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Tournament of Champions - Day Three: As It Happens

Round two of the men's action concludes today, while the opening round of the women’s tournament takes place at the 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions inside New York's Grand Central Terminal.

Today will see the round three places of the men's tournament confirmed with action from the glass court live on SQUASHTV starting with Scotland's Greg Lobban facing England's Chris Simpson at 12:00 (UTC -5).

Meanwhile, the women's action takes place on the side courts – which you will be able to follow live scoring for – as the likes of England's Emily Whitlock, Belgium's Nele Gilis and United States' own Haley Mendez begin their campaigns.

You can watch LIVE coverage on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player or follow our live scoring page.

We'll also have reports and reaction from all of today's matches right here.

Schedule – Men's Round Two (all times local UTC-5)

Schedule – Harvard Club Women's RD1
12:00 Haley Mendez (USA) v Milou van der Heijden (NED)
12:45 Mayar Hany (EGY) v Low Wee Wern (MAS)
13:30 Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
14:15 Satomi Watanabe (JPN) v Joey Chan (HKG)
16:45 Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) v Mariam Metwally (EGY)
17:30 Coline Aumard (FRA) v Tinne Gilis (BEL)
18:15 Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v [WC] Marina Stefanoni (USA)
19:00 Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v Rowan Elaraby (EGY)

New York Athletics – Women's RD1
16:45 Julianne Courtice (ENG) v Yathreb Adel (EGY)
17:30 Fiona Moverley (ENG) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
18:15 Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) v Nele Gilis (BEL)
19:00 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v [WC] Emilia Soini (FIN)

Princeton Club – Women's RD1
16:45 Lisa Aitken (SCO) v Nada Abbas (EGY)
17:30 Samantha Cornett (CAN) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
18:15 Hollie Naughton (CAN) v Emily Whitlock (ENG)
19:00 Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)

Lobban triumphs in the battle of Britain

Greg Lobban beat Chris Simpson in three games to reach the last 16.

The first match of the day was an all-British affair, as Scotland’s Greg Lobban came through in three games over England’s Chris Simpson.

It was a monumental first game, with one single point lasting almost three minutes. Lobban took an 8-4 lead, before Simpson started to fight his way back into it.

However, as the Englishman got closer to tying the game, Lobban took the first 11-9, to pinch an early lead at Grand Central.

The second game was much easier for the Scot, who sits at No.31 in the world. Although it started in a tight fashion, Lobban took a two game lead after winning the second 11-4.

The man from Inverness went on to wrap the match up in the third, taking a comfortable victory and moving through to the third round of the Tournament of Champions.

“It feels amazing,” Lobban said. “I don’t have the best record against Chris, and even in practice the other week, he beat me 3-0.

“It feels good to get the win and I feel fortunate to be playing for the first time on this court so it was nice to knock it off with a win.

Result:
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (49m)

Marche wins the French fight in New York

Gregoire Marche moves through to RD3 after defeating compatriot Lucas Serme

The second match of the day was a feast of French footwork, as Gregoire Marche and Lucas Serme faced off for a place in the third round.

It was Marche, the World No.32, that took victory in this one. He secured the win in straight games on the glass court.

Marche came flying out of the blocks and took a 10-4 lead in the first, but his compatriot fought back to win the next three points.

However, the World No.32 was able to take the early lead, winning the first game 11-7 in 16 minutes.

The second was a much tighter fair up to the 7-7 stage. However, from there, Marche won the next four points to take the game, and double his lead in the contest.

Serme tried to fight back at the start of the third game, but Marche powered through to take a 3-0 victory, winning the final game 11-4.

“I played well today out there,” Marche said. “I think the key was that I was more relaxed than him.

“It is never easy to play a good friend. We share rooms together so it is tough mentally to stay focused and not to put too much pressure on yourself.

“I had a good first game, but the second was the key, I think. I managed to win the second and I had to push hard in the beginning of the third and I am really happy with the way I played.

“You know the game pretty well so it is tough to surprise the opponent but then you know what you are going to have. I knew it was going to be a long battle but today I managed to win 3-0 but it could have been different.”

Result:
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) SCORE: 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (51m)

Coll dispatches home favourite Harrity

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The lone American left in the men’s tournament faced off against Paul Coll in the second round, and it was the Kiwi that took the victory.

The first game did not go to plan for the home favourite, as the World No.7 Paul Coll dominated the American to take a quick lead, winning the first 11-3.

