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ToC Challenger 2022


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Tournament Of Champions Challenger
Men's Draw
27 - 30 Apr
Virginia, USA, $12k

27 APR
28 APR
 29 APR
30 APR

[2] Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT)
11-6, 11-8, 11-8
Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR)

Abdulla Al-Tamimi
11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (25m)
Robert Downer
Abdulla Al-Tamimi
11-2, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9 (50m)
Aly Abou Eleinen
Aly Abou Eleinen
11-8, 8-11, 14-12,
11-9 (57m)
Timothy Brownell
[8] Robert Downer (ENG)
11-9, 11-9, 11-9
Tom Walsh (ENG)
[7] Sam Todd (ENG)
11-8, 11-9, 11-6
Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)
Sam Todd
11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (34m)
Aly Abou Eleinen
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY)
11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4
[3] Henry Leung (HKG)
[4] Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG)
7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8
Ronald Palomino (COL)
Tsz Kwan Lau
11-7, 3-11, 11-3, 11-5
Timothy Brownell
Timothy Brownell
11-5, 11-2, 11-5 (24m)
Faraz Khan
Timothy Brownell (USA)
11-9, 11-8, 11-6
[5] Christopher Gordon (USA)
[6] Spencer Lovejoy (USA)
11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6
[WC] Harrison Gill (USA)
Spencer Lovejoy
15-13, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9
Faraz Khan
Joseph White (AUS)
11-2, 11-3, 11-2
[1] Faraz Khan (USA)

Tournament Of Champions Challenger
Women's Draw
27 - 30 Apr
Virginia, USA, $12k

27 APR
28 APR
 29 APR
30 APR

[1] Sana Ibrahim (EGY)
11-2, 13-11, 11-3
Katherine Glaser (USA)

Sana Ibrahim
11-5, 11-5, 11-5
Lucie Stefanoni
Sana Ibrahim
7-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (31m)
Chan Sin Yuk
Chan Sin Yuk
14-12, 12-10, 11-5 (30m)
Kenzy Ayman
[7] Lucie Stefanoni (USA)
5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9
Julia Le Coq (FRA)
Sohaila Ismail (EGY)
11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8
[8] Margot Prow (ENG)
Sohaila Ismail
11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (26m)
Chan Sin Yuk
[4]  (HKG)
11-5, 11-3, 6-11, 7-11, 12-10
Noureen Khalifa (EGY)
[3] Ka Yi Lee (HKG)
14-12, 15-13, 12-10
Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Ka Yi Lee
7-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-9
Marina Stefanoni
Ka Yi Lee
5-11, 11-8, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8 (50m)
Kenzy Ayman
[5] Marina Stefanoni (USA)
11-3, 11-2, 11-0
Arisha Jahan Khan (USA)
[6] Kenzy Ayman (EGY)
11-2, 11-9, 11-7
Jhansi Bhavsar (USA)
Kenzy Ayman
11-7, 11-6, 11-1 (24m)
Tsz-Wing Tong
Akari Midorikawa (JPN)
11-3, 11-4, 11-8
[2] Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)


Brownell and Yuk Win Challenger Finals
To Secure Wildcard Spots In J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions

USA’s Timothy Brownell and Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk were victorious in the finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger at Grand Central Terminal on Saturday evening, booking their places as wildcards for the Gold level J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions on Sunday, May 1.

Brownell will feature in the main draw of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions for the second time in his career, after doing so in 2019, thanks to a four-game victory over Egypt’s Aly Abou Eleinen in the final of the Challenger 10 level tournament.

The American took the first game in front of a packed home crowd, but Eleinen, who plays his collegiate squash at Penn, fought back to take the second and level the contest. From there though, it was Brownell who took control, and he came through to win in four, to book his spot in the Gold level tournament, where he will face Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy.

“Obviously, this is one of the biggest stages in squash, and it's easy to lose yourself in the moment, so the motto of the day was to just enjoy it, try and be myself,” Brownell said.

“To do that, you have to play the right shots and I feel like I came out in the first game playing a bit scared. My heart rate was way up, probably a little bit anxious. Sometimes you have to hit the tin and I can be pretty good at that!

“There is nothing like playing here in the US! To play her, it feels like a second home. This is one of the best!”

The women’s final was won by Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk, after the World No.49 overcame Egypt’s Kenzy Ayman, the tournament’s No.6 seed, in straight games to book her place in the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

Yuk, who also won the Hamilton Open in the United States earlier this season, came into the final as the favourite, but she was made to work for it by her younger opponent, with both of the first two games going to tie-breaks.

