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CIB Egyptian Open 2021
Mens Draw
10 - 17 Sep
Cairo, Egypt, $270k

11 SEP
12 -13 SEP
14 -15 SEP
16 SEP
17 SEP

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (33m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA)

Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (50m)
Karim El Hammamy
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-2, 11-7, 11-8 (41m)
Eain Yow Ng

Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (42m)
Tarek Momen
Mohamed Elshorbagy
6-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 (74m)
Ali Farag

Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-2, 11-5 (77m)
Greg Lobban (SCO)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
Arturo Salazar (MEX)
Miguel Rodriguez
5-11, 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 (81m)
Eain Yow Ng
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (50m)
[8] Mostafa Asal (EGY)
Shahjahan Khan (USA)
10-12, 9-11, 12-10, 4-1 ret. (35m)
[7] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
Shahjahan Khan
11-13, 11-5, 11-1, 11-7 (42m)
Zahed Salem
Zahed Salem
10-12, 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (43m)
Tarek Momen
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY)
11-6, 14-12, 11-6 (34m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
11-9, 12-10, 14-12 (61m)
Todd Harrity (USA)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu
11-6, 11-1, 11-2 (27m)
Tarek Momen
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY)
5-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5 (42m)
Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
Raphael Kandra (GER)
Paul Coll
11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (87m)
Mohamed  Abouelghar
Paul Coll
11-7, 11-9, 11-3 (45m)
Marwan Elshorbagy
Paul Coll
11-9, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9 (69m)
Ali Farag

[9/16] Mohamed  Abouelghar (EGY)
11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (49m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Ramit Tandon (IND)
10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (58m)
Lucas Serme (FRA)
Ramit Tandon
11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (31m)
Marwan Elshorbagy
[5] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (37m)
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
10-12, 12-10, 13-11, 13-15, 11-4 (89m)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Karim Abdel Gawad
8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 (66m)
Mazen Hesham

Mazen Hesham

11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (48m)
Ali Farag
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-9, 11-3, 1-11, 12-10 (44m)
[WC] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY)
8-11, 4-4 ret. (25m)
Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT)
Mohamed Elsherbini
11-4, 11-2, 2-0 ret. (24m)
Ali Farag
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (38m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt [WC] Ibrahim Elkabbani (EGY) 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (30m)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt Christopher Binnie (JAM) 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-2 (65m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Bernat Jaume (ESP) 13-11, 11-5, 11-5 (39m)
Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt Max Lee (HKG) 12-10, 10-12, 11-4, 13-11 (47m)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bye
[8] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bye
[7] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bye
Shahjahan Khan (USA) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (39m)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY) bye
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Henry Leung (HKG) 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9 (54m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) 11-3, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3 (38m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt Lau Tsz Kwan (HKG) 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-13, 12-10 (74m)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 6-11, 4-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-8 (74m)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bye
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) 11-7, 11-2, 11-9 (27m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (60m)
[9/16] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bye
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA) 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 15-13 (70m)
Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (41m)
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bye
[5] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye
[WC] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-8 (38m)
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10 (63m)
Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT) bt Martin Svec (CZE) 14-12, 11-2, 11-5 (29m)
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bye
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bye

CIB Egyptian Open 2021
Womens Draw
10 - 17 SEP
Cairo, Egypt, $270k

11-12 SEP
13-14 SEP
15 SEP
16 SEP
17 SEP

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (31m)
Emily Whitlock (WAL)

Nour El Sherbini
12-10, 11-5, 11-3 (27m)
 Danielle Letourneau
Nour El Sherbini
11-2, 11-4, 11-4 (21m)
Farida Mohamed
Nour El Sherbini
Camille Serme
Nour El Sherbini
11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 7-11, 12-10 (64m)
Nouran Gohar

[9/16] Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
11-6, 11-5, 11-2 (23m)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
Lucy Turmel (ENG)
11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (21m)
Cindy Merlo (SUI)
Lucy Turmel
12-10, 11-13,
11-5, 11-8 (46m)
Farida Mohamed
Farida Mohamed (EGY)
11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10 (36m)
[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
15-13, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5 (49m)
[9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA)
Rowan Elaraby
11-6, 11-2, 11-7 (26m)
Jasmine Hutton

Rowan Elaraby
12-10, 11-3, 11-2 (31m)

Camille Serme
Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
12-10, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11 (33m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Lisa Aitken (SCO)
11-8, 11-6, 11-3 (30m)
Hana Ramadan (EGY)
Lisa Aitken
9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-1 (52m)
Camille Serme
[3] Camille Serme (FRA)
11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (17m)
[9/16] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
11-4, 11-6, 11-3 (25m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED)
Amanda Sobhy
9-11, 18-20, 11-2, 11-2, 11-8 (57m)
Olivia Clyne
Amanda Sobhy
 Salma Hany

