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NetSuite Open: Day One - As it Happens

Follow us here for reports and reaction from the first round of the NetSuite Open, where United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy will look to get off to a good start on home soil against English qualifier Fiona Moverley.

World Champion Gregory Gaultier is also in action, while 'Colombian Cannonball' Miguel Angel Rodriguez and former World No.1 James Willstrop draw proceedings to a close in a mouthwatering first round fixture.

You can watch the action LIVE on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player.

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Here’s Today’s Order of Play
(All times are local PDT)
12:00 Max Lee (HKG) v [8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
12:45 [1] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Olivia Blatchford (USA)
13:30 [Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v [6] Simon Rösner (GER)
14:00 [6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Q] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
14:45 [Q] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) v [5] Victoria Lust (ENG)
15:00 [WC] Reyna Pacheco (USA) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)
15:30 [8] Heba El Torky (EGY) v [Q] Samantha Teran (MEX)
15:45 [5] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Q] Diego Elias (PER)
16:30 Coline Aumard (FRA) v [7] Joey Chan (HKG)
17:15 [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [2] Nick Matthew (ENG)
17:30 [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
18:15 Line Hansen (DEN) v [4] Joelle King (NZL)
19:15 [7] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Stephen Coppinger (RSA)

The following matches are LIVE on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player
19:00 [1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
19:45 [3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
20:30 [3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [WC] James Willstrop (ENG)

Cuskelly Shrugs Off Lee to Reach Last Eight

Australian No.1 Ryan Cuskelly battled back from a one-game deficit to defeat Hong Kong’s Max Lee and move through to the quarter-final stage of the NetSuite Open, PSA M100 tournament taking place in San Francisco.

The pair were meeting on the PSA World Tour for the first time since 2013, with Cuskelly winning three of the duo’s four previous encounters.

World No.2 Laura Massaro booked her place in the last eight of the NetSuite Open, PSA W50 tournament after axing United States No.2 Olivia Blatchford in straight games.

The 32-year-old Lancastrian was making her debut at this event and controlled proceedings in the opening two games, with her superior reach enabling her to earn 11-6 triumphs in both.

Blatchford had her home crowd behind her and she responded in the third to go 4-2 ahead courtesy of some deceptive drop shots and clever boasts, but the World No.30’s renaissance was short-lived as Massaro clawed back the deficit to take it 11-8 and settle the result.

“It’s quite hot on there and it’s a long time since I played a PSA match on a back court, so I was a little bit apprehensive about how that would be,” said Massaro, who will take on either Victoria Lust or Sarah Cardwell in the next round.

“It feels like a little bit of a different game. The rallies are longer and the court feels a little bit smaller in some ways. I’m really happy to have got off in three games, Olivia is a really dangerous player and has some really nice shots.

“It was just a case of making sure I limited her actions and played well.”

Result – First Round: Women’s NetSuite Open 2016
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (31m)

Rösner Reaches Quarters After Axing Al Tamimi

German World No.12 Simon Rösner came out on top of a potential banana-skin fixture against Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi to seal his spot in the quarter-final stage.

The match was played at a blistering pace, with both players engaging in some quick-fire rallies from the outset. Rösner managed to stay ahead throughout the opening game to take the lead and soon doubled his advantage after a virtually error-free second game from the hard-hitting 28-year-old.

Al Tamimi showed flashes of brilliance throughout the 45-minute encounter, with some superb retrievals and inch-perfect drop shots from the back of the court wowing the crowd inside San Francisco’s Bay Club and enabling him to claw the third game back.

However, the 21-year-old World No.42 wasn’t able to match Rösner’s consistency and the German eventually prevailed 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4 to ensure he will take on either ‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Angel Rodriguez or former World No.1 James Willstrop for a place in the last four.

“I tried to play more solidly and concentrate on my length and width, but he is so dangerous in the ’T’ area,” Rösner explained.

“He is very fast and he is very tough to read, especially when you play your first match and you’re not quite there yet and you have to play him.”

