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PSA Cognac Open 2022

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$6,000 Women's PSA Cognac Open 2022, Squash La Belle Allée, Cognac, France
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PSA Cognac Open 2022
Men's Draw
23 - 27 Nov
Cognac, France, $6k

Final:
[1] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt [6] Abdallah Elmasry (EGY) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (59m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt [4] Valentin Rapp (GER) 9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 13-11 (91m)
[6] Abdalah El Masry (EGY) bt [8] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 (64m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt [5] Mohamed Nasser (EGY) 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (62m)
[4] Valentin Rapp (GER) bt [7] Ondrej Vorlícek (CZE) 11-1, 11-4, 11-6 (25m)
[6] Abdalah El Masry (EGY) bt [WC] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (62m)
[8] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [2] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 13-11 (49m)

2nd round:
[1] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt Lowie Delbeke (BEL) 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 (48m)
[5] Mohamed Nasser (EGY) bt [9/16] Laouenan Loaëc (FRA) 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7 (52m)
[7] Ondrej Vorlícek (CZE) bt [WC] Brice Nicolas (FRA) 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 (43m)
[4] Valentin Rapp (GER) bt [9/16] Nils Roesch (SUI) 12-10, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6 (41m)
[WC] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) bt [3] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
[6] Abdalah El Masry (EGY) bt [9/16] Manu Paquemar (FRA) 5-2 ret.
[8] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [9/16] Finnlay Withington (ENG) 4-11, 11-4, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9 (62m)
[2] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt Baptiste Bouin (FRA) 11-6, 2-11, 11-3, 11-7 (39m)

1st round:
[1] Ivan Perez (ESP) bye
Lowie Delbeke (BEL) bt [9/16] William Donnelly (NZL) 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 (31m)
[9/16] Laouenan Loaëc (FRA) bt Pablo Dolz (ESP) 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (61m)
[5] Mohamed Nasser (EGY) bye
[7] Ondrej Vorlícek (CZE) bye
[WC] Brice Nicolas (FRA) bt [9/16] Macéo Lévy (FRA) 11-2, 11-3, 12-10 (26m)
[9/16] Nils Roesch (SUI) bt [WC] Arón Astray (ESP) 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (43m)
[4] Valentin Rapp (GER) bye
[3] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) bye
[WC] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) bt [9/16] Anthony Lepper (NZL) 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 (34m)
[9/16] Manu Paquemar (FRA) bt Vini Rodrigues (BRA) 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 (33m)
[6] Abdalah El Masry (EGY) bye
[8] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bye
[9/16] Finnlay Withington (ENG) bt [WC] Titouan Isambard (FRA) 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (24m)
Baptiste Bouin (FRA) bt [9/16] Noah Meredith (ENG) 9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-2 (52m)
[2] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bye

PSA Cognac Open 2022
Women's Draw
23 - 27 Nov
Cognac, France, $6k


Final:
[1] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt Ambre Allinckx (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (24m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt [3] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) 6-11, 14-12, 11-1, 2-11, 11-9 (57m)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) bt [5] Katriona Allen (SCO) 10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (42m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt [9/16] Ella Galova (FRA) 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 (37m)
[3] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) bt [7] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) 7-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (36m)
[5] Katriona Allen (SCO) bt [LL] Isabel McCullough (ENG) 11-4, 11-7, 2-11, 11-7 (33m)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) bt [6] Taba Taghavi (FRA) 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3 (43m)

2nd round:
[1] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt [9/16] Ana Munos (FRA) 11-3, 15-13, 11-6 (26m)
[9/16] Ella Galova (FRA) bt [4] Léa Barbeau (FRA) 8-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 (37m)
[7] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) bt [8] Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) 11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5 (29m)
[3] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) bt [9/16] Sanne Veldkamp (NED) 11-7, 11-7, 14-12 (27m)
[LL] Isabel McCullough (ENG) bt Catarina Nunes (POR) 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8 (60m)
[5] Katriona Allen (SCO) bt [9/16] Kara Lincou (FRA) 12-10, 7-11, 4-11, 15-13, 11-3 (46m)
[6] Taba Taghavi (FRA) bt [9/16] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) 11-6, 13-11, 11-9 (36m)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) bt [2] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) 15-17, 14-12, 11-6, 11-4 (47m)