Amanda Sobhy

Nouran Gohar
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA)
9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 (60m)
Melissa Alves (FRA)
Jana Shiha (EGY)
9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12 (42m)
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Jana Shiha
11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (23m)
 Salma Hany
[7] Salma Hany (EGY)
8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (41m)
Coline Aumard (FRA)
[6] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (27m)
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
Hania El Hammamy
11-13, 11-2, 11-7, 11-4 (54m)
Nele Gilis
Hania El Hammamy
Nouran Gohar
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL)
11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (31m)
Donna Lobban (AUS)
Nada Abbas (EGY)
11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-1 (58m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY)
Nada Abbas
11-3, 11-2, 11-5 (22m)
Nouran Gohar
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (29m)
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bye
Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt Menna Hamed (EGY) 11-9, 14-12, 11-4 (41m)
[9/16] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bye
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt [WC] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (24m)
Cindy Merlo (SUI) bt Mayar Hany (EGY) 4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 (32m)
Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt Vanessa Chu (HKG) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (24m)
Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt Anna Serme (CZE) 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (24m)
[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bye
[9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bye
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 1-11, 11-6 (35m)
Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Lee Ka Yi (HKG) 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Sana Ibrahim (EGY) 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-0 (45m)
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 17-15 (48m)
[9/16] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bye
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) bye
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bye
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Menna Nasser (EGY) 11-9, 11-2, 11-6 (23m)
Melissa Alves (FRA) bt Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 11-6, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7 (46m)
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) bye
Jana Shiha (EGY) bt Enora Villard (FRA) 11-9, 11-2, 11-7 (21m)
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bye
Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-1 (49m)
[7] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
[6] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bye
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bye
Donna Lobban (AUS) bt [WC] Malak Khafagy (EGY) 11-9, 11-1, 11-5 (22m)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Tze Lok Ho (HKG) 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 (30m)
Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Hana Moataz (EGY) 11-3, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6 (39m)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bye
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bye
Gohar and Farag Crowned Egyptian Open Champions at Great Pyramid of Giza

Egypt’s World No.2 Nouran Gohar and World No.1 Ali Farag are the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open champions following respective wins over compatriots Nour El Sherbini and Mohamed ElShorbagy in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.

Gohar was forced to do things the hard way as she halted a fightback from defending champion El Sherbini and saved three championship balls in a five-game thriller on the way to her 11th PSA title.

This was the third successive final that the two players have faced each other, with World No.1 El Sherbini taking victories at both the PSA World Championships and British Open, but Gohar ended that streak with an emphatic performance.

The World. No.2 found herself in a solid position after going 2-0 up, before El Sherbini settled into her rhythm and was able to fight back to drawl level. From that moment it looked as though the World No.1 was going to snatch another title from her compatriot’s hands, before Gohar dug deep to save three match balls to win her first title in front of the Pyramids.

“I felt like I was spending the whole night on the court,” said Gohar afterwards. “I am enjoying these matches now. At the beginning, it was tough to lose but now I am enjoying it.

“I feel like I am growing every match and Nour did everything in this game. I just have to catch up with what she is doing. Having the rivalry with her right now is something big which I am really proud of.

“Playing the finals of all the big events is something I am really proud of and to win it today is something extra special for sure. I can’t actually believe it is the first time I have beaten her in a final in front of the Pyramids, in front of my friends and family, in front of the home crowd. Nothing can beat this.”

In the men’s final, it was World No.1 Farag who mounted an impressive comeback as he came from two games down to defeat rival Mohamed ElShorbagy and defend his title at the PSA World Tour Platinum event.

ElShorbagy got off to the better start in the 14th PSA final meeting between the pair, as he stormed into a 2-0 lead, but Farag showed his resilience to fight back and draw level with fatigue beginning to get the better of World No.2 ElShorbagy as the match wore on.

Farag used this to his advantage, stretching out the rallies and moving ElShorbagy around the court, to close out 6-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 in 74 minutes and claim the 23rd PSA title of his career, as well as strengthening his hold on the World No.1 spot.

“I am feeling amazing. It can’t get any better,” said Farag. “Playing at such a venue against the greatest rival of my career and the greatest of our generation. To be able to come back from 2-0 down is something that I am really proud of. As always, I am very proud to be able to share the court with such a great champion like Mohamed. I learn a lot from him every year.

“We have played in almost every Platinum event final, but we didn’t play in the most special one until today. We delivered a match for the crowd that they really deserve.”

Gohar and Farag take home over $41,000 in prize money each, which is the most lucrative winner’s prize for a Platinum event ever, and qualify for the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals.

The next stop on the PSA World Tour will be the Oracle NetSuite Open, PSA Gold event which takes place in San Francisco from September 23-27.
All Egyptian Finals Confirmed in Front of Great Pyramid of Giza

World Champion Nour El Sherbini will line up against World No.2 Nouran Gohar in the final of the women’s CIB Egyptian Open, PSA World Tour Platinum tournament as all-Egyptian finals were confirmed in both draws in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.

World No.1 El Sherbini, who captured this title in 2020, has made it four out of four finals in front of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World after defeating World No.4 Camille Serme, with the latter forced to retire through injury in the fourth game of their semi-final match.

The Frenchwoman, who withdrew from last month’s British Open due to a tendinitis in her right calf, looked out of sorts in the first game as her usual dynamic movement evaded her as El Sherbini comfortably took the first.

Serme gathered herself in the second to respond strongly to draw back level, before El Sherbini regained the lead after a blistering third game. The fourth provided all the drama though as Serme looked once again like she was causing problems for the World Champion and was in the lead at 9-8 before disaster struck and she fell to the floor clutching her right leg, before being carried in tears from the court as the victory went to El Sherbini.

“It is the worst ending of any match and you never want to win the match like this,” said El Sherbini afterwards. “I am really sorry for Camille, she has been injured in the last tournament and she didn’t have the chance to compete in the British Open and injuries is the worst enemy for any player.

“I was playing well, the whole match, even at the end, and I was still happy with my performance.”

El Sherbini’s opponent will be familiar rival Gohar in a repeat of the 2020 final after the World No.2 displayed a performance of utter dominance against USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy to reach her fifth final of the year.

Gohar took just 28 minutes to condemn Sobhy to a straight-games defeat, where she will meet compatriot El Sherbini in their third successive final on the PSA World Tour.

“Amanda is very experienced on tour and it is really tricky to play against her,” said Gohar. “She is very skilful, she doesn’t give up easily, so it was tough out there.

