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2015 Champion Camille Serme gets her British Open campaign underway today

British Open - Day Two Side Courts: As It Happens

The Allam British Open continues today, as the second day’s play takes place at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre, with three traditional plaster courts in use, alongside the glass court.

Those three courts will see 23 matches take place on them today, with eight matches on both Court 4 and Court 5, and seven matches scheduled for Court 6.

The seeded players enter the draw at the second round stage, with the entirety of the first round having been completed yesterday.

Amongst those in action are World No.4’s Simon Rösner and Camille Serme, England’s No.1’s Sarah-Jane Perry and Declan James, and former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad.

The action gets underway at 12:00 local time (UTC+1) with Salma Hany taking on Joey Chan, Samantha Cornett and Amanda Sobhy facing off, and Emily Whitlock taking on Nouran Gohar.

Schedule – Court 4

12:00 – [14] Salma Hany (EGY) v Joey Chan (HKG)
12:45 – Adrian Waller (ENG) v [7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
13:30 – [11] Annie Au (HKG) v Olivia Fiechter (USA)
14:15 – Todd Harrity (USA) v Lucas Serme (FRA)
17:00 – [16] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v Nele Gilis (BEL)
17:45 – Greg Lobban (SCO) v Zahed Salem (EGY)
18:30 – Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [15] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
19:15 – Daryl Selby (ENG) v [WC] Patrick Rooney (ENG)

You can catch all the action from Court 4 here.

Schedule – Court 5

12:00 – Samantha Cornett (CAN) v [12] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
12:45 – Raphael Kandra (GER) v Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
13:30 – Yathreb Adel (EGY) v [10] Alison Waters (ENG)
14:15 – [8] Diego Elias (PER) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)
17:00 – [4] Camille Serme (FRA) v Lisa Aitken (SCO)
17:45 – [3] Simon Rösner (GER) v Tom Richards (ENG)
18:30 – [6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [WC] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
19:15 – Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Watch all of the action from Court 5 here.

Schedule – Court 6

12:00 – Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [7] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
12:45 – Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Borja Golan (ESP)
13:30 – [WC] Joshua Masters (ENG) v Fares Dessouky (EGY)
17:00 – Julianne Courtice (ENG) v [9] Tesni Evans (WAL)
17:45 – Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Declan James (ENG)
18:30 – [13] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA)
19:15 – Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)

You can see all of the action from Court 6 here.

Chan Shocks Hany, Sobhy and Gohar Start Off Day Two With Wins

Joey Chan (right) got the better of Salma Hany

Joey Chan is through to the last 16 of the British Open for the third time in her career after she took out the seeded Egyptian, Salma Hany.

The two had met four times before on the PSA World Tour, with both having a pair of wins each. The last meeting came at the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open in November, which went to five games.

This one did the same, but it was close all the way. Hany took the first game, and looked in control, but the Hong Kong No.2 fought back to take the second.

The match followed the same pattern through the third and fourth games as well, before Chan found the strength to take the fifth and book her place in the third round of the tournament.

“I know Salma, and we have played a few times recently. Every time we go to the last game, so I knew it would be really tough,” Chan admitted.

“Salma is a really skilful player, so I had to stop her playing her own game, because she is really dangerous. Today, when I was behind, I just had to keep finding my way out.

“Even though, I wasn’t doing everything perfectly, I had to position myself and get back to the ’T’ well, and it worked out in the end.

“I kept finding the right answer for Salma’s tactics, and I found out that slowing it down would work. That allowed me to find my game, and I am really happy to be through, especially as it is the last tournament of the season.”

Amanda Sobhy (fore) and Samantha Cornett in action

US No.1 Amanda Sobhy got her British Open campaign off to a winning start, with a comfortable victory over fellow North American Samantha Cornett.

Sobhy had won all four meetings between the pair prior to this one, but this was their first clash in five years, since facing each other at the 2014 Granite Open.

The American, now ranked World No.8 after her semi final run in El Gouna, started the match strongly, and took the first 11-4 without any trouble.

Cornett tried to fight back, but Sobhy was too strong, and went on to win both the second and third to take victory, booking her place in the third round, where she will face World No.1 Raneem El Welily.

