute encounter and gave Gawad no chance to utilise his shot-making talents as he powered to an 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 victory to lift his 38th career PSA World Tour title and become the first non-Egyptian winner of the World Series tournament. “I knew it was going to be an unbelievable match,” said Gaultier following his win. “I’m just doing the right things, I’m quite relaxed on court and I’ve just been focused on what I have to do. After Christmas I had a good break and had some good preparation and I told myself to start from scratch again at the Tournament of Champions. That’s what I did and now things are working great for me and I’m going to keep playing as much as I can.” http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5492/throwback-thursday-story-of-the-2017-mens-el-gouna-international 5492 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:53:53 +0100 Live Streaming from El Gouna Qualifying Finals The final round of qualifying to decide the full main draw of the 2018 El Gouna International takes place today. Watch the action LIVE from court one, you can also follow live scores from the other courts <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/pages/live" target="_blank">here</a>. Matches start at 12:00 local time (UTC +2) *Court 1 Schedule* [1] Samantha Cornett (CAN) v [12] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) [1] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) v [L] Shehab Essam (EGY) [3] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) [3] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v [9] Ben Coleman (ENG) <iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TGEA1lxdapg" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5491/live-streaming-from-el-gouna-qualifying-finals 5491 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:15:41 +0100 PSA Announces Partnership with Olympic Channel The Professional Squash Association (PSA), in collaboration with the World Squash Federation (WSF), has reached a cooperation agreement with the Olympic Channel in a partnership that will see all three organisations collaborate on content for the multi-platform global media destination. The agreement will provide the Olympic Channel, launched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2016, with access to highlights from the world’s biggest squash tournaments, a range of feature video content featuring the sport’s greatest athletes and an array of written content for its global platforms, ensuring that squash will reach a bigger audience than ever before. "We are delighted to officially launch our relationship with Olympic Channel, which is a key step for squash as we continue to work toward our goal of bidding for inclusion in future Olympic Games," said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough. "The Olympic Channel is a pioneering multi-media platform and we feel that squash, with its commitment to innovation, will make a fantastic addition to their existing content output. "Establishing this partnership will ensure that our sport gains greater visibility through the Olympic Channel’s distribution platforms and we are looking forward to highlighting our athletes with engaging and relevant content." The agreement means that squash has joined more than 65 international governing bodies who have partnered with the Olympic Channel, strengthening the profile of squash amongst fans of other sports. Commenting on the agreements, Olympic Channel General Manager Mark Parkman said: "We share a common goal to increase both the size of the audience and active participation for their organisations, and we look forward to working together to promote their sports and to help grow their audiences worldwide.” The partnership with the Olympic Channel comes after squash has gone through a strong period of growth in recent years. The PSA launched their OTT streaming service - SQUASHTV - in 2010 and, since then, huge strides have been made in improving SQUASHTV’s coverage of professional squash. State of the art glass courts host the sport’s greatest players in some of the most iconic sporting locations in the world, while recent partnerships with the likes of interactive Squash and Sports Data Labs have revolutionised the sport’s coverage, enabling biometric data such as player heart-rate data and distance covered to be used in live broadcasts. http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5490/psa-announces-partnership-with-olympic-channel 5490 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:07:17 +0100 Watch Live Action From the El Gouna International The El Gouna International gets under way on Friday April 20 as the top players in the world descend on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea in Hurghada for the next World Series event on the PSA World Tour calendar. This year will see the El Gouna International feature a women’s World Series tournament alongside the men’s for the first time in history – after the Women’s PSA World Championships were held there last season – as players continue to earn points for the PSA World Series Standings as they compete for a top eight finish for the season-ending World Series Finals. The action will be shown *LIVE* on *SQUASHTV* and *Eurosport Player* from April 20-27. Side court action from round one and two will be streamed on our <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/psasquashtv" target="_blank">YouTube</a> page. France’s Gregory Gaultier will return to defend his title, which he claimed last year by defeating Karim Abdel Gawad in the final, while World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy leads the men’s draw and will look to take the title in front of his home crowd. While, World No.1 Nour El Sherbini tops the women’s draw but will face tough opposition for the title from the likes of compatriots Raneem El Welily and Nour El Tayeb and New Zealand’s Joelle King – who recently won gold at the Commonwealth Games. Coverage from round one will begin at 18:30 local time (UTC +2) on April 20. *2018 El Gouna International – Men’s First Round* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Qualifier] Paul Coll (NZL) v Omar Mosaad (EGY) Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v Declan James (ENG) Tom Richards (ENG) v [7] Simon Rösner (GER) [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Leo Au (HKG) Diego Elias (PER) v [Qualifier] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [Qualifier] [Qualifier] v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [3] Ali Farag (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI) Borja Golan (ESP) v [Qualifier] Max Lee (HKG) v [Qualifier] [WC] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY) [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [Qualifier] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [Qualifier] Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) *2018 El Gouna International – Women’s First Round* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Emily Whitlock (ENG) Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [12] Tesni Evans (WAL) [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Salma Hany (EGY) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [6] Camille Serme (FRA) [8] Nicol David (MAS) v [Qualifier] [WC] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) [14] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v Joey Chan (HKG) [Qualifier] v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG) [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Qualifier] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) [10] Alison Waters (ENG) v Mariam Metwally (EGY) [Qualifier] v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [7] Joelle King (NZL) v [Qualifier] [Qualifier] v [11] Annie Au (HKG) [9] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [Qualifier] [Qualifier] v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) * *Early rounds are exclusive to SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player only. Semi-finals and finals from World Series tournaments, the World Championships and selected other tournaments will be shown on SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player and <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/howtowatch" target="_blank">multiple broadcasters around the world.</a>* http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5489/watch-live-action-from-the-el-gouna-international 5489 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:58:08 +0100 Get in the Mood for El Gouna with these Classic Encounters The stars of the PSA World Tour are gearing up for the upcoming El Gouna International with the main draw of the tournament set to begin on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea in Hurghada on April 20. This year will see the El Gouna International feature a women’s World Series tournament alongside the men’s for the first time in history - after the Women’s PSA World Championships were held there last season - as players continue to earn points for the PSA World Series Standings. We’ve listed some of the greatest matches to take place in El Gouna, including last year’s Women’s PSA World Championships, to get you in the mood for what is sure to be another unforgettable week of action on the PSA World Tour. *2017 El Gouna International Round One: Fares Dessouky v Nick Matthew* <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IMJr8X4xQaw" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Fares Dessouky and Nick Matthew met in this epic round one encounter at last year’s El Gouna tournament, just one month after the Egyptian lost out to the Englishman in the final of the Canary Wharf Classic. Dessouky twice fell behind to the veteran, but an impressive fightback in the fourth and fifth games saw the tide turn in the then-World No.9’s favour as he battled against the three-time World Champion. *2017 El Gouna Women’s PSA World Championships Quarter-Finals: Camille Serme v Joshna Chinappa* <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CDNBA0X1cYo" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> This match saw it all, with the titanic encounter falling casualty of the weather - thus taking place on the traditional courts – where Chinappa had played her first and second round matches, while Serme had only practised on the glass court. Chinappa’s experience on the traditional courts showed as she took Serme all the way to five games. *2017 El Gouna Women’s PSA World Championships