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Allam British Open 2019
Men's Draw
2
0 - 26 May May
Hull, England, $165,000
Round Two
21 May
Round THREE
22-23 May
Quarters
24 May
Semis
25 May
Final
26 May
[1] Ali Farag (EGY)
6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (42m)
Mostafa Asal (EGY)
Ali Farag
11-8, 11-1, 11-2 (31m)
 Marwan Elshorbagy
Ali Farag
11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (37m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
Ali Farag
10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 (77m)
Paul Coll
 



Ali Farag

11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9 (66m)
 Mohamed Elshorbagy

[9/16] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (52m)
[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER)
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
11-8, 11-4, 14-16, 11-8 (81m)
Borja Golan (ESP)
Gregoire Marche
12-10, 11-2, 11-2 (40m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
11-7, 11-5, 11-2 (31m)
Adrian Waller (ENG)
Mazen Hesham (EGY)
9-11, 13-11, 3-11, 11-3, 11-5 (67m)
[8] Diego Elias (PER)
Mazen Hesham
11-4, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7 (48m)
Lucas Serme
Mazen Hesham
11-3, 5-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6 (74m)
 Paul Coll
Lucas Serme (FRA)
4-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (45m)
Todd Harrity (USA)
Fares Dessouky (EGY)
11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (33m)
[WC] Joshua Masters (ENG)
Fares Dessouky
11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (66m)
 Paul Coll
[4] Paul Coll (NZL)
9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (87m)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL)
[3] Simon RŲsner (GER)
11-3, 12-10, 11-6 (37m)
Tom Richards (ENG)
Simon RŲsner
7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (63m)
Omar Mosaad
Simon RŲsner
11-8, 11-6, 14-16, 10-12, 11-9 (89m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-9, 11-3, 11-9 (47m)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
11-4, 11-7, 6-3 ret. (43m)
[9/16] Declan James (ENG)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY)
13-11, 11-5, 11-8 (47m)
Greg Lobban (SCO)
Zahed Salem
11-6, 11-6, 10-12, 11-4 (41m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6 (54m)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
11-3, 12-10, 7-11, 11-4 (61m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL)
Miguel Rodriguez
11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8 (61m)
Cesar Salazar
Miguel Rodriguez
11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (43m)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
Cesar Salazar (MEX)
12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 (58m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
Daryl Selby (ENG)
11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (47m)
[WC] Patrick Rooney (ENG)
Daryl Selby
11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (22m)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
James Willstrop (ENG)
11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (44m)
[2]
Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
ROUND ONE 20 May

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT) 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4 (60m)
[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER) bye
[9/16] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bye
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 4-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (62m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt George Parker (ENG) 11-6, 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 (75m)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bye
[8] Diego Elias (PER) bye
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 7-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-6 (52m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Max Lee (HKG) 14-12, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (56m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (38m)
[WC] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt Yip Tsz Fung (HKG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-8, 7-11, 12-14, 11-8, 12-10 (95m)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bye
[3] Simon RŲsner (GER) bye
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 4-11, 16-14, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 (71m)
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bye
[9/16] Declan James (ENG) bye
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (58m)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY) bye
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Nicolas MŁller (SUI) 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 (65m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Richie Fallows (ENG) 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-4 (44m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (40m)
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 (70m)
[WC] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 (41m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 11-8, 11-8, 11-1 (36m)
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bye

Allam British Open 2019
Women's Draw
20 - 26 May
Hull, England, $165,000
Round Two
21 May
Round THREE
22-23 May
Quarters
24 May
Semis
25 May
Final
26 May
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
11-2, 11-6, 11-4 (20m)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
 Raneem El Welily
12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (26m)
Amanda Sobhy
 Raneem El Welily
11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (36m)
Nouran Gohar
Nouran Gohar
11-9, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9 (45m)
Nour El Tayeb
Nouran Gohar
11-3, 11-8, 11-3 (30m)
 Camille Serme

 

 

 

[12] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (24m)
Samantha Cornett (CAN)
Joey Chan (HKG)
7-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7 (44m)
[14] Salma Hany (EGY)
Joey Chan
11-5, 11-8, 11-3 (23m)
Nouran Gohar
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
11-3, 11-1, 11-3 (20m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[5] Joelle King (NZL)
11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (28m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Joelle King
11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (32m)
Alison Waters
Joelle King
11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (28m)
Nour El Tayeb
[10] Alison Waters (ENG)
11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[11] Annie Au (HKG)
11-3, 2-0 ret. (11m)
Olivia Fiechter (USA)
Annie Au
11-13, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 13-11 (50m)
Nour El Tayeb
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-4, 11-7, 11-13, 11-5 (41m)
Nicol David (MAS)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA)
8-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (39m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO)
Camille Serme
11-8, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5 (50m)
Tesni Evans
Camille Serme
11-4, 14-12, 13-11 (51m)
Nele Gilis
Camille Serme
12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 13-11 (52m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[9] Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 (64m)
Julianne Courtice (ENG)
Nele Gilis (BEL)
11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 5-11, 11-7 (82m)
[16] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
Nele Gilis
11-2, 11-9, 11-13, 11-3 (54m)
Tinne Gilis
Tinne Gilis (BEL)
11-5, 2-11, 11-5, 11-7 (37m)
[8] Laura Massaro (ENG)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (24m)
[WC] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
Sarah-Jane Perry
11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 (47m)
Joshna Chinappa
Sarah-Jane Perry
8-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-8 (49m)
Nour El Sherbini
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (34m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG)
11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 (58m)
Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA)
Victoria Lust
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (22m)
Nour El Sherbini
Mayar Hany (EGY)
11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (23m)
[2]
Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
ROUND ONE 20 May

