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Singh and Hamed Victorious

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Daly College & SquashXtreme SRFI Open 2022, 18 - 22 Dec, Indore, India, $12k
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SRFI Open 2022
Men's Draw
18 - 22 Dec
Indore, India, $12k

Final:
[2] Abhay Singh (IND) bt [1] Zahed Salem (EGY) 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7 (63m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Zahed Salem (EGY) bt [3] Aly Hussein (EGY) 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 (25m)
[2] Abhay Singh (IND) bt [7] Macéo Lévy (FRA) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (30m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) bt [9/16] Sanika Choudhari (IND) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (20m)
[3] Tanvi Khanna (IND) bt [5] Urwashi Joshi (IND) 11-3, 11-5, 11-1 (18m)
[4] Lojayn Gohary (EGY) bt [6] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (36m)
[2] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt [7] Amina El Rihany (EGY) 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 (23m)

2nd round:
[1] Zahed Salem (EGY) bt [9/16] Baptiste Bouin (FRA) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (35m)
Velavan Senthilkumar (IND) bt [5] Ravindu Laksiri (SRI) 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (30m)
[8] Veer Chotrani (IND) bt [9/16] Rahul Baitha (IND) 9-11, 11-8, 11-3, 10-6 ret. (26m)
[3] Aly Hussein (EGY) bt [WC] Krishna Mishra (IND) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (36m)
Mohamed Gohar (EGY) bt [4] Khaled Labib (EGY) 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10, 12-10 (60m)
[7] Macéo Lévy (FRA) bt Kanhav Nanavati (IND) 8-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-9 (62m)
Seif Ashraf (EGY) bt [6] Abdelaziz Hegazy (EGY) 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (35m)
[2] Abhay Singh (IND) bt [9/16] Brice Nicolas (FRA) 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (23m)

1st round:
[1] Zahed Salem (EGY) bye
[9/16] Baptiste Bouin (FRA) bt Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 9-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 (42m)
Velavan Senthilkumar (IND) bt [9/16] Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek (EGY) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (22m)
[5] Ravindu Laksiri (SRI) bye
[8] Veer Chotrani (IND) bye
[9/16] Rahul Baitha (IND) bt Ravi Dixit (IND) 13-11, 11-7, 11-6 (25m)
[WC] Krishna Mishra (IND) bt [9/16] Laouenan Loaëc (FRA) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (32m)
[3] Aly Hussein (EGY) bye
[4] Khaled Labib (EGY) bye
Mohamed Gohar (EGY) bt [9/16] Jaideep Singh Sethi (IND) 13-11, 11-2, 11-5 (26m)
Kanhav Nanavati (IND) bt [9/16] Sven Stettler (SUI) 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (44m)
[7] Macéo Lévy (FRA) bye
[6] Abdelaziz Hegazy (EGY) bye
Seif Ashraf (EGY) bt [9/16] Athbi Hamad (KUW) 11-9, 5-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-9 (47m)
[9/16] Brice Nicolas (FRA) bt Yusuf Elsherif (EGY) 11-4, 13-11, 7-11, 7-11, 11-6 (84m)
[2] Abhay Singh (IND) bye

SRFI Open 2022
Women's Draw
18 - 22 Dec
Indore, India, $12k

Final:
[2] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt [3] Tanvi Khanna (IND) 11-5, 6-11, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10 (66m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Tanvi Khanna (IND) bt [1] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) 11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (26m)
[2] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt [4] Lojayn Gohary (EGY) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (30m)[3]

Quarter-finals:
[1] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) bt [9/16] Sanika Choudhari (IND) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (20m)
[3] Tanvi Khanna (IND) bt [5] Urwashi Joshi (IND) 11-3, 11-5, 11-1 (18m)
[4] Lojayn Gohary (EGY) bt [6] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (36m)
[2] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt [7] Amina El Rihany (EGY) 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 (23m)

