First round action continues at Drexel University today and with a series of shocks across the board yesterday – including the first round defeats of Omar Mosaad, Miguel Angel Rodrguez, Gregoire Marche and Jenny Duncalf – all eyes will be fixed to see what more drama unfolds today.
Men’s 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open: Bottom Half
 Nick Matthew (ENG) v [WC] Christopher Gordon (USA) – to be played October 9
Simon Rösner (GER) v [Q] Abdulla Al Tamimi (QAT) – to be played October 9
Leo Au (HKG) v Fares Dessouky (EGY) – to be played October 9
Ali Farag (EGY) v  Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) – to be played October 9
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Tom Richards (ENG) – to be played October 9
Max Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-1 (20m)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q] Paul Coll (NZL) – to be played October 9
Daryl Selby (ENG) v  Gregory Gaultier (FRA) – to be played October 9
Women’s 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open: Bottom Half
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) – to be played October 9
[Q] Tesni Evans (WAL) v  Emily Whitlock (ENG) – to be played October 9
 Victoria Lust (ENG) v Donna Urquhart (AUS) – to be played October 9
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v  Amanda Sobhy (USA) – to be played October 9
 Camille Serme (FRA) v Delia Arnold (MAS) – to be played October 9
Joey Chan (HKG) v  Annie Au (HKG) – to be played October 9
 Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Heba El Torky (EGY) – to be played October 9
[Q] Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY) v  Laura Massaro (ENG) – to be played October 9
Camille Serme kicked off Day 2
Serme Strolls On
The opening match of Day 2 saw Frenchwoman Camille Serme storm into the second round courtesy of a commanding straight-games win over Delia Arnold – a performance that hinted at a return to form for the former British Open champion.
“I was a bit nervous, as always in the first round, but I’m happy to beat Delia in three as she’s a tough opponent,” said Serme.
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt Delia Arnold (MAS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 (25m)
Gawad Starts Off Strong As Dessouky Comes Through
Recent Al Ahram Open winner and arguably the most in form player on the PSA World Tour Karim Abdel Gawad continued to impress as he got his US Open campaign off to a winning start with a controlled win over England’s Tom Richards.
Richards has been a perennially tough customer during a decade on Tour and he threw his all at Gawad but the Egyptian showed his continuing maturity and development on court as he dealt with it all to secure an impressive win that will serve to boost his hopes of going one better than his runner-up finish at the last PSA World Series event – August’s Hong Kong Open.
“Tom is a tough player and when you play against someone like him you have to have a few options and I had to change up in the middle of the match,” said Gawad.
“But I’m pleased with how I have performed over the past month and I just hope to keep continuing like that. I try and forget about what’s happened before and focus on what’s coming up and just try and carry my form on.
“I’ve got Max (Lee) now in the next round and I’ve never beaten him. He’s strong and talented but I’m looking forward to trying to grab the win this time.”
In the first men’s match of the day it was another Egyptian, Fares Dessouky, wo triumphed but only after holding off a huge fightback from Hong Kong’s Leo Au.
Dessouky looked to be in cruise control after taking the first two games but Au fought back with dogged determination to level the match at 2-2 before Dessouky edged a fifth game that went all the way to the wire, 12-10.
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (36m)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-2: 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10 (71m)
Gawad in control
Urquhart Ousts Lust As Gohar Cruises Past Aumard
Australian Donna Urquhart pulled off a mini upset to come through a gripping five-game battle with Victoria Lust that sees her into the second round for the second year on the trot – where Amanda Sobhy or Dipika Pallikal Karthik will await.
On the glass court Hong Kong Open winner Nouran Gohar got her campaign here at the second PSA World Series tournament of the season off to a winning start, coming through a scrappy affair with Frenchwoman Coline Aumard.
There was contact aplenty, forcing the referees into action time and time again, but it was Gohar’s that shone through in the end as she sealed the win in straight games.
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt  Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6 (56m)
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (37m)
Urquhart stalks the ball
Wolf Bites Back After NetSuite Disappointment
After suffering a disappointing and shock first round exit at the NetSuite Open last week, three-time World Champion Nick Matthew registered his first win of the 2016 season as he eliminated wildcard Christopher Gordon in straight games.
Matthew fell to Frenchman Gregoire Marche last week but looked to be edging towards match sharpness as he put in a comfortable display against Gordon – who will feel a little frustrated at allowing a series of golden opportunities to go to waste.
“It’s great to be back here in Philly – I’ve always made it to the later stages in this venue but never won it here so far,” said Matthew.
“That was my first win of the season, which is very pleasing, and it was my first match back on the glass court as well. I had a full summer at home to prepare for the season for the first time in a while but it meant I was maybe a bit behind a few of the guys last week in San Francisco and I learned a few things there.
“Chris and I have the same coach and we’ve trained together hundreds of time but never played before – so that makes it a little harder as well. But the next round will be a different test especially in terms of mental approach.”