Semi-Finals: Nour El Sherbini v Nouran Gohar* <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T9VC27u17A0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Defending champion El Sherbini was in cruise control in the opening two games against compatriot Nouran Gohar as she nullified the then 19-year-old’s hard hitting brand of squash to go 2-0 up. However, Gohar overturned five match balls in the third game to test El Sherbini’s mettle in a superb display of attacking squash. *2016 El Gouna International Final: Mohamed ElShorbagy v Gregory Gaultier* <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aIZQMQAl44I" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> This clash between ElShorbagy and France’s Gregory Gaultier was a huge mental battle with both players fighting for every single point. Gaultier took the first two games before ElShorbagy mounted a monumental comeback with plenty of drama and controversy between the two players in this 90-minute battle. *2015 El Gouna International Final: Ramy Ashour v Mohamed ElShorbagy* <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uXRh7s__ZSY" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Home favourite Ramy Ashour came into the tournament after a five-month injury lay-off, while his final opponent, fellow Egyptian Mohamed ElShorbagy, had been one of the most dominant forces in the build up to the event, claiming the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title three months previously in addition to reaching the final of the Windy City Open the month before. It was the duo’s first meeting since the 2014 World Championship final, dubbed by many to be one of the greatest matches of all time and their titanic tussle in El Gouna did not disappoint with a stunning 94-minute encounter thrilling fans around the world. *2014 El Gouna International Final: Ramy Ashour v Mohamed ElShorbagy* <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5rbLehP-Pcs" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Ashour and ElShorbagy were pitted against each other in another brutal final clash, which acted as a precursor to their World Championship final meeting seven months later. A series of excellent rallies played out in front of a partizan crowd in yet another superb match between the two Egyptians. *2012 El Gouna International Quarter-Final: Karim Darwish v Mohamed ElShorbagy* <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UblL0YLC4Q4" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> ElShorbagy makes another appearance on our list, this time against former World No.1 Karim Darwish, who was the defending champion at the time. Experience met youth as the now retired Darwish looked to see off the threat of his younger compatriot. http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5488/get-in-the-mood-for-el-gouna-with-these-classic-encounters 5488 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:34:23 +0100 Video: A Day With... Camille Serme France's Camille Serme will aim to become the first ever female to win the El Gouna International when she heads to Egypt later this week. *SQUASHTV* spent a day with the World No.6 as she gave us a glimpse into her home life and her training regime, while we also came along for the ride as she headed to Paris to compete in the French squash league. http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5487/video-a-day-with-camille-serme 5487 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:53:40 +0100 El Gouna International: Tournament History The upcoming El Gouna International will see the battle for points on the Men’s and Women’s PSA World Series Standings intensify when the tournament takes place between April 20 – 27 with a world-class week of action in store on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea in Hurghada. First beginning in 2010 in the Abu Tig Marina, the El Gouna International has since been dominated by Egyptians, with former World No.1 Karim Darwish kicking off a run that has seen the first five editions of the World Series tournament won by home talent. Darwish picked up the inaugural title with a victory over the enigmatic three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, but Ashour bounced back two years later to defeat former World No.1 James Willstrop, earning the first of his three titles to date. Ashour’s title-winning triumphs in 2014 and 2015 came over long-term rival Mohamed ElShorbagy, with the latter of those contests going down in the squash annals as one of the greatest matches of all time – and Ashour’s win was made all the more incredible given that the 29-year-old had spent five months out of action due to injury prior to the tournament. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uXRh7s__ZSY" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> However, it was injury that prevented Ashour from adding a fourth title to his collection the following year as he was forced to retire from his first-round clash with then-World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy. Marwan’s older brother, Mohamed, then made it third time lucky as he finally got his hands on the title, coming back from two games down to edge France’s Gregory Gaultier in a controversial final encounter. Last year’s tournament saw Gaultier break the run of Egyptian winners as the Frenchman got his hands on the title. He defeated number two seed Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad in straight-games in the final to prevail. