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$181,377 US Open 2022, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
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draw

US Open 2022
Men's Draw
 08 - 15 Oct
Philadelphia, USA, $181k

ROUND three
10-11 Oct
QUARTERS
12-13 Oct
SEMIS
14 Oct
FINAL
15 Oct

[1] Ali Farag (EGY)
11-5, 11-9, 13-11 (48m)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)

Ali Farag
11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (52m)
Tarek Momen
Ali Farag
13-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6 (63m)
Marwan Elshorbagy
Ali Farag
2-0 retired (2m)
Diego Elias
[6] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-6, 11-5, 14-12 (52m)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[8] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
12-10, 11-8, 11-6 (63m)
[9/16]
Youssef Soliman (EGY)
Youssef Soliman
13-11, 11-7, 11-4 (49m)
Marwan Elshorbagy
Lucas Serme (FRA)
w/o
[9/16]
Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
[4] Diego Elias (PER)
11-8, 11-8, 12-10 (49m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
Diego Elias
5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7 (90m)
Joel Makin
Diego Elias
12-10, 11-7, 11-6 (47m)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
[7] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-8, 11-5, 11-2 (40m)
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
[5] Mohamed Elshorbagy (ENG)
11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (34m)
Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7 (90m)
Paul Coll
Ramit Tandon (IND)
11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (35m)
[2]
Paul Coll (NZL)
second Round

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 14-12, 11-5, 11-4 (39m)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-2, 11-1, 5-11, 14-12 (49m)
[6] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [9/16] Victor Crouin (FRA) 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (61m)
[8] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (23m)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (39m)
[9/16] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Patrick Rooney (ENG) 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (48m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [3] Mostafa Asal (EGY) 7-11, 7-11, 4-6 ret. (64m)
[4] Diego Elias (PER) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 2-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 (53m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 7-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (71m)
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)
[7] Joel Makin (WAL) bt [9/16] Grégoire Marche (FRA) 11-5, 4-11, 11-2, 11-4 (52m)
[5] Mohamed Elshorbagy (ENG) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (29m)
Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) bt George Parker (ENG) 7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 (59m)
Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Henry Leung (HKG) 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (28m)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA) 11-3, 11-2, 11-7 (21m)

First Round

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (48m)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
Todd Harrity (USA) bt [WC] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 (36m)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9 (61m)
[9/16] Victor Crouin (FRA) bye
[6] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[8] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
James Willstrop (ENG) bt Nick Wall (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (35m)
[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER) bye
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bye
Patrick Rooney (ENG) v Faraz Khan (USA)
[9/16] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Zahed Salem (EGY) 11-2, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7 (50m)
[3] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bye
[4] Diego Elias (PER) bye
Shahjahan Khan (USA) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (25m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) 11-4, 11-9, 11-3 (37m)
Leonel Cardenas (MEX) v Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bye
[9/16] Grégoire Marche (FRA) bye
[7] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[5] Mohamed Elshorbagy (ENG) bye
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) v [WC] Timothy Brownell (USA)
Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) bt Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 11-7, 11-13, 11-4, 11-6 (55m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 5-1 ret.
Nathan Lake (ENG) v Henry Leung (HKG)
Ramit Tandon (IND) v Rui Soares (POR)
Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA) v Bernat Jaume (ESP)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) bye

US Open 2022
Women's Draw
 08 - 15 Oct
Philadelphia, USA, $181k

ROUND three
10-11 Oct
QUARTERS
12-13 Oct
SEMIS
14 Oct
FINAL
15 Oct

[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
11-4, 11-4, 5-0 ret. (23m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY)

Nouran Gohar
8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 12-10 (59m)
Rowan Elaraby
Nouran Gohar
11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5 (45m)

Nour El Tayeb
Nouran Gohar
11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (51m)
Nour El Sherbini
[7] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8 (55m)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
11-3, 11-3, 11-8 (24m)
[9/16]
Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
Nour El Tayeb
11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (33m)
Amanda Sobhy
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
11-2, 11-5, 11-8 (26m)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
11-8, 13-15, 11-7, 11-9 (62m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
Sabrina Sobhy
19-17, 11-9, 11-8 (51m)
Joelle King
Joelle King
11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (35m)
Nour El Sherbini
[5] Joelle King (NZL)
11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (27m)
[9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
[8] Salma Hany (EGY)
11-8, 11-8, 15-13 (48m)
Olivia Clyne (USA)
Salma Hany
11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (27m)
Nour El Sherbini
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-1, 7-11, 2-11, 11-6, 11-2 (57m)
[2]
Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
Second Round

[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [9/16] Emily Whitlock (WAL) 11-3, 11-9, 11-1 (29m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO) 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 (63m)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Sana Ibrahim (EGY) 11-8, 12-10, 11-1 dsq. (37m)
[7] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (37m)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) 11-13, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (37m)
[9/16] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Hana Ramadan (EGY) 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (39m)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Lucy Turmel (ENG) 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10 (64m)
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Mélissa Alves (FRA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (37m)
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA) 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 (44m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt [9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 11-3, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 (66m)
[9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (42m)
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bt Jana Shiha (EGY) 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 (61m)
[8] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 15-13, 11-8, 13-11 (41m)
Olivia Clyne (USA) bt [9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) 2-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-6 (36m)
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 11-2 (55m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 12-10, 11-3, 11-7 (27m)
 

First Round

[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bye
[9/16] Emily Whitlock (WAL) bye
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Cristina Gomez (ESP) 13-11, 11-8, 11-2 (35m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Anna Serme (CZE) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (24m)
Sana Ibrahim (EGY) bt Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 (56m)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Grace Gear (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 (23m)
[7] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bye
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) v [WC] Marina Stefanoni (USA)
[9/16] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (27m)
Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt Marie Stéphan (FRA) 11-5, 13-15, 11-1, 4-11, 11-7 (57m)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v Énora Villard (FRA)
Mélissa Alves (FRA) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 11-3, 11-4, 11-1 (21m)
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bye
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bye
[9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bye
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v Haley Mendez (USA)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bye
[9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bye
Aifa Azman (MAS) v Julianne Courtice (ENG)
Jana Shiha (EGY) bt Tomato Ho (HKG) 11-13, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (39m)
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bye
[8] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 (24m)
Olivia Clyne (USA) v Ka Yi Lee (HKG)
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bye
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt [WC] Lucie Stefanoni (USA) 3-11, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-7 (39m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bye
 

Reports

Finals

Elias and Gohar Capture 2022 U.S. Open Titles

Nouran Gohar and Diego Elias with the 2022 U.S. Open trophies

Men’s World No.4 Diego Elias and women’s World No.1 Nouran Gohar have captured the 2022 U.S. Open titles after beating World No.2 Ali Farag and World No.3 Nour El Sherbini, respectively, at Philadelphia’s Arlen Specter US Squash Center earlier tonight.