2nd round:
[1] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) bt [9/16] Khushi Puranik (IND) 11-1, 11-1, 11-0 (12m)
[9/16] Sanika Choudhari (IND) bt [8] Habiba Hossam (EGY) 3-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (38m)
[5] Urwashi Joshi (IND) bt [9/16] Anjali Semwal (IND) 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (16m)
[3] Tanvi Khanna (IND) bt [9/16] Mahak Talati (IND) 11-2, 11-1, 11-0 (12m)
[4] Lojayn Gohary (EGY) bt [9/16] Janet Vidhi (IND) 11-2, 11-5, 12-10 (23m)
[6] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) bt [9/16] Karma Allam (EGY) 12-10, 11-7, 12-10 (31m)
[7] Amina El Rihany (EGY) bt [9/16] Rathika Suthanthira Seelan (IND) 11-7, 11-1, 11-5 (20m)
[2] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt Nirupama Dubey (IND) 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 (19m)

1st round:
[1] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) bye
[9/16] Khushi Puranik (IND) bt Chazerina Benjamin (IND) 3-11, 11-3, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 (33m)
[9/16] Sanika Choudhari (IND) bt Bijali Darvada (IND) 11-2, 11-8, 11-5 (15m)
[8] Habiba Hossam (EGY) bye
[5] Urwashi Joshi (IND) bye
[9/16] Anjali Semwal (IND) bye
[9/16] Mahak Talati (IND) bye
[3] Tanvi Khanna (IND) bye
[4] Lojayn Gohary (EGY) bye
[9/16] Janet Vidhi (IND) bt Aishni Pathak (IND) 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (17m)
[9/16] Karma Allam (EGY) bt Aaryaa Belsare (IND) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (19m)
[6] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) bye
[7] Amina El Rihany (EGY) bye
[9/16] Rathika Suthanthira Seelan (IND) bye
Nirupama Dubey (IND) bt [9/16] Radhika Rathore (IND) 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-5 (33m)
[2] Menna Hamed (EGY) bye
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Final

Singh and Hamed Victorious

Abhay Singh celebrates a victory in Jodhpur

The last event of the year came to its conclusion on Thursday, with India’s Abhay Singh and Egypt’s Menna Hamed winning the titles at the Daly College & SquashXtreme SRFI Open in Indore.

The Challenger 10 level competition, which featured both a men’s and women’s event and was held at the Daly College in the Indian city, was the final Challenger Tour tournament after a busy 2022.

India’s Singh came into this tournament as the No.2 seed, and the last man left who had a chance of winning six Tour titles over the calendar year. He did so, to become only the second player, after Nouran Gohar, to reach six wins on Tour in 2022.

He started with a bye through the opening round of action, before then getting the better of Frenchman Brice Nicolas in straight games in the second round, to get his campaign in Indore underway.

Singh followed that up with victories over Egypt’s Seif Ashraf and No.7 seed Maceo Levy in the quarters and semi-finals, respectively. He took both of those wins in straight games, to set up a meeting with Egypt’s Zahed Salem, the former World No.14 and the tournament’s top seed, in the final.

It was the second straight final in which the two were meeting, with Singh getting the better of the Egyptian in Jodhpur last month. He led after the opening game, but saw the top seed fight back to level the contest. The same scenario followed across games three and four, before Singh got the job done in the deciding fifth game, winning it to add a sixth title to his 2022 collection.

In the women’s event, it was Egypt’s Menna Hamed that took the glory, as the No.2 seed came through to secure victory. The win is her second of 2022, following her first title at the PSA Cognac last month in France.

She started the week with a bye through the opening round before downing Nirupama Dubey in straight games to kick off her week. She followed that with two more straight games wins, against two fellow Egyptians. No.7 seed Amina El Rihany was dispatched in the last eight, with Hamed dropping just six points in the contest. She then got the better of Lojayn Gohary in the semis, winning 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 to move through to the final.

In the final, Hamed took on No.3 seed Tanvi Khanna, after the Indian had gotten the better of the tournament’s top seed, Akanksha Salunkhe, in the last four of the Challenger 10 level competition.

