PSA NewsSquash News | Professional Squash AssociationTue, 24 Oct 2017 08:49:02 +0100 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:49:02 +0100 http://psaworldtour.com Qatar Classic: Tournament History The 2017 Men’s Qatar Classic will once again see the world’s top players descend on the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha as they continue to battle for points on the PSA World Series Standings between October 29 – November 3. The tournament first began in 2001, with England’s Peter Nicol defeating Australia’s David Palmer in the final, before securing the title again against the same opponent the following year. Former World No.1s Lee Beachill and James Willstrop kept the title in English hands either side of a short break in 2004 while the World Championship was held in Qatar, before Egyptian trio Ramy Ashour, Amr Shabana and Karim Darwish took up the mantle of the Qatar Classic champion over the next three tournaments. Since then, some of the most famous names in squash have had their name adorned on the coveted trophy, with three-time World Champion Nick Matthew, former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and current World No.1 Gregory Gaultier – who is the only player outside of England and Egypt to lift the title - all triumphing in Doha. Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad is the defending champion after beating ElShorbagy in last year’s final to seal his first World Series title, just a fortnight after he was crowned World Champion. 20171023152156_Qatar.jpg*Previous Winners* 2016 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 2015 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 2014 No event 2013 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 2012 No event 2011 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 2010 Karim Darwish (EGY) 2009 Nick Matthew (ENG) 2008 Karim Darwish (EGY) 2007 (October) Amr Shabana (EGY) 2007 (April) Ramy Ashour (EGY) 2005 James Willstrop (ENG) 2004 No event 2003 Lee Beachill (ENG) 2002 Peter Nicol (ENG) 2001 Peter Nicol (ENG) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5107/qatar-classic-tournament-history 5107 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:20:27 +0100 Weekend RoundUp: Duncalf Secures Queensland Open title as Subramaniam makes it three in a row England’s former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf secured her first PSA World Tour title since 2015 at the Q Squash Ltd Queensland Open, as a handful of other events came to an end over the weekend. Duncalf’s last title triumph came at the Monte Carlo Classic when she beat compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry in straight games to win and she came through in four games to beat Australia’s World No.88 Christine Nunn over the weekend. Meanwhile, Australia’s top seed Rex Hedrick clinched the men’s title as he beat compatriot Joshua Larkin in straight games. Elsewhere on the PSA World Tour, Hong Kong’s World No.28 Leo Au secured his second title of the season at the Ohana Malaysian Open as he downed home hope and tournament wildcard Eain Yow Ng 3-0 in the final. Whilst, another home hope Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam secured the women’s title with a straight-games win over South Africa’s Milnay Louw to secure her third successive PSA World Tour title after victories at the Malaysian Squash Tour XI and Beijing Squash Challenge already this season. There was double joy for Mexico as top seed Cesar Salazar claimed the Life Time Chicago Open title as he beat Wales World No.46 Joel Makin in straight games to claim the PSA M25 title. Whilst, World No.199 Leonel Cardenas lifted his maiden PSA World Tour title at the Tour De Las Americas Country Club Cochabamba Bolivia Open in a tough five-game encounter against Colombia’s World No.93 Juan Camilo Vargas. At the PSA Valencia, Belgium’s World No.94 Jan Van Den Herrewegen claimed his biggest title as he came through a gruelling five-game battle with Spain’s World No.103 Edmon Lopez. Finally, Scotland’s World No.66 Lisa Aitken claimed the PwC Ladies Open title with a win over Belgium’s World No.76 Tinne Gilis in four games. *Results* *Ohana Malaysian Open* *Men’s Round One* [5] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt [Q] Shehab Essam (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (80m) [3] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (43m) [7] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 13-11 (47m) [8] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [1] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-2: 8-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (78m) [WC] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [LL] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-13, 13-11, 11-2 (48m) [Q] Sanjay Singh (MAS) bt [6] Peter Creed (WAL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (41m) [2] Leo Au (HKG) bt [Q] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (40m) [4] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [Q] Chi Him Wong (HKG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8 (41m) *Women’s Round One* [8] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bt [Q] Wong Heng Wai (MAS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 (19m) [4] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [Q] Ooi Kah Yan (MAS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (22m) [5] Milnay Louw (RSA) bt [Q] Wen Li Lai (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-1 retired [1] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt [Q] Jessica Keng (MAS) 3-1: 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4 (38m) [2] Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Aika Azman (MAS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (23m) [WC] Aifa Azman (MAS) bt [7] Sachika Ingale (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (24m) Ka Yi Lee (HKG) bt [3] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-2: 11-9, 10-12, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9 (53m) [6] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Janet Vidhi (IND) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (17m) *Men’s Quarter-finals* [WC] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [5] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-1: 13-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-1 (50m) [3] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [Q] Sanjay Singh (MAS) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-3 (39m) [2] Leo Au (HKG) bt [7] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (46m) [8] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [4] Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (35m) *Women’s Quarter-finals* [8] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bt [2] Rachel Arnold (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (25m) [4] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [WC] Aifa Azman (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (18m) [5] Milnay Louw (RSA) bt Ka Yi Lee (HKG) 3-2: 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3 (43m) [1] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt [6] Alison Thomson (SCO) 3-0: 11-7, 13-11, 11-6 (32m) *Men’s Semi-finals* [WC] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [3] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-2: 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 (88m) [2] Leo Au (HKG) bt [8] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 (82m) *Women’s Semi-finals* [4] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [8] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) 3-1: 11-8, 6-11, 11-2, 11-7 (42m) [5] Milnay Louw (RSA) bt [1] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 12-10 (35m) *Men’s Final* [2] Leo Au (HKG) bt [WC] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (35m) *Women’s Final* [4] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [5] Milnay Louw (RSA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 (25m) *Life Time Chicago Open – Results* *Round one* [7] Todd Harrity (USA) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 [1] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Andrew Schnell (CAN) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 [2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [WC] Alvin Heumann (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 [5] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Alfredo Avila (MEX) 3-1: 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 [3] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [Q] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 11-4 [8] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Jens Schoor (GER) 3-1: 11-2, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 [6] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [Q] Shawn Delierre (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-7 [Q] Ashley Davies (ENG) bt [4] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-0: 11-7, 15-13, 11-7 *Quarter-finals* [3] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [7] Todd Harrity (USA) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 [1] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [8] Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 [2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [6] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 3-1: 7-11, 12-10, 11-5, 13-11 [5] Joel Makin (WAL) bt [Q] Ashley Davies (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 *Semi-finals* [1] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [3] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 12-10, 11-9 [5] Joel Makin (WAL) bt [2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 *Final* [1] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [5] Joel Makin (WAL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 *Tour De Las Americas Country Club Cochabamba Bolivia Open – Results* *Round one* [1] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [Q] Marcelo Vargas (BOL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (18m) [3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt Victor Gornati (BRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-1 (23m) [4] Ignacio Gutiérrez Keen (ARG) bt [Q] Nick Sutcliffe (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (26m) [2] Andres Herrera (COL) bt [LL] Gonzalo Amaya (BOL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (17m) [Q] Gabriel Torrez (BOL) bt [7] Armando Olguin (MEX) 3-2: 3-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9, 14-12 (44m) [6] Juan Pablo Roude (ARG) bt [LL] Alexander Ramos (BOL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-0 (16m) Allan Nuñez (MEX) bt [8] Edgar Ramirez Bautista (COL) 3-2: 9-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (50m) [5] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [Q] Rafael Allendes (CHI) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (22m) *Quarter-finals* [1] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [Q] Gabriel Torrez (BOL) 3-0: 11-1, 11-0, 11-1 (14m) [3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt [6] Juan Pablo Roude (ARG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (46m) Allan Nuñez (MEX) bt [4] Ignacio Gutiérrez Keen (ARG) 3-2: 11-13, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 (70m) [5] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [2] Andres Herrera (COL) 3-1: 11-9, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7 (75m) *Semi-finals* [1] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) 3-1: 9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (31m) [5] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt Allan Nuñez (MEX) 3-1: 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-0 (48m) *Final* [5] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [1] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) 3-2: 9-11, 11-4, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6 (56m) *PSA Valencia – Results* *Round one* [1] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt [Q] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 3-1: 11-4, 11-3, 8-11, 11-4 (40m) [8] Kristian Frost (DEN) bt [Q] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) 3-1: 9-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (35m) [7] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (65m) Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt [4] George Parker (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 18-16, 11-2 (45m) [3] Douglas Kempsell (SCO) bt [Q] David Baillargeon (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (35m) [5] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (BEL) bt [WC] Bernat Jaume (ESP) 3-2: 11-5, 8-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-6 (75m) [6] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Geoffrey Demont (FRA) 3-1: 7-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-3 (60m) [2] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt [Q] Alex Garbi (ESP) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (45m) *Quarter-finals* [8] Kristian Frost (DEN) bt [1] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 13-11 (67m) Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt [7] Patrick Rooney (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-9 (42m) [5] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (BEL) bt [3] Douglas Kempsell (SCO) 3-2: 11-5, 5-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 (90m) [2] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt [6] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 (65m) *Semi-finals* Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt [8] Kristian Frost (DEN) 3-1: 8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (60m) [5] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (BEL) bt [2] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 3-2: 