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The J.P. Morgan China Open taking place atop The Peninsula Shanghaia overlooking the famous Bund

China Open: Tournament Preview

A number of the world’s best players descend on Shanghai, China between September 4-8 when the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open takes place to kickstart the 2019-20 PSA World Tour season.

Taking place on top of the spectacular Peninsula Shanghai hotel, overlooking the famous Bund, this season’s PSA World Tour Gold tournament will see some of the best players in the world – including the World No.1s – battle it out for the first honours of the new season.

The men’s draw is headed up by World No.1 Ali Farag – who, along with the other top eight seeds will receive a bye into the second round – and he will be joined by compatriot and World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and India’s World No.10 Saurav Ghosal.

Top seed Farag will face either Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen or compatriot Youssef Soliman in the second round after the two face each other in round one.

At the opposite end of the draw is former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, who will be aiming to start the season strongly as he looks to reclaim his place at the top of the men’s World Rankings this season.

ElShorbagy will open his campaign against either France’s Lucas Serme or Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi in round two.

The other top eight seeds in the men’s draw consist of India’s Ghosal, Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy, Omar Mosaad, Mexico’s Cesar Salazar and English duo Adrian Waller and Tom Richards.

Like the men’s draw, the top eight seeds in the women’s draw will also receive a bye into the second round. The women’s event is led by World No.1 and defending champion Raneem El Welily, who will be looking to retain her crown.

The Egyptian will line up against either the Netherlands’ Milou van der Heijden or Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern in the second round.

Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the draw is compatriot and 2019 Allam British Open winner Nouran Gohar. The last time El Welily and Gohar faced each other was at the British Open in Hull when Gohar staged a big surprise to knock out the World No.1 in the quarter finals before going onto claim the prestigious title for the first time in her career.

Gohar will take on either Hong Kong’s Joey Chan or Canada’s Danielle Letourneau in the last 16.

The other top eight seeds consist of Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb, New Zealand’s and 2018 Hong Kong Open champion Joelle King, Hong Kong’s Annie Au, England’s Alison Waters and Victoria Lust and Egypt’s Salma Hany.

All round one matches take place at the SECA Academy Jinqiao, while second round and quarter-final matches will be split between there and the glass court at The Peninsula Shanghai. All semi-final and final matches will be held at The Peninsula Shanghai.

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Men’s Round One
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) [Bye]
Ivan Yuen (MAS) v [9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[9/16] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [WC] Zhitao Zhou (CHN)
[8] Tom Richards (ENG) [Bye]
[7] Adrian Waller (ENG) [Bye]
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v [9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
[9/16] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
[3] Saurav Ghosal (IND) [Bye]
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [Bye]
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) v [9/16] Greg Lobban (SCO)
[9/16] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v Alan Clyne (SCO)
[5] Omar Mosaad (EGY) [Bye]
[6] Cesar Salazar (MEX) [Bye]
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) v [9/16] Leo Au (HKG)
[9/16] Lucas Serme (FRA) v Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [Bye]

Women’s Round One
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) [Bye]
Milou van der Heijden (NED) v [9/16] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
[9/16] Donna Lobban (AUS) v Nada Abbas (EGY)
[8] Salma Hany (EGY) [Bye]
[5] Annie Au (HKG) [Bye]
Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) v [9/16] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
[9/16] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Hollie Naughton (CAN)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) [Bye]
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) [Bye]
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v [9/16] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY) v Haley Mendez (USA)
[6] Alison Waters (ENG) [Bye]
[7] Victoria Lust (ENG) [Bye]
Julianne Courtice (ENG) v [9/16] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[9/16] Joey Chan (HKG) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [Bye]

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