England’s Nick Matthew has been handed a difficult first round fixture
against Egypt’s World No.5 Tarek Momen at next month’s Allam British
Open, PSA World Series tournament as the 37-year-old from Sheffield gets
ready to appear at the prestigious ‘Wimbledon of Squash’ for the final
Former World No.1 Matthew, a three-time British Open champion, will call
time on an illustrious career at the end of this season – meaning that
the British Open will be his last ranking PSA tournament – and he will
have a final shot at capturing the coveted title once more, although he
will have to defeat one of the most in-form players on the PSA World
Tour if he is to progress beyond the opening round.
Three tournament finals so far this season have seen Momen rise into the
world’s top five for the first time earlier this month and he beat
Matthew last time the two met in the quarter-finals of November’s Qatar
Classic. This year marks Matthew’s first unseeded appearance at the
tournament since 2003.
Matthew’s bitter rival and fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop, the
34-year-old who won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games Singles event
earlier this week, also has tough Egyptian opposition in round one,
which comes in the form of World Championship runner-up Marwan
Should Matthew and Willstrop both come through their first and second
round matches in Hull, then the pair will face off in the quarter-finals
in what could be the final meeting of one of the sport’s most
captivating rivalries – a rivalry which stems from a tempestuous meeting
between the two in final of the 2009 British Open which went the way of
Colchester-based Daryl Selby and Nottingham’s Declan James are the other
two Englishman involved in the main draw and they will take on 2016
World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad and Tournament of Champions winner
Simon Rösner, respectively.
Top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy will kick off his attempts to win a third
British Open crown against Peruvian two-time World Junior Champion Diego
Elias while the man he is seeded to meet in the final, U.S. Open
champion Ali Farag, gets under way against a qualifier.
Defending champion Gregory Gaultier – who beat Matthew in last year’s
final to become the sport’s oldest ever World No.1 – faces Australia’s
Cameron Pilley, with 2013 winner Ramy Ashour in action against former
World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the opening round.
In the women’s draw, defending champion Laura Massaro is seeded seventh
and will face a qualifier in round one, with a potential quarter-final
meeting against World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in store.
England No.2 Sarah-Jane Perry, who together with Massaro contested the
first female all-English British Open final since 1991 last year, will
face Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy in round one as she looks to follow up her
silver medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this week.
World No.1 Nour El Sherbini, the 2016 British Open champion, opens up
her tournament against England’s World No.19 Emily Whitlock, while World
Champion Raneem El Welily will line up against a qualifier in round one.
In-form New Zealander Joelle King, fresh off the back of winning a gold
medal on the Gold Coast this week, will pit her wits against a qualifier
in round one, with a second round fixture against Welsh bronze medalist
Tesni Evans in store if both players can come through their opening
round matches unscathed.
There is the potential for another mouthwatering second round clash with
five-time winner Nicol David and 2015 champion Camille Serme seeded to
meet in the last 16. David will do battle against Egypt’s Mariam
Metwally in round one, with France’s Serme set to meet a qualifier.
The British Open will give the players their last chance to win points
for the PSA World Series Standings, where only the top eight will
qualify for a place in June’s PSA World Series Finals.
The likes of Matthew, Gaultier, Gawad, Serme, Massaro and David are
still yet to book their place in the season-ending tournament so every
point will be crucial as the season nears its climax.
Qualifying for the tournament takes place from May 13-14 at the
University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre, while the main draw will
be staged between May 15-20 on the glass showcourt at the Airco Arena.
While selected first round matches on May 15th will be held on the glass
court, the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre will host the
bulk of the round one action, with stars such as Ashour, Gawad, Massaro
and Perry beginning their tournaments on a day that will see the
university host 24 exciting matches.
Matches held on the glass court throughout the tournament will be shown
live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) with
the semi-finals and finals set to be shown live by mainstream
broadcasters around, such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia
Main Draw – Men’s 2018 Allam British Open  Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Qualifier]
Paul Coll (NZL) v [Qualifier]
Daryl Selby (ENG) v  Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 Simon Rösner (GER) v [WC] Declan James (ENG)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [Qualifier]
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v  Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Borja Golan (ESP) v [Qualifier]
Nick Matthew (ENG) v  Tarek Momen (EGY)
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Max Lee (HKG) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Ali Farag (EGY)
Main Draw – Women’s 2018 Allam British Open  Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[Qualifier] v  Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
 Alison Waters (ENG) v Joey Chan (HKG)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v  Nouran Gohar (EGY)
 Laura Massaro (ENG) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Joshna Chinappa (IND)
 Olivia Blatchford (USA) v Donna Urquhart (AUS)
Salma Hany (EGY) v  Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
 Joelle King (NZL) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Tesni Evans (WAL)
 Nicol David (MAS) v Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[Qualifier] v  Camille Serme (FRA)
 Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
[Qualifier] v  Annie Au (HKG)
 Victoria Lust (ENG) v [WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
[Qualifier] v  Raneem El Welily (EGY)
world’s greatest squash players will be on show at Hull’s Airco Arena
between May 15-20 when the 2018 edition of the Allam British Open - the
sport’s longest running tournament - takes place with a record prize
fund of $165,000 up for grabs in both the men’s and women’s events.
The prestigious World Series tournament will be staged in Hull for a
sixth year in succession and will feature a host of world-class talent
as the likes of men’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, defending champion
Gregory Gaultier, women’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and World Champion
Raneem El Welily do battle for the title.
Meanwhile, all eyes will be on three-time winner Nick Matthew as he
makes his final appearance at the iconic tournament, with the
37-year-old veteran set to retire at the end of the season. Matthew has
enjoyed title success at this tournament in 2006, 2009 and 2012, with a
memorable final victory over fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop in 2009
sparking one of the most captivating rivalries squash has ever seen.
Women’s defending champion Laura Massaro will be one of three English
women currently inside the world’s top 10 to compete in Hull. The number
seven seed will be joined in the draw by compatriots Sarah-Jane Perry -
who together with Massaro contested the first female all-English final
since 1991 last year - and Alison Waters, while Victoria Lust and Emily
Whitlock are also involved.
Hull-based Fiona Moverley has been named as the wildcard in the women's
draw, while Nottingham's World No.25 Declan James claims the men's
In addition to offering up one of the most coveted titles in
professional squash, the British Open will also give players a final
opportunity to gain points on the PSA World Series Standings as they aim
to secure a top eight berth which will guarantee qualification for
June’s PSA World Series Finals.
The University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre will host the
qualification rounds between May 13-14 and selected main draw matches
from the first round on May 15.
Glass court matches from May 15-20 will be staged at the Airco Arena and
will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player
(Europe only) with the semi-finals and finals being shown live on
broadcast channels across the globe, such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox
Sports Australia and Astro.
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