[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bye
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 (39m)
Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 (53m)
[12] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bye
[14] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (27m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (27m)
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bye
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bye
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Fiona Moverley (ENG) 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (28m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (26m)
[10] Alison Waters (ENG) bye
[11] Annie Au (HKG) bye
Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7 (48m)
Nicol David (MAS) bt Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 11-7, 11-5, 13-11 (32m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bye
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (30m)
Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 11-1 (32m)
[9] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
[16] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bye
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [WC] Lucy Turmel (ENG) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (33m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (24m)
[8] Laura Massaro (ENG) bye
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[WC] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (26m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 10-12, 13-11, 13-15, 11-2, 11-5 (57m)
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bye
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG) bye
Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) bt Melissa Alves (FRA) 11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9 (40m)
Mayar Hany (EGY) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 2-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 (52m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bye

REPORTS
Finals

Egyptian Duo Gohar and ElShorbagy
Lift British Open Titles


Egyptian duo Nouran Gohar and Mohamed ElShorbagy are the 2019 Allam British Open champions after they got the better of World No.4 Camille Serme and World No.1 Ali Farag in their respective final fixtures earlier today at the Allam Sport Centre in Hull.

The British Open is the sportís longest-running tournament, and Gohar, the World No.7, put her name into the history books with a sensational dismantling of Serme as she powered to an 11-3, 11-8, 11-3 victory in 30 minutes to win the womenís event.

Gohar came runner-up to World No.2 Nour El Sherbini in the final of this tournament in 2016, and the hard-hitting 21-year-old ensured that she went one further this year as she stormed to a comfortable victory over 2015 winner Serme to lift her first PSA World Tour Platinum title since the Hong Kong Open in August 2016.

ďIt means so much to me, especially because it is the British Open,Ē said an emotional Gohar after lifting the seventh PSA title of her career.

ďI feel very comfortable. The environment, the city itself, it feels a bit like home. It is very cosy here and it really helps me to feel good on court. To have the accuracy, you have to be both relaxed and focused. I feel this attitude and environment really helped me.

ďThis morning after my hit, I started crying. I never did that before. Even in Hong Kong, I didnít do that. I think I was very young, so maybe I couldnít really comprehend how much it meant to me to be in the final of a major event. My mum kept telling me to enjoy the occasion and to relax. She told me to take the chance and if I played my best then I would take the win.

ďWhen I won the Hong Kong Open, she [her mother] was there as well. I think she might be my lucky charm, and there is also someone who is not always with me, but he is the main reason for what I have. My dad is the reason why I play squash because he loves it so much.Ē

The menís final saw World No.2 ElShorbagy capture the third British Open title of his career after he overcame World No.1 Farag by an 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9 scoreline in 66 minutes to add to his 2015 and 2016 triumphs.

ElShorbagy, who also finished as runner-up 12 months ago, had lost three of his four matches with Farag this season, but a fired-up performance from the 28-year-old saw him earn the win in the latest instalment of their rivalry.

Farag came through a brutal 77-minute semi-final with New Zealandís Paul Coll in the semi-finals, while ElShorbagy hadnít dropped a game throughout the tournament. And the latter hunted the ball down and engaged Farag in all four corners of the court to become the first Egyptian since Abdelfattah AbouTaleb in 1966 to win a trio of British Open crowns.

ďI have such respect for Ali, what he achieved this season is unbelievable," said ElShorbagy.

"Our last match last season in Dubai, he told me that what I did last season was inspirational. This time is it my turn to say that what he has done this season was inspirational. Normally, winning the US Open, Hong Kong and British Open in one season would be enough to keep me at No.1.

ďAli just showed consistency throughout and he was the toughest I had to face. We are going to improve each other for the rest of our careers and after a lot of great players have retired, I think squash now needs a new rivalry. The people need a new rivalry and hopefully we can both give the people what they want and what they will enjoy."

Gohar and ElShorbagy take home $22,800 in prize money, while ElShorbagy moves joint seventh on the menís all-time PSA title winners, with his 37th title putting him level with Canadaís Jonathon Power.

The culmination of the British Open means that the qualification spots for the next monthís PSA World Tour Finals - the season-ending tournament which takes place in Cairo between June 9-14 - have been confirmed.

Despite his defeat, Farag tops the menís PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard, with ElShorbagy, Tarek Momen, Karim Abdel Gawad, Coll, Simon RŲsner, Mohamed Abouelghar and Diego Elias all joining him in qualifying.