“Sam has got a great all around game, and she is strong so I had to make sure I was making her run just a bit more, instead of going for the shots after the second exchange, wait for the third for example,” Sobhy said.

“Also, I tried to hold the ball a bit more, because if she knows where the ball is going, she is very good at getting it back. So, holding was very important.

“Tomorrow, [against] Raneem, the pressure won’t be on me, nothing to lose, and I’ll go out and give it my all.”

Nouran Gohar (left) in action against Emily Whitlock

Nouran Gohar was in formidable form during her first match of the week, as she took just 20 minutes to knock Emily Whitlock out of the British Open.

This was the sixth meeting between the pair on the Tour, with Gohar having won the previous five, including a victory in the second round of the Manchester Open last week.

This time round, the ‘Terminator’ just dismantled the Englishwoman, conceding just seven points throughout the entire match.

The 11-3, 11-1, 11-3 victory is the quickest of the tournament so far, recorded in just 20 minutes, and she will now face Chan in the last 16 of the tournament.

“Well, last time we played, she was doing that to me, and she was on her way to wining 3/0, before I finally found solutions. So today, the court suited me much better, it was hot and bouncy,” Gohar said.

“In Manchester, for the life of me I just couldn’t understand the court! The day I played Emily, it was dead and slow and the next day, against Amanda, it was as high as a soccer ball!

“Today, I was trying to attack as much as possible, and as soon as the ball touched the front wall, I was on it! I volleyed as much as I could and it worked. I got it in correct order for today, and for the last event of the season, one big push.”

Results
Joey Chan (HKG) bt [14] Salma Hany (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7 (44m)
[12] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (24m)
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-1, 11-3 (20m)

ElShorbagy Escapes, Marche Battles Through, Abouelghar Wins

Marwan ElShorbagy (fore) and Raphael Kandra in action

Marwan ElShorbagy looked down and out against Germany’s Raphael Kandra, but the Egyptian battled back to take the victory, booking his place in the last 16.

The pair last faced off against each other at last year’s British Open, as the German continued his marvellous run from being a qualifier, all the way to the semi finals.

In this one, Kandra took a two-game lead, and looked comfortable. However, the ‘Jackal’ was able to bounce back, and levelled the match by winning the third and fourth.

ElShorbagy then had five match balls in the fifth. Kandra was able to save two of them, but the Egyptian eventually completed the come-from-behind victory to move through to the third round.

“He really surprised me in the first game, the only thing I remember in that game was being 6-0 down and it’s all credit to him,” ElShorbagy admitted.

“The second, I had settled down, it was a close game and either of us could have won it. I’m really happy to come back from 2-0 down, I cannot remember last time I actually did that.

“I’m proud of the way I fought back, and I’m very happy to win to get to play Ali Farag tomorrow. The way he is playing at the moment is incredible and so is the way he is dominating the tour this season. So I’m just going to go out there and try to play well against the World No.1.”

Gregoire Marche (left) in action against Borja Golan

Gregoire Marche is through to the third round after beating a spirited Borja Golan, in a match that lasted 80 minutes for just four games.

The pair had battled it out on court five times prior to this clash, with Golan holding a 4-1 advantage. Marche did win the most recent meeting, at the DPD Open in April.

The Frenchman came out firing to start with in this one, taking the first two games rather quickly, 11-8 and 11-4 respectively.

However, the third game was a marathon, which saw the Spaniard save four match balls, in a tie-break that he eventually took 16-14, keeping himself in the match.

It would be Marche that took victory in the end, as he rounded out the match with a confident performance in the fourth, booking his place in the third round, and setting up a clash with Mohamed Abouelghar.

“I think I have been playing a bit better than a few months ago, and mentally, I have improved with the mental toughness,” Marche explained.

“Playing him on a traditional court can be tricky. I played really well in the first two games but I knew it was not over because he never gives up. In the third, I had a bad start, so I am happy that I managed to win the fourth in the end.

“I had three or four match balls in the third, so it was mentally tough to come back and I am happy that I was able to come back and fight again.

“It is a new venue this year and I think it is a lot easier for everyone with the court being closer to the normal courts. Of course, it is one of the best tournaments so it is exciting to be in the third round once again.”

