17 Jan 2019

EMILIA SOINI EARNS WILD CARD SPOT FOR TOC


Brooklyn-based Finn, Emilia Soini, will make her debut in the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions main draw after upsetting higher-ranked Canadian Nicole Bunyan in the women’s wild card playoff final Monday night at the Yale Club in New York City.

Soini, who serves as a teaching professional at Brooklyn’s Eastern Athletic Club, advanced to Monday’s final following a semifinal victory over New York City-based U19 junior Olivia Robinson Sunday evening to set up the final clash against top-seeded Bunyan, a teaching professional at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

The Finnish international’s shot-making was in fine form in the first game, where Soini sped to an 11-5 advantage. Soini earned a 6-2 lead in the second game, but Bunyan fought back to level the score at 9-all, at which point Soini edged the game 11-9 to go up 2-0.

Bunyan, a Princeton graduate, bounced back in the the third game, pulling away from 8-all to earn the game 11-9. Soini appeared to be on the brink of swiftly clinching the match in the fourth, up 8-2, but the Canadian came back to fight off two match balls—nearly forcing a tie-breaker at 10-9when Soini slotted a precise backhand winner to clinch the match 11-9 after thirty-four minutes.

“We played last season in the New York pro league and I lost in five, so I knew I had a chance, but at the same time I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Soini said. “I was happy to get the lead and keep it. Sometimes when I get ahead, I’ll get nervous and let it slip. I had a tough loss in December at home in Finland; I was up 2-1 against the No. 1 seed and 10-8 up in the fourth, and then I lost the match. So up 10-7 in the fourth here, I was telling myself ‘not this time.”

Soini—a native of Espoo, Finland, and three-time Finnish national champion—has been based in New York City for four years as a teaching and touring professional. The twenty-three-year-old was ranked as high as world No. 66 in 2017.

“It basically feels like I’m playing at home,” Soini said. “For the last few years I’ve been watching all of the ToC matches on SquashTV or in person. I took a picture of the glass court and made it my phone’s wallpaper, which always reminds me that it’s the goal and the dream to play in the main draw of this tournament. Special thanks to my coach Wael El Hindi, I wouldn’t even be in this playoff if it wasn’t for him.”

Soini will face Egypt’s world No. 17 Hania El Hamammy at New York Athletic Club in the first round Friday, January 18, at 7pm local time. Soini, world No. 85, previously competed in ToC qualifying once in 2017, where El Hamammy defeated her in three games.

“Hania’s a good friend of mine,” Soini said. “I helped her when she played the Carol Weymuller in Brooklyn. Last time I was helping her, but now I’m trying to beat her.”

The Tournament of Champions starts on Wednesday, with the men’s draw getting underway. The women’s draw gets started on Friday.

Home Favourite Harrity Prevails on Day One of J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions

The opening day of action at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions saw men’s United States No.1 Todd Harrity beat Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip to book his place in round two as the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament got under way at New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

It was the first time since 1992 that a trio of American men had competed on the same night at the Tournament of Champions, with World No.48 Harrity, World No.63 Chris Hanson and World No.294 Timothy Brownell all appearing under the chandeliers of the stunning Vanderbilt Hall.

Harrity was backed on by a partizan crowd in New York and the 28-year-old from Wayne rose to the occasion as he came back from a game down to earn an a 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 victory - securing his place in the second round of this tournament for the first time in his career.

“It’s great after all these years, to finally win on this stage, I am just overjoyed by it," said Harrity, who will play World No.7 Paul Coll in the next round.

“In previous years I have just been so excited, so I come out with my heart racing, sort of a deer in the headlights with sensory overload. I don’t kind of feel like playing the match.

“I had some tactics to keep him in the back. He likes loose, random stuff, so I tried to keep it disciplined and I was having to go for chances. More than anything, I wanted to relax and just have a good, rich experience on court."

Hanson, meanwhile, came up against former World No.3 Omar Mosaad and caused the Egyptian a number of problems throughout the 46-minute encounter, but Mosaad came through to take the win in straight games.