World No.1 Raneem El Welily finishes in first place on the womenís leaderboard, and will be joined in Cairo next month by El Sherbini, Nour El Tayeb, Serme, Gohar, Joelle King, Sarah-Jane Perry and Tesni Evans.

Stay up to date with action from the tournament by visiting the official website or following the event on Twitter and official Facebook.
 
Semi Finals

Franceís Serme Joins Egyptian Trio
in British Open Finals


Franceís World No.4 Camille Serme will be the only non-Egyptian in action on finals day at the 2019 Allam British Open as she overcame England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry at Hullís Allam Sport Centre earlier today to earn her spot in the title deciders alongside Egyptian trio Nouran Gohar, Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy.

Serme became the first Frenchwoman ever to win the sportís longest-running tournament when she beat former World No.1 Laura Massaro in 2015, and she will have another opportunity to etch her name into the history books after getting the better of World No.6 Perry by a 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 13-11 scoreline.

Perry, the 2017 champion, had her chances and led 7-3 in the fourth, but a tenacious performance from Serme saw her take a win which sees her reach a first PSA World Tour Platinum final since January 2017. Serme will play 2016 runner-up Gohar in the womenís final.

ďIt was difficult today, she had a lot cheering, but the crowd were very fair, they enjoy good squash, and even though the English player didnít win, they clapped at the end,Ē said Serme.

ďSarah-Jane was playing better [in the fourth], she was finding her length and I was trying to get in front of her again. It seems I play better when Iím behind.

ďSheís [Gohar] been playing very well for the last few months and sheís in very good form. Iím looking forward to a good battle, and Iíll be ready for it.Ē

Gohar followed up a semi-final dismantling of World No.1 Raneem El Welily with a superb display against World No.3 Nour El Tayeb to earn a place in a second Platinum tournament in a row.

The World No.7 has been in fine form recently after advancing all the way to the El Gouna International title decider last month and the hard-hitting 21-year-old outplayed El Tayeb to earn an 11-9, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9 victory.

Gohar, a construction engineering student at the American University in Cairo, sat her final university exams in the build up to the tournament, but says her lack of preparation for the tournament has been a blessing in disguise rather a hindrance.

ďI had my final exams before coming here, so I wasnít playing that much squash, I was just studying a lot,Ē the Egyptian said.

ďI think it helped today and throughout the week. Sometimes when you donít play so much squash, youíre really fresh, moving on court fast and have new ideas. I think that was the case today."

In the menís draw, the worldís top two players - Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy - will do battle after they defeated World No.6 Paul Coll and World No.4 Karim Adel Gawad, respectively.

Farag will appear in his 10th PSA final of the season - and third in a row - after prevailing in a thrilling 77-minute encounter with New Zealandís Coll to reach the British Open final for the first time.

The duo put on a semi-final clash befitting of one of the sportís most prestigious tournaments, with Coll playing some accurate squash to take the opener. Farag stayed calm though and some incredible retrieving from the 27-year-old saw him finally get the better of his opponent by an 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 scoreline.

ďIt is unfair to talk about it [this match] in just a few sentences. It is one of those matches that you are going to remember forever,Ē Farag admitted.

ďWin or lose, you would have been proud to have been a part of it. I think Paul and I represented our sport very well and we did our sport proud. Also, what an occasion to do it, on semi finals day at the British Open."

Farag and ElShorbagy will now meet for the fifth time this season after ElShorbagy displayed some of his best squash against Gawad to earn an 11-9, 11-3, 11-9 victory.

Gawad was suffering with a shoulder injury sustained during his 89-minute quarter-final with Germany's Simon RŲsner and never really got going as he fell victim to an immaculate performance from ElShorbagy, World No.2.

ElShorbagy hasnít dropped a game all tournament and will appear in his fourth British Open final after winning the event in 2015 and 2016, and reaching the final last year against Colombiaís Miguel Rodriguez.

ďAli had to go through a lot of tests today, and again he passed the test," said ElShorbagy.

"At the end of the day, he is the one in the final and I am the one who has to face him. You have to forget the rest of the tournament and now there is one big match tomorrow and there will only be one winner.Ē

The British Open finals begin at 15:00 (GMT+1) on Sunday May 26 and action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and by major mainstream broadcasters around the world, such as BT Sport.


 
Quarter Finals

Englandís Perry and Egyptís ElShorbagy Send Defending Champions Out

England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry and Egyptís World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy sent defending champions Nour El Sherbini and Miguel Rodriguez out of the 2019 Allam British Open, PSA World Tour Platinum tournament after an action-packed quarter-finals day at Hullís Allam Sport Centre.

Perry, the 2017 British Open runner-up, has taken a while to get back to full fitness after undergoing elbow surgery in December, but the World No.6 played some of her best squash to recover from a game down, winning 8-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-8 to reach her first Platinum semi-final since Novemberís Hong Kong Open.

The 29-year-old from Birmingham was at the mercy of a rampant El Sherbini in the opening game as the World No.2 played some sumptuous attacking squash to take a one-game lead.