Result – First Round: Men’s NetSuite Open 2016
[6] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-1: 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4 (45m)

El Tayeb Takes Out Malaysia’s Low

Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb claimed a quarter-final berth in the 2016 NetSuite Open after seeing off the challenge of former World No.5 Low Wee Wern to claim a 4-1 victory.

Both players have spent spells on the sidelines over the last 18 months, with a shoulder injury keeping El Tayeb out for six months during last season, while Low has seen an anterior cruciate ligament tear and a knee miniscus injury derail her ambitions of establishing herself in the world’s top five.

World No.12 El Tayeb looked to be heading to a comfortable victory after dropping just three points in the opening game, but a much improved Low levelled the scores in the second.

El Tayeb steadied the ship though and dictated the tempo of the encounter in the third and fourth games to wrap up a 3-1 triumph that sees her through to the last eight – where a meeting with eight-time World Champion Nicol David will await her.

“In the second game, I was playing as well as I was in the first game, but she played better,” said El Tayeb.

“There were a few winners from her and a few errors from me, so I lost it 11-9, but I still felt that I was playing well. That’s why I didn’t get nervous or anything, thankfully I kept playing the same game and I managed to refocus and win the next two.

“It’s exciting to play on the glass court. I’ve been looking forward to coming here since this tournament began, so I’m obviously very excited to be playing against Nicol. It’s just another opponent, I’ll go tomorrow to practice on the court and hopefully it should be a good match and we can present women’s squash in a good way.”

Result – First Round: Women’s NetSuite Open 2016
[6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [Q] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-1: 11-3, 9-11, 11-4, 11-1 (39m)

David Eases Past Pacheco to Set Up El Tayeb Encounter

Malaysia’s eight time World Champion Nicol David will take on Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb in a mouthwatering quarter-final clash after a devastating display saw the former World No.1 cruise to victory against World No.81 Reyna Pacheco.

Pacheco, the first ever professional player to come through Access Youth Academy’s Urban Squash Programme, showed glimpses of the ability that has seen her break into the world’s top 100 over the past year, but struggled against the experienced David, who recorded an 11-3, 11-1, 11-3 triumph in 18 minutes to reach the last eight.

Up next for 33-year-old David is a meeting with World No.12 El Tayeb, who overcame David’s compatriot Low Wee Wern in one of the day’s earlier fixtures, on the stunning glass show court housed on San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza.

“It’s great to see Reyna on the Tour,” said David.

“She came up from the Urban Squash Programme, so it’s nice to see her in action on the Tour. It was good to play her and I think we played a really good match.

“This is my first time playing the NetSuite Open and to actually be on the glass court is going to be very special. I’m just going to stick to my game plan and hopefully just put it all together.”

Result – First Round: Women’s NetSuite Open 2016
[2] Nicol David (MAS) bt [WC] Reyna Pacheco (USA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-1, 11-3 (18m)

Lust Edges Past Cardwell to Claim Last Eight Spot

England’s World No.16 Victoria Lust overcame stiff competition from Australia’s Sarah Cardwell to earn her place in the quarter-final stage courtesy of a deceptively tight 3-0 triumph.

Lust, 27, went a game ahead after moving Cardwell around to all four corners of the court with regularity, eventually edging it 11-8.

There was little between the two in games two and three, with Lust just managing to come out on top of the crucial points to wrap up an 11-8, 13-11, 13-11 victory in 39 minutes, setting up a quarter-final clash with World No.2 and compatriot Laura Massaro in the process.

“Sarah and I are good friends, it’s always hard to play one of your friends,” said Lust.

‘We’re actually sharing a room as well, so that makes it interesting. I felt good out there, pretty comfortable and I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow.

“I think the last time I played Laura was at the Nationals, so it will be nice to go out there and play with no pressure and see how I do.”

