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Squash On Fire Open 2023


$50,000 Squash On Fire Open 2023, Squash On Fire, Washington DC, USA, PSA World Tour Bronze
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Squash On Fire Open 2022
Men's Draw
22 - 26 Feb
Washington DC, USA, $50k

23 FEB
 24 FEB
25 FEB
26 FEB

[1] Victor Crouin (FRA)
11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5 (70m)
Timothy Brownell (USA) 

Victor Crouin
11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (52m)
Moustafa El Sirty
Victor Crouin
12-10, 11-4, 11-6 (44m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu
Victor Crouin
11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5
Mohamed Elsherbini
[6] Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)
11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (35m)
[9/16] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
[8] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (57m)
Rui Soares (POR)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu
11-4, 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 11-5 (69m)
Tsz Kwan Lau
Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG)
6-11, 13-11, 11-4, 2-11, 11-9 (50m)
[3] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
[4] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
11-7, 16-14, 7-11, 11-8 (53m)
[9/16] James Willstrop (ENG)
Omar Mosaad
8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 16-14 (63m)
Mohamed Elsherbini
Mohamed Elsherbini
12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 (68m)
Saurav Ghosal
[9/16] Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY)
5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (67m)
[5] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
[9/16] Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 (82m)
[7] Adrian Waller (ENG)
Karim El Hammamy
11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 11-9 (80m)
Saurav Ghosal
[9/16] Nathan Lake (ENG)
7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 13-11 (86m)
[2] Saurav Ghosal (IND)


Timothy Brownell (USA)
11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 6-11, 11-8 (68m)
Henry Leung (HKG)
Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6 (58m)
[WC] Mohamed Nabil (EGY)
Rui Soares (POR)
9-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (58m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG)
8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (38m)
Faraz Khan (USA)
James Willstrop (ENG)
11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (25m)
[WC] Timothy Lasusa (USA)
Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
6-11, 15-13, 11-8, 11-4 (56m)
Balazs Farkas (HUN)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
11-9, 2-11, 11-5, 15-13 (74m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
Nathan Lake (ENG)
11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (32m)
Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)

Squash On Fire Open 2022
Women's Draw
22 - 26 Feb
Washington DC, USA, $50k

23 FEB
 24 FEB
25 FEB
26 FEB

[1] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (27m)
[9/16] Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)

Tinne Gilis
11-3, 11-9, 11-9 (36m)
Katie Malliff
Tinne Gilis
7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-2 (37m)
Farida Mohamed
Tinne Gilis
11-9, 11-5, 11-3 (43m)
Amina Orfi
Katie Malliff (ENG)
11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4 (43m)
[8] Mélissa Alves (FRA)
[9/16] Sana Ibrahim (EGY)
11-3, 11-7, 11-7 (29m)
[7] Rachel Arnold (MAS)
Sana Ibrahim
7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 (43m)
Farida Mohamed
[3] Farida Mohamed (EGY)
11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9
Marina Stefanoni (USA)
[WC] Amina Orfi (EGY)
12-10, 11-5, 11-3 (37m)
[4] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
Amina Orfi
7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7 (53m)
Nada Abbas

Amina Orfi

1-9, 5-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-6 (73m)
Sabrina Sobhy
[5] Nada Abbas (EGY)
11-4, 12-10, 11-5 (25m)
[9/16] Jana Shiha (EGY)
[6] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (22m)
Marie Stéphan (FRA)
Nadine Shahin
11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (29m)
Sabrina Sobhy
Grace Gear (ENG)
11-3, 11-8, 11-3 (26m)
[2] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)


Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)
14-12, 11-5, 11-9 (34m)
Haley Mendez (USA)
Katie Malliff (ENG)
13-11, 11-7, 11-5 (31m)
Enora Villard (FRA)
Sana Ibrahim (EGY)
11-1, 11-6, 11-6 (24m)
Saskia Beinhard (GER)
Marina Stefanoni (USA)
11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (29m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
[WC] Amina Orfi (EGY)
11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (45m)
Lucy Beecroft (ENG)
Jana Shiha (EGY)
11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (23m)
Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
Marie Stephan (FRA)
11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9 (35m)
Emilia Soini (FIN)
Grace Gear (ENG)
11-5, 12-14, 11-2, 12-10 (40m)
Nicole Bunyan (CAN)



Gilis and Crouin Claim Squash On Fire Open Titles

Belgium’s Tinne Gilis and France’s Victor Crouin have won the Squash On Fire Open titles in Washington, D.C., after beating Egypt’s Amina Orfi and Mohamed ElSherbini respectively to lift the PSA World Tour Bronze level crowns.