Mohamed Abouelghar (left) defeated Adrian Waller

No.7 seed Mohamed Abouelghar is safely through to the third round of the 2019 British Open after he defeated England’s Adrian Waller in straight games.

In their previous five meetings, Waller had a 3-2 advantage, but Abouelghar had won the previous two, including a five-game victory at the Motor City Open back in January.

The Englishman had also come off the back of a tough five-game affair on Day One, and the Egyptian took full advantage of that, not allowing Waller to build any momentum.

The first game was tough, with both players looking to gain control of it, but Abouelghar took the advantage late on, and from there onwards, it all went his way.

He secured an 11-7, 11-5, 11-2 victory in just over half an hour to book his place in the last 16, setting up a clash with Marche on the glass court.

“We played a couple of months ago and it went to five. I almost lost that one so starting this match, I just had to build more structure than last time,” Abouelghar explained.

“I also knew that he had a tough five-setter yesterday and that it might be catching up with him. In the beginning I was just thinking that I was rested and he might be tired so there was no reason to rush. It benefitted me, and that was what I had in mind.

“It feels great [to be through]. It is always good to be here with a tournament of so much history. I have done well the last two years and I just hope that I can keep going and keep my record going here.”

Results
Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-2: 6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (52m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-1: 11-8, 11-4, 14-16, 11-8 (81m)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-2 (31m)

Waters Beats Adel, Au Through After Fiechter Retires

Alison Waters (fore) defeated Yathreb Adel

Alison Waters is into the third round of the British Open, after she defeated Yathreb Adel in four games at the University of Hull’s Sports and Fitness Centre.

The pair had only ever met once prior to this, with Waters taking victory in the first round of the PSA World Championships in Manchester in 2017.

She took the early lead in this clash as well, winning the first game 11-9. However, the young Egyptian fought back to convincingly take the second game.

From there on in, though, Waters was comfortable, winning both the third and fourth games 11-8, sealing the victory and booking her spot in the last 16.

Olivia Fiechter (front right) had to retire from her match with Annie Au

Annie Au is through to the last 16 of the British Open, after her second round opponent Olivia Fiechter had to retire through injury.

The pair had never met on the Tour before, and Au took the first game convincingly. However, that may well have been because of a quadriceps injury that the American suffered.

She took a three-minute injury break, and although she came back on to court to try it out, Fiechter was unable to continue and had to concede the match.

“Olivia had a really tough match yesterday, but I saw her this morning and she seemed fine. She was fine for the first few points of the match. I just feel sorry for her,” Au said after the match.

“It is not always good to win like this, but I am happy to be through to the third round. I have the chance to play on the glass court. It was only ten minutes on court, but I am glad I got the feeling of being in a match. Hopefully, I can play well on the glass tomorrow.

“Obviously, I should be fresh. Tomorrow morning, I will try my best to get used to the glass court, and to try to make a gameplan. I will then try and stick to it and play well.”

Results
[10] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
[11] Annie Au (HKG) bt Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-0: 11-3, 2-0 ret (11m)

Hesham Through In Five, Dessouky and Serme Into Round 3

Mazen Hesham (right) got the better of Diego Elias

Mazen Hesham pulled off a stunning comeback in a match full of drama, as he defeated Peru’s World No.8 Diego Elias in five games.

Both men had to spend time off court due to injuries at different points in the match, with Hesham using the breaks to his advantage.

Elias had won the previous three meetings between the pair, including a second round match at the El Gouna International last month.

He took a tight first game 11-9, but Hesham was able to fight back in the second. The ‘Squash Falcon’ was able to clinch the game on a tie-break to level the match.

However, Elias ran out a comfortable winner in the third before the breaks started. It was Hesham who made the most of them, winning the last two games to turn the match around and take the victory, booking his place in the last 16 of the tournament.

“I think that on my day, I can win – or lose – to anybody! For a few years now, it’s my body that’s been stopping, but I hope that next year, it won’t be the case anymore,” Hesham admitted.

