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Manchester Open 2023


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Manchester Open 2023
Men's Draw
17 - 21 May
Manchester, England, $77.5k

18 may
19 may
20 may
21 may

[1] Ali Farag (EGY)
5-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 (50m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)

Ali Farag
7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (42m)
Patrick Rooney
Ali Farag
7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-9 (64m)
Joel Makin
Ali Farag
10-12, 13-11, 11-2, 11-5 (57m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
[9/16] Patrick Rooney (ENG)
9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-9 (73m)
[5] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[6] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
11-7, 12-10, 11-3 (36m)
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Fares Dessouky
11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4 (81m)
Joel Makin
[4] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-3, 11-2, 11-9 (47m)
[9/16] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY)
[3] Victor Crouin (FRA)
11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5 (43m)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
 Victor Crouin
11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (34m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
Karim Abdel Gawad
13-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9 (78m)
Tarek Momen
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
Todd Harrity (USA)
[7] Nicolas Müller (SUI)
11-6, 11-8, 12-10 (34m)
[9/16] Greg Lobban (SCO)
Nicolas Müller
11-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5 (60m)
Tarek Momen
[9/16] Leonel Cardenas (MEX)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (29m)
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY)


[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt [9/16] Grégoire Marche (FRA) 3-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-8 (59m)
[9/16] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt George Parker (ENG) 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3 (46m)
[5] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bye
[6] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bye
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [WC] Finnlay Withington (ENG) 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 (44m)
[9/16] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-1, 11-5, 5-11, 11-3 (44m)
[4] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[3] Victor Crouin (FRA) bye
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (52m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt [9/16] Ramit Tandon (IND) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (28m)
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
[7] Nicolas Müller (SUI) bye
[9/16] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (40m)
[9/16] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-7 (69m)
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye

Manchester Open 2023
Women's Draw
17 - 21 May
Manchester, England, $77.5k

18 may
19 may
20 may
21 may

[1] Joelle King (NZL)
11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 11-2 (51m)
[9/16] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)

Joelle King
12-10, 11-4, 11-7 (40m)
Nele Gilis
Nele Gilis
7-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-7 (45m)
Satomi Watanabe
Nele Gilis
11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 (63m)
Nour El Tayeb
[7] Nele Gilis (BEL)
8-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-8 (44m)
[9/16] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[8] Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (29m)
[9/16] Nada Abbas (EGY)
Tesni Evans
11-4, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6 (50m)
Satomi Watanabe
[9/16] Satomi Watanabe (JPN)
11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 (60m)
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9 (42m)
maniam (MAS) bt [5] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)

Nour El Tayeb
9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (55m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam

Nour El Tayeb
7-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-7 (45m)
Georgina Kennedy
 [9/16] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9 (42m)
[5] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
[6] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (20m)
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Georgina Kennedy
11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (26m)
Emily Whitlock
[9/16] Emily Whitlock (WAL)
11-2, 1-0 ret.
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA)


[1] Joelle King (NZL) bye
[9/16] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 (17m)
[9/16] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [WC] Saran Nghiem (ENG) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (25m)
[7] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
[8] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
[9/16] Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Katie Malliff (ENG) 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10 (57m)
[9/16] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bt Hana Moataz (EGY) 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (30m)
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt Lucy Turmel (ENG) 11-8, 12-14, 14-12, 11-9 (58m)
[9/16] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6 (40m)
[5] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bye
[6] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bye
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt Énora Villard (FRA) 11-7, 14-12, 11-2 (25m)
[9/16] Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt Cindy Merlo (SUI) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (29m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bye



Husband And Wife Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb Claim Manchester Open 2023 Titles

It was a day to remember in Manchester for married couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb as they both picked up the Manchester Open 2023 Silver event titles, beating Karim Abdel Gawad and Nele Gilis respectively in the finals at the National Squash Centre.

It was the first time in six years that the couple have both been successful in the same tournament, with the last occasion coming at the 2017 U.S. Open.

