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No.4 seed, USA's Amanda Sobhy

CIB EGYPTIAN OPEN DAY FOUR: AS IT HAPPENS - COURTS 2 & 3

Round three of the CIB Egyptian Open continues today, with the likes of women's No.4 seed Amanda Sobhy and men's No.5 seed Marwan Elshorbagy taking to the court.

We'll have reports and reaction from courts two and three here, while you can also watch live streaming below.

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

Play starts at 12:45 local time (GMT+2).

Order of Play
Court 2:
12:45 Jana Shiha (EGY) v [7] Salma Hany (EGY)
13:30 [6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)

Watch live action from court two here:

Court 3:
12:45 [4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Olivia Clyne (USA)
13:30 Ramit Tandon (IND) v [5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)

Watch live action from court three here:

Hany coasts to victory in all-Egyptian affair

Salma Hany

World No.9 Salma Hany made short work of Egyptian compatriot and World No.55 Jana Shiha to cruise into the quarter final.

Game one, the first ever PSA meeting between the Cairo-based pair, was initially even, only for Hany to pull away with five unanswered points to close out an 11-7 win.

The subsequent games were simpler affairs for the 25-year-old, who took the them both 11-5 to secure her place in the quarter final.

Speaking after the match, Hany said: “Obviously, Jana was a great junior player, one of the best we had in Egypt. She had such a great run in the tournament, beating Nadine in her previous match, such a good win for her. I knew I had to be on my top game today, I focused from the [beginning] because I know what she is capable of, I didn’t want her to get into the game.

“I just focused on my plan, on my game, not to lose my focus, and I wanted to get off court as quickly as possible to be fresh for my quarters on the glass. As I told you the other day, I need to earn one more day here to go to the Pyramids, so I’m very proud of myself and looking forward to my quarter final.”

Result:
[7] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Jana Shiha (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (23m)

Sobhy survives scare against compatriot Clyne

Amanda Sobhy

Amanda Sobhy produced a spectacular comeback to crush the dreams of fellow American Olivia Clyne.

No.4 seed Sobhy went into the match with a strong record against Clyne, recording nine wins to Clyne’s one in all meetings.

However, when Clyne took the first two games – with the second being a 20-18 epic – Sobhy looked in trouble.

The World No.6 hit back incredibly in the third and fourth, decimating Clyne’s two-game advantage with a pair of 11-2 victories to take the match into a fifth game.

The fifth game was far more even and both players traded the lead. Eventually, though, Sobhy prevailed, taking the final game 11-8 with a stroke decision on match point, leaving Clyne distraught.

Speaking after the match, Sobhy said: “There was a point in the match where I was thinking maybe this year is not my year! That it would be six years and no Pyramids!”

“She played so well, it’s the best I’ve seen her play against me. And you could tell she was so up for it. She took our match from the British, and build on that, and she was tactically brilliant. And I was a bit flat, so she fully took advantage of it.

“I really wanted that second game, that second game was like a whole match for me. I just told myself, point by point, you know she is going to give you errors. I could tell, because she never beat me before, so mentally, when 2-0 up, she’s going to have that feeling of 'oh my god, I’m close, I can do it, I can beat her,' and she’s going to start forcing. So I [had to] hang in there, point by point.

“Thankfully, the third and fourth were easy so I could catch my breath a little bit. But then the fifth was neck and neck. I got a bit lucky on that last call [a controversial stroke decision], that was one of those where you just don’t look anywhere and you are like 'Oooooh, I’m going to take it, sorry.'

“She played so well, it was such a good match and to end the match like that just sucks. I feel for her and I’m sure we are going to play again, hopefully not too soon as we play so much in Philly!

“I’m happy I got through, it wasn’t my finest performance, but I’m just glad I just pushed and now I get to go to the Pyramids!”

Result:
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Olivia Clyne (USA) 3-2: 9-11, 18-20, 11-2, 11-2, 11-8 (57m)

Hesham downs No.6 seed Gawad

Mazen Hesham

Mazen Hesham impressed as he came from behind to beat former World No.1 and Egyptian compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad 3-2.