She was able to come through the first 14-12, before winning the second 12-10, and with that, she kept the momentum. The Hongkonger went on to win in three, and will now face Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy in the first round of the Gold level J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions on Sunday evening.

“It means a lot, especially playing in Grand Central! This is the first time I have played here, and now to win a title here and to get a wildcard for the TOC!” Yuk explained.

“This means a lot to me! I am very excited to play tomorrow here again. Hopefully it will be in front of a big crowd!”

The Gold level J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions gets underway on Sunday, May 1, with first round action kicking off from 12:00 (GMT-4) at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. All the action will be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
Top Seeds Out In TOC Semis

The semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger was one full of surprises, as all four matches saw the lower-ranked players advance to their respective finals in New York City.

Friday’s matches took place at the Nicol Squash Club, and in the men’s draw, both of the top two seeds were comprehensively beaten on the night, with the unseeded Aly Abou Eleinen and Timothy Brownell making it through to the final at Grand Central on Saturday evening.

Brownell, featured in an all-American contest on semis night, as he took on the tournament’s top seed, Faraz Khan, for a place in the finals. The World No.82 needed just 24 minutes to overcome his compatriot, dropping just 12 points across the entire match in an 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 victory.

He will now play Egypt’s Aly Abou Eleinen, who had already beaten England’s No.7 seed Sam Todd to make it to the last four. In the semi-finals, the Egyptian took down the tournament’s No.2 seed, Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in four games. The pair were level after two, but the Egyptian was able to push on to win both the third and fourth games by tight scorelines to advance to the final.

The women’s top seed was also defeated on Friday evening at Nicol Squash Club in New York, as Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk, who recently moved into the world’s top 50 for the first time, overcame Egypt’s Sana Ibrahim. The Hongkonger lost the first game of their contest, but recovered to win the next three, taking the victory in 31 minutes to advance to the final.

She will now face another Egyptian, in No.6 seed Kenzy Ayman, after the 18-year-old downed No.3 seed Ka Yi Lee in the only five-game battle of the night. The Egyptian lost the first, but fought back to win the next two games confidently, before losing a tight fourth game 11-9 as Lee pushed the match into a decider. Ayman would not be beaten, though, clinching the victory with an 11-8 scoreline in the fifth, to set up a meeting with Yuk in the final.

The finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger take place on Saturday, April 30, and will be held on the glass court at Grand Central Terminal. The action will be streamed live on SQUASHTV, with the winners of tonight’s matches receiving a wildcard place in the Gold level J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, which begins on Sunday, May 1.
Trio Of First Round Surprises

The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger got underway on Wednesday evening in New York, and there were a trio of surprise results on the opening day, including one of the top three seeds being knocked out of the event at the first hurdle.

Egypt’s Aly Abou Eleinen took down No.3 seed Henry Leung in the men’s draw at the Challenger 10 level tournament, winning in four games to cause a surprise result and move through. The pair were tied at one game apiece, before the Egyptian pushed on, and won the next two games quite comfortably. The 3-1 win over the Hongkonger sees Eleinen move into the quarters, where he will face England’s No.7 seed Sam Todd.

The other upset in the men’s event saw Timothy Brownell overcome Christopher Gordon in the all-American encounter of the opening day. Brownell won in straight games to book his spot in the last eight, and he will now face Hong Kong’s Tsz Kwan Lau on Thursday evening.

Elsewhere, the top two seeds, in USA’s Faraz Khan and Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, both safely made it through to the quarters, winning in straight games. The American downed Australia’s Joseph White, while Al Tamimi got the better of Nigerian No.1 Babatunde Ajagbe.

There was just a single surprise result in the women’s draw in New York on Wednesday evening, as Egypt’s Sohaila Ismail got the better No.8 seed Margot Prow to reach the quarter finals. Ismail found herself behind after three games, but came back strongly to win the fourth 11-9, before going on to win the match in five, and she will now play Hong Kong’s No.4 seed Chan Sin Yuk in the last eight.

Top seed Sana Ibrahim got her campaign off to the perfect start, beating wildcard Katherine Glasner in straight games. She will now take on No.7 seed, and another American, in Lucie Stefanoni, on Thursday evening in New York.

The quarter finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger will take place on Thursday, April 28, and will see the last eight in both draws go head-to-head for places in the semis.
For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA World Tour on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok and SQUASHTV.