The men’s final was a rematch of the recent PSA World Championships final as Ali Farag took on compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad and looked to repeat his success in Chicago to claim a 32nd PSA Tour title.

Gawad started the better of the two in the final and caught the World Champion slightly flat-footed as he raced to 9-4 by attacking the front of the court with great precision. Farag responded however and worked his way back into the game to force a tiebreak. Gawad hung tough however and managed to close the game out 12-10 to take a 1-0 lead.

There was nothing between the two in the second game, with the quality of squash at the highest level and both trading blows at the front of the court. It was again Gawad who earned the first game ball to take a huge 2-0 lead. Farag regrouped strongly and forced Gawad into some tough movements and eventually stole the game 13-11 to equalise.

The resistance started to fade from the 2016 World Champion as the sharp, explosive movements that were evident in the opening two games were no longer driving him forward. The street-wise Farag recognised this and continued to pile the pressure onto his fellow Egyptian. Farag took the third and fourth games 11-2, 11-5 to claim his first Manchester Open title and third successive PSA World Tour event win.

“I hate losing! That is what drives me to keep going.” Said Farag afterwards.

“In the first, I didn’t start off too badly but Karim [Abdel Gawad] was really sharp. It was very similar to the first game in the World Champs - he was 9-4 up and I came back to 10-9 and then he came back to 10-all. This time he ended up winning it and I thought I’d put a bit of work into his legs, but at the beginning of the second, it was so loose from my end and with Karim you just can’t afford to do it. He gave me some very lucky tins, he could have run away with the game, but I hung in there and once I got there, I think I had the upper edge and I feel better physically.

“I’m lucky that I was only away for four months as he’s been away for 10 months. It’s all on your body and all in your head and I’m so glad I have Nour [El Tayeb] by my side and having Farida [his daughter] here as well helps to get your mind off things and you don’t think about the matches as much or how tired you are - you just keep pushing. I’m extremely proud and very grateful.”

Farag’s wife Nour El Tayeb was a winner in 2020 at the Manchester Open and came up against first-time finalist Nele Gilis to try and capture a second. The Egyptian displayed her excellent skill and deception in the opening games and despite Gilis trying her best to restrict El Tayeb, the No.3 seed took the games 11-9, 11-7 to take a 2-0 lead.

The Belgian No.1 has been in great form this week and wasn’t going to go down without a fight. She battled back and made things difficult for El Tayeb and ran away with game three to breathe more life in the contest, taking it 11-5.

The World No.6 returned to the court in the fourth game ready to push hard physically to ensure the match didn’t reach a fifth and she could secure the win in four games. She set herself up with two championship balls and converted at the second time of asking after a stroke decision went her way to claim a second Manchester Open title and second title of the season.

“This was a tough match, Nele [Gilis] played so well. I’ve played her three or four times over the last year and a half and I can see her improvements every time,” El Tayeb said afterwards on court.

“Even though I can see her getting tired, I couldn’t close it out because even though she’s tired she keeps trying every point and keeps changing her game every few points.

“I’m glad I hung in there and trusted my ability and trusted myself, and luckily I managed to win this one as it was getting very close! I think it was the longest match of the week for me, but I’m glad.

“I was trying to focus on what I wanted to do. The game plan was tough against her – I can see her getting tired and I was tired, but I had to trust myself and I know what I’m doing as I’ve been doing it for a while.

“I’m confident in what I do, I’ve changed my coaching over the last four or five months and I’ve been taught how to be confident at every point and to give myself credit even on the points I lose. In a lot of moments when I felt like I was losing points, I was trusting myself and trusting that I was doing everything I can and it came today.”

The PSA World Tour heads to Egypt next for the El Gouna International 2023, which takes place from 26 May - 02 June.
Semi Finals

Farag Sets Up Another Gawad Clash

Ali Farag celebrates his win over Joel Makin in Manchester
Ali Farag

Egypt’s Ali Farag will face off against compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad for the second final in as many weeks, after the four-time World Champion defeated Wales’ Joel Makin, the defending Manchester Open champion

It was Makin who came out the stronger of the two in the opening game, extending rallies to try and put some work into the legs of the World Champion. It worked, and the Welshman, the defending champion of this competition, took the early lead.

