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Pittsburgh Open 2023

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$75,500 Men's Pittsburgh Open 2023, Rivers Club, Pittsburgh, USA, PSA World Tour Silver
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Pittsburgh Open 2023
Men's Draw
08 - 12 Feb
Pittsburgh, USA, $75k

ROUND TWO
09 Feb
QUARTERS
10 Feb
SEMIS
11 Feb
FINAL
12 Feb

[1] Ali Farag (EGY)
9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (41m)
Nathan Lake (ENG)

Ali Farag
11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 16-14 (80m)
Youssef Soliman
Youssef Soliman
9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11 (83m)
Marwan ElShorbagy
Marwan ElShorbagy
11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (36m)
Diego Elias
 
[7] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (43m)
[9/16] Grgoire Marche (FRA)
[5] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-9, 11-3, 11-9 (44m)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Mazen Hesham
11-6, 11-8, 3-11, 2-11, 11-7 (52m)
Marwan ElShorbagy
[3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (29m)
Ramit Tandon (IND)
[9/16] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
11-9, 13-11, 11-8 (66m)
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY)
Mohamed Abouelghar
11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (45m)
Joel Makin

Mohamed Abouelghar
11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (39m)
Diego Elias
[6] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-3, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9 (65m)
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
[8] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (62m)
[9/16] Patrick Rooney (ENG)
Miguel Rodriguez
11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (39m)
Diego Elias
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 12-10 (52m)
[2] Diego Elias (PER)

ROUND ONE

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt [9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 12-14, 11-5, 19-17, 11-7 (70m)
[9/16] Grgoire Marche (FRA) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (39m)
[7] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bye
[5] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10 (83m)
Ramit Tandon (IND) bt [9/16] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 11-9, 12-14, 11-5, 11-7 (64m)
[3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bye
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[9/16] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Sbastien Bonmalais (FRA) 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-4, 11-1, 11-2 (28m)
[6] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[8] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
[9/16] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (62m)
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) bt Nick Wall (ENG) 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 14-12 (41m)
[2] Diego Elias (PER) bye

REPORTS

Final

Diego Elias Wins Pittsburgh Open Title


Diego Elias with the Pittsburgh Open trophy. Photo credit: Miranda Costa

Diego Elias maintained his impressive streak to take the Pittsburgh Open title, defeating Marwan ElShorbagy in straight games at the Rivers Club.

Elias, whos already won the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title and the Sturbridge Capital Motor City Open crown this year, hasnt lost a match since the Everbright Securities International Hong Kong Squash Open decider in December as he made it a hat-trick of titles in 2023.

The win in Pittsburgh will also see the Peruvian Puma rise to a career-best of World No.2 in the PSA World Rankings on Monday to crown his sensational form.

Elias and ElShorbagy had met four times this season before todays final, with their last encounter the ToC decider in New York, and it was ElShorbagy who started the brighter in the opening game in Pittsburgh.

With some long, testing rallies, Elias eventually pulled clear as he claimed the first game 11-5.

Elias made a blistering start to the second as he opened up a six-point cushion over ElShorbagy. Although it seemed the game was running away from the Egyptian, he managed to claw his way back into the contest, but errors and the accuracy of Elias saw the Peruvian take a vital two-game lead after winning 11-7.

The match was then sewn up with a clinical display in the third, with Elias emphatically victorious 11-2 to cap off an impressive performance to notch his third straight tournament triumph.

Im very happy with my performance today, Elias said.

It was a very tough match with Marwan (ElShorbagy) the start was very important I felt and Im just very happy with the result.

I think all the hard work before this tournament is paying off I did a lot of work for this and Im incredibly proud of myself for winning three tournaments in a row.

I had to be very strong mentally at the start. I knew I was in for a long match, but I stayed solid and patient and at the end it paid off.

Elias and ElShorbagy head to Egypt next for the Black Ball Squash Open, which takes place between March 2 7, at Black Ball Sporting Club. Action from Black Ball will be available to watch live on SQUASHTV.
 
Semi Finals

Elias and ElShorbagy To Meet In Pittsburgh Final



Diego Elias and Marwan ElShorbagy will meet in a Tournament of Champions final rematch, when they battle it out for the Pittsburgh Open title tomorrow afternoon.