“Last time we played in Gouna, he chopped me really and it was so easy for him. I didn’t enjoy reading his quote though, where he was saying that he was not 100% physically. As it meant that it was so easy to beat me and chopped me while not being 100%. That is what motivated me this time round. There was no way I was leaving the building without a win.

“It’s been so long since I beat a top 10, it’s at least 3 or 4 years, and I’m going to cherish every moment until my next match.”

Lucas Serme (left) and Todd Harrity in action

Lucas Serme is into the last 16 of the tournament after he defeated United States No.1 Todd Harrity in a tight four-game affair.

This was only the second meeting between the pair, with the only other coming in the qualifying round of the US Open back in 2014, a match the Frenchman won.

It was the American that came flying out of the traps in this one, though. He took the first game 11-4, but Serme was able to turn the tie around.

The World No.41 won the next three games to seal the victory, booking place in the third round, and a meeting with Hesham on the glass court tomorrow.

“Physically I feel alright because I didn’t have a long match yesterday so I came in to this one fresh, but I guess a bit of nerves came in with playing a lower ranked player,” Serme said.

“He was playing really well, he was relaxed and everything was going in for him. I was struggling to find my targets. I was playing with a lot of pace but I was not that accurate, so it was to no avail.

“I think, from the second onwards, I played better and I varied my pace a bit more. Then he got tired and the mistakes started to creep in. I didn’t play my best, but physically enough to squeeze the error out of him.”

Fares Dessouky celebrates after beating Joshua Masters

Fares Dessouky eased his way into the third round of the British Open, after he defeated wild card Joshua Masters in straight games.

The Egyptian, who made it through to the semi finals of the El Gouna International as a wildcard last month, showed his class throughout the match.

He won the first 11-5, before Masters produced a fightback in the second. The Englishman took it all the way to a tie-break, but the World No.18 was able to win it 12-10.

Dessouky was able to wrestle back control in the third game to seal the victory, setting up a clash with either Joel Makin or Paul Coll on the glass on Wednesday.

“It wasn’t easy. Yesterday I had a tough match, so I had to make sure I was more accurate and more focused today,” Dessouky explained.

“I’m really happy with the way I played, although it’s always tricky to play for the first time against a player, we were both struggling a bit.

“I seem to have a focus problem, often when I’m 10-8 up, I go for a silly shot, like a silly nick, and it often costs me the game, or makes me work harder. So in the third, I made sure to stay as focus as I could to close it as quickly as possible. I am happy with my performance today.”

Results
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [8] Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 9-11, 13-11, 3-11, 11-3, 11-5 (67m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-1: 4-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (45m)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [WC] Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (33m)

Serme Safely Through, Gilis and Evans Battle Through In Five

Camille Serme (left) got the better of Lisa Aitken

World No.4 Camille Serme is safely through to the last 16 of the British Open, after she came from behind to beat Scotland’s Lisa Aitken.

The pair had only met once before on the Tour, and that came at the recent PSA World Championships presented by the Walter family in Chicago in February, a match Serme won 3-0.

However, the Frenchwoman fell behind after the first game, as the World No.42 raced out into an early lead. Serme attempted to get back into it, but Aitken took the first 11-8.

From there, though, the 2015 British Open Champion showed her class, and executed well. She only allowed Aitken to score 11 points over the next three games, as she won out 3-1, booking her place in the third round.

“That’s definitely the best she played out of the three matches we played this season,” Serme said.

“She’s got great racquet skills, she volleyed very well and played some super shots. My error I think was to try and contain her by playing lines and straight, which meant that she was able to read my game very well.

“Once I started to crosscourt and hold, it got easier for me as I was able to send the ball where she was not. She pushed me physically, she retrieved so well, and I’m happy to play such an intense match as it’s my first match since the European, and it’s good to have a lung opener like that one.

“I think we are all very tired, it’s the end of the season, and this title will be won on the mental front, survival of the fittest really!”

Tesni Evans (left) and Julianne Courtice in action

Tesni Evans had to fight, and fight hard, to win her second round clash at the British Open, beating England’s Julianne Courtice in five games.

The pair met in the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Open back in November, with Evans taking the spilt there, and she started the strong of the two in this one.

The Welshwoman took the first game, but then dropped off, allowing Courtice to comfortably take both the second and third games to lead the match.