Makin then had his chance to double his advantage in the contest. He led the second game 10-7, but Farag, as he so often does, was able to claw his way back. He saved all three game balls, before then winning the first two points of the tie-break, to take the game 12-10 and to level the match at 1-1.

A quick burst of points saw the Egyptian take the third game, and he then had three match balls in the fourth. Makin saved two to add to the tension in the National Squash Centre, but Farag got over the line, winning it 11-9 to move through to the final.

Just ten days on from their meeting in the PSA World Championships final in Chicago, Farag will face off against compatriot and good friend Karim Abdel Gawad in the final in Manchester.

“I guess the reserves come from here [his head] rather than the body, you know. I walked on court, almost pre-giving myself an excuse to lose because of how intense the schedule has been,” Farag admitted.

“I got really frustrated after the first with how low my intensity was. You can’t afford… To be at 99% is not enough, you have to be at 100%. I geed myself up between the first and the second games, I couldn’t accept it. I had to give myself a chance to win, but I didn’t like my low intensity.

“Then in the second, even though my intensity was up, he was still the better player. If I had lost then, I still would have been happy with myself. Obviously, the second was huge; 10-7 down. I dug in a lot and I snuck it. It went my way and I could see he was feeling it physically. We let our squash do the talking, and fortunately it went my way.

“Can we take the result from the last one, so we don’t play the match! Karim [Abdel Gawad] and I have played at least 50 or 100 times, throughout our junior careers and then we are 10-10 on the PSA. It shows how close it is, you can never tell who is going to win. I am super happy to see him back playing well again, not so happy to be playing against him, but tomorrow.. I will have another game plan ready!”

Karim Abdel Gawad celebrates his semi-final win in Manchester
Karim Abdel Gawad

Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad is into a second final in as many events, after downing compatriot Tarek Momen to make it into the finale of the Manchester Open.

Gawad came into this tournament off the back of reaching the PSA World Championships final last week, and he came into the tournament as the No.8 seed. He beat Frenchman Victor Crouin, the World No.8 on Friday, and took on World No.7 Tarek Momen in the semi-finals.

The pair were doing battle for the first time since December 2018, and it was a tough, but scrappy, contest throughout. Both players used several reviews in the opening two games, and it was Gawad that was able to keep his cool. He snuck the first on a tie-break 13-11, before then clinching the second 11-9.

Nele Gilis celebrates her semi-final win at the Manchester Open

Belgium’s Nele Gilis is into the final of a Silver level competition for the first time in her career after she defeated Japan’s Satomi Watanabe in a high-quality four-game contest.

Gilis took down World No.4 Joelle King in the quarter finals in one of her best ever performances, and she brought that form into her last four clash at the National Squash Centre.

Watanabe, the first Japanese player to reach the world’s top 20, took leads in each of the first two games, but in both, the Belgian No.1 was able to fight back with a strong surge of points, and she held a two-game advantage.

The Japanese No.1 took advantage of taking another early lead in the third, but she kept her foot on the gas pedal. A rapid start from the Belgian in the fourth saw her through to victory, though, with Gilis into a Silver level final for the first time.

“It feels amazing! I am so happy. Last year, I just missed out on a spot in the finals, so I am very happy to come back this year and make it through to the final!” Gilis said.

“She came out firing in every single game. I thought I started a bit passive, and then I tried to diffuse her, but it is a fine line between not playing too slow. I found my groove again when I was down 5-0 in every game or whatever it was. I am happy that I was able to fight back in each.

“I just feel like I am really enjoying squash at the moment. I am learning something from every event, improving after every event, so I just want to keep it going. I tried to tell myself to imagine I was playing a top 10 player, because she is top 10 standard. If you are the favourite, there are some nerves because you are supposed to win. I try not to think about it, but at the end of the day, they always come out during the match.”