Gilis was featuring in her second PSA World Tour final of the season, and looking for her first win after losing out to older sister Nele in the final of the Open de France de Squash in September. She took on wildcard Amina Orfi, who only got into the competition after winning the PSA Satellite event last weekend, and then came through the draw in incredible fashion, downing four higher-ranked players.

From the off, the Belgian was on form, and she won the opening six points of the contest with some sublime drops into the front left corner. Some lovely boasts got the Egyptian up and running on the scoreboard, but the World No.13 took the opening game 11-9.

From there, it was more comfortable for Gilis, who was able to manoeuvre the ball and her opponent around the court. Orfi showed glimpses of why she had reached the final, but the Belgian was too strong in the end, winning in straight games to claim her maiden PSA World Tour title.

“I still can’t believe it to be honest. I played this tournament with no expectations, I just wanted to play well and enjoy my squash again! I think that’s what I did today!” Gilis explained.

“She has been playing unreal squash! She is only 15-years-old, coming from the qualifying tournament to beat everyone in the bottom half of the draw. It is very impressive for a 15-year-old! I knew I had to be on my toes today, and that this match would be physical. I am happy with the way I played, and that I managed to win in three.

“This is the first time I had ever seen her play so I didn’t know what to expect. I watched her match with Sabrina [Sobhy] which was very physical. It was a 70-minute match so I was hoping she would be feeling it!

“Winning a Bronze tournament was really something I wanted to achieve this season. I didn’t know when that was going to happen because I was struggling with some injuries and stuff. I am so happy that I managed to reset, keep on training because it has been mentally hard. I made sure I could play this tournament because I love this tournament, everyone around here, so it makes me extra happy to win my first Bronze tournament here in Washington, D.C.”

The men’s title was won by Frenchman Victor Crouin after he defeated Egypt’s Mohamed ElSherbini in a four-game contest in Washington, D.C. The pair had met just 11 days previously in a quarter final at the Oxford Properties Canadian Men’s Open, but this time, silverware was on the line.

After a tight start to the opening game, some crucial errors from ElSherbini allowed Crouin to take the win the last four points, with the Frenchman taking the early lead in the contest. The Egyptian came out fighting in the second game though, and used his speed around the court to hold the advantage through the middle part of the game. A couple of lovely winners from his racket were enough to see him level the tie at one game apiece.

The third game was disrupted somewhat, with the talks distract the Egyptian slightly. Crouin was able to run away with the third game in the end, winning it 11-7. After an injury delay in between games, the fourth got underway with the World No.10 in control, and he never ceded that

The World No.10 then showed why he has been one of the Tour’s most consistent players, as despite the lengthy break, he was able to keep the momentum in his favour. He went on to win the fourth game 11-5 to secure his third title of the campaign, and his second Squash On Fire Open crown.

“I am very relieved, I would say! I am happy, but mostly relieved. It has been a long four weeks, with the French Championships, then playing in Calgary. That was bittersweet because I lost in the final after playing some great squash all week, I just couldn’t convert that final,” Crouin said.

“I came here with the title in my mind. I got off to a scrappy start with a five-game against Timmy [Brownell], and now I am standing here with the title. It is pretty amazing how things can turn sometimes! I stayed confident, believed in myself and seized the opportunity.

“I knew the French community was going to come and support me today, so I thought about what it was like to play in front of the French crowd at the Open de France. It was my biggest title and probably one of the best memories of my life. That was what was in my mind before I came on court and that paid off.

“All credit to Mohamed who played tactically brilliantly today, but yeah… Super happy to have that support here in Washington. I have won eight matches here in a row now, two titles, so I will be back!”
Semi Finals

Wildcard Orfi Stuns Sobhy To Reach First PSA World Tour Final

15-year-old Egyptian Amina Orfi is through to her first PSA World Tour final after she came from behind to defeat the USA’s Sabrina Sobhy in a tense five-game clash, continuing her incredible run at the Bronze level Squash On Fire Open this week in Washington, D.C.

Prior to this encounter, Sobhy had been the only player to defeat Orfi in her short career to date. That came at the CIB Egyptian Open in September, and since then, the 15-year-old had gone 16 matches without losing, racking up three titles in that time on the Challenger Tour.

