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Greenwich Open 2022

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$6,000 Greenwich Open 2022, Field Club Of Greenwich, Greenwich, CT, USA, PSA Challenger Tour 5
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Greenwich Open 2022
Men's Draw
26 - 30 Oct
Greenwich, CT, USA, $6k

Final:
[9/16] Marwan Tarek (EGY) bt [1] Andrés Herrera (COL) 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (43m)

Semi-finals:
[9/16] Marwan Tarek (EGY) bt [9/16] Karim Elbarbary (EGY) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (38m)
[1] Andrés Herrera (COL) bt [6] Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY) 11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 4-11, 11-5 (73m)

Quarter-finals:
[9/16] Marwan Tarek (EGY) bt [2] Abhishek Agarwal (IND) 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 (29m)
[9/16] Karim Elbarbary (EGY) bt [3] Ricardo Toscano (GUA) 11-3, 11-8, 11-1 (27m)
[4] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) v [6] Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY)
[1] Andrés Herrera (COL) bt Carlos Vargas (MEX) 8-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-3 (58m)

2nd round:
[2] Abhishek Agarwal (IND) bt [9/16] Muhammad Farhan Hashmi (PAK) 11-7, 11-8, 13-11 (44m)
[9/16] Marwan Tarek (EGY) bt [8] Hamza Sharif (PAK) 11-9, 11-6, 11-2 (32m)
[9/16] Karim Elbarbary (EGY) bt [7] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (50m)
[3] Ricardo Toscano (GUA) bt [WC] Ricardo Lopez (MEX) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 (26m)
[4] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) bt [WC] Tristan Eysele (RSA) 11-7, 4-11, 11-2, 11-7 (31m)
[6] Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY) bt [WC] David Beeson (USA) 11-4, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6 (41m)
Carlos Vargas (MEX) bt [5] Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) 5-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 12-10 (66m)
[1] Andrés Herrera (COL) bt Mohamed Nabil (EGY) 15-13, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8 (82m)

1st round:
[2] Abhishek Agarwal (IND) bye
[9/16] Muhammad Farhan Hashmi (PAK) bt [WC] Lockie Munro (CAN) 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 (39m)
[9/16] Marwan Tarek (EGY) bt Elijah Thomas (NZL) 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 13-11 (55m)
[8] Hamza Sharif (PAK) bye
[7] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) bye
[9/16] Karim Elbarbary (EGY) bt Muhammad Ibrahim Noorani (PAK) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (17m)
[WC] Ricardo Lopez (MEX) bt [9/16] Nicolas Serna (COL) 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 (69m)
[3] Ricardo Toscano (GUA) bye
[4] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) bye
[WC] Tristan Eysele (RSA) bt [9/16] Saeed Abdul (PAK) 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
[WC] David Beeson (USA) bt [9/16] Petr Nohel (CZE) 11-7, 13-11, 11-8 (32m)
[6] Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY) bye
[5] Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) bye
Carlos Vargas (MEX) bt [9/16] Darosham Khan (CAN) 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (16m)
Mohamed Nabil (EGY) bt [9/16] Abdul Malik Khan (PAK) 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 (50m)
[1] Andrés Herrera (COL) bye

Greenwich Open 2022
Women's Draw
26 - 30 Oct
Greenwich, CT, USA, $6k

Final:
[2] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt [1] Alicia Mead (ENG) 11-8, 12-10, 11-2 (39m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt [4] Alina Bushma (UKR) 3-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7 (48m)
[2] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt [9/16] Emma Trauber (USA) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt [7] Margot Prow (ENG) 13-11, 11-9, 13-11 (34m)
[4] Alina Bushma (UKR) bt [9/16] Hana Ismail (EGY) 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)
[9/16] Emma Trauber (USA) bt [9/16] Noa Romero (ESP) 11-9, 11-13, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (55m)
[2] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt [6] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (23m)

2nd round:
[1] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt [9/16] Grace Fazzinga (USA) 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (17m)
[7] Margot Prow (ENG) bt [9/16] Charlotte Pastel (USA) 11-6, 11-2, 11-9 (25m)
[9/16] Hana Ismail (EGY) bt [8] Sohaila Ismail (EGY) 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 12-14, 11-7 (68m)
[4] Alina Bushma (UKR) bt [9/16] Madeleine Hylland (NOR) 11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (27m)
[9/16] Noa Romero (ESP) bt [3] Hannah Blatt (CAN) 13-11, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-2 (44m)
[9/16] Emma Trauber (USA) bt [5] Élise Romba (FRA) 11-5, 11-8, 11-3 (23m)
[6] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) bt Ella Schoonmaker (USA) 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (35m)
[2] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt [9/16] Sarahi Lopez (MEX) 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (51m)