“Not only last year, but we [Gohar and El Sherbini] have been playing since the final of El Gouna. [Then] World Championships, British Open, all the big stages, and I am just happy that we are playing another one here, in Egypt.

“It is very special in front of the Pyramids. It is a very special match, and I think it is a treat for the crowd to watch it, so I am delighted to be playing against her again tomorrow.”

The men’s final will also see the World No.1 and World No.2 go to battle as Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy go head-to-head for the PSA Platinum title tomorrow night.

Farag got the better of New Zealand’s World No.3 Paul Coll in the last match of the day as he extracted his revenge following Coll’s win over the Egyptian in the final of the British Open last month when to win his first major title.

It was a different story today though as Farag held his nerve and played some flawless squash to book his place in his 44th PSA final.

“I did have a plan and I think I executed most of it, but with the conditions, I had to adapt, and so did he,” said Farag in his post-match interview. “The wind keeps getting harder every night.

“We both had to adapt to it and to mix the pace, and I was very annoyed with myself for losing that second game. I gave him a very cheap return of serve in the tin at 9-10, to get him back to 10-all. That changed the dynamic of the match completely. 2-0 to 1-1 would have been totally different. I am happy that I contained myself and came back in the third strong, and then the fourth, thankfully I scraped through.”

ElShorbagy, meanwhile, was at his best to down former World Champion Tarek Momen in straight-games as he looks to add the CIB Egyptian Open title to his already impressive trophy cabinet.

The Bristol-based Egyptian is appearing at the Pyramids for the first time since 2016 and he made it count with a formidable performance to set up a 14th final showdown with compatriot Farag as the two continue to battle it out for the No.1 spot.

"I knew I had to start sharp, be aggressive and get a good lead in each game, which I definitely didn’t in the first,” said ElShorbagy. “In both the first and the third, I had to fight my way back and to get off in three against a quality player like Tarek, in the semi-final of a major, is obviously an ideal scenario. I am really pleased.

“It is my first time back here since 2016. [I have] probably won every other major in my career, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on this trophy. The top players always raise their game at the end of the tournament, so I will give it everything I can for the final tomorrow.”

The finals of the CIB Egyptian Open take place tomorrow (September 17) at 19:00 (GMT+2). Action from the Great Pyramid of Giza will be shown live on

For more information on the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, visit the tournament’s official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour and the PSA SQUASHTV YouTube Channel.

For more information on the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, visit the tournament’s official website or follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

World No.1 Farag Completes Semi-Final

Egypt’s World No.1 Ali Farag is through to the semi-finals of the CIB Egyptian Open after defeating compatriot Mazen Hesham in straight games in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Farag, who is the defending CIB Egyptian Open champion after securing victory at this event in 2020, got the better of Hesham, who had defeated former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad in the third round, in straight games.

The ‘Squash Falcon’ gave it everything he had, hitting incredible winner after incredible winner, but it was Farag that took the win, closing out the match after 48 minutes of high-octane squash.

“I try to find different things out [to beat Hesham’s unique play-style]. We came on with a very dead ball. I know the wind affects it a bit, which makes it even deader, but I think there was something with the ball. You had to hit the ball really over the service line to get it deep into the back corners,” the World No.1 said.

“I think I dealt with that well in the first, but as you saw in the second and third, I don’t think I played badly, but he just comes up with winners from nowhere really. You just have to accept that at some point. It’s annoying that three of them came at 5-5 in the third, three rolling nicks that I could do nothing with and I don’t think my shots were bad either, but I was just happy that I won that one because I was already thinking of the fourth to be honest.

“I was thinking that I was going to change the ball, thinking about what my tactics were going to be, but then 10-8 to 10-10 in a fraction of a second. A return nick from myself and a return tin from him and there we were again. I’m very relieved to be through in three for sure.”

The reigning World Champion will face the newly-crowned Allam British Open champion, Paul Coll, in the semi-finals, after the New Zealander overcame a tough challenger from World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy.

The Kiwi, who is in the form of his life, and at a career-high of World No.3 following his maiden major victory in Hull last month, had only tasted success against ‘the Jackal’ twice in their previous six encounters, but he had no issues in this contest.

From the off, Coll’s length game was immaculate, and he put work into the legs of the Egyptian, who has good memories of playing on home soil, after winning the CIB PSA World Tour Finals last October. The World No.3 won in straight games to book his place in the last four.

“It [Winning the British Open] gave me a lot of confidence. I’ve struggled with Marwan in the past and he’s beating me in the head-to-head. I was extremely happy with that performance tonight. I had a tough one a couple of days ago but I’m really happy to come through that in three against a really classy opponent,” Coll said after his victory.

“I’ve been working on it [using the front of the court] a lot. My coach is one of the best in that area I think. In the last month we’ve done a lot of work on it, some sharp work at the front and it really paid off tonight. It was tricky conditions out there, a lot of wind blowing, but I was timing it really well and was comfortable taking it short. It was one of those performances that just clicks tonight.”

In the women’s draw, World No.2 Nouran Gohar came through an all-Egyptian battle with World No.5 Hania El Hammamy, with the change to a new ball for the fourth game helping her seal the deal.

The pair were meeting for the sixth time on the Tour, with Gohar holding a 100% record over her compatriot, and that continued, as she set up a clash with USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

“It’s always tough against Hania, I think that’s the toughest draw you can get in a quarter final. She was in the top four and was then out for a month, so the draw played a role this time. It’s always tough against her, we’ve played quite a lot over the last couple of months. It has become a bit of a habit to play against Hania!” ‘The Terminator’ explained.

