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CIB Zed Open 2022


$55,000 Women's CIB Zed Open 2022, Zed Park, Cairo, Egypt, PSA World Tour Bronze
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CIB Zed Open
Men's Draw
24-28 Aug
Cairo, Egypt, $55k

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[2] Victor Crouin (FRA)
11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7 (77m)
[9/16] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)

Victor Crouin
8-11, 13-15, 12-10,
11-6, 11-2 (56m)
 Balázs Farkas

Victor Crouin
11-2, 7-11, 11-3, 11-6 (47m)
Omar Mosaad
Victor Crouin
11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (48m)
Youssef Soliman
[7] Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
11-4, 11-1, 10-12, 11-8 (63m)
Balázs Farkas (HUN)
[8] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
[9/16] Henry Leung (HKG)
Yahya Elnawasany
11-9, 11-9, 13-11 (39m)
Omar Mosaad
[4] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (36m)
Leandro Romiglio (ARG)
[3] Raphael Kandra (GER)
7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8 (53m)
Ronald Palomino (COL)
Raphael Kandra
11-8, 12-10, 11-3 (34m)
Mohamed Elsherbin
Raphael Kandra
11-3, 12-10, 11-2 (48m)
Youssef Soliman
[6] Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY)
[5] Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)
8-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (77m)
[9/16] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY)
 Moustafa El Sirty
11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (47m)
Youssef Soliman
[9/16] Rui Soares (POR)
11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (37m)
[1] Youssef Soliman (EGY)


[2] Victor Crouin (FRA) bye
[9/16] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 (29m)
Balázs Farkas (HUN) bt [9/16] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5 (49m)
[7] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bye
[8] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) bye
[9/16] Henry Leung (HKG) bt Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (27m)
Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bt [9/16] Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) 5-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (47m)
[4] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bye
[3] Raphael Kandra (GER) bye
Ronald Palomino (COL) bt [9/16] Bernat Jaume (ESP) 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (30m)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY) bt [WC] Sohail El Shenawy (EGY) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (24m)
[6] Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY) bye
[5] Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) bye
[9/16] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt [WC] Yassin Shohdy (EGY) 11-1, 11-4, 11-6 (24m)
[9/16] Rui Soares (POR) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5 (42m)
[1] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bye

CIB Zed Open
Women's Draw
24 - 28 Aug
Cairo, Egypt, $55k

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[1] Salma Hany (EGY)
11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (28m)
[9/16] Jana Shiha (EGY)

Salma Hany
11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6 (45m)
 Nadine Shahin
Salma Hany
11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (35m)
 Farida Mohamed
Salma Hany
11-7, 12-14, 11-6,
11-4 (74m)
Nour El Tayeb

[6] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 (36m)
[9/16] Julianne Courtice (ENG)
[7] Mélissa Alves (FRA)
11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (33m)
[9/16] Sana Ibrahim (EGY)
Mélissa Alves
11-6, 11-8, 14-12 (26m)
 Farida Mohamed
[4] Farida Mohamed (EGY)
5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5, 11-3 (54m)
[9/16] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[3] Nele Gilis (BEL)
13-15, 11-6, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8 (63m)
Hana Moataz (EGY)
Nele Gilis
11-2, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7 (46m)
 Hana Ramadan
Nele Gilis
11-1, 11-6, 11-4 (30m)
 Nour El Tayeb
[8] Hana Ramadan (EGY)
9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (44m)
[WC] Menna Hamed (EGY)
[5] Emily Whitlock (WAL)
10-12, 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-8 (64m)
Marina Stefanoni (USA)
Marina Stefanoni
11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (25m)
 Nour El Tayeb
Satomi Watanabe (JPN)
13-11, 11-3, 11-4 (29m)
[2] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)