However, Evans showed her fighting spirit, and the World No.9 was able to scrape through, winning the fifth 12-10 in a match that lasted over an hour.

“I started off quite well, I wished I had kept playing as well throughout the match, but then she got into it. She has been playing very well for a couple of weeks, and we have had same pretty tough matches in the past,” Evans explained.

“I was happy with the way I dug it out in the fifth game, it’s anybody’s match at that point. I think the game plan was good, I just didn’t execute it well enough.

“You know you need to be accurate when you play Jules, it needs to be glued to the side wall, and that adds pressure on you before you go on. And I guess I could have made it easy for myself, but then again, I never do!

“I am also happy with the way I left everything out on court today. I need to have a good recovery as it’s going to be very physical, she [Camille Serme] gets to the ball early, but I know what I need to do, and I’m looking forward to be back on the glass court.”

Nele Gilis (left) battled past Hania El Hammamy

Nele Gilis is into the last 16 of the British Open for the first time in her career after she survived a scare from the No.16 seed Hania El Hammamy in her second round match.

The pair had only met once before on the Tour, with the young Egyptian winning out in the qualifying rounds of the HKFC International three years ago.

Gilis started the better of the pair, and she went on to take a convincing 2-0 lead, but it was not all over yet, as Hammamy fought back to keep the match alive.

The World No.17 won both the third and the fourth to take the match into a deciding game, one in which she then took a 5-1 lead. However, the Belgian fought back to win it 11-7, taking the victory in a match that lasted over 80 minutes.

“From the beginning, I told myself that on every point I had to fight because it is the last tournament of the season so I might as well give it everything I had,” Gilis said after her win.

“Even in the third and fourth, I kind of lost my gameplan but I never stopped fighting, so that maybe made the difference in the end. I had nothing to lose so I just gave it my all.

“Some thoughts were going through my head because I had been in that position before where I would lose in five to a top player. I have never got to win but now I am so happy! I saved the best the last!.

“I am so excited to play on the glass court. There are so many legends’ names on that trophy. I grew up watching the British Open. I used to look up to all those people and just to be here is an honour. To be able to play on the glass, I am so excited.”

Results
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO) 3-1: 8-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (39m)
[9] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-2: 11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 (64m)
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [16] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 5-11, 11-7 (82m)

Rösner, Salem and Mosaad All Through To Last 16

Simon Rösner (fore) got the better of Tom Richards

Simon Rösner has made his way through to the third round of the British Open after he beat England’s Tom Richards in straight games.

The pair met in last month’s El Gouna International, and it was Rösner’s sixth straight win over the Englishman on the PSA World Tour.

The World No.4 started strongly, and took the first game with ease 11-3, but Richards fought his way back into the second game and had game balls.

However, the German was able to fight back and win it, before going on to secure victory in three games, securing his place in the last 16 of the tournament.

“I got off to a good start in the first and I went on to win that quite comfortably. Then in the second, I had a lead which I gave away,” Rösner admitted.

“Tom played really well in that game. He really pushed me and he was game ball up. I had to make sure to get back to into it and I did that well. In the third, I carried my lead throughout and I am glad to win another three-setter against Tom.

“He is a tough competitor, he never gives up, no matter what the score is. He always fight for the point. With that in mind, you always know that you are in for a tough time.

“I am really looking forward to playing on the glass court because it is always nicer to play on it. It is good that everything is together now. All the matches are in the same venue, and I will be up for a big fight on Thursday.”

Zahed Salem (left) is into the third round after beating Greg Lobban

Zahed Salem is through to the last 16 of the British Open for only the second time in his career after he defeated Scotland’s Greg Lobban in three games.

The match was hard-fought, and it was the first of their five encounters on the PSA World Tour to have finished in straight games.

Things were tight in the first game, but it was the Egyptian who was able to pull out a lead in the tie-break to steal the first. He them comfortably took the second to double his lead in the match.

Lobban tried to fight back in the third game, but the World No.14 had the answers to win it 3-0, booking his place in the third round of the tournament.

“I started well against Greg today, but I made a silly error that made me lose my focus and before I knew it I was down 7-3 in the first,” Salem admitted.