“I’m just glad with the way I dealt with the conditions. It wasn’t easy out there, outdoors. The crowd played a huge role, I could hear them cheering for both of us and that gives us a really good push, even if you’re not in your best form and having your best day, it gives you an extra boost.”

Sobhy, the No.4 seed for the tournament, overcame Egypt’s World No.9 Salma Hany in the opening match of the evening. The American claimed the first game on a tie-break, and that gave her the momentum, dropping just five points over the next two games to advance to the last four.

“It’s crazy [to be playing in front of the Pyramids]. It’s been five years and I haven’t had much luck in the last few years here, but this year I’m turning it around and finally get to play on the glass and it’s amazing. It’s just a really spectacular venue and the fact that I haven’t been here in five years, it’s a long time. So, to finally have made it is something really special and I’m just trying to enjoy every moment,” Sobhy said.

The quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open continue tomorrow with the bottom half of the draw in action at 18:15 (GMT+2). Glass court action from the Great Pyramid of Giza will be shown live on SquashTV.

For more information on the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, visit the tournament’s official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour and the PSA SQUASHTV YouTube Channel.

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World No.1 El Sherbini Leads Top Seeds
into Semi-Finals

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini booked her place in the semi-finals of the CIB Egyptian Open after she defeated compatriot Farida Mohamed in straight-games on a night of domination for the top seeds in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.

El Sherbini, who won this title in 2020 after defeating compatriot Nouran Gohar in the final, was in top form as she comfortably dispatched World No.34 Mohamed, who had taken out England’s World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry earlier in the tournament, by an 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 scoreline to set up a semi-final showdown with Camille Serme.

“It’s so special being here,” said the World Champion. “Playing in front of the Pyramids is extra special and I’m really happy with my performance, I found my shots even better this time and I’m really happy.

“I haven’t played Camille a lot this season, we actually only played once. I’m sure it’s going to be a tough battle, we always do have very tough matches and I think it’s the first between us in a Platinum semi-final event, so I’m looking forward to this one and keen to get back on court.

France’s World No.4 Serme had to be on her metal as an edgy first game went all the way to the tie-break before she was able to take a crucial lead in the match.

From that moment on Elaraby, who like Serme was forced to withdraw from the Allam British Open last month, looked to struggle with her movement, failing to put any pressure on the No.3 seed as Serme closed out the 12-10, 11-3, 11-2 victory.

“I missed the British Open, so I was very keen to be here,” said Serme. “To be able to play in front of the Pyramids. I love this tournament, especially, so I’m very happy to reach the semis.

“It’s good to have a physio on site and to have a day off tomorrow, have some time off and I can recover and be ready for the semi-final on Thursday.”

In the men’s draw, top seed and World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy secured his place in the last four on his first appearance at the Pyramids since 2016 after an emphatic 3-0 win over Bristol training partner Eain Yow Ng.

An utterly dominant first game from ElShorbagy laid the foundations for a formidable 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 win as he put Malaysia’s Eain Yow, who was featuring in his first Platinum quarter final after wins over World No.9 Mostafa Asal and World No.11 Miguel Rodriguez earlier in the tournament, to the sword.

“I care a lot for him and I think because I care a lot for him I wanted to be really aggressive and play really well and make it really tough,” said ElShorbagy. “Even though this is his first quarter final, I wanted to show him there’s a long way to go.

“I know his attitude back in Bristol, he’s really hard-working, really committed to the sport and he’s going to go places in this sport.

"This is the most iconic tournament we have in Egypt. To be back here playing the semis, I’m really proud to come back and make it that far but we’re getting into the most important part of the tournament now, the later stages. That’s when most of the top guys raise their level and I expect that of myself in two days.”

ElShorbagy’s opponent in the last four will be compatriot and former World Champion Tarek Momen after he came from a game down against fellow Egyptian Zahed Salem to advance.

The World No.4 suffered from a fired-up Salem in the first game as despite saving two game balls, the World No.15 was able to close out on the tie-break.

Momen soon settled down into his stylish rhythm though as he drew level before comfortably closing out the match 10-12, 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Platinum event.

“Today was a bit more difficult, getting used to the conditions,” admitted Momen in his post-match interview. “It’s a mixture of windy and hot weather. Those are the two most difficult challenges a player can face on the court. At the beginning I was struggling to find my length, it was falling short and he was cutting off everything and I made a lot of errors. But at the start of the second game I started to adapt to the conditions. I started to find my range and made less errors and from then on, I think I played pretty well.

“The decision [to skip the British Open] was purely personal. I just wanted to spend some time with my family, but I think it worked out for the best for me because we’ve been playing for so long. For me to get this break, I think it was crucial to start the new season fresh.”

The quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open continue tomorrow with the bottom half of the draw in action at 18:15 (GMT+2). Glass court action from the Great Pyramid of Giza will be shown live on SquashTV.

For more information on the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, visit the tournament’s
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Hesham Takes Out Gawad to Reach
Quarter Finals

Egypt’s World No.14 Mazen Hesham overcame former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad in five games to secure his place in the quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open, which will take place on the glass court in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.

Hesham, who played his round three match on the traditional courts at the New Giza Sporting Club, got the better of No.6 seed Gawad in their last meeting at this event in 2020 and the talented shot maker ensured he did it again with a resilient showing against the 2019 champion.

Despite Gawad taking the first game 11-8, Hesham rallied well to take the next two 11-5 and 11-9. Gawad improved to take the fourth game, but ultimately it was Hesham who was able to hold out in the fifth to secure the victory.

"Playing Karim is very difficult because you never know what to expect, kind of the same as me,” said Hesham afterwards. “If he is moving well, he’s going to be dangerous. If he is a bit slow, he can still play some tricky shots.