Elias has become the first Peruvian to win the prestigious U.S. Open after his fixture with two-time champion Farag was cut short after just two minutes due to an injury to the Egyptian.

Farag, a winner in 2017 and 2019, was carrying a knee problem sustained during his semi-final match with World No.8 Marwan ElShorbagy and couldn’t move properly during the first couple of rallies, resulting in him shaking hands with his opponent.

It’s Elias’s 12th PSA title and his second Platinum title, whilst it’s his third tournament win of 2022.

“I’m happy but I just don’t know how to feel,” Elias said afterwards.



“I feel very bad for him, I was ready for a big battle. I’m super happy, I just didn’t want it to be this way. I’m going to have a beer for sure, but I have a match on Wednesday at the Grasshopper Cup in Switzerland, so I can’t have too many.

“The South American games are happening right now in Paraguay and I just spoke to my family, they’re all super happy that I made history. I still don’t know what happened to him [Ali Farag]. I’m usually very happy after I win matches and tournaments, but I don’t know how to feel, I still can’t believe what’s happened.”

Gohar has become only the second player – after the legendary Nicol David – to win three U.S. Open titles on the bounce after she retained her title courtesy of an 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 victory over El Sherbini, who is now a four-time runner-up at this tournament after final appearances in 2014, 2016 and 2018.



The 25-year-old had already defeated Egyptian opposition when she won the 2019 and 2021 U.S. Opens – beating Nour El Tayeb and Hania El Hammamy, respectively – and she added El Sherbini to that list to capture her 19th PSA title.

The U.S. Open is Gohar’s second title of the season – following last month’s South Western Women’s Open triumph – and her sixth of 2022.

“It’s so hard against Nour [El Sherbini],” said Gohar afterwards.

“She is the one who knows how to win titles even if she’s not playing her best. It’s more mental than anything with her and I was really happy with the way I played. It’s a joy to play against her, I actually missed our battles last year because it brings the best out of us both, she’s a great player and it was very enjoyable out there.

“Honestly, I don’t want to lose my No.1 spot under any circumstances, but when I think about the rankings too much, it’s extra pressure that I don’t need. I feel like I go into a tournament wanting to win because then I know I will get the maximum points, so I’m just focused on what’s in my hands and that’s all I think about.”

The next stop on the PSA World Tour will be the Grasshopper Cup, which takes place in Zurich, Switzerland between October 18-23. The action will be shown live on
Semi Finals

Elias Halts ElShorbagy to Become First Peruvian to Reach U.S. Open Final

Diego Elias celebrates beating Mohamed ElShorbagy at the U.S. Open

World No.4 Diego Elias has become the first Peruvian to reach the U.S. Open final after overcoming three-time champion Mohamed ElShorbagy earlier tonight at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.

It was a masterclass from the 25-year-old – a semi-finalist at last year’s U.S. Open – who nullified ElShorbagy to run out a 12-10, 11-7, 11-6 winner.

“I’m just very happy with my performance,” said Elias.

“We’re now 5-5 in head to heads and it’s always very tough. He became a very good friend of mine and it’s always tough playing with him. I’m feeling great, I won yesterday and today 3-0 so I’m fresh. It’s a bit late but I think I can still recover pretty well and be ready for tomorrow.

“I think the start of the tournament wasn’t great. My first two rounds I got in trouble for no reason really. This tournament has a few rest days so it kind of felt like a new tournament from the quarters onwards and having [coaches] Jonathan [Power] and Wael [El Hindi] here with me is great and having their support is the best.”

Elias will line up against two-time champion Ali Farag in the final after the Egyptian – who will go back to World No.1 on Monday – dispatched ElShorbagy’s younger brother, Marwan.

Farag has often struggled against Marwan and had lost eight of their 14 matches on the PSA World Tour coming into the contest. However, the 30-year-old bounced back in the fourth game shortly after seeing his 2-0 lead halved to seal his place in a third U.S. Open final. He will look to continue his 100 per cent record following wins in 2017 and 2019.

“He’s got all the weapons in his repertoire to hurt you with, so I’m really happy that I didn’t panic after the third and I kept my focus,” said Farag.



“Usually I hit more aggressive length in the back corners, I hit it with more bite, but today because I knew I don’t want to tire myself out, it was a little bit more calculated. And that made the difference and that’s why I didn’t feel necessarily as tired at the end.”

The women’s title decider will be a familiar fixture, with World No.1 Nouran Gohar and World No.3 Nour El Sherbini locking horns for the 23rd time on the PSA World Tour, whilst it is the 11th time they will meet in a PSA final.

Gohar will appear in her third U.S. Open final in a row following triumphs in 2019 and 2021. The 25-year-old overcame World No.6 Nour El Tayeb in a repeat of the 2019 title decider. Gohar required four games to see off her fellow Egyptian, winning 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5 in 45 minutes.



“You guys [the commentators] made me a bit angry [after they predicted El Tayeb would win],” said Gohar.

“If I’m World No.1 and you’re not going to predict I’ll win, when will you? Just kidding, but obviously it kind of relieved a bit of the pressure. I felt that if everybody thinks that I’m not good enough to win today, it’s fine, I’m just going to prove them wrong. And I’m the kind of character who likes to challenge myself before challenging others.”

