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Life Time Chicago Open 2022

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$12,000 Life Time Chicago Open 2022, Life Time Athletic Vernon Hills, Chicago, USA, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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Life Time Chicago Open 2022
Men's Draw
19 - 23 Oct
Chicago, USA, $12k

ROUND TWO
 
QUARTERS
 
SEMIS
 
FINAL
 

[1] Victor Crouin (FRA)
11-0, 11-7, 11-7 (31m)
[9/16] Spencer Lovejoy (USA)

Victor Crouin
11-3, 11-3, 11-5 (43m)
Faraz Khan
Victor Crouin
11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (29m)
Sam Todd
Victor Crouin
7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-0 (48m)
Ramit Tandon
[8] Faraz Khan (USA)
5-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (59m)
Yannik Omlor (GER)
[7] Zahed Salem (EGY)
12-14, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 (48m)
[9/16] Alfredo Avila (MEX)
Zahed Salem
11-8, 8-11, 4-11, 16-14, 11-6 (72m)
Sam Todd
[9/16] Sam Todd (ENG)
11-8, 11-6, 12-10 (47m)
[4] Leonel Cardenas (MEX)
[3] Ramit Tandon (IND)
11-3, 11-5, 11-1 (30m)
[9/16] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK)
Ramit Tandon
11-5, 11-2 ret. (16m)
Todd Harrity
Ramit Tandon
11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (34m)
Cesar Salazar
[6] Todd Harrity (USA)
8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (48m)
[9/16] Seif Shenawy (EGY)
[5] Nathan Lake (ENG)
11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (27m)
[9/16] Nick Sachvie (CAN)
Nathan Lake
11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (58m)
Cesar Salazar
[9/16] Timothy Brownell (USA)
11-6, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7 (47m)
[2] Cesar Salazar (MEX)

ROUND ONE

[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bye
[9/16] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) bt [WC] Omar El Torkey (EGY) 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 (40m)
Yannik Omlor (GER) bt [9/16] Josue Enriquez (GUA) 8-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-4, 11-2 (65m)
[8] Faraz Khan (USA) bye
[7] Zahed Salem (EGY) bye
[9/16] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Andrés Herrera (COL) 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 (36m)
[9/16] Sam Todd (ENG) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 11-4, 13-11, 11-5 (34m)
[4] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bye
[3] Ramit Tandon (IND) bye
[9/16] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) bt Alejandro Reyes (MEX) 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 (73m)
[9/16] Seif Shenawy (EGY) bt Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) 11-4, 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6 (48m)
[6] Todd Harrity (USA) bye
[5] Nathan Lake (ENG) bye
[9/16] Nick Sachvie (CAN) bt Mark Broekman (ENG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-2 (25m)
[9/16] Timothy Brownell (USA) bt Abhishek Agarwal (IND) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (33m)

Life Time Chicago Open 2022
Women's Draw
19 - 23 Oct
Chicago, USA, $12k

ROUND TWO
 
QUARTERS
 
SEMIS
 
FINAL
 

[1] Haley Mendez (USA)
9-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9 (49m)
[9/16] Alicia Mead (ENG)

Alicia Mead
11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 (30m)
Erisa Sano Herring
Alicia Mead
11-3, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7 (33m)
Kenzy Ayman
Kenzy Ayman
11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 (42m)
Hana Moataz
Erisa Sano Herring (JPN)
11-4, 12-10, 7-11, 12-10 (35m)
[5] Menna Nasser (EGY)
[7] Anna Kimberley (ENG)
11-4, 11-0, 12-10 (31m)
9/16] Léa Barbeau (FRA)
Anna Kimberley
11-8, 14-12, 15-13 (39m)
Kenzy Ayman
[4] Kenzy Ayman (EGY)
11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7 (47m)
[9/16] Alina Bushma (UKR)
[3] Georgia Adderley (SCO)
11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (26m)
Margot Prow (ENG)
Georgia Adderley
3-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-7 (34m)
Sohaila Ismail
Georgia Adderley
11-5, 11-13, 11-2,
11-13, 11-5 (61m)
Hana Moataz
Sohaila Ismail (EGY)
8-11, 11-3, 3-11, 11-6, 12-10 (51m)
[6] Nardine Garas (EGY)
[9/16] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND)
9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (35m)
[8] Rana Ismail (EGY)
Akanksha Salunkhe
11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (26m)
 Hana Moataz
[WC] Reeham Sedky (USA)
19-17, 10-6 ret. (31m)
[2] Hana Moataz (EGY)