"I think I blew it in the fourth, 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. I started shaking a little bit, I wanted to end it too quick, you have to be on your toes the whole time.”

Hesham will face World No.1 Ali Farag in the quarter finals after he overcame compatriot Mohamed ElSherbini in front of the Pyramids on the glass court, with the latter forced to retire in the third game.

Defending champion Farag was comfortably in control as he took a 2-0 lead for the loss of just six points, before ElSherbini limped off court at 2-0 down in the third, with the World No.31 eventually shaking hands with Farag to bring a premature end to the last match of the day.

“It was a shame it had to end that way, I hope it’s nothing serious because we have a lot of tournaments coming up,” said Farag.

“I keep approaching every tournament the same way, whether I won it or lost in the first round. I come here and try to win it, but there are a lot of big players in the draw and it’s going to get tougher and tougher every round.”

The other quarter final in the bottom half of the men’s draw will see New Zealand’s Paul Coll face Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy after they claimed respective wins over Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar and India’s Ramit Tandon.

Coll was forced to do things the hard way as he went the distance in an 87-minute battle with World No.16 Abouelghar as the Egyptian twice came from behind to claw his way back into the match. However, the fifth proved to be a step too far as the Kiwi was able to take control and never looked back to close out an 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 victory.

“He’s probably the toughest round three opponent you could get,” said Coll afterwards. “I knew before we even started that it was going to be a battle and it lived up to that today. I’m very happy to come through, it was a bit of an up and down match, but I’m happy to find my range on this court and get a good amount of time on there.”

ElShorbagy, meanwhile, produced a strong showing against World No.54 Tandon on the traditional courts to claim an 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 victory and secure his place in the last eight at the PSA Platinum event.

In the women’s draw, USA’s World No.6 Amanda Sobhy was forced to come from two games down against compatriot Olivia Clyne in a thrilling battle at the New Giza Sporting Club earlier in the day.

Clyne, who suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sobhy just three weeks ago at the British Open, showed she had put that behind her as she executed a strong game plan to go 2-0 up. However, Sobhy rallied back well to draw back level in quick-fire fashion before a controversial stroke decision saw her claim an 11-8 win in the fifth.

“She played so well, it’s the best I’ve seen her play against me,” said Sobhy. “You could tell she was so up for it. She took our match from the British and built on that and she was tactically brilliant.

“I got a bit lucky on that last call, that was one of those where you just don’t look anywhere and you are like 'Oh, I’m going to take it, sorry.' 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.”

She faces World No.9 Salma Hany for a place in the semi-finals after she overcame younger compatriot Jana Shiha in straight-games.

The other quarter final in the bottom half of the women’s draw will see a thrilling battle between World No.2 Nouran Gohar and World No.5 Hania El Hammamy following respective wins over Nada Abbas and Nele Gilis.

Gohar, who finished runner-up at this event to Nour El Sherbini last year, cut a determined figure as she found her accuracy quickly to down World No.27 Abbas, 11-3, 11-2, 11-5.

Meanwhile, El Hammamy had to come from a game down against Belgium’s Gilis to secure her last eight spot.

“It took both of us a while to adapt to the court conditions,” said El Hammamy. I think the first game it took a little bit of time to get into the game and the last three games, I managed to find my length and corners.”

The quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open take place tomorrow at 18:15 (GMT+2). Glass court action from the Great Pyramid of Giza will be shown live on SquashTV.

For more information on the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, visit the tournament’s
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Eain Yow Reaches Maiden Platinum Quarter Final at the CIB Egyptian Open

Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng continued his hot streak of form with a 3-2 victory over Colombia’s World No.11 Miguel Rodriguez to reach his maiden PSA World Tour Platinum quarter final at the CIB Egyptian Open.

The two players met just last month at the Allam British Open when Rodriguez claimed a brutal 101-minute win over the Malaysian. However, today was the turn of Eain Yow as he continued his thrilling run in Egypt.

The 23-year-old claimed a huge upset over World No.8 Mostafa Asal yesterday and further backed that up as he saved two match balls to put Rodriguez to the sword and set up a quarter-final showdown with top seed and training partner Mohamed ElShorbagy on the glass court in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.

“About three weeks ago, we played at the British Open and we had a massive match and at the end of the fourth, I fully cramped,” said World No.18 Eain Yow afterwards.
“Today I was thinking, it’s the same and there was a bit of that fear at the start. I just told myself: ‘Play your game, be confident’ and I just started to do just that.

“People who know me, my team, they know how hard I’ve been working over the last few years. Coming from winning the World Juniors, I wasn’t coming up as fast as I wanted to and the people close to me know how bad I was struggling with that. After being away from my family for a whole year in Bristol, it’s starting to pay off. The two ElShorbagy brothers toughen me up, and the reward is to play Mohamed in the next round.”

ElShorbagy made his way into the quarter finals after an 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 victory over compatriot Karim El Hammamy as squash made its return in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza for the first time this week.

World No.2 ElShorbagy ensured he got off to a good start on the glass court, on his first appearance in front of the Pyramids since 2016, as he overcame a resilient El Hammamy to progress.

“It’s an honour to be back here playing in front of the Pyramids and in front of an Egyptian crowd,” said ElShorbagy. “It’s never easy to be back playing in Egypt because there is so much pressure, but I feel blessed every time I can go on court and perform.

“I’m playing Yow in the quarters, he’s like a younger brother to me. We live in Bristol and I’m really happy for him to be in the quarters. It’s our second meeting, we practice a lot in Bristol, but I think our match in two days will be a bit different.”