[1] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
[9/16] Jana Shiha (EGY) bt [WC] Salma El Alfy (EGY) 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (13m)
[9/16] Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt Kenzy Ayman (EGY) 8-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (51m)
[6] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bye
[7] Mélissa Alves (FRA) bye
[9/16] Sana Ibrahim (EGY) bt Lucy Beecroft (ENG) 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (33m)
[9/16] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (21m)
[4] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bye
[3] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
Hana Moataz (EGY) bt [9/16] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 8-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-3, 11-6 (55m)
[WC] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt [9/16] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (28m)
[8] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bye
[5] Emily Whitlock (WAL) bye
Marina Stefanoni (USA) bt [9/16] Cindy Merlo (SUI) 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 (19m)
Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bt [9/16] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 (28m)
[2] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye


El Tayeb and Soliman Lift CIB Zed Open Titles

Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb has won her first PSA title since becoming a mother after the World No.11 overcame top seed and compatriot Salma Hany to win the inaugural CIB Zed Squash Open, PSA World Tour Bronze event.

It’s El Tayeb’s first PSA title since October 2020 and the 12th of her career. The 29-year-old – who is married to World No.1 Ali Farag and gave birth in July of last year – got the better of World No.9 Hany by an 11-7, 12-14, 11-6, 11-4 scoreline in 74 minutes,

El Tayeb was just two points from victory when a loss of power at Zed Park resulted in a length delay. That only served to be a minor impediment to El Tayeb’s title charge as she quickly dispatched Hany upon her return to court to complete a win which will see her move back into the world’s top 10 when the PSA Women’s World Rankings are published tomorrow.

“I feel great. It’s one of the happiest titles I’ve won,” said El Tayeb afterwards.

“I took a year break, so I wanted to do well coming back after having a baby. This week, with how my preparation was in pre-season and how I was mentally and physically, to play such a tough match, physically, emotionally and psychologically, I’m very happy with how I played.

“When it happened [the power cut], I’m glad it didn’t happen when we were closer in the match. It’s the first time this has happened to me, and I was just trying to take everything in as it’s a big final. I’ve only played one big final in Egypt before, but it was a new experience for me and I was trying accept it, and I’m glad I managed to control it.”

The men’s final followed the women’s and top seed Youssef Soliman has captured the biggest PSA title of his career after a sublime display from the World No.17 saw him dismantle No.2 seed Victor Crouin.

Soliman has won the title without dropping a game after powering past Rui Soares, Moustafa El Sirty and Raphael Kandra, in contrast to Crouin, who battled past two five-game battles against Juan Camilo Vargas and Balazs Farkas in the second round and quarter-finals, respectively.

Soliman hit his targets with aplomb and completely nullified Crouin as he completed an 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 victory to secure the ninth PSA title of his career.

“To win my biggest title in Egypt, in front of a home crowd, my friends and family, it means a lot,” Soliman said.“I need to thank some people behind this tournament for having us this week. Like I’ve said before, this is the best Bronze event to happen to the PSA and I’m looking forward for this tournament to keep going.”

El Tayeb and Soliman also take early leads on the CIB Road to Egypt Standings. Points are on offer at all PSA World Tour events during the 2022-23 season, with the top eight players qualifying for the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals.

The next stop on the PSA World Tour will be the Qatar Classic – which takes place in Doha between September 4-10 – and the South Western Women’s Open, which will be held in Houston, United States between September 6-11.
El Tayeb Reaches CIB Zed Open Title Decider to Mark First Final Since Becoming a Mother

Egypt’s former World No.3 Nour El Tayeb has reached her first PSA World Tour final since becoming a mother after the 29-year-old put in a sensational performance to overcome Belgium’s Nele Gilis to reach the title decider of the inaugural CIB Zed Squash Open.

El Tayeb – who is married to men’s World No.1 Ali Farag – welcomed her daughter into the world in July 2021, but was back on the PSA World Tour just six months later as she marked her return to action with a quarter-final finish at the CIB Squash Open Black Ball, her first appearance on the tour since October 2020.

Since then, El Tayeb has steadily progressed up the PSA World Rankings, from as low as No.81 to her current ranking of World No.11. And she reached another milestone tonight as a commanding 11-1, 11-6, 11-4 victory over Gilis saw her reach her first PSA final since the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, which was also in October 2020.

“It’s amazing to be back near the top 10, and I feel like I am playing well,” said El Tayeb following the match.

