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British Open: Day 3 - As It Happens

Round two of the prestigious Allam British Open continues today with the last remaining spots in the quarter-finals to be confirmed and you can watch all of the action unfold LIVE on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player.

Today sees New Zealand's Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Joelle King take on Wales' Commonwealth Bronze Medallist Tesni Evans in the opening match of the day at 12:00 BST.

They are followed on court by Egyptian El Gouna International winner Marwan ElShorbagy who faces Mexico's Cesar Salazar in the first men's match of the day.

Other big matches see England's Nick Matthew continue his quest for British Open glory this season as he faces German qualifier Raphael Kandra. The Englishman will retire at the end of the season and after halting Egypt's World No.5 Tarek Momen in the first round he will be hoping to progress to the quarter-finals today. Meanwhile, in the women's event last year's runner-up Sarah-Jane Perry lines up against World No.11 Annie Au.

You can follow all of the action and reaction from players as it happens here…

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Evans Upsets King to Become First Female Welsh Player to Reach Quarters

Wales’ World No.12 Tesni Evans was in sublime form to defeat New Zealand’s World No.4 Joelle King in Hull to become the first Welsh player to reach the quarter-finals since former World No.5 and PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough in 2002.

Evans and King both recently claimed medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast with the Welshwoman taking bronze, while King took the gold medal after defeating England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in the final.

Going into the match, Evans – who is playing at a career-high World Ranking – had never beaten 29-year-old King on the PSA World Tour, but the Welshwoman took to the court in imperious fashion to dispel those stats and cause a huge upset to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time in her career at the tournament.

The 25-year-old played the big points well to put King on the back foot throughout the encounter as the Kiwi struggled to find her accuracy and Evans pulled away to take an 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 victory in 39 minutes.

“You come onto a court and you make a game plan of how you are going to play someone,” said Evans.

“We have played so many times in practice, not so much on the PSA World Tour but in practice we have and we both know each other so well so it was just going to be a case of who did it better today. Fortunately, I did that but it was not an easy match at all, she is a very good friend of mine but someone had to win today.

“I’ve been able to play well in this tournament. I like playing in the UK anyway and being home and it’s good to bring a Welsh person into the quarter-finals again here.”

[11] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [4] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (39m)

ElShorbagy Sees Off Salazar

Egypt’s World No.3 Marwan ElShorbagy continued to stake his claim at the British Open after he defeated Mexico’s Cesar Salazar in 45 minutes to move into the next round.

The El Gouna International winner has been in the form of his life this season and started brightly against Salazar to take a 6-3 lead before the Mexican – who defeated Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in a dramatic 3-2 clash in round one – fought back to level the scores, but was unable to take the all-important first as ElShorbagy claimed the lead by a 12-10 margin.

Salazar, however, made sure to pick up where he had left off in the first, as he eased to an 11-5 victory in the second to level the scores and cause ElShorbagy a few problems on court. The 24-year-old Bristol-based Egyptian managed to hold off the Mexican charge though and booked his place into the quarter-finals for only the second time at the tournament with a 12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 win.

“He played very well today,” said ElShorbagy.

“To be honest all credit to him because that match could have gone either way.

“I think the first game was very important and I was really happy to come back the way I did after losing the second game but all credit to him, he pushed me really hard in the third and fourth.

“It’s been a tough season, a long one but a good one so far. I just need to forget about what happened at the start of the season and focus on these matches. I have a big match tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.”

[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 (45m)

Serme Powers Past Urquhart

2015 British Open champion Camille Serme continued her solid start at this year’s tournament as she claimed a 3-0 victory of Australia’s Donna Urquhart in round two of the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’.

Serme, the current World No.6, was in dominant form as she powered past Urquhart from the outset as she executed her game plan against the Yamba-born Australian to perfection.

The two players faced each other earlier in the year at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York as Serme was forced to come from 2-1 down in an intense five-game battle. However, things were much more straightforward for the Frenchwoman this time around.

The World No.6 put in a clinical display as she made few errors and left Urquhart struggling find to a response as Serme claimed an 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 victory in 29 minutes.

“I think I played alright, I had a tactics plan quite clear in my head,” said 29-year-old Serme.

“I think Donna played not as well as she did in New York, but she managed to find some good lobs in the third game and I had to stay really focused and precise.

“It’s not the best to play your good friends on court but at the end of the day it’s our job.

“I’m very happy to be back and let’s hope that it can be my best tournament of the season, it has been a bit up and down and hopefully I can enjoy my squash.”

[6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [15] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (29m)

Giant Killer Kandra Slays the Wolf

England’s three-time World Champion Nick Matthew saw his British Open tournament come to an end at the hands of German qualifier Raphael Kandra in the second round to mark his last ever appearance at a PSA World Tour ranked event.

Former World No.1 Matthew announced his retirement plans at the start of the season and was hoping to bow out with glory at the British Open, however, it was not meant to be for the three-time British Open champion after he fell to a surprise defeat to World No.37 Kandra.

Kandra – who stunned World No.27 Mathieu Castagnet in the previous round after coming through qualification – proved to be too much for the Yorkshireman – who had overcome Egypt's World No.5 Tarek Momen in round one – to handle, claiming a 3-1 victory to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in his career.

The two players met each other earlier in the season at the Qatar Classic, where Matthew edged a 3-2 contest in the first round, however, this time it was all about the German who put in a formidable performance to become the first qualifier to reach the quarter-finals since Fares Dessouky in 2014.