Elsewhere, Egypt’s former World Champion Tarek Momen put in an imperious display on the glass court as he comfortably made his way past Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu to reach the last eight.

Momen, who finished runner-up to Ali Farag at this event last year, laid down the gauntlet to show he was a contender for the title once again as he was at his accurate best to defeat Pajares 11-6, 11-1, 11-2 in 27 minutes.

The World No.4 will face compatriot Zahed Salem for a place in the semi-finals after he came from a game down to defeat USA’s World No.45 Shahjahan Khan on the traditional courts at the New Giza Sporting Club earlier in the day.

“Today, I think I did pretty well throughout the whole match,” said Momen in his post-match interview. “I wanted to start a little bit sharper than yesterday, I played well yesterday but I just didn’t start well, so I wanted to flip that. I’m very happy with the way I managed to keep my errors at a low rate and pleased to get through in three games.

“I’m playing Zahed next, he is a good friend of mine and is a really good player. He hasn’t been playing for a while, he hasn’t been able to travel, so it’s good for him to come here after such a long break and make it to the quarters.”

In the women’s event, World No.1 Nour El Sherbini continued her title defence in front of the Pyramids as she overcame Canada’s World No.20 Danielle Letourneau in straight-games.

The World Champion, who has won two titles in front of the Pyramids in her career already, was put under pressure in the early stages as Letourneau brought the challenge to the home favourite to find herself two game balls up for the lead.

The nerves looked to get the better of the Canadian though as errors began to creep into her game to allow El Sherbini back into contention and eventually sneak the first game. That proved to provide a big dent to Letourneau’s challenge as El Sherbini comfortably powered to the finish line in the end by a 12-10, 11-5, 11-3 scoreline.

“It’s a tournament that every player dreams to play and it’s one of the iconic venues,” said El Sherbini. “It’s really great to come back, I have a lot of great memories here and I’m glad to be here again.

“Danielle is a really good player. First game was very tight and I’m glad I got it at the end, I think that made a huge difference in the match being 1-0 up and losing the first game. I’m really glad I went through.”

El Sherbini will face compatriot Farida Mohamed in the next round after she defeated England’s Lucy Turmel to reach her maiden PSA World Tour Platinum quarter final.

The World No.34 claimed a huge victory yesterday when she sent out World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry for the second year in a row and Mohamed ensured she kept that form to overcome Turmel, 12-10, 11-13, 11-5, 11-8.

“Lucy played really well, she was fighting till the end,” said Mohamed afterwards. “She was game ball in the first game, and she won the second, so it wasn’t easy at all. Her physicality is amazing, and she plays really great length, so very tough to move her out.

“It’s my first Platinum quarters and first time at the Pyramids. I really wanted to play there, and against Nour, I hope it will be a better match than last time I played against her.”

The other quarter final in the top half of the women’s draw will see France’s World No.4 Camille Serme face Egypt’s World No.10 Rowan Elaraby after they claimed respective wins over Scotland’s Lisa Aitken and England’s Jasmine Hutton.

Serme has been struggling with injury in recent weeks after she was forced to withdraw from the Allam British Open and the Frenchwoman suffered from a sluggish start in front of the iconic Pyramids in Egypt as Aitken came storming out of the blocks.

The Scot took the first game as Serme took time to cement her physicality on the match before eventually taking a 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-1 win.

“To be honest with injury, I haven’t been able to train properly,” said Serme. “I haven’t played a proper match since Chicago, so I needed to find my targets again, even my rhythm and footwork. I knew Lisa could be tricky and a very difficult opponent, she has been playing well.”

Elaraby, meanwhile, has also been struggling with injury since the British Open last month, but she looked to have put that behind her as she put World No.43 Hutton to the sword by an 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 margin.

“I have been struggling with my body since Manchester,” admitted Elaraby afterwards. “It’s not the best timing, I have been struggling with my movement for three events now. I try to be on court, mentally more than physically. It’s the challenge now.

“At 10-2, I just felt a pinch in my leg, and it just worried, my mind went blank. I had to regroup and thankfully I got it back, I don’t know how I would have reacted had I lost that game to be honest.”

Round three of the CIB Egyptian Open continues tomorrow at 12:45 (GMT+2). Action from the New Giza Sporting Club will be shown live on the
official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour and the PSA SQUASHTV YouTube Channel.

For more information on the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, visit the tournament’s official website or follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

Eain Yow Shocks Asal to Reach CIB Egyptian Open Third Round

Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng has claimed another scalp, with a shock win over World No.9 Mostafa Asal at the New Giza Sporting Club sending him through to the third round of the CIB Egyptian Open, PSA World Tour Platinum event.

The World No.18 has shown some fine form in recent weeks after upsetting former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad at the Allam British Open last month, which helped him break into the top 20, but Asal - the reigning CIB PSA World Tour Finals champion - was the heavy favourite going into today’s second round match.

However, Eain Yow did not allow himself to be affected by fervent home support in Asal’s favour and kept his focus during occasional stoppages in play from his opponent, closing out an 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 victory in 50 minutes.

“My team and I believed I could do it, but I know that everyone believed he would be the winner,” said Eain Yow, who will face Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez next.

“He is playing the best squash in the last few months. The way he was playing is at the top of our game, so I had to believe in myself. That is the biggest difference this season.

“I actually believe in myself, and I’m not afraid to play anyone. I believe that I can beat anyone on the day and that’s the difference, the gain in confidence in my own game. I just did my job.”

World No.7 Fares Dessouky also saw his tournament come to an end after he was forced to retire from his fixture with USA’s Shahjahan Khan due to a back injury.

