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PSA World Champs Player Reaction: Courts 1-3

The 2022 PSA World Championships is underway today in Cairo. There's a whopping 32 matches to look forward to at the Club S Allegria and we'll be bringing reaction from the 28 matches on the traditional courts right here!

Action from the traditional courts begins at 12:00 (GMT+2) and all of the action from those three courts will be shown live on YouTube. Glass court action will get underway at 18:45 (GMT+2), with SQUASHTV the place to watch it all.

If you’re unable to watch any of today’s matches, you can stay up to date with all of the action courtesy of our live scores.

We’ll also have news and video clips throughout the event available on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube channels.

Day 1 Schedule
(All times are local GMT+2)

Court 1
12:00 [5] Joelle King (NZL) v Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)
12:45 [8] Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Rui Soares (POR)
13:30 Yathreb Adel (EGY) v [27] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
14:15 George Parker (ENG) v Edmon Lopez (ESP)
15:00 Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
16:00 Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY)
16:45 [26] Hana Ramadan (EGY) v Marie Stephan (FRA)
17:30 Faraz Khan (USA) v Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
18:15 Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) v [25] Farida Mohamed (EGY)
19:00 Mazen Gamal (EGY) v Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)

You can watch all the action live from Court 1 here.

Court 2
12:00 Tze Lok Ho (HKG) v [15] Nada Abbas (EGY)
12:45 Auguste Dussourd (FRA) v [13] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
13:30 [17] Olivia Clyne (USA) v Julianne Courtice (ENG)
14:15 Christopher Gordon (USA) v Ramit Tandon (IND)
15:00 [12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Katie Malliff (ENG)
16:45 [9] Joel Makin (WAL) v Leandro Romiglio (ARG)
17:30 Cindy Merlo (SUI) v [18] Emily Whitlock (WAL)
18:15 Lucas Serme (FRA) v Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG)
19:00 Shahjahan Khan (USA) v Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)

You can watch all the action live from Court 2 here.

Court 3
12:00 [11] Nele Gilis (BEL) v Emilia Soini (FIN)
12:45 [12] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
13:30 Lisa Aitken (SCO) v [29] Donna Lobban (AUS)
14:15 Baptiste Masotti (FRA) v Victor Crouin (FRA)
15:00 Karina Tyma (POL) v [13] Tesni Evans (WAL)
16:45 David Baillargeon (CAN) v [10] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
17:30 [30] Rachel Arnold (MAS) v Coline Aumard (FRA)
18:15 Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v Ibrahim Elkabbani (EGY)
19:00 [31] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP)

You can watch all the action live from Court 3 here.

Nele Gilis (right)

Gilis comes from behind to beat Soini

In the day’s opening match, Belgium’s World No.11 Nele Gilis came from behind to beat Finland’s World No.41 Emilia Soini 3-1 in an impressive display,

Soini took a shock lead in match when she won the first game 11-9, with the Finn impressing around the court as she went after Gilis’ attack. The Belgian responded emphatically in the second, increasing the tempo to blow away Soini 11-2 in eight minutes.

The World No.11 kept up the aggressive pace in the third, taking it 11-3 before completing the comeback with an 11-4 win in the fourth.

Elsewhere in match one, New Zealand’s Joelle King beat Hong Kong’s Tsz-Wing Tong 3-0, while Egypt’s Nada Abbas beat Hong Kong’s Tze Lok Ho by the same scoreline.

Tong started the stronger of the two, earning a 5-3 lead as she settled quickly. The experienced King, however, soon recovered to take first game 11-7, before wrapping up the match with 11-5 and 11-8 wins.

Abbas and Ho, meanwhile, played a more even match than the scoreline suggests. The pair traded points throughout as Abbas took the first two games 11-6 and 11-5, before a grandstand finish that went to the World No.16 13-11.

After the match, Abbas said: “Since the beginning of the match, I never felt comfortable. Even at 2-0 up, I knew she could come back. She's been playing very well recently, she created huge upsets with the top 20. So I made sure I was ready and not panicking.

“I'm really happy to get through, especially as I just came back from the ToC, my sleeping has not been good at all. Last night, I only slept for four hours and didn't know what to expect today. I was trying to take  it easy, and not pressuring myself too much.”

