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Hong Kong Football Club Open 2022

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$55,000 Men's Hong Kong Football Club Open 2022, Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
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Hong Kong Football Club Open 2022
Men's Draw
06 - 10 Dec
Happy Valley, Hong Kong, $55k

ROUND TWO
10 Dec
QUARTERS
10 Dec
SEMIS
10 Dec
FINAL
10 Dec

[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
11-6, 11-7, 11-1 (28m)
[9/16] Bernat Jaume (ESP)

Marwan Elshorbagy
11-8, 11-5, 12-10 (36m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu
Marwan Elshorbagy
11-6, 3-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8 (66m)
Youssef Soliman
Marwan Elshorbagy
11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8 (43m)
Mazen Hesham
 
[7] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
12-14, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (73m)
Rory Stewart (SCO)
[6] Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (37m)
Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)
Eain Yow Ng
11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (53m)
Youssef Soliman
[3] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)
Balázs Farkas (HUN)
[9/16] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
11-8, 11-3, 11-2 (29m)
[4] Nicolas Müller (SUI)
Dimitri Steinmann
11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (30m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
Dimitri Steinmann
11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (41m)
Mazen Hesham
[5] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
4-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-2 (48m)
[9/16] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY)
[9/16] Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY)
7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3 (61m)
[8] Greg Lobban (SCO)
Mohamed Elsherbini
11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9 (45m)
Mazen Hesham
Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG)
11-5, 15-13, 11-7 (31m)
[2] Mazen Hesham (EGY)

ROUND ONE

[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
[9/16] Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt [WC] Max Lee (HKG) 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10 (44m)
Rory Stewart (SCO) bt [9/16] Henry Leung (HKG) 11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4 (47m)
[7] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bye
[6] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bye
Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [9/16] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (41m)
Balázs Farkas (HUN) bt [9/16] Faraz Khan (USA) 12-10, 11-9, 11-5 (40m)
[3] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bye
[4] Nicolas Müller (SUI) bye
[9/16] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) bt [WC] Harley Lam (HKG) 11-8, 13-11, 11-8 (43m)
[9/16] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-1, 11-6, 12-10 (28m)
[5] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bye
[8] Greg Lobban (SCO) bye
[9/16] Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY) bt Wong Chi Him (HKG) 11-5, 13-11, 9-11, 7-11, 15-13 (75m)
Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) bt [9/16] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 8-11, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-8 (81m)
[2] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye

REPORTS

Final

ElShorbagy Beats Hesham To Claim Hong Kong FC Open Title

Marwan ElShorbagy with his trophy

World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy overcame compatriot and World No.8 Mazen Hesham to claim his first title of the 2022/23 season at the Hong Kong FC Open.

ElShorbagy was appearing in his fourth final of the season but hadn’t been able to convert in his previous three attempts, finishing runner-up in the NetSuite Open, Open De France and Grasshopper Cup. Hesham however had 100% conversion rate in finals this year as he claimed victory at the Malaysian Open, his only final appearance of the season.

ElShorbagy came through a tough five-set battle with fellow-Egyptian Youssef Soliman to reach the final and showed no signs of fatigue as he secured the opening game of the contest 11-8 to lead 1-0. Hesham responded in typical style, firing the ball in short and using his trademark deception to wrong foot ElShorbagy, he levelled 11-5.


ElShorbagy celebrates

Two tight games followed with both players desperate to claim the Bronze event title, the rallies became cagey and hard-fought. ElShorbagy is renowned for thriving in these conditions and did so once again as he went fro strength to strength to frustrate Hesham in the big points. ElShorbagy closed out the third game 11-9 before taking the fourth 11-8 to win his first title since March 2021.
 
Semi Finals

Top Seeds Advance To Final In Contrasting Styles

ElShorbagy in action

It will be an all-Egyptian final in the last PSA World Tour event of the year in the Hong Kong FC Open as top seeds Marwan ElShorbagy and Mazen Hesham progressed in contrasting styles to set up a mouth watering clash for the title.

ElShorbagy overcame compatriot Youssef Soliman in a brutal five-set clash to reach the final. After conceding the opening game, Soliman showed his class and quality to bounce back and take the game to the World No.6. He took the next two games wining 11-3, 13-11 to take a 2-1 lead.

ElShorbagy wasn’t going to go away easily however and managed to wrestle back control of the match and after levelling the score at 2-2 he ran through and converted the match, taking the fifth game 11-8 and moving into his fourth final of the season.

His opponent will be recent Malaysian Open Champion and No.2 seed Mazen Hesham, who defeated surprise semi-finalist Dimitri Steinmann in straight games.

The ‘Black Falcon’ has been in great form recently and has spoken about how he is relishing being injury free and finally feels he is playing the squash that he has always been capable of. Despite the speed of the Swiss No.2, Steinmann couldn’t find a way into the match and struggled to dictate the pace or get control. Hesham won 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 in 41 minutes.

Despite ElShorbagy holding a 5-2 advantage over Hesham, the later has won the last two encounters between the two, coming at the Houston Open and the British Open earlier this year.
Quarter Finals

Steinmann Stops Abouelghar Run To Reach Biggest Semi-Final Of His Career

Steinmann in action

Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann ended the comeback of former World No.7 Mohamed Abouelghar in the quarter finals of the Hong Kong FC Open 2022 as the Swiss No.2 claimed a straight games victory to advance to the final four of the PSA World Tour Bronze event.