Elias secured his place in the final first when he defeated Mohamed Abouelghar in straight games.

Abouelghar, who took down Tarek Momen and Joel Makin in the previous rounds, kept within touching distance of Elias in the first game with the two playing some excellent, free-flowing squash.

However Elias, whos been in scintillating form of late, was able to gain some valuable breathing space before he won the first 11-9.

Elias, whos lifted the Tournament of Champions title and the Sturbridge Capital Motor City Open crown already this year, made a solid start to the second as he went 7-3 up.

Abouelghar dug deep to produce the fighting spirit thats been on display throughout the tournament to claw his way back into the game, but Elias was able to fend him off again and go 2-0 up.

The Peruvian Puma got daylight in the third game which resulted in a comfortable victory for Elias, winning 11-4.

Im happy with my performance. Mohamed (Abouelghar) was playing some great squash, but Im really happy with the result, said Elias afterwards.

It was a really good match, I felt I played really well. Now I have to recover and get ready for tomorrow.

Its always very enjoyable playing him. Hes such a great and fair player and its always great fun playing against him.

ElShorbagy, whos through to his sixth final this season, overcame Youssef Soliman 3-1 to progress to the final.

ElShorbagy and Soliman, who have met on four occasions before today, both came through five-game matches yesterday, defeating Mazen Hesham and Ali Farag, respectively.

An error from ElShorbagy in the first game at 9-9 presented Soliman the opportunity to take the first game, which he claimed 11-9.

Only two minutes were gone on the clock in the second when play was halted for a lengthy period of time due to a blood injury sustained by Soliman. After the long stoppage, ElShorbagy went on to level the match with an 11-5 victory.

The Jackal was in the groove as he stormed into a 7-0 lead at the start of the third. Soliman chipped away at the deficit to claw some points back, but ElShorbagy was able to hold him off and go 2-1 ahead.

ElShorbagy looked to be on course to sealing his spot in the final comfortably when he had five match balls, but Soliman saved all five superbly to send the fourth game into a tiebreaker. ElShorbagy eventually pulled clear to secure a final berth.

ElShorbagy said afterwards: Im happy to win today in four games. It was a tough match, and the first game was tough, but Im really happy that I played well after that injury break (in the second game).

I calmed down a bit and after the second game I felt a bit more comfortable with the game, so Im really happy to focus on my game from the second game and I did quite well from there.

The fourth game, I was 10-6 up and its another lesson to learn after yesterday but Im glad to be learning those lessons while winning the matches.

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.
 
Quarter Finals

Soliman Takes Out Top Seed As Abouelghar Extends Run



No.7 seed Youssef Soliman knocked top seed Ali Farag out to progress to the semi-finals of the Pittsburgh Open after edging a pulsating encounter 3-2 at the Rivers Club.

Soliman, who had lost all four of the previous meetings with his fellow Egyptian, dug deep to reach the last four, with the match settled with an epic fifth game that went the distance.

Having taken a 1-0 lead with an 11-5 win in the first game, Soliman was pegged back by the reigning World Champion as Farag clinched the second 11-9.

Soliman regained his advantage, winning 11-9 in the third, but Farag surged back to once again restore parity, taking the fourth 11-8.

An intense clash throughout culminated in an excellent battle in the decider. Soliman looked to have sewn the match up when we moved into a 10-5 lead with match ball at his fingertips.

Farag, featuring in his first tournament since the Grasshopper Cup, remarkably saved five match balls to force a tiebreaker where the two cancelled each other out on numerous occasions. However it was Soliman who was able to edge the game 16-14 and advance to the semi-finals.

I have no idea where to start from! said Soliman

Especially that fifth game every single time I get him (Farag) he comes back. He might have been struggling physically as hes just come back, but I get so excited when I see him (playing) like that.

The fourth happened where he managed to come back and the fifth I was 10-6 up, I didnt know what happened. I found myself match ball down and then it was the tiebreak.

Im so proud with how I managed to hold my nerve. Towards the end it was about holding my nerve and Im so happy to be through.

Soliman meets his Egyptian compatriot Marwan ElShorbagy tomorrow for a place in the final, who held off a fightback from Mazen Hesham to prevail 3-2.

