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Joel Makin walks off court after his match against Youssef Ibrahim

El Gouna Day Five - Side Courts: As it Happens

The El Gouna International Squash Open continues at the El Gouna Squash Complex today as the third round of the PSA World Tour Platinum event continues, with today being the last day of the side court matches.

The glass court action doesn't begin until 18:00 (GMT+2), but you can follow all the action from the side courts on this page, while you can also keep up to date with the live scores from the event here.

Schedule – Court Two
13:45 Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) v [7] Joel Makin (WAL)
15:00 [6] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v Nada Abbas (EGY)
15:45 [6] Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Patrick Rooney (ENG)

Watch action from court two below

Makin Overcomes Ibrahim to Reach Quarters

Welshman Joel Makin is through to his fourth consecutive quarter final after defeating Egypt's World No.30 Youssef Ibrahim 12-10, 11-7, 11-2 at the El Gouna International.

The World No.9 played patient squash in the first to pick his moments wisely after finding himself 5-0 down and close out on the tie-break.

Makin then stepped it up a gear in the second and after going two games up was able to comfortably close out in straight games.

He will face the winner of Egypt's Mohamed ElShorbagy v France's Baptiste Masotti in the quarter finals.

“I let him go out out when he was slotting his shots and he relaxed until he was 5-0 in the first game, but that’s pretty irrelevant,” said Makin afterwards.

“A lot of the guys do that. You have got to be tough mentally, 20 minutes of hard play and he didn’t want to know, just folded over and didn’t even try in the third game. So I enjoyed all of that. I love when they do that, that’s perfect for me, it was a hard 20 minutes and then, didn’t want to know.

“He is obviously skilful when he’s got threats in the middle, but a good squash, tight squash at the back, there is a skill to keep the ball tight to the wall, and keep him behind, and frustrated him, and that took 20 minutes. It might not look it at the start as far as being picked up 5-0 but once again, it’s pretty irrelevant for the outcome of the match.

“I just wanted to close him down, and use a good straight drop, and keep error free while attacking, so I was pretty happy with that.”

[7] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-2 (42m)

El Hammamy Wins Egyptian Battle Against Abbas

Hania El Hammamy and Nada Abbas in action

Egypt's World No.7 Hania El Hammamy prevailed in a tough four game encounter with compatriot and World No.33 Nada Abbas to reach the quarter finals of the PSA Platinum event in El Gouna.

The last time the two played it went to five games in a brutal 70-minute encounter at the 2019 U.S. Open and Abbas once again took the match to the higher seeded opponent this time on the El Gouna traditional courts.

El Hammamy took the lead before the two 20-year-olds traded blows and looked evenly matched as Abbas fought back to draw level.

El Hammamy managed to just have the edge in the third, saving two game balls to close out 12-10 on the tie-break and that proved to be crucial as she managed to see out the match in the fourth. She will now face either France's Camille Serme or Canada's Hollie Naughton in the next round on the glass court.

“Obviously, I didn’t want it to go to a five setter like in the US Open,” admitted El Hammamy afterwards.

“From the start, I had a game plan, I knew what to do, and I was doing it at the start and at the end, but in the middle of the match, I lost it a little bit.

“Maybe I forced it a little bit and I started to get a bit tense. My “winning shots” were ending in the tin, so once again, I kind of knew what I had to do but as I forced it, I got a bit frustrated.

“Nada is really playing well since the beginning of the tournament. She hasn’t been doing great in the last couple of events, but this one, she really doing very well, so she gave me a hard time. Glad I went through.

“On the backhand, whenever I was giving her an opening she takes her space really well, and she knows how to put the ball away, that’s mainly her strength, so any easy shot around there, she’d go for it.

“Beating Emily [Whitlock] and now Nada, both matches were very tough, it gives me confidence that I was get through these matches. Both of them, or anyone in the top 20 would be eager to go on and attack the top players, so she gave her best, I had to play my best game. She had nothing to lose, and I had to handle the pressure, handle my losses from the last tournament and I'm happy I was able to do so.”

[6] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 (59m)

Dessouky Takes Out Rooney

Fares Dessouky against Patrick Rooney at the El Gouna International

Egypt's World No.7 Fares Dessouky overcame England's World No.49 Patrick Rooney 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 in 48 minutes to reach the last eight of the Platinum event.

Dessouky, who has been in strong form this season, was forced to come from a game down against young Englishman Rooney, who impressed in the first game with his accurate hitting and control.

But the 2020 CIB Black Ball Open winner showed his calibre in the second as he settled into his rhythm to put Rooney on the back foot.

The Englishman once again gave Dessouky a challenge in the third but it was the Egyptian who took lead and never looked back in the fourth to wrap up the victory.

He will face either Mohamed Abouelghar or Mostafa Asal for a place in the semi-finals.

“First game I didn’t know how he is playing, and he was so accurate,” said Dessouky.

“He was moving very well, and the ball was very bouncy. I couldn’t do anything else that running everywhere, and at the end I gave up for that game.

“But from the first rally of the second game, I started playing well, but he was still taking the ball very short, he was controlling the pace, he was the one in the middle of the court most of the time. And I was the one running around in the first few points of the game, I was trying to get everything back to try and not make it easy for him.

“He is a very good player, I was actually surprised today. He is playing very well, he deserves to be top 15 or something. That’s what I feel, the way he moves, how mature he is, how well he plays. I think he did only four or five mistakes the whole match. That was incredible. And I made much more I think.

“All credit to him, he played very well.”

Rooney added:

“In the first game I think he was working me out. I had told myself to relax, I’d be confident, I was putting his loose shots away, but then, the second game was a completely different story. He was so tight, so accurate. He was on the volley, and I couldn’t do anything I could do in the first game.

“The third was tight, but then again, he was keeping it so tight, so accurate, not giving me like space, no openings, that’s how it felt. I could really see the difference between the start of the game and the rest of the match. It was quality from Fares.”

[6] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Patrick Rooney (ENG) 3-1: 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 (48m)

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