The two-time British Open winner looked set to double her advantage as she opened up a 7-2 lead in the second game, but a dogged Perry stayed in the rallies and came back to take the game on the tie-break. From there, the Englishwoman rose to the occasion and outplayed her opponent in the next two games to complete an 8-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-8 victory in 49 minutes.

ďI donít really know how I won that,Ē said Perry.

ďAs everyone saw, I was very down in that second game, I actually told myself Ďdonít worry about this game, just play your way back in like you did in the first gameí and then every time I won a point the crowd was right behind me, and that helped.

ďI just wanted to keep the home crowd happy and have some home fans cheering me on tomorrow. Iíve got a tough match tomorrow, but itís great to see the crowd packed. We donít get to play in England that much so its fantastic and thank you to everyone who has put the tournament on.Ē

Perry will line up against 2015 champion Camille Serme for a place in the title decider after the World No.4 defeated Belgiumís Nele Gilis 11-4, 14-12, 13-11.

World No.1 Raneem El Welily also fell on quarter-finals day as she went down in straight games to a rampant Nouran Gohar - meaning both finalists from last yearís womenís final have crashed out of the tournament.

Gohar had lost her previous six matches against El Welily - including in last monthís El Gouna International final - but her trademark hard-hitting style was in full flow today in Hull as she crashed the ball around the court to win 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 in the dayís opening match.

"She has beaten me in the last three tournaments," 2016 runner-up Gohar said.

"It has been so long since I have beaten Raneem, and I think the head-to-head shows that. Iíve beaten her one or two times on the PSA Tour, so it is huge for me today. I just tried to keep it simple and play the basic things because if you make it too complicated, then it is so hard against her, so I just tried to straighten it up and play the normal game."

She will take on World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the semi-finals, with El Tayeb putting in an immaculate performance to dispatch New Zealandís World No.4 Joelle King 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 in just 28 minutes.

In the menís draw, World No.2 ElShorbagy avenged his defeat to Colombiaís Miguel Rodriguez in last yearís final. The 28-year-old stormed to an 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 victory to move to within one win of a fourth British Open final.

ElShorbagy and Rodriguez contested one of the greatest finals in the tournament's 90-year history 12 months ago, with the latter winning a five-game, 102-minute epic to become the first South American ever to win the iconic trophy.

ElShorbagy has won all four of their matches since that match though, and the form book was never in danger of being thrown out of the window as he powered to the win in straight games.

ďMiguel is, of course, a very dangerous opponent, and when he is playing well, he is one of the toughest opponents to play on tour,Ē ElShorbagy said after the match.

ďEvery situation is different and I have been in a lot of situations in my career where I have had to perform differently to try and get the best result possible to be able to come back the next day and still be able to perform at my best."

Former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad awaits ElShorbagy in the semi-finals after he defeated Germanyís World No.5 Simon RŲsner 3-2 in a gripping, 89-minute encounter, which is the longest match of the tournament so far.

New Zealandís Paul Coll also advanced to the last four as he became the first Kiwi in 30 years to reach the semi-finals of the British Open. The World No.6 twice saw a one-game lead slip through his fingers against World No.34 Hesham, but put in a composed performance in the decider to close out the win.

Coll, 27, is the first New Zealander since Ross Norman in 1989 to claim a semi-final berth, and he will now look to end a seven-match losing streak against World No.1 Ali Farag, who beat fellow Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar to reach the semi-finals here for the first time.

"Itís coming towards the end of the season, and my body is one piece and feeling match fit, so Iím taking each day as it comes and just trying to keep it together and keep pushing, Iím looking forward to my next semi-final today," Coll said.

ďI have massive respect for Ali, he has achieved so much, on and off court he is a deserving No.1, but that doesnít mean tomorrow that Iím not going to come out and try and smash him.Ē

The semi-finals of the British Open begin at 14:00 (GMT+1) on Saturday May 25 and will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and around the world by mainstream broadcasters such as BT Sport.

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Round Three Lower Half

Rodriguez and ElShorbagy to Meet
in Repeat of 2018 Final


The quarter-finals of the men's 2019 Allam British Open will see Colombiaís World No.7 Miguel Rodriguez and Egyptís World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy go head-to-head in a repeat of last yearís blockbuster title decider after both players secured round three wins at Hullís Allam Sport Centre earlier today.

Rodriguez overcame ElShorbagy in a thrilling 102-minute final last May as he became the first South American in history - and the first unseeded player of the modern era - to win the iconic PSA Platinum tournament, which is the longest-running event in squash.

The 33-year-old from Bogota booked his place in the quarter-finals of this yearís British Open as he prevailed in a captivating four-game battle with Mexicoís Cesar Salazar, winning 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8 in 61 minutes.

ďIt was like an exhibition match,Ē said Bogota-born Rodriguez.

ďThis is our kind of Latin style. We know each otherís game, he is very talented, and he is a top 10-15 player when he is at his best. I think maybe the experience paid off at the end. We are good friends on and off court, it was a great match and is maybe the squash we should play every day. Iím very grateful and happy to win this match.

