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U.S. OPEN Quarter Finals: Player Reaction - Glass West

It's quarter finals day at the U.S. Open presented by Truist, with eight exciting matches in store at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.

We'll be bringing you reports and reaction from Glass Court West right here. New Zealand's No.3 seed Paul Coll starts the day's play at 17:30 with a match against Egypt's No.8 seed Mostafa Asal.

Coll's compatriot Joelle King is next, the No.6 seed faces Asal's compatriot and No.3 seed Hania El Hammamy.

England's former World No.1 James Willstrop will be hoping he can continue his incredible run, the 38-year-old, who is the oldest man ever to play a Platinum quarter final, is up against Egyptian No.4 seed Tarek Momen.

The day's play concludes with an intriguing match between England's No.5 seed Sarah-Jane Perry and Egyptian World No.2 Nouran Gohar.

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Asal beats Coll in 103-minute classic

Egyptian No.8 seed Mostafa Asal bested New Zealand’s No.3 seed Paul Coll 3-1 in a brutal 103-minute battle to progress to a semi-final match against Peru's Diego Elias.

Asal dominated the early stages of the first game, racing into a 6-1 lead, only for Coll to fight back to lead 7-6.

The rest of the game was even and fiercely contested, with both players pushing themselves hard. Eventually, Asal broke clear to take the first game 11-8 in 26 minutes.

Coll came back well to take the second 11-9 in 26 minutes. The Kiwi’s range of shots forced Asal around the court, while the Egyptian uncharacteristically struggled with the ball tight to the wall.


Asal renewed his assault in the third game, dominating the court and frustrating Coll, who struggled with length and was given a conduct warning midway through for a shove on the 20-year-old. Despite the relatively comfortable 11-5 scoreline for the Egyptian, the game was an energy sapping and stop-start one and the two players collided frequently, which generally ended with Coll falling to the ground.

Coll continued to struggle to find length in the fourth game, allowing Asal to dominate the middle of the court, in a complete reversal of the first two games. This proved fatal for the 29-year-old, and despite a brave late-game fightback, he succumbed to an 11-7 defeat as Asal took the match 3-1.

Speaking afterwards, Asal said: “It was 103 minutes! Really!? Me and Paul every time we play it’s a battle. To play four games in 103 minutes is unbelievable. I think mentally, I’m strong, I’m here, even with distractions from my shoulder issues. I’m trying to play another game, more defensive play, and it helps my game because I’m trying to adapt.

“If you’re playing tournaments like this you won’t say my shoulder, or another injury, you’ve got to play, got to focus on yourself. I’m happy to play this way and Paul, since I beat him the last two times, has developed a lot more and more and more, winning the British Open. All the respect to him.

“Today was a very interesting match, free flowing. The crowd makes me on fire in Egypt and here as well it was doing an awesome job. The States is my second home and I’m happy to move through against Diego. I’m looking forward to this battle against him.

I think when I’m playing without full pressure [it helps]. I’m [sometimes] acting with the referees and [shouting] ‘Come on!’ but today was calm and this tournament was really calm and I was trying to take every ball with confidence and I’m happy I found a way to deal with my shoulder. I’m thankful for the physio for sure. She’s doing lots of work with me and has given me a spray. I’m very grateful I managed to win today.”

Result
[8] Mostafa Asal (EGY) beats [3] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7

El Hammamy sails into semis

Egyptian No.3 seed Hania El Hammamy avenged her defeat to No.6 seed Joelle King at last month’s Oracle NetSuite Open with a dominant victory over the Kiwi, to setup a semi-final match against World No.1 Nour ElSherbini.

While El Hammamy looked out of sorts in San Francisco, there were no signs of a post-defeat hangover here in Philadelphia. The World No.6 started the match at furious pace, dominating King and court to take the first game 11-2 inside seven minutes.

King improved is in the second game, but was unable to prevent the 21-year-old from putting herself in a commanding position with an 11-8 victory.

El Hammamy followed this up with another strong display in the third, sealing a 39-minute win with an 11-8 victory.

“I’m feeling great actually. I played Joelle last week in San Francisco and I wasn’t really proud of how I dealt with the conditions in San Francisco, with the court not being in my favour and definitely in hers.”

“I was very upset with myself because I thought that I should have found a way to win anyway, even if I’m unhappy with the court. So I decided if I reach the quarters [here] and play against Joelle I’m going to prove to myself that last week was not the best performance. Today, I’m very happy with my performance and very happy with the way I dealt with the defeat last week.”

On her semi-final opponent Nour El Sherbini, she said: I’m really looking forward to playing against Nour, we’ve haven’t played a lot this season.

“We played in El Gouna last time, I’m definitely looking forward, she’s incredible, she’s won almost every single tournament this season, I’m definitely looking forward to see how I can deal with it.”

Result
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [6] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-7 (39m)

Momen ends Willstrop fairytale

Egyptian No.4 seed Tarek Momen ended the remarkable run of England's World No.31 James Willstrop to reach a semi-final match against Wales' Joel Makin.

After watching Willstrop upset No.5 seed Marwan ElShorbagy and the talented Mohamed Abouelghar en route to today's clash, Momen was in no mood to take his 38-year-old opponent lightly.

The World No.4 took control of the match with an 11-7 win in the first game, only to be pegged back 13-11 in the second, much to the raucous joy of the local fans.

Momen, however, kept his cool to wrap up the tie in 48 minutes with an 11-6 win in the third and a hard-fought 11-9 win in the fourth.

After Ali Farag, Mohamed ElShorbagy and Paul Coll crashed out, Momen is the highest-seeded player left in the tournament.

After the match, Momen said: “I’m very pleased to get through. James has played incredibly well this tournament. I honestly wasn’t sure how he would turn up today and how he would perform, but as always, he exceeded my expectations.He pushed me really hard.

“Overall, I’m pleased with how I played. I think I played a really good match. However, I’m a bit disappointed with some patches. I should have pushed a little bit harder, it would have given me a good boost and I made a few errors that proved costly eventually. I’m just happy that I managed to recover.

“I’m surprised to get off court and see that score [between Joel Makin and Ali Farag]. It’s a tie-break now in the third and it’s very intense, it looks very intense. I can’t think about that right now, I want to recover well.

“Whoever wins, I’m going to have to think about it tomorrow. I’m going to eat well, sleep well tonight and not think about anything, then tomorrow I’ll think about my opponent and see what kind of game plan I need to come up with.”

Result
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-13, 11-6, 11-9 (48m)

World No.2 Gohar safely through after win over Perry

In the day’s final match, Egypt’s No.2 seed Nouran Gohar put in a comprehensive display to beat English No.2 seed Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0.

Although all three games were evenly contested, Gohar was able to navigate each one calmly to beat the World No.5, against whom she has now won six matches in a row.

Gohar will face the USA’s World No.20 Olivia Fiechter in the semi final.

Speaking after the match, Gohar said: “I’m feeling really well. We had the late shift today and I felt fine, I had a good nap because I knew it was going to be a long night, tonight with really great matches and we were the last ones on court. I was up for it and against SJ you have to play your best to be able to win 3-0 for sure.

“[Playing a U.S. player in the semi final] is very exciting. When you have the crowd cheering for anyone, it’s great for our sport and is great for the game. I’ve had this in Egypt and I’m really excited to see it. It happened a few times with Amanda, but to have a new player with the home crowd is great for the sport and I’m very excited for tomorrow, for sure.”

Result
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (39m)

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