"This kind of match is stressful for me because he played in front of his home crowd," said Mosaad.

"I just tried to focus, especially in the second game because I wanted to finish in three. I am training hard, really hard, and I think I did a good job."

Mosaad’s reward is a second round fixture with World No.6 Miguel Rodriguez, and he will look to follow up his 3-2 win over the Colombian at last month’s CIB Black Ball Open.

Brownell, who is currently attending Harvard, was appearing at this tournament for the first time in his career after winning a wildcard playoff prior to the event and he took a shock one-game lead against Egypt’s Youssef Soliman, only to eventually fall in four games.

Soliman said: "I think both of us got excited, and he was playing with his home crowd. For me it is the first time in the States, and playing in this venue is definitely exciting.

“I was so nervous inside, I was struggling to find a rhythm because he played really well.”

Elsewhere, France’s Mathieu Castagnet and England’s George Parker played out a mammoth 137-minute battle in the day’s opening match, which saw Castagnet require treatment for a cut on his eyebrow.

The pair exchanged points in a feisty affair and it was World No.27 Castagnet who held his nerve to take it 12-10 in the deciding fifth game.

“I don’t mind, even if I need the stitches, I am going to do my recovery and then tomorrow I am back on the court," said Castagnet afterwards.

"This is my job, I love the game and I want to give my best to come back. Even if I need stitches, I am going to come back for sure.”

Castagnet will play Egypt’s Fares Dessouky in the next round after the Egyptian made his return from a 14-month injury layoff with a runner-up finish at the CCI International last week.

There were also wins for the likes of France’s Gregoire Marche and Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng, who caused upsets against Germany’s Raphael Kandra and Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, respectively. Marche will pit his wits against compatriot Lucas Serme in the last 32, while Yow will go up against Egypt’s Youssef Soliman.

The second round of the men’s draw will begin on Thursday January 17 as World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and defending champion Simon Rösner get their tournaments under way. All of the action from Grand Central Terminal will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Eurosport Player) from 12:00 (GMT-5).

The Tournament of Champions will also feature a women’s tournament, which takes place January 18-24.

Results - Men’s First Round: 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0: 13-11, 11-5, 11-8 (36m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (34m)
Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 (50m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 12-10, 11-9, 11-6 (46m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (42m)
Joel Makin (WAL) bt Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-1: 11-3, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10 (58m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-2: 9-11, 15-13, 12-10, 6-11, 12-10 (137m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (44m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-1: 10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Declan James (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 4-11, 13-11, 11-3 (78m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (36m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-1: 11-4, 11-4, 4-11, 11-9 (59m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [WC] Chris Hanson (USA) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (46m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-1: 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 (43m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-2: 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 4-11, 11-5 (90m)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [WC] Timothy Brownell (USA) 3-1: 6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 (61m)

Draw - Men’s Second Round (Top Half): To Be Played January 17th
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v Zahed Salem (EGY)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Tom Richards (ENG)
Diego Elias (PER) v [5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Joel Makin (WAL)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Max Lee (HKG)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [3] Simon Rösner (GER)

Draw - Men’s Second Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played January 18th
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)

Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Lucas Serme (FRA)
Greg Lobban (SCO) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
[7] Paul Coll (NZL) v Todd Harrity (USA)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Campbell Grayson (NZL)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v Youssef Soliman (EGY)
James Willstrop v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

16 Jan 2019

PSA Sign Partnership with Squash Pro Shop, Inc


The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have signed a partnership with Chicago-based retailer Squash Pro Shop, Inc which will see them become the PSA’s Official North American Retailer.

As part of the agreement, Squash Pro Shop will also be the Official Retailer of the sport’s first $1 million tournament - the 2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family - which takes place this year at Chicago’s Union Station between February 23 and March 2.

"We are delighted to sign this partnership with Squash Pro Shop and believe that this will help to further establish the PSA in North America," said PSA Chief Commercial Officer Tommy Berden.

