Egypt’s World No.2 Raneem El Welily fell to a shock defeat at the hands of compatriot World No.229 Yathreb Adel as the opening day of the 2017 Macau Open main draw got under way.
Adel – who is playing in her first event since January 2016 after suffering with a combination of shoulder and ankle injuries – prevailed in a five-game encounter with the momentum constantly swinging back and forth between both players.
Top seed El Welily, the World Championship runner-up, took the opener as she came back from 3-0 down to win 11-4, before Adel levelled the scores in the second. The Egyptian World No.2 then looked to have found her range as she won 11 points straight from 1-0 down to take the third.
However, Adel soon came back into the contest and took the fourth and fifth game to claim a place in the last eight and will now face Hong Kong’s Joey Chan.
“I can’t believe it!” said the 21-year-old after her win.
“Since I was injured it’s been tough and I’m just very happy to be back playing squash. Raneem is one of my role models and it’s never easy playing her. I just came here with no expectations and no pressure at all.
“Winning this match will give me a lot of confidence and a huge push for myself to go for it in the next round.”
Elsewhere in the women’s draw, defending champion Joelle King started her title defence strongly as the New Zealander claimed a straight games win over Egypt’s Nadine Shahin by a 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 scoreline.
In the all-Aussie showdown, Donna Urquhart beat teammate and former World No.1 Rachael Grinham in four games. Whilst, Mariam Metwally overcame Mayar Hany in a gruelling five-game encounter to book her place in the next round.
Wales’ Tesni Evans also booked a quarter-final berth after winning a 3-1 battle against former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf. Elsewhere in the all-Hong Kong battle, Chan overcame qualifier Vanessa Chu in four games to progress, while compatriot Annie Au also had an easy afternoon against local wildcard Liu Kwai Chi – dispatching her in just 18 minutes in straight games.
Egypt’s Nouran Gohar came out on top in her battle with compatriot Rowan Elaraby as the World Junior champions battled it out as she claimed victory in four games.
In the men’s draw, top seed Germany’s Simon Rosner was in devastating form as he took out English qualifier Joshua Masters in straight games.
The German was ahead throughout the match and wrapped it up in just 34 minutes by an 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Omar Mosaad was fully tested by Indian qualifier Harinder Pal Sandhu on the opening day.
After taking the first game by the loss of just a single point, the Egyptian was surprised by Sandhu in the second as he levelled the scores. Both players then took a game each before Mosaad romped home 11-2 in the fifth and final game.
Rösner and Meguid will now face each other in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Fellow Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid also secured his place in the last eight with a straightforward 3-0 win over England’s Chris Simpson.
Things were not as smooth for last year’s semi-finalist Suarav Ghosal who was forced to battle back from two games down against Mazen Gamal to secure a place in the last eight.
Meanwhile, Ivan Yuen blew a 10-4 lead in the first game as he lost 3-0 to Hong Kong’s Yip Tsz Fung. It was also not a good day for the Malaysian camp as their number one Nafiizwan Adnan crashed out to a determined Raphael Kandra. Adnan was in control for most of the first game but a lapse in concentration saw him lose it and Kandra was able to capitalise eventually winning 3-2.
Macau’s wildcard Van Keng Hei looked to be overwhelmed by second seed Mohamed Abouelghar as he fell to a straight games defeat to the skilful Egyptian.
Round one – men’s results
Simon Rosner (GER) bt Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (34m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 3-2: 11-1, 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-2 (65m)
Yip Tsz Fung bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-0: 14-12, 11-5, 11-9 (48m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-2: 5-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 (85m)
Max Lee (HKG) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-1: 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (61m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (33m)
Raphael Kendra (GER) bt Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-2: 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8 (68m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Van Keng Hei (MAC) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-1 (17m)
Draw – men’s quarter-finals
 Simon Rösner (GER) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
 Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v  Saurav Ghosal (IND)
 Max Lee (HKG) v  Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
[Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) v  Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Round one – women’s results
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-2: 4-11, 11-7, 1-11, 11-7, 11-8 (37m)
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Vanessa Chu (HKG) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 (45m)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 13-11 (47m)
Joelle King (NZL) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (36m)
Annie Au (HKG) bt Liu Kwai Chi (MAC) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (18m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5 (49m)
Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 (45m)
Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)
Draw – women’s quarter-finals
[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) v  Joey Chan (HKG)
 Donna Urquhart (AUS) v  Joelle King (NZL)
 Annie Au (HKG) v Mariam Metwally (EGY)
 Tesni Evans (WAL) v  Nouran Gohar (EGY)