El Sherbini will appear in her fourth U.S. Open final after a convincing performance from the six-time World Champion saw her overcome New Zealand’s World No.5 Joelle King by an 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 scoreline.

El Sherbini has lost to three separate opponents in her previous three finals – Nicol David, Camille Serme and Raneem El Welily – but comes into her match with Gohar with a 16-6 lead on their head-to-head record having won their two previous matches.

“I think if I lost the second it was going to be tough for me, so I’m happy to get the win,” said El Sherbini.



“I just focus on every match, it’s another final and the U.S. Open is the only [major] title I haven’t won, so I’m just looking forward to the final.”

The U.S. Open finals will begin at 18:00 (GMT-4) on October 15 and all of the action will be shown live on
Quarter Finals Bottom Half

ElShorbagy Beats World No.1 Coll In
90 Minute Thriller To Reach Seventh S/F



No.5 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy has moved into his seventh U.S. Open semi-final after overcoming World No.1 Paul Coll in an epic 90-minute thriller at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.

ElShorbagy has been in superb form this season and has already captured two events, winning at the QTerminals Qatar Classic and Oracle NetSuite Open. The in-form Englishman was slow to get going in the opening game of the encounter and was dominated by the accuracy and solid play of Coll, who ran out to a 9-4 lead before converting 11-5.

The quality of ElShorbagy returned in the second game as he stepped up the court, volleying with power and purpose to keep Coll on the move constantly. His intense volleying, partnered with his relentless hitting to the back of the court, was allowing ElShorbagy to take away all of the World No.1’s threat in the front corners. ElShorbagy gave himself a well-deserved 2-1 lead, winning the second and third games 11-7, 11-8.



Despite Coll steamrolling the fourth game to set up a decider, the momentum gathered was squashed by the former World Champion in the fifth game, as ElShorbagy was intelligently setting up attacking opportunities and punishing them severely. After a brutal 22-minutes, ‘The Beast’ had closed out the game 11-7 to move into his seventh U.S. Open semi-final and his first since 2019. The loss for Coll will also see him surrender his World No.1 spot to Egypt’s Ali Farag in next week’s rankings.

“There is a reason why I switched to play for England, it’s because I wanted to have a great team behind me” said ElShorbagy after his win.

“Jade [the England physio] has been doing an incredible job on me this week. We will do a lot of work tonight on my body to come back fresh for tomorrow. I have so much trust in her, I have seen how she works and all the English guys, when I was playing Nick [Matthew] and James [Willstrop] and all these guys. So I can’t wait to come back tomorrow.

“When you have played so much squash in your career, I think I read some stat that this is my twelfth quarterfinal in the U.S. Open. So that shows the consistency that I have had over the years. I always give my best every time I go on court, I’ve barely pulled out of any tournament, I’ve always tried to be in the best shape I can. And that has always been my greatest strength over the years, it’s that I’ve always showed up.

“I want to give some credit to Paul, he had so much to lose. I know how he felt, even when he changed the ball in the fourth how much he had the advantage. But in the fifth game with the pressure, anything can happen and I’ve been in that situation a million times and I just stayed aggressive. There is a reason for that because I’ve been in that situation probably more times than him.”

ElShorbagy’s opponent in the last four will be Peru’s Diego Elias, who overcame Wales’ Joel Makin in straight games to advance to his second successive U.S. Open semi-final. The Welshman came out to the better start of the two in the first game but, having led 9-7, failed to secure the crucial first game as Elias hung tough to win 11-9. After securing the first game, Elias’ intensity went up a notch. He took both the second and third games 11-6 to reach another Platinum event semi-final.

In the women’s draw, both higher-seeded players Joelle King and Nour El Sherbini secure their places in the semi-finals. King was first to advance as she ended home hopes by beating USA’s last remaining player in the draw, Sabrina Sobhy, in a close three-game clash.

The New Zealander’s crisp length hitting was established early in the match and she managed to keep in front of Sobhy for large portions of the game. Sobhy was doing a great job of picking off the heavy attacks from King and earned the first game ball. King’s determination was strong, however, and she impressively saved five game balls in the tiebreak to sneak the game 19-17.



The pressure from King continued to come in the back corners and King was now starting to step forward on the volley and take the ball short. Sobhy battled again and again and kept fighting her way back on the scoreboard. King managed to hold her off to take a crucial 2-0 lead, winning 11-9. With the home crowd silenced, King struck the fatal blow in the third game, taking it 11-8 to move into her first U.S. Open semi-final since 2017.

“Sabrina [Sobhy] is an incredible player. I’ve always known she’s had it in her with what she has produced this week, and I’m just extremely proud that I hung on top in that first game and I think that was probably the difference today” said King afterwards.

“When I was her [Sabrina] age, and I had a big win at a tournament, I know all those feelings that you have. So I tried to come out mentally strong today. To be honest, I tried to make it a bit of a mental game and tried a few tactics, but I think when you have a big win in a tournament, there’s excitement and you’ve taken out the No.2 seed. I was aware of all her dangers, but I tried to stay mentally tough.”

Six-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini looked slightly injured in her round three match against Tesni Evans just two days ago but showed no signs of that ankle injury as she confidently moved into the last eight by beating compatriot Salma Hany in the final match of the night’s action.

Hany’s game plan saw her look to test the movement of El Sherbini early on, but the ‘Warrior Princess’ was equal to the test. Her line and length game was superb and she hit her targets at the front of the court to claim an eighth successive win over World No.13 Hany.

The semi-finals of the U.S. Open take place tomorrow (October 14). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV from 18:00 (GMT-4) as well as on the channels of PSA’s broadcast partners.
 
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Quarter Finals Top Half

El Tayeb Downs USA No.1 Sobhy to Join Husband Farag in Semi-Finals

Nour El Tayeb celebrates

World No.6 Nour El Tayeb downed United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy to join husband Ali Farag in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Platinum event held at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center.

El Tayeb and Farag made history at the 2017 U.S. Open when they became the first married couple to win a major sporting title on the same day. Both players are one win away from a place in the finals once again, with El Tayeb producing a magnificent performance to dispatch World No.4 Sobhy by an 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 scoreline.

