The third day of the Odense Open was quarter-finals day, and there were plenty of surprises on show with five lower-ranked players taking victories to book their spots in the semi-finals at Squash Center Danmark.
The winners of this tournament, a Challenger 5 level event, will secure their spots in the 2020-2021 PSA World Championships in Chicago in just four weeks time.
The biggest shock came in the men’s draw, as the unseeded Aly Hussein, who had already caused a surprise to move into the last eight, downed top seed Ryosei Kobayashi in a five-game thriller to make it into the semi-finals. He will meet fellow Egyptian Moustafa El Sirty in the last four, with the No.4 seed being the only favourite to win on day three of the tournament in the men’s draw.
The bottom half of the draw saw both higher-seeded players taken out of the event. No.5 seed Yahya Elnawasany downed No.2 seed Faraz Khan despite losing the opening game of their contest on a tie-break.
Hungary’s Farkas Balazs, the event’s No.6 seed, got the better of Colombia’s Juan Camilo Vargas, and he will be the only non-Egyptian in the semi-final field, thanks to his straight games victory on Thursday.
The top half of the women’s draw saw top seed Cristina Gomez and No.4 seed Lily Taylor both made their way through to the last four, with the Englishwoman requiring a deciding game to win her clash with Mexican No.1 Diana Garcia.
In the bottom half of the draw though, there were two shocks. No.7 seed Hannah Chukwu got the better of Polish No.1 Karina Tyma, who already has two wins to her name this year. The Hungarian, who only turns 18 in July, came from 2-1 down to take the victory to book her place in the semis. She will face No.6 seed Nour Aboulmakarim, after the young Egyptian downed Scotland’s Alison Thomson, the No.3 seed, in straight games.
Men’s Quarter-Final Results
Aly Hussein (EGY) bt  Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) 3-2: 11-7, 11-3, 4-11, 1-11, 11-7 (84m)
 Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) bt Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5 (51m)
 Farkas Balazs (HUN) bt  Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (36m)
 Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) bt  Faraz Khan (USA) 3-1: 12-14, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (63m)
Women’s Quarter-Final Results
 Cristina Gomez (ESP) bt  Georgia Adderley (SCO) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (41m)
 Lily Taylor (ENG) bt  Diana Garcia (MEX) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 (56m)
 Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) bt  Alison Thomson (SCO) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (41m)
 Hannah Chukwu (HUN) bt  Karina Tyma (POL) 3-2: 4-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4 (47m)
Men’s Semi-Final Draw
Aly Hussein (EGY) v  Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)
 Farkas Balazs (HUN) v  Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
Women’s Semi-Final Draw
 Cristina Gomez (ESP) v  Lily Taylor (ENG)
 Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) v  Hannah Chukwu (HUN)