Even from game one, Dessouky was clearly not comfortable on court and walked gingerly in between rallies, but his shot-making skills were so potent that he was still able to take a 2-0 lead. He then held three match balls to put himself on the brink of a gritty victory, but he was unable to finish off a tenacious Khan off as the World No.45 rattled off five points in succession to halve the deficit, before Dessouky eventually shook hands in the fourth.

“He had issues before the match as well,” Khan said.

“I didn’t see it at the start but as the match went along, I realised something was wrong. I tried to move him around just to expose his movement. It’s a shame that the match had to end that way as he is a great player.”

Top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy also got his tournament under way with victory against Frenchman Baptiste Masotti, while defending champion Ali Farag also beat French opposition in Gregoire Marche.

In the women’s event, Egypt’s Farida Mohamed followed up her shock win against World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry at last year’s CIB Egyptian Open with a 3-1 win over the English player today.

Mohamed memorably claimed a huge upset at this venue last year when she overcame Perry in straight games, and the 19-year-old ensured that lightning struck twice as she put in another powerful display to take out one of the top seeds.

“I just tried to move her as much as I could,” said Mohamed.

“I don’t think I was blocking or on the way, I was just actually trying to keep her away from me as much I could to be able to play as she is very tall. She pushed me more than once, I don’t mind because I’m sure she didn’t mean it, it’s part of the game. I was satisfied with my movement today, I don’t think I did anything and the ref didn’t mention anything.”

Mohamed’s compatriot - Jana Shiha - will appear in the third round of a Platinum event for the first time after the World No.55 completed a surprise victory against World No.14 Nadine Shahin.

Shiha’s round one over France’s Enora Villard was a relatively one-sided affair, but this time around the 20-year-old had to dig in and hold her nerve to complete an 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12 victory in 42 minutes. Shiha’s reward is a clash with No.7 seed Salma Hany.

“I was a couple of match balls up in the last game I think and then I did a lot of tins,” Shiha said.

“I’m pretty happy with the way I did it today. In the fourth game, she got that one eventually, but for the rest of the match I was tougher than usual, I played steady, at least at the end. I’m happy and I’m proud of myself today with the way I played.”

Defending champion Nour El Sherbini made a winning start with a 3-0 win against Wales’ Emily Whitlock and she will take on Canada’s Danielle Letourneau in the last 16. No.2 seed Nouran Gohar was also in action as she overcame World No.17 Hollie Naughton in straight games.

Round three of the CIB Egyptian Open begins tomorrow at 12:45 (GMT+2). Action from the the New Giza Sporting Club will be shown live on the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour and the PSA SQUASHTV YouTube Channel.

For more information on the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, visit the tournament’s official website or follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

Wildcard Elnawasany Causes Upset as CIB Egyptian Open Begins

The 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, PSA World Tour Platinum tournament got under way at the New Giza Sporting Club today with wildcard Yahya Elnawasany causing the day’s biggest upset as he took out Pakistan’s Tayyab Aslam in four games.

World No.74 Elnawasany - from Cairo - will appear in the second round of a PSA Platinum event for the first time after he came back from a game down to win 9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-8 against World No.46 Aslam.

“I think my mum must be jumping up and down with joy,” Elnawasany said following the match.

“It’s crazy, I just came here to prove myself. Two or three weeks ago, I lost in the Wadi Degla tournament, I played two 5K tournaments and I was bad in both. The level was not that high, so to be honest, I was about to quit squash.

“I played here 2 years ago in Al-Ahram, but it was my first time and I was not really up for it. But this time, I am taking it for real, I had a great opportunity to play Tayyab and not a top seed, so I saw that as an opportunity and I had to take it.”

Elnawasany will play compatriot Mazen Hesham in round two and he will be joined in the last 32 by fellow Egyptian Youssef Soliman, who overturned a 2-0 deficit against Frenchman Auguste Dussourd to avoid a surprise defeat.

Soliman - who rose 10 places to break into the men’s top 20 this month - was in hot water after a slow start, but he fought back to take three games without reply, and he will take on World No.4 Tarek Momen next.

“Today I am not happy with my game at all,” said Soliman.

“When I found myself at 2-0 down I said ‘alright, here we go” and I just kept hitting the ball hard, trying to get into it. That’s part of the tournament sometimes to try and just find a way. I kept grinding, grinding, and eventually it worked.”

Spain’’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu is also through in five after avoiding a scare against Hong Kong’s Tsz Kwan Lau, while Mexico’s Cesar Salazar returned to the tour after a 10-month absence, requiring five games to see off the threat of Henry Leung.

In the women’s event, Switzerland’s Cindy Merlo has reached the last 32 of a Platinum event for the first time in her career following a hard-fought 3-2 win over local player Mayar Hany.

World No.49 Merlo came from behind twice to secure victory and her reward is a second round encounter with England’s Lucy Turmel.

“I keep coming to these tournaments and I never manage to win the first round,” Merlo said afterwards.

“So already, I was sort of emotional. I was thinking this could be happening, this could be possible, and at other times, it was ‘oh, there we go, as usual, it’s not going to work, I’m not playing well today’. I just had to keep fighting for myself, I am overwhelmed, I’m not sure what happened or how I won the match.”

Scotland’s Lisa Aitken also took part in an exciting five-game thriller as she finally got the better of World No.60 Sana Ibrahim with an 11-0 triumph in the decider.

“I hadn’t played a match for a while, so the fact it went to five gave me a bit of practice, and I’m happy with the way I played in that fifth game,” Aitken said.

“She might not have the most skilful attributes but actually everything else she does have makes her very dangerous. I really admire all the young Egyptians, they each possess weapons of their own."