“I’ve made the finals of the all tournaments I have played in the US,” said El Tayeb, who also reached the final of this tournament in 2015 and 2019.

“I like the indoor courts, in Egypt it’s always outdoors, which I guess I don’t like very much. But I like the courts here. I like the atmosphere, I like the crowd, so hopefully, I can keep going. The semis is nice, but I’ve done that already this season, so hopefully I can push it one round further than this.

“We’ve been playing a lot recently, me and Amanda, so we know each other. I think I felt more comfortable today. I felt more comfortable on this court than last week in Egypt [where she lost to Sobhy in the CIB Egyptian Open third round]. I think I played well and I’m very happy.”

The other women’s quarter-final saw World No.1 Nouran Gohar come back from a game down to beat World No.8 Rowan Elaraby. Gohar, who has won the previous two U.S. Opens, will take on El Tayeb next for a 16th time on the PSA World Tour and has won 10 of their previous meetings.

“Other players have no pressure entering the court with me,” said Gohar.



“They have nothing to lose. Winning games is something good and I’ve been in their place once before and I know how it feels playing against World No.1s, it gives you extra excitement and you want to show the world why you’re good, so I’m just enjoying it.”

Farag, the men’s World No.2 and a two-time U.S. Open champion after also winning the event in 2019, booked his spot in the semi-finals after ousting World No.6 and last year’s runner-up Tarek Momen.

Momen made strong starts in both the first and second games but the guile and craft of Farag was enough to give the top seed a two-game lead. Momen forced his fellow Egyptian into some incredible retrievals in the third game, but Farag was up to the task as he held off a late charge from Momen to secure his place in the semi-finals.



“I think both of us [Farag and El Tayeb] came up against some very tough opponents,” said Farag.

“Both of us played some of our best squash of the week so far, and we couldn’t be happier going home tonight.”

Farag will take on long-term foe Marwan ElShorbagy after the World No.8 prevailed in a scrappy contest with fellow Egyptian Youssef Soliman, winning 13-11, 11-7, 11-4.

ElShorbagy has a superior head-to-head record against Farag, winning eight of their 14 PSA encounters, but has lost his last two matches against the 30-year-old. ElShorbagy is aiming to reach his first U.S. Open final.

“Me and Youssef are very good friends off court and it was a tricky match because we only played once and he’s beaten me before,” said ElShorbagy.



“I’m just really happy to be so focused from the beginning and so sharp. I found my rhythm and felt my length was really good today and I’m really happy with the way I’ve been hitting the ball. I played well and it was a good match I thought.”

The quarter-finals of the U.S. Open continue tomorrow (October 13). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV from 17:00 (GMT-4).

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Round 3 Bottom

Sobhy Stuns El Hammamy to Join Older Sister Amanda in U.S. Open Quarters

Sabrina Sobhy celebrates

World No.20 Sabrina Sobhy has reached the quarter-finals of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the first time after she stunned World No.2 Hania El Hammamy at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center to join older sister Amanda in the last eight.

It marks the first time that two American women will line up in the quarter-finals of the prestigious U.S. Open and Sobhy put in a sensational performance to claim the biggest win of her career, while also ending El Hammamy’s run of three successive Platinum title wins.

The only time Sobhy stopped buzzing around court was during a tense check for an out of court shot by El Hammamy after the Egyptian had saved two match balls. Upon confirmation that the ball was out, there was a deafening roar inside the Specter Center as the fans saluted their home hero.

Sobhy’s reward for her 11-8, 13-15, 11-7, 11-9 victory is a last eight clash with No.5 seed Joelle King – a player she hasn’t beaten in six previous appearances.

“I haven’t processed it yet,” said Sobhy, who lives just 10 minutes away from the Specter Center.

“It’s been very fast-paced since the end of the match. I felt still and in the present, but there has been a whirlwind of emotions ever since the match ended. I can’t even express how proud I am of myself and how composed I felt on court. It’s a feeling that I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.

“[The crowd] made it more fun and enjoyable, it was awesome. Other players can relate, we are trying to put on a show in tournaments, not just for ourselves and our opponents, but for the crowd too. We want to show how awesome, physical and creative this sport it.”

World No.3 Nour El Sherbini put in a performance befitting her ‘Warrior Princess’ nickname as she recovered from a nasty injury and fought through the pain barrier to reach the quarter-finals at the expense of Wales’ Tesni Evans.

The first game was an onslaught from El Sherbini as the Egyptian dropped just a single point, opening up a one-game lead. But at 6-6 in the second, she slipped while chasing a ball down and looked in real pain as she required physio treatment.

El Sherbini, sporting an ankle brace and strapping around her right ankle, played on but found it hard to move around court as Evans closed out the second game, and then the third in one-sided style, leaving El Sherbini’s title hopes in tatters.

El Sherbini has never been one to let injury affect her game – winning both the 2021 Allam British Open and the 2018-19 PSA World Championships despite struggling with a knee injury – and she came back from the brink to edge the fourth game and then stormed to victory in the decider to earn her place in the last eight.

“It’s [the ankle] not very bad, but I have to check it tomorrow,” said El Sherbini.



“I have a day off tomorrow, so I’ll try and treat it and hopefully I’ll be ready after tomorrow. I’ve been put in this situation many times. I have experience of playing with injuries and hopefully I’m going to recover and be ready for the rest of the week.”

El Sherbini will take on No.8 seed Salma Hany for a place in the semi-finals after she dispatched USA’s Olivia Clyne in three games.

In the men’s event, World No.1 Paul Coll and World No.5 Mohamed ElShorbagy will lock horns in the quarter-finals following respective wins over India’s Ramit Tandon and Egypt’s Moustafa El Sirty.

The pair will go head-to-head for the 16th time on the PSA World Tour and, while ElShorbagy has the better of their record with 10 wins to Coll’s five, the New Zealander has won four of their last five matches.



“It’s going to be a battle, it always is with Mohamed, he’s very experienced and it’s going to be tough,” said Coll.

“He’s obviously found some form, he’s won two out of the first three tournaments, so it’s a very tough quarter-final, but I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited.”

