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Rhode Island Open 2022


$20,000 Women's Rhode Island Open 2022, PVD Squash, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, PSA Challenger Tour 20
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Rhode Island Open 2022
Women's Draw
09 - 13 Nov
Rhode Island, USA, $20k

10 Nov
11 Nov
12 Nov
13 Nov

[1] Farida Mohamed (EGY)
11-6, 13-11, 11-6 (33m)
[9/16] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY)

Farida Mohamed
11-5, 11-7, 15-13 (33m)
Millie Tomlinson
Farida Mohamed
11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (22m)
Akanksha Salunkhe
Farida Mohamed
11-6, 11-9, 20-18 (45m)
Marina Stefanoni
[6] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (29m)
[9/16] Saran Nghiem (ENG)
[5] Grace Gear (ENG)
10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 12-10 (63m)
Wen Li Lai (MAS)
Grace Gear
15-17, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-2 (51m)
 Akanksha Salunkhe
[9/16] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND)
11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (22m)
[3] Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
[9/16] Marina Stefanoni (USA)
11-5, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8 (31m)
[4] Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
Marina Stefanoni
11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9 (54m)
Georgia Adderley
Marina Stefanoni
11-9, 11-6, 11-13, 5-11, 11-6 (64m)
Lucy Beecroft
[8] Georgia Adderley (SCO)
7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-3, 11-2 (40m)
[9/16] Menna Nasser (EGY)
[7] Lucy Beecroft (ENG)
11-2, 11-4, 11-4 (16m)
[9/16] Élise Romba (FRA)
Lucy Beecroft
11-13, 11-8, 7-11,
11-9, 11-4 (67m)
Lucy Turmel
[9/16] Hana Moataz (EGY)
11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (51m)
[2] Lucy Turmel (ENG)


[1] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bye
[9/16] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) bt [WC] Lily Seckendorf (USA) 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 (17m)
[9/16] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt Anastasiia Kostiukova (UKR) 11-3, 11-5, 11-1 (21m)
[6] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bye
[5] Grace Gear (ENG) bye
Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt [9/16] Sofía Mateos (ESP) 11-0, 11-7, 11-8 (20m)
[9/16] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) bt [WC] Rachel Mashek (USA) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (22m)
[3] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) bye
[4] Ineta Mackevica (LAT) bye
[9/16] Marina Stefanoni (USA) bt Bruna Marchesi Petrillo (BRA) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (22m)
[9/16] Menna Nasser (EGY) bt Hannah Blatt (CAN) 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (19m)
[8] Georgia Adderley (SCO) bye
[7] Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bye
[9/16] Élise Romba (FRA) bt Emilia Korhonen (FIN) 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4 (32m)
[9/16] Hana Moataz (EGY) bt Caroline Fouts (USA) 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4 (29m)
[2] Lucy Turmel (ENG) bye
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Top Seed Mohamed Claims Victory

Egypt’s World No.15 Farida Mohamed won the Rhode Island Open this week, coming through her four matches without dropping a game.

The Egyptian came into the Challenger 20 level competition as the top seed, and after receiving a bye through the opening round’s action, she took on compatriot Fayrouz Aboelkheir in the second round. Thanks to a second game tie-break going her way, Mohamed won in straight games in 33 minutes to move through to the last eight.

There, she took on England’s Millie Tomlinson, and once again, she needed to go deep into a tie-break to keep it to three. She claimed the third game 15-13 in a straight games win. The Egyptian then got the better of India’s Akanksha Salunkhe in just 22 minutes in the semi-finals to move through to the final at PVD Squash.

In the final, Mohamed took on home favourite Marina Stefanoni, after the American had taken down three seeded players to make the last match of the tournament. The Egyptian won the first two games, before a lengthy third game saw 38 points played. In the end, Mohamed won it 20-18 to win in straight games, and to claim the title without dropping a game in Rhode Island.

Mohamed To Meet Home Hope Stefanoni

Home favourite Marina Stefanoni caused another upset to reach the final of the Rhode Island Open, where she will face off against top seed Farida Mohamed.

The American had already gotten the better of No.4 seed Ineta Mackevica and No.8 seed Georgia Adderley to make it into the last four. She then came up against England’s Lucy Beecroft, the No.7 seed for the Challenger 20 level competition.