ďThis is a special tournament for me, last year I won my biggest title here in Hull and Iím taking it one match at a time and will enjoy my match tomorrow again.Ē

ElShorbagy, a British Open champion in 2015 and 2016, ended English interest in the menís draw as he followed up a second round win over three-time runner-up James Willstrop with a 3-0 victory against World No.20 Daryl Selby.

The 28-year-old from Alexandria had won seven of their nine previous matches on the PSA Tour and put in an extremely accurate performance to record an 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 win in just 22 minutes. ElShorbagy and Rodriguez will meet for the fourth time this season, with the Egyptian winning all three.

ďBoth of us had a great battle last year, I was very disappointed to lose, but at the same time he was a great winner," said ElShorbagy of last yearís defeat to Rodriguez.

"We are really good friends, and his mum and my mum are actually hanging out with each other in Alexandria right now. Even the families are good friends with each other, so I was happy for him last year. We have met four times already this season, and Iím sure this one will be another great one.Ē

Elsewhere, World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad and World No.5 Simon RŲsner will do battle in the quarter-finals after respective wins over Egyptian duo Zahed Salem and Omar Mosaad.

The womenís draw will feature a Belgian quarter-finalist for the first time after World No.24 Nele Gilis defeated younger sister Tinne 3-1 to book a place in her maiden last eight berth at a Platinum tournament.

The Mol-born sisters were meeting for the third time on the PSA Tour - with 23-year-old Nele winning both of their previous matches - but it was the first time they were competing against each other on the glass show court.

Nele, who is two years Tinneís senior and ranked 15 places above her in the PSA World Rankings, won 11-2, 11-9, 11-13, 11-3 in 54 minutes to set up a match with Franceís World No.4 Camille Serme in the last eight.

"Weíve played each other many times over the years but never on an occasion like this, itís a very special day for both of us to play here at one of the biggest events," said Gilis.

"Iím so proud of my sister for how she did, it was so tough on me, but Iím so happy that I got through. Iím so excited [for the quarter-finals], Iíve been watching this tournament from when I was a little girl, when I could only dream of competing at the British Open. To be in the quarter-finals, Iím speechless."

Serme, the 2015 British Open champion, defeated Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans 11-8, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5 to reach the last eight, while England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry will join Gilis and Serme in the last eight after beating Indiaís Joshna Chinappa in four games.

Birminghamís Perry, who is the final British player left in the tournament, saw out the match by an 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 margin as she looks to go one better than her runner-up finish in 2017.

ďJoshna has been playing really well,Ē said 29-year-old Perry.

ďYou could see that anything loose she was putting away, so I had to be really disciplined. Unfortunately, at the start of the second, I lost that discipline and she played some really good squash. I had to fight back and find a way back into the match, which I did, so Iím really pleased."

She will clash with defending womenís champion El Sherbini for a place in the semi-finals, with El Sherbini defeating Perryís compatriot Victoria Lust 3-0 in 22 minutes. Perry beat El Sherbini in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open in November, but required elbow surgery after the tournament, which put her out of action for three months.

The quarter-finals of the British Open take place on Friday May 24. Play begins at 12:00 (GMT+1) and will be broadcast on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.

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Round Three Top Half

El Tayeb Survives Au Test to Reach
Quarter-Finals


Egyptís World No.3 Nour El Tayeb overturned two match balls to come through a gripping five-game battle with Hong Kongís Annie Au at Hullís Allam Sport Centre as she booked her place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Allam British Open, PSA Platinum event.

Au hadnít beaten El Tayeb since the 2010 PSA World Championships, but the World No.11 outplayed the Egyptian in the opening two games, winning the opener 13-11 on the tie-break, before following that up with an 11-7 triumph in the second.

A fired-up El Tayeb - who yesterday defeated Malaysian legend Nicol David in the final match of the eight-time World Championís career - finally got her game going in the third and fourth games as she came back to level, but she lost her focus to allow Au back into the encounter in the fifth.

Au moved ahead to hold two match balls, but El Tayeb dug in to come back and complete the win, and the tenacious 26-year-old will line up against World No.5 Joelle King in the next round.

"Ali [husband and menís World No.1, Farag] and Raneem [womenís World No.1, El Welily] kept pushing me on,Ē said El Tayeb afterwards.

ďThey gave me the motivation to try harder after the second game. I donít know if I wasnít trying hard enough, when you get stuck in her game, itís suffocating to get out of, so Raneem and Ali were trying to push me on.

ďI told Ali that I could do it on my own, but apparently not yet. I thought I didnít need him, but apparently Iím not over that. He gave me a big push, and just knowing someone is there and believes in you makes a lot of difference."

King overcame Englandís World No.12 Alison Waters in straight games to earn her spot in the quarter-finals, while World No.1 Raneem El Welily dispatched United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy by the same scoreline.

El Welily, the 2018 British Open runner-up, has won her last three PSA tournaments - beating Sobhy in two of them - and she extended her unbeaten run to 15 matches with a 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 win in just 26 minutes.

ďIt was very important to take the first,Ē said 30-year-old El Welily.