On the downstairs court South African Stephen Coppinger came through a tough five-game encounter with Scotland’s Alan Clyne to secure his place in the second round days after his place at the event was put in doubt due to hurricane Matthew.
Orlando-based Coppinger was a doubt to make it to the tournament as all flights were grounded in the Florida region but after making it to Philadelphia late last night he made sure his trip was worthwhile by fending off a string fightback from Clyne to take the fifth game in a tense 13-11 tie break.
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [WC] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (39m)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [Q} Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-2: 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 2-11, 13-11 (80m)
Matthew looks on
Massaro Begins Defence With Win
Defending champion Laura Massaro got the defence of her title off to a winning start with a straight-games win over highly entertaining Egyptian Kanzy Emad El Defrawy.
Massaro stormed to the title at the NetSuite Open last week – her second consecutive title this season after also claiming the China Open – and she extended her winning streak to nine consecutive matches courtesy of a polished performance that saw her outclass El Defrawy in all areas of the court and take her through to face either Joshna Chinappa or or Heba El Torky in the second round.
“I played well last week in San Fran and I got some good training in before coming here for this event so I’m feeling good and I’m happy to get off to a winning start,” said Massaro.
“Kanzy is great fun to watch but horrible to play – the ball always comes back and that can make you edgy. But it’s good fun for the crowd and it is great to see a player always putting in 100 per cent because the crowd love it as well.”
 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)
Kanzy delighted the crowd with her high flying antics
Rösner at full stretch
Rösner And Au Reach Round 2
Germany’s Simon Rösner came through his first round encounter with dangerous Qatari qualifier Abdulla Al Tamimi 3-1 to move into the second round in an entertaining battle on the side courts, following Annie Au’s straight games victory over compatriot Joey Chan.
 Annie Au (HKG) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (29m)
Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Abdulla Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5 (51m)
farag at full stretch
Farag Masterclass Halts Castagnet In Round One
In-form Ali Farag – the Al Ahram Open runner-up – produced a masterclass performance to outshine an under-par Mathieu Castagnet and steam into the second round of the US Open for the first time in his career.
Last time the pair met came during the Windy City Open in March and it was Castagnet who triumphed on that occasion, coming from 2-0 down and saving match ball to come through a five game thriller, but with that result fresh in his mind, and with Castagnet struggling with an adductor injury suffered last month, the Egyptian put the pressure on from the start to secure an impressive win.
Farag moved with ease and poise as he dictated the play, pushing Castagnet into all four corners and exposing the limitations in the Frenchman’s movement, as he came through 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 to set up a second round battle with fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouky.
“Mathieu is such a warrior and we all know it but he’s been struggling of late so I’m lucky to get the win in straight games,” said Farag.
“Last time we played at Windy City I was 2-0 up and he came back and won so I was wary of that today and he didn’t make it easy at all even until the end.
“I had match ball last time as well and I didn’t want that to happen again so I was focused throughout and I’m very happy to be through.
“Every match is a test now and anybody can beat each other on Tour. Fares will not be easy, he’s such a talented player, so hopefully we’ll put in a good match and give the crowd something to enjoy.”
Ali Farag (EGY) bt  Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (40m)
Amanda Sobhy delighted the home crowd
Sobhy Delights US Crowd
Amanda Sobhy delighted the home crowd as she came through a topsy-turvy encounter with Dipika Palikal Karthik.
Pallikal Karthik stormed into a one game lead, out gunning and out muscling the traditionally relentless attacker that is World No.6 Sobhy, but the match was flipped upside down after that as the Hong Kong Open runner-up from Boston moved through the gears to put the Indian to the sword in a ruthless display of attacking intent.
“Dipika came out firing – she’s a strong attacking player and I was scrambling and defending the whole time in that first game,” said Sobhy.
“I knew at some point she’d start making mistakes so I just relaxed and found my shots and was happy to come out with a 3-1 win.
“There’s definitely a bit of pressure on me coming here having reached the final in Hong Kong, but this is like a home tournament for me. It’s the US Open, its one of the best tournaments in the world and it’s exciting to play in front of a home crowd, so hopefully I can do well here this week.”
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 3-1: 7-11, 11-3, 11-1, 11-4 (30m)
Cuskelly strikes against Paul Coll
Coll Conquers Cuskelly As Gaultier Downs Selby
New Zealand’s Paul Coll and defending US Open champion Gregory Gaultier will lock horns for the first time on the PSA World Tour on Tuesday after they both came through their first round encounter at the PSA World Series tournament today.
Gaultier produced the type of ruthless, efficient first round performance that has become his trademark as he dismissed seasoned English campaigner Daryl Selby in straight games while Coll upset the rankings to take out Ryan Cuskelly 3-1 in a big first round win.
“We’ve played each other a few times and I’ve never beaten him,” said Coll.
“I’m pleased this time to actually get the win. The body is feeling pretty good. I had a rest day yesterday. I’m looking forward to my next challenge on the glass.”
[Q] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (69m)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-3 (61m)