Results

[5] Joelle King (NZL) bt Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) Result: 3-0 Scores: 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (36m)
[15] Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Tze Lok Ho (HKG) Result: 3-0 Scores: 11-6, 11-5, 13-11 (37m)
[11] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) Result: 3-1 Scores: 9-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (41m)

Marche survives Dussourd fightback in French epic

Marche

In the first set of men's matches, Fares Dessouky, Gregoire Marche and Karim Abdel Gawad all triumphed over Rui Soares, Auguste Dussourd and Dimitri Steinmann, respectively.

In an all-French, and at times bad-tempered, affair, Gregoire Marche headed off a comeback from Auguste Dussourd to reach the second round. Marche appeared to be heading to a comfortable victory when he took the first two games 11-4, 11-7. Cue an impressive fightback from Dussourd, who levelled the tie with an 11-6 and an 11-9 win.

Perhaps exhausted by his efforts in reaching parity, Dussourd struggled in the fifth. After initially exchanging points in a frantic start to the game, Marche took the initiative and never let it go, claiming the final game 11-3 to win in 71 minutes.

In an entertaining clash, Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad survived a comeback from Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann to progress to the second round.

Gawad took the first two games 11-9, 11-6, before Steinmann fired back with an 11-7 to put pressure on the Egyptian. Former World No.1 Gawad, though, was able to hold his nerve in a frenetic finish, taking the fourth game 11-9 to seal the victory in 54 minutes.

While the other two matches were characterised by comebacks, there was no such danger for Egypt's Dessouky against Portugal's Soares.

The opening game was initially an even affair, as both players tested one another as the scores went to 4-4. From there, though, it was one-way traffic, as a furious flurry from Dessouky saw him take seven unanswered points to seal the opener 11-4.

Dessouky continued his blitz for the rest of the match, refusing to let up the pace as the World No. 10 took both of the remaining games 11-2 to wrap up a 22-minute win.

“I came back strongly in the fourth and was leading 9-5 or something and there were two or three rallies where he took his space a bit too much for me. I know he’s like this sometimes, he didn’t announce his double bounce sometimes so he got me a bit nervous and I hate playing in those conditions,” Marche said.

He added: “Today, ok it’s a French player and we train together sometimes, but I know how tricky he can be and that’s the respect that we should show to the crowd and not the way I like to win a match. I’m happy to win in five, it’s still a win but it could have been the other way around and I’m just happy to get through. I just have to forget and focus on the next one,” Marche said afterwards.

“He did everything he could, trying to get in my head, and he does that very well all of the time, so that’s all credit to him. I need to be more consistent in that situation, I know it’s a win but I hope that I didn’t lose too much energy today and I have a day off tomorrow. This is the World Championships and it can be a long week.

Results
[8] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Rui Soares (POR) Result: 3-0 Scores: 11-4, 11-2, 11-2 (22m)
[12] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) Result: 3-1 Scores: 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9 (54m)
[13] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Auguste Dussourd (FRA) Result: 3-2 Scores: 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-3 (71m)

Adel overcomes Metwally in brutal battle

Yathreb Adel

In a brutal 73-minute battle, Yathreb Adel came from behind to beat Egyptian compatriot Mariam Metwally 3-2.

Both players opted for similar lines throughout the match, resulting in a number of clashes, one of which caused a lengthy injury delay after Adel took a heavy fall.

Despite her injury, Adel was able to return, with the World No.38 coming from one game down to eventually triumph 3-2.

In a second comeback, the USA’s Olivia Clyne recovered from going one game down to beat England’s Julianne Courtice in a back-and-forth encounter, while Scotland’s Lisa Aitken recorded a 3-0 victory over Australia’s Donna Lobban, who at times struggled with an injury.

In another physical battle, Scotland’s Lisa Aitken got the better of Australia’s Donna Lobban in straight games. Aitken took a tough first game 11-9, before wrapping up the win with 11-1 and 11-4 wins as Lobban struggled with injury.

Afterwards, Adel said: “I've been reflecting a lot lately, on so many things, off court and on court. When I stopped for a while, and then came back, I felt that I was not going to win with my racquet nor my shots, they were not the ones that were going to take me there.