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mCQEJnQsKBw" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> This year the El Gouna International will feature a women’s World Series tournament alongside the men’s for the first time in history, with World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and reigning World Champion Raneem El Welily set to meet in the final. El Sherbini and El Welily contested the women’s PSA World Championships in El Gouna last April in the first women’s squash tournament to be held there – with El Sherbini prevailing – but the two Egyptians will face strong opposition from the likes of compatriot Nour El Tayeb, New Zealand’s Joelle King, France’s Camille Serme and England’s Laura Massaro at this year’s tournament. *Previous Winners* 2017 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 2016 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 2015 Ramy Ashour (EGY) 2014 Ramy Ashour (EGY) 2013 No competition 2012 Ramy Ashour (EGY) 2011 No competition 2010 Karim Darwish (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5486/el-gouna-international-tournament-history 5486 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:57:13 +0100 British Open Tickets - Get Yours Now There's less than a month to go until the 2018 Allam British Open brings the world's best players to Hull's Airco Arena - and you can have a front row seat to all the action! Semi-final tickets are now *SOLD OUT* but we've still got tickets available for all other days so get yours now to watch the action live and in person. *Round One - Tuesday 15th May* _<a href="https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Allam-British-Open-Squash-Championships-tickets/artist/1686792" target="_blank">Tickets</a>_ (Prices start from £9.35) 12:00 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Emily Whitlock (ENG) 12:45 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER) 13:30 Salma Hany (EGY) v [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 14:15 Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 17:00 [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG) 17:45 [4] Joelle King (NZL) v [Q] 18:30 Nick Matthew (ENG) v [5] Tarek Momen (EGY) 19:15 [Q] v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 20:00 [Q] v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) *Round Two - Wednesday 16th May* _<a href="https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Allam-British-Open-Squash-Championships-tickets/artist/1686792" target="_blank">Tickets</a>_ (Prices start from £16.85) 12:00 --- v --- 12:45 --- v --- 13:30 --- v --- 14:15 --- v --- 17:00 --- v --- 17:45 --- v --- 18:30 --- v --- 19:15 --- v --- *Round Two - Thursday 17th May* _<a href="https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Allam-British-Open-Squash-Championships-tickets/artist/1686792" target="_blank">Tickets</a>_ (Prices start from £16.85) 12:00 --- v --- 12:45 --- v --- 13:30 --- v --- 14:15 --- v --- 17:00 --- v --- 17:45 --- v --- 18:30 --- v --- 19:15 --- v --- *Quarter-Finals - Friday 18th May* _<a href="https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Allam-British-Open-Squash-Championships-tickets/artist/1686792" target="_blank">Tickets</a>_ (Prices start from £32.70) 12:00 --- v --- 13:00 --- v --- 14:00 --- v --- 15:00 --- v --- 17:00 --- v --- 18:00 --- v --- 19:00 --- v --- 20:00 --- v --- *Semi-Finals - Saturday 19th May* *SOLD OUT* 13:00 --- v --- (follow) --- v --- 15:30 --- v --- (follow) --- v --- *Final - Sunday 20th May* _<a href="https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Allam-British-Open-Squash-Championships-tickets/artist/1686792" target="_blank">Tickets</a>_ (Prices start from £49.05) 15:00 --- v --- (follow) --- v --- The qualifying rounds and the bulk of the action from the first round will be shown at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre - where entry is FREE of charge. *The schedule for the round one matches held at the university is as follows* _Court Four_ 12:00 [9] Nicol David (MAS) v Mariam Metwally (EGY) 12:45 Daryl Selby (ENG) v [7] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 13:30 [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 14:15 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Q] 17:00 [7] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [Q] 17:45 [6] Simon Rösner (GER) v [WC] Declan James (ENG) 18:30 [16] Victoria Lust (ENG) v [WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG) 19:15 [8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) _Court Five_ 12:00 Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 12:45 Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 13:30 [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) v Donna Urquhart (AUS) 14:15 Borja Golan (ESP) v [Q] 17:00 [Q] v [6] Camille Serme (FRA) 17:45 Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [Q] 18:30 [Q] v [11] Annie Au (HKG) 19:15 Max Lee (HKG) v [Q] _Court Six_ 12:00 [Q] v [15] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 12:45 Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q] 13:30 [10] Alison Waters (ENG) v Joey Chan (HKG) 14:15 Paul Coll (NZL) v [Q] 17:00 [Q] v [12] Tesni Evans (WAL) 17:45 Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [Q] 18:30 [Q] v [14] Joshna Chinappa (IND) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5485/british-open-tickets-get-yours-now 5485 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:12:55 +0100 Weekend RoundUp: Qualifiers Sedky and Yanez Claim Maiden PSA World Tour Titles United States World No.79 Reeham Sedky claimed her maiden PSA World Tour title over the weekend at the Richmond Open as she defeated top seed Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby 3-1, after coming through the qualifying rounds. Sedky had a strong qualifying campaign in the tournament to reach the main draw, defeating top seed and compatriot Tiffany Hau in an emphatic 11-0, 11-0, 11-0 victory in 18 minutes. She then went onto knock out number five seed Nouran El Torky, number three seed Nicole Bunyan and England’s Anna Kimberley. Sedky then faced top seed Egypt’s World No.31 Elaraby in the final, who she defeated by an 12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-2 scoreline in 72 minutes to hand the 20-year-old her maiden PSA World Tour title. Elsewhere at the Hazlow Electronics Rochester ProAM, Mexican qualifier Mario Yanez claimed his maiden PSA World Tour title after number three seed Spain’s Bernat Jaume was forced to retire after Yanez took the first game by a 17-15 margin. The World No.212 recently finished runner-up at the Vogue Optical Atlantic Squash Championships to Chris Hanson in his last event but made sure to go one better in Rochester, United States – defeating number two seed Faraz Khan en route to his final win. *Results* *Richmond Open* *Round one* [1] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Elani Landman (RSA) 3-1: 12-10, 9-11, 11-2, 11-6 (26m) [Q] Melissa Alves (FRA) bt [6] Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (19m) [8] Marina Stefanoni (USA) bt [WC] Lume Landman (RSA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-8 (19m) [4] Catalina Pelaez (COL) bt [Q] Marina De Juan Gallach (ESP) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (26m) [3] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) bt [Q] Zara Dominguez (MEX) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-2 (49m) [Q] Reeham Sedky (USA) bt [5] Nouran El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-1, 11-5, 11-8 (26m) Anna Kimberley (ENG) bt [7] Diana Garcia (MEX) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (50m) Ineta Mackevica (LAT) bt [2] Samantha Teran (MEX) 3-2: 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-13, 11-8 (46m) *Quarter-finals* [1] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt [Q] Melissa Alves (FRA) 3-1: 8-11, 11-4, 14-12, 11-4 (44m) [8] Marina Stefanoni (USA) bt [4] Catalina Pelaez (COL) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 12-10 (38m) [Q] Reeham Sedky (USA) bt [3] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-0: 11-1, 11-2, 11-6 (24m) Anna Kimberley (ENG) bt Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 3-2: 14-12, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8 (61m) *Semi-finals* [1] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt [8] Marina Stefanoni (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 13-11, 11-7 (25m) [Q] Reeham Sedky (USA) bt Anna Kimberley (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (35m) *Final* [Q] Reeham Sedky (USA) bt [1] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-2 (71m) *Hazlow Electronics Rochester ProAM* *Round one* [1] Angus Gillams (ENG) bt Noah Browne (BER) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 [7] Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari (PAK) bt [WC] Alejandro Reyes (MEX) 3-2: 11-1, 2-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 [Q] Mario Yanez (MEX) bt [4] Ashley Davies (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-6 [5] Mark Fuller (ENG) bt Timothy Lasusa (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-1 [6] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [Q] Cameron Seth (CAN) 3-1: 11-5, 8-11, 11-3, 11-4 [3] Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt [Q] Hugo Varela (ESP) 3-1: 11-9, 10-12, 11-4, 11-6 [8] Anthony Graham (ENG) bt David Cromwell (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 [2] Faraz Khan (USA) bt [Q] Tomotaka Endo (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-1 *Quarter-finals* [1] Angus Gillams (ENG) bt [6] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 [Q] Mario Yanez (MEX) bt [8] Anthony Graham (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 [3] Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt [7] Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari (PAK) 3-1: 11-4, 5-11, 11-6, 11-4 [2] Faraz Khan (USA) bt [5] Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-1: 4-11, 11-7, 11-8, 16-14 *Semi-finals* [3] Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt [1] Angus Gillams (ENG) 3-1: 5-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 (59m) [Q] Mario Yanez (MEX) bt [2] Faraz Khan (USA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-1, 11-7 (33m) *Final* [Q] Mario Yanez (MEX) bt [3] Bernat