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Belgium's top seed Tinne Gilis

NECKER MAURITIUS OPEN & RMCLUB WOMEN'S OPEN QUARTERS: PLAYER REACTION

It's quarter-finals day in Mauritius as the last eight players in the women's Challenger-level RMCLUB Women's Open 2022 Presented by Expression Networks and the men's Gold-level Necker Mauritius Open 2022 Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels battle it out for spots in the semi-finals.

In the Challenger event, play moves to the glass court and begins at 12:00 (GMT+4) with Egypt's No.3 seed Farida Mohamed taking on French No.7 seed Marie Stephan. No.4 seed Lisa Aitken has been forced to withdraw due to illness, meaning France’s Enora Villard will receive a walkover.

You can the action for free on the PSA YouTube channel and on SQUASHTV.

In the Gold event, play begins at 17:30 as Egypt's No.6 seed Mazen Hesham goes up against Peru's No.3 seed Diego Elias. All the matches will be streamed on SQUASHTV for subscribers.

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Order of play: RMCLUB Women's Open 2022 Presented by Expression Networks

Order of play: Necker Mauritius Open 2022 Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels

Farida Mohamed

Mohamed flies into the semis with quick-fire win

Egypt's Farida Mohamed quickly put France's Marie Stephan to the sword in the day's opening match, as she stormed into the semi-finals on a quick court.

In a rapid first game, that was over in five minutes despite 18 points being scored, it was Mohamed who was the first to draw blood, with the 20-year-old Egyptian taking an 11-7 win.

The match continued at a rapid pace in the second game, with virtually all play once again taking place at the front. While Stephan showed some flashes, it was the Egyptian who dominated again, taking a 2-0 lead with an 11-5 win, before finishing the match in just 18 minutes with a comfortable 11-7 win.

Afterwards, she said: “I like the glass court more. It feels better and it’s better to play in front of people, too. I’m happy with today. It’s a bit different, but I really like it because I feel it’s a bit fast. Even when you try to slow down the pace, it’s still fast, so I really like these kind of courts.”

Result
[3] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt [7] Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (18m)

Emotional farewell for Aumard as Gilis comfortably through

Gils (left) v Aumard (right)

Belgium’s top seed Tinne Gilis cruised into the semi-finals after an entertaining battle with France’s Coline Aumard, who has now retired from the tour and will remain in Mauritius as a coach.

The first game was the pick of the bunch, with both players showing plenty of attacking intent. Unfortunately for Aumard, the 32-year-old made too many unforced errors against the tidy Gilis, and the Belgian took the lead with an 11-6 win.

Gilis pushed on in the second, finding the back of the court well while Aumard struggled to force her away from the centre.

After comfortably taking the second game 11-3, Gilis was pushed harder by Aumard in the third. The 24-year-old, however, was able to hold off her opponent to take the final game 11-7, with the pair exchanging an emotional embrace afterwards.

Gilis said after the match: “I’m just going to take it day by day, every tournament is different so I’m just going to take it day by day, match by match and see how I go. I’m definitely going to give it my all, that’s for sure! It’s déjà vu for me from Annecy, the same speech and interview, because Coline was there and announced her retirement which was very sad.

“I knew this was going to be her last tournament and it’s mixed feelings that I’m her last match on the PSA World Tour. I’m honoured in one way, but very sad on the other side, because I don’t want her to leave!

“I think she can be very proud of herself and what she’s achieved in the last years. I think a lot of people are very proud of you. You’ve been a big help for everyone and have always been very kind. I think, knowing that you’re going to live here in Mauritius and everyone’s going to take such good care of you, the facilities here are amazing, you’ll be fine here with [husband] Adam. I’m very happy for you and I wish you all the best in the future.”

Aumard added: “It’s very hard to find words right now but I think you can see how happy I am to be here, it’s happy tears! Something very nice is coming for me and Adam and I feel very proud of myself and very honoured to be on this court day to play my last match because it’s where I’m starting my new chapter. Sharing that with my new home is very special and thank you so much for being here watching me today. And I know so many people are watching me right now. I love you all!

Result
[1] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt [5] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (27m)

Melissa Alves

Brilliant Alves comeback stuns Courtice

In the RM Club match of the day, French No.2 seed Melissa Alves launched a spectacular fightback to come from two games down to beat English No.8 seed Julianne Courtice.

Alves initially had the better of game one, before Courtice raced away to go from 3-2 down to win 11-3 thanks to intelligent shot selection and accurate delivery.

Courtice continued to dominate the second game, opening up a 2-0 lead with an 11-4 win as she found a fantastic length while glueing her drives to the side walls.

Th expected Alves response came in the third game, with the World No.29 throwing Courtice’s rhythm off by increasing the pace. After Alves opened up a 7-2 lead, Courtice began to find her accuracy once again. Alves, however, attacked the front of the court well and she found a foothold in the match with an 11-6 win, before repeating that scoreline in the fourth game to set up a tantalising fifth game.

Any hopes for the Englishwoman, though, were brutally extinguished by Alves in the fifth game, with the Frenchwoman completing the comeback by blasting past Courtice 11-1 to set up a semi-final clash with Farida Mohamed.

“She was just playing better than me in the first two games, that’s it. She was finding her length better, finding her marks on the court a lot more than me. She could find her shots easily. I just had to fight and I had friends here and the crowd and it helps to try to come back. I think I played better in the last three games. I fought more and hit the ball harder and better and I really wanted to win today. I don’t think it was any one thing, I just wanted it.

“It’s for sure [difficult going from the hard court to the glass court]. She played on the hard court yesterday and we both had to adjust, but we squash players want to play on glass, that’s what we play at the big events and big matches. It’s better to find your game on the glass court because that’s where you want to play. It’s an adjustment and that’s what we need to do as squash players.