ElShorbagy said: “This is a tournament which will always have a special place in my heart. The first time I got to World No.1 was at this event back when it was in November.



“I remember that day very well, my mother was there with me and it was a very special day to reach World No.1 for the first time in my career.”

The day’s other winners saw Peru’s Diego Elias and Welshman Joel Makin claim respective wins over France’s Baptiste Masotti and Egypt’s Fares Dessouky.

The quarter-finals of the U.S. Open begin tomorrow (October 12). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV from 17:00 (GMT-4).

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Round 3 Top Half

Soliman Shocks No.8 Seed Hesham To Reach U.S. Open Quarter Finals



World No.12 Youssef Soliman produced a sublime performance on day three of the U.S. Open to defeat No.8 seed and compatriot Mazen Hesham to move into his second Platinum event quarter final at the Arlen Specter Squash Centre in Philadelphia.

Hesham came out in his usual attacking style in the opening game and looked to test the movement of Soliman early in the match. Soliman was up to the task however and after trailing 10-8, executed four solid rallies to take the next four points and steal the first game 12-10.

Soliman carried this momentum through to the following game, hitting tight, accurate lines to the back corners to restrict Hesham’s attacking opportunities. This back court pressure was forcing errors from the No.8 seed, much to Soliman’s delight.

After Soliman secured a 2-0 lead, the score reached 6-6 in the third game. At this crucial point in the match, it was the younger Egyptian, Soliman, who rose to the occasion and displayed intelligent squash to further frustrate the fading Hesham. Several errors followed from the World No.9’s racket which gave Soliman the win and a place in the last eight.

“I’m very pleased,” said Soliman.

“I just had not the best performance in San Francisco, but all credit to Aly [Abou Eleinen], he really made it hard for me to bounce back in this tournament. I played well against [Raphael] Kandra and again with Mazen [Hesham] and to beat Mazen in three is not easy, I had to push hard, especially in the beginning, but I think I got my tactics right and I’m happy with my performance more than the win.

“I have a rest day tomorrow, but I think to have matches like that in the bank is good, so I’m up against Marwan [ElShorbagy] and he’s another top 10 player. He’s a good friend of mine, but I’m hoping it will be a good match and I’ll do my best to be ready for that.”

Soliman’s quarter final match will be another all-Egyptian encounter as he will take on World No.8 Marwan ElShorbagy. The younger ElShorbagy brother received a bye in round three with France’s Lucas Serme unable to compete in the match due to his injury sustained in his round two match with Mostafa Asal.

The other men’s quarter final match in the top half of the draw will be another all-Egyptian battle between No.1 seed Ali Farag and No.6 seed Tarek Momen as they defeated Miguel Rodriguez and Saurav Ghosal, respectively.


Ali Farag

Rodriguez defeated Farag in the recent QTerminals Qatar Classic but couldn’t repeat his victory on day three in Philadelphia. Farag moved the ball around the court expertly to take a convincing 2-0 lead and despite pressure from Rodriguez in the third game, Farag closed out the game 13-11 and took the match 3-0.

Momen booked his place in the quarter finals in similar fashion to Farag as he cruised to a commanding two-game lead against India’s Saurav Ghosal and showed no signs of slowing down. Ghosal rallied back in the third game and forced a tiebreak to breathe more life into the contest. The No.6 seed played the big points well and managed to seal the game 14-12 to advance.

In the women’s draw, World No.6 Nour El Tayeb closed out day three with a seeding upset over England’s Sarah-Jane Perry on Glass Court East.


El Tayeb in action

There is only one ranking place between the pair, but there was a chasm between them on court today, with El Tayeb looking full of confidence as she completely nullified Perry’s attacking talents.

The 29-year-old required just 24 minutes to record an 11-3, 11-3, 11-8 victory over Perry to move into the U.S. Open quarter finals.

“I think today was one of my best performances since my comeback,” said El Tayeb.

“I think SJ didn’t play very well, so it was a mixture of things. It’s a big confidence boost to play well against someone like SJ. I don’t like to play against each other because our games are a little bit similar, I don’t like her style of play, it’s not my favourite to play against.

“Maybe she doesn’t like my style of play either, but so far it’s been working and I haven’t lost to her yet.”

El Tayeb’s quarter final opponent will be home favourite Amanda Sobhy who confidently overcame South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller to progress to the last eight.

Sobhy picked up exactly where she left off in her match yesterday and found her length immediately to quickly dominate the middle and keep Fuller behind her. She used this position to continually volley the ball to take time away from her opponent and despite a better third game from Fuller, Sobhy won 3-0 to progress in 26 minutes.

Sobhy had this to say about her upcoming match with El Tayeb:

“Yeah, so we’re 1-1 this so far this season [her head-to-head with El Tayeb], the rivalry just comes right back. I think we have great matches and, you know, she loves to smash racket a on her leg against me. So maybe we’ll go for racket number 10 on Wednesday.”

World No.1 Nouran Gohar advanced to the quarter finals in just 23 minutes as she was in top form to beat compatriot Yathreb Adel in straight games. Gohar dominated the opening two games, winning both games 11-4, before Adel was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Gohar will face fellow Egyptian and No.7 seed Rowan Elaraby in the last eight after the younger Egyptian defeated Belgium’s Nele Gilis in a 55-minute four-game battle.

The Egyptian came out to a positive start, moving the ball around the court well and forcing Gilis into difficult positions on the court and took a 2-0 lead. Despite Gilis finding her length in the third game, Elaraby returned to her crisp length hitting in the fourth game and took the game 11-8 to move into the last eight in Philadelphia.

Round three of the U.S. Open continues tomorrow (October 11). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV from 17:00 (GMT-4).

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Round 2

Defending Champ Asal Exits U.S. Open After Serme Suffers Opponent-Inflicted Injury

Lucas Serme in action
Lucas Serme at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center

Defending U.S. Open champion Mostafa Asal has exited this year’s edition of the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament after an opponent-inflicted injury sustained by Lucas Serme at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center resulted in the Frenchman being awarded the match.