1st round:
[1] Alicia Mead (ENG) bye
[9/16] Grace Fazzinga (USA) bt Madeline Oh (USA) 11-3, 11-7, 11-9 (15m)
[9/16] Charlotte Pastel (USA) bt Mia Krishnamurthy (USA) 11-7, 11-4, 11-2
[7] Margot Prow (ENG) bye
[8] Sohaila Ismail (EGY) bye
[9/16] Hana Ismail (EGY) bt Ella Miller (USA) 11-2, 11-3, 11-3 (16m)
[9/16] Madeleine Hylland (NOR) bye
[4] Alina Bushma (UKR) bye
[3] Hannah Blatt (CAN) bye
[9/16] Noa Romero (ESP) bt Anniston Mahaffy (USA) 11-2, 11-6, 11-2 (16m)
[9/16] Emma Trauber (USA) bt Nayelly Hernandez (MEX) 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6 (28m)
[5] Élise Romba (FRA) bye
[6] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) bye
Ella Schoonmaker (USA) bt [9/16] Sana Bahadar (PAK) 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (25m)
[9/16] Sarahi Lopez (MEX) bt Adele Sammons (USA) 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (20m)
[2] Wen Li Lai (MAS) byee
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Tarek and Lai Take Titles

Egypt’s Marwan Tarek and Malaysia’s Wen Li Lai were the two winners at the Greenwich Open this week in the United States.

Tarek came into the tournament unseeded, and started his campaign in the opening round with a win against New Zealand’s Elijah Thomas. He defeated the Kiwi in a four-game battle, fighting back after losing the opening game of their contest on Wednesday.

Wins then followed against No.8 seed Hamza Sharif, No.2 seed Abhishek Agarwal and compatriot Karim Elbarbary, who was also unseeded. He won all three of those matches without dropping a game to make it through to the final of the Challenger 5 level competition.

In the final, the Egyptian took on Colombia’s Andres Herrera, the tournament’s top seed. Tarek dropped just 15 points in the contest, claiming a comfortable 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 to secure the title, in his first event on Tour in over twelve months.

After receiving a bye in the opening round of the women’s event, No.2 seed Wen Li Lai started her campaign in Greenwich with a come-from-behind victory against Mexico’s Sarahi Lopez. The Malaysian lost the first game 11-8, but came through to win in four to advance to the quarter finals.

There, she defeated No.6 seed Ninon Lemarchand in straight games, before going on to down the unseeded Emma Trauber in three as well, ending any American hopes of home success in the competition.

The final saw Lai take on top seed Alicia Mead for the title, and after two tight games, it was the Malaysian who had full control of the contest. She went on to win in straight games to secure the victory, her third on Tour.
 
Tarek and Elbarbary Set Up Surprise Semi-Final

Egypt’s Marwan Tarek and Karim Elbarbary are both unseeded, but will meet in the semis of the Greenwich Open on Saturday after taking down two of the top three seeds.

Tarek is featuring on Tour for the first time in a year, and caused an upset on Thursday when he got the better of No.8 seed Hamza Sharif. The former World Junior Champion then took down India’s Abhishek Agarwal in the last eight. The young Egyptian defeated the No.2 seed in straight games to book his spot in the semi-finals.

He will face compatriot Elbarbary on Saturday afternoon after his fellow Egyptian defeated No.3 seed Ricardo Toscano. The World No.288 needed just 27 minutes, dropping only 12 points, en route to a straight games victory over the Guatemalan.

Top seed Andres Herrera will continue to lead the draw, after getting the better of Carlos Vargas in the quarter finals. The Colombian will now face another Egyptian, in No.6 seed Abdelrahman Nassar, after he received a walkover through his last eight tie with Nigerian Babatunde Ajagbe.

In the women’s draw, Emma Trauber delighted the home crowd as she beat Noa Romero to make the last four. The American fell behind after three games, but fought back to win in five against the Spaniard, taking the fifth game 11-8 to win in 55 minutes.

Trauber will now face No.2 seed Wen Li Lai, while top seed Alicia Mead will meet Ukraine’s Alina Bushma in the semis. Mead needed two tie-breaks in a straight games victory over compatriot Margot Prow, while the Ukrainian downed Hana Ismail in half an hour to advance.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreamsFacebookInstagramTikTokTwitter.
 
Six Unseeded Players Into Quarters

Six unseeded players took surprise victories on Thursday to move into the quarter finals of the Greenwich Open.

Former World Junior Champion Marwan Tarek is one of those to cause a seeding set. The Egyptian is playing in his first tournament for over a year, and he got the better of Pakistan’s Hamza Sharif in straight games to book his spot in the quarter finals where he will face India’s Abhishek Agarwal.