“I just want to say, with Coline playing her last match today, we had some great memories together so I want to wish her good luck for the rest of her career and good luck in Mauritius.”

Result
[2] Melissa Alves (FRA) bt [8] Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-2: 3-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-1 (47m)

Elias eases into semi-finals

Elias in action

Opening the quarter finals in the Necker Mauritius Open 2022 was a match between two players who will both feature in the PSA World Series Finals later this month, Diego Elias & Mazen Hesham.

Something didn’t look quite right about the movement of Hesham in the first game as Elias raced out to a 7-1 lead. In typical Hehsam style, he rattled off several outrageous winners to trouble the Peruvian but Elias held out to take the game 11-7 however and lead 1-0.

Despite ‘The Black Falcon’ continuing to find sporadic winners, Elias maintained his concentration, which isn’t always easy to do when the opponent is clearly injured, and continued to move the ball around the court and expose Hesham.

Elias took the second and third games 11-5, 11-3 to book his spot in the semi-finals in just 21 minutes.

Elias had this to say after his match: “Greg [Gaultier] is not my coach but he’s like family to me, he’s always there for me to give me advice anytime I ask and I’m very grateful for that but I have other coaches too.

“He always tells me to not stop pushing, even if the other guy is giving you free points or not at his best. I try to stay focused and finish the match as soon as possible, that's what he did.”

Result
[3] Diego Elias (PER) bt [6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (21m)

Another semi-final appearance for No.2 seed ElShorbagy

ElShorbagy in action

Next onto court was the new England No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy taking on French No.1 Gregoire Marche for a spot in the semi-finals.

ElShorbagy was in terrific form to beat compatriot James Willstrop 3-0 in round one yesterday and started in the same vein in today’s quarter final taking the opening game 11-6.

Marche responded however and displayed his incredible retrieval abilities to nullify ElShorbagy’s attacks and start to counterattack the World No.3. In a very tight and tense second game, Marche converted his fourth game ball to equalise.

The score reached 8-8 in the third game and a nasty ankle sprain forced Marche off court for an injury break. Upon returning, the streetwise ElShorbagy knew exactly what he needed to do to close the game out and did so by moving Marche into all four corners and took the game 11-8.

The end came quickly for Marche as the ankle problem had clearly impacted the movement of the Frenchman and ElShorbagy exploited this to the maximum as he closed the match out just short of the hour mark.

The No.2 seed had this to say after his win: “I thought the match was very high quality & played in the right spirit. I actually didn’t see when he fell but I heard the crowd then the replay came on so it mustn't have been good. I have great respect for him for continuing, he didn’t need to do that, being in a battle, he understood that he needed to finish the battle and that's exactly what he did, full respect for that and I hope it is not too serious and it is the end of the season so there's time to recover but I just hope it’s not too serious.

“Thanks to the crowd for coming and supporting us every day. You guys make it really special for us. It’s our first time here and on behalf of all the players, we’re absolutely loving our time here so thank you so much for supporting us all.”

Result
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bt [7] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 13-15, 11-8, 11-5 (58m)

Coll overcomes a spirited Masotti

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Frenchman Baptiste Masotti certainly threw the cat amongst the pigeons as he took the first game against No.1 seed Paul Coll in the third Necker Mauritius Open quarter final of the night.

Masotti’s aggressive style of play was causing trouble for Coll in the opening game, but the World No.2 remained calm and continued to put work into the legs of his opponent. He moved out to a 7-2 lead in the second game and it wasn’t long before Coll equalised.

Coll stepped up his game in the third and fourth games and looked to volley a lot more than he had been doing in the previous games. The accuracy of Masotti was starting to dwindle but his spirit and aggression was far from finished.

Despite putting together many spirited rallies with his hard-hitting approach, Masotti was unable to move Coll into the corners on a consistent basis. The New Zealand No.1 closed out the third game 11-8 before marching towards the finish line in the fourth game, winning 11-4.

Coll has now set up a semi-final clash with good friend Diego Elias.

Coll had this to say after his match: “He played really well, he can put the ball away but its just whether he can have his winner/error ratio in his favour and today I thought he played quite controlled and I just had to stick to my game plan and trust that it was working, unthought I played well in the fist hut just lost the back end of it but I just had to stick to my game plan.

“I knew that if I still played my game plan, even though I lost the first I knew I had to execute my plan a little bit better to win.”

Result
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [8] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (68m)

Momen wins all-Egyptian battle with Mosaad

Momen in action

Egypt’s Tarek Momen booked his place in the semi-finals of the Necker Mauritius Open after defeating compatriot Omar Mosaad in the final match of the day’s play.

‘The Viper’ came out to the perfect start and made the most of a slightly slow start from his Egyptian teammate, moving the ball severely into the front two corners in typical Tarek Momen style.

Trailing by two games, Mosaad battled back to take the third game 11-7 by stepping up the court and volleying with great accuracy. This comeback was squashed by Momen in game four as the No.4 seed recovered his accuracy to take the game 11-7 and move into the semi-finals.

Momen has set up a last four clash with No.2 seed Mohamed ElShrobagy for a place in the final.

Momen said this after his match: “It’s not so much difficult (being a father and a professional squash player), yes there are extra challenges, but on the psychological side, he brings so much joy to our lives so there is a sort of trade-off. I wouldn’t say it’s more difficult but it’s just a new experience that I’m enjoying.

“Thankfully I have Raneem by my side, she helps so much with Shahir, she makes it so easy for me for me to handle all the training and tournaments so she should take a lot of the credit.

“Of course, any tournament I enter I’m looking to win it, I’ll take it one match at a time, I won’t look too far ahead but certainly every match I pay I’m looking to win it.”

Result
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 11-4, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7 (41m)

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