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EM Noll Classic 2023


$12,000 Men's EM Noll Classic 2023, Racquet Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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EM Noll Classic 2023
Men's Draw
02 - 07 Feb
Philadelphia, USA, PSA $12k

02  Feb
03 Feb
 04 Feb
05 Feb

[1] Andrew Douglas (USA)
11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (37m)
Wong Chi Him (HKG) 

Andrew Douglas
8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10 (58m)
Ibrahim Elkabbani
Andrew Douglas
11-7, 6-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-4 (53m)
Charlie Lee
Charlie Lee
11-2, 11-7, 5-2 (21m)
Seif Shenawy
[7] Ibrahim Elkabbani (EGY)
7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (57m)
Tom Walsh (ENG)
[5] Zahed Salem (EGY)
9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-1 (38m)
Joseph White (AUS)
Zahed Salem
12-10, 11-5, 11-2 (24m)
Charlie Lee
[3] Charlie Lee (ENG)
11-5, 11-9, 11-2 (28m)
Ben Smith (ENG)
Tang Ming Hong (HKG)
11-1, 11-8, 11-3 (24m)
[4] Sam Todd (ENG)
Tang Ming Hong
11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 (36m)
Seif Shenawy
Seif Shenawy
11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10 (42m)
 Bernat Jaume
[8] Seif Shenawy (EGY)
11-5, 11-8, 13-11 (43m)
Spencer Lovejoy (USA)
[6] Christopher Gordon (USA)
11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (38m)
Khaled Labib (EGY)
Christopher Gordon
11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 (56m)
 Bernat Jaume
[WC] Vini Rodrigues (BRA)
11-1, 11-9, 11-7 (27m)
[2] Bernat Jaume (ESP)
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Lee Wins At Second Time Of Asking

Charlie Lee (second left) at the prize giving ceremony for the E.M. Noll Classic
After making the final last year, Englandís Charlie Lee went on better in 2023, beating Egyptís Seif Shenawy to win the E.M. Noll Classic.

Lee made it to last yearís final at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, but lost out to compatriot Sam Todd. This year, the Englishman came into the event as the No.3 seed, and started his week with a comfortable straight games victory over another Englishman, in Ben Smith.

Lee then took on Egyptís Zahed Salem, the former World No.14, in the quarter finals, and after a tight first game, he was able to come through in three. The semis saw the Englishman take on top seed Andrew Douglas, in his toughest test of the week. The World No.64 fell behind after three games, but battled back to win in a decider 11-4, to move through to the final in Philadelphia for the second year.

The final saw Lee come up against No.8 seed Seif Shenawy, who had also caused an upset in the last four by downing Bernat Jaume. The Englishman held a two-game lead in the contest on Sunday afternoon, before the Egyptian had to retire midway through the third after aggravating an injury he suffered earlier in the week.

The win is the Englishmanís second in the last twelve months, following a victory at the Sekisui Open in April 2022. Lee has also jumped up six spots in the World Rankings, moving into the worldís top 60 for the first time, to sit at a career-high of World No.58.
Semi Finals

Lee and Shenawy Down Top Two Seeds

Englandís Charlie Lee and Egyptís Seif Shenawy caused upsets on Saturday afternoon, knocking out the top two seeds to reach the E.M. Noll Classic final.

The semi-finals were played on Saturday afternoon at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, and Lee, who reached the final of last yearís event, took on top seed Andrew Douglas as he attempted to make the same stage this time round.

The Englishman took the opening game 11-7, but then found Douglas to be too much in the second and third games, as the top seed came from behind to lead after three games. Lee fought back, though, to secure the forth game and to send the match into a decider.

The fifth and final game could have gone either way, but it was the No.3 seed that came through to secure the upset. He won it 11-4 to move through to the final of the E.M. Noll Classic for the second year in succession. He will now take on Egyptís Seif Shenawy after the No.8 seed also took a surprise win on semi-finals day.

The Egyptian came up against No.2 seed Bernat Jaume in his last four contest on Saturday, and the pair were level after two games, with the Spaniard tying the contest by winning the second game 11-9. The Egyptian, who sits 24 places lower in the World Rankings, wrestled the momentum back in the third game though, before then clinching victory with a tie-break win in the fourth, 12-10.
Quarter Finals

Top Two Seeds Survive Five-Gamers

The second day of the E.M. Noll Classic almost threw up some big surprises, but the top two seeds were able to come through in deciding games to make it into the last four.

Top seed Andrew Douglas, took on Egyptís Ibrahim Elkabbani in the quarter finals on Friday. It was the No.7 seed who was the better in the early exchanges, battling through to win the opening game 11-8 before the home favourite fought back to level the match. The same pattern emerged over the next two games as well, with the decider going all the way.

Both men had their chances to take the fifth game, but in the end it was Douglas who got over the line. He won the decider 12-10 to book his spot in the semis, where he will now take on Englandís Charlie Lee. The No.3 seed came up against former World No.14 Zahed Salem in the last eight, and after a first game tie-break went his way, he was in complete control, taking the win inside 25 minutes.

In the bottom half of the draw, No.2 seed Bernat Jaume also had his struggles on quarter finals day. He came up against the other American in the draw, Christopher Gordon. The Spaniard took the lead twice in the contest, but saw the American fight back to level on both occasions. In the end, Jaume got the job done, winning the fifth 11-8 after just under an hour of play, to move through to the last four.

The No.2 seed will now face Egyptís Seif Shenawy in the last four. The tournamentís No.8 seed came up against surprise package Hong Kongís Tang Ming Hong in the quarters. The Hongkonger had gotten the better of defending champion Sam Todd in the opening round, but Shenawy proved too much for him, with the Egyptian winning in four games to set up a clash with Jaume.
Round 1

Hong Downs Defending Champion Todd

The opening day of the E.M. Noll Classic saw the defending champion knocked out, as Hong Kongís Tang Ming Hong caused a big upset.

Englandís Sam Todd won the crown in 2022, and he came up against the Hongkonger in the opening round of this yearís edition. However, the World No.102 was in rampant form, dropping just twelve points in a commanding 11-1, 11-8, 11-3 victory. The Hongkonger will now take on Egyptís No.8 seed Seif Shenawy in the quarter finals after the Egyptian defeated USAís Spencer Lovejoy.

Two Americans are into the last eight of the competition. Top seed Andrew Douglas defeated Hong Kongís Wong Chi Him, while Christopher Gordon also got the better of an Egyptian, downing Khaled Labib in straight games. Douglas will now take on Egyptís Ibrahim Elkabbani in the quarters, with Gordon facing off against Spainís No.2 seed Bernat Jaume.

Last yearís E.M. Noll Classic runner-up, Charlie Lee, got his campaign underway in Philadelphia as well last night, beating compatriot Ben Smith in straight games. He will now take on former World No.14 Zahed Salem for a place in the semi-finals of the Challenger 10 level tournament.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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