Jaume (ESP) 3-0: 17-15, retired http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5484/weekend-roundup-qualifiers-sedky-and-yanez-claim-maiden-psa-world-tour-titles 5484 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:42:48 +0100 Commonwealth Games: Gold for Australia and New Zealand on Final Day It was fitting that the final match on the final day of 11 days of intense Commonwealth Games Squash competition at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast produced a second gold medal for hosts Australia - when Zac Alexander and David Palmer held off English rivals Daryl Selby and Adrian Waller in a thrilling near-hour-long Men's Doubles climax which went the full distance. While, in the women's doubles it was New Zealand who claimed the gold medal. It was almost certainly the farewell Games performance of veteran campaigner Palmer, the 41-year-old former World No.1 from New South Wales who has featured in the sport's six appearances in the Commonwealth Games since 1998, and has now extended his record medals haul to nine. But it was New Zealander Joelle King who topped the individual medals table in the 2018 Gold Coast Games after striking gold in the Women's Doubles, to add to her Singles gold and Mixed Doubles bronze. Alexander and Palmer, the fifth seeds, reached the men's final after seeing off both the second and third seeds - and took the opening game of the final against England. But the tables were turned in the second when Selby and Waller levelled the match, for the loss of just three points. The home favourites regrouped, however, changing their tactics early in the decider before delighting the loud and capacity crowd with their 11-9, 3-11, 11-6 victory after 57 minutes. "I said from day one, a year and a half ago, when I said I wanted to play, I wasn't just here to make the numbers up - I still felt, deep down, that if things went my way I had a chance," said Palmer. "It's been great with Zac. We rode under the radar a little bit this week as fifth seeds - it's been nice not to have the pressure on us. The draw went our way. We snuck through and stepped it up when we needed to - in the quarter-finals we beat New Zealand, and last night was great as we took care of the Scottish team really well. "It maybe wasn't our best squash today - but they made it difficult for us, the way they played. But we found a way." Speaking of his partner Alexander, a 29-year-old from Brisbane who has now won his first medal, Palmer added: "He was great, he's so strong on the forehand, he reads the ball well, he hits the ball cleaner than anyone - and tactically he's very good as well. We played off each other - I'm very happy for him." Alexander said: "It's unbelievable. It's as good as it gets. They outplayed us in the second game - in the third game we had to control the game . We clicked just a few minutes into that last game, and started to play down the middle a bit more - and that worked well. It was huge." When asked if he might return for the 2022 Games in Birmingham, Palmer said: "No - this is it, this is it! This is a dream come true to finish like this. I'm going to finish on a high!" Meanwhile, King, the World No.4, partnered Amanda Landers-Murphy to an 11-9, 11-8 win in the Women's final over defending champions Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik, the Indian pair who won gold in the 2014 Games in Glasgow. It was the climax of an arduous 11 days for 29-year-old King whose tally is now five medals over three Games since 2010. "When you play such a big match, on such an occasion - against a quality team - and come out on top, it's unbelievable," said King. "I'm on cloud nine at the moment. Probably a year ago, three medals would have been beyond my wildest dreams - but the way this year has been going, I wanted three golds to be honest. But to come away with two golds and a bronze is pretty amazing. "But it's a team effort. It's not just me, it's all these guys who have been watching me all the way through the singles and picking me up each day. It's been pretty amazing and I can't wait to share it with them." Speaking of Landers-Murphy, the 26-year-old world No.41 who partnered her to world titles both in 2016 and 2017, King said: "She's the dark horse of the team, she's the quiet achiever. She works really hard all the time. I've known her for a while now and we've become really close. I'm really happy for her and proud that she's put in the effort and got the reward. She's carried me most of the week - brought me through when I was a bit flat and down. "I leave the village at 5am tomorrow morning for El Gouna. I'll probably spend the first day on the beach and let my body heal, then switch over to singles - it's a big tournament, a World Series event, and I don't want to let the momentum of the year be broken now. I've worked hard to get here and I'm going to do everything I can to put in my best performance there." England and Australia shared the two events' bronze medals. The first match, saw fourth seeds Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart beat English pair Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry 11-6, 11-8.20180415111414_Womens podium.jpg20180415111645_England.jpgLater, England's No.4 seeds Declan James and James