ďIím happy to be trying my best in every match and that is something that I have been working on with my coach, who is here with me, and was giving me the right tactics at the right time. Doing my best is the thing that Iíve been doing. Iím enjoying myself and just trying to do my best in every match, and wherever that takes me, I will be pleased with it.Ē

El Welily will play Egyptís Nouran Gohar in the next round in what will be a repeat of last monthís El Gouna International final, in which the World No.1 triumphed. Gohar will now look to end a six-match losing streak to her fellow Egyptian after downing Hong Kongís Joey Chan 3-0.

In the menís draw, World No.34 Mazen Hesham advanced to his first major PSA quarter-final since November 2015 after he got the better of Franceís Lucas Serme by a 3-1 scoreline.

Hesham rose to a career-high ranking of World No.13 off the back a run to the semi-finals of the Qatar Classic that month, but a hip problem has seen him tumble down the rankings in recent years.

The 25-year-old looked to be back towards his best as he scalped World No.8 Diego Elias in the previous round, and he followed that up with victory over Serme to set up a quarter-final meeting with New Zealandís Paul Coll, who beat World No.18 Fares Dessouky.

Hesham said: ďIíve been struggling badly, and Iím still struggling slightly, but there is hope at the end of the tunnel.

"I need to thank Omar Abdel Aziz, my coach, who persuaded me to come to Hull. I had such a bad season, I hadnít had a good win against a top 10 player for three or four years. Omar is not just my coach, he cares, and really wants me to do well, so I kept pushing."

Elsewhere, menís World No.1 Ali Farag ended a three-match losing streak to World No.21 Marwan ElShorbagy to earn his place in the last eight for a fourth year in succession.

Farag, 27, has struggled to get the better of ElShorbagy over the past 18 months and lost to his compatriot in the final of the El Gouna International last year. However, after a nervy start to the match, Farag soon took control to win 11-8, 11-1, 11-2 in 31 minutes.

ďItís a very big win,Ē said Cairo-born Farag.

ďTo play Marwan in the last 16 is a lot of pressure. Iím really happy with the way I dealt with it, the first game could have gone either way, I think that made a psychological difference, and Iím really happy with the way I pushed on after that."

Farag will line up against the only person to beat him so far in 2019 - World No.9 Mohamed Abouelghar - in the next round, with Abouelghar beating Franceís Gregoire Marche in straight games.

Third round action at the Allam Sport Centre continues tomorrow (Thursday May 23rd) with play getting under way at 12:00 (GMT+1). Play will be shown on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.


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Round Two

End of an Era as David, Massaro
and Duncalf End Careers


An emotional second day of action at the 2019 Allam British Open saw three of squash's most decorated players call time on their glittering careers as eight-time World Champion Nicol David, two-time British Open champion Laura Massaro and former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf played their final professional squash matches.

David, the iconic Malaysian who won five British Open titles and spent an unprecedented nine years at World No.1, bowed out after a 3-1 defeat to World No.3 Nour El Tayeb, with the Egyptian player winning 11-4, 11-7, 11-13, 11-5 to end Davidís 21-year career on the PSA World Tour.

The 36-year-old was voted the greatest female squash player of all time in a poll conducted by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) last summer and ends her career after winning 81 PSA titles from 102 finals, which is unmatched by any other female player.

"The British Open was the thing that really kicked things off and winning that title gave me the belief that I could be one of the best on tour and gave me the confidence to win my first World title and get to World No.1," said David, the World No.18, afterwards.

"At the time, you just never quite know until you experience it first-hand, and as the years went by, thatís when I won my second World title and things really kicked off for me. It all really started from the British Open, I canít believe itís nearly been two decades.

"Itís a really special time for womenís squash to see the crop that is coming through. All the top girls are all gunning for that World title, British Open title, the World No.1 spot and to see them makes me so proud to have been a part of that group."

Massaro, the most successful Englishwoman of the modern era, saw her career come to an end at the hands of Belgiumís World No.39 Tinne Gilis as she fell to a surprise 11-5, 2-11, 11-5, 11-7 defeat.

Preston-based Massaro, the current World No.10, won the British Open in 2013 and 2017, with the second of those wins seeing her become the first female English player in 66 years to win the sportís longest-running title on two occasions.

In a speech full of emotion, the former World Champion said: "Hull has become a special place for me. My first British Open title at the then-KC Stadium was one of the best locations we have played in England.

"To be in two finals and to win it twice is just a dream come true really. Thereís not many people that can say they have won it twice and I am hugely grateful to the [title sponsors] Allams and all of the sponsors, Hull will always be special for me because of the memories I have made here and it seems fitting that even though it didnít end with my best today, that the Allams were able to watch my last match and that it was in Hull.

"No one steps on court at seven-years-old and thinks they are going to achieve that. If hard work can get you anywhere, then it has been down to a lot of hard work. Itís been a complete rollercoaster, itís been unbelievable highs and lows throughout my career and Iím extremely proud of my achievements Ė hopefully once it all sinks in then I can look back and reflect a bit.Ē

Gilis will play older sister Nele in the next round and, after the biggest win of her career, said: "It was mentally so hard, but Iím so happy. I gave it everything today and it paid off and it is such an honour to play Laura in her last match. I tried not to think about it being her last tournament, as if I thought about it too much then it would have made me nervous.