“I went back to my original plan and managed to win the opener on a tie-break, not playing any silly games, taking confidence in my shots, and avoiding giving him cheap points.

“In the third, I was up 7-3 but he gave it a big push, playing a clever length lob game and he levelled it, with me trying to win too quickly, and making errors.

“I cannot remember what happened then, I just know I’m lucky to win the last two points. I’m really happy as it’s the first time every I beat him 3-0.”

“This season has been good for me, I’m still hungry for this one, and I’m happy to play a few more matches.”

Declan James had to retire from his match with Omar Mosaad due to an injury to his left ankle

Omar Mosaad is through to the las 16 of the British Open after England’s No.1 Declan James had to retire from the match through injury.

Despite both being in the world’s top 20, the pair had never met on the PSA World Tour before. It was the Egyptian who started the strongly, winning the first 11-4.

The second was closer, but Mosaad was able to pull through to win it. The match ended midway through the third game as the pair collided in the middle of the court.

Unfortunately for the Englishman, he rolled his ankle and despite physio treatment, was unable to continue. His retirement meant that Mosaad goes through to the third round.

“I started playing good squash, but I’m not sure his movement at the point was 100%. He withdrew from Wimbledon, so maybe he had a little niggle already,” Mosaad explained.

“That made it tricky for me as I didn’t know how to play tactically. The second he played really well, he was up 6-4 but I managed to win that one too.

“And in the third, well, we collided at 6-3 and he twisted his ankle. I hope it’s not too bad and that he will be back soon.”

Results
[3] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 12-10, 11-6 (37m)
Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0: 13-11, 11-5, 11-8 (47m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Declan James (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 6-3 ret (43m)

Lust Battles Past Blatchford Clyne, Chinappa and Perry Through

Victoria Lust is through to the third round

Victoria Lust is into the third round of the British Open for the fourth time in her career after winning a tricky five-game battle against Olivia Blatchford Clyne.

The pair had met three times prior to this clash, with the Englishwoman having succeeded in all of the previous meetings.

She won the first 11-7, but the US No.2 then bounced back to take both the second and third games, as she played some fantastic squash.

However, Lust would not be denied that last 16 spot, and she came back to win the fourth and then the deciding game to book her spot in the third round.

“The first game, I started really well and I stuck to my gameplan, but I went a bit wobbly from there on in,” Lust admitted.

“Liv was hitting some ridiculous shot and moving really well. In the end, I felt like I was trying to survive and that is sometimes what you have to do and luckily I was able to come out on top.

“[I was] worried. That made me play really well in the fourth and I think Liv maybe lost a bit of her discipline and that was the turning point. She won the third pretty comfortably and I was worried.

“I love playing on the glass, especially here at home at the British Open. Whoever I play is going to be good, they’re going to probably be a top eight seed, so I will give it one big push and see what happens.”

Joshna Chinappa (right) overcame Millie Tomlinson

Joshna Chinappa is also into the last 16 of the tournament after she came through against Englishwoman Millie Tomlinson in straight games.

The two had never met before on the Tour, but it was the Indian who started the stronger of the two. Tomlinson fought back during the first game to take it to a tie-break but Chinappa got the win.

She then took the second game with ease before Tomlinson tried to mount a comeback in the third. However, the World No.15 was too strong, and she moves through to play on the glass court on Thursday.

“Millie is one of the harder second round matches that I could have got and she is playing really well,” Chinappa explained.

“She is fit, she is strong and she is playing well so I feel really lucky to have got off in three. I thought I played alright for the most part. She put a lot of pressure on me, especially in the first and third games. I managed to absorb a little bit of it, so it was a hard 3-0.

“I am very excited to play on the glass. I haven’t played on there for a few years now so I am really looking forward to that.”

Sarah-Jane Perry (fore) in action against Jasmine Hutton

England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry is into the third round of the British Open after she overcame compatriot, and wildcard, Jasmine Hutton.

The pair had never met before on the PSA World Tour, but knew each other’s games well as they have trained together for a while.

Hutton came out firing, looking to take the attack to the World No.6, but Perry’s experience shone throughout the clash, as she completed a three-game victory inside 25 minutes.

