Mozart Open (w) 2023
22 - 25 Mar
Salzburg, Austria, $6k
 Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Haya Ali (EGY) 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7
 Torrie Malik (ENG) bt  Alison Thomson (SCO) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8
Haya Ali (EGY) bt  Malak Khafagy (EGY) 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 (30m)
 Torrie Malik (ENG) bt  Jacqueline Peychär (AUT) 11-7, 11-4,
 Alison Thomson (SCO) bt  Léa Barbeau (FRA) 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (25m)
Haya Ali (EGY) bt  Katerina Tycova (GER) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (23m)
 Malak Khafagy (EGY) bt  Sofía Mateos (ESP) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (20m)
 Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Katriona Allen (SCO) 11-2, 11-4, 11-2
 Jacqueline Peychär (AUT) bt Polly Clark (ENG) 12-10, 11-4, 11-6
 Léa Barbeau (FRA) bt Juliette Permentier (NED) 16-18, 11-6, 11-8,
 Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Ella Galova (FRA) 11-4, 11-3, 13-11 (26m)
 Katerina Tycova (GER) bt Emilia Korhonen (FIN) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3
Haya Ali (EGY) bt  Taba Taghavi (FRA) 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8 (35m)
 Sofía Mateos (ESP) bt Aylin Günsav (GER) 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5
 Malak Khafagy (EGY) bt [WC] Sabrina Rehman (AUT) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
Malik Claims Fourth Title Of Campaign
England’s Torrie Malik got the better of Egyptian Haya Ali in the Mozart
Open final to claim her fourth title of the campaign.
The Englishwoman came into the Challenger 5 level competition in
Salzburg as the top seed. She already had three victories to her name,
all Challenger 3 level crowns, in the 2022-2023 campaign.
She started her campaign at the Europark Shopping Centre with a
confident victory over Scotland’s Katriona Allen. The Englishwoman
dropped just eight points in an 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 win on Wednesday
Malik then also won in straight games in both the quarter finals and
semi-finals. She defeated home favourite and Austrian No.1 Jacqueline
Peychar in the last eight, before then overcoming the challenge of No.4
seed Alison Thomson to make it into the final.
The final saw Malik take on Egyptian youngster Haya Ali, with the
18-year-old having knocked out No.2 seed Malak Khafagy to make it into
the last match of the tournament. The pair were level after two games,
but Malik was able to show her class to take the victory, winning both
the third and fourth games by an 11-7 scoreline.
Malik becomes only the second female player to win four times this
season, along with World No.1 Nouran Gohar. The Englishwoman took the
titles at the Czech Open, Telsa Media David Lloyd Purley Open and 501
Fun Colin Payne Kent Open earlier in the season before adding her first
Challenger 5 level win this week in Salzburg.
The women’s event at the Mozart Open takes this week at the Europark
Salzburg, and home hope Jacqueline Peychar is looking forward to playing
on home soil once again.
The Challenger 5 level competition will be played in the Europark
shopping mall in Salzburg for the second year in a row, and will feature
both a men’s and women’s draw. The women’s event will take place this
week, with the men’s competition beginning next Wednesday.
Austrian No.1 Jacqueline Peychar will be the leading home hope in the
women’s draw, and she is looking forward to playing on home soil once
again this week as the tournament’s No.6 seed.
“I‘m so excited to be playing again at the 2nd edition of the now called
Mozart Open!” Peychar said.
“Thanks to Aqeel Rehman‘s efforts, this year’s women‘s event has been
raised to a Challenger 5 level event which amazing as it shows the event
is growing and the draw in both the men’s and women’s is very strong
“So I‘m very eager to compete again, especially at this great venue with
the glass court at Europark Salzburg, where we all get the chance to
showcase our sport in the best way possible. As this is Austria‘s only
women‘s PSA event I‘m really excited to get to play on home soil!“
Peychar will be featuring on Tour for the first time in four months, but
she is happier now with her work/life balance, and being able to prepare
for a tournament in the right way.
“It‘s my first PSA tournament since last November. I put in some hard
work over the last few months and I finally found a good balance between
working as a physio and still getting enough hours of training on and
off court so that I can keep up with all the amazingly strong women
around my ranking and above,” she explained.
“At the moment, I‘m just enjoying my squash with all it‘s strength‘s &
weaknesses so much. My mindset has drastically changed, I used to focus
too much on results & becoming too impatient and frustrated.
“Lately though I’ve figured out how to trust in the process & all the
small improvements I‘ve been making, that will sum up to bigger steps
overall. I just want to perform as best as I can now, whatever the
outcome of the result and wherever it will take me in the rankings.”
England’s Torrie Malik will be the tournament’s top seed, and she will
be aiming to win a fourth title of the season. The Englishwoman has
already tasted success at three Challenger 3 level competitions, but she
will be looking for a first Challenger 5 level victory this week.
Egypt’s Malak Khafagy defeated Malik on en route to her maiden Tour
title at the Odense Open last month, and the pair are seeded to meet in
the final in Salzburg on Saturday afternoon. Germany’s Katerina Tycova
and Scotland’s Alison Thomson are the other members of the top four
France’s Lea Barbeau and Taba Taghavi, along with Spaniard Sofia Mateos
and Austria’s Peychar will also be seeded for the competition. Sabrina
Rehman will be the second Austrian in the competition, and she will be
the tournament’s wildcard.
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