It was Sobhy who controlled the early exchanges though, but Orfi showed no signs of any nerves in what was the biggest match of her career to date. She went on to take the first game 11-9 thanks to a run of six points in the middle part of the game.

A quick burst of points later in the second game saw the American draw level, and she then took the lead in the contest for the first time after the third game, to the delight of the home crowd at Squash On Fire.

However, the 15-year-old continued to look at home on the big stage. The fourth saw neither player able to run away into a big lead. After saving two game balls, Sobhy then had a match ball of her own, but despite a despairing dive from the American, Orfi was able to keep the match going. She went on to win the next two points of the tie-break to take the fourth 13-11 to send the contest into a decider.

Errors at crucial times in the fifth game were the downfall for the American, as she was unable to keep the pressure up on the 15-year-old wildcard. Orfi came through to win the deciding game 11-6, and to book her spot in a first PSA World Tour final, and a fourth successive final on Tour.

“I feel so happy! I didn’t expect to win today, I felt a bit tired after yesterday’s match and they were a bit closer. Yesterday’s match was later and this was a bit earlier,” Orfi said.

“After I won the first game, there was still some hope, and even when I was 2-1 down… I kept focussing and I just had to keep playing. Even if I had lost, I made it this far and it was still a good tournament.

“Towards the end, I was just thinking that this was my second chance, and to make the most out of it. I tried not to think at all about the Egyptian Open, I told myself to just play a solid game and to wait until she made an error.”

Orfi will now face the tournament’s top seed, Belgium’s Tinne Gilis, in the final on Sunday afternoon. The World No.13 defeated Egypt’s Farida Mohamed, the No.3 seed, in a four-game contest to record her first win over the Egyptian in three attempts on Tour.

In the men’s event, Egypt’s Mohamed ElSherbini also caused an upset, knocking out No.2 seed Saurav Ghosal in a display of high-quality squash, as he moved into a first PSA World Tour final in three years.

Mohamed ElSherbini

Both played brutal matches on quarter finals day, but the pace was high from the outset. The first game was a tight and tense battle, going all the way to a tie-break, and it was the Egyptian that was able to take first blood, winning it 12-10 to hold the first lead of the match.

He was then able to also take the second game to double his lead in the match, but the Indian No.1 fought back to take the third and to put some pressure on the 30-year-old Egyptian. However, ElSherbini started the fourth game strongly, winning six of the first eight points. Ghosal came back to make it nervy for ElSherbini, but the Egyptian came through to win in four and to make the final.

“Today I just tried to play a lot aggressive squash to the back before going to the front because he scrapes a lot of balls up and he gets a lot of my tough shots out,” the Egyptian said.

“I wanted to make sure that I beat him at the back first before going for the short shots. Thank god it happened you know! I got a little bit over-confident with my shots. I felt like I was Amr Shabana or Ramy Ashour or someone like that!”

ElSherbini will now take on top seed Victor Crouin for the second time in as many weeks after the Frenchman defeated Spanish No.1 Iker Pajares Bernabeu in straight games. Crouin and ElSherbini faced each other in Calgary last week, with the World No.10 getting the win.

The finals of the PSA World Tour Bronze level Squash On Fire Open will take place on Sunday, February 26 in Washington, D.C. with play starting at 13:30 (GMT -5). All the action will be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok
Quarter Finals

Wildcard Orfi Reaches First PSA World Tour Semi-Final At Squash On Fire Open

Amina Orfi’

15-year-old Amina Orfi’s dream run at the PSA World Tour Bronze level Squash On Fire Open continued on Friday evening, as the tournament wildcard defeated compatriot Nada Abbas to move through to a first semi-final on the PSA World Tour.

Having already beaten England’s Lucy Beecroft and the returning Sivasangari Subramaniam, Orfi took on compatriot Nada Abbas in the quarter finals. She fell behind after losing the first game, but battled back to win in four to keep her incredible unbeaten run going, with the 15-year-old now having won 16 matches in a row.

“I am really happy that I won. It is the first time playing her and in the beginning, I was bit.. Not so confident, and my shots weren’t going that well. It is my first day on the glass court as well so it was a bit different,” Orfi said after the win.

Mohamed ElSherbini

Elsewhere, Egypt's Mohamed ElSherbini got the better of compatriot and No.4 seed Omar Mosaad in a tense clash to reach his first PSA World Tour semi-final in over three years, since making the final of the Motor City Open in 2020.

