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Chamberlain Open: Bonmalais Sends Out Third Seed Waller in Day One Shock

French qualifier Sebastien Bonmalais claimed one of the biggest wins of his burgeoning career after axing number three seed Adrian Waller in the opening round of the inaugural Chamberlain Squash Open, PSA M25 tournament held in Lagos, Nigeria.

Bonmalais, the World No.113 who hails from Reunion Island – the birthplace of former French World No.1 and World Champion Thierry Lincou – took an 11-5, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4 victory to set up a quarter-final meeting with Egypt’s Youssef Soliman, who defeated Christopher Gordon of the United States.

Bonmalais is the only non-Egyptian to reach the quarter-finals, with top seed Zahed Mohamed heading up a seven-man Egyptian presence in the last eight.

The World No.25 beat Czech qualifier Daniel Mekbib 3-1 to ensure he will face compatriot Mazen Gamal in the next round, while Nigerian interest was extinguished after Babatunde Ajagbe and Adewale Amao fell to Mohamed Reda and Karim El Hammamy, respectively.

Reda will line up against fourth seed Omar Abdel Meguid – who defeated Canada’s Darosham Khan – while El Hammamy will take on number two seed Karim Ali Fathi.

In the W10 women’s tournament, top seed Millie Tomlinson got her tournament off to a winning start with victory over Rofiat Abdulazeez to set up a quarter-final match with Egyptian World No.168 Nadeen Kotb.

It was a successful day for the rest of the seeded players with the exception of number four seed Eva Fertekova and Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh, who fell to respective defeats against Salma Youssef and Taba Taghavi Rafsanjani.

Result – First Round: Men’s 2018 Chamberlain Squash Open
[1] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [Q] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 3-1: 11-7, 11-3, 5-11, 11-6 (45m)
[6] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt Angus Gillams (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 12-14, 12-10, 11-5 (55m)
[7] Mohamed Reda (EGY) bt [Q] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-4 (36m)
[4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [Q] Darosham Khan (CAN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (24m)
[Q] Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) bt [3] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4 (44m)
[5] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (45m)
[8] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt [WC] Adewale Amao (NGR) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 15-13 (55m)
[2] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Shehab Essam (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-8 (42m)

Draw – Quarter-Finals
[1] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [6] Mazen Gamal (EGY)
[7] Mohamed Reda (EGY) v [4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
[Q] Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) v [5] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[8] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v [2] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)

Result – First Round: Women’s 2018 Chamberlain Squash Open
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [Q] Rofiat Abdulazeez (NGR) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (35m)
[7] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) bt [Q] Busayo Olatunji (NGR) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 12-10 (19m)
[8] Farah Momen (EGY) bt Udeme James (NGR) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 (31m)
[3] Enora Villard (FRA) bt [Q] Veronica Sunday (NGR) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-2 (12m)
Salma Youssef (EGY) bt [4] Eva Feřteková (CZE) 3-1: 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
Taba Taghavi Rafsanjani (IRI) bt [5] Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh (IRI) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 (31m)
[6] Cindy Merlo (SUI) bt [Q] Blessing Isaac (NGR) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-0 (23m)
[2] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt Yemisi Olatunji (NGR) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (30m)

Draw – Quarter-Finals
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [7] Nadeen Kotb (EGY)
[8] Farah Momen (EGY) v [3] Enora Villard (EGY)
Salma Youssef (EGY) v Taba Taghavi Rafsanjani (IRI)
[6] Cindy Merlo (SUI) v [2] Menna Hamed (EGY)

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