The New Zealand continued to put pressure on Harrity, taking a 7-0 lead in the second. Harrity tried to bounce back, but Coll took the second game by the same scoreline as the first.

The American came out fighting in the third game, though, looking to put on a show for the home fans here at Grand Central Terminal.

Harrity won the first three points of the third, but was pegged back by the Kiwi. He then took a 10-6 lead before Coll brought it back to 10-9.

However, the American was able to get over the line in the third game to make it 2-1, and take it to a fourth in front of his home fans.

It was all going great in the fourth for the American, as he took a 7-0 lead. However, Coll came back to take the fourth 11-8, and win the match 3-1.

“I became a bit too passive,” Coll admitted about the third game. “I kind of expected that I was going to win 3-0.

“He came out and took the initiative, stepping in front of me and I just needed a rocket up me. I felt like I could still get back in control physically, but he came out and he should be proud of what he has done.

“Obviously I was concerned [after going 7-0 down in the fourth] and I tried to get myself back into it. I just had my coach’s voice in my head going nuts at me.

“So, I got myself going and it maybe, was way too late. It probably should have happened in the third, but like I said he was playing at a really high pace and he put me under a lot of pressure.”

Result:
[7] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-1: 11-3, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8 (55m)

Low Wee Wern (left) with Mayar Hany (right)

Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern capped her first appearance at the Tournament of Champions since 2016 with a 3-1 victory over Egypt’s Mayar Hany as the women’s event got under way at the Harvard Club of New York.

Low has suffered something of an injury nightmare over the past two years, with a knee injury sustained at the 2016 U.S. Open keeping her out of action for 21 months.

That injury meant the former World No.5 missed the previous two iterations of the PSA Platinum event, but she returned with a vengeance as she axed World No.24 Hany to book her place in round two.

“I’ve been out for a long time and this is my first time playing Mayar Hany,” said Low.

“I used to be one of the youngest on the circuit, but not any more. There are a lot of Egyptians coming up and I’m just really happy that I managed to settle down a little bit, which is something that I have been struggling with ever since I started playing again.

“After winning the second, I felt quite good on court, but in the third I lost all of my length and I couldn’t get it back, even in the beginning of the fourth. I’d been trying the same thing for a game and a half and it still wasn’t working, so I thought I tried to step it up a bit more as I had nothing to lose and it worked for me today.”

Low has now secured a coveted spot on the glass court at Grand Central Terminal in round two, and the 28-year-old is looking forward to competing on the famous court once again.

She said: “I’m a bit nervous, I’ve played it before but I didn’t appreciate it when I was in the top 10, I just took it for granted and it was just another match for me.

“After being out for 21 months, I really missed it and this time around I think I will appreciate it a bit more.”

Milou van der Heijden (right) v Haley Mendez (left)

Low will take on No.6 seed Nouran Gohar for a place in the third round, where she will be joined by Dutch player Milou van der Heijden, who saw off local favourite Haley Mendez in four games. Van der Heijden will play France’s Camille Serme in the last 32.

“It's tough [playing against the local player], she has the crowd solely in her favour, which is fine, but it is tough,” said Van der Heijden.

“It's super exciting [to play at Grand Central]. When the draw came out I saw it and knew it was a big opportunity to get on there. I still had to play well to beat Haley but it's a nice bonus for winning.

“It's such an iconic event, it's what everyone talks about, and as soon as you tell people that you've been to the ToC they ask if you've played on the glass court. I've never been able to say yes to that question, but after tomorrow I will, which is great.”

There were also wins for Hong Kong duo Liu Tsz-Ling and Joey Chan, who claimed respective wins against 2007 World Champion Rachael Grinham and Japan’s Satomi Watanabe.

Results
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-1: 11-9, 15-13, 6-11, 11-9 (47m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6 (42m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-1: 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-1 (29m)
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Satomi Watanabe (JPN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (23m)

Ghosal overcomes Grayson to reach round three

Saurav Ghosal cruised into the last 16, beating Campbell Grayson 3-0

After Paul Coll booked his place in the last 16, compatriot Campbell Grayson looked to do the same. However, he came up against the formidable Saurav Ghosal, who won in three games.

The first game went the way of the Indian No.1, who came flying out of the traps to take an early lead against the Kiwi No.2. Ghosal won the first 11-7.

The Indian then took a 4-1 lead in the second, before Grayson pulled it level. However, the World No.42 saw Ghosal move back in front by winning the next four points.

