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Simon Rösner (right) takes on best friend Nicolas Mueller (left) during day two of the U.S. Open

U.S. Open RD2 Side Courts - Wins for El Tayeb, Rösner, Evans & Coll

The FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships continued today with second round action as Drexel University and the Racquet Club of Philadelphia hosted side court matches for the final time at this year’s event.

Here’s what happened in the evening matches.

El Tayeb Eases Past Gilis

In-form World No.3 Nour El Tayeb eased to victory against Belgium’s Tinne Gilis by an 11-6, 11-1, 11-1 scoreline to get her U.S. Open campaign under way.

El Tayeb made history in 2017, becoming one half of the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day along with husband Ali Farag.

The Egyptian has been in red-hot form so far this season – winning the China Open and reaching the final of the Oracle NetSuite Open – and she outclassed Gilis to secure the win in just 19 minutes.

Her third round opponent – 19-year-old World Junior Champion Hania El Hammamy – battled to victory against fellow Egyptian teenager Nada Abbas, winning 12-10, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 after 70 minutes of exciting squash.

Hania El Hammamy (left) and Nada Abbas (right)

“It’s really tough playing another Egyptian,” El Hammamy said.

“All of the Egyptians know how to play against each other. Nada is obviously a good friend, She played so well today, I was a bit shocked with how she was playing. I couldn’t find my game at the beginning and couldn’t match the way she was playing, so I’m glad I managed to get through today.

“The glass court here is amazing and I’m really looking forward to playing my next match there.”

Two-time World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby was also in action as she cruised past England’s Victoria Lust in straight games. She will play New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King next.

“I’m out of words, this is just my second time beating a top 20 player,” said Elaraby.

“I’m so happy to get the win. I wasn’t feeling myself last season, I worked on a lot of things this summer, and it worked out very well tonight. I’m very excited, I can’t wait to play on the glass court and I hope I can get the win as well.”

[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-1, 11-1 (19m)
[14] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-2: 12-10, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 (70m)
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt [11] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (26m)

Rösner Beats Best Friend Mueller

Simon Rösner (right) takes on Nicolas Mueller (left)

Last year’s runner-up Simon Rösner made it 10 PSA Tour wins in a row over best friend Nicolas Mueller to earn his last 16 berth.

Rösner hit his corners well in the opening two games, but a succession of errors from the World No.6 in the second saw him hand Mueller a lifeline

“I thought I played really well until I was 1-0 up and 8-3 in the second,” Rösner said.

“I was really confident and playing well into the corners. I made two errors from there and he played two or three good shots and I got tense. I barely won that game on the tie-break and from then on I was too intense, I didn’t play that fluently, the way I did at the beginning, so I’m glad I was able to push it through in the end.

“We have a pretty similar game, he likes to take it early and go short, I think now I just have a bit of a mental edge against him. I know the feeling when you lose a lot of matches in a row, I had it against [Mohamed] ElShorbagy and Greg [Gaultier].

“There’s always a mental barrier that you have to get over and that’s the big issue for him at the moment. He’s struggling to find a way to beat me for the first time, after that you play more freely. I played well today, apart from a few key points, but I Nicky played really well as well, it’s good to see him not being injured and playing good squash.

“I have good memories on that [glass] court, getting through to the final last year. I’m going to play the best I can, enjoy my squash and not even think about getting to the final here. It’s about going from one game to another and not looking too far ahead, I think that helps.”

Andrew Douglas – the last remaining American in the men’s draw – saw his tournament come to an end at the hands of Campbell Grayson, while Zahed Salem came back from a game down to end World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy’s tournament.

“I can’t describe how happy I am,” said Salem.

“We’ve played many times and he always beats me. Today it was difficult. We both are top 16and had to play each other in the second round so it was tough, we both wanted to get through to the third round. I kept focus and told myself just enjoy the match, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose but give your best and enjoy the way you play.

“I’m really happy to be through, and I’m really excited to play on the glass court. I love this tournament and I love the glass court too. I’m really looking forward to playing Simon and hopefully I can play even better.”

Zahed Salem

[5] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-1: 11-3, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7 (49m)
Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 12-10, 13-11, 11-5 (51m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [WC] Andrew Douglas (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (45m)

Evans Defeats Alves while Chinappa Sneaks Past Lobban

Tesni Evans (right) v Melissa Alves (left)

Welsh World No.8 Tesni Evans built on a comfortable opening game victory to defeat French player Melissa Alves at Drexel University.

Evans became the first Welsh player since coach David Evans in 2001 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open last year and she kept up her fine form in Philadelphia with a 11-1, 17-15, 11-9 triumph to reach the last 16.

They had met at the 2018 Monte Carlo Classic – with Evans winning 3-1 – and she picked up where she left off there with a comfortable victory in game one.

What followed was an almighty battle in the second as Alves came into her own and the French player was unfortunate to miss out on the tie-break.

She also tested Evans in the third, but the No.8 seed held her nerve to see out the win, and she will face Hong Kong’s Joey Chan for a place in the quarter-finals.

“The first game was a bit weird, she wasn’t moving great and I got off to a flyer, which I was really happy with because I think it was quite important,” Evans said.

“I took the next two games which were pretty tough, so I’m pretty glad to be off in three. The glass court will be a little colder, and [Chan] will be pinging it to the front of the court. It will be a completely different game from today.

“I love coming here, I feel pretty much at home. I stay with a really nice family who make me feel really welcome and I feel really comfortable. I’m just really looking forward to getting on the glass court now.”

There was controversy in the match between India’s Joshna Chinappa and Australia’s Donna Lobban. The pair had battled to a 2-2 stalemate, before Lobban looked to have closed out a big win, only for the referee to call her ball out of court.

Chinappa then recovered to take the win and she will play US No.1 Amanda Sobhy in the last 16.

[7] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8 (23m)
[16] Joey Chan (HKG) bt Lee Ka Yi (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (25m)
[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-2: 7-11, 11-3, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9 (50m)

Coll Vanquishes Ghosal as Waller Beats James

Paul Coll (right) v Saurav Ghosal (left)

Kiwi World No.5 Paul Coll emerged victorious from his second round encounter with World No.11 Saurav Ghosal in the last match of the day at the Drexel University side court, while England’s Adrian Waller scored an upset win against compatriot Declan James.

Coll and Ghosal had only met once previously on the PSA Tour, when an injury to Ghosal in January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions brought the match to a premature end after just one game.

India’s Ghosal tested Coll hard in the opening game, which finished 13-11 to the man from New Zealand, but Coll’s physicality soon proved telling as he pulled away from his opponent in games two and three to book his place in the next round, where Mazen Hesham awaits.

Waller dropped just two points in his opening game with James and, despite dropping the second 11-8, was able to battle to a tie-break victory in the third. That proved crucial as the Enfield man kept James at bay in game four to beat him for the first time in two years.

The final match of the day featured Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly and Mathieu Castagnet, with the former winning to set up a third round fixture with Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez.

[6] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-3 (53m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Declan James (ENG) 3-1: 11-2, 8-11, 13-11, 11-8 (59m)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-1: 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7 (70m)

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