Willstrop needed 58 minutes to get the better of Scottish rivals Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban, the second seeds, 11-9, 11-9. Grinham, who was celebrating her eighth Games medal said: "That's what we come here for, to win medals. I was close to walking away from this Games without a medal. Luckily we turned it on today and had an awesome match. And it was quite comfortable - a lot of the games this week have been so close. "Donna's been incredible, so solid all week. It's brutal to play in both events, all week." It was late the previous evening that Urquhart and Cameron Pilley treated the crowd to a gold-medal-winning performance in the Mixed Doubles. "It's a strange feeling," said Urquhart. "We played the last match last night, a late finish. But I had to be ready for an early start this morning. I think it's adrenaline that got me through, to be honest. But now that I've finished I'm probably going realise how sore my body is. "Rachael said to me last night: if I'm coming off tomorrow after losing, I'm coming off in a wheelchair!" Willstrop, the men's singles gold medallist earlier in the Games, said after his Doubles win: "They count for so much, these Commonwealth medals - it's a huge thing for anyone winning medals, in the village people applaud it and you're up on a board. "And yesterday we were a million miles away from thinking about that - it's incredible how you have to turn yourself around. You wake up the next morning and have another go!" His partner James, aged 24, added: "After an hour and a half of drama and stress yesterday, I wouldn't have dreamed of thinking of coming back on court again today! "We never go through the emotion of losing at squash, then having to play again. It was reconciliation today - we still realised there's a huge amount to play for and we said fourth is going to feel a hell of a lot worse than third is. We can hold our heads high now knowing that we've done everything we could. We're really happy that we came through today." When the subject of the next Games came up, 34-year-old Willstrop replied: "Declan should be there, but it's different for me - I can't take anything for granted. All I know now is that I'd like to play squash for a bit, if I can. I have to take it month by month. "I'm just so thrilled that I've got my body to a point where it can get through two weeks of this. I never dreamed of that four years ago." *Results* *Men's Doubles Final:* [5] Zac Alexander & David Palmer (AUS) bt [7] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-9, 3-11, 11-6 (57m) *Bronze medal play-off:* [4] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt [2] Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-9, 11-9 (58m) *Women's Doubles Final:* [1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 11-9, 11-8 (22m) *Bronze medal play-off:* [4] Rachael Grinham & Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [7] Laura Massaro & Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-6, 11-8 (21m) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5483/commonwealth-games-gold-for-australia-and-new-zealand-on-final-day 5483 Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:10:50 +0100 Commonwealth Games: Urquhart & Pilley Claim Mixed Doubles Gold for Australia Australians Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley - a pairing that has only been together for eight months - claimed Commonwealth Games Squash gold after winning the Mixed Doubles final in straight games in front of a capacity and partisan crowd at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast - thus keeping the event's gold medal in Australian hands for the fourth time since 2006. The fourth seeds made their breakthrough in the semi-finals when they dispatched second-seeded English pair Alison Waters and Daryl Selby. Their opponents in the final also pulled off a semi-final upset - Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal, an Indian pairing celebrating their second successive partnership in the Commonwealth Games, surviving a dramatic third game tie-break against the event favourites. But, buoyed by the crowd, Urquhart and Pilley - cousins who hail from Yamba in New South Wales - defeated the Indians 11-8, 11-10 in 31 minutes to claim the first squash medal for the hosts on Gold Coast. "It feels amazing," said Pilley, who now becomes the first player to win three Commonwealth Games Doubles gold medals. "Every other gold I've won is so special. But to play in front of such a great Aussie crowd is something we never get the opportunity to do. I've got about ten family from Denmark who've come over and we've both got a massive group from Yamba that came up. So, to do it in front of all your friends and family who never get to see you play - and we walk away with a gold medal - it makes it even better!" Urquhart added: "Having this capacity crowd cheering for us is very special. It's so good for squash - I hope everybody loved it. We might never get another opportunity to play in front of a crowd that big, where they're all cheering for us. "I can't believe we did it. I can't believe how relaxed we were - I can't believe how relaxed I was! We remembered to enjoy it - and that relaxed us. We were so hungry to win." When asked about the