1st round:
[1] Menna Hamed (EGY) bye
[9/16] Ana Munos (FRA) bt Isabel McCullough (ENG) 13-11, 6-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9 (41m)
[9/16] Ella Galova (FRA) bt Sabrina Belliot (FRA) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8
[6] Léa Barbeau (FRA) bye
[5] Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS) bye
[9/16] Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) bt [WC] Sarah Soudan (EGY) 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (22m)
[9/16] Sanne Veldkamp (NED) bt [WC] Maria Fernanda Rivera (MEX) 7-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (35m)
[3] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) bye
[4] Celine Walser (SUI) bye
[WC] Catarina Nunes (POR) bt [9/16] Lilou Brevard-Belliot (FRA) 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (22m)
[9/16] Kara Lincou (FRA) bt Kincső Szász (HUN) 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (19m)
[7] Katriona Allen (SCO) bye
[8] Taba Taghavi (FRA) bye
[9/16] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) bt [WC] Rose Lucas Marcuzzo (FRA) 11-6, 11-7, 11-0 (20m)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) bt Ocean De Luca (FRA) 11-6, 11-4, 11-1 (20m)
[2] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) bye
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Finals

Top Seeds Ivan Perez & Menna Hamed Take The PSA Cognac Titles



Spain’s Ivan Perez and Egypt’s Menna Hamed were victorious at the PSA Cognac this week after both winning their respective finals 3-0 in Squash La Belle Allée to claim their fourth and seventh PSA titles.

Perez was the top seed for the event and defeated surprise finalist Abdallah Elmasry in straight games to life the title. The spaniard was tested throughout but managed to hold off the Egyptian in all three games to take the win in just short of an hour of play.

The win for Perez is even more impressive given the efforts that he went through in the previous round to get there. He overcame Germany’s Valentin Rapp in a huge 91 minute clash, winning 13-11 in the fifth game after an error from Rapp secured the victory for the No.1 seed.

Perez won both of his second and third round matches 3-1 to advance to the semi-finals, beating Belgium’s Lowie Delbeke and Egypt’s Mohamed Nasser.


Menna Hamed in action

In the women’s final, Egypt’s Menna Hamed got the better of Switzerland’s Ambre Allinckx to lift the Challenger 5 title. Hamed wasted no time in the final as she only needed 24 minutes to overcome the unseeded Allinckx.

Like Perez, Hamed also had to weather a storm in the semi-finals as she overcame Japan’s Akari Midorikawa 11-9 in the fifth game to advance after 57 minutes of play. That was after she managed to beat Belgium’s Ella Galova in the quarter finals, 3-1 and France’s Ana Munos in the second round.
 
Semi Finals

Allinckx and Elmasry To Meet Top Seeds

Ambre Allinckx in action at the PSA Cognac in France
Switzerland’s Ambre Allinckx

Egypt’s Abdallah Elmasry and Switzerland’s Ambre Allinckx are into the finals of the PSA Cognac, and will take on the two top seeds on Sunday afternoon.

Switzerland’s Allinckx won the Open Feminin du Jeu de Paume earlier this month, and she had already gotten the better of two of the top six seeds to make the semis in Cognac.

She then took on No.5 seed Katriona Allen in the last four, and fell behind early on after losing the opening game 12-10. However, she reversed that scoreline to win the second, before going on to take the third 11-8. The fourth game was also tight, but Allinckx came through it to win in four and to move through to the final.

She will take on top seed Menna Hamed, after the Egyptian had to battle through a five-game contest against Japan’s Akari Midorikawa. The Egyptian won the second game 14-12 to level things up, before then winning the third 11-1. She then lost the fourth in quick fashion as Midorikawa set up a deciding game, one Hamed won 11-9 to get over the line after just under an hour.