"I know how much this tournament meant to Laura, so Iím a bit sad for her as well, but I wish her all the best in her next chapter."

Meanwhile, Massaroís international teammate, 36-year-old Duncalf, played her final professional match against World No.1 Raneem El Welily, going down in straight games.

Duncalf retires with 11 PSA titles and was runner-up to David in the 2008 British Open and 2011 PSA World Championships final, while she even took up MC duties later on in the day to interview David on court after her final match.

"Before I had my hip operation, I was sort of borderline retiring before the Commonwealth Games last April." Duncalf said.

"I needed a hip operation, and I thought I would see how I got on, but itís a struggle playing all these youngsters, and Iím so pleased to be leaving the sport in good stead. We have so many different nationalities playing the game and I feel so proud to have been a part of it and itís definitely time for me.Ē

In the menís event, six of the seven Englishmen in action exited the tournament, including three-time runner-up James Willstrop, who fell to two-time winner Mohamed ElShorbagy in straight games.

Despite the scoreline, Willstrop and ElShorbagy played out an extremely high-quality affair, with World No.2 ElShorbagy taking a trio of 11-9 victories to send Yorkshireman Willstrop out.

ďThe British Open is the tournament with the most history," ElShorbagy said.

"When you win it, youíre down in the history of the sport and nobody can take that away from you. Itís the last tournament of the season and that is pretty brutal, we all have a lot of niggles, so itís survival of the fittest this event and Iím going to give it a big push and letís see how far I can go.Ē

Meanwhile, World No.15 Declan James, the highest ranked male English player, saw his tournament cut short by an ankle injury as he went down to former World No.3 Omar Mosaad.

England No.3 Daryl Selby is the only home player to reach the last 16 of the menís draw after he beat wildcard Patrick Rooney, while ElShorbagyís younger brother Marwan got the better of last yearís surprise semi-finalist Raphael Kandra, coming back from two games down to exact his revenge for a quarter-final defeat to the German in this tournament 12 months ago.

He will take on World No.1 Ali Farag for a place in the quarter-finals after Farag came back from a game down to beat 18-year-old Mostafa Asal in four games.

The third round of the British Open begins tomorrow at 12:00 (GMT+1) and action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.

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Round One

Duncalf Upsets Elaraby on Day One of British Open
to Keep Retirement at Bay


Englandís former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf claimed her first victory at the prestigious Allam British Open since 2013 as she upset World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby at the Allam Sport Centre in Hull to keep retirement at bay for another day at least.

Duncalf, a 2008 runner-up at the sportís longest-running tournament, announced earlier this month that she will retire after the British Open and the World No.62 came into her match with World No.29 Elaraby having lost to the 18-year-old at the El Gouna International last month.

However, 36-year-old Duncalf rolled back the years as she put in a highly-composed display and limited Elarabyís attacking abilities to claim an 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 victory which will pit her against World No.1 Raneem El Welily in tomorrowís second round, in what will potentially be her final match as a professional squash player.

ďI didnít expect to be stood here as the winner, which probably helped because I just wanted to put in a decent performance in my last tournament," said Duncalf afterwards.

"I thought it was going to be my last match, Rowan is such a good little player and I have been on the end of defeats to her a couple of times. I love playing in England, but to be honest I actually have a shocking record in Hull, so I was a bit apprehensive that this was my last tournament.

"To be able to play another match is all Iíve ever wanted, and these past few years Iíve just wanted to play as many matches as I can. Itís so nice to be able to play in front of my family.Ē

Duncalfís conqueror in the 2008 final - five-time winner Nicol David - is also due to retire at the end of this tournament, and she booked her place in round two of the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament after beating Hong Kongís Ho Tze-Lok 11-7, 11-5, 13-11 in 32 minutes.

David, 35, will take on World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the last 32. The Malaysian is 9-1 up on their head-to-head record, but El Tayeb won their last match at the 2018 Saudi Masters.

ďI just had to do what I do best and keep digging in and Iím really please to win 3-0," David said.

"I was happy to just get on court and play in front of a crowd. Itís my last tournament and itís really special for it to be at the British Open, Iím just going to try and absorb everything that comes my way and savour the moments."

Elsewhere, local favourite Fiona Moverley did call time on her professional career after falling to Malaysiaís Low Wee Wern in straight games.

The 32-year-old from Hull - who is currently in the midst of training to join the fire service - made her PSA debut in 2005 and won eight titles on the tour, but was unable to prevent Low from claiming her first win at the tournament since 2014.

Moverley said: ďBeing here every year has been great, the tournament has been held in Hull every year since I came back so that has been special being the local player.

"Playing for England has been exciting and one I wont forget. The whole experience has been something special, travelling the world and doing something I love."

Wildcard Jasmine Hutton - the World No.77 from Brighton - claimed the biggest win of her career as she scalped World No.30 Hollie Naughton on the traditional plaster courts located at the same venue.