ROUND ONE

[1] Haley Mendez (USA) bye
[9/16] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (31m)
Erisa Sano Herring (JPN) bt [9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) 3-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (39m)
[5] Menna Nasser (EGY) bye
[7] Anna Kimberley (ENG) bye
[9/16] Léa Barbeau (FRA) bt [WC] Hana Elashry (EGY) 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (36m)
[9/16] Alina Bushma (UKR) bt [WC] Sana Bahadar (PAK) 11-3, 11-1, 11-4 (16m)
[4] Kenzy Ayman (EGY) bye
[3] Georgia Adderley (SCO) bye
Margot Prow (ENG) bt [9/16] Hannah Blatt (CAN) 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (23m)
Sohaila Ismail (EGY) bt [9/16] Bruna Marchesi Petrillo (BRA) 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (30m)
[6] Nardine Garas (EGY) bye
[8] Rana Ismail (EGY) bye
[9/16] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) bt Sanne Veldkamp (NED) 11-0, 11-3, 11-4 (30m)
[WC] Reeham Sedky (USA) bt [9/16] Diana Garcia (MEX) 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (42m)
[2] Hana Moataz (EGY) bye
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REPORTS

Crouin and Moataz Claim Titles

Hana Moataz and Victor Crouin with the Life Time Chicago Open trophies

The Life Time Chicago Open Walker & Dunlop – The Hussain Family came to its conclusion on Sunday afternoon, with Frenchman Victor Crouin and Egypt’s Hana Moataz taking the titles at Life Time Athletic Vernon Hills.

Crouin came into the tournament as the top seed, and after a bye through the opening round, he went through the event with consummate ease. His second round contest saw him downed American Spencer Lovejoy in just half an hour, before then downing No.8 seed Faraz Khan in straight games.

The Frenchman took on England’s Sam Todd in the semi-finals, with the unseeded Englishman having already taken out two of the top seeds to make it to the last four. Crouin, though, had no issues, dropping just nine points en route to a 29-minute victory.

In the final, Crouin took on India’s Ramit Tandon, and he lost the first game, the first game he had lost all week. From there, the Frenchman was in complete control, winning both the second and third games 11-6, before taking the fourth game without dropping a point. He took the victory, and as a result, moved back into the world’s top 10 on Monday.

Egypt’s Moataz started the week as the No.2 seed, and had a difficult start to the event. She went to a tie-break against American wildcard Reeham Sedky, taking it 19-17. Unfortunately, Sedky had to retire midway through to the second with injury, sending the Egyptian through to the quarters.

She then came up against India’s Akanksha Salunkhe in the last eight, and won in straight games to move through to the semis. There, Moataz defeated No.3 seed Georgia Adderley, and had to go to a deciding game, but she eventually took the win after just over an hour.

The final was an all-Egyptian battle, with Moataz coming up against compatriot Kenzy Ayman. She took the first two games 11-7 and 11-6 before seeing Ayman take the third game to close the gap. However, the No.2 seed took the win in four after 42 minutes to claim the title.
 
Tandon Takes Down Salazar To Make Final

Ramit Tandon

India’s Ramit Tandon booked his spot in the final of the Life Time Chicago Open Walker & Dunlop – The Hussain Family after downing No.2 seed Cesar Salazar in the last four on Saturday.

The Indian name into the competition as the No.3 seed, and came up against the Mexican in the semis. He dropped just 14 points, winning in straight games to advance to the final at Life Time Athletic Vernon Hills. He will face World No.11 Victor Crouin in the final, after the Frenchman overcame England’s Sam Todd in straight games, losing nine points in the process.

The women’s final will see Egypt’s Hana Moataz and Kenzy Ayman meet on Sunday. Moataz downed Scotland’s Georgia Adderley in a tight five-game battle which lasted more than an hour, while No.4 seed Ayman downed England’s Alicia Mead in four games.

The finals of the Life Time Chicago Open Walker & Dunlop – The Hussain Family will take place on Sunday, October 23, with Ramit Tandon taking on top seed Victor Crouin for the men’s title. Egypt’s Kenzy Ayman and Hana Moataz will meet in the women’s final. You can keep up to date with live scores from the event here.
 