“I feel like I deserve to be there so it is nice. Today was a tough match, I knew coming up against Nele was going to be a tough one because she beat me a few months ago. I am glad that I played well and I was able to stay focused throughout the whole match.

“It is still the first tournament, we can’t look too far ahead because I have the final tomorrow, and I am playing a very good player… I am definitely excited to be in the final, I haven’t been in a final for a couple of years.”

El Tayeb will lock horns with No.1 seed Salma Hany in the PSA World Tour Bronze final after the World No.9 defeated fellow Egyptian Farida Mohamed 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 in 35 minutes.

It’s Hany’s third final in the past 12 months and the 26-year-old will now aim to capture her first PSA title since 2013. To do so, she will need to arrest a run of form which has seen her win just one of seven matches against El Tayeb, with her only win over her compatriot coming at the 2020 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

“I feel like I play Nour in every single tournament in Egypt,” Hany said.

Salma Hany

“Obviously, I am very excited to be in a final with her, we go way back and I have always looked up to her. I am just really excited to come here again tomorrow and put on a great match.”

The men’s final will be contested by French No.2 seed Victor Crouin and Egyptian top seed Youssef Soliman after they beat No.4 seed Omar Mosaad and No.3 seed Raphael Kandra, respectively.

Crouin, the World No.18, will appear in his biggest ever PSA final following his 11-2, 7-11, 11-3, 11-6 victory over Mosaad, a former World No.3.

Victor Crouin

“I have been climbing the rankings slowly, I had a steady rise, I’ve won Challenger 5s, 10s and 20s, and then I won a Challenger 30 level event in June,” said Crouin.

“So if I can win a Bronze then it means I have improved to the next level. That was my goal coming here, to win the title. It has been a hard week, coming through two five-gamers in the first two matches, but it was a little more comfortable today.”

Meanwhile, Soliman put in an assured performance to beat Kandra in straight games and he too will attempt to win his biggest PSA tournament.

“For sure, I want to thank my new coach, he is here, so thank you for coming,” said Soliman.

Youssef Soliman

“My brother as well, he has been with me forever, he has always been there for me. Thank you guys for coming, and we have one more push, let’s do it.”

The CIB Zed Squash Open finals take place tomorrow (August 28) at 18:45 (GMT+2) and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok.
Crouin Overturns Four Match Balls to Reach CIB Zed Open Semi-Finals

French No.2 seed Victor Crouin overturned four match balls and came back from 2-0 down to complete a thrilling comeback against unseeded Hungarian Balazs Farkas in the quarter-finals of the CIB Zed Squash Open, PSA World Tour Bronze event.

Farkas was appearing in his biggest ever PSA quarter-final, but the World No.70 showed no signs of any nerves tonight at Zed Park as he outplayed Crouin in the opening two games and continued his fine form into the third to lead 10-6 and put his opponent on the brink of a shock defeat.

But Crouin, the World No.18, kept focused and fought his way back into the match, winning six straight points against a tiring opponent. That third-game victory sapped all of the energy and confidence from Farkas, who looked increasingly forlorn as Crouin powered to the win over the course of the next two games.

“I just hate losing, so I kept fighting and I found a way in that third game,” said Crouin, who will appear in his second Bronze level semi-final.

“After winning that, I felt it was possible to come back, so I’m just very happy to win. It’s only a Bronze event, but it feels almost like a Platinum event. It’s an amazing venue here, it’s nice to play outside even though it’s hot.

“I love playing in Cairo, I have my friends here that I spent years with in the US and I still see them here in Cairo, so it’s great to be back.”

Crouin will take on No.4 seed and former World No.3 Omar Mosaad for a place in the title decider after ‘The Hammer of Thor’ got the better of No.8 seed Yahya Elnawasany.

Meanwhile, top seed Youssef Soliman will take on Germany’s Raphael Kandra in the other men’s semi-final following respective wins over Moustafa El Sirty and Mohamed ElSherbini.

“To beat Moustafa in three I had to be consistent with my hitting and movement, he’s so good with his stop/start game and I’m just glad to be through in three,” said Soliman.

