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Monte Carlo Classic 2022


$20,000 Women's Monte Carlo Classic 2022, Monaco Squash Club, Monte Carlo, Monaco
PSA Challenger Tour 20
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Monte Carlo Classic 2022
Women's Draw
28 Nov-02 Dec
Monaco, Monte Carlo, $20k

29 nov
30 nov
01 Dec
02 Dec

[1] Lucy Turmel (ENG)
11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (26m)
Taba Taghavi (FRA)

Lucy Turmel
11-5, 7-11, 11-7 ret. (33m)
 Rana Ismail
 Rana Ismail
11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3 (35m)
Marie Stéphan
Rana Ismail
11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 (50m)
Mélissa Alves
[8] Rana Ismail (EGY)
11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (17m)
[9/16] Ali Loke (WAL)
[7] Alicia Mead (ENG)
11-7, 11-3, 11-3 (21m)
[9/16] Léa Barbeau (FRA)
Alicia Mead
11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (30m)
Marie Stéphan
[4] Marie Stéphan (FRA)
8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (47m)
[9/16] Katerina Tycova (GER)
Nour Heikal (EGY)
11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (20m)
[3] Emilia Soini (FIN)
Nour Heikal
11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (28m)
Menna Hamed
Nour Heikal
6-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-5 (44m)
Mélissa Alves
[6] Menna Hamed (EGY)
11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (29m)
[WC] Nour Ramy (EGY)
[5] Torrie Malik (ENG)
11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (24m)
Jacqueline Peychär (AUT)
Torrie Malik
9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (40m)
Mélissa Alves
[9/16] Élise Romba (FRA)
11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
[2] Mélissa Alves (FRA)


[1] Lucy Turmel (ENG) bye
Taba Taghavi (FRA) bt [9/16] Sofía Mateos (ESP) 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (27m)
[9/16]8888888 Ali Loke (WAL) bt Caroline Lyng (DEN) 11-4, 11-4, 12-10 (28m)
[8] Rana Ismail (EGY) bye
[7] Alicia Mead (ENG) bye
[9/16] Léa Barbeau (FRA) bt Bruna Marchesi Petrillo (BRA) 11-1, 11-3, 11-6 (28m)
[9/16] Katerina Tycova (GER) bt [WC] Ella Galova (FRA) 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9 (52m)
[4] Marie Stéphan (FRA) bye
[3] Emilia Soini (FIN) bye
Nour Heikal (EGY) bt [9/16] Klara Møller (DEN) 11-2, 11-3, 11-1 (14m)
[WC] Nour Ramy (EGY) bt [9/16] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9 (30m)
[6] Menna Hamed (EGY) bye
[5] Torrie Malik (ENG) bye
Jacqueline Peychär (AUT) bt [9/16] Au Yeong Wai Yhann (SGP) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (25m)
[9/16] Élise Romba (FRA) bt Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (25m)
[2] Mélissa Alves (FRA) bye
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Alves Claims Biggest Win Since 2019

Melissa Alves receives the Monte Carlo Classic trophy

Frenchwoman Melissa Alves secured her biggest win on Tour in three years, as she downed Rana Ismail to claim the Monte Carlo Classic title on Friday evening.

Alves, the World No.30, came into the Challenger 20 level competition at the Monaco Squash Club as the No.2 seed, and she started off her week with a bye through the opening day’s action.

He first match of the competition came in the second round, where she got the better of compatriot Elise Romba inside 20 minutes, dropping just eleven points in an 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 victory.

She then also won in straight games against England’s No.5 seed Torrie Malik, before taking down the unseeded Nour Heikal. The young Egyptian had already caused a couple of upsets in the early rounds, but Alves made sure there would not be another, winning in four to book her place in the final.

The final saw the Frenchwoman taken on No.8 seed Rana Ismail, who had gotten the better of another Frenchwoman, in Marie Stephan, in the last four. Alves won the opening game 11-7, but saw the young Egyptian fight back to take the second on a tie-break. Alves regrouped, though, to win the third 11-7, before moving through to win the fourth as well to claim the title.

The win is the joint-biggest of the World No.30’s career, and is her seventh overall. It is the second Challenger 20 level crown that Alves has won, following her success at the Nash Cup in 2019.

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.

Semi Finals

Alves and Ismail Set For Battle

Rana Ismail celebrates
Rana Ismail celebrates

France’s Melissa Alves and Egypt’s Rana Ismail will do battle in the final of the Monte Carlo Classic on Friday evening.

Ismail came into the competition as the No.8 seed, and after getting the better of a struggling Lucy Turmel in the quarter finals, she then overcame the challenge of No.4 seed Marie Stephan in the last four on Thursday evening.

The young Egyptian started strongly in their semi-final contest, and clinched a crucial first game 11-9, before then doubling her lead after winning the second game 11-6. Stephan fought back to take the third but her comeback was cut short, as Ismail rattled through a quick-fire fourth game to secure the victory.

She will now face Frenchwoman Melissa Alves in the final on Friday evening, after the World No.30 overcame the unseeded Nour Heikal. The Egyptian had caused a couple of upsets already in the tournament, and looked strong early on after winning the first game 11-6.