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 10-12, 11-8 (90m) *Final* [5] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (BEL) bt Edmon Lopez (ESP) 3-2: 4-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 (65m) *Q Squash Ltd Queensland Open – Results* *Men’s round one* [1] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt [Q] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (33m) [2] Joshua Larkin (AUS) bt Thomas Calvert (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-5 (26m) [6] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) bt [Q] Alex Eustace (AUS) 3-0: 11-1, 12-10, 11-8 (27m) [5] Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) bt [Q] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 12-10 (29m) [7] Roee Avraham (ISR) bt [Q] Scott Galloway (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (22m) [8] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt [WC] Joel Luca (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-0, 11-4 (19m) [4] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [Q] Solayman Nowrozi (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (14m) [3] Evan Williams (NZL) bt Chris Lo (HKG) 3-1: 11-8, 5-11, 14-12, 11-7 (48m) *Women’s round one* [4] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) bt Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 3-1: 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (42m) [Q] Abbie Palmer (NZL) bt [3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (26m) [7] Vanessa Chu (HKG) bt [Q] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-2 (17m) [8] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt [Q] Stephanie Wighton (AUS) 3-1: 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5 (39m) [5] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) bt Taylor Flavell (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (21m) [6] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt Samantha Foyle (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-2 (16m) [1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [WC] Samantha Calvert (AUS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-1, 11-1 (15m) [2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Lauren Aspinall (AUS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-1, 11-1 (14m) *Men’s quarter-finals* [4] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [7] Roee Avraham (ISR) 3-0: 11-7, 17-15, 11-0 (34m) [8] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt [3] Evan Williams (NZL) 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7 (60m) [1] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt [6] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (45m) [2] Joshua Larkin (AUS) bt [5] Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6 (50m) *Women’s quarter-finals* [4] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) bt [7] Vanessa Chu (HKG) 3-1: 11-13, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 (54m) [8] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt [Q] Abbie Palmer (NZL) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (19m) [1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [5] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (30m) [2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [6] Tamika Saxby (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 (27m) *Men’s semi-finals* [1] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt [4] Rhys Dowling (AUS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (40m) [2] Joshua Larkin (AUS) bt [8] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) 3-1: 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (55m) *Women’s semi-finals* [1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [4] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (31m) [8] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt [2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-1: 11-8, 6-11, 13-11, 11-8 (52m) *Men’s final* [1] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt [2] Joshua Larkin (AUS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 *Women’s final* [1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [8] Christine Nunn (AUS) 3-1: 12-14, 11-6, 12-10, 12-10 (51m) *PwC Ladies Open* *Round one* [1] Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (35m) [8] Tessa ter Sluis (NED) bt [Q] Astrid Reimer-Kern (GER) 3-1: 11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 14-12 (48m) [5] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Eva Fertekova (CZE) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 [4] Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-0 [7] Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt [Q] Cindy Merlo (SUI) 3-0: 12-10, 13-11, 11-7 Cristina Gomez (ESP) bt [3] Chloe Mesic (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 [Q] Grace Gear (ENG) bt [6] Anna Serme (CZE) 3-1: 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 13-11 [2] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt [Q] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 *Quarter-finals* [1] Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt [8] Tessa ter Sluis (NED) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 [5] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Cristina Gomez (ESP) 3-1: 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8 [4] Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt [Q] Grace Gear (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7 [2] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt [7] Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6 *Semi-finals* [5] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt [1] Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-1: 4-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 [4] Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt [2] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-3 *Final* [4] Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt [5] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 (52m) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5106/weekend-roundup-duncalf-secures-queensland-open-title-as-subramaniam-makes-it-three-in-a-row 5106 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:06:37 +0100 King Gets First Win Over El Welily to Reach Carol Weymuller Open Final New Zealand’s World No.10 Joelle King reached the final of the 2017 Carol Weymuller Open as she beat Egypt’s Raneem El Welily for the first time in her career. King - who finished runner-up at the 2015 instalment – had never beaten El Welily in the past 11 meetings on the PSA World Tour between the pair and only recently lost to the Egyptian in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open earlier this month. However, the Kiwi reversed previous fortunes as she took the first game before El Welily levelled the scores in a role reversal in the second game to put King under pressure. In an intense battle between the pair, King built up a 7-2 lead in the third before El Welily battled back once again – saving game ball twice at 10-7 – before King sealed it 11-9. The momentum continued to swing between the two players as King took a 3-1 lead before El Welily came back to take a 7-5 advantage and managed to get to game ball at 10-9 and at 11-10 but King countered the Egyptian before taking the game on a tie-break to win by an 11-6, 3-11, 11-9, 14-12 scoreline to reach the final. “Finally!” said King following the win. “I’ve never beaten Raneem ever, not even since the juniors. I think the head-to-head is 11-0. Through juniors she was the player that we all idolised. “It was one of those matches where I didn’t know what the score was really, I just tried to play every point the best I could. In the fourth I just tried to take the ball as early as possible and I think from 10-10 we both played some great squash. “The final is just another day, I’m going to try and recover and play my game and be ready from the first point.” In the other semi-final, it was an all-Egyptian affair between World No.1 and defending champion, Nour El Sherbini and World No.19 Salma Hany Ibrahim. It proved to be straightforward for the 21-year-old World Champion, who dominated the match to secure a 3-0 win over her compatriot in 26 minutes to reach her third final in a row at the tournament. “I’m feeling good and play much better,” said El Sherbini. “I was feeling my shots and attacking more. The final will be a tough one but I’m looking forward to playing in another Weymuller final.” *Results* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (26m) [5] Joelle King (NZL) bt [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 3-11, 11-9, 14-12 (55m) *Order of Play* (All times are local GMT -4) 19:30 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [5] Joelle King (NZL) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5105/king-gets-first-win-over-el-welily-to-reach-carol-weymuller-open-final 5105 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:54:48 +0100 ElShorbagy Beats Farag to Lift Channel VAS Championships Title Top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy defeated World No.5 Ali Farag in the final of the 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill to gain revenge for his loss to his fellow Egyptian in the title decider of last week’s U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management. The previous chapter of their enthralling rivalry saw Farag get the better of World No.3 ElShorbagy in Philadelphia eight days ago and, despite a gruelling 85-minute semi-final fixture with Peru’s Diego Elias in the previous round, the 25-year-old Harvard-graduate looked fresh and full of inspiration as he dropped just six points in an opening game win. But ElShorbagy, who suffered a shock first round defeat at this tournament last year, responded in the second and third games as the Bristol-based Egyptian began to lift the ball more, varying the height and pace of his shots to move Farag around the court, and he was rewarded with a 2-1 lead. Farag dug in though in the fourth, amassing two game balls but a fight back from ElShorbagy saw him restore parity to set up a nail-biting tie-break. There was a touch of fortune about the point that put him match ball up, with a cross court drive hitting the join between the right hand wall and the front wall and wrong-footing Farag, but he made no mistake in converting his next point to capture his second PSA World Tour title of the season and the 27th of his career. "I didn’t have a good time here last year and I really wanted to come back and play well and I’m really glad that things went my way," said ElShorbagy.20171022191933_ElShorbagy-Farag-CVAS-Final.JPG?x=0&y=-20&w=613&o=608"I would like to pay my respects to Ali, this is our third tournament this year and both of us have made it to three finals now and he’s had a great start to the season. The way he played at the U.S. Open last week when he beat me was unbelievable and he did great to come out here and play well every day. "He beat me last week, I beat him this week, so maybe it’s going to be his turn next week [in Qatar] but hopefully we’re not going to play again. I thought we played a great match, it was really clean and fair and I’m happy that I was part of that." Farag said: "Today, the difference is experience. There is a reason why Mohamed was World No.1 for 28 months. "He knows how to back up those long tournaments and he knows how to push in those crucial moments. The succession of matches finally got to me. "I’m not used to playing four, five matches in a row at the moment and backing it up the following week. But I’m looking forward to learning, that’s what I’m doing at the moment, and I’m excited to learn how to do this in the coming tournaments. He truly deserved it today." *Result - Final: 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [2] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (61m) 20171022193747_DSC_0093.JPG?x=0&y=-50&w=613&o=608 http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5104/elshorbagy-beats-farag-to-lift-channel-vas-championships-title 5104 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:17:32 +0100 El Sherbini Defeats U.S. Open Champ El Tayeb to Reach Carol Weymuller Open Semis Defending champion Nour El Sherbini avenged her U.S. Open quarter-final defeat to eventual winner Nour El Tayeb as she moved into the last four in Brooklyn to continue the defence of her Carol Weymuller Open title. The World No.1 went down by three games to one against fellow Egyptian El Tayeb in Philadelphia but this time the scoreline went in El Sherbini’s favour, with her tie-break victory in game three proving crucial as she completed an 11-9, 4-11, 14-12, 11-6 victory. "I’m feeling good, it was one of my hardest matches," said El Sherbini. "There were a lot of long, hard rallies and it was tough, I’m so happy to be through. It’s another Egyptian and I’ve been training with both of them for the last 11 years." El Sherbini’s semi-final opponent will be compatriot Salma Hany Ibrahim, the World No.19, who followed up an impressive first round victory over India’s World No.13 Joshna Chinappa with a quarter-final win against qualifier Mariam Metwally. In the other semi-final, World No.3 Raneem El Welily and World No.10 Joelle King will lock horns for the second tournament in succession after they clashed in last week’s U.S. Open semis. El Welily, who got the better of King in Philadelphia, defeated England’s Victoria Lust in straight games, while King overcame Hong Kong’s number four seed Annie Au by the same margin. "I think I was a little bit flat today, so I’m kind of happy how I pushed myself to win in three," El Welily said. "In the third game, up until 10-7, I was going too short, too quick and wasn’t doing my best. So I thought I’ll dig in and try to do better in the hopes that it would pay off in the fourth but luckily it paid off in the third. "Tomorrow, I’m up against Joelle