Nour El Tayeb
Nour El Tayeb

Nour El Tayeb was the winner in Manchester in 2020, and she took on the English No.1 for a place in the final once more. The pair have just one place between them in the World Rankings, and it was the lower-ranked Kennedy, at her career-high of World No.7, who came out flying.

In front of her home crowd, Kennedy was in control in the early stages, moving El Tayeb around the court, and she went on to take the opening game 11-7. The Egyptian, who has been as high as World No.3 previously, showed her abilities in the second game, and it went to a tie-break. El Tayeb saw one game ball saved, but the Egyptian fought through to win it 12-10 to level the match.

From there, the World No.6 was in complete control. Kennedy looked to fire the ball in short more often, but that played into the hands of the skilful Egyptian, who was able to pick her off at will. She dropped just three points in the third, and although Kennedy threatened a fight-back in the mid-part of the fourth, El Tayeb came through to reach a second Manchester Open final.

“Very, very happy and proud of course! Not trying to repeat myself, but having my daughter here, I feel drained a bit, waking up early! So it took me a while to get into the rhythm,” the Egyptian said.

“Ali [Farag, El Tayeb’s husband] kept encouraging me, telling me I was working hard to be here. It made me a little angry so I pushed myself hard in the second! I was lucky to win that, and then I relaxed and started to play better. I think we both got tired, but having won the second, it gave me more confidence than her, and I am glad that I was able to push on.

“Winning the second, and obviously her losing a big second game, she was going to be either 2-0 up or at 1-1 and we know that is a huge difference. It gave me confidence, I relaxed a bit, I was a bit better. This made the difference, I guess.

“It is nice to have them both here. I travelled with my daughter a few times but I haven’t reached this far in a tournament. I am happy to be in a final with her here and hopefully Ali can win later tonight, and then hopefully win tomorrow as well!”

The action will be shown live on SQUASHTV with tickets for the event available here.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on FacebookTwitterInstagram & TikTok.
Quarter Finals

Gilis Dethrones King while Men’s Defending Champ Makin Defeats Dessouky

Nele Gilis

Belgium’s Nele Gilis shocked top seed and defending champion Joelle King of New Zealand to set up a semi final with Satomi Watanabe.

Going into today’s match, Gilis had never beaten King in their previous six matches, with King recording a straight-games victory in their most recent meeting, which came just two weeks ago in the PSA World Championships quarter finals.

The pain of that defeat was little compared to the manner of King’s 3-2 victory in the semi final of last year’s Manchester Open, when Gilis saw three match balls saved.

Today, though, Gilis was able to turn the record book on its head with a brilliant display.

The Belgian’s relentlessness proved the difference in a competitive first game, with the 27-year-old retrieving excellently as she saved two game balls on the way to a 12-10 win.

Gilis continued to unnerve King in the second game, with the Kiwi making an uncharacteristic number of errors as the No.7 seed took a huge 2-0 lead with an 11-4 game victory.

King continued to struggle in the third game and at 9-5 down, looked in real danger. Although the Kiwi then took the next two points to test Gilis’ nerves, the World No.9 kept her cool to take the two points she needed to record a historic win.

Afterwards, Gilis said: “I haven’t forgotten about that match [at the Manchester Open last year]. I think I’ve thought about it every day since!

“Joelle is someone I’ve looked up to since I was 10 years old. I’ve always admired her strength and the way she plays. She was one of my favourites for sure and to be able to compete with her is such an honour for me.

“I’ve believed for a while that I can compete with the top girls but to actually beat one of my idols today is unreal and amazing.

“I finished last season with an injury and really wasn’t enjoying squash in the last few months of the season. I was forced to take time off and at one point wasn’t sure if I was ever going to play pain-free again, so when I started training pain-free I found a new enjoyment for the game and ever since then I’ve really been enjoying stepping on the court.”