The men’s final will also feature an Egyptian, as No.6 seed Abdallah Elmasry knocked out the only remaining Frenchman in the competition. He and Toufik Mekhalfi were level after two games, after the pair traded 11-7 scorelines. From there, though, it was Elmasry that took control. He won the third 11-5, before taking a tight fourth game 11-9 to book his spot in the final.

The Egyptian will now take on top seed Ivan Perez, after the Spaniard won in five on semi-finals day. He took on Germany’s Valentin Rapp, and found himself two games down. Perez then won both the third and fourth games 11-9 to set up a tantalising deciding game. In the end, after both men had their chances, Perez won it 13-11 after 91 minutes, to move through to the final.

The finals of the PSA Cognac will take place on Sunday, November 27, with all the action being streamed live on the Squash Cognac La Belle Allee Facebook page. You can also keep up to date with live scores from the finals 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

Quartet Secure Surprise Results

Robertino Pezzota (fore) in action in the opening round in Cognac


The surprises kept coming at the PSA Cognac on Thursday afternoon, with a quartet of matches seeing a surprise victor in the second round.

The biggest of those, once again, was wildcard Robertino Pezzota. The Argentine, who came through the opening round as well. Got the better of Austrian No.1 and tournament No.3 seed Aqeel Rehman. Pezzota won in straight games, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 to move through to the last eight of the competition.

There was also a trio of surprises in the women’s event, with Switzerland’s Ambre Allinckx taking out the No.2 seed. The Swiss star claimed the title at the Open Feminin du Jeu de Paume earlier this month, where she was also unseeded like this week. In Cognac, she is into the last eight after beating Egypt’s Nadeen Kotb. Allinckx lost the first 17-15, but fought back to win a second game tie-break 14-12. From there, she was on form, winning the next two games comfortably to move through to the quarter finals.

She will be joined by Frenchwoman Ella Galova, who overcame compatriot and No.4 seed Lea Barbeau in a five-game battle. She found herself behind after three games, but fought through to win the fourth 11-9, before also taking the fifth game to win and to book her spot in the last eight.

Isabel McCullough lost in the opening round, but was awarded the ‘Lucky Loser’ place after a late withdrawal, and she has taken full advantage. The Englishwoman got the better of Portugal’s Catarina Nunes with her second chance in Cognac, winning in five games to move into the quarter finals.

The quarter finals of the PSA Cognac will take place on Friday, November 25, with all the action being streamed live on the club’s Facebook page. You can also keep up to date with live scores from the tournament 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

Wildcards Pezzota and Nicolas Through

Robertino Pezzota (fore) in action in the opening round in Cognac
Robertino Pezzota (fore) in action in the opening round in Cognac

The opening day of the PSA Cognac saw some surprise results, with the wildcard duo of Robertino Pezzota and Brice Nicolas both securing their spots in the second round.

39-year-old Argentinian Pezzota has not played on Tour since 2019, and in his first appearance in three years, he got the better of New Zealand’s Anthony Lepper. The Argentinian dropped just twelve points in a straight games victory over the Kiwi to move through to the second round.

He will be joined in the last 16 by another wildcard, in Frenchman Brice Nicolas. Playing on home soil, Nicolas overcame compatriot Maceo Levy in straight games, winning 11-2, 11-3, 12-10. Laouenan Loaec, Manu Paquemar and Baptiste Bouin are the other Frenchmen into the second round.

The French success continued in the women’s event as well. The trio of Ana Munos, Ella Galova and Kara Lincou all secured victories to make it through to the second round in Cognac.

Munos got the better of England’s Isabel McCullough in the first round, but due to some late withdrawals, and a change in the draw, the Englishwoman will feature in the second round as the ‘lucky loser’, where she will take on Portugal’s Catarina Nunes.

The second round of the PSA Cognac, which will see the seeds enter the draw, will take place on Thursday, November 24 at Squash Cognac La Belle Allee. Action form the event will be streamed live on the club’s Facebook page. You can also keep up to date with live scores from the tournament 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.
 
Preview

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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