“It was a bit of a different one. It was great to play someone new. We haven’t actually played a competitive match but Jasmine comes and trains with me,” Perry said.

“I have seen how much she has improved, particularly in the last 12 months. Yesterday, she was really attacking so I knew I had to go out there and get control of the middle, and in doing so, the match.

“She came out flying but I thought I settled in the match well and I kept her opportunities to a minimum. I was pleased to be able to keep the pace up and to get in front and get volleying.

“Everyone is a dangerous opponent and I knew how dangerous Jasmine could have been. Whoever I play on Thursday is going to be a tough match but I am happy to be playing squash again after my injury.”

Results
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) 3-2: 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 (58m)
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (34m)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [WC] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (24m)

Selby, Salazar and Gawad End The Night With Wins

Daryl Selby (fore) and compatriot Patrick Rooney in action

Daryl Selby is through to the last 16 of the British Open for only the second time in the last five years, after he defeated wildcard Patrick Rooney in straight games.

The match was played in the right spirit and at a very high pace, as Rooney tried to impose himself on the match. However, the experience of Selby shone through.

The 36-year-old battled to win the first two games 11-7 and 11-9 respectively, before winning a slightly easier the third game to book his place against Mohamed ElShorbagy in the last 16 on Thursday.

“That was tough, a tough three games. The pace was high. Patrick obviously had a great result yesterday and it wasn’t a surprise for me that he did win,” Selby admitted.

“When he plays a better player, he can raise his game to a much higher level, and sometimes his results in smaller tournaments don’t show how good he really is.

“He has fantastic potential and hopefully we will see him in an England shirt one day. He plays the game how it should be. He conducts himself well, he plays hard but he plays fair.

“I have had a couple of tough years here with injuries and illnesses, so it is lovely to make the last 16 of the British Open again. I relish every opportunity and no matter who I play, it is a former World No.1 so it s going to be tough and I will give it a good go.”

Karim Abdel Gawad (left) in action against Saurav Ghosal

Former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad is through to the third round of the British Open after he beat India’s Saurav Ghosal in four games.

The ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ started strongly, and raced into a two-game lead, winning the first two 11-9, 11-4.

However, Ghosal, now World No.9, battled back to win the third game with ease. Gawad was able to stay strong, though, to record the victory, moving through to the third round of the tournament.

“It’s a new thing for me to take the first two games then lose the third one But I’ll take it. Playing Saurav, who is World No.9 in my first match of the British, is really not what I wanted. It’s just crazy,” Gawad admitted.

“I think I am getting better at my warm up and at my preparation. I don’t take things away I keep adding things, especially on the mental side. I prepare my match better, think about my tactical game, and not like I normally do, get on court and try to play all my shots at the front!

“Basically there is no easy matches anymore these days, and you have to focus from the first point to the last point. So I told myself I had to make it as easy for me that I could and not hard as I normally do because I don’t have a rest day tomorrow.”

Cesar Salazar (left) is through to the third round after beating Karim Ali Fathi

Mexico’s Cesar Salazar is through to the last 16 of the British Open for the second consecutive year after he dispatched Karim Ali Fathi in the second round.

The pair were only meeting for the second time on the PSA World Tour, with their first meeting coming at the Oracle NetSuite Open back in September, a clash that the Egyptian won.

This time, though, it was the Mexican that started strongly, winning the first two tight games. He took the first on a tie-break 12-10, before winning the second 11-9.

Fathi showed his resilience to win the third game 11-7, but Salazar remained confident and he went on to take victory in the match, booking his place in the third round.

“It was a tough match. The last time we played in San Francisco, I lost in 5 so taking the first two games was very important for me today,” Salazar admitted.

“I started the match very positive, and after taking the first game I was playing my game freely, attacking at the front, fast, volleying. He is very powerful so his backgame is really strong. I think I played clever squash in the first two games.

“In the third, I got tired and I decided to let the few last points go to regroup for the 4th. The match was close all the way but at the end, he made some crucial errors, and I could feel the body language that he was very tired.”

Results
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [WC] Patrick Rooney (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (47m)
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-1: 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6 (54m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 (58m)

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