The Squash On Fire Open continues on Saturday, February 25 with the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Bronze level event. Play starts at 13:00 (GMT -5), with all the action being streamed live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
Round 2

Top Seeds Crouin and Ghosal Survive Five-Game Scares To Reach Squash On Fire Open Quarter Finals

France’s Victor Crouin and India’s Saurav Ghosal both had to battle through tough five-game contests to reach the quarter finals of the PSA World Tour Bronze level Squash On Fire Open, getting the better of the USA’s Timothy Brownell and England’s Nathan Lake, respectively.

Crouin, the top seed for the men’s event, took the lead twice in his clash with Brownell, but saw the American fight back on both occasions. The World No.10 eventually got the job done, winning the fifth 11-5. In the last match of the night, Ghosal found himself two games down against Lake, but was able to fight back brilliantly to win in a tie-break in the fifth 13-11, after a high-octane 86-minute contest.

Elsewhere, there were surprise wins for Hong Kong’s Tsz Kwan Lau and Egypt’s Mohamed ElSherbini in the men’s event, while wildcard Amina Orfi, along with England’s Katie Malliff and Egypt’s Sana Ibrahim, continued her run at the PSA World Tour Bronze level competition.

The Squash On Fire Open continues in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 24 with the quarter finals. The action gets underway at 12:00 (GMT -5) and all eight matches will be streamed live and free on the PSA World Tour website.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected PSA Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
Round 1

Wildcard Orfi Among Victors

Amina Orfi in action in her first round match at the Squash On Fire Open
Amina Orfi in action in her first round match at the Squash On Fire Open

15-year-old wildcard Amina Orfi was among those to win in the evening session of day one at the Squash On Fire Open in Washington, D.C.

The Egyptian secured her place in the main draw of the Bronze level competition after winning the Wildcard Challenge at the weekend. After winning her first three Challenger Tour events, she claimed her maiden PSA World Tour match win on Wednesday evening, beating England’s Lucy Beecroft in straight games.

“I am so happy. I prepared for this match so well and I was just playing so confidently. I thought that there was nothing to lose and I just wanted to play well,” Orfi said.

Compatriot Jana Shiha also continued her good form, recording a comfortable 3-0 victory over Ineta Mackevica. The Latvian, who calls Squash On Fire home, had the crowd behind her, but Shiha was able to drown out the noise to win 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 to move through to the last 16 of the competition.

There were also wins for England’s Grace Gear and Frenchwoman Marie Stephan in the women’s event on Wednesday evening. Gear caused an upset, knocking out Canadian Nicole Bunyan, while Stephan fought past Finnish No.1 Emilia Soini in four games.

In the men’s draw, former World No.1 James Willstrop was in true ‘showman’ mode, as he got the better of wildcard Timothy Lasusa to move into the second round. The pair put on a show for the crowd in Washington, D.C., with Willstrop running away with it in the third game.

James Willstrop (right) in action against Timothy Lasusa (left)

“That was a lot of fun. He had some nice skills and we had a couple of nice exchanges down the right, with a few holds. It was a good match to have and good to be out there again,” Willstrop said.

Fellow Englishman Nathan Lake was also among the quartet of men to advance through to the last 16 on Wednesday evening. Egypt’s Mohamed ElSherbini and Karim El Hammamy also booked their second round places with four-game victories on the opening day.

The Squash on Fire Open continues tomorrow with play beginning at 12:00 (GMT -5). Matches will be streamed live on the PSA World Tour website.

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

Parker Withdraws From Upcoming Squash On Fire Open

George Parker in action at the Open de France de Nantes in September 2022

England’s George Parker has withdrawn from the upcoming Squash On Fire Open due to an ongoing injury issue.

The Englishman, who had already withdrawn from three events in the early part of 2023, including the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, is now set to miss the PSA World Tour Bronze level event in Washington, D.C. from February 22-26.

Parker was set to be the No.7 seed for the tournament, but due to his withdrawal, Spanish No.1 Iker Pajares Bernabeu moves into the top eight seeds and receives a bye through the opening day’s action.

The leading American on home soil, Faraz Khan, moves into the 9/16 seeding bracket and he will now face Hong Kong’s Tsz Kwan Lau in the first round. Colombia’s Juan Camilo Vargas is the recipient of the free spot in the draw, and the World No.59 will take on England’s Nathan Lake on the opening day.

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

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