Youssef Soliman

“You can see this event could be a Platinum event, it has to be the best 50k in the history of the PSA and hopefully I can keep going.”

In the women’s quarter-finals, both of the top seeds also made it through to the last four, with Salma Hany and Nour El Tayeb beating Nadine Shahin and Marina Stefanoni, respectively.

Hany dropped the third game against Shahin, but otherwise put in a strong display in which she showcased her delicate touch with the racket. An 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6 victory has sent Hany through to her second PSA semi-final of the year after her last four finish in May’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

Salma Hany

“Nadine is a very tricky opponent,” Hany said.

“We play a lot on tour and it’s always back and forth between us. All respect to her, and I needed to be very sharp from the beginning. I had a good start in the first two games and then she was strong in the third, but I’m just glad I managed to get through in four games.”

El Tayeb, a former World No.3, required just 25 minutes to see off 19-year-old American Marina Stefanoni, who was appearing in her maiden Bronze quarter-final.

Nour El Tayeb

“First of all, I knew I was playing a dangerous opponent,” said El Tayeb.

“I’ve heard about Marina for the past four or five years, so I was very aware and nervous and I watched a few of her matches to see how she plays because she’s new to the tour. I think because I was aggressive and focused from the beginning it helped me play well throughout the whole match.”

El Tayeb will lock horns with No.3 seed Nele Gilis in the next round after the Belgian beat Hana Ramadan, while Hany will play Farida Mohamed, who beat France’s Melissa Alves.

The semi-finals of the CIB Zed Squash Open begin tomorrow (August 27) at 18:45 (GMT+2) and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok.
Crouin Avoids Vargas Upset on Day Two of CIB Zed Open

French No.2 seed Victor Crouin avoided a shock defeat to Colombia’s World No.67 Juan Camilo Vargas as he prevailed in a five-game thriller to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural CIB Zed Squash Open, PSA World Tour Bronze event held at Zed Park in Cairo.

Crouin, the World No.18 from Marseille, was sublime in the opening two games as he settled into a steady pace of hitting and controlled the rallies, giving his opponent very little chance to attack.

That all changed in the third and fourth games though as Vargas began to display his qualities to force Crouin into a decider. It was the fifth game where Crouin’s focus was severely tested, but the 23-year-old passed that test to reach the last eight.

“I don’t know what to say right now, I need to watch it back and analyse the match,” Crouin said afterwards.

“I was 2-0 up and he brought it back to 2-2, but I’m happy I’m through. It’s these kinds of matches where I have to push through even if I can’t find a solution, I still have to win and that’s all that matters.

“It’s an opportunity [to win the title] but I have to take it one match at a time because, as you can see, I could have been out today. Yes, it’s an opportunity, yes, it’s the goal to win a Bronze event, but if it doesn’t happen then I will keep pushing.”

Crouin will take on Hungary’s Balazs Farkas in the next round after the World No.70 took out No.7 seed Karim El Hammamy in four games to reach the quarter-finals of a Bronze level event for the first time.

Meanwhile, top seed Youssef Soliman also booked his place in the quarter-finals after a comfortable win over Portugal’s Rui Soares in the final match of the day, winning 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 to set up a last eight meeting with No.5 seed Moustafa El Sirty.

“It is all about performances, I don’t want to focus on being the top seed or to win the tournament or anything, it is all about performing,” said Soliman.

Youssef Soliman

“I will try to implement my game on court, that is my goal and hopefully it will work out.”

El Sirty came back from two games down to avoid an upset against fellow Egyptian Aly Abou Eleinen, while No.3 seed Raphael Kandra also required five games to see off the threat of Colombia’s Ronald Palomino. Omar Mosaad, Mohamed ElSherbini and Yahya Elnawasany were the other men’s victors.

In the women’s event, top seeds Salma Hany and Nour El Tayeb made strong starts to the tournament with respective wins over Jana Shiha and Satomi Watanabe.

Hany, the No.1 seed and World No.9, completed the win in under half an hour, prevailing 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 to set up a quarter-final clash with No.6 seed Nadine Shahin.

