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Joelle King in action during the CIB Egyptian Open

Egyptian Open Day Four - Side Courts: As It Happens

Round three of the CIB Egyptian Open, PSA Platinum event continues today, and you can read reports and reaction from all four matches at the New Giza Sporting Club right here.

The in-form Marwan ElShorbagy lines up against England's Nathan Lake, who has swept aside both Raphael Kandra and Arturo Salazar so far with ease.

They will be followed onto court two by Peru's Diego Elias and France's Gregoire Marche.

Over on court three, two women's third round clashes will play out, with New Zealand's Joelle King taking on Egypt's Salma Hany and India's Joshna Chinappa lining up against Farida Mohamed, who ousted World No.5 Sarah-Jane Perry in the previous round.

You can keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Schedule – all times local (GMT+2)
Court Two
12:45 [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Nathan Lake (ENG)
13:30 Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [5] Diego Elias (PER)

Court Three
12:45 Salma Hany (EGY) v [8] Joelle King (NZL)
13:30 Farida Mohamed (EGY) v Joshna Chinappa (IND)

You can also watch the action below

Court Two

Court Three

Hany Comes Back to Beat King in Feisty Clash

Egypt’s World No.10 came back from two games down to defeat Kiwi Joelle King in a feisty affair at the New Giza Sporting Club.

The match was dogged by traffic issues which made for scrappy viewing, with the referee being required to make 33 let or stroke decisions.

King looked on course to wrap up the win after taking the opening two games 11-6 and then 11-9 to maintain her 100 per cent record against the Egyptian after beating her 3-0 in January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

But Hany found her range from the third game onwards, while she profited off a number of no let decisions given against King who struggled to get through to play the ball.

The pair even had some stern words for each other in the latter stages, but Hany kept her focus well to record a 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 triumph which will see her play either World No.4 Nour El Tayeb or Nadine Shahin in the next round in front of the famous Great Pyramid of Giza.

“It was fight or die today,” Hany said.


“I was fired up for that match. Last time we played at the ToC, she totally outplayed me, but now I’m in a better shape, I’m fitter, and my movement is better. She was so good in the first two games, I played catch up all the time and I was not in control.

“At the TOC, from 2-0 down, I waited too long to grind it out, so from the middle of the second game I stuck to my plan better, I found my length better, and I told myself, even at 2-0 down, I saw it was working.

“I completely forgot about the score, I had the belief in myself that I could do it.
So I kept telling myself the plan is working keep doing it. I wanted to prove to myself that I could mentally ad physically come back from 2-0 down using my squash as well.

“It was a scrappy match, I apologise to Joelle, but sometimes you are not going to win playing only great shots. Sometimes you have to accept you are not playing your best squash and just dig in and grind it. I have the upmost respect for Joelle, she is a very fair player… I was not walking of out that court a loser today.”

Meanwhile, Marwan ElShorbagy, fresh off a major title win at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals last week, booked his spot in the quarter-finals courtesy of a 3-0 victory against England’s Nathan Lake.

Lake had inflicted two bagels upon Mexico’s Arturo Salazar in the previous round but came up against a determined ElShorbagy, and couldn’t make the most of an early lead in game one as ‘The Jackal’ completed the win in straight games.

Results
Salma Hany (EGY) bt [8] Joelle King (NZL) 3-2: 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (68m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (37m)

Elias Comes Through Tough Clash Against Marche

Peru’s Diego Elias had to be on his mettle to come through a tricky third round tie against Gregoire Marche in four games to make it four wins on the bounce over the Frenchman.

Elias, the World No.6, had won three of their four meetings on the PSA World Tour, but both players have improved immeasurably since their most recent fixture back at the 2016 U.S. Open.

Marche came close to inflicting a surprise defeat upon World No.2 Ali Farag last month at the Manchester Open and he recaptured that form in Cairo as he troubled the languid Peruvian.

The third game proved crucial as World No.16 Marche held a game ball after coming back rom 9-6 down, but Elias ramped up the pace to punish the Frenchman with three unanswered points.

And the 23-year-old had the bit between his teeth in the fourth as he closed out the win for the loss of six points, earning a quarter-final spot in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

He will play either World Champion Tarek Momen or Mexico’s Cesar Salazar for a semi-final spot.

“We’ve played a lot together, so I kind of know what I have to do against him,” Elias said afterwards.

“I had to play a slow pace and tight to the walls and then attack when possible. But if I did that in the first game, I didn’t attack enough in the second, and I was too passive. Plus he started to play better as well.

“So in the first, I was playing well, in the second, he was. It’s really in the third that we started playing well together. I was up 6-1 in that game and he came back to 10-9. He was getting everything back and it was very difficult to find a winner.

“To be honest, I thought he was going to feel tired after his match [in the previous round] but he wasn’t, he was moving very well.”

Elsewhere, India’s Joshna Chinappa is through to her first PSA Platinum quarter-final since the 2018 El Gouna International after she withheld 18-year-old Farida Mohamed.

Mohamed, the World No.38, came into the match after upsetting World No.5 Sarah-Jane Perry in round two and showcased her fighting spirit to draw level after Chinappa had taken a seemingly unassailable lead.

However, the World No.11 from Chennai stayed firm and kept her composure during the fifth game to record an 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 11-8 triumph that will see her play either World No.2 Nour El Sherbini or Canada’s Danielle Letourneau in the last eight.

Results
[5] Diego Elias (PER) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-1: 11-5, 5-11, 12-10, 11-6 (64m)
Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Farida Mohamed (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 11-8 (59m)

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