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SRFI Indian Tour - Chennai Leg 2022

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$12,000 SRFI Indian Tour - Chennai Leg 2022, Indian Squash Academy, Chennai, India, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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SRFI Indian Tour - Chennai Leg 2022
Men's Draw
19 - 23 Sep
Chennai, India, $12k

ROUND TWO
20 Sep
QUARTERS
21 Sep
SEMIS
22 Sep
FINAL
23 Sep

2] Martin Svec (CZE)
14-12, 11-4, 11-9 (29m)
[9/16] Ziad Ibrahim (EGY)

Martin Svec
11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (27m)
Tomotaka Endo
Martin Svec
14-12, 15-13, 11-9 (39m)
Khaled Labib

Khaled Labib
11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (22m)
Abhay Singh
[9/16] Tomotaka Endo (JPN)
11-8, 9-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-9
[5] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND) (58m)
[7] Mohamed Nasser (EGY)
13-11, 9-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 (62m)
Lam Shing Fung (HKG)
Mohamed Nasser
6-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (59m)
Khaled Labib
[3] Khaled Labib (EGY)
11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (29m)
[WC] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND)
[4] Abhay Singh (IND)
11-5, 11-7, 11-1 (29m)
[9/16] Lewis Doughty (ENG)
Abhay Singh
11-7, 3-11, 11-6, 11-9 (47m)
Velavan Senthilkumar
Abhay Singh
8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 4-11, 12-10 (51m)
Yassin Elshafei
[6] Velavan Senthilkumar (IND)
11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (24m)
[9/16] Naoki Hayashi (JPN)
[8] Rahul Baitha (IND)
11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 (43m)
[9/16] Abdelaziz Hegazy (EGY)
Rahul Baitha
11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4 (34m)
Yassin Elshafei
[9/16] Adegoke Onaopemipo (NGR)
12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (30m)
[1] Yassin Elshafei (EGY)

ROUND ONE

[2] Martin Svec (CZE) bye
[9/16] Ziad Ibrahim (EGY) bt Ho Ka Hei (HKG) 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-1 (35m)
[9/16] Tomotaka Endo (JPN) bt Rounak Yadav (IND) 14-16, 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (31m)
[5] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND) bye
[7] Mohamed Nasser (EGY) bye
Lam Shing Fung (HKG) bt [9/16] Seif Nasser (EGY) 16-14, 11-6, 11-4 (26m)
[WC] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt [9/16] Navaneeth Prabhu (IND) 11-2, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 (43m)
[3] Khaled Labib (EGY) bye
[4] Abhay Singh (IND) bye
[9/16] Lewis Doughty (ENG) bt Mahmoud Abouelleil (EGY) 11-1, 11-3, 11-0 (21m)
[9/16] Naoki Hayashi (JPN) bt [WC] Arihant KS (IND) 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (22m)
[6] Velavan Senthilkumar (IND) bye
[8] Rahul Baitha (IND) bye
[9/16] Abdelaziz Hegazy (EGY) bt [WC] Yuvraj Wadhwani (IND) 12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3 (34m)
[9/16] Adegoke Onaopemipo (NGR) bt Ravi Dixit (IND) 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4 (29m)
[1] Yassin Elshafei (EGY) bye

SRFI Indian Tour - Chennai Leg 2022
Women's Draw
19 - 23 Sep
Chennai, India, $12k

ROUND TWO
20 Sep
QUARTERS
21 Sep
SEMIS
22 Sep
FINAL
23 Sep

[1] Kenzy Ayman (EGY)
11-3, 11-4, 11-8 (16m)
[9/16] Rathika Suthanthira Seelan (IND)

Kenzy Ayman
11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10 (30m)
Urwashi Joshi

Kenzy Ayman
11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (46m)
Tanvi Khanna
Kenzy Ayman
11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (23m)
Sunayna Kuruvilla
[7] Urwashi Joshi (IND)
11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10 (29m)
[9/16] Tiana Parasrampuria (IND)
[6] Menna Walid (EGY)
12-10, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (32m)
[9/16] Pooja Arthi Raghu (IND)
Menna Walid
11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5 (36m)
Tanvi Khanna
[3] Tanvi Khanna (IND)
11-5, 11-6, 12-10 (31m)
[9/16] Nour Ramy (EGY)
[4] Haya Ali (EGY)
11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (39m)
[WC] Anahat Singh (IND)
Haya Ali
8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (33m)
Sunayna Kuruvilla
Sunayna Kuruvilla
11-6, 11-7, 13-11 (26m)
Salma Eltayeb
[5] Sunayna Kuruvilla (IND)
11-3, 11-4, 11-3 (16m)
[WC] Shameena Riaz (IND)
Amina El Rihany (EGY)
11-1, 11-2, 11-3 (15m)
[8] Anjali Semwal (IND)
Amina El Rihany
11-7, 11-1, 11-4 (17m)
Salma Eltayeb
[9/16] Salma El Alfy (EGY)
11-6, 11-7, 11-1 (23m)
[2] Salma Eltayeb (EGY)

