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Mixed Fortunes for Gilis Sisters as Qualifying Draws to a Close at Windy City Open

The final day of qualifying at the 2018 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family & EquiTrust Life Insurance Company saw upsets in the women’s draw as Belgian World No.59 Tinne Gilis reached her first World Series main draw, while older sister, Nele, and Canada’s World No.35 Hollie Naughton missed out.

World No.28 Nele Gilis fell to a straight-games defeat in just 28 minutes against Canada’s World No.42 Danielle Letourneau on the final day of qualifying for the World Series event, while her younger sister, Tinne, successfully made it past World No.40 Milou van der Heijden by a 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 scoreline to reach her first ever World Series main draw.

The 20-year-old Belgian will now face World Champion Egypt’s Raneem El Welily in round one, with the latter aiming for her fourth successive Windy City Open title at this year’s tournament.

Elsewhere on the women’s draw, Canadian favourite Naughton could not find a way past Egyptian 17-year-old Nada Abbas who prevailed in straight games by an 11-8, 11-5, 12-10 margin to book her place in the main draw where she will now take on Welshwoman Tesni Evans in round one.

They will be joined by England’s Jenny Duncalf, Egyptians Yathreb Adel and Nadine Shahin, France’s Coline Aumard and Canada’s Samantha Cornett after they all secured their place in the main draw.

Meanwhile, it was plain sailing for the top seeds in the men’s qualifying draw as the top eight seeded players ensured a safe passage through to round one of the Windy City Open.

Top seed Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller successfully manoeuvred past Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng in straight-games to book a main draw slot, where he will line up against U.S. Open winner and number two seed Ali Farag in round one.

Scotland’s Alan Clyne, meanwhile, will join Mueller in the main draw after he came through a tough 72-minute encounter against England’s Nathan Lake. The Scotsman held his nerve to come from a game down to seal an 11-13, 11-4, 11-7, 13-11 victory and will now face Australia’s Cameron Pilley in round one.

They will be joined in the main draw by French duo Gregoire Marche and Lucas Serme, Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi, Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and Hong Kong pair Max Lee and Tsz Fung Yip.

Main draw matches held on the glass show court inside the University Club of Chicago’s Cathedral Hall will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe Only), while the semi-finals and finals will also be shown on mainstream broadcasters, such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

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Results – Qualification Finals: Women’s 2018 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family & EquiTrust Life Insurance Company
[1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [15] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-1: 16-14, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 (51m)
[10] Nada Abbas (EGY) bt [8] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 12-10 (30m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 11-4 (19m
[9] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt [6] Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (21m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt [12] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (46m)
[5] Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-2: 11-7, 9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7 (56m)
[14] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt [3] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (28m)
[2] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt [11] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-9 (25m)

Draw – Women’s First Round
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
[Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) v [14] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[13] Tesni Evans (WAL) v [Q] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) v [7] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [WC] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
Nadine Shahin (EGY) v [11] Annie Au (HKG)
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[Q] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [3] Camille Serme (FRA)
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[Q] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [9] Joelle King (NZL)
[12] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Victoria Lust (ENG)
Salma Hany (EGY) v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[6] Nicol David (MAS) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
Joey Chan (HKG) v [10] Alison Waters (ENG)
[16] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA)
[Q] Tinne Gilis (BEL) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

Results – Qualification Finals: Men’s 2018 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family & EquiTrust Life Insurance Company
[1] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 14-12, 11-5 (33m)
[8] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [10] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-1: 10-12, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (48m
[7] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [12] Tom Richards (ENG) 3-2: 7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 5-11, 11-5 (58m)
[4] Max Lee (HKG) bt [14] Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 11-6, 12-10, 4-11, 11-4 (45m)
[6] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [11] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-1: 11-13, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (55m)
[5] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [15] Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-1: 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 (54m)
[3] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [13] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (44m)
[2] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-1: 11-13, 11-4, 11-7, 13-11 (72m)

Draw – Men’s First Round
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [5] Nick Matthew (ENG)
[7] Simon Rösner (GER) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
James Willstrop (ENG) v [WC] Chris Hanson (USA)
Leo Au (HKG) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP)
Diego Elias (PER) v Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Q] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Q] Max Lee (HKG)
Paul Coll (NZL) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
Declan James (ENG) v [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)

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