partnership, Pilley said: "We only played with each for the first time in August, and teamed up for the world champs in England." Urquhart, who won a Women's Doubles bronze eight years ago in Delhi, added: "It's my first gold medal. I always imagined what it would be like getting gold - it's always been a dream of mine, so it's going to be difficult now to realise it's actually happened!" Meanwhile, New Zealand claimed bronze - and took the country's 2018 Games tally up to four medals, its best ever success - when Joelle King and Paul Coll defeated England's Waters and Selby 11-6, 11-6 in 28 minutes. "After yesterday's disappointment we wanted to make sure that we came out here and lifted the team - and I think we put together probably one of our best performances, to be honest," said King. "It's been a tough two weeks and we've played every single day - it's a long stretch. But I'm super proud of our effort today." Coll added: "I was on the floor 24 hours ago, but I've got a champion partner and she picked me up. I've got fire in my belly to help her out today - she's a real inspiration to me. To get a bronze - not the colour we wanted - is a great feeling. "We're guaranteed four medals, and I think it's the most we've ever got. We had high expectations coming here - we've got a wicked support team." Contrasting semi-finals in both the Men's and Women's events produced unexpected finals. An all-English men's match went the full distance before seventh seeds Selby and Adrian Waller prevailed over No.4 seeds Declan James and James Willstrop 11-9, 9-11, 11-10 in 86 minutes - fighting back from 10-7 down in the decider, then winning the 'sudden death' point on a 'no let'. 20180414154834_Nz v Eng.jpg20180414154921_all Eng.jpg20180414154957_India doubles.jpg"Playing your team-mates is really difficult," said Selby. "We play and train with each other the whole time - it's been a year's preparation - and to come up against them in the semis is tough. They're obviously a great pair. You feel for them. "But on a selfish note, this is my last chance to get in a final. It's been a great partnership. I'm just so happy that we've managed to do it." Australians Zac Alexander and David Palmer came through in the other semi-final, beating second-seeded Scots Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban 11-8, 11-5 in 30 minutes. The win will extend Palmer's record as the most prolific Games medallist in squash - and will give the New South Welshman the chance to retain the event's gold medal he won in 2014 with Pilley. The women's semi-finals went according to seedings, with India's defending champions Joshna Chinappa and Pallikal Karthik reaching the final for the second time in a row after beating England's Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry 11-10, 11-5 in 25 minutes - and Kiwis King and Amanda Landers-Murphy needing just 20 minutes to overcome home pairing Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart 11-9, 11-5. "It was important to get that first game," said Pallikal Karthik after the win which ensures that India will take home two Games medals in the sport for the first time. "We played really well in the second to keep that momentum going. "We fully enjoyed being out there today and I think it showed. Sometimes when you're playing doubles you forget that your singles game works the best when you're on a doubles court. Saurav keeps telling me to play to my best advantage." Chinappa added: "To be honest when we won the gold last time I never fully appreciated it. Coming back this year, the competition is so tough. It means a lot to me - the girls are so tough." *Results* *Mixed Doubles Final:* [4] Donna Urquhart & Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [5] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-8, 11-10 (31m) *Bronze medal play-off:* [1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) bt [2] Alison Waters & Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-6, 11-6 (28m) *Men's Doubles Semi-finals:* [7] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [4] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) 11-9, 9-11, 11-10 (86m) [5] Zac Alexander & David Palmer (AUS) bt [2] Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-8, 11-5 (30m) *Women's Doubles Semi-finals:* [3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt [7] Laura Massaro & Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-10, 11-5 (25m) [1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [4] Rachael Grinham & Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-9, 11-5 (20m) *Draw* *Men's Final:* [7] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) v [5] Zac Alexander & David Palmer (AUS) *Bronze medal play-off:* [4] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) v [2] Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban (SCO) *Women's Final line-up:* [3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) *Bronze medal play-off:* [7] Laura Massaro & Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [4] Rachael Grinham & Donna Urquhart (AUS) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5482/commonwealth-games-urquhart-pilley-claim-mixed-doubles-gold-for-australia 5482 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:43:56 +0100