Elsewhere in the men’s draw, Egypts Karim Elbarbary and Mexico’s Carlos Vargas also took down seeded players. The Mexican overcame Malaysia’s Sanjay Jeeva in a five-game battle, winning 12-10 in the fifth, while Elbarbary defeated Paraguayn No.1 Francesco Marcantonio in straight games.

There were also three surprise results in the women’s event as well. American Emma Trauber used home advantage to defeat France’s No.5 seed Elise Romba, while Spain’s Noa Romero defeated No.3 seed Hannah Blatt in five, coming from a game down to take the win. Hana Ismail defeated namesake Sohaila, the No.8 seed, to make it through to the quarters as well.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter.
 
Wildcard Trio Into Second Round

Three wildcards took surprise wins on the opening day of the Greenwich Open to make their way into the second round of the Challenger 5 competition.

USA’s David Beeston delighted the home crowd to book his spot in the second round, getting the better of Czech Republic’s Petr Nohel. The American won in straight games including a second game tie-break, to book his spot in the second round.

He is joined in the men’s draw by Tristen Eysele and Ricardo Lopez, two other wildcards for the tournament. The South African defeated Pakistan’s Saeed Abdul and Lopez overcame the challenge of Nicolas Serna.

In the women’s event, four Americans made it through to the last 16 of the competition. Grace Fazzinga, Charlotte Pastel, Emma Trauber and Ella Schoonmaker will all mature in the second round.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter.
 
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Mead Aiming For World Tour Events


World No.81 Alicia Mead

Challenger 5 level tournament.

The Round Hill Club and the Field Club of Greenwich will both play host to the tournament, which will see 48 players take to the court in an attempt to take home the titles.

World No.81 Alicia Mead will be the top seed for the women’s event and the highest ranked player in the tournament. We spoke to the Englishwoman ahead of the event, and she believes that she is playing well, coming off a semi-final appearance at the Life Time Chicago Open last week.

“At times I feel like I’ve put together some of my best squash, especially over the last couple of tournaments. I’ve made some quite big technical changes over the last two years and at times have found it a slow progress,” the Englishwoman said.

“When my coach and the team around me looked at the number of technical breakdowns and tactical errors happening over a match, I knew it would (and continues) to take a long time and I’ve had to be on at myself a lot to stop slipping back into some habits. It’s a lot more enjoyable when you start to see it improving! I’ve really enjoyed the last few events and I think as the season progresses; I’ll keep growing in confidence.

“I had a patch before the summer where my health was coming second to training amid a busy tournament period. I kept wanting to put myself out there and push through but eventually it led to a few withdrawals from events. You feel like they’re missed opportunities but there’s always going to be more and ultimately your health should always be the priority.”

After making that semi-final last week, where she got the better of top seed Haley Mendez, Mead is now looking ahead to the Greenwich Open, where she has a clear idea of what she is looking for.

Mead is currently just outside the world’s top 80, and she is aiming to break onto the World Tour in the near future, despite trying not to focus on her World Ranking.

“This week in Greenwich is about being clear on game plans and what I’m trying to do in each match. I put a lot of work in over the summer with good intensity, trying to do all the rights things and a lot of physical work, but it’s about the quality of the squash,” she explained.

“These girls are all a high level and you don’t expect any less than for them to turn up wanting to win the tournament so I can’t just go on and hope to play well without being really clear on the tactics I’ve been working on. I’ll talk things through with my coach beforehand so I can go in feeling confident and enjoy the challenge of being the top seed. I had some good results in Chicago this week so I’m excited for this week and keeping myself in a really positive head space.

“I’ve got to a few semi-finals and finals of Challenger Tour events, particularly last summer and felt I’ve come close to breaking through and sneaking into some bigger tournaments but it’s tough out there. I needed to be better at working things out quicker in matches when the opportunities arose.

“You try not to become too fixated on rankings and hope results will eventually aid that, but the overriding goal is to play World Tour events and I need to get myself up there to do that. I’m working on adding different dimensions to my game, getting into better positions to add threat and generally do the basics well more consistently.

“I’ve started having inputs from a new coach alongside the people I’m currently working with and feel like that’s really helping me. The challenge is to translate the work I’ve been doing better into matches and get myself in the mix with the higher ranked girls.”

Malaysia’s Wen Li Lai, Canadian Hannah Blatt and Ukraine’s Alina Bushma will make up the rest of the top four seeds in the women’s event. Lara Varma will be the leading American in the draw, while juniors Charlotte Pastel, Emma Trauber and Grace Fazzinga also in action.

Colombia’s Andres Herrera will be the top seed in the men’s Challenger 5 level competition, with India’s Abhishek Agarwal, Guatemala’s Ricardo Toscano and Nigeria’s Babatunde Ajagbe as the closest competitors for the crown.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter.
 

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