Steinmann was fast off the mark in the opening game and really took the pace to Abouelghar, who is featuring in back to back competitive matches for the first time since October 2021. After sealing the first game 11-2, Steinmann only gained in confidence and despite a better showing from the Egyptian, he couldn’t match the physicality needed to compete further. Steinmann took the following two games both 11-7 to move into the biggest semi-final of his career.

Steinmann will be up against ‘The Falcon’ Mazen Hesham in the semi-finals, as the Egyptian defeated compatriot Mohamed ElSherbini in four games to advance. With the scores level at 1-1, it was Hesham who made the positive move, taking the third game 11-5 to move closer to victory. He then converted a tight fourth game 11-9 to move into yet another semi-final.

In the top half of the draw, there were straight games victories for the seeded players as No.1 seed Marwan ElShorbagy defeated Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu to move into his fifth semi-final of the season, after winning in 36 minutes and No.3 seed Youssef Soliman produced a terrific performance to beat Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng in 53 minutes. The two Egyptian’s will go head-to-head for the third time this season, with Soliman looking to score a win to level the all time score which is currently 2-1 to ElShorbagy.

You can keep up with the live scores from the event here.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 
Round 2

Abouelghar Scores Victory On Return To PSA Action

Mohamed Abouelghar

Former World No.7 Mohamed Abouelghar has scored a victory in his first match on the PSA World Tour since November 2021 as he overcame in-form compatriot Aly Abou Eleinen to reach the quarter finals at the Hong Kong FC Open 2022.

Abouelghar has been sidelined due to a knee injury for over a year and has seen his ranking drop to World No.850 in that time. He showed no times of dropping his level as after losing the opening game 11-4 to Eleinen, he recovered to take the next three games and score his first victory since last year’s Qatar Classic in October 2021.

He now faces Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann who scored a surprise victory over compatriot and No.4 seed Nicolas Mueller to reach the quarter finals. Steinmann took a tight first game 11-8 before steamrolling the next two games, winning 11-3, 11-2 to score the win in just under half an hours play.

Mohamed ElSherbini scored the only other seeding upset as he overcame Scotland’s No.8 seed Greg Lobban in a 61-minute five-game encounter. ElSherbini led 2-1 in games and looked in the driving seat to close the match out in four games. Lobban battled back to take the fourth game and force a decider but the Egyptian rose to the occasion and went from strength to strength to book his place in the last 8, winning 11-3 in the fifth.

He’ll now play Egypt’s Malaysian Open champion Mazen Hesham for a semi-final place after the No.2 seed defeated the last remaining home player in the draw, Tsz Kwan Lau. The crowd favourite had his chances to level in the second game but lost out by a close 15-13 scoreline, giving Hesham a 2-0 lead. Hesham then converted 11-7 in the third to record a straight games win.

Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu had to battle back from a game down to defeat Scotland’s Rory Stewart to advance. The World No.31 lost a brutal first game 14-12 in 22 minutes to give the Scot a 1-0 lead in the encounter. Pajares quickly bounced back and continued to work the tall frame of Stewart and went on to capture the next three games 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 to set up a quarter final match up with top seed Marwan ElShorbagy.

There were also wins for Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng and Egyptian duo Marwan ElShorbagy and Youssef Soliman who defeated Juan Camilo Vargas, Bernat Jaume and Balasz Farkas all in straight games to advance.

You can keep up with the live scores from the event here.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
Round 1

Kwan Lau Scores Upset To Reach RD2

Tsz Kwan Lau

Hong Kong No.2 Tsz Kwan Lau scored the pick of the upsets on day one of the The Hong Kong Football Club Open 2022 as he fought back from 2-0 down to beat Egypt’s World No.44 Karim El Hammamy and move into round two of the PSA World Tour Bronze event.

Karim El Hammamy secured the opening two games of the round one contest both 11-8 and looked well on his way to booking his round two spot and upsetting the home crowd. Lau had other ideas however and fought back to level the match at 2-2 after clinching a tight fourth game 15-13. Lau completed the comeback, scoring an 11-8 victory in the final game to reach round two and continue his great form from last week’s Platinum event. He’ll take on Malaysian Open champion Mazen Hesham in round three.

More upsets followed on day one in Hong Kong as European pair Rory Stewart from Scotland and Hungary’s Balazx Farkas scored victories over Henry Leung and Faraz Khan to reach the second round of the final World Tour event of the year. Stewart dropped the third game but managed to comfortably take the fourth game to advance in four to set up a match with Spain’s Iker Pajares.. Farkas however wasted no time in dispatching USA’s Khan, winning in straight games to move into the second round where he will meet No.3 seed Youssef Soliman.

World No.29 Mohamed ElSherbini survived a scare from local player Wong Chi Him in his opening match as the Hong Kong player came back from 2-0 down to level the match at 2-2 but El Sherbini was able to hang on in the fifth and final game to take it 15-13 and move through to the next round. He will now face No.8 seed Greg Lobban for a quarter final place.

There were comfortable wins throughout the day for Dimitri Steinmann, Aly Abou Eleinen and Juan Camilo Vargas, who all recorded straight games victories to advance. Whilst, Spain’s Bernat Jaume closed out day one with a four-game victory over former World No.12 and wildcard Max Lee to set up a last 16 encounter with No.1 seed Marwan ElShorbagy.
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