She then had her chances to win the second game as well, but Alves came through it on a tie-break 14-12, and that set her up for the rest of the tie. The Frenchwoman, who is the No.2 seed for the event, dropped just nine points in the match, to win in four and to book her spot in the final.

The final of the Monte Carlo Classic will take place on Friday, December 2, with France’s Melissa Alves and Egypt’s Rana Ismail doing battle for the title at the Monaco Squash Club.
Quarter finals

Unseeded Heikal Gatecrashes Semis

Nour Heikal in action

After causing an upset in the second round, Egypt’s Nour Heikal continue her knockout run, this time downing the No.6 seed, Menna Hamed, to reach the last four.

Heikal defeated Finnish No.1 Emilia Soini in the second round on Tuesday evening, and she came up against compatriot Menna Hamed in the quarter finals. Hamed came into this tournament as the No.6 seed, and having won the PSA Cognac at the weekend.

However, Heikal was in great form once again. The first game was tight, with the young Egyptian taking it 11-9, and from there on, she was in control. She went on to take the match in straight games, to move through to the last four of the Challenger 20 level competition.

She will now take on Frenchwoman Melissa Alves in the semi-finals, after the tournament’s No.2 seed downed England’s Torrie Malik. It was the Englishwoman who won the first game, but Alves fought back to win in four in 40 minutes to advance.

The other semi-final will see Rana Ismail take on Marie Stephan in another France-Egypt clash. Ismail took on top seed Lucy Turmel in the quarter finals, but after the Englishwoman suffered an ankle injury in practice, she was unable to move at her best. After going 2-1 down in the contest, Turmel retired to protect her ankle, allowing Ismail to move through to the last four.

The Egyptian will face Marie Stephan on Thursday in Monte Carlo, after the Frenchwoman, and No.4 seed, overcame England’s Alicia Mead. After a tight first game, which Stephan won 11-9, she was able to keep control of the match, and went on to claim victory in straight games.

The Monte Carlo Classic continues on Thursday, December 1 with the semi-finals of the Challenger 20 level competition. Both matches will see French players take on Egyptians for spots in Friday’s finals.

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.

Moller Delighted After First Tour Title

Klara Moller in action in Angers
Klara Moller in action in Angers

The first of three tournaments taking place on the Challenger Tour this week will be the Monte Carlo Classic, which begins on Monday, November 28.

The tournament has a rich history, dating back to it’s first edition in 1996, and it has attracted some of the sport’s biggest names, with several World No.1s taking home the crown from the principality.

Laura Massaro is a three-time champion, with Cassie Campion, Vanesa Atkinson, Sarah Fitz-Gerald and Nouran Gohar also having their names on the trophy. Dutchwoman Natalie Grinham is the tournament’s only four-time winner, having taken victory in Monte Carlo in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.

This year will see the 25th edition of the competition, and the first since 2019. It will be a Challenger 20 level tournament, with England’s Lucy Turmel as the top seed. France’s Melissa Alves and Marie Stephan, along with Finnish No.1 Emilia Soini will make up the top four seeds.

After taking her first two wins on Tour this month, England’s Torrie Malik will also be seeded, alongside compatriot Alicia Mead. The Egyptian duo of Rana Ismail and Menna Hamed, the latter of which is in the final of the PSA Cognac on Sunday afternoon on the Western side of France, 1000km away.

Japan’s Akari Midorikawa, Welshwoman Ali Loke, Singaporean No.1 Au Yeong Wai Yhann, Germany’s Katerina Tycova, Spain’s Sofia Mateos, Austria’s Jacqueline Peychar and Danish No.1 Klara Moller will all be in the 9/16 seeding bracket for the competition.

We spoke to the Dane ahead of the tournament, who is back to focussing on her squash once again. She claimed her first Tour title at the Wake Up Squash Angers International earlier this month, where she defeated compatriot Caroline Lyng in the final, and Moller says that a lack of expectation probably helped her in Angers.

“I feel like I’m playing quite well at the moment. I’ve had a few tough months with squash being my second priority because of university, but now I’m finally getting into a better rhythm and I can start focusing a lot more on squash and training again,” the Dane admitted.

“It obviously felt so great winning my first title. Although I was the top seed for the tournament, I really didn’t expect to come out on top. Before going to France, I wasn’t enjoying my squash and I had a lot on my mind. I guess my low expectations made me relax a bit more on and off court. Not having any expectations made the win feel even better.

“It was very tough playing a fellow Dane [Caroline Lyng] and travel buddy in the final. It was a first final for both of us and we probably didn’t play our best squash. It was a bit of a scrappy and nervy match, so I was very relieved to win in three!”

At just 21-year-old, Moller is still relatively new to the Tour, but she has already gained plenty of experience, including being in front of the SQUASHTV cameras at the Odense Open earlier this year.

She is continuing to try to put those experiences into practice with her game, and with that, she believes that the top 100 in the World Rankings is certainly within reach for her in the near future.

“One thing I’ve learned is that you get punished right away when playing a loose shot. I think my game is quite physical but sometimes I just need to cut it in short instead of playing it to the back again. Why not spend as little time on court as possible? Another thing is the mindset – you really need to get that killer instinct going!

“There’s still a long way to go! We are so many girls aiming for top 100 and I personally need to get a few more good results and learn to be more consistent. I believe I have what it takes and the win in Angers definitely boosted my confidence!”

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.

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