Result – First Round: Women’s NetSuite Open 2016
[5] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [Q] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 13-11, 13-11 (39m)

Stunning Comeback Sees Elias Fell Farag in Bay Club Battle

Peruvian two-time World Junior Champion Diego Elias claimed the biggest win of his burgeoning career after a superb fightback saw the 19-year-old come from two games down to beat World No.10 Ali Farag.

Coming less than a week after he reached the final of the Al Ahram Squash Open NEWGIZA in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza, Harvard graduate Farag looked to have carried his fine form into San Francisco after nullifying Elias’s attacking threats to go two games to the good.

But Elias responded brilliantly and the World No.34 took advantage of a tiring Farag to battle to an an extremely hard-fought 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 victory.

“I felt so good on court and I'm so happy to get the win,” said Elias.

“It was a great match, a long match and I'm happy I have a day to rest before I play on Thursday.

“I was just playing point by point, I wanted to play my best squash, be happy and enjoy it. Even when I was 2-0 down, I just tried to keep enjoying the match.”

The duo had met only once previously on the PSA World Tour, with Farag taking the honours in that particular encounter during January’s Motor City Open.

It was the Egyptian who was on top from the early stages, drawing Elias away from the ’T’ and into the back of the court before striking with a number of well-placed shots into the front to build up a two-game advantage.

World No.34 Elias shot into life in the third game, with the 19-year-old qualifier building on an early lead to claw a game back, before repeating the feat in the fourth to draw level.

A nail-biting finale then saw both players exhibit some fine squash in front of a packed crowd, with Elias forcing the victory over the line to seal a quarter-final berth and a place on the spectacular glass show court in Justin Herman Plaza against either three-time World Champion Nick Matthew or Frenchman Gregoire Marche.

Result – First Round: Men’s NetSuite Open 2016
[Q] Diego Elias (PER) bt [5] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (75m)

El Torky Downs Teran to Advance

World No.22 Heba El Torky progressed into the last eight after coming through in four games against experienced Mexican Samantha Teran.

The match was a highly competitive affair from the off, with both players taking their opportunities well as they sought to seize the initiative.

El Torky took a one-game lead after a patient approach saw her drive deep into the back corners before utilising her drop shots to rattle off successive points.

Her advantage was soon wiped out by a resurgent Teran in the second game, but the 25-year-old, who is 10 years Teran’s junior, eventually got the better of her opponent to claim the victory in four.

“Samantha is one of the top players and she was World No.11 and No.1 in Mexico,” said El Torky.

“She is dangerous and very experienced. I didn’t move very well today, so I had to keep my lines straight today and take the ball when I got the chance.”

“I’m looking forward to my next match tomorrow, it’s my first time in San Francisco and it’s a very well organised tournament.”

El Torky will lock horns with either New Zealander Joelle King or World No.24 Line Hansen in the next round.

Result – First Round: Women’s NetSuite Open 2016
[8] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt [Q] Samantha Teran (MEX) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 (42m)

Hong Kong’s Chan Axes Aumard

Hong Kong’s Joey Chan came through a punishing five-game battle with French No.2 Coline Aumard in San Francisco’s Bay Club to reach the quarter-final stage of the PSA W50 event.

Aumard started the better of the two, going a game ahead, before suffering the ignominy of losing 11-0 in the second game.

Both players then took a game apiece before Chan finally broke Aumard’s resistance in the decider to record an 8-11, 11-0, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 triumph – ensuring she will take on either United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy or England’s Fiona Moverley for a place in the semi-final.

Result – First Round: Women’s NetSuite Open 2016
[7] Joey Chan (HKG) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-2: 8-11, 11-0, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 (59m)

Marche Stuns Matthew to Claim Last Eight Berth

French World No.29 Gregoire Marche claimed a huge scalp on the opening day of main draw action as he overcame three-time World Champion Nick Matthew to reach the quarter-final.

Matthew was making his first PSA World Tour appearance of the season, while Marche had won his biggest ever Tour title just three weeks previously at the Open International de Squash de Nantes.