Defending Champion Makin Comes Through Dessouky Test

In the final match of the day, 2022 Manchester Open winner Joel Makin of Wales came through a battling five-game encounter with Egypt’s Fares Dessouky to earn a semi final against World Champion Ali Farag.

The defending champion made a strong start in an entertaining first game, with the Welshman’s intense physicality well matched by Dessouky’s attacking instincts.

After taking the first game 11-8, Makin was pegged back early in the second, with Dessouky, playing in his first Manchester Open since 2020, taking a quick 6-1 lead.

Makin started to play more aggressively as he began to reel Dessouky in, but the Egyptian was able to hold out, clinching the second game with a typically brilliant backhand drop from the back of the court.

Dessouky looked to have carried this momentum into the third game, with the Egyptian starting better as he took a 5-2 lead. Makin, however, dug in well and began forcing errors from the No.6 seed, and reclaimed the lead with an 11-6 win.

In a fractured fourth game, that saw one lengthy delay due to confusion over the score and a number of reviews and decisions, Dessouky fought back level once again as he took Makin to five games after with a fourth game 11-7 win.

The fifth game began much like the fourth, with play broken up by decisions and reviews. Eventually, though, Makin was able to power through the distractions against an increasingly frustrated Dessouky to close out the match with a hard-fought 11-4 victory.

“I’ve had to rely on the [never-say-die attitude] a few too many times now. I thought the squash was good there, just a little patchy. The court was a little dead so when either of us were in the middle we were both putting each other under a lot of pressure.

“There were a lot of swings, when it was 1-1 and I was down I had to do something different as I was getting picked off. I had to find a way back into the match and be a bit more aggressive and it was better.

“99 percent of that was very good quality. There were a couple of bumps but we’re both powerful guys.

“I like playing here, you’re only a couple of hours from home and I’ve played the leagues around here, North West Counties, for years. I’ve played here a lot and enjoy playing here.”
Round 2

Quarter Finalsists Decided At The Manchester Open 2023

Patrick Rooney

There were four upsets on day two of the Manchester Open 2023 as the women’s No.2, 4 and 5 seeds exited the tournament and England’s Patrick Rooney scored an upset as the quarter finalists were decided at the National Squash Centre.

Japan’s Satomi Watanabe has recently moved inside the top 20 in the PSA World Rankings and continued her good form as she overcame No.4 seed and last year’s runner-up Sarah-Jane Perry in a close five-game encounter.

Satomi Watanabe

Egypt’s No.5 seed Rowan Elaraby suffered a four-game loss to Malaysia’s World No.40 Sivasangari Subramaniam, who is on her way back from injury but put together a sublime performance to overturn last week’s loss to Elaraby at the recent PSA World Championships.

No.2 seed and USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy was in great form coming into this event but was unfortunately forced to withdraw in her clash with Wales’ Emily Whitlock after just one game due to a leg injury. Whitlock now faces England’s Georgina Kennedy for a place in the semi-finals.

North West local Patrick Rooney looked down and out in his match against World No.11 Youssef Soliman, but showed great determination to claw his way back in the match and after being spurred on by the home crowd, completed the comeback winning 11-9 in the fifth game. He’ll face World Champion Ali Farag in the last eight as he joined all the other top eight seeds in claiming day two victories.

The action will be shown live on SQUASHTV with tickets for the event available here.

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Round 1

Harrity & Bernabeu Score Upsets On Day One In Manchester

USA’s Todd Harrity and Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu scored the only upsets on day one as the Manchester Open 2023 got underway from the National Squash Centre as 32 players looked to secure second round spots in the PSA World Tour Silver event.

Harrity needed just 28 minutes to defeat India’s Ramit Tandon to book a place in the next round. Harrity moved the ball with great precision into all four corners and tested the movement of Tandon early in the match. Tandon looked to be carrying a slight injury which prohibited his movements to the front corners enabling Harrity to win in straight games.

