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Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (right) in action against Lucas Serme (left)

2019/20 RoundUp: Comebacks of the Season – Part One

There were plenty of impressive comebacks over the course of the 2019/20 PSA World Tour season, with players snatching victory from the jaws of defeat and also some spectacular comebacks to shock the top players in the world.

We have delved into some of the biggest comebacks that there have been during the season, and here are our top ten, starting with 10 through to six.

Stay tuned to find out the top five tomorrow.

10. Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v Lucas Serme (FRA) – Tournament of Champions Round One

Qatar’s then-World No.39 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as he came from two games down against France’s then-World No.35 Lucas Serme under the chandeliers of Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall in New York.

It was a poor start from Tamimi as Serme comfortably took the first game by an 11-4 margin, before saving two game balls from the Qatari in the second to double his advantage.

Tamimi refused to go down without a fight though as he got back to basics in the third and cut out the errors to reduce the deficit. From then on it was Tamimi who dominated to complete his comeback with a 4-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 win and reach the last 32 of the PSA Platinum tournament for the first time in his career.

9. Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) – Black Ball Open Round One

Former World No.1 Rachael Grinham was forced to call upon all of her experience in this round one clash against tournament wildcard Nour Aboulmakarim at the Black Ball Open in Cairo.

2007 World Champion Grinham found herself staring down the barrel of defeat after 17-year-old Aboulmakarim got off to a scintillating start with her deadly finishing putting the Australian under huge amounts of pressure, taking a two-game lead in a meeting of youth against experience.

It looked as though the wildcard, who is a local player to the Black Ball Sporting Club, was going to claim the biggest win of her career as she went on to control the third, however, a dogged performance from Grinham saw her battle back from the brink, saving two match balls, to take the third.

From then on Grinham utilised all of her incredible experience to to seal a 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 comeback.

8. Farida Mohamed (EGY) v Joelle King (NZL) – Black Ball Open Round Two

After getting the better of Scottish No.1 Lisa Aitken in the first round, Egypt’s Farida Mohamed faced New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King in the last 32 of the CIB Black Ball Women’s Squash Open Platinum event.

The pair had never met on the PSA World Tour before, but the Kiwi asserted her class in the first couple of games, and it looked like she would take a resounding victory to reach the third round.

However, buoyed on by the home crowd, Mohamed pull off the impossible, and fought back from two down to win the match 3-2, in arguably the biggest win of her career to date.

7. Simon Rösner (GER) v Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) – Windy City Open Round Two

Germany’s Simon Rösner was forced to show guts and determination to come back from a two-game deficit against Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar in the second round of the Windy City Open in Chicago.

Then-World No.9 Abouelghar showcased his attacking flair to take the first two games by 11-8 margins, dragging Rösner into all four corners with some brutal rallies.

However, the German grew into the match as he slowed the pace down and found his accuracy to draw level.

With the scores poised delicately, Rösner stepped things up in the fifth and was immaculate to go six match balls ahead. Abouelghar whittled away four of them, but was controversially denied a let after some interference in the back of the court.

The Egyptian didn’t have a review remaining, meaning he couldn’t contest the referee’s decision as Rösner moved into the last 16 courtesy of an 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 victory in 73 minutes.

6. Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) v Sabrina Sobhy (USA) – Black Ball Open Round Two

Sabrina Sobhy, who had recently moved to Cairo and trains at the Black Ball Sporting Club, was on fire in the opening two games of this all-American battle against compatriot Olivia Blatchford Clyne as she saved one game ball in the first to take the lead before doubling her advantage in the second with the higher seeded American struggling to break the rhythm of Sobhy.

Blatchford Clyne regrouped well in the third though and with the scoreline tied at 7-7 she was able to edge ahead and hand herself a lifeline as she got a game back.

That seemed to set the USA No.2 free as she made the most of errors beginning to creep into Sobhy’s game and was able to find her rhythm to draw level in the fourth.

Sobhy was once again able to get herself in front in the fifth, before Blatchford Clyne showed her resilience to get back from 5-1 down to get back on level terms.

Both USA players continued to trade points with each other until Blatchford Clyne was able to use her experience to complete an impressive comeback and move into the third round.

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