In the menís draw, both of the wildcards earned their spots in the second round as Manchester-based Patrick Rooney and Birminghamís Joshua Masters upset Malaysiaís Eain Yow Ng and Hong Kongís Tsz Fung Yip, respectively.

World No.95 Rooney bridged a 59-place gap in the PSA World Rankings to overcome Ng 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 and claim his first ever win at the British Open.

ďI didnít expect to win, but I just tried to take all the pressure off myself and just play the best I could against Yow, who Iíve known for ages," Rooney said.

"Iíve never beaten him before, and I knew it was going to be tough because he has loads of skill and is so quick."

Meanwhile, World No.55 Masters will appear in the second round here for the first time after beating World No.28 Yip by an 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 margin.

The 24-year-old will take on Egyptís Fares Dessouky in round two.

ďIíve beaten him before and so that gave me a lot of confidence,Ē said Masters.

ďI knew exactly how to beat him and although at times I sometimes went away from that game plan, I was pleased to get over the line."

Former World No.1 James Willstrop also earned his second round spot courtesy of a 3-0 win over Indiaís Ramit Tandon, while England No.3 Daryl Selby beat close friend and compatriot Ben Coleman in four games to earn his place in the last 32.

Second round action continues tomorrow, when Englandís former World Champion Laura Massaro begins her final PSA tournament, while reigning champions Nour El Sherbini and Miguel Rodriguez kickstart their title defences.

Play starts at 12:00 (GMT+1) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe and Japan).
 
Previews

Rodriguez Motivated to Defend British Open Title Next Week

Ahead of next weekís Allam British Open, Colombiaís Miguel Rodriguez says that he is heading to Hull with the aim of retaining the title he won in stunning fashion 12 months ago.

The 2019 edition of the British Open will be held at the University of Hullís new sports complex between May 20-26, and Rodriguez has fond memories of the city after beating World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy at the Airco Arena last May to etch his name onto the historic trophy.

In doing so, Rodriguez became the first South American ever to win a PSA World Tour Platinum title and the first unseeded player in the modern era to capture the British Open trophy - accolades that seem all the more impressive given his relative lack of training partners in Colombia when compared to a number of his contemporaries.

"Itís something that is going to be in my mind forever," said Rodriguez, the 33-year-old from Bogota.

"Becoming a legend at the British Open is something that is difficult to describe. Being in the history books of this tournament is amazing, Iím going to remember this tournament forever.

"I think that moment when I won that match with Mohamed was my career highlight. There were so many years of training, playing, travelling, and it paid off.

"I really wanted to win a Platinum event, but I never thought I was going to win the British Open. That was a great gift because when I was a kid I was just thinking about being top 20 and maybe top 10 in the world, but I never thought I would win the British Open because it was maybe too far for me.

"Especially because I come from South America where I donít have the same competition and tournaments [than others]. You can consider this tournament as the ĎWimbledon of Squashí. Thereís so much history behind this tournament, and I was very proud to win it last year, it was the first major event in my career."

Last yearís British Open win saw Rodriguez qualify for the PSA World Tour Finals and, after a below-par season which has seen him fail to make it past the quarter-final stages of any of his tournaments this season, the World No.7 will require similar heroics to qualify for the season-ending event in Cairo next month.

However, Rodriguez has proven himself as one of the most resilient players on the tour and has fought back from injury, illness and a world ranking which dropped as low as No.25 in May 2017 to become a real force at the sportís major tournaments once again.

Now armed with the experience of claiming silverware on the biggest stage, Rodriguez insists that he has what it takes to defend his crown.

"The passion and the love that I have for this sport is huge, and it motivates me," he said.

"I still think that I can play for many years, and I think that I can win many tournaments. Itís like a little piece of a big cake that Iíve already tasted, now I know how it feels when you win a big tournament, especially beating the World No.1 in the final.

"Iím going to face this tournament with great motivation, this year the competition is even harder because most of the players know that they are capable of winning it.

"Itís a great opportunity for me and a great chance. Iím excited knowing that Iím the defending champion, I know thereís going to be a lot of pressure, but I want to play, I want to be fit and healthy and the other things will come.

"Iím pretty sure that I can do the same thing as last year, Iím looking forward to playing this event, and I would love to be the British Open champion again."

Rodriguez is seeded sixth for this yearís tournament and has been drawn on the same side of the draw as ElShorbagy, with the pair seeded to lock horns once again in the quarter-finals.

Also involved in the menís draw are the likes of World No.1 Ali Farag, World No.5 Simon RŲsner and Englandís former World No.1 James Willstrop.

The womenís draw is headed up by World No.1 Raneem El Welily as she looks to go one better than last yearís runner-up finish to fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini.

Former champions Camille Serme, Laura Massaro and Nicol David are also involved, with the latter two making the final appearances of their illustrious careers as both are set to retire at the end of this season.

A prize purse of $324,000 is split evenly between the menís and womenís draws, while matches from the glass court will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe and Japan. The semi-finals and finals will be shown live by broadcasters such as BT Sport, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and more.

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