Asal – who last year became the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Open – was cruising with a two-game lead and was 6-4 up when he turned on a loose ball at the back of the court and then hit Serme – who was ducking – in the head with the ball.

The match referee deemed it to be an opponent-inflicted injury which was caused accidentally by Asal. This meant that Lucas was permitted 15 minutes to recover. The physio then deemed Serme to be unable to continue, with the World No.43 requiring further medical examination, resulting in the match being awarded to Serme.

Serme received treatment at a hospital and has suffered a concussion and a perforated eardrum. Everyone at the PSA wishes Lucas well and he will be monitored closely ahead of his potential return to the court, with the World No.43 due to take on Marwan ElShorbagy tomorrow evening.

Two-time champion Ali Farag got his title challenge off to a winning start with a clinical display against Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng. The World No.2 won 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 in 35 minutes to set up a third round fixture with Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez.

“I did well in the first, in the second he came back more strongly, but I’m glad I got away with the second and finished it off in three,” said Farag, who suffered a shock defeat to Rodriguez in the Qatar Classic third round.


Ali Farag

“They are different conditions [to his match against Rodriguez in Qatar] but it’s always exciting to play someone after you lose to them.

“There is some nervous energy going into it, but you try and live up to these challenges. We know each other’s game inside out, but hopefully I come out on top this time.”

Rodriguez ended US hopes in the men’s event as he took out World No.39 Todd Harrity in straight games. Elsewhere, World No.1 Paul Coll began his tournament with a 3-0 win over France’s Sebastien Bonmalais, while Peru’s Diego Elias and three-time champion Mohamed ElShorbagy also opened up with wins, beating Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann and Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu, respectively.

In the women’s event, history will be made when three American women line up together in the third round of the U.S. Open for the first time following wins from Olivia Clyne and the Sobhy sisters, Amanda and Sabrina.

World No.22 Clyne has reached the last 16 of this event for the first time since 2018 after she upset in-form World No.15 Farida Mohamed in the last match of the day, winning 2-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-6 to delight the home fans. Clyne will line up against No.8 seed Salma Hany for a place in the last eight.


“It feels incredible,” said Clyne.

“It’s not the win, although that feels amazing, and I’m so excited to be on the glass court on Tuesday and yes, being surrounded by my family and friends is incredible. But it was being the last match on with the whole back wall being packed and 99.9% of the people cheering for me and the atmosphere was electric. I felt that for the first time in a long time, I was so present in each rally and even when things went wrong I was really there.”

She will be joined in the last 16 by United States No.1 Amanda, who dispatched France’s Melissa Alves in straight games to ensure she will take on South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller for a place in the quarter-finals.

“It’s the first match in after a quick turnaround from San Francisco, so I’m just happy to win in three and have the the support of the home crowd and my coach here as well as friends and family,” said Amanda.


Amanda Sobhy

“I’m loving squash at the moment, I love playing, I’m healthy, I’m having fun out there, I like where my squash is at and I feel really confident in my team. I’m just trying to enjoy every challenge and every opportunity that this season gives me.”

Amanda’s younger sister also booked her place in the next round, beating Canada’s Hollie Naughton in a five-game thriller to reach the last 16 for the first time.

Reigning champion Nouran Gohar began her title challenge with a 3-0 win against Wales’ Emily Whitlock, while there were also wins for her fellow members of the world’s top three, Hania El Hammamy and Nour El Sherbini.

Round three of the U.S. Open begins tomorrow (October 10). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV from 17:00 (GMT-4).

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Pajares Survives Brownell Test on Day One of U.S. Open

Iker Pajares Bernabeu in action

Spain’s World No.26 Iker Pajares Bernabeu came back from two match balls down to avoid an upset against wildcard Timothy Brownell as the U.S. Open, PSA World Tour Platinum event got under way at Philadelphia’s Arlen Specter US Squash Center.

Philadelphia-based Brownell was cheered on to the rafters by his home fans and almost sent them home happy after some fabulous squash saw him come back from 2-1 down to level the scores, before he stormed to an 8-2 lead in the decider.

He was initially able to repel a late fightback from the Spaniard to build up two match ball opportunities, but Pajares kept his composure to take four points on the spin as he sealed an 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 6-11, 13-11 victory in 93 minutes.

“I’m over the moon with this win,” said World No.26 Pajares, who will take on three-time U.S. Open champion Mohamed ElShorbagy next.

“After being 8-2 down in the fifth, I saw myself going home. I kept fighting to 8-8 and then it was 10-8 and I came back again to take the match. It was a fair and clean match, he’s a good player and I enjoyed every minute on court.

“I’ve been injured for three or four months and having these matches again is something I was missing very much. I totally forgot about [the crowd], I was focusing on myself and trying to take each point. It was very tough, but I also had good friends supporting me here and I was looking at them after every point.”

The only American man who claimed a day one victory was World No.39 Todd Harrity, who won an all-American battle with Spencer Lovejoy, earning a 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 victory to ensure he will take on Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez next.

“I’m just really happy to get through, it was a tough match with Spencer,” said Harrity.



“He’s young and up and coming and we’re both Americans training together at the [Specter] Center. We know each other’s games well. I thought I was a little nervous at times, but I stuck with it on the big points, I didn’t run from the situation and I’m really happy to win today.”

The other men from the USA in action on day one were Shahjahan Khan – the nation’s No.1 player – and Faraz Khan, but they saw their tournaments come to an end against Dimitri Steinmann and Patrick Rooney, respectively.

In the women’s event, USA duo Sabrina Sobhy and Olivia Clyne booked their spots in the last 32 following respective wins over Haley Mendez and Ka Yi Lee.

Sobhy dominated proceedings against Mendez and duly completed an 11-1, 11-6, 11-3 victory to set up a second round encounter with Canada’s Hollie Naughton.



“I felt pretty good with my performance,” said Sobhy.

“The atmosphere being at home took a lot of the pressure off and I tried to focus on relaxing on court because I felt a bit tense at the previous tournaments. I tried to stay calm and control my emotions and the ball around the court more.”