That run of points was enough for Ghosal to take the second game comfortably, and double his lead in the match.

The third game was a lot tighter, with Grayson taking a decent lead to the midway point. However, Ghosal came back to tie the game at 8-8.

It was the Indian that went on to win the third game, and the match with it, booking his place in the third round of the Tournament of Champions.

“He had a fantastic win against Leo Au in the first round,” Ghosal said of Grayson.

“He played some unbelievable squash and he is doing really well over the last few months in terms of the quality of squash he is playing.

“I knew this was going to be tough, I played him in September at the NetSuite Open in San Francisco and that was tough.

“These long matches are hard and Campbell is such a skilful player and he plays proper structured squash. It is not easy to impose your game and dominate him but I won 3-0 and I am happy to take this.

“Hopefully I can recover and I can come back and take care of business on Sunday.

“Everyone has their strengths and I have to leverage them as well as I can. I try to do the best I can with what I have. With every player you have to play different and you have to adapt accordingly.

“Campbell is a fantastic player so you have to be careful not to give him that time.”

Result:
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (48m)

Mosaad fires the Cannonball out of TOC

Omar Mosaad beat Miguel Rodriguez to advance to round three

Omar Mosaad and Miguel Angel Rodriguez faced off in the second round in an enthralling encounter. The Egyptian took the victory in 81 minutes to move through to the last 16.

The Colombian came flying out of the blocks, as he looked to avenge his defeat to Mosaad at the Black Ball Open in December, and he took a 10-4 lead in the first game.

Former World No.3 Mosaad won the next few points to put the pressure on, but Rodriguez got over the line to take the early lead.

The second game was much tighter, with no more than two points separating the pair at any time, with the game going all the way through to a tiebreak.

There was nasty moment for the Colombian Cannonball during the tiebreak, as he went over on his ankle.

The incident was similar to the one Joel Makin suffered on the second day of the tournament, which forced him to retire from his match against Karim Abdel Gawad.

The man from South America was able to get back to his feet, but Mosaad won the mammoth second game, which lasted half an hour.

Mosaad took a healthy lead in the third game, as the match time went over the hour mark. The Hammer of Thor went on to win the game, and take the lead in the match.

The fourth game started the way of Rodriguez, who was fighting to stay in the match. However, Mosaad came back to win the fourth game 11-9, and win the match after 81 minutes of thrilling play.

“The second game was very important to me because I was 1-0 down,” Mosaad said. “I needed that game because there is a big difference between 2-0 and 1-1.

“I am really happy because I did a good job today, I think, and Miguel [did so] as well.

“It is not easy to play Miguel. Especially because we have had a couple of matches that were very tough.

“I needed to be strong mentally today, and I pushed 100% today and I want to thank my coaches and my wife, who is supporting me today. I am looking forward to the next game.

“In any sport, players go down and up sometimes, and you need to be focused and you need to be strong. I am really happy to be back again, and I need to play and to push.”

Result:
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) 3-1: 7-11, 17-15, 11-6, 11-9 (81m)

Tarek’s Momen-tum sees him through to round three

Tarek Momen came from 2-1 down to win 3-2.

The first match to feature two men in the top ten in the world was an all-Egyptian clash between Tarek Momen and Mohamed Abouelghar.

It was World No.4 Momen that would progress to the last 16, after beating his compatriot in a five game thriller.

Abouelghar had the best of the early exchanges, and had two game balls to close out the first.

Momen came back to 10-10, before Abouelghar won the next two points to win the first 12-10.

The second game started in a tight fashion, before Momen reeled off seven straight points to win it 11-4 and tie the match.

Abouelghar took an easy third game, winning it 11-4 to return the favour from the second game, moving into the lad of the match once again.

Momen bounced back at the start of the fourth game, winning the first six points. However, Abouelghar played his way back into the game, bringing it back to 8-7.

The World No.4 was able to close the game out, though, winning it 11-7 and tying the match at two games apiece.

He would continue with that momentum to win the fifth and deciding game, taking it 11-6 to advance to the third round.

“I really tried to weather the storm today,” Momen admitted. “As exceptional as Mohamed is, having to play him every single tournament is just so tough mentally.

“With a player like him, he studies you, and he plays better every time, and every time, I wonder, will it be this time?

“I try and fight hard, and I try my best not to lose. I kept pushing and I kept fighting and I am so happy that I got the win because he was brilliant today.”