It was an incredible final, which swung both ways. Hamed took the lead, including winning the third on a tie-break 13-11, only for the Indian to level the match on both occasions, buoyed by the home crowd. The fifth and deciding game also went down to a tie-break, with the Egyptian eventually coming through it 12-10 to win after more than an hour.
Semi Finals

Khanna Downs Top Seed Salunkhe

There was just the single surprise result on semi-finals day in Indore, as Tanvi Khanna took down top seed Akanksha Salunkhe to make the final of the Daly College & SquashXtreme SRFI Open.

Khanna, the No.3 seed for the women’s competition, took on her fellow India at the Daly College on Wednesday, and was able to come through their contest in straight games, winning 11-8, 11-7, 11-5 to book her spot in the final.

She will now take on Egypt’s Menna Hamed, who overcame the challenge of fellow Egyptian Lojayn Gohary in her last four contest. Hamed also won in straight games on semi-finals day, in the longest match of the day. She will be aiming for a second title in as many months after winning the PSA Cognac last month in France.

The men’s final will be a repeat of the 4th HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Jodhpur Leg final, where Abhay Singh claimed his fifth title of the year with a victory over World No.14. The pair will go head-to-head on Indian soil once again on Thursday.

Salem, the tournament’s top seed, took on compatriot Aly Hussein in his semi-final, and dropped just ten points in a consummate performance. He ran out an 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 winner on Wednesday to advance to a second final in as many months.

Once again, he will face Singh in the final, after the new Indian National Champion got the better of Frenchman Maceo Levy, also in straight games. The Indian only needed half an hour to get the job done, and is into yet another final. He currently is joint with Ali Farag, Mohamed ElShorbagy and Alfredo Avila on five titles, but he has the opportunity to be the only man in 2022 to win six events with a victory over Salem in the final.

The finals of the Daly College & SquashXtreme SRFI Open will take place on Thursday, December 22, with the last two matches of the year on the Challenger Tour being played at the Daly College in Indore, India.
 
Quarter Finals

Singh Keeps Home Hopes Alive

The semi-finalists of the DALY COLLEGE & SQUASHXTREME SRFI OPEN 2022 have been decided as No.2 seed Abhay Singh keeps home hopes alive as he moves through to the final four in Indore, India.

Singh is bidding to claim a sixth title of 2022 in the final PSA event of the year and moved through to the semi-finals in confident style, overcoming Egypt’s Seif Ashraf in a 25-minute 3-0 encounter. Singh was tested in the second game but managed to hold on to win 11-9 before winning 11-5 in the third to reach the final four.

Singh’s opponent will be surprise semi-finalist Marco Levy from France. The Frenchman defeated younger brother of women’s World No.1 Nouran Gohar, Mohamed. The Egyptian took the opening game 12-10 to lead 1-0 but back came Levy. The European took the second and third games 11-7, 11-8 before securing the match on a tiebreak in the fourth game, 12-10 in 57 minutes.

The other semi-final will be an all-Egyptian affair between the No.1 and No.3 seeds Zahed Salem and Aly Hussein. Former World No.14 Salem converted a tough first game 12-10 against talented Indian Velevan Senthilkumar 12-10 before comfortably closing out the next two games 11-5, 11-8 to secure the 3-0 win.

Hussein overcame No.8 seed Veer Chotrani in four games to make the semi-finals. Chotrani captured th first game 11-9 but was unable to continue his momentum in the match which allowed the Egyptian to move ahead and play the big points well to win the following three games 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 to advance to the semi-finals.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
 
Round 2

Quartet Down Seeds

The surprise results kept on coming at the Daly College & SquashXtreme SRFI Open, with four upsets in the second round on Monday.

The Challenger 10 level tournament, which is being held at the Daly College in Indore, India, is the last event on Tour in 2022, and the seeds came into the draw in the second round of play.

However, four of those seeds fell to unseeded players on Monday afternoon, with India’s Sanika Choudhari delighting the home crowd as she came back from two games down to secure a five-game win.

The Indian took on No.8 seed Habiba Hossam in the second round, and could only score seven points across the opening two games of their match. However, she fought back strongly, and sent the match into a deciding game where both women and their chances to take the victory. In the end, it was Choudhari that won it 13-11 to cause the only upset in the women’s draw in Indore. She will now take on top seed Akanksha Salunkhe in the last eight on Tuesday afternoon.