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Nadine Shahin completed a huge comeback against wildcard Lucie Stefanoni to avoid a shock defeat. 18-year-old Stefanoni had already competed in the first round of the Arlen Specter Philadelphia Junior Championships earlier in the day but caught Shahin off guard in a superb beginning to the match which saw her power into a 2-0 lead.

Shahin finally turned up in the match during a one-sided third game as she began to hit the ball with more purpose, though she needed to maintain her composure in a fourth-game tie-break after Stefanoni had overturned three game balls. The American made a perfect start to the fifth game as she went 3-0 up, but she soon ran out of gas as Shahin came back to set up a fixture against Wales’ Tesni Evans.

“I was nervous and I didn’t really give the match its worth,” said Shahin.



“I was just thinking about the second match, which was really unprofessional from me. I disregarded Lucie’s athleticism, spirit and talent. I always forget that the up-and-coming juniors are so hungry, they have nothing to lose and they play very well.”

Stefanoni’s older sister Marina was also in action but she fell to Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk in the final match of the day.

The U.S. Open continues into round two tomorrow (October 9) as the likes of defending champions Nouran Gohar and Mostafa Asal begin their tournaments. All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV from 12:00 (GMT-4).

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Preview

Defending Champions Asal & Gohar Set to Return to Philadelphia for U.S. Open

The draws have been released for the historic U.S. Open taking place at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia between October 8-15. Egyptian duo and defending champions Mostafa Asal and Nouran Gohar feature in the draws as the No.3 and No.1 seeds, respectively.

World No.1 Gohar will be looking to claim a third consecutive U.S. Open title. Gohar defeated compatriot Hania El Hammamy in last year’s women's final, winning a 3-1 encounter in 74 minutes. Gohar receives a bye in round one of this year's event and will then face India’s 9/16 seed Joshna Chinappa in round two.

World Champion Nour El Sherbini is yet to get her name on the U.S. Open trophy, losing out in the final on three occasions in 2014, 2016 & 2018. After receiving a round one bye, she will play the winner of Zeina Mickawy or Ineta Mackevica in her opening match. She is then set to face 9/16 seed Tesni Evans for a place in the quarter finals.

Recent CIB Zed Open champion Nour El Tayeb will be a worry for all of the top eight seeds heading into major tournaments this season. El Tayeb, who won the 2017 event alongside her husband, top seed Ali Farag, will start her title challenge against either Nicole Bunyan or Hana Ramadan and is then set to face England’s No.1 and No.6 seed Sarah-Jane Perry for a spot in the last eight.

Egypt’s World No.3 El Hammamy has not been shy about her ambitions for this season and is determined to capture Platinum event titles to reach her ultimate goal of becoming the World No.1. The 21-year-old faces a tough test in her opening match of the tournament as she faces World No.11 Olivia Fiechter in round two.

In terms of home interest, USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy is seeded at No.4 and is the highest ranked American in a draw that also includes Fiechter, younger sister Sabrina, Olivia Clyne as well as the Stefanoni sisters, Lucie and Marina.

Asal became the youngest ever men's U.S. Open champion last year at the age of 20 and has risen seven places in the PSA World Rankings from this time last year, sitting at No.3. He will be looking to recreate his form from last year’s event and become the first male player to successfully defend the U.S. Open title since Lee Beachill in 2005. Asal is the No.3 seed for the event and plays either Raphael Kandra or Zahed Salem in his first match after a first-round bye.

World No.1 Farag is the top seed for the men’s event and will be determined to avenge a disappointing 2021 U.S. Open finish as he lost out in the quarter finals, his joint worst finish throughout the entire 2021-22 season. Like Gohar, Farag is also a two-time champion and will play either Scotland’s Alan Clyne or Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng in his opening match in Philadelphia.

World No.7 Joel Makin reached the semi-finals last season but opens his account with a tricky round two match against French No.1 Gregoire Marche. The Frenchman currently sits at World No.14 and will surely provide a tough test to the Manchester Open champion with his impressive athleticism. The winner is then scheduled to face the always dangerous Fares Dessouky in round three.

Recent CIB Zed Open champion Youssef Soliman will play Swiss No.1 Nicolas Mueller for a place in round three. The pair have played twice previously on the PSA World Tour, with the head-to-head record level at 1-1. The victor of that match will set up a last 16 encounter with No.8 seed Mazen Hesham for a place in the quarter finals.

World No.30 Shahjahan Khan is the highest ranked American man and will be joined in the draw by Todd Harrity, Faraz Khan and Timothy Brownell.

The action from the U.S. Open will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while semis and finals will be shown on the channels of PSA’s broadcast partners.

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The Story of the 2021 U.S. Open

Mostafa Asal and Nouran Gohar with the U.S. Open trophies

The U.S. Open presented by Truist took place in October 2021, and along with a new venue, there was also a new champion, along with a defending winner as well.

The Arlen Specter US Squash Center made it’s first appearance on the Tour, in what was the first U.S. Open on the calendar in two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take a look back at what happened the last time we visited Philadelphia…


New Venue For One Of The Sport’s Biggest Events

Ten years after the U.S. Open was first held in Philadelphia, the tournament moved venues. The spectacular Arlen Specter US Squash Center played host to the event for the first time, and it was an incredible venue for one of the sport’s biggest competitions.

Alves Reaches Maiden Platinum Quarter Final
France’s Melissa Alves showed her quality and skill throughout her run in Philadelphia, as she made it through to a maiden Platinum quarter final.

The World No.27 overcame England’s Lucy Turmel in straight games in the second round at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center, before then overcoming another Englishwoman in the third round.

She took on now-World No.10 Georgina Kennedy in the last 16 in Philadelphia, defeating the Englishwoman in less than half an hour to move through to a maiden Platinum quarter final.

Willstrop Rolls Back The Years
Former World No.1 James Willstrop continues to dazzle the crowds into his late 30s, and he was in sublime form at the U.S. Open presented by Truist last year.

The Englishman started off with a commanding victory against Tsz Fung Yip, before then taking down World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy in four games in the second round.