Bernabeu faced France’s Gregoire Marche in one of the final clashes of the day and after losing the first game in no time at all, managed to recover and find his fighting spirit to dig deep and start to get in front of his opponent and dictate play. Bernabeu ran through to 10-8 in the fourth game and converted at the first time of asking to take the match 3-1 to set up a second-round clash with recently crowned World Champion Ali Farag.

There were no upsets in the women’s draw with the closest matches being won by Egyptian duo Farida Mohamed and Nada Abbas who both came through in four games against English pair Lucy Turmel and Katie Malliff. Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam also needed four games to defeat South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller.

Farag & King Top Manchester Open Draws

Ali Farag

Recently crowned British Open champion Ali Farag and World No.4 Joelle King will lead the draws as PSA World Tour action heads back to the North West of England for the Manchester Open between May 17-21 with two all-glass courts in use at the National Squash Centre.

Farag, the reigning World Champion, last week lifted a major title on British soil for the first time as he won the British Open after finishing as runner-up on the previous three occasions. The Egyptian was forced to miss a portion of the season due to injury, which resulted in a slip down the rankings, but the World No.4 is showing signs of returning to his best form to challenge at the top of the rankings once again.

Farag will open his Manchester Open campaign against either India’s Ramit Tandon or France’s Gregoire Marche in round two of the PSA World Tour Silver event and will receive a bye in round one.

Fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen is the No.2 seed for the event and features in the Manchester Open for the first time since 2020. The World No.7 is one of the most consistent players on tour, only failing to reach the quarter-final stages once in hist last 37 events. Momen will play the winner of Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas and Egypt’s Yahya Elnawasany in his opening match in round two.

France’s Victor Crouin and defending champion Joel Makin are the No.3 and No.4 seeds, respectively. Makin beat England No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy last year to secure his biggest title to date and his fine form has seen him break back into the world’s top 10.

Crouin recently held a 2-0 advantage over World No.1 Diego Elias in the British Open quarter-finals but failed to convert, losing 11-9 in the fifth game. The Frenchman will be looking to build on that performance as he takes on either Adrian Waller or Saurav Ghosal in his first match on day two of the event.

Women’s top seed King will be looking to secure a hat-trick of Manchester Open titles after her success both last year and in the inaugural event in 2019. The New Zealand No.1 defeated England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in last year’s final and will be looking to add to the two PSA titles that she has already secured this season. King will be up against either Fayrouz Aboelkheir or Jasmine Hutton in her opening match.

In-form American Amanda Sobhy is the No.2 seed for this year’s event. Sobhy has reached the quarter-finals and the semi-finals of the Manchester Open in the past. The World No.5 picked up the Canadian Open title last month and recently defeated World No.3 Hania El Hammamy in the British Open quarter-finals. Sobhy will face the winner of the all-European battle between Emily Whitlock and Cindy Merlo in round two.

2020 champion Nour El Tayeb occupies the No.3 seed position, and after picking up an injury at the Cleveland Classic in February will be determined to come back strongly to re-establish herself back inside the top five of the rankings.

Last year’s runner-up Sarah-Jane Perry is the No.4 seed and will be hoping to receive a boost from the home crowd as she looks to reach her first final since the 2022 event. Perry will face tough opposition in her opening match and will go up against either Japan’s Satomi Watanabe or Egypt’s Hana Moataz for a place in the quarter-finals.

Manchester-born Finnlay Withington and Saran Nghiem are the wildcards for this year’s event.

Reigning European Junior champion Withington has been working his way up the PSA rankings and his attacking style of play might just worry his first round opponent Omar Mosaad. Withington scored two impressive wins at the World Championships Qualifying Event, beating two players ranked 20+ places higher, before losing out to Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen in the finals.

Nghiem is currently a student at Harvard University after receiving a squash scholarship. The 19-year-old will also be up against Egyptian opposition as she takes on Yathreb Adel for a spot in round two.

Both wildcards are well accustomed to the National Squash Centre venue, having both attended the Manchester Squash Academy for many years in their early development.

The action will be shown live on SQUASHTV with tickets for the event available here.

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