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Nicol David (left) v Tesni Evans (right) in action during the opening round of the 2017 J.P. Morgan China Squash Open

China Open - Day One: As It Happens

Updates from day one of the J.P. Morgan China Open – PSA Men's and Women's events.

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Ramy Returns With A Win While Top Two Men Breeze Through

Ramy Ashour marked his return to competitive PSA World Tour action with a comfortable 3-0 win over Mexican Cesar Salazar while his compatriots, and tournament top seeds, Ali Farag and Marwan ElShorbagy also triumphed in straight-games victories on day one of the J.P. Morgan China Open.

Competing on the all-glass court overlooking Shanghai’s Bund – with Ashour competing on the side courts at SECA Academy – ElShorbagy, who’s brother won the title her twelve months ago, was just too good for an ever-improving Greg Lobban.

Scotsman Lobban at times enjoyed moments of success but for the large part he couldn’t match ElShorbagy’s guile and skill around the court as the 24-year-old prevailed 11-6, 11-8, 11-9, before watching on as top seed Farag made light work of wildcard Joe Wong.

Things started promisingly for the former Hong Kong man though as he took the opening exchanges against a flat-footed Farag. But the Egyptian soon got into his groove and looked at ease as he moved into the quarter-finals to face Diego Elias.

“It’s never easy playing someone for the first time and who you don’t know anything about – I didn’t know what to expect,” said Farag.

“He hit some good shots and moved well so I’m happy to be through in three. I wanted to get used to the court as much as possible ahead of a big match with Diego tomorrow and hopefully I can carry that momentum forward.”

Fares Dessouky, Paul Coll, Simon Rösner and Daryl Selby completed the winners on day one.

Results:
[4] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-1: 11-8, 14-16, 11-7, 11-8 (70m)
[2] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (35m)
[3] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (28m)
[5] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 (47m)
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [WC] Joe Wong (CHN) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (21m)
Diego Elias (PER) bt [8] Max Lee (HKG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 11-7 (39m)
[7] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 (54m)

Serme & Sherbini Safely Into Quarters

Top seeds Nour El Sherbini and Camille Serme safely negotiated their way past potentially tricky first round opposition, defeating Joshna Chinappa and Salma Hany Ibrahim, respectively.

El Sherbini, competing here for the first time in her career, lost the opening game against Chinappa as the Indian player found her stride early on to edge a first game tie-break.

But, unfazed by the result of the first, El Sherbini came out strong in the second and for also two games could do no wrong – dropping just two points as she reversed the scoreline, also notching up the second bagel of the day en route to a 3-1 win.

Serme meanwhile was made to work hard for her victory over El Sherbini’s compatriot Ibrahim, with the 3-0 scoreline not telling the full tale.

The Frenchwoman at times struggled to find her range on the glass court and was fortunate to come from behind to close out the second game when momentum looked to be swinging in favour of Ibrahim.

And she showed resolve to stand firm during a close fought third, coming through 11-4, 13-11, 11-9 to set up a last eight encounter with Hong Kong’s Annie Au.

“I’m happy to be through this first round match,” said Serme.

“Salma is dangerous and has an attacking game – she hits some beautiful shots, so I needed to be quite precise in the back of the court.

“It wasn’t easy but I’m really happy to win 3-0.”

Results:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-1: 12-14, 11-2, 11-0, 11-8 (33m)
[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 13-11, 11-9 (37m)

Tayeb Triumphs Over Perry

Nour El Tayeb

The opening day of main draw action started with a top drawer encounter between Egyptian Nour El Tayeb – a former top eight player – and England's Sara-Jane Perry, the ever-improving Birmingham based star who has become a recent fixture inside the top eight in her own right.

Ten years on from their last encounter, a World Junior championship battle that went the way of Perry courtesy of a come-from-behind 3-2 win, the duo engaged once again in a lengthy, high quality duel that went the distance.

It was Perry who took the opening game, looking in control as she worked the ball around dated court and left El Tayeb struggling to find an answer.

But the Egyptian responded in style, playing a more disciplined and reserved game than normally associated with her, to peg back the second game and then opening up the 2-1 advantage.

Perry showed spirit in abundance as she fought back with equal measure in the fourth but it was a newly focused and physically stronger El Tayeb who came through.

“I'm very pleased with that result,” said El Tayeb.

“It's the first match of the season and I have been working very hard in the off season to improve and especially work on my mental strength. I think that came through in the end today, so that is very pleasing.

“I was stronger mentally that I usually am – so it's a good start to the year and hopefully I can keep it going. To beat Sarah, who's in the top eight now, is a good start to the season.

“Our last match was in the World Juniors so to make amends for that as well is an added bonus!”

Result:
Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4 (55m)

David Downs Evans While Au Dispatches Wildcard

Nicol David (left) v Tesni Evans (right)

Malaysian legend Nicol David was made to earn her passage into the quarter-finals, having been given a stern test by Wales's Tesni Evans.

For long periods of the four-game match Evans found herself controlling proceedings, putting David into all four corners where her impressive pace and strength were required in abundance.

But the Welshwoman couldn't find the killer blow when required, giving up soft openings at crucial points to let David off the hook, and the eight-time World Champion showed all of her class and experience to punish the opportunities presented to her.

Evans can take great heart from the match, but it's David who lives to fight once more in Shanghai – where Annie Au easily dispatched Wildcard Li Dongjin in just 18 minutes.

Results:
[5] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-1: 11-9, 8-11, 11-2, 11-6 (48m)
[8] Annie Au (HKG) bt [WC] Li Dongjin (CHN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-7, 11-2 (18m)

King Dispatches Massaro In Style

Joelle King

New Zealand's Joelle King began her 2017/18 season in emphatic style, coming away with a 3-1 victory over 2016 tournament champion Laura Massaro in the first round of the 2017 J.P. Morgan China Open.

King, who steadily improved on her return from injury throughout the 2016/17 season, looked back to the player who resided inside the world's top four in 2014 as she dominated against Massaro – even inflicting an unthinkable 11-0 bagel in the first game of the match.

The current No.11 showed no signs of early season rust, finding perfect length with an up-pace tempo from the very first rally – leaving Massaro to wonder what had happened as she trudged off court without taking a single point in the opener.

The second game saw no let up from King as she continued to stay in front and dictate the play with Massaro searching for an answer. The World No.4 managed to end an answer in the third, but the comeback was in vein as King moved ahead in the fourth, securing an impressive 45 minute win.

“I felt good out there, Laura is no mug, she's the defending champion, so to come out and win in four is really positive,” said King.

“I was seeing the ball early from the first rally. I was just in front of her throughout that first game and to take it 11-0, it can be easy to drop concentration afterwards so I tried to stay calm and not get too excited.

“It's early in the season, but I put in a lot of work in the summer and if I can keep playing my game and produce more of the same then who knows what will happen.”

Result:
Joelle King (NZL) bt [3] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-1: 11-0, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4 (45m)

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