Willstrop carried on his form to defeat World No.15 Mohamed Abouelghar in a pulsating contest. The Englishman won in a five-game thriller to reach yet another Platinum quarter final, where he would eventually succumb to Egypt’s Tarek Momen.

Fiechter’s Incredible Run Delights Home Crowd
It was perhaps not a surprise that an American woman reached the semi-finals in Philadelphia. However, it might have been somewhat of a surprise that the American in question was Olivia Fiechter.

The then-World No.20 started off with a victory over Menna Hamed, before then defeating Australia’s Donna Lobban in the last match on Glass Court West in the second round.

Her third round match against US No.1 Amanda Sobhy was one of the most anticipated matches of the last 16. Fiechter came through against her compatriot, winning in five to book her spot in the quarters. She then overcame Belgian No.1 Nele Gilis in straight games to make the last four of a major tournament for the first time in her career.

This run to the semi-finals of the U.S. Open presented by Truist was the first step in Fiechter becoming only the second American woman to ever reach the top ten of the World Rankings.

Top Three Knocked Out In Quarter Finals
The men’s quarter finals of the U.S. Open presented by Truist saw several surprises, with the top three players in the world all being knocked out of the competition.

World No.1 Ali Farag took on Welshman Joel Makin, the then-World No.9, in the quarters. Makin had never beaten Farag in three previous meetings, but went on to take the victory in straight games, including winning a 16-14 tie-break in the third games.

Prior to the World No.1 being knocked out, Peru’s Diego Elias took down World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the last eight as well. The ‘Peruvian Puma’ lost the first game 11-5, but then dropped just 13 points across the next three games to knock the 2017 World Champion out at the quarter final stage.

The shocks did not stop there, as Mostafa Asal came from behind to defeat World No.3 Paul Coll. The New Zealander took the second game to level a lengthy contest, but the ‘Raging Bull’ fought back to win in four. The match lasted 104 minutes, an incredible amount of time for a four-game contest, and it was eventually Asal that won, and he would not stop there…

Gohar Goes Back-To-Back In Philadelphia
Nouran Gohar came into Philadelphia as the World No.1 and defending champion at the U.S. Open presented by Truist, and she was in sublime form throughout, dropping just a single game as she retained her title.

After starting with comfortable wins against the USA’s Sabrina Sobhy and England’s Alison Waters, Gohar’s first real test came against English No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry. However, she dispatched the World No.7 in less than 40 minutes, winning her quarter final contest in straight games.

‘The Terminator’ then took on the tournament’s surprise package, in Olivia Fiechter, in the last four. Gohar dropped just ten points to set up a clash in the final with World No.3 Hania El Hammamy. She lost the first game 11-9, but fought back to win in four, and claim her second U.S. Open title.

She became the first woman since Nicol David to retain the U.S. Open title, and with it, she extended the gap at the top of the World Rankings in her favour as well.

Asal Becomes Youngest Ever U.S. Open Champion
Following on from his incredible victory over Paul Coll in the last eight of the tournament, in a match that lasted more than 100 minutes, Asal then went on an incredible run to become the tournament’s youngest winner.

The semi-finals saw the ‘Raging Bull’ take on Peru’s Diego Elias. After 104 minutes in the quarters, Asal and Elias did battle for 96 minutes in the last four, with the Egyptian taking the fifth 12-10 to book his place into the final.

In the final, Asal took on compatriot Tarek Momen, and once again, it went to five. The 20-year-old fought back from two games down, saving match ball in the third game, to go on and win the tournament after a 91-minute final. In doing so, he became the U.S Open’s youngest ever winner.
 

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The U.S. Open Squash Championship began on New Year’s Day, 1954, at the University Club of New York City, and literally changed the sport of squash overnight. The event, first run as a hardball tournament for the top amateur and professional players in the world, crowned its first champion, Henri Salaun, a French-American amateur player. At the end of the four-day event, Open director Ned Bigelow presented Salaun the $500 grand prize. Salaun’s victory over Hashim Khan in the finals graced the front pages of major newspapers, including the New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune, and the Washington Post, all of which were filled with photographs of the Open. New York was abuzz with the excitement.

The Open remained in New York for the next two years but, from 1957 to 1965, the event crisscrossed the country, quickly becoming a prominent tournament in the world of professional squash. It was hosted in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Indianapolis, and Atlantic City, and returned to the University Club of New York in 1963, only to be shuttled off to Buffalo and then Wilmington the following years. During these early years, the Open was dominated by the presence of the Khan family. Hashim Khan won three titles between 1956 and 1963, while his relative, Roshan Khan, also won three titles in the same decade.

In 1966 the U.S. Open merged with the Canadian Open, forming the North American Open, which remained a hardball event. In the 1970s and 80s the Khans continued to overwhelm the squash scene. Sharif Khan made fifteen straight North American finals appearances from 1968 to 1982, winning twelve of those titles. All in all, the Khan family owns a combined twenty-nine U.S. Open and North American Open Championships. The U.S. Open was reborn, once again as a hardball event (while the North American Open ran separately), in 1983 when Howie Rosenthal promoted the event. Both the 1983 and 1984 U.S. Opens were held at the Yale Club of New York with American great Mark Talbott winning in 1983 and falling to Jahangir Khan in the 1984 final.

In 1985, Tom and Hazel Jones, who were managing the title at that time, made the decision to switch the event from a hardball to a softball tournament. Jones moved the Open out to San Francisco and was one of the first to experiment with the 17-inch tin and 15-point scoring format (which was later adopted world-wide for softball events in 1989), where the Open was received very well.

In 1986, Jones moved the Open to Houston, and the following year the venue was switched to the Palladium Night Club in New York City where a brand new, imported portable court from Europe was set up on the dance floor. The Open achieved enormous success that year and has continued to thrive amongst an eager American audience, where players from across the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Pakistan, and France have all claimed championships.

In the late 1990s, US SQUASH acquired the rights to the trademark and has been managing the championship into a world-class event ever since.
 

 Schedule

Round 1
 08 OCT
Round 2
09 OCT
Round 3
19-11
OCT
Quarters
12-13
OCT
Semis
 14 OCT
Final
 15 OCT
 

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