"With the World Championships taking place in Chicago five times in the next decade, we were looking for a local retail partner with continental reach and Squash Pro Shop fitted the bill perfectly. We are looking forward to working with them to enhance the event experience at the sport’s premier tournament next month and increasing the profile of the PSA and our brand partners - such as Dunlop and Salming - amongst a larger audience in North America.”

Squash Pro Shop Founder and Chief Executive, Anil Gidwaney, said: "We are pleased to sign this agreement with the PSA.  There will be many branding and marketing opportunities in this agreement to make Squash Pro Shop a more global brand. The agreement with the PSA and our recent acquisition of online squash retailer Hutkay.fit will help grow our business in the US and the rest of the world. We will also have a booth to sell equipment at the 2018/2019 PSA World Championships."

For more information, visit the Squash Pro Shop website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About PSA
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) is the global governing body responsible for the administration of both men’s and women’s professional squash around the world. With over 900 registered players and more than 200 events taking place around the globe every year, the PSA World Tour and the PSA Challenger Tour – both managed and run by the PSA – showcases the game of squash at its highest level in some of the world’s most unique and stunning locations. Encapsulating all that is good about top flight professional squash and combining athleticism, skill, fitness, tenacity, power, drama and above all else, passion, the PSA World Tour is the pinnacle of world squash, while the PSA Challenger Tour will provide a platform for the world's most exciting up-and-coming players to cut their teeth on the professional circuit against some of squash's most experienced professionals.

About Squash Pro Shop

Squash Pro Shop, Inc is founded and owned by Anil Gidwaney, a PSA Level 1 certified squash professional. Anil was born in Madrid, Spain and has lived and played squash in Hong Kong, Japan, India, France and the United States.

Squash Pro Shop sells a full range of squash equipment including rackets, shoes, balls, bags, apparel and accessories.  Squash Pro Shop is an authorized dealer for all the major squash brands.

El Sherbini Praises ‘Unique’ J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions

Two-time J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions winner Nour El Sherbini says that she is looking forward to appearing at one of the most unique locations on the PSA Tour as she begins her title defence later this week at New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

Held under the chandeliers of Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall, the Tournament of Champions is one of the most illustrious tournaments on the PSA Tour and El Sherbini has enjoyed great success in New York, lifting silverware in both 2016 and 2018.

No woman has won the coveted title on more than two occasions and the 23-year-old is eager to make history and have her name etched onto the trophy yet again.

"The ToC is [one of] the most prestigious tournaments and I’m looking forward to playing again in this wonderful venue," said World No.2 El Sherbini.

"It’s amazing playing in Grand Central. You can see the people everywhere, we need more tournaments with unique venues like the ToC. I can’t wait for this year.

"It’s a huge achievement for me to win it twice, but I would still love to add my name at least one more time."

El Sherbini will be making her first appearance on the PSA Tour since losing the World No.1 ranking to fellow Egyptian Raneem El Welily - ending a 31-month spell atop the World Rankings.

The two-time World Champion will be unable to regain the top spot in New York, such is El Welily’s points lead at the summit of the rankings. However, with El Welily winning two out of four PSA tournaments so far this season, the younger Egyptian is determined to keep pace as she aims to reclaim the No.1 ranking.

"Of course, it [losing the World No.1 ranking] motivates me to regroup and train hard for the second half of the season," she said.

"I will do my best to get the No.1 spot back. I need to focus more and be more motivated for as long as I can to prove that I really deserved to be No.1 for 31 months."

El Sherbini has a bye into round two and will play either Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy or a pre-qualifier for a place in the third round. She is seeded to meet last year’s runner-up Nour El Tayeb in the semi-finals.

El Welily, meanwhile, will play either Mariam Metwally or Ho Tze-Lok in the last 32 and is predicted to face New Zealand’s World No.4 Joelle King in the semis.

The women’s event takes place between January 18-24, while a men’s tournament, featuring defending champion Simon Rösner, World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez, among others, begins on January 16.