Round two of the CIB Egyptian Open begins tomorrow at 12:00 (GMT+2) and stars such as top seeds Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour El Sherbini will get their title challenges under way. Action from the New Giza Sporting Club will be shown live on the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour and the PSA SQUASHTV YouTube Channel.

For more information on the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, visit the tournament’s official website or follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.


CIB Egyptian Open to Feature Highest Ever Platinum Prize Fund

The CIB Egyptian Open will bring world-class squash back to the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza between September 10-17 when 96 of the world’s leading players will battle it out for a share of the $590,000 prize fund - which is the highest total player compensation ever at a PSA Platinum event.

“CIB have been incredible supporters of the sport over a number of years now - in particular during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic where their support was invaluable - and I’m delighted to see them raise the bar once again to provide record-breaking prize money at a PSA World Tour Platinum level,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.

“I’d like to thank CIB, Hussein Abaza [CIB Chief Executive and Board Member] and Amr Mansi [Tournament Director] for their continued hard work, and I look forward to watching our athletes compete at one of the most iconic sporting locations in the world once again.”

World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World Champion Ali Farag are seeded to meet in the men’s final in the latest battle for the World No.1 spot, which Farag reclaimed on September 1.

ElShorbagy tops the draw and will take on either Frenchman Baptiste Masotti or wildcard Ibrahim Elkabbani in round two ahead of a potential third round encounter with Scotland's Greg Lobban. The 30-year-old is then seeded to play fellow Egyptian Mostafa Asal and World No.4 Tarek Momen in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively.

Meanwhile, Farag will open against Frenchman Gregoire Marche in round two before a potential clash against Mohamed ElSherbini in the last 16. Farag is then predicted to play 2019 Egyptian Open winner Karim Abdel Gawad in the quarter-finals before a semi-final fixture against New Zealand’s Paul Coll in a rematch of their Allam British Open final showdown, which Coll won to lift his first major title a fortnight ago.

In the women’s event, World No.1 Nour El Sherbini headlines the draw and is seeded to face World No.2 Nouran Gohar in the title decider. The pair met in both the PSA World Championship and British Open finals - with El Sherbini winning both - and the 25-year-old will take on either fellow Egyptian Menna Hamed or Wales’ Emily Whitlock in round one.

From there, El Sherbini is seeded to play World No.10 Rowan Elaraby, World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry and World No.4 Camille Serme en route to the final. Gohar, meanwhile, opens up against Canada’s Hollie Naughton before predicted encounters against Nada Abbas, World No.5 Hania El Hammamy and World No.6 Amanda Sobhy.

Fayrouz Aboelkheir and Malak Khafagy take the wildcard spots in the women’s event and they will face South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller and Donna Lobban, respectively. Yahya Elnawasany takes the other remaining wildcard spot in the men’s draw, and he will play Pakistan’s Tayyab Aslam.

The prize money will be split equally across the men’s and women’s events and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be shown live on the channels of contracted broadcast partners.

For more information on the 2021 CIB Egyptian Open, visit the tournament’s official website or follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

2021 CIB Egyptian Open: Men’s Draw
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
[WC] Ibrahim Elkabbani (EGY) v [17/32] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[17/32] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v Shahjahan Khan (USA)
Bernat Jaume (ESP) v [17/32] Greg Lobban (SCO)
[17/32] Arturo Salazar (MEX) v Max Lee (HKG)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) [bye]
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) [bye]
[8] Mostafa Asal (EGY) [bye]
[7] Fares Dessouky (EGY) [bye]
Mazen Gamal (EGY) v [17/32] Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY) [bye]
Henry Leung (HKG) v [17/32] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[17/32] Todd Harrity (USA) v Asim Khan (PAK)
Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) v [17/32] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
[17/32] Youssef Soliman (EGY) v Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) [bye]
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) [bye]
Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) v [17/32] Raphael Kandra (GER)
[17/32] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
[9/16] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Lucas Serme (FRA) v Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)
Ramit Tandon (IND) v [17/32] Borja Golan (ESP)
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) [bye]
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) [bye]
[17/32] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) v [WC] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) v Faraz Khan (USA)
Aditya Jagtap (IND) v [17/32 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA) [bye]
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) [bye]

2021 CIB Egyptian Open: Women’s Draw
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) [bye]
Menna Hamed (EGY) v [17/32] Emily Whitlock (WAL)
[9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) [bye]
[WC] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) v [17/32] Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
[17/32] Mayar Hany (EGY) v Cindy Merlo (SUI)
Vanessa Chu (HKG) v [17/32] Lucy Turmel (ENG)
[17/32] Farida Mohamed (EGY) v Enora Villard (FRA)
[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [bye]
[8] Tesni Evans (WAL) [bye]
[9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA) [bye]
[17/32] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
Lee Ka Yi (HKG) v [17/32] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
[17/32] Lisa Aitken (SCO) v Sana Ibrahim (EGY)
Hana Ramadan (EGY) v [17/32] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
[9/16] Yathreb Adel (EGY) [bye]
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) [bye]
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) [bye]
Menna Nasser (EGY) v [17/32] Milou van der Heijden (NED)
[17/32] Melissa Alves (FRA) v Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) [bye]
[17/32] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v Jana Shiha (EGY)
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Coline Aumard (FRA) v Emilia Soini (FIN)
[7] Salma Hany (EGY) [bye]
[6] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) [bye]
[17/32] Donna Lobban (AUS) v [WC] Malak Khafagy (EGY)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) [bye]
[17/32] Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Tze Lok Ho (HKG)
Hana Moataz (EGY) v [17/32] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) [bye]
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [bye]