Mead and Todd Gatecrash Semis

Alicia Mead in action in Chicago

The English duo of Sam Todd and Alicia Mead continue to make waves in Chicago, with the pair now into the semi-finals of the competition alongside the top seeds.

Todd got the better of No.4 seed Leonel Cardenas in the second round, and he then came up against No.7 seed and former World No.14 Zahed Salem in the last eight, and the pair would do battle for more than 70 minutes at Life Time Athletic Vernon Hills.

The Englishman won the first game 11-8, but then found himself 2-1 down after some high quality squash from the Egyptian gave him the advantage. Salem then had his chances to finish the match in the fourth, with it going deep into a tie-break, but Todd was able to save several match balls. He then took it 16-14, before going on to claim an 11-6 win in the fifth to down the tournament’s No.7 seed.

The 19-year-old will now face World No.11 Victor Crouin in the semi-finals in Chicago, while India’s Ramit Tandon and Mexico’s Cesar Salazar will do battle in the other match in the last four of the men’s Challenger 30 level draw.

In the women’s event, the unseeded Alicia Mead will join the rest of the top four seeds in the semi-finals. She got the better of top seed Haley Mendez in the second round on Thursday, and then came up against another unseeded player, in Japan’s Erisa Sano Herring, in the quarters.

Mead won the first game of their encounter, but the Japanese woman brought it level following the second game. However, from there, it was the Englishwoman who took control, to win inside half an hour and book her spot in the semi-finals of the Challenger 10 level competition.

She will now face Egypt’s Kenzy Ayman in the semis, while Scotland’s Georgia Adderley, the No.3 seed, will also face an Egyptian. Adderley will meet No.2 seed Hana Moataz in the last four on Saturday afternoon.

The semi-finals of the Life Time Chicago Open Walker & Dunlop – The Hussain Family will take place on Saturday, October 22 at the Life Time Athletic Vernon Hills. You can keep up to date with live scores from the last four here.
 
England’s Mead and Todd Cause Upsets

Alicia Mead and Haley Mendez in action during the second round of the Life Time Chicago Open
Alicia Mead (fore) and Haley Mendez

The English duo of Sam Todd and Alicia Mead caused big upsets on Thursday evening in the second round of the Life Time Chicago Open Walker & Dunlop – The Hussain Family, with the latter taking down the top seed in the women’s event.

Mead took on top seed Haley Mendez in the second round at Life Time Athletic Vernon Hill. She quickly found herself two games down to the American, who currently sits at World No.52. However, the Englishwoman fought back to win in five games, taking victory in just under 50 minutes, to knock out the draw’s highest-ranked player.

She will now face Japan’s Erisa Sano Herring, who also caused a second day upset. The Japanese woman defeated Egypt’s No.5 seed Menna Nasser in a four-game battle, winning two tie-breaks by a 12-10 scoreline. Herring and Mead will face off on Friday to guarantee an unseeded woman in the semi-finals in Chicago.

Egypt’s Sohaila Ismail and India’s Akanksha Salunkhe also defeated seeded players in the second round. Ismail overcame compatriot Nardine Garas, the No.6 seed, after coming from 2-1 down to win in five, while Salunkhe got the better of Egypt’s No.8 seed Rana Ismail in four games.

In the men’s draw, there was just the one surprise result, as Sam Todd defeated Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas. Todd, who claimed his biggest Tour title to date at the Concourse Athletic Club Open at the weekend, continued his form to take down the World No.29 on Thursday. The Englishman won in straight games, including a third game tie-break, to extend his winning run in the USA.

Sam Todd on court during his Life Time Chicago Open second round match with Leonel Cardenas
Sam Todd on court during his Life Time Chicago Open second round match with Leonel Cardenas

He will now face Egypt’s No.7 seed Zahed Salem in the quarters, after the former top 16 player came from behind to defeat Mexico’s Alfredo Avila in four games. Salem lost the first 14-12, but won 3-1, thanks to some controlled squash through the middle part of the contest.

Two home hopes, in Todd Harrity and Faraz Khan, made it into the last eight as well. Harrity came from a game down to defeat Egypt’s Seif Shenawy, while Khan had to fight his way back from two games down to win in five against German No.2 Yannik Omlor.