In the other half of the draw, unseeded Mohamed Abouelghar continued his sparkling form as he took out another seed to reach the final four, defeating No.6 seed Joel Makin 3-0.

Abouelghar, who took out former World Champion and No.4 seed Tarek Momen in round two, trailed the Welshman early on in the first game but the Egyptian fought back superbly to take the first 11-8.

World No.90 Abouelghar opened up a 7-3 lead in game two, only for World No.11 Makin to peg it back to 7-7. Despite Makin then saving one of three game balls, Abouelghar converted at the second attempt to take a two-game lead.

Abouelghar, whos not dropped a single game so far in Pittsburgh, booked his semi-final spot with an 11-7 victory in the third to maintain his perfect streak.

Im feeling extremely happy. I think I executed my game plan extremely well, even when I was 7-3 up in the second game, he came back to seven-all, Abouelghar said after his last eight win.

I didnt lose my game plan at the time and I just kept going the second game was extremely crucial.

Im enjoying myself and not thinking much about winning or losing, just trusting the process. Im really glad to be back playing and competing. Im playing with no pressure and Im just enjoying myself.

The Egyptian will face No.2 seed Diego Elias in the semi-finals, who notched a straight sets victory of his own against his fellow South American Miguel Rodriguez.

The semi-finals of the Pittsburgh Open take place tomorrow (February 11), with play starting from 14:00 (GMT-5) at the Rivers Club. Both matches will be streamed live on the PSA website and on SQUASHTV.

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

Abouelghar Downs No.4 Seed Momen



Mohamed Abouelghar caused the biggest upset of round two of the Pittsburgh Open as he dispatched No.4 seed Tarek Momen in straight games.

Abouelghar, who reached the second round with a 3-0 win over Sebastien Bonmalais, showed great tenacity in the first game after falling behind to Momen, with Abouelghar going 10-9 ahead. The World No.90 converted game ball at the first attempt.

Another early lead for Momen in the second was soon gone as Abouelghar saved game ball to force a tiebreaker as his fighting spirit paid dividends to go 2-0 up with a 13-11 victory.

Momen, the World No.7, sustained a calf injury which caused a lengthy delay while he was trailing 9-8. The pause in play didnt deter Abouelghars momentum, claiming the third 11-8 to move into the last eight.

It feels unbelievable. Ive always struggled against Tarek (Momen) the head-to-heads, Ive only beaten him once in a best of three. To beat him in straight games is a massive achievement for me, said Abouelghar.

I was 8-2 down in the first game and I told myself to hang in there and make it long for him so I could gain some momentum for the second game.

Im happy it worked out and I won the game it gave me a huge boost going into the second game onwards.

Reigning World Champion and the tournaments top seed Ali Farag marked his return to action with a comeback victory against Nathan Lake.

Farag, making his first appearance since the Grasshopper Cup back in October, lost the first game 11-9 but the World No.2 found his form by taking the ensuing games 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 to book a quarter-final spot.

It feels amazing (to be back on court). I feel like a child in a play area Im back to doing what I love most, said Farag.

I was very nervous and very excited I had so many different emotions but the overriding one is gratitude and happiness.


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 1

Rooney Fights Back To Advance To Round Two



World No.20 Patrick Rooney fought back from two games down to defeat World No.43 Lucas Serme on the opening day of the Pittsburgh Open.

Rooney, who was facing Serme for the first time on the PSA World Tour, won 3-2: 3-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 in a bruising 62-minute battle.

Afterwards, Rooney said: "I feel happy to be through. I started way too slow and probably didn't take the court into consideration with my game plan.

"I started way too slow and I was giving him (Serme) too much time and he was punishing me for it.

"I was 2-0 down and I really had to pick up the pace, stick in there, make it hard, not make any errors and claw my way back. But I'm just happy to be through."

Elsewhere, Rooney's fellow countryman Nathan Lake came through an attritional encounter with Egypt's Omar Mosaad, winning 3-1: 12-14, 11-5, 19-17, 11-7 in 70 minutes to set up second round clash with No.1 seed Ali Farag.

The seeds enter the fray for round two of the Pittsburgh Open tomorrow (February 9), which gets underway from 16:00 (GMT-5) at the Rivers Club. All four matches on court two will be streamed live and free on the PSA website.
 
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