In the men’s draw, Egypt’s Mohamed Gohar did the exacts ame as Choudhari, as he fought back from the brink to secure a five-game win over compatriot Khaled Labib. It was the No.4 seed led by two games, but Gohar won the third 11-8 to bring himself back into the contest. Both the fourth and fifth games went to tie-breaks, and although Labib had his opportunities, Gohar won both by 12-10 scorelines to advance.

Elsewhere, India’s Velavan Senthilkumar and Egypt’s Seif Ashraf secured straight games wins over seeded players. The Indian got the better of Sri Lankan No.1, and the tournament’s No.5 seed, Ravindu Laksiri, while Ashraf defeated fellow Egyptian Abdelaziz Hegazy, the No.6 seed.

The quarter finals of the Daly College & SquashXtreme SRFI Open will take place on Tuesday, December 20, with the last eight in both draws aiming to reach the semi-finals of the last tournament of the year.
Round 1

Wildcard Mishra Among India Winners

The opening day of the Daly College & SquashXtreme SRFI Open saw several Indian winners on home soil, with wildcard Krishna Mishra among a number of surprise victors.

17-year-old Mishra took on World No.239 Laouenan Loaec in the opening round of the final event of the year, and came through the test with flying colours. He won out in straight games, beating the Frenchman 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 to book his spot in the second round.

Velavan Senthilkumar, who featured at the Commonwealth Games for his country, also caused an opening day upset. The Indian defeated Egypt’s Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek in straight games. Kanhav Nanavati was the third Indian surprise winner on day one in Indore, beating Switzerland’s Sven Stettler in four games, coming from a game down to take the win.

The other two shocks on the first day in the men’s event saw the Egyptian pair of Mohamed Gohar and Seif Ashraf take victories. The former overcame Jaideep Singh Sethi in straight games, while Ashraf went the distance to beat Kuwait’s Athbi Hamad in a five-game thriller.

There was just the one surprise in the women’s event, as India’s Nirupama Dubey got the better of compatriot Radhika Rathore in four games. The pair were level after two games, but a crucial third game tie-break gave the momentum back to Dubey, who went on to win the fourth 11-5 to seal the deal.

She will be joined in the second round of the Challenger 10 level competition by fellow Indians Khushi Puranik, Sanika Choudhari and Janet Vidhi, with the former winning in five games. Egypt’s Karma Allam was the other woman to win on the opening day, making her way into the last 16 of the tournament.

The second day of the Daly College & SquashXtreme SRFI Open will see the seeds come into the tournament at the second round stage. All the action will take place on Sunday, December 18.


For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
 
Preview

The last tournament of 2022 on the Challenger Tour will be the Daly College & SquashXtreme SRFI Open, which beings on Sunday in Indore, India.

The Challenger 10 level will take place at the Daly College in the Indian city, and will feature both a men’s and women’s draw over the five-day tournament.

It will be a home hope, in Akanksha Salunkhe, who will lead the way in the women’s draw, with compatriots Tanvi Khanna and Urwashi Joshi also being among the top eight seeds.

The rest of that top eight will be filled by five Egyptians. Menna Hamed, Lojayn Gohary, Ingy Hammouda, Amina El Rihany and Habiba Hossam will all be seeded for the competition. The entirety of the women’s draw is presented by the two nations.

Meanwhile, another Egyptian, in former World No.14 Zahed Salem, will be the top seed in the men’s draw. He will be joined by compatriots Aly Hussein, Khaled Labib and Abdelaziz Hegazy in the top eight seeds for the tournament.

Abhay Singh, who recently became Indian National Champion for the first time, will be the leading home hope in the draw. He will be the No.2 seed, with compatriot Veer Chotrani joining Sri Lankan No.1 Ravindu Laksiri and Frenchman Maceo Levy in the eight seeds for the event.

The event takes place from Sunday, December 18 to Thursday, December 22 at the Daly College in Indore, India. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

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