Result:
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 11-4, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6 (68m)

Mickawy Downs US Hope Stefanoni

Marina Stefanoni (left) v Zeina Mickawy (right)

Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy ended the hopes of 16-year-old American up-and-comer Marina Stefanoni with a 3-1 triumph at the Harvard Club of New York.

The pair clashed in a high-intensity, high-quality match, with Mickawy triumphing 12-10 in a dramatic tie-break to go a game up.

Stefanoni was superb in the second game though as she put in a clinical display, and the US Junior Champion wasted no time in drawing level, dropping just three points in the process.

Mickawy was back on top in the third as she restored her lead, but World No.69 Stefanoni gave as good as she got in the fourth as she forced yet another tie-break.

The partizan crowd did their best to get behind the US player, but she fell just short as Mickawy held her nerve to earn her place in the second round.

“I'm really thrilled that I won this, it was really hard,” said Mickawy, who will play World No.4 Joelle King in the next round.

“I just tried to push and it was really tough to play like this with Marina. She’s the younger player, she’s up and coming and she is going to be one of the top players on the PSA [Tour].

“I wasn’t playing that well at her age. I’m really looking forward to playing well in this match [her second round fixture] and I hope I can play some good squash.”

Elsewhere, World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby came through to beat South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller at the Harvard Club, while Belgium’s Tinne Gilis upset France’s Coline Aumard.

Wildcard Emilia Soini bowed out to Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy at the New York Athletic Club, while Canada’s Danielle Letourneau recovered from an 11-0 defeat in game one as she beat compatriot Samantha Cornett at the Princeton Club of New York.

Results
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt [WC] Marina Stefanoni (USA) 3-1: 12-10, 3-11, 11-6, 14-12 (49m)
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-1: 3-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (27m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [WC] Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (19m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-1: 0-11, 11-7, 12-10, 13-11 (40m)

Farag downs Willstrop in marquee match-up

Ali Farag (l) beat James Willstrop in four to reach the last 16.

The World No.2 downed the former World No.1 in the second round of the TOC, as Ali Farag made his way through to the last 16.

The Egyptian dominated the first two games to take a comfortable lead, but Willstrop battled back, showcasing his skills, including some rapid hands and skilful fakes.

The Englishman took the third game to rapturous applause, as the crowd at Grand Central Terminal got their money's worth.

Farag raced out to a 4-1 lead in the fourth game. The Englishman tried to battle back, but the World No.2 won the fourth to secure his passage through to the third round of the Tournament of Champions.

“It scares me, it definitely scares me,” Farag said of facing Willstrop.

“I grew up watching James, he is one of the players I look up to and it is never easy to share a court with him. I consider it a privilege every time I get on the court with him.

“I feel very honoured to be sharing a court with the likes of James and Nick [Matthew] and Greg [Gaultier].

“I am happy to be sharing a court with these guys and I hope to be sharing the court many more times in the future.

“I know if I try to take it back to him then he will win that battle. So, I have to be smart, I have to try to outpace him. Other than that, he has got everything better than me.

“He has better ball control, he is smarter than me. I just try to play as fast as possible. Thankfully I was able to win and I am very happy to do so.”

Result:
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 (51m)

Selby succeeds against Soliman on the glass

Daryl Selby won in three games against Youssef Soliman,

After seeing his fellow countryman drop out of the tournament, England’s Daryl Selby made sure of his passage through to the last 16, with a victory over Youssef Soliman.

The World No.19 secured the first game against the young Egyptian 11-9, and carried on his good form in the second to double his lead.

It took just 50 minutes for Selby to complete the rout, with his experience and power being too much for the 22-year-old.

“Playing on the glass court suits me more than it does him.,” Selby said.

“I wouldn’t like to have played him at the clubs on the back courts where it is quite bouncy, because he moves ridiculously well.”

“The other thing is tactics and experience. You could see that the rallies were pretty much even all the way through but I just managed to have that little bit of quality, maybe, at the end.

“He is improving all the time, so to get some off like Youssef 3-0, he is an up and coming player, he is a great player already and he is improving every day. Unfortunately I am not improving every day.

“I am happy because I get to play another match on this fantastic court and I never know when it is going to be the last one, especially at the age that I am at.

“I just enjoy every minute and I have got the privilege of playing Ali Farag in the next round. World No.2 so I am just going to enjoy every moment and if I play like that, I am in with a shot.”

Result:
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (50m)

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