Salma Hany

“Obviously, I was very excited to kick off my season today, Jana is a tricky first opponent, so I am pretty happy with my performance to get through in three,” Hany said.

“I am not really thinking about that [the title], I am just taking it as a normal tournament. I just want to win every match, it doesn’t matter if I am seeded No.1 or even No.30, I show up every day to put up a fight and ready to win a match.”

El Tayeb will go up against unseeded Marina Stefanoni of the United States in the last eight following her 13-11, 11-3, 11-4 win against Watanabe.

“The target for me, as it is for any player in the tournament, is to win the event,” El Tayeb said.

Nour El Tayeb

“This event is very important for me if I want to get into the top eight. I’m taking it match by match, obviously, and trying not to look ahead. Hopefully I can play well tomorrow and take it from there.”

Stefanoni is through to her biggest PSA quarter-final and is the only unseeded woman to reach the last eight here after she upset No.5 seed Emily Whitlock in an exciting five-game battle over at the ‘traditional’ plaster courts on the other side of Zed Park. Nele Gilis, Hana Ramadan, Farida Mohamed and Melissa Alves also claimed wins on day two.

The CIB Zed Squash Open continues tomorrow with the quarter-finals (August 26). Play begins at 13:00 (GMT+2), while action from the glass court gets under way at 18:45 (GMT+2). All matches will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

The action from the CIB Zed Squash Open will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok.
Wildcard Hamed Takes Out Fuller as Inaugural CIB Zed Open Begins

Menna Hamed in action during her first round match at the CIB Zed Squash Open in Cairo

Tournament wildcard Menna Hamed claimed the biggest upset on the opening day of the inaugural CIB Zed Squash Open, PSA World Tour Bronze event as she defeated an out-of-sorts Alexandra Fuller in straight games at Cairo’s Zed Park earlier today.

Hamed, the World No.71, is appearing at her first PSA World Tour event of 2022 but showed no signs of rustiness as she put in a dominant performance over Fuller, who was celebrating her 29th birthday. Fuller did hold a 5-1 lead in the third but was unable to capitalise as Hamed came back to complete an 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 victory to spoil Fuller’s birthday celebrations.

“She is a very good player, so I had to start well from the beginning,” said Hamed.

“I had to focus on every point. I’ve played her twice but it was five years ago, so we are definitely both different players physically, mentally and technically.

“I also have to mention that it’s the first time my father has come to watch me, so I’m very happy. It’s my first time playing on a glass court outside, so thank you to [Tournament Promoter] Omar Abdel Aziz for giving me the wildcard.

Hamed will take on No.8 seed Hana Ramadan in the last 16, where she will be joined by Japan’s Satomi Watanabe, who also claimed an upset win, beating World No.38 Yathreb Adel in straight games.

The pair had never met on the PSA World Tour, but Adel came in to this contest sitting 18 places above Watanabe in the PSA World Rankings. Watanabe took a tough first game 11-9 before then winning the second game comfortably. It looked like a comeback might be on at the start of the third game, as Adel won the first five points, but Watanabe regrouped and she will face Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb, the former World No.3, in round two.

Satomi Watanabe

“I was just really excited to be back on court again after last season,” said Watanabe who won six titles on the PSA Challenger Tour during 2021-22.

“It made me feel like I can actually have the ability to compete against higher ranked players. Before that, I was stuck in Japan and I didn’t know where I was, but now I am on the right track, so I just have to keep going. I was actually planning to get to the top 30 or top 20, that’s what I am aiming for for the end of the season.”

Over on the ‘traditional’ plaster courts on the other side of the complex, there were wins for the likes of Hana Moataz and Julianne Courtice, who came back from 2-0 down to beat Zeina Mickawy and Kenzy Ayman, respectively.

In the men’s event, Colombia’s Ronald Palomino marked his PSA World Tour debut with a fine victory over the higher-ranked Spaniard Bernat Jaume.

Ronald Palomino

The 23-year-old from Cali has had plenty of success on the PSA Challenger Tour, winning a pair of titles in South America last season, but was yet to have a taste of life on the World Tour before today. However, Palomino thrived on the step up in intensity and was in fine form, causing all sorts of problems for Jaume, who was unable to deal with the Colombian’s speed and touch.