ROUND ONE

[1] Kenzy Ayman (EGY) bye
[9/16] Rathika Suthanthira Seelan (IND) bt [WC] Vasudha Surange (IND) 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 (24m)
[9/16] Tiana Parasrampuria (IND) bt Radhika Rathore (IND) 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (15m)
[7] Urwashi Joshi (IND) bye
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) bye
[9/16] Pooja Arthi Raghu (IND) bt Lim Jee Nee (SGP) 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (15m)
[9/16] Nour Ramy (EGY) bt Sanika Choudhari (IND) 11-9, 11-3, 12-10 (30m)
[3] Tanvi Khanna (IND) bye
[4] Haya Ali (EGY) bye
[WC] Anahat Singh (IND) bt [9/16] Janet Vidhi (IND) 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (24m)
[WC] Shameena Riaz (IND) bt [9/16] Shahd Elrefaey (EGY) 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 11-3 (28m)
[5] Sunayna Kuruvilla (IND) bye
[8] Anjali Semwal (IND) bye
Amina El Rihany (EGY) bt [9/16] Ona Blasco (ESP) 11-0, 11-4, 11-4 (15m)
[9/16] Salma El Alfy (EGY) bt Sunita Patel (IND) 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 (33m)
[2] Salma Eltayeb (EGY) bye
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REPORTS

Ayman and Singh Victorious

Kenzy Ayman in action at the Open de France de Squash
Kenzy Ayman in action at the Open de France de Squash

The 4th HCL SRFI Indian Tour Ė Chennai Leg came to a conclusion on Friday afternoon at the Indian Squash Academy, with home favourite Abhay Singh and Egyptís Kenzy Ayman taking home the Challenger 10 level titles.

Singh, the leading Indian in the menís draw, came into the competition as the No.4 seed, and started off his week with a bye through to the second round in Chennai. He then got the better of Englandís Lewis Doughty, before overcoming the challenge of compatriot and No.6 seed Velavan Senthilkumar to make it through to the semi-finals.

In the last four, the Indian came up against top seed, Egyptís Yassin Elshafei, for a place in the final. He held a 2-1 lead following the third game, but saw the Egyptian show his class in the third to level the contest. The deciding game went to a tie-break, but it was Singh that won it 12-10 to advance through to the final on home soil.

The final saw Singh take on Egyptís Khaled Labib, the tournamentís No.3 seed, for the title, and the Indian was in top form, dropping just 11 points across the three games, to win 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 in just 22 minutes. With that win, he claims his second title of the season, becoming only the third multiple-victor of the 2022-2023 campaign to date, joining Hong Kongís Tsz Kwan Lau and Chan Sin Yuk.

Abhay Singh
Abhay Singh

In the womenís event, top seed Kenzy Ayman showed her class to come through a difficult field to claim her second victory of the year. Like Singh, she also received a bye through the opening dayís action in Chennai, before starting her campaign in the last 16 with a comfortable win against Rathika Suthanthira Seelan of India.

Ayman then overcame the challenge of No.7 seed Urwashi Joshi in four games, recovering after dropping the third to win the fourth on a tie-break 12-10. She followed that with a come-from-behind win against No.3 seed Tanvi Khanna, who had led 2-0 in the match. However, the turning point was the third game, one which Ayman won 11-6, before going on to win both the fourth and fifth games by an 11-5 scoreline.

She moved through to the final thanks to that win, and she came against another Indian, her fourth of the week, in Sunayna Kuruvilla. The No.5 seed had defeated Aymanís compatriot, No.2 seed Salma Eltayeb in straight games in the semi-finals, but Ayman made sure there would be no repeat of that in the final, as she took victory in 23 minutes, winning 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 to secure her first win of the season, and second of the year following her victory in Bermuda in May.

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Kuruvilla Gatecrashes Last Four

There was just the one surprise result on quarter finals day at the 4th HCL SRFI Indian Tour Ė Chennai Leg, as home hope Sunayna Kuruvilla took down Egyptís Haya Ali to make the last four of the womenís event.