“In fact, I had to hang in there, and push so hard in those kind of matches where it gets very physical. [There was] a lot of talking, where you could easily lose your focus. That's when you really have to stick around, watch yourself, and no matter what's happening, hang in there!”

Clyne said: “It’s been tough and a rough couple of months and a couple of tough draws for me personally. It’s been a long season and I’m quite happy that we’re winding down. I’m taking it one match at a time and if this is one of the last matches I’m going to play before the summer break then I want to try and fight as hard as I can and prolong that inevitability as long as possible.”

Results
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt [29] Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-1, 11-4 (29m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [27] Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 12-10, 14-12, 4-11, 11-5 (73m)
[17] Olivia Clyne (USA) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-1: 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (40m)

Crouin beats training partner Masotti

Victor Crouin

The next set of men’s matches went largely to ranking, with 22-year-old World No.23 Victor Crouin’s 3-1 victory over 26-year-old French compatriot and World No.21 Baptiste Masotti the only minor upset.

Crouin took the first game 11-6, only for Masotti to strike back and level with a hard-fought 11-9 win. Crouin, though, who has recently recorded impressive victories over the likes of Karim Abdel Gawad and World No.1 Paul Coll, never looked rattled. The young Frenchman played a consistent game to recover the lead with an 11-5 win in game three, before securing the match with a win by the same scoreline in game four.

In the other matches, England’s World No.31 George Parker downed Spain’s World No.111 Edmon Lopez 3-0, while India’s World No.46 Ramit Tandon beat the USA’s World No.65 Christopher Gordon by the same margin.

Crouin said after the match: “We know each other very well and during COVID we played a practice match every week I would say. This year I came back to Boston and we haven’t played for more than a year now and I was looking forward to playing him because we both went up on the rankings during that period post-COVID. I handled it pretty well and I’m happy with it.

“I’ve been trying to survive with exams last week and this week, my last one was due last night at 11pm and now I kind of enjoy it on court. I’ve been trying to play as much as I can and beg my teammates back on campus to play with me during the week. I was mostly trying to find that consistency, it’s great to beat Paul [Coll], it’s great to beat [Karim Abdel] Gawad but you earn the same points as the guys who lose on the same ground, it makes no difference who you play. I’m trying to find that consistency again, which has always been my strength.”

Parker added: “It’s been tough going into this event, I had a bit more time for this one, a good seven or eight days, which helped a lot. Between all the Europeans and stuff I’ve struggled to keep fit and mentally sharp as well because there’s just too many back-to-back games without enough training. I’ve had enough training for this one, so I feel better coming into it.”

Results
Victor Crouin (FRA) bt Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5 (45m)
Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (27m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Edmon Lopez (ESP) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-4 (33m)

Evans recovers to beat Tyma

Tesni Evans

In the next set of matches, Tesni Evans recovered from a slow start to come from a game down and beat Poland’s Karina Tyma 3-1, while India's Joshna Chinappa and Egypt's Rowan Elaraby recorded straightforward wins against English duo Kaite Malliff and Millie Tomlinson, respectively.


World No.61 Tyma made a strong start to her match and looked confident as she caught World No.15 Evans unaware to take the first game 11-7.

Evans, though, was able to steady herself, finding better lines in the subsequent games as she levelled the match with an 11-5 win.

The 29-year-old then followed this up with a second 11-5, before finishing Tyma off with an 11-4 in the fourth game.

The other two matches were relatively simple affairs, with India’s World No.14 Chinappa taking out English World No.74 Katie Malliff in three, while Egypt’s World No.8 Rowan Elaraby beat England’s World No.73 Millie Tomlinson by the same margin.

“She started really well, she came out no pressure and so relaxed and hitting winners from everywhere. A shaky start, but I think that was more down to her than me. I came on in the second and tried to find better length, hit it to the back more and get that length through and she made a few unforced errors, which was nice for me,” Evans said afterwards.

She added: “Last week was such a good week at the Europeans, we did well and that gave me a buzz and I played some good squash there, so I’m looking to bring that into this week. The preparation has been a lot of rest and make sure I’m recovered.”

Elaraby, meanwhile, said: “I have been working on my physicality. What I like is short shots, short rallies, so now it's all about keeping the rallies going, to be able to play either. It's starting to pay off, so I'm quite happy.”