Stefanoni took the first two games to hold a commanding lead in the contest. However, the Englishwoman fought back, taking the third game on a tie-break 13-11, before then clinching the fourth game 11-5 as well. In the deciding game, Stefanoni took an early lead and never looked back, going on to win it 11-6 to book her spot in the final.

She will take on top seed Farida Mohamed, after the World No.15 downed India’s Akanksha Salunkhe in straight games. The Egyptian dropped just nine points over the opening couple of games, but the Indian fought back in the third. It was much tighter, but Mohamed came through it 11-9, to advance to Sunday’s finals.

The final of the Rhode Island Open will take place on Sunday, November 13, with Egypt’s Farida Mohamed taking on the USA’s Marina Stefanoni for the Challenger 20 level title.
Round 1

Stefanoni Carries Home Hopes

Marina Stefanoni will carry the home hopes into the second round of the Rhode Island Open, after she got the better of Brazil’s Bruna Marchesi Petrillo.

Stefanoni came up against the Brazilian, and dropped just 14 points in her first round contest in Rhode Island, winning 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 in 22 minutes, to set up a clash with Latvian No.1 Ineta Mackevica.

Only two of the eight first round matches went to a fourth games, with France’s Elise Romba and Egypt’s Hana Moataz taking victories. Moataz got the better of home hope Caroline Fouts, while the Frenchwoman defeated Finland’s Emilia Korhonen.

Elsewhere, Egypt’s Fayrouz Aboelkheir and Menna Nasser both won in straight games, with the former set to face top seed and World No.15 Farida Mohamed in the second round. England’s Saran Nghiem, India’s Akanksha Salunkhe and Malaysia’s Wen Li Lai also secured their second round berths.

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.

Top Seed Mohamed Feeling No Pressure

Egypt’s Farida Mohamed

The biggest women’s event of the week on the Challenger Tour will be the Rhode Island Open, which will take place from Wednesday, November 9 to Sunday, November 13 at PVD Squash in Providence.

The Challenger 20 level tournament will feature a 24-strong draw, with several members of the world’s top 50 in action. Egypt’s Farida Mohamed will be the top seed, and we spoke to the World No.15 prior to the tournament getting underway on Wednesday evening.

“I‘ve been putting in so much hard work and there have been a lot of changes in my team too, which added a lot of improvements and positives to my squash. I feel I’m playing my best squash right now and it’s a really exciting phase!” Mohamed said.

“I think it’s been a while since I’ve been the top seed in an event, so I’m really looking forward to it and to giving my best squash out there with no pressure, just enjoying it!”

This will be Mohamed’s first appearance on the Challenger Tour since she was victorious at the Challenger 30 RMCLUB Women’s Open Presented by Expression Networks in Mauritius earlier this year.

Unbelievably, the Egyptian took the title in Grand Bay despite carrying a hamstring injury. She went all the way in the event, beating Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in the final to claim the biggest title of her career, and it was a special week for the 20-year-old.

“The win at Mauritius was really special to me as I played it while suffering from a serious hamstring injury that lasted for four months,” she explained.

“I was going to pull out of the tournament just two days before the deadline but I had a feeling that I really want to win it, so I went for it!

“This win definitely gave me so much confidence that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve as long as I believe in myself and work hard! And it’s making me go to all tournaments now with a mentality which is helping me play better as I just feel I’m enjoying myself out there!”

Thanks to that victory, Mohamed propelled herself inside the world’s top 16 for the first time and she now currently sits at a career-high of World No.15. However, that’s definitely not the end for the young Egyptian.

“I’m definitely proud to be playing at World No.15 right now. It’s a great step towards a bigger goal! My goal now is to break into the top ten this season!”

As top seed, Mohamed will face competition from England’s Lucy Turmel for the title in Providence this week, with Canada’s Nicole Bunyan and Latvian No.1 Ineta Mackevica making up the rest of the top four seeds for the event.

The British quartet of Grace Gear, Millie Tomlinson, Lucy Beecroft and Georgia Adderley will also be seeded, while Marina Stefanoni, the leading American in action on home soil, will be a part of the 9/16 seeding bracket.

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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