30-year-old No.6 seed Gawad went into the match with a 2-1 record against Hesham, though the 27-year-old would have taken confidence from having won the most recent meeting, a 3-1 victory in last year’s Egyptian Open.

Once again, it was Hesham who sent Gawad home.

Despite Gawad taking the first game 11-8, Hesham rallied well to take the next two games 11-5 and 11-9.

Although Gawad improved to take the fourth game 11-9, Hesham was able to hold out in the fifth to secure the match with an 11-6 victory.

Afterwards, Hesham said: “Joking before the match, we said that we had the impression we were about to play an exhibition match. I told him 'Go to your side and I’ll go to mine, otherwise we are just going to play a friendly game.

“But once we got on the court, we were very aggressive, we wanted to win, while still playing fair.

“Playing Karim is very difficult because you never know what to expect, kind of the same like me. If he is moving well, he’s going to be dangerous. If he is a bit slow, he can still play some tricky shots. So I was really tense.

“He is coming back from injury, it’s very important for us to get confidence in our games again, and in our bodies.

“I think I blew it in the fourth, like he was handing it to me then I just gave it back to him, but I’m really glad with the way I fought back in the fifth, just running a lot, playing my shots, trying to make it hard for him. I managed to do that very well at the start of the fifth and the end. I started shaking a little bit, I wanted to end it too quick, you have to be on your toes the whole time.

“I'm glad with the way I finished the match, I am going to be a bit sore tomorrow because I made it difficult for myself. I had to run a lot to get some shots. But other than that, I’m really happy with my game. I want to enjoy my game and the time on court.

“If my body lets me down, it’s ok, I’ll rest and recover and be back again, I want to play for fun, it’s a good job to have and I don’t imagine myself doing anything else at the moment. I am really blessed doing this job, you know how much we love the game, enjoy more, have more fun, wherever I’m playing, whoever I’m playing, I just want to be happy, playing squash.

Result:
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 (66m)

ElShorbagy eases into quarters

Marwan ElShorbagy

No.5 seed Marwan ElShorbagy cruised through to the quarter finals after an assured display against Ramit Tandon.

Egypt’s ElShorbagy, a semi finalist in 2020, looked sharp throughout, controlling the rallies as India’s Tandon struggled to find a way into the match.

Despite Tandon’s efforts, ElShorbagy was relatively comfortable in his win, taking the match courtesy of an 11-6, 11-9 and 11-8 victory.

After the match, ElShorbagy said: “I had to work really hard to win in three games today.

“We played a practice match a couple of days before this tournament, and he beat me in the five games we played, I didn’t win a single one.

“I knew I had to be sharp, I know how tricky he is, very talented, very gifted, I wish I had his short game. Talking to my team, they were telling me, he likes to play like Ramy [Ashour] in a way, with his short technique, short swing stuff. If he keeps training hard, if he keeps more disciplined to the game, he is going to be very good for the game. He is a very nice guy off court, I really like him, we come from the same generation, and I respect him so much, and that’s why I had to focused 100 percent.”

On his prospective quarter-final opponents Paul Coll and Mohamed Abouelghar, ElShorbagy said: “Both Abou and Paul, when I played them last time it went to five. Against Paul I won, Abou I lost. Paul is in the form of his life, winning the British Open. Abou played really well against Ali [Farag]. He is getting close, he is always there. Tonight, they are going to have a cracker and I’ll be there watching and enjoying it like everybody I’m sure. I’m just looking forward to go back and play at the Pyramids.”

Tandon, meanwhile, said: “I came in to this match excited, I’ve been playing well in this event. I had an opportunity to give it my best. But at the back of my mind, I knew Marwan was going to be different in the matches.

“Today, I saw it, the strategy. He was aware of my strengths, he knew what I’m good at, because we are from the same generation so we have known each other for a long time. But the tactic was spot on. He just knew what he was doing, he never gave me the rhythm.”

Result:
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Ramit Tandon (IND): 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (31m)

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