And the difference in match fitness between the two showed as a fine display from Marche allowed enabled him to power to an 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 victory in 43 minutes to set up a quarter-final clash with Peru’s Diego Elias.

Result – First Round: Men’s NetSuite Open 2016
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [2] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (43m)

Gaultier Storms Past Ghosal to Reach Next Round

World Champion Gregory Gaultier got his 2016 NetSuite Open campaign off to a winning start after an assured display against Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal saw him advance to the quarter-final stage in San Francisco, United States.

The opening stages of the encounter were closely-fought, with the pair neck and neck until Gaultier engineered some breathing space for himself to edge a game ahead.

It was all one way traffic from that point onwards though as Ghosal appeared to picked up an injury and struggled with his movement, allowing Gaultier to power ahead to an 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 victory.

“It’s always good not to stay too long on the court, but I could see he was struggling with his movement and I hope he doesn’t have a serious injury,” said Gaultier.

“I wish him all the best because I know how well he normally moves. I’ve played him so many times and I could see that today he wasn’t moving right.”

The ‘French General’ almost fell victim to injury himself when a slip towards the front of the court at game ball up in the second game saw him overstretch his calf – and he is hoping that he will feel no ill effects ahead of his next match.

“I will see tomorrow how it is, I will put some ice on it straight away. I slipped on some sweat and I hope it’s nothing. I’ve been struggling with injury so bad this year, I went to Hong Kong with a broken nose, so this year has been ridiculous.”

Result – First Round: Men’s NetSuite Open 2016
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 (30m)

Home Hope Sobhy Defeats Moverley

United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy earned her place in the quarter-finals after seeing off the attentions of English World No.31 Fiona Moverley on home soil.

The New-York native rose to a one-game lead after dominating the ’T’, but Moverley soon found her rhythm and the 29-year-old overturned four game balls against her to level proceedings.

A series of quick-fire rallies lit up the third game, with both players taking turns to rattle off winners in a high-octane affair. World No.7 Sobhy eventually edged it to regain the lead and she stepped up the court to nullify Moverley’s attacking talents in the fourth to wrap up an 11-5, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 triumph.

“She had a few good shots, but I’m happy I regrouped,” said Sobhy

“She was hitting winners left and right, especially on her backhand side so I just dug in and stuck to my game plan. I’m happy to win.

“Whoever was winning the points was the one who was standing in front. I think it was just a game of whoever could be in front of the other person, so I’m glad that I was able to do that.

“I love being on US soil, I love playing at home because I’ve got the whole crowd behind me.”

Result – First Round: Women’s NetSuite Open 2016
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 (31m)

Wildcard Willstrop Takes Out Rodriguez After Match Venue is Moved

A devastating display from former World No.1 James Willstrop saw the Englishman defeat ‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Rodriguez on day one after they were forced to change venue after the match had already started.

The match was due to be held at the glass show court on San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza, but, with the scores locked at 3-3 in game one, a rapid change in temperature meant that the court became too wet and slippery to play on.

After a short delay, the match was moved to the Bay Club San Francisco, where Willstrop’s unparalleled accuracy and intelligent shot selection saw him take the match in straight games to inflict a third successive first round defeat for World No.8 Rodriguez.

“It wasn’t the match either of us wanted, we wanted to be on that big stage tonight,” said Willstrop, who is set to face Simon Rösner for a place in the semi-final.

“The difference the courts over there [Justin Herman Plaze] and here is a million miles. If we had both written down a game plan before, it would have completely changed. It’s like going from clay to grass, that’s the situation we had, so it’s an interesting challenge and we had to get our heads round it.

“I had to break up the pace and stick with it, because you can’t win rallies easily on this court. The ball sits up, it’s bouncier and he gets every single ball I throw at him, so it’s an almighty challenge to win a rally off him. I had to be very patient.”

Result – First Round: Men’s NetSuite Open 2016
[WC] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-4

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