again, who is playing really well, so hopefully it’ll be another good match.” *Results - Quarter-Finals: 2017 Carol Weymuller Open* [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [7] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 4-11, 14-12, 11-6 (56m) Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 12-10 (35m) [5] Joelle King (NZL) bt [4] Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-1, 17-15, 11-7 (35m) [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [8] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 15-13 (37m) <a href="http://www.usprosquashseries.com/live/?platform=hootsuite" target="_blank">*Watch live action from the semi-finals of the Carol Weymuller Open*</a> *Order of Play* (All times are local GMT-4) 14:30 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 15:15 [5] Joelle King (NZL) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5103/el-sherbini-defeats-us-open-champ-el-tayeb-to-reach-carol-weymuller-open-semis 5103 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:20:25 +0100 Channel VAS Champs: SFs Roundup - ElShorbagy and Farag Set Up Final Meeting Egyptian duo Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag will lock horns in the final of the 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill after both players triumphed on semi-finals day in Weybridge to set up a repeat of last week’s U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management title decider. Both players are in red-hot form and ElShorbagy, who lost out to Farag in Philadelphia, earned his place in the showpiece finale courtesy of a 3-0 victory against Indian qualifier Saurav Ghosal, which saw both players compete in a high-quality affair. Ghosal chased and harried the Egyptian at every turn but ElShorbagy’s relentless pace eventually caught up with the World No.26 and World No.3 ElShorbagy closed out the win by a 13-11, 11-8, 11-9 scoreline to make it three finals from three tournaments as his return to form during the 2017/18 season continues. "It’s funny because he came through qualifying and I was helping him through his second match of qualifying because we’re really good friends," said top seed ElShorbagy. “He’s very good for the game and he was playing high-quality squash from the first point to the last. I just kept pushing and I’m glad it went my way in the end. “I’m coming back tomorrow to play a great match and I hope the crowd enjoys it.” Farag also earned his place in a third successive final this season after he repelled a spirited fightback from Peruvian World No.15 Diego Elias. Farag captured his maiden World Series title last week in Philadelphia to add to his runner-up spot at the China Open in September and his fine form showed no signs of abating as he built up a two-game lead, despite needing treatment mid-way through the opening game after being caught on the nose by Elias’s racket. A determined Elias had the crowd behind him though and he launched a superb fightback, taking the third and fourth games to draw level. But Farag’s game management skills came to the fore as the match crept towards its conclusion, with the 25-year-old taking momentum away from Elias with some measured squash and he dropped just three points to bring an end to a thrilling 85-minute encounter.20171021195905_Ali-Farag-CVAS-SF.JPG"It’s thanks to people like Mohamed [World No.13 and fellow Egyptian Abouelghar] that I won," admitted Farag, the number two seed. "He told me that I had the character, I had to keep pushing and that I wasn’t World No.5 for nothing. I had to give it a big push, thankfully I did and it worked. If I’d lost, I would have had no regrets, I’m just happy to be through. "Tins always happen against him [Elias] because he moves the ball around really well and he’s very smooth, I never know where I should put the ball. I had to be strong and hope that Diego hit it with his racket. Mohamed told me that in between the fourth and fifth games and it worked." The final of the 2017 Channel VAS Championships will take place tomorrow (October 22nd) at 17:15 (BST) at the St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club as ElShorbagy and Farag go head-to-head for the lion’s share of the $100k prize fund. All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only). *Results - Semi-Finals: 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 13-11, 11-8, 11-9 (56m) [2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 11-5, 12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3 (85m) *Draw - Final: To Be Played October 22nd* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5102/channel-vas-champs-sfs-roundup-elshorbagy-and-farag-set-up-final-meeting 5102 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:54:52 +0100 El Welily Leads Seeds Through on Second Day of Carol Weymuller Open Egyptian shot-making sensation Raneem El Welily moved into the quarter-finals of the 2017 Carol Weymuller Open as seeded players in Brooklyn made it four wins out of four on the second day of main draw action. Inside the Heights Casino, 2011 champion El Welily played with patience and precision against India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik to claim a 12th successive win over the World No.21 by an 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 margin. El Welily, who was a losing finalist in last week’s U.S. Open, will take on England’s World No.15 Victoria Lust in the next round after Lust dispatched tournament wildcard Emilia Sioni in straight games. "I was trying to set my attitude right, after the big tournament last week I have to reset my mentality," said World No.3 El Welily. "I’m so happy with the way the match went. Hopefully I can carry the same attitude into the next match. I don’t think that I have ever played Vicky but I’m looking forward to it.” The in-form Joelle King continued her strong start to the 2017/18 season after the 2015 runner-up downed Millie Tomlinson by a 3-0 scoreline. King, who reached her first World Series semi-final in over three years at the U.S. Open dominated the ’T’ in the opening two games to take them 11-7, 11-5 and she prevailed in a third-game tie-break to seal the win after Tomlinson had fought back from 7-2 down. ”I thought I started pretty well," King said. "I felt I was playing my games and had a good start. Then she came back strong towards the end of the first. I relaxed a little and before I knew it, it was tight. I started getting a bit frustrated but managed to win that one. "The second was pretty good at the start but then Millie settled down and got a few good points. The third was similar, I was always up and then she got in front of me and all of a sudden it was 10-9 game ball. I guess from there I played the next few points solidly and finished it 12-10." The day’s other match saw Hong Kong’s Annie Au beat Belgian qualifier Nele Gilis and she will take on King for a place in the last four. *Results - First Round (Bottom Half): 2017 Carol Weymuller Open* [4] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-1: 11-7, 11-3, 3-11, 11-8 (49m) [5] Joelle King (NZL) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 (40m) [8] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [WC] Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-7 (26m) [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (26m) *Watch live action from the quarter-finals of the Carol Weymuller Open below* <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.ustream.tv/embed/23435053?html5ui" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen frameborder="0" style="border: 0 none transparent;"></iframe> *Order of Play* (All times are local GMT-4) 14:00 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [7] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 14:45 Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) 15:30 [4] Annie Au (HKG) v [5] Joelle King (NZL) 16:15 [8] Victoria Lust (ENG) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5100/el-welily-leads-seeds-through-on-second-day-of-carol-weymuller-open 5100 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:00:47 +0100 Channel VAS Championships: Semi-Finals - As it Happens Follow us here for reports and reaction from semi-finals day at the 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George's Hill held in Weybridge, England. Egyptian World No.5 Ali Farag takes on talented Peruvian Diego Elias in a mouthwatering clash, with Elias aiming to reach his biggest ever PSA World Tour Final. Meanwhile, the prospect of Farag facing compatriot Mohamed ElShorbagy in a repeat of last week's U.S. Open final is well and truly on, with World No.3 ElShorbagy in action in the other semi-final against India's Saurav Ghosal, who will hope to add to his list of impressive scalps this week. You can watch *LIVE* coverage on <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/tv">SQUASHTV</a> and <a href="https://gb.eurosportplayer.com/">Eurosport Player</a>. *Here's the Order of Play* (All times are local BST) 16:00 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 17:30 Diego Elias (PER) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) *ElShorbagy Beats Ghosal to Seal Place in Fourth Successive Final*20171021174436_ElShorbagy-CVAS-SF.JPG?x=0&y=-10&w=619&o=608World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy has made his best start to a season since the 2014/15 campaign after he overcame Indian qualifier Saurav Ghosal in a high-quality semi-final clash to reach the Channel VAS Championships final - making it three finals from three tournaments so far this season. ElShorbagy, whose last performance of the 2016/17 season saw him win the PSA Dubai World Series Finals - began the season with a title win at the Oracle NetSuite Open and followed that up by reaching the final of the U.S. Open, where Ali Farag prevented him from defending his crown in Philadelphia. He was made to work hard for his place in the title decider of the Channel VAS Championships though as Ghosal, who showed little signs of fatigue despite having to play two extra matches in qualifying, chased and harried the Egyptian at every turn. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fabulous kill by <a href="https://twitter.com/SauravGhosal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SauravGhosal</a>! <a href="https://t.co/LpkzDtlmSX">pic.twitter.com/LpkzDtlmSX</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921759784843468800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> ElShorbagy - who lost in the first round of this tournament last season - led the pair’s head-to-head record by four wins to two, with Ghosal looking for his first win over the former World No.1 since 2008. And it was the Indian World No.26 who came within a whisker of taking the opening game as he changed up his angles to force ElShorbagy into a number of awkward movements but ElShorbagy kept his focus to fight back from game ball down and convert the second of his game balls to go ahead. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow! That is an incredible winner from <a href="https://twitter.com/SauravGhosal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SauravGhosal</a><br><br>Shot of the month!? <a href="https://t.co/XWaKwZdlsi">pic.twitter.com/XWaKwZdlsi</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921764022671699968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Ghosal’s fine retrieving continued into the second game as the high-octane action continued at St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club but ElShorbagy managed to pull his opponent away from the ’T’ enough to double his lead. Ghosal continued to fight in the third, going 7-4 ahead, but ElShorbagy’s relentless pace of hitting eventually caught up to him and the number one seed closed out the win to reach a fourth straight Tour final. "It’s funny because he came through qualifying and I was helping him through his second match of qualifying because we’re really good friends," said ElShorbagy. "I was talking to him after his second win in qualification and I was telling him that I hadn’t seen him enjoy his squash and haven’t seen him play this well in a while. "He was telling me how much he didn’t enjoy playing last year but he has trained well this summer and he wants to come back. It wasn’t just about him winning the last few rounds, it was about seeing the hunger in his eyes. "He’s very good for the game and he was playing high-quality squash from the first point to the last. I just kept pushing and I’m glad it went my way in the end. "I’m coming back tomorrow to play a great match and I hope the crowd enjoys it." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Incredible retrieving from <a href="https://twitter.com/SauravGhosal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SauravGhosal</a> but <a href="https://twitter.com/MoElshorbagy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@moelshorbagy</a> is so ferocious out there!!! <a href="https://t.co/gODTe0BRVo">pic.twitter.com/gODTe0BRVo</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921766178023804928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> *Result* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 13-11, 11-8, 11-9 (56m) *Farag Repels Elias Fightback to Set Up Final Clash with ElShorbagy*20171021193004_DSC_0192.JPG?x=0&y=-69.4375&w=615&o=608Number two seed Ali Farag will take on top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy in the title decider after he survived a spirited fightback from Peruvian World No.15 Diego Elias to reach a third Tour final in a row. Farag, who won the U.S. Open last week to add to his China Open final from last month, had beaten Elias in four of their previous six meetings and came into their semi-final clash having beaten defending champion Paul Coll in the round before. A quick start from the Harvard-graduate saw him surge ahead to 5-2 until he was caught on the nose by Elias’s racket, resulting in Farag needing stitches to stem the bleeding. After a lengthy blood break, Farag carried on where he left off as he closed out the first game for the loss of five points but the second game was a real battle as Elias began to show off his racket skills and he held two game balls as he looked destined to draw level. However, Farag remained composed and came back to win four points in a row with a fortunate nick on a cross court effort handing him the second game. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is a gruelling battle between <a href="https://twitter.com/aliamrfarag?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@aliamrfarag</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/diegoelias96?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@diegoelias96</a>! <a href="https://t.co/WuClzccYkT">pic.twitter.com/WuClzccYkT</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921786565017288707?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> The crowd got behind Elias in the third and he duly responded with a determined display that saw him move Farag around and attack the space to claw a game back. The nail-biting battle between the pair continued into the fourth game as both players traded points until some uncharacteristic errors from Farag began to creep into his game and he tinned at game ball down to send the match into a decider. But Farag’s game management skills came to the fore as the match crept towards its conclusion, with the 25-year-old taking momentum away from Elias with some measured squash and he dropped just three points to bring an end to a thrilling 85-minute encounter. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brilliant from <a href="https://twitter.com/aliamrfarag?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@aliamrfarag</a>! What a match we have on our hands at the <a href="https://twitter.com/CVASsquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CVASSquash</a>!! <a href="https://t.co/RzHTzW18Eu">pic.twitter.com/RzHTzW18Eu</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921797699963207680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "It’s thanks to people like Mohamed [World No.13 and fellow Egyptian Abouelghar] that I won," admitted Farag. "He told me that I had the character, I had to keep pushing and that I wasn’t World No.5 for nothing. I had to give it a big push, thankfully I did and it worked. If I’d lost, I would have had no regrets, I’m just happy to be through. "Tins always happen against him [Elias] because he moves the ball around really well and he’s very smooth, I never know where I should put the ball. I had to be strong and hope that Diego hit it with his racket. Mohamed told me that in between the fourth and fifth games and it worked." *Result* [2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 11-5, 12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3 (85m) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5099/channel-vas-championships-semi-finals-as-it-happens 5099 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:19:52 +0100 Channel VAS Champs: QFs Roundup - Last Year’s Finalists Coll and Momen Exit Event Defending champion Paul Coll and last year’s runner-up Tarek Momen bowed out of the 2017 edition of the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill at the quarter-final stage after falling to World No.5 Ali Farag and World No.15 Diego Elias, respectively, in Weybridge. World No.10 Coll shocked the squash world last year when he came all the way through qualifying to take his biggest ever title but he struggled to break down a resilient Farag, who moved the New Zealander into the back corners at will, with Farag winning it 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 in 45 minutes Last week saw Farag lift his maiden World Series title at the U.S. Open title but he sent out an ominous warning to the other players in Weybridge by saying that he feels that he is playing better now than he did in Philadelphia. "I think this is the best I’ve played all week, even compared to the U.S. Open," said the 25-year-old Harvard-graduate. "I was very pleased with the way I controlled the pace because if it gets out of hand against Paul then I would have no chance. I had it in my head before I got on court that I had to stay in front of him as much as possible. "He’s so good at getting to the ball so I was trying to hold as much as possible and mix the pace up. I think I did that quite well today, I even surprised myself, to be honest." Up next for Farag is an encounter with Elias after the 20-year-old from Lima came out on top of a topsy-turvy clash with World No.8 Momen by an 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-3 margin to reach his third PSA M100 semi-final. "I’m really happy with the win, Tarek is a great player and he’s eight in the world," said Elias.20171020234134_Diego-Elias-CVAS-QF2.JPG"It would mean a lot to me [to get to the final], I’ve been in three semi-finals at $100k tournaments and I always lose, so I want to do my best tomorrow and try to get to the final." Elsewhere, World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy eased past Colombia’s former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez to earn his place in the semi-finals. The number one seed was irrepressible throughout the match as he dominated proceedings and gave Rodriguez nothing to work with around the middle as a focused performance from the Bristol-based Egyptian saw him take it 11-2, 11-3, 11-8 in 32 minutes to move to within one win of a fourth successive PSA World Tour final. “When you are in the zone, like I was in the first two games, it’s very hard for a player to take you out of it,” said ElShorbagy.20171020234217_Mohamed-ElShorbagy-CVAS-QF.JPG?x=0&y=0&w=614&o=608“I knew I was bound to lose focus at some point in the third but I was expecting that I would lose more focus than I actually did. And in the third, I was always comfortable, always a couple of points ahead. “When you finish a match like that, you have to control your emotions because you know that you are not going to play like that every day. Last time we played was in San Francisco a few weeks ago, it was on a traditional court, it was a completely different style of squash and he nearly pushed me to five games." Indian qualifier Saurav Ghosal awaits ElShorbagy in the semi-finals after he followed up an opening day win over ElShorbagy’s brother, Marwan, with a victory over Mohamed Abouelghar. The semi-finals of the Channel VAS Championships take place tomorrow (October 21st) and all of the fixtures will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only). *Results - Quarter-Finals: 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-8 (32m) [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 (68m) Diego Elias (PER) bt [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-3 (65m) [2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [6] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (45m) *Draw - Semi-Final:* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) Diego Elias (PER) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5098/channel-vas-champs-qfs-roundup-last-years-finalists-coll-and-momen-exit-event 5098 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:40:00 +0100 Channel VAS Champs: Quarter-Finals - As it Happens Follow us here for reports and reaction from the quarter-finals of the 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George's Hill held in Weybridge, England. Defending champion Paul Coll and U.S. Open champion Ali Farag go head-to-head in a mouthwatering clash, while former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez aims to end an eight-match losing streak against top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy. World No.8 Tarek Momen takes on the dangerous Diego Elias, with Mohamed Abouelghar taking on Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal in the day's other match. You can watch *LIVE* coverage on <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/tv">SQUASHTV</a>. *Here's the Order of Play* (All times are local BST) 17:30 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 18:30 [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 20:00 [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER) 21:00 [6] Paul Coll (NZL) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) *ElShorbagy Eases Past Rodriguez to Reach Last Four*20171020183947_DSC_7321.JPG?x=-1&y=-14&w=617&o=608World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy made light work of Colombia’s former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez to seal his place in the semi-finals of the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill. ‘The Beast of Alexandria’ was irrepressible throughout the match as he dominated proceedings and gave Rodriguez nothing to work with around the middle in a focused performance from the Bristol-based Egyptian. Rodriguez was impressive in his opening round clash with ElShorbagy’s compatriot Fares Dessouky but points for the 31-year-old were few and far between in the opening two games as ElShorbagy overpowered him and he went two games up inside 20 minutes. The ‘Colombian Cannonball’ managed to push ElShorbagy more in the third and final game but the former World No.1 converted the third of four match balls to earn his place in the last four, where he will face either Mohamed Abouelghar or Saurav Ghosal. "When you are in the zone, like I was in the first two games, it’s very hard for a player to take you out of it," said ElShorbagy. "I knew I was bound to lose focus at some point in the third but I was expecting that I would lose more focus than I actually did. And in the third, I was always comfortable, always a couple of points ahead. "When you finish a match like that, you have to control your emotions, because you know that you are not going to play like that every day. Last time we played was in San Francisco a few weeks ago, it was on a traditional court, it was a completely different style of squash and he nearly pushed me to five games. "But I can see the hunger in his eyes again today, it was missing last season, like it was missing for me actually. "It’s nice to see him coming back, his victory against Fares was his first against a top 10 player for a long time. So it’s good for squash that he is back with hunger. It’s good for the game, he is definitely on the right tracks and I’m looking forward for more battles to come." *Result* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-8 (32m) *Ghosal Beats Abouelghar to Reach Biggest Ever Tour Semi-Final*20171020201852_Saurav-Ghosal-CVAS-QF.JPG?x=4&y=-116&w=613&o=608Indian qualifier Saurav Ghosal’s superb run at the 2017 Channel VAS Championships continued after the World No.26 came back from 2-1 down to beat Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar - claiming a place in his biggest ever PSA World Tour semi-final. Ghosal had lost to Abouelghar in just 29 minutes the last time they played in September’s Macau Open final but he looked in good form coming into the match after following up a successful qualifying campaign with a surprise victory over World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy in round one. Ghosal hit his targets well and charged down any loose shots from Abouelghar to take a one-game lead but the man from Egypt managed to get in front of Ghosal in the next two games to overturn the deficit. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"That's the talent!" - very slick from <a href="https://twitter.com/mabouelghar?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mabouelghar</a> <a href="https://t.co/I4kJWderOs">pic.twitter.com/I4kJWderOs</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921433087933784065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ferocious hitting between <a href="https://twitter.com/mabouelghar?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mabouelghar</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/SauravGhosal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SauravGhosal</a>! <a href="https://t.co/AOByFw7pQZ">pic.twitter.com/AOByFw7pQZ</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921434382040043521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> A one-sided fourth game went the way of Ghosal though as Abouelghar failed to match his consistency and he emerged victorious after a litany of errors from his opponent towards the end of the fifth to seal an 11-9, 5-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 triumph. "I’m happy to beat someone like Abou, especially after I lost 3-0 to him in Macau three weeks ago," said Ghosal. "He’s been playing really well over the past 12/18 months and he’s played really well against the top guys, so to back up what I did against Marwan the other day and to beat someone of his calibre is pleasing. "It was a really good match, I think both of us played some pretty high quality squash, so I’m really happy that my body and my mind were able to cope." Ghosal will go up against top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy for a place in the final after he dispatched Miguel Angel Rodriguez in straight games and he is bracing himself for a tough test. Ghosal said: "He’s definitely come back after the summer with new intent. He obviously lost his World No.1 spot last season and there were things which he has gone out and worked on and I think he is playing well again. "We know each other really well, so I know the journey he has gone through in the last few months and he was really focused today. "He’s a former World No.1, he’s won all the big titles except the World Championship and there is no denying that he is playing well. I will have to come up with a plan to compete with him, to play at the same level and to find chinks in his armour." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That is just brilliant from <a href="https://twitter.com/SauravGhosal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SauravGhosal</a>!<a href="https://t.co/yN0sHJYpQM">pic.twitter.com/yN0sHJYpQM</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921439326298284033?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> *Result* [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 (68m) *Elias Ousts Momen to Reach Last Four*20171020213833_Diego-Elias-CVAS-QF.JPGPeruvian World No.15 Diego Elias moved into the semi-finals after he defeated last year’s finalist Tarek Momen in a topsy-turvy five-game clash to continue his fine form this season. The 20-year-old from Lima had lost to Momen in all three of their previous encounters but he took a 1-0 lead after profiting from a series of errors from the World No.8 at the back end of the game. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Class, just class from <a href="https://twitter.com/diegoelias96?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@diegoelias96</a>! <a href="https://t.co/hHMzj7gMR5">pic.twitter.com/hHMzj7gMR5</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921457306704867328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> The momentum shifted though in the second as Momen came out all guns blazing and hit a veritable feast of sublime winners to draw level in comfortable fashion. There was to be another change in the flow of the match in the next game, however, as Elias found his rhythm once more, again racing away from the mid-point of the match to restore his lead - with one rally even seeing him drop his racket before picking it up and winning the rally. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dropped racket? No problem for <a href="https://twitter.com/diegoelias96?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@diegoelias96</a>!<a href="https://t.co/Ql0I43syBF">pic.twitter.com/Ql0I43syBF</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921465051986386945?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> A loss of accuracy and some poor shot selection from the young Peruvian then saw Momen surge back into contention after easing to victory in the fourth but it was all Elias in the decider as he ran out an 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-3 winner to set up what promises to be a thrilling clash against either defending champion Paul Coll or World No.5 Ali Farag. "I’m really happy with the win, Tarek is a great player and he’s eight in the world," said Elias. "I’ve been playing well and I think this match was one game for me, one game for him. The start of the games were really important and at the end I pushed as hard as possible. "I think I went to the front too fast [in the second and fourth] games and his counter-attack is too good. I went to the front in the first five or six rallies and then I was 4-1, 5-1 down so it was really hard to come back because he gets a lot of confidence and he’s really hard to play when he is confident. "It would mean a lot to me [to get to the final], I’ve been in three semi-finals at $100k tournaments and I always lose, so I want to do my best tomorrow and try to get to the final." *Result* Diego Elias (PER) bt [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-3 (65m) *Farag Ends Coll’s Title Defence*20171020223359_Ali-Farag-CVAS-QF.JPGEgypt’s World No.5 Ali Farag ended 2016 winner Paul Coll’s title defence with a measured and composed display against the Kiwi World No.10 seeing Farag through to the semi-finals for a third PSA World Tour event in a row. Coll shocked the squash world last year when he came all the way through qualifying to take his biggest ever title but he struggled to break down a resilient Farag who moved the New Zealander into the back corners at will. The duo were locked at one win apiece in their head-to-head record - with Farag winning their last meeting during September’s China Open - and the man from Egypt fought back from 8-6 down to take the opener. And the Harvard-graduate maintained his control in the second and third games to repel Coll at every opportunity, with an 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 victory seeing the U.S. Open winner advance into the semis where he will take on Peru’s Diego Elias. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If this is a glimpse of what is to come then we could be in for a real treat here between <a href="https://twitter.com/paulcollsquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@paulcollsquash</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/aliamrfarag?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@aliamrfarag</a>! <a href="https://t.co/Bp0Ks4qBdx">pic.twitter.com/Bp0Ks4qBdx</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921474535387381760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "I think this is the best I’ve played all week, even compared to the U.S. Open," said Farag. "I was very pleased with the way I controlled the pace because if it gets out of hand against Paul then I would have no chance. I had it in my head before I got on court that I had to stay in front of him as much as possible. "He’s so good at getting to the ball so I was trying to hold as much as possible and mix the pace up. I think I did that quite well today, I even surprised myself, to be honest. "Me and Diego have played six times in the past year, once this season, four times last season and one time the season before. He’s always very tough to play against because he reads the ball quite well. "People disagree but I think we play quite a similar game, we move the ball around and we’re quite smooth movers, so it’s hard to get him out of position and knock him off balance. Hopefully tomorrow I’m going to be on it like today and we’ll give the crowd a good match." *Result* [2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [6] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (45m) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5097/channel-vas-champs-quarter-finals-as-it-happens 5097 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:38:05 +0100 Metwally And Ibrahim Upset Seeds As Egyptians Dominate In Brooklyn The opening day of action at the 2017 Carol Weymuller Open saw an Egyptian clean sweep as qualifier Mariam Metwally and the ever-improving Salma Hana Ibrahim upset the seedings and the odds to down former World No.3 Alison Waters of England and top ranked Indian Joshna Chinappa, respectively. Having come through two tough qualification encounters just to reach the main draw, including a five-game battle with Danielle Letourneau, Metwally looked to be up against it as she took on 2014 tournament winner Waters - who sits 15 positions above her on the PSA World Rankings at No.8. But the 20-year-old Egyptian started strong to sneak an opening game tie-break and repeated the feat in the third to once again open up an advantage over Waters. The Englishwoman responded in style again in the fourth but it was Metwally, coming back from 3-6 down, who managed to take it to set up a quarter-final showdown with Ibrahim - who also defied the odds to record her first ever win over Chinappa. The duo had met six times previously, with Chinappa enjoying a 100 per cent winning record, and she looked to be on her way to win number seven as she began the first game with a 9-1 advantage. Ibrahim, who impressed at the recent U.S. Open to defeat Sarah-Jane Perry and record her first round one win on a World Series glass court, managed to get int a rhythm to narrow the deficit only to lose 11-9. With little to separate them the next two games went to the wire, with Ibrahim winning the fist 13-11 before Chinappa restored her lead courtesy of a 16-14 third game. But Ibrahim managed to come back again to take the fourth and come through 12-10 in a mammoth fifth game. "I’m so relieved," said Ibrahim. "I wasn’t sure how my body would carry me. "In the fifth game when I was 9-5 and 10-8 down, I remembered my match with Laura when I was 9-6 down and I kept believing that something might happen. "She might hit the tin and I might get lucky in a few points. That’s what I did when Joshna was 10-8 up. My mind wasn’t thinking and I just played and kept believing I could still make and I did. "I have to play Mariam next nd she is my childhood compatriot from 9 years old but I’m just glad I’m playing one more day." The other matches on day one saw top seed and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and recent U.S. Open Champion Nour El Tayeb come through their first round encounters in straight-games to set up a compelling last eight battle. "I was very nervous before this match with huge expectations after last week," said El Tayeb, who beat Dutch player Milou van der Heijden. "I had to tell myself that it was just another match. I was very excited and nervous to play another match and I’m just trying to enjoy playing and put the results aside." Results - First Round (Top Half) Carol Weymuller Open 2017 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 (26m) [7] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [Q] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (24m) Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt [6] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-2: 9-11, 13-11, 14-16, 11-5, 12-10 (72m) [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [3] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-2: 12-10, 4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-8 (55m) Draw - First Round (Bottom Half) [4] Annie Au (HKG) v [Q] Nele Gilis (BEL) Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [5] Joelle King (NZL) [8] Victoria Lust (ENG) v [WC] Emilia Soini (FIN) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5096/metwally-and-ibrahim-upset-seeds-as-egyptians-dominate-in-brooklyn 5096 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:10:14 +0100 Channel VAS Champs: Day 2 Roundup - Farag and Coll Set Up Mouthwatering QF Clash Egyptian World No.5 Ali Farag and New Zealand’s World No.10 Paul Coll will lock horns in the quarter-finals of the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill after they claimed wins on the second day of main draw action at the PSA M100 tournament in Weybridge. Farag, fresh from his maiden World Series title at last week’s U.S. Open, took on tournament wildcard Charlie Lee in his first round fixture, with home favourite Lee leading for spells during all three games as a fearless showing from the 19-year-old saw him hit some fine winners as he wrong-footed Farag and moved him into different areas of the court. But Farag put his experience to good use and the number two seed went up through the gears towards the latter half of the games as he closed out an 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 victory to reach the last eight. "It’s never easy playing the wildcard because he’s a local hero here and he’s got all of the support behind him," said Farag. "To be through in three is good to save energy, I’ve got a tough one tomorrow and I’m looking forward to that. "We [Farag and Coll] just played a couple of weeks ago in Shanghai and I won in four, when we played at the ToC he beat me in four, so I’m sure it’s going to be a very tough match." Defending champion Coll claimed a straight games victory against Australia’s World No.16 Ryan Cuskelly to earn his place in the quarter-finals. The number six seed hit his lines and kept Cuskelly away from the ’T’ throughout to take an 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 win. “Me and Ryan have played a few times, we seem to get each other quite a lot,” said Coll, who was returning to the scene of his biggest ever PSA World Tour title win.20171019233015_Paul-Coll-CVAS-RD1.JPG?x=-1&y=-122&w=614&o=608“I know his game and he’s a solid player, so I knew it was going to be a battle and I just tried to be even more solid. I really like the court and I’ve got good memories here, so I felt relaxed and just played my game, I felt really good out there." The man Coll beat in last year’s final - World No.8 Tarek Momen - is also through to the next round courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Australia’s World No.17 Cameron Pilley. Momen went a game down against Pilley but came back to take the next three games without reply.20171019233056_Tarek-Momen-CVAS-RD1.JPG?x=0&y=-39&w=614&o=608“Last year I was in the final, so I was always going to come back and try to go one step further and win the title,” said Momen. “He has had some big upsets against most of us in the top 10, so I was very cautious of that fact and I was trying to contain him as much as possible. “I’m glad I’m through for tomorrow’s match and hopefully I can give a better performance.” Momen will go head-to-head with Peru’s World No.15 Diego Elias after he defeated England’s Daryl Selby by a 3-0 margin. The Channel VAS Championships continue tomorrow (October 20th) with quarter-final action and all of the fixtures will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only). *Results - First Round (Bottom Half): 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill* [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (58m) Diego Elias (PER) bt [7] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-3 (40m) [6] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (55m) [2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [WC] Charlie Lee (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (28m) *Draw - Quarter-Finals:* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER) [6] Paul Coll (NZL) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5095/channel-vas-champs-day-2-roundup-farag-and-coll-set-up-mouthwatering-qf-clash 5095 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:28:16 +0100 Channel VAS Champs: Day Two - As it Happens Follow us here for reports and reaction from day two of the 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George's Hill held in Weybridge, England. Reigning champion Paul Coll begins his title defence against Australia's Ryan Cuskelly, while number two seed Ali Farag - fresh from a maiden World Series title at last week's U.S. Open - kickstarts his tournament against wildcard Charlie Lee. Last year's runner-up Tarek Momen is also in action against World No.18 Cameron Pilley, while Diego Elias and Daryl Selby will put their mercurial talents to the test against each other. You can watch *LIVE* coverage on <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/tv">SQUASHTV</a>. *Eurosport Player Announcement* Due to technical issues, Eurosport Player are unable to show tonight’s play from the Channel VAS Squash Championships at St George's Hill. In an attempt to help lessen the inconvenience, SQUASHTV has decided to make live play available for free worldwide so Europe does not miss the action. Just visit the SQUASHTV live page (psaworldtour.com/tv/live) and enter your email address to gain access to the live pictures from Weybridge. SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. Not able to watch? Check out our <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/pages/live">*live scoring page*.