Results
[8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (28m)
[13] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Karina Tyma (POL) 3-1: 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (32m)
[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Katie Malliff (ENG) Result: 3-0 Scores: 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (33m)

Clean sweep for Momen, Hesham and Makin

Tarek Momen

In the first set of clean sweeps of the day, Tarek Momen, Mazen Hesham and Joel Makin all recorded 3-0 wins.

Former World Champion Momen went up against talented Malaysian World No.22 Eain Yow Ng, against whom Momen enjoyed an unblemished 4-0 record.

In a thrilling first game, both Momen and Eain Yow put on attacking displays, with Momen’s guile and movement eventually leading to a 15-3 win for the World No.6.

Buoyed by taking the tight first game, Momen pressed in the second, which he took 11-6 before finishing the match with an 11-9 to reach the second round.

Momen’s Egyptian compatriot Mazen Hesham, meanwhile, went up against Canada’s David Baillargeon. Hesham made a quick start to the match and didn’t let up, taking the first game 11-9 and then the second and third games 11-7, 11-7.

Wales’ Makin, meanwhile, put in a steady performance to get the better of Leandro Romiglio, beating the Argentine in 32 minutes with 11-8, 11-4 and 11-2 wins.

Reflecting on the win, Momen said: “I just kept playing my game and tried not to force it, until I managed to edge it out in the end. Overall, I'm happy with the way I played, he played much better than he played last time, so I'm happy to get a 3-0 win again, despite a massive improvement in his game.”

Hesham added: “It’s my first time playing David, so I didn’t know what to expect. He’s such a good player, a lefty as well so it’s very difficult to play against a lefty. It’s a good start for the tournament and see how the rest of the rounds go.”

Makin, meanwhile, said: “I’ve always had confidence that I can beat the top guys, I’ve done it in one off matches and I’ve beaten pretty much everyone. Manchester was good because I got off to a good start, got off quickly and was able to put together a good run. That was another quicker win for me today, that’s the direction I’m trying to go in and I feel good.” 

Results
[6] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 15-13, 11-6, 11-9 (43m)
[10] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt David Baillargeon (CAN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (23m)
[9] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Leandro Romiglio (ARG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-2 (32m)

Epic Aumard comeback stuns Arnold

Coline Aumard

France’s World No.39 Coline Aumard produced the day’s biggest comeback in her match against Malaysia’s World No.35 Rachel Arnold.

Aumard got off to a challenging start when she went 2-0 down against World No.35 Arnold, with the Malaysian’s accuracy and pace keeping Aumard pinned.

The 32-year-old, though, impressed as she battled back well, controlling the court as she pulled a game back with a closely-fought 11-8.

In response, Arnold threw everything at Aumard and with little to separate the two, the match could have gone wither way. In a nail biting fourth game, Aumard pulled level with a 13-11 win.

Though the scores were level, there only looked like being one winner from here on, with Aumard in the ascendency and Arnold despondent, the Frenchwoman completed the comeback with an 11-3 win.

Elsewhere on the traditional courts, Emily Whitlock recovered from a game down to beat Cindy Merlo, while Hana Ramadan beat Marie Stephan 3-0.

After her match, Aumard said: Today was the 13th, my lucky number, so I never' lost hope!

“Actually the more I was playing, the better I was feeling, then I felt more confident with my squash. My tactics came more naturally. I had the wrong tactic to start with, I was going way too quickly to the front, where she is actually so good. I tried to be a bit more patient, more aggressive, wanting to fight for the win, so I'm glad I won today.

“I hope she is ok though, she looked not at her best at the end, maybe tired, maybe not right in the body, I'm not sure.

“I'm rather happy with my game plan today, I'm not going to lie, I haven't trained much, I didn't play a lot of matches, but playing the Europeans actually helped a lot to be ready for this one. Last week, I hardly trained, I had to rest my body and also I got married!

“I'm in a happy place, I'm glad I won and I'm excited to play Tesni the day after tomorrow. One match, and then, why not one more, let's see, I'm enjoying myself at the moment.”