The quarter finals of the Life Time Chicago Open Walker & Dunlop – The Hussain Family will take place on Friday, October 21. You can keep up to date with live scores from the event here.
 
Wildcard Sedky Among American Trio Through

The Life Time Chicago Open Walker & Dunlop – The Hussain Family got underway on Wednesday, and wildcard Reeham Sedky caused the biggest upset of the day, as one of three Americans through to the second round on home soil.

Sedky was one of three wildcards in the women’s event, along with Pakistan’s Sana Bahadar and Egyptian Hana Elashry. The American took on Mexican Diana Garcia, and came through her opening match of the women’s Challenger 10 level competition in straight games. She won 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 to book her spot in the last 16, where she will take on No.2 seed Hana Moataz.

Elsewhere in the women’s event, Japan’s Erisa Sano Herring, England’s Margot Prow and Egyptian Sohaila Ismail also caused seeding upsets. Herring came from two games down to defeat Switzerland’s Ambre Allinckx to make it through to the second round. Meanwhile, Prow downed Canadian Hannah Blatt and Ismail got the better of Bruna Marchesi Petrillo.

The other two Americans to make it through from the opening day’s action came in the men’s Challenger 30 level event. Spencer Lovejoy got the better of Egypt’a Omar El Torkey, while Timothy Brownell defeated Indian Abhishek Agarwal in straight games. The pair will now play the top two seeds in the tournament. Lovejoy will face World No.11 Victor Crouin, while Brownell takes on Mexico’s Cesar Salazar in the second round.

Canadian Nick Sachvie and Egypt’s Seif Shenawy, both winners on Tour at the weekend, continued their good form into the first round in Chicago. The Canadian downed England’s Mark Broekman in straight games, while Shenawy had to go the distance to overcome the challenge of Nigerian Babatunde Ajagbe.

The second round of the Life Time Chicago Open Walker & Dunlop – The Hussain Family will take place on Thursday, October 20, and you can keep up to date with live scores from both the men’s and women’s events in Chicago right here.
 
Preview

Harrity Enjoying Hardworking US Group



The Life Time Chicago Open Walker & Dunlop – The Hussain Family is the last of four tournaments taking place on the Challenger Tour this week, and it will feature both a men’s Challenger 30 level draw and a women’s Challenger 10 level competition.

Frenchman Victor Crouin will be the top seed for the men’s event, with the World No.11 facing competition from the Mexican duo of Leonel Cardenas and Cesar Salazar. India’s Ramit Tandon will be the other member of the top four seeds for the event.

England’s Nathan Lake, Egypt’s Zahed Salem and the American duo of Todd Harrity and Faraz Khan will all be in action, with the latter pair aiming for victory on home soil. We spoke to Harrity prior to the tournament, and he believes that he is playing well right now, but he is trying not to predict how this event will go.

“Currently I think I am in good form. I have a had a few ups and downs already in the start of this season, but I felt I played pretty well in the U.S. Open, my last tournament and am improving as the season progresses,” Harrity said.

“This is a very strong draw. It’s one of the strongest Challenger 30 level events I’ve seen, but it will be a great tournament. Honestly I never like to predict how I will do in an event because all that ever does is just put pressure on myself. So I will just take it one match at a time.”

Harrity is a key part of a strong American group of players in the world rankings, sitting just behind Shahjahan Khan in the battle to be US No.1. He believes that it is a good time to be a part of the US Squash programme, and that having so many players can only benefit the entire group.

“I think it’s a very exciting time for US Squash. Of course, Shahjahan has been playing very well. But we also have Timmy [Brownell], Andrew [Douglas], Faraz [Khan], and Spencer [Lovejoy] who are training hard and playing well,”

“It’s a real gift to have this group of hardworking, enthusiastic players. We can all push each other and get better as a group. I don’t think too much about the US No.1 spot. I try to focus on constantly improving my own game and all of these guys are definitely helping me be my best.”

Another American, in Haley Mendez, will be the top seed for the women’s tournament. Egypt’s Hana Moataz and Kenzy Ayman, along with Scotland’s Georgia Adderley, make up the rest of the top four seeds. Three more Egyptians, in Menna Nasser, Nardine Garas and Rana Ismail, along with England’s Anna Kimberley, make up the rest of the top eight seeds.

The event takes place from Wednesday, October 19 to Sunday, October 23 at the Life Tine Athletic Vernon Hills in Chicago.

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