</a> *Here's the Order of Play* (All times are local BST) 17:30 [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Q] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 18:30 Diego Elias (PER) v [7] Daryl Selby (ENG) 20:00 [6] Paul Coll (NZL) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 21:00 [WC] Charlie Lee (ENG) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) *Momen Beats Pilley to Claim Quarters Spot*20171019191907_Tarek-Momen-CVAS-RD1.JPG?x=-1&y=-42&w=615&o=6082016 runner-up Tarek Momen earned his place in the quarter-finals of the Channel VAS Championships courtesy of a 3-1 win over Australian World No.17 Cameron Pilley. The pair were meeting for the 10th time on the PSA World Tour and Momen had the better of the head-to-head record with six wins to Pilley’s three, including victories in three of their last four matches. Despite his superior record, the 29-year-old Egyptian went a game behind after Pilley fought back from a slow start to take the opening game but he managed to raise his accuracy in the second to repel Pilley’s hard-hitting style and draw level. The duo traded errors in a scrappy third game that saw each player hit the tin frequently but Momen narrowly edged ahead to claim a lead for the first time in the encounter. The World No.8 threatened to run away with things in the fourth game as he powered into a 4-0 lead but he couldn’t maintain his accuracy as Pilley came back to force him into a battle. However, he managed to stay ahead and a fine forehand drop into the nick saw him convert the first of two match balls "Last year I was in the final, so I was always going to come back and try to go one step further and win the title," said Momen. "I enjoyed today’s match, Cameron is one of the fairest players on Tour. You see how big he is but we never have any traffic issues, which is great. "We had a free-flowing match and he’s a very tough opponent to beat, he puts you under a lot of pressure. "He has had some big upsets against most of us in the top 10, so I was very cautious of that fact and I was trying to contain him as much as possible. "I’m glad I’m through for tomorrow’s match and hopefully I can give a better performance." *Result* [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (58m) *Elias Masterclass Sees Peruvian Book Last Eight Berth*20171019194437_Diego-Elias-CVAS-RD1.JPG?x=-1&y=-107&w=620&o=608A sublime display from 20-year-old Peruvian Diego Elias saw him overcome experienced Englishman Daryl Selby to move through to the quarter-finals of the PSA M100 tournament. Elias, the World No.15 from Lima, was impeccable throughout the 40-minute clash as he hit a flurry of winners in a virtuoso display that saw him come out on top after Selby had forced him into a number of competitive exchanges. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Great skills from <a href="https://twitter.com/diegoelias96?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@diegoelias96</a>!<a href="https://t.co/ueCNEfqqq9">pic.twitter.com/ueCNEfqqq9</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921076163962839041?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 19, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> He had an answer for everything World No.14 Selby threw at him as he retrieved well and hit a series of nicks as he continues to go from strength to strength in the 2017/18 season. Comfortable victories for Elias in games one and three bookended a much tighter affair in the second game and the man from Peru will face Tarek Momen in tomorrow’s quarter-finals. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Superb from <a href="https://twitter.com/diegoelias96?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@diegoelias96</a>! There's no stopping the Peruvian when he's playing like this<a href="https://t.co/Mebhy15XL7">pic.twitter.com/Mebhy15XL7</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921079689237499905?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 19, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "I’m really happy, I’ve been playing some good squash this season and have got some good results," said Elias. "I was a bit nervous playing with Daryl because he’s a tough player to play in the first round but I was feeling good and moving well, so I’m happy with the win. "Me and Tarek have played a few times, we haven’t played for a while but he’s beaten me a few times, so I’m really looking forward to this match and I want to play as well as I can. "It was really important to bounce back from my loss against Omar [Mosaad] in the U.S. Open. I was playing really well but he’s a great player, he was three in the world, so it was really tough because it was my opportunity to get into the semis of a World Series." *Result* Diego Elias (PER) bt [7] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-3 (40m) *Defending Champ Coll Downs Cuskelly to Advance to Last Eight*20171019212117_Paul-Coll-CVAS-RD1.JPG?x=0&y=-128.625&w=612&o=608Title holder Paul Coll moved through to the last eight after he played with precision and focus to see off Australia’s World No.16 Ryan Cuskelly - and he will face either second seed Ali Farag or tournament wildcard Charlie Lee for a place in the semi-finals. A virtually error-free performance from Coll saw him hit his lines and keep Cuskelly away from the ’T’ to work a number of openings as Cuskelly failed to match the consistency of his opponent. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How about that for an opening rally between <a href="https://twitter.com/paulcollsquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@paulcollsquash</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/Cusk87?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@cusk87</a>! <a href="https://t.co/TQVCAUoV6z">pic.twitter.com/TQVCAUoV6z</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921093188252704769?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 19, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Coll primarily kept the ball in the back of the court and his patient approach was rewarded as Cuskelly found the tin on a number of occasions under severe pressure from the New Zealander. After going down 11-4, 11-5 in the opening two games, Cuskelly eventually managed to put Coll under some pressure in the third game courtesy of some attacking squash but Coll held his nerve to force the win over the line, ensuring that he will appear in the last eight of this tournament for a second successive year. "Me and Ryan have played a few times, we seem to get each other quite a lot," said Coll. "I know his game and he’s a solid player, so I knew it was going to be a battle and I just tried to be even more solid. I really like the court and I’ve got good memories here, so I felt relaxed and just played my game, I felt really good out there. "It feels great to be back, the court suits me well and I enjoy the atmosphere here. I know a lot of people round here, so it creates a very relaxed environment for me. "Every time I walk on to that court it’s a great feeling." *Result* [6] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (55m) *Farag Downs Wildcard Lee to Set Up Coll Clash*20171019230014_DSC_7007.JPGWorld No.5 Ali Farag made no mistake in dispatching tournament wildcard Charlie Lee despite a resilient performance from the young Englishman. Lee was backed by his home crowd and led for spells of all three games as a fearless showing from the 19-year-old saw him hit some fine winners as he wrong-footed Farag and moved him into different areas of the court. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Confident start from wildcard <a href="https://twitter.com/leecharlie98?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@leecharlie98</a> against <a href="https://twitter.com/USOpenSquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USOpenSquash</a> champ <a href="https://twitter.com/aliamrfarag?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@aliamrfarag</a><a href="https://t.co/QKRmgYBU4K">pic.twitter.com/QKRmgYBU4K</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/921114223370846208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 19, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> But Farag, fresh from his maiden World Series title at last week’s U.S. Open, put his experience to good use and the number two seed went up through the gears towards the latter half of the games and he closed out an 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 victory to set up a mouthwatering quarter-final meeting with defending champion Paul Coll. "It’s never easy playing the wildcard because he’s a local hero here and he’s got all of the support behind him," said Farag. "To be through in three is good to save energy, I’ve got a tough one tomorrow and I’m looking forward to that. "We [Farag and Coll] just played a couple of weeks ago in Shanghai and I won in four, when we played at the ToC he beat me in four, so I’m sure it’s going to be a very tough match. "It’s going to be very physical because he is a beast and I’m really looking forward to it. "I’ve got a lot of confidence [after winning in Philadelphia] but whoever is better on the day wins. The past is in the past and I try to learn from the best how to back up good wins. I’ll try to forget about last week and give it my all tomorrow." *Result* [2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [WC] Charlie Lee (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (28m) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5094/channel-vas-champs-day-two-as-it-happens 5094 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:41:23 +0100 Channel VAS Champs: Day One Roundup - Rodriguez and Ghosal Upset Seedings Qualifiers Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Saurav Ghosal upset the seedings on day one of the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill after they claimed respective wins over Egyptian duo Fares Dessouky and Marwan ElShorbagy to reach the quarter-finals of the PSA M100 tournament in Weybridge. Against World No.8 Dessouky, Rodriguez showed echoes of the form that took him as high as World No.4 two years ago as he hit consistent lines and retrieved well to claim his first win over a top 10 player since May 2016. The two players went head-to-head in a back-and-forth encounter as they both enjoyed spells of superiority in an engaging 80-minute spectacle. Dessouky fought back from 2-1 down to force a decider but World No.23 Rodriguez kept his head to prevail in the fifth game to seal an 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 victory. “I have won three matches in a row, last season I kept losing in the first round, so I’m happy with the performance and I think I played well,” said Rodriguez, who was competing in his 400th PSA World Tour match. “I found he got desperate because I felt he didn’t know what to do and had no solutions. I was in a rush to get the match finished too quickly, especially in the fourth, which he won after winning five rallies in a row. I was a bit mentally stronger than him today. “I had to be very patient and I think it worked.” Rodriguez will take on top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy after he overcame former World No.5 Borja Golan in three games, beating the Spaniard 15-13, 11-8, 11-4 to improve on last year’s first round exit. “I’m enjoying it more this year, I want to play this year,” said ElShorbagy.20171018232309_Mohamed-ElShorbagy-CVAS-RD1.JPG?x=0&y=0&w=617&o=608"Last year I went through a lot and I struggled a little bit mentally, but all the greatest athletes have bad phases in their careers. If I have that phase when I’m 25 or 26, when I’m still building my career, then I am lucky. I did a lot of things differently the summer in the way I approach my game and the way I approach life in general." ElShorbagy’s younger brother, Marwan, slumped to a first round exit after he lost out to India’s Ghosal by a 3-0 margin. Ghosal pounced on any loose shots from an out-of-sorts ElShorbagy as he raced around court and punished the Egyptian time and time again to claim an 11-7, 11-7, 11-2 triumph - his 200th win on the PSA World Tour.20171018232427_Saurav-Ghosal-CVAS-RD1.JPG?x=0&y=0&w=615&o=608“He’s No.6 in the world right now and he’s had a really good 12-18 months and deserves to be where he is,” said World No.26 Ghosal. “Beating a player of his calibre is definitely a good win and it goes with when I beat [Simon] Rösner in Macau, which was also a good win for me. “All the wins against the top guys are important, they’re small steps