Results
[26] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (27m)
[18] Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt Cindy Merlo (SUI) 3-1: 4-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-4 (33m)
Coline Aumard (FRA) bt [30] Rachel Arnold (MAS) Result: 3-2: 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-3 (46m)

‘Not the best tactician’ Khan masterminds comeback

Faraz Khan

In the penultimate set of matches, the USA’s Faraz Khan, France’s Lucas Serme and Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy recorded good wins to secure their progress through to the second round.

World No.53 Khan, who in 2021 crashed out in the first round in a 17-minute defeat to Ali Farag, may have been worried history was repeating itself when he dropped the first game against Egypt’s Mohamed ElSherbini 11-5. The 28-year-old, however, soon shook the disappointment off to record an 11-8 win, before pressing home his advantage with an 11-9 and 11-5 win to set up a second-round clash with Tarek Momen.

While neither Serme nor El Hammamy required a comeback today, there was no shortage of drama in either of their matches. For Serme, who is known for his long matches and strong defensive work, today’s match showcased some of his attacking skills, as he put in a good showing to dispatch Hong Kong’s Tsz Kwan Lau 3-0 in 28 minutes.

El Hammamy, meanwhile, was forced into a battle by talented 19-year-old Ibrahim Elkabbani. Despite the 3-1 scoreline, there was little comfort for El Hammamy, with three of the four games finishing 11-9, before El Hammamy ended things with an 11-4 in the fourth.

Speaking afterwards, Khan said: ““I’m not the best tactician, but maybe there was just a bit of luck [separating the two]. It’s fine margins like the ball clipping the tin, the margins are so small. I maybe just kept running a bit more and his shots didn’t go deep enough to prevent me from getting it.”

El Hammamy added: “I’m happy to be through that one! He’s another up-and-coming player from Egypt. He’s young and in Egypt there are so many good players and it’s always tough to play another Egyptian.

“It was tough for me to get a win, because I’ve been struggling for a while, perhaps since November, to get in form. So I’m glad to get through. I’m gaining form slowly but steadily.”

Results
Faraz Khan (USA) bt Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) 3-1: 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (49m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (28m)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt Ibrahim Elkabbani (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4 (67m)

Alexandra Fuller

In the final set of matches, there were wins for Egypt’s Farida Mohamed, India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar, Colombia’s Juan Camillo Vargas and South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller.

In one of the most entertaining matches of the day, which ended long after the rest, World No.31 Fuller was pushed to the limit by World No.84 Fernandez.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, who lost to Fuller 3-0 in the quarter-final of the 2022 Odense Open in March this year, came out aggressively from the first moment, shocking Fuller with her attacking play from all over the court.

After losing the first game 11-7, Fuller appeared to have the situation under control when she responded with 11-3 and 11-4 wins, only for Fernandez to fight to parity with a 12-10 win.

Fuller, though, was able to rediscover her winning touch, putting in a ruthless fifth-game performance with an 11-2 win to end the match.

In the other women’s match, Mohamed overcame Egyptian compatriot Nour Aboulmakarim 3-1 in a physical encounter.

In the last men’s matches of the day, Mangaonkar eased to a 3-0 victory over Mazen Gamal, while an entertaining match between Vargas and Shahjahan Khan was ended by an injury to Khan.

Although the first game was a close 11-9 for World No.52 Manaonkar, he was able to build on this to convincingly beat the World No.62 11-2 and 11-5.

Vargas, meanwhile, will no doubt take joy from a performance that looked to be delivering a victory before Khan’s injury. The Colombian had looked in excellent form as he took the first game 11-6 and an engrossing second game 12-10. At 9-7 up in the third, victory was within reach for the 28-year-old, before an injury forced Khan from the court.

Afterwards, Fuller said: “I think she really came out well today. I didn’t quite execute my gameplan well enough and she really picked me off on that. So I’m happy to sneak away with a 3-2.

“When you play people [more regularly], they start to analyse you and start to know your game. I kind of expected her to come out all guns blazing and I wasn’t ready in the first game at all, so I was kind of playing catch up for the rest of the match!”

Results

[25] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 11-8, 14-12, 11-5 (40m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 11-5 (33m)
Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt Shahjahan Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 9-7 retired (41m)
[31] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP) 3-2: 7-11, 11-3, 11-4, 10-12, 11-2 (50m)

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