‘The Wolf’ started strongly to take the first game, but Germany’s Kandra – who is ten years younger than Matthew – grew in confidence as the match wore on to cause the Englishman a whole heap of problems and stun the 37-year-old to produce the biggest win of his career.

Marwan ElShorbagy awaits Kandra in the quarter-finals, as he, along with compatriot Simon Rösner, become the first German pair in history to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.

“I would like to congratulate Nick on an amazing career and he’s 37 and he’s still playing at this level,” said Kandra following his giant killing.

“For me it was such a tough match because I was pushing through and he is so experienced so was trying everything at the end.

“I just said yesterday when you expect to do well in a match you lose for some reason and whenever you don’t expect anything you go on court relaxed and there is no pressure on you and you enjoy it and that’s when the best results come out.

“I was very happy and I’m really looking forward to the quarter-finals.”

Matthew, following his final game at a ranked tournament, said: “Credit to Raphael, it’s no disrespect to him but it’s not the way I wanted to go out on a Thursday afternoon here.

“It sort of summed up my season though in that every time I thought I was ahead of the game something trips me up. Commonwealth Games was a bit like that and this week. I had that great performance on Tuesday and then my body let me down a little bit.

“There’s still a chance I can qualify for Dubai, but I wanted it to be in my hands and it’s not now, I think I have to rely on Miguel to win and hopefully I can make Dubai.

“I have so many good memories of playing in England and that’s why I’m disappointed that I didn’t get on a bit further. Mentally I still have that desire and I know how to beat all the top guys but my body hates playing them now so maybe now is the right time to go.”

[Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (58m)

Perry Dispatches Au

England’s World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry booked her place in the quarter-finals thanks to a comfortable victory over Hong Kong’s World No.11 Annie Au.

Last year’s runner-up Perry – who defeated Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy in round one – was dominant from start to finish as she kept the pace high and did not allow Au any time to settle on the ball to complete a quick fire 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 victory in just 25 minutes.

Perry will now face either Egypt’s Raneem El Welily or compatriot Victoria Lust in the quarter-finals.

“She’s a really awkward opponent because she plays different to most of the other players.

“I’ve got a good record against her but we haven’t played very much,” said 28-year-old Perry following her win.

“You can’t really take it for granted against any player, so I knew I had to come out firing and thought I played pretty well for the most part and she came at me with some good shots, so I just had to keep my focus.

“We’ve got three [English] quarter-finalists in the draw so far, which is good. Playing in the final against Laura last year was an amazing experience but it was my first World Series final so there was a lot of nerves but if I get there this year then I will have been there before and have a bit more experience.”

[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [10] Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (25m)

Farag in Full Flow Against Lee

Egyptian World No.2 Ali Farag continued his journey at the British Open as he defeated Hong Kong’s Max Lee 3-1 to reach the quarter-finals for the third successive year.

Farag started strongly to capture the first game, before Lee came out firing in the second to level the scores.

Egyptian World Champion Raneem El Welily produced a huge comeback from 2-0 down and saved three match balls against England’s Victoria Lust to book her place in the quarter-finals at Hull’s Airco Arena.

El Welily was staring down the barrel of defeat as World No.15 Lust took the driving seat to take a surprise 2-0 lead after hitting winners from all over the court and catching El Welily by surprise.

However, El Welily showed her resilience and the reasons why she is the reigning women’s PSA World Champion as she dug in to take the third by an 11-5 scoreline in just seven minutes before saving three match balls in the fourth to level the scores at 2-2.

From then on the Egyptian powered home to take the fifth 11-4 to secure her place in the quarter-finals for the sixth year in a row where she will now face England’s Sarah-Jane Perry.

“She played really well in the first three games,” said El Gouna International winner El Welily.

“I wasn’t playing my best and was on my way back home but I’m really happy to still be here and play again tomorrow. My coach told me if I was going to lose then I had to lose fighting.

“It’s a special tournament for me, I’ve never made it to the final and I’ve only made it to the semis a few times so I’m happy to be in the quarters again this year and tomorrow I will fight again harder.”

[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [14] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-2: 9-11, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-4 (49m)

Rodriguez Takes Out Mosaad

Colombian Cannonball Miguel Angel Rodriguez continued his impressive form at this year’s British Open as he dismantled Egypt’s Omar Mosaad to book a place in the quarter-finals.

Rodriguez has looked a player on form so far in the early stages of the tournament after taking out former World No.1 and three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour in the opening round, and he showed no signs of slowing down as he put Mosaad to the sword.

The two players have met eight times previously on the PSA World Tour with the head-to-head record tied at 4-4 and it was Rodriguez who started the brighter player as he clinched the opening game before Egypt’s former World No.3 Mosaad battled back to draw level in the second.

From then on it was about Rodriguez as he showed his flair on court and sneaked what proved to be a decisive third game on a 12-10 tie-break before romping home, 11-1, in the fourth.
The Colombian will now face Egypt’s Ali Farag in the quarter-finals.

“Omar is back at his best,” said World No.14 Rodriguez.

“He is a former World No.3 and all of the Egyptians are dangerous.

“It was a strange match, I wasn’t expecting that, there weren’t a lot of long rallies, so I was just focusing on making the rallies longer and I think it worked for me.

“The key of the match was definitely the tie-break that I won, and I think it worked that I was strong and physical. I’m happy with my performance so far and I’m enjoying the Tour, especially this year.

“It’s a privilege playing the British Open, I’m the only player from South America in the quarters and I’m pushing myself and I’m happy with my achievements so far.”

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-1 (51m)

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