towards realising what I want to achieve in my career, so I’m happy that I managed to win today against a quality opponent." Egyptian World No.18 Mohamed Abouelghar was the other victor on day one as he overcame Germany’s Raphael Kandra 3-1 and he will line up against Ghosal for a place in the semi-finals. First round action from the Channel VAS Championships continues tomorrow (October 19th) and all of the fixtures will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only). *Results - First Round (Top Half): 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-0: 15-13, 11-8, 11-4 (56m) [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [5] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 (80m) [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-3, 11-5, 4-11, 11-2 (41m) [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-2 (36m) *Draw - First Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played October 19th* [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Q] Cameron Pilley (AUS) Diego Elias (PER) v [7] Daryl Selby (ENG) [6] Paul Coll (NZL) v Ryan Cuskelly (ENG) [WC] Charlie Lee (ENG) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5092/channel-vas-champs-day-one-roundup-rodriguez-and-ghosal-upset-seedings 5092 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:19:30 +0100 Ashour pulls out of Qatar Classic Former World No.1 Ramy Ashour has withdrawn from the second PSA World Series event of the 2017/18 season - the Qatar Classic - due to illness. The Egyptian has pulled out of the tournament - which begins in Doha on October 29 - citing 'internal illness', meaning France's Mathieu Castagnet moves into the automatic main draw. Action from the tournament will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe Only). More to follow... http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5091/ashour-pulls-out-of-qatar-classic 5091 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:09:44 +0100 Channel VAS Championships: Day One - As it Happens Follow us here for reports and reaction from day one of the 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George's Hill held in Weybridge, England. World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy will look to bounce back from his U.S. Open final defeat to Ali Farag last week when he takes on Spain's former World No.5 Borja Golan, while his younger brother, Marwan, is also in action and he will face Indian qualifier Saurav Ghosal. Elsewhere, former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez will clash with World No.9 Fares Dessouky and World No.13 Mohamed Abouelghar will go head-to-head with Germany's Raphael Kandra in the day's other fixture. You can watch *LIVE* coverage on <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/tv">SQUASHTV</a> and <a href="http://www.eurosportplayer.fr/squash/saison-de-squash_sto5728278/event.shtml">Eurosport Player</a>. Not able to watch? Check out our <a href="https://psaworldtour.com/pages/live">*live scoring page*.</a> *Here's the Order of Play* (All times are local BST) 17:30 [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [5] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 18:30 [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 20:00 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP) 21:00 [Q] Saurav Ghosal v [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) *Superb Rodriguez Axes Dessouky*20171018192520_Miguel-Rodriguez-CVAS-RD1(2).JPG?x=-1&y=-50&w=616&o=608Colombia’s World No.23 Miguel Angel Rodriguez kept his cool to beat World No.8 Fares Dessouky on day one of the 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill, claiming his first win over a top 10 player since May 2016. The two players went head-to-head in a back-and-forth encounter that saw both players enjoy spells of superiority in an engaging 80-minute spectacle. Dessouky fought back from 2-1 down to force a decider but Rodriguez kept his head to prevail in the fifth game to seal an 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 victory. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Vintage <a href="https://twitter.com/MiguelSquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MiguelSquash</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DiscoTime?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DiscoTime</a> <a href="https://t.co/1lHfDb5snI">pic.twitter.com/1lHfDb5snI</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/920697687011344385?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "I have won three matches in a row, last season I kept losing in the first round, so I’m happy with the performance and I think I played well," said Rodriguez. "Playing an Egyptian player is always tough, they have too many ideas and too many shots so you don’t know what to expect from them. Fares is a star, he’s a top 10 player who has had some good results and he played very well at the U.S. Open. "This is my second time here, I also played the quarter-finals last year and, in terms of the match, it was very tactical, he’s a very fast player. I had to play very consistently with him because he is very attacking from the four corners. "I found he got desperate because I felt he didn’t know what to do and had no solutions. I was in a rush to get the match finished too quickly, especially in the fourth which he won after winning five rallies in a row. I was a bit mentally stronger than him today. "I had to be very patient and I think it worked." Dessouky had the better of the early stages and the 23-year-old went a game ahead after dominating the court against the ‘Colombian Cannonball’, who came through qualifying to reach the main draw. 31-year-old Rodriguez, a former World No.4, came out all guns blazing in the second and third games as he played simple squash and hit consistently good length and width to keep Dessouky away from the ’T’ and overturn the younger man’s lead. Dessouky looked to have found his rhythm again in the fourth game as triumphed to draw level but Rodriguez came out on top in a scrappy fifth game to earn his place in the last eight, where he will take on either top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy or Borja Golan. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Blistering pace between <a href="https://twitter.com/FaresDessouky?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FaresDessouky</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/MiguelSquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MiguelSquash</a>!<a href="https://t.co/9B8eITPino">pic.twitter.com/9B8eITPino</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/920702962011217920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> *Result* [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [5] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 (80m) *Abouelghar Sweeps Past Kandra*20171018201457_Mohamed-Abouelghar-CVAS-RD1.JPGWorld No.13 Mohamed Abouelghar moved through to the quarter-finals after dispatching German qualifier Raphael Kandra in four games. The 24-year-old Egyptian had it all his own way in the opening two games as his superb shot-making and impressive retrieval skills saw him repel everything Kandra threw at him to take them 11-3 and 11-5. Kandra though had beaten two seeded players - Karim Ali Fathi and home favourite Tom Richards - in the qualification stage and a resilient display from the World No.42 saw him come back to win the third for the loss of just four points. Abouelghar was in complete control in a one-sided fourth game, however, as he dropped just two points to seal an 11-3, 11-5, 4-11, 11-2 victory in 41 minutes to claim his fourth win in a row over the German. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Superb reactions from <a href="https://twitter.com/raphkandra?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@raphkandra</a><a href="https://t.co/UzypDwQ5hZ">pic.twitter.com/UzypDwQ5hZ</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/920723976061558785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "He’s so tricky, he never plays in one rhythm," said Abouelghar. "Before the third game, I thought that I would go out and play at a fast pace but he surprised me with his shots and he wasn’t doing that in his first two games. "He got the lead and I was just catching up and it wasn’t enough to win against him. "I’ve been working with [coach] Ferry and we’ve been working so hard on hitting the back corners. I was waiting for myself to win points in the front court and he made me see the back court a little bit more and I’m trying to hit the corners more. "Fitness is very important, I’m working with an Austrian guy who lives here in London. We’ve been doing a lot of endurance work and strength work and it is paying off." Abouelghar will lock horns with either compatriot Marwan ElShorbagy or Indian qualifier Saurav Ghosal for a place in the semi-finals. *Result* [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-3, 11-5, 4-11, 11-2 (41m) *ElShorbagy Grinds Out Victory Against Golan*20171018215403_Mohamed-ElShorbagy-CVAS-RD1.JPG?x=0&y=-0.4375&w=613&o=608World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy had to dig in during three tight games against Spain’s former World No.5 Borja Golan to earn a hard-fought quarter-final berth, where he will take on Colombian qualifier Miguel Angel Rodriguez. Golan was 9-2 down on the head-to-head record and had lost his last six matches against the Egyptian powerhouse but he was ElShorbagy’s equal for the majority if the match, with ElShorbagy coming out on top in the crucial moments to get the win. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nerves of steel from <a href="https://twitter.com/golansquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@golansquash</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/touch?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#touch</a> <a href="https://t.co/kHPj51Aef7">pic.twitter.com/kHPj51Aef7</a></p>— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) <a href="https://twitter.com/PSAWorldTour/status/920736551952310272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> ElShorbagy fought back from 6-3 down in the opening game before prevailing in the tie-break after some ferocious squash from both players. And he benefitted for a contentious no let decision given against Golan to put him game ball up in the second game and he made no mistake to double his lead. From there, the 26-year-old kept a tiring Golan at arm’s length to close out the win and improve on last year’s shock first round defeat to England’s Daryl Selby. "I’m enjoying it more this year, I want to play this year," said ElShorbagy. "Last year I went through a lot and I struggled a little bit mentally, but all the greatest athletes have bad phases in their careers. "If I have that phase when I’m 25 or 26, when I’m still building my career, then I am lucky. I did a lot of things differently the summer in the way I approach my game and the way I approach life in general. "I’m blessed because I held the World No.1 spot for 28 months, I won all those World Series titles. I’ve been given a life that not many people can have and I have been able to be successful and make a living out of it. "One of the hardest things you can do is get that World No.1 spot back after you’ve lost it. You need to work even harder and you need to forget about those 28 months you spent at World No.1 because that level won’t be good enough anymore. "You need to raise that bar and to accept that it isn’t easy. I had to go to someone who understood it, who has lived it and who can talk me through it. It’s not about teaching me how to play squash anymore, it’s about teaching me how to look at things differently mentally. "I had to go to someone who knows it all and that’s why I’ve been training with David Palmer this summer. I’m also much more relaxed in life and my career." *Result* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-0: 15-13, 11-8, 11-4 (56m) *Ghosal Beats Marwan ElShorbagy in Three*20171018221556_DSC_5307.JPG?x=0&y=-0.25&w=614&o=608Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal was in fine form to overcome World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy to reach the quarter-finals of the Channel VAS Championships. The World No.26 pounced on any loose shots from an out-of-sorts ElShorbagy as he raced around court and punished the Egyptian time and time again. He held his nerve towards the end of the first two games and surged to an 11-2 victory in the third to set up a quarter-final meeting with Egyptian number eight seed Mohamed Abouelghar. "He’s No.6 in the world right now and he’s had a really good 12/18 months and deserves to be where he is," said Ghosal, who claimed his 200th win on the PSA World Tour. "Beating a player of his calibre is definitely a good win and it goes with when I beat [Simon] Rösner in Macau, which was also a good win for me. "All the wins against the top guys are important, they’re small steps towards realising what I want to achieve in my career, so I’m happy that I managed to win today against a quality opponent. "I’ve just realised as I’ve turned 31 that I have to take care of my body a little bit better. I’ve always done that but I’m paying that little bit more attention to it. Together with the squash, that’s the focus for me. "I think that’s the key really and because I don’t have to worry about the body I am just enjoying things a little bit more because it’s a privilege to play in a tournament like this and around the world." *Result* [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-2 (36m) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5089/channel-vas-championships-day-one-as-it-happens 5089 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:03:43 +0100 Weybridge to Host Top Stars for Channel VAS Championships The third instalment of