Kuruvilla came into the tournament as the No.5 seed, and in the last eight of the competition, she came up against Egyptís Haya Ali, and she would lose the first game of their contest. However, the Indian fought back to win both the second and third games by 11-8, before then winning the fourth game 11-5 to book her spot in the semi-finals.

She will now face the tournamentís No.2 seed, Egyptís Salma Eltayeb in the semi-finals at the Indian Squash Academy, while the other last four clash in the womenís event will see another Egypt-India battle, as top seed Kenzy Ayman and No.3 seed Tanvi Khanna will go head-to-head.

In the menís draw in Chennai, the top four seeds all made it through to the semi-finals, but that was not without a scare. Egyptís Khaled Labib, the No.3 seed, had to come from two games down to overcome compatriot and No.7 seed Mohamed Nasser on Wednesday afternoon.

Nasser took the first two games comfortably, dropping just nine points across the pair, but from there, Labib was able to turn the tie on its head. He won the third 11-9 to stay in the match, before then going on to win the fourth game by the same scoreline. He continued that momentum into the deciding fifth game, winning it 11-7, to book his place in the semi-finals of the competition.

The Egyptian will now face the Czech Republicís Martin Svec in the semi-finals, while top seed Yassin Elshafei will take on Indiaís Abhay Singh, the last home hope in the menís draw, in the last four.

The semi-finals of the 4th HCL SRFI Indian Tour Ė Chennai Leg will take place on Thursday, September 22, with the last four going head-to-head for places in the final of the Challenger 10 level competition.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, InstagramTikTok, Twitter, and SQUASHTV.
 
Endo and El Rihany Cause Upsets

The second day of the 4th HCL SRFI Indian Tour Ė Chennai Leg saw a couple of upsets, as Japanís Tomotaka Endo and Egyptís Amina El Rihany both knocked out seeded players to make it through to the last eight.

Japanís Endo took on No.8 seed Sandeep Ramachandran in the second round of the Challenger 10 level competition, and the pair went the distance, with the Japanese No.3 having to come from 2-1 down to take victory in the deciding game of their contest.

Endo won the first game 11-8, but then saw the Indian take both the second and third games, including the third on a tie-break 12-10, to flip the match on its head. The Japanese man had to fight, and he did, winning the fourth game 11-6, before scraping through in the decider, winning it 11-9 to book his spot in the last eight in Chennai.

Elsewhere in the menís event, Egyptís Mohamed Nasser, the No.7 seed for the competition, also had to come from behind to win in five against Hong Kongís Lam Shing Fung. He won the last two games of their second round contest with 11-7 and 11-8 scorelines, to advance to the quarter finals.

In the womenís tournament , Egyptís Amina El Rihany was the only player to cause a seeding upset on the second day of competition, as she got the better of Indian No.8 seed Anjali Semwal in straight games. The Egyptian dropped just six points in a 15-minute rout of her opponent, winning 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 o make the quarters in Chennai.

The quarter finals of the Challenger 10 level 4th HCL SRFI Indian Tour Ė Chennai Leg will take place on Wednesday, September 21, with the last eight aiming to make it through to the semi-finals at the Indian Squash Academy.

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Three Wildcards Make Second Round

The opening day of the 4th HCL SRFI Indian Tour Ė Chennai Leg saw a trio of wildcards make it into round two, with Anahat Singh, Shameena Riaz and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu all victorious in the first round of the Challenger 10 level competition.

14-year-old Anahat Singh, who starred at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July, is featuring in her first tournament on the PSA Challenger Tour, and she got her career off to the perfect start, overcoming the challenge of compatriot Janet Vidhi in straight games.

Singh, who was given a wildcard spot for the Challenger 10 level tournament, had to come through a tight first game, winning it 11-8, before the cruising to victory across the next two games, with scorelines of 11-4 and 11-5. She will now take on the tournamentís No.4 seed, Haya Ali, in the second round.

The other wildcard to take victory in the womenís event was Shameena Riaz, with the Indian coming through her contest against Egyptian Shahd Elrefaey. Riaz took the first on a tie-break, before doubling her advantage after winning the second game 11-9. She lost the third, but bounced back strongly in the fourth to seal the deal, to move through to the second round where she will take on compatriot and No.5 seed Sunayna Kuruvilla.

In the menís event, former World No.47 Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu was given one of the wildcard spots for the competition, and he did not disappoint on the opening day, getting the better of fellow Indian Navaneeth Prabhu in a four-game contest in Chennai.

The second round of the 4th HCL SRFI Indian Tour Ė Chennai Leg will take place on Tuesday, September 20, with the eight seeded players in both draws starting off their campaigns.

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