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Hove Ampito Open QF: England and Egypt Dominate Semis In Hove

Just two nations will be represented in the semi-finals of the Hove Ampito Squash Open, with only English and Egyptian players making it through to the last four of the Challenger 10 and 5 level tournaments at the Hove Fitness & Squash Centre in Brighton, England.

It is complete English dominance on home soil in the men’s Challenger 10 level event, but the top two seeds have fallen by the wayside. No.8 seed Simon Herbert caused the biggest upset of the day, as he took down the draw’s top seed, World No.55 Mazen Gamal, in straight games. Herbert won the first on a tie-break, and was able to carry that momentum through the next two games to advance to the semis, where he will face England’s Ben Coleman.

There was another surprise result in the men’s event, as England’s Charlie Lee, the tournament’s No.6 seed, overcame No.2 seed and compatriot Joe Lee in a five-game battle. Malik won the first two game comfortably, but then saw his fellow Englishman fight back to level the match after four games. Malik regrouped, though, winning the fifth 11-5, to set up an encounter with the other Lee sibling, Charlie, in the semis.

Compared to the English dominance in the men’s event, only top seed Torrie Malik made it into the semi-finals of the women’s Challenger 5 level competition, after a comprehensive victory over compatriot Kiera Marshall, winning in straight games in less than half an hour to book her spot in the last four.

She will now face No.6 seed Menna Walid, after the Egyptian downed No.3 seed Cheng Nga Ching in a match that went all the way to five. The pair were level after swapping 11-9 scorelines in the opening two games, before Walid won the third 14-12 to hold the lead for the first time. She then lost the 11-7, but fought back to win the decider 11-8 to take out the Hongkonger, and advance to the last four.

The other shock result in the women’s event saw another Egyptian, in No.8 seed Zeina Zein, as she got the better of England’s No.4 seed Saran Nghiem in a four-game battle, which lasted just half an hour. She will now face compatriot and No.2 seed Rana Ismail in the semi-finals.

Men’s Quarter Final Results: Hove Ampito Squash Open
[6] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt [2] Joe Lee (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 4-11, 11-5 (63m)
[4] Charlie Lee (ENG) bt [5] Tom Walsh (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (46m)
[3] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [7] Emyr Evans (WAL) 3-1: 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 (76m)
[8] Simon Herbert (ENG) bt [1] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-6 (40m)

Men’s Semi-Final Draw: To Be Played Saturday, July 2
[6] Curtis Malik (ENG) v [4] Charlie Lee (ENG)
[3] Ben Coleman (ENG) v [8] Simon Herbert (ENG)

Women’s Quarter Final Results: Hove Ampito Squash Open
[2] Rana Ismail (EGY) bt [7] Asia Harris (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (31m)
[8] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt [4] Saran Nghiem (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 2-11, 11-2, 11-2 (30m)
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) bt [3] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) 3-2: 9-11, 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 11-8 (57m)
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [5] Kiera Marshall (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (26m)

Women’s Semi-Final Draw: To Be Played Saturday, July 2
[2] Rana Ismail (EGY) v [8] Zeina Zein (EGY)
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) v [1] Torrie Malik (ENG)

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