the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill will feature a number of the world’s most in-form players when the main draw takes place between October 18-22 at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club in Weybridge, England. Following on from his first ever World Series title last week at the U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management, Egypt’s World No.5 Ali Farag comes into the draw in red hot form as he looks to make it back-to-back PSA World Tour titles for the first time since 2015.Farag was sublime in Philadelphia and overcame World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 in the final to follow in the footsteps of wife Nour El Tayeb, who won the women’s tournament, as they became the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day. The 25-year-old from Cairo has made a sensational start to the season after also reaching the final of the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open last month and he will kickstart his title assault against tournament wildcard Charlie Lee in round one. A win for Farag could see him line up against defending champion Paul Coll in the last eight, with the Kiwi World No.10 set to face Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly in round one. Coll shocked the squash world last December when he came all the way through qualifying to win the 2016 instalment of the Channel VAS Championships and, after a mixed U.S. Open which saw him upset World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad before going down against World No.31 Omar Mosaad, the 25-year-old will be eager to make amends against the eventual victory of that tournament. ElShorbagy is seeded to met Farag in the final as he looks to build on an impressive start to the 2017/18 season. In addition to his runner-up finish in Philadelphia, the Bristol-based Egyptian also claimed the Oracle NetSuite Open title on his first appearance of the new campaign as he looks to recover from an underwhelming 2016/17 season that saw him lose his World No.1 spot and bow out at the first round stage of the Channel VAS Championship last year. ElShorbagy faces Spain’s former World No.5 Borja Golan in the opening round and he is seeded to meet his brother, Marwan, in the semi-finals, with Marwan winning the last two meetings between the pair. 2016 runner-up Tarek Momen is also involved in the draw and he lines up against a Cameron Pilley in round one. *Draw - 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill: First Round* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP) [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [5] Fares Dessouky (EGY) [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Q] Cameron Pilley (AUS) Diego Elias (PER) v [7] Daryl Selby (ENG) [6] Paul Coll (NZL) v Ryan Cuskelly (ENG) [WC] Charlie Lee (ENG) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5088/weybridge-to-host-top-stars-for-channel-vas-championships 5088 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:58:57 +0100 Kandra Downs Local Hero Richards to Reach Channel VAS Championships Main Draw Germany’s World No.42 Raphael Kandra upset local favourite Tom Richards in straight games to earn his place in the main draw of the 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill, PSA M100 tournament held in Weybridge. The 26-year-old from Paderborn narrowly overcame World No.35 Richards in an opening game tie-break before moving on to claim victories in games two and three to wrap up a 12-10, 11-6, 11-9 triumph in 40 minutes. "Sometimes you register for a tournament and wonder if the timing is right," said Kandra. "You don’t expect too much out of it and the result comes. I’m quite proud of this one." Kandra will line up against World No.13 Mohamed Abouelghar when the main draw gets under way tomorrow (October 18) as he looks to improve on the first round defeat he suffered at this tournament on his last appearance in Weybridge in 2015. He will be joined in the main draw by Australia’s World No.17 Cameron Pilley. 34-year-old Pilley was appearing in the qualifying rounds of a PSA World Tour event for the first time since 2006 and he dropped just one game en route to the main draw after following up a 3-0 win over Lance Beddoes with a 3-1 victory over England’s Adrian Waller. Up next for Pilley is a clash with last year’s runner-up Tarek Momen in the first round of the main draw, while former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Indian World No.26 Saurav Ghosal are also through to the main draw courtesy of respective wins over 2015 winner Chris Simpson and World No.40 Declan James - ensuring that there were no wins for the English contingent on the final day of qualifying. Rodriguez, a quarter-finalist at last year’s tournament, will lock horns with World No.9 Fares Dessouky, with Ghosal coming up against World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy in round one. The main draw of the Channel VAS Championships will be held between October 18-22 and the whole tournament will take place at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club. Every match from the main draw will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) or Eurosport Player (Europe only). Tickets start from £11.85 and be purchased <a href="www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Channel-Vas-Squash-Championships-tickets/artist/2295837" target="_blank">here.</a> For more information, please visit the <a href="http://www.channelvassquash.com/" target="_blank">tournament website.</a> *Results - Final Qualifying Round: 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill* [1] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [7] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 11-9, 1-11, 11-9 (53m) [3] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [6] Declan James (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 11-3 (54m) Raphael Kandra (GER) bt [8] Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-9 (40m) [2] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [5] Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10 (67m) *Draw - First Round (Top Half): To Be Played October 18th* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP) [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [5] Fares Dessouky (EGY) [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) *Draw - First Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played October 19th* [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Q] Cameron Pilley (AUS) Diego Elias (PER) v [7] Daryl Selby (ENG) [6] Paul Coll (NZL) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) [WC] Charlie Lee (ENG) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5087/kandra-downs-local-hero-richards-to-reach-channel-vas-championships-main-draw 5087 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:59:58 +0100 Farag and El Tayeb Take Lead on PSA World Series Standings Courtesy of their joint victory at last week's 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management, married couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb have taken a commanding lead atop the first PSA World Series Standings after the first World Series tournament of the 2017/18 season. Only the top eight players on the men’s and women’s World Series Standings will qualify for a place at June’s lucrative PSA World Series Finals - with players battling for crucial qualification points at all eight World Series tournaments throughout the season - and Farag and El Tayeb have made a strong start in their quest for qualification after taking the maximum 100 points on offer at the U.S. Open, when they became the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major individual sports title on the same day. Farag, the World No.5 who lost out in the group stages of last season’s PSA World Series Finals, defeated 2016/17 World Series Finals winner Mohamed ElShorbagy in the final, while El Tayeb, who is yet to appear at the showpiece tournament, overcame World No.2 Raneem El Welily to join Farag in capturing their first World Series titles. ElShorbagy and El Welily receive 65 points for their runner-up finishes, while semi-finalists Nick Matthew, Omar Mosaad, Laura Massaro and Joelle King all sit inside the top four. Simon Rösner, Daryl Selby, Fares Dessouky and Diego Elias complete the rest of the men’s top eight, while three-time World Series Finals champion Gregory Gaultier and two-time winner Ramy Ashour are yet to pick up a point after missing out on the U.S. Open through injury, with World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad’s first round defeat meaning that he too fails to feature in the top eight. The women’s World Series Standings see World Champion Nour El Sherbini, Annie Au, Nouran Gohar and Alison Waters sit inside the top eight, with the likes of two-time winner Nicol David and Camille Serme - who finished top on the the 2016/17 World Series Standings - surprise absentees from the top eight after early exits in Philadelphia. Doha will host the next World Series tournament - the Qatar Classic between October 29 - November 3 - when the battle for points for the World Series Standings intensifies. The 2017/18 PSA World Series Finals will take place in June, 2018. For more information on the tournament, please visit the <a href="https://worldseriesfinals.com/" target="_blank">tournament website.</a>20171017150615_WSStandings-October-Update.jpg?x=0&y=0&w=502&o=608 http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5086/farag-and-el-tayeb-take-lead-on-psa-world-series-standings 5086 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:46:33 +0100 Coll Eager to Return to the Scene of ‘Biggest Win’ at Channel VAS Championships New Zealand’s World No.10 Paul Coll will return to the scene of his biggest ever title win on the PSA World Tour between October 18-22 when he lines up at the 2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill in Weybridge, England. The 25-year-old from Greymouth had a breakthrough 2016/17 season, with his title win at the 2016 Channel VAS Championships last December seeing him fight all the way from qualifying to take the title, with the then World No.33 beating higher ranked players such as Max Lee, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Daryl Selby and Tarek Momen en route to his maiden PSA M100 tournament victory. Last month saw Coll become the first male New Zealander since Ross Norman in 1995 to reach the top 10 and he admits that last year’s title win in Weybridge was crucial in his development from a talented up-and-comer to one of the elite players on the PSA World Tour. "I have some really good memories from last year," said Coll. "I’m looking forward to going back, it’s a very good tournament to play in and it’s a nice club. "Winning that event and coming through qualifying was definitely a huge mental breakthrough for me. It gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season, so it was my biggest win so far." After starting the season with a semi-final berth at the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open, Coll claimed another landmark victory in the first round of the U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management, beating World Champion and World No.2 Karim Abdel Gawad - the first time Coll had ever beaten a player ranked inside the world’s top five. The Kiwi was ultimately unable to back up that win as he slumped to a disappointing defeat to Egypt’s Omar Mosaad in the second round, but he says that he is relishing the chance to bounce back in Weybridge. "I’m happy with the way my game is going and I had a good win against Karim," Coll said. "I didn’t back it up the way I wanted to but it’s another learning curve, I’ll assess what went wrong and how I can fix that for next time, so it’s been another positive event "There are two ways you can take a loss, it was a painful and very disappointing loss but I’m pretty hungry to do better next time and not make the same mistakes as I made in that match [against Mosaad]. "I sat down the next day and analysed what went wrong. I’m passed that match and I’m looking forward to the next match already." Coll will take on Austalia’s Ryan Cuskelly in round one of the Channel VAS Championships and is seeded to meet World No.5 Ali Farag in a mouthwatering quarter-final clash. The Channel VAS Championships also features the likes of Egyptian trio Mohamed ElShorbagy, his brother Marwan, and last year’s runner-up Momen. The qualifying rounds for the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill will take place between October 16-17, with the main draw held between October 18-22. The whole tournament will take place at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club. Every match from the main draw will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) or Eurosport Player (Europe only). Tickets start from £11.85 and be purchased <a href="www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Channel-Vas-Squash-Championships-tickets/artist/2295837" target="_blank">here.</a> For more information, please visit the <a href="http://www.channelvassquash.com/" target="_blank">tournament website.</a> *2017 Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill - First Round Draw* [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP) [Qualifier] v [5] Fares Dessouky (EGY) [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Qualifier] [Qualifier] v [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Qualifier] Diego Elias (PER) v [7] Daryl Selby (ENG) [6] Paul Coll (NZL) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) [WC] Charlie Lee (ENG) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY) http://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5085/coll-eager-to-return-to-the-scene-of-biggest-win-at-channel-vas-championships 5085 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:02:16 +0100