“I’m so happy with my performance, it is my biggest tournament and I’m so happy to take the first win, I feel great,” said Palomino afterwards.

“It’s so different [to the Challenger Tour] everyone here is so professional and the players are so good, you can take a bus from the hotel to here and from the airport, it’s incredible, I like it so much.

“I just want to play and have fun.”

Palomino will go up against No.3 seed Raphael Kandra in the second round, while there were also wins for Aly Abou Eleinen and Juan Camilo Vargas, who were the men’s winners at the glass court.

Aly Abou Eleinen

Eleinen dispatched 17-year-old wildcard Yassin Shohdy in straight games, while Vargas also required three games to defeat Christopher Gordon of the United States in the final match of the day.

“This was my very first outdoor glass court experience,” Eleinen said.

“It was new to me, this is the biggest PSA event that I’ve gotten into on my own ranking. Even though I’m playing a young player, it’s a new experience to me, it was amazing and I want to keep going.”

Elsewhere, Hungary’s Balazs Farkas also claimed his maiden PSA World Tour win, beating Egypt’s Mazen Gamal.

The CIB Zed Squash Open continues tomorrow (August 25) as top seeds Salma Hany and Youssef Soliman get their tournaments under way. Play begins at 12:00 (GMT+2), with live streaming available via the PSA SQUASHTV YouTube channel, while action from the glass court begins at 18:45 (GMT+2) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

The action from the CIB Zed Squash Open will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok.
Egypt’s Ibrahim and Hany Top Inaugural CIB Zed Open Draws

Youssef Ibrahim

Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim and Salma Hany will top the draws for the inaugural CIB Zed Squash Open, PSA World Tour Bronze event when the first event of the 2022-23 season takes place between August 24-28 at Cairo’s Zed Park.

World No.11 Youssef Ibrahim will be looking to claim his first title since August 2019 as he enters the tournament as the No.1 seed. Ibrahim produced his best performance in a Platinum event last season at the Windy City Open as he reached the final and narrowly lost out to World No.2 Paul Coll after holding a 2-0 lead.

The No.2 seed for the event will be fellow Egyptian Youssef Soliman, who currently sits two places off his best ranking at World No.17. Soliman was the runner-up in his last PSA Bronze event as he lost to Karim Abdel Gawad in the Karachi Open Squash Championships in March. Ibrahim and Soliman last met at the Houston Open 2022, with the latter claiming a 3-0 victory.

European duo Victor Crouin and Raphael Kandra are the No.3 and No.4 seeds for the event. Crouin comes into the event full of confidence after claiming victory at the recent World Games. The young Frenchman defeated higher-ranked players Miguel Rodriguez and Gregoire Marche to lift the title. Kandra finished last season strongly with a last-16 appearance at the El Gouna International, losing out in four games to World No.1 Ali Farag.

In the women’s event, Egypt’s World No.9 Salma Hany tops the draw as she looks to pick up her first title since winning the Malaysian Squash Tour 8th Leg in 2013. The 25-year-old was the runner-up in last season’s Oracle NetSuite Open, losing out to Amanda Sobhy in the final. Hany will face either Salma El Alfy or Jana Shiha in her opening match.

2019 World Championship runner-up Nour El Tayeb is the No.2 seed for the event and has gone from strength to strength since returning to the PSA World Tour after giving birth to her daughter last year. The World No.11 has reached the last eight in her last four events, including two semi-final appearances at the CIB PSA World Championships and the El Gouna International.

El Tayeb will face either Japan’s Satomi Watanabe or compatriot Yathreb Adel.

No.4 seed Farida Mohamed ended her 2021-22 season with a win at the RMClub Women’s Open. Claiming the Challenger 30 title helped Mohamed reach her highest ranking of No.15 heading into the new season. Meanwhile, No.3 seed Nele Gilis has recovered from a hip injury which forced her to withdraw from the RMClub Women’s Open and she will be looking to start the season in strong fashion.

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