This year's Tournament of Champions is the second most lucrative tournament on the PSA Tour during the 2018/19 season and features a $360,000 prize purse, which is split equally between the men’s and women’s tournament.

More information on the event can be found by following the tournament on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the tournament website.
Tickets start from $10 and can be purchased here.

15 Jan 2019

4th HEADWATERS SQUASH ACADEMY LADDER TOURNAMENT FINAL UPDATE.



VENUE: Police college squash club,GRA Ikeja Lagos.
DATE:  29th Dec 2018 - 6th Jan 2019.
STRENGTH 25 players.
7 playing days

187 GAMES
Day 1.  34games
Day 2.  29games
Day 3.   6games
Day 4.   26games
Day 5.   32games
Day 6.   39games
Day 7.   21games.

Overall best player
Desmond Iguodala-96pts
Runner-up/ U-16 winner
Clinton Iguodala--94pts

U-19 winner
Tosin Bejide------86pts

U-15 winner
Joseph Eniafoghe-79pts
U-13 winner

Anthony Monday--64pts
U-10 winner 
Friday Daniel-----53pts.

Female winner
Leona Iyelih  -----23pts. 

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WATCH LIVE ACTION FROM THE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS


World class squash returns to New York for the first PSA Platinum event of 2019 – the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions between January 16-24 with action shown LIVE on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and DAZN (Japan only).

The tournament will see the best players in the world battle it out for the PSA men’s and women’s Platinum title in one of the most iconic venues on the PSA World Tour – New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

World No.1 and top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy will face tough competition from the likes of compatriot and World No.2 Ali Farag, defending champion Germany’s Simon Rösner and World No.4 Tarek Momen, who claimed the CCI International title over the weekend.

Rösner enjoyed the biggest PSA title victory of his career last year when he defeated Egypt’s Momen to claim the first Platinum title of his career and will be hoping to repeat that same feat under the chandeliers of the Vanderbilt Hall inside Grand Central Station.

There could also be a battle for the World No.1 spot in New York – if Farag was to win the title and ElShorbagy went out at the semi-final stage or earlier then Farag would become the new World No.1 in next month’s World Rankings.

Meanwhile in the women’s event, World No.1 and reigning World Champion Raneem El Welily leads the draw and will face tough competition from the likes of defending champion Nour El Sherbini, compatriot Nour El Tayeb along with France’s Camille Serme and home hero Amanda Sobhy.

El Sherbini defeated compatriot El Tayeb in last year’s thrilling final which went all the way to five games. However, El Welily leads the draw this time around and will be hoping to add to her 2015 title triumph when she competes in New York this time around.

However, the Egyptian will first have to navigate a tough side of the draw which includes New Zealand’s Joelle King – who defeated El Welily in the final of the last women’s Platinum tournament at the Hong Kong Open.

Coverage starts at 12:00 local time (UTC-5) when England’s George Parker faces France’s Matheiu Castagnet. The women’s draw will begin two days later on Friday January 18.

SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player & DAZN Schedule: January 2019 – June 2019
J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions: January 16-24
2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family: February 23 – March 2
Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic: March 10-15
Black Ball Squash Open: March 11-15
Grasshopper Cup: March 26-31
DPD Open: April 9-14
El Gouna International Squash Open: April 17-26
European Team Championships: May 1-4 (SQUASHTV only)
Manchester Open: May 9-13
Allam British Open: May 20-26
PSA World Tour Finals: June 18-22 (Provisional dates, subject to change)

Fans based outside of Europe can subscribe to SQUASHTV here.

For fans living in Europe, subscriptions must be made to Eurosport Player.

Early rounds are exclusive to SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player only. Semi-finals and finals from World Series tournaments, the World Championships and selected other tournaments will be shown on SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player and multiple broadcasters around the world..

LIVE SQUASH - STILL TO COME IN THE 2018/19 SEASON



The first half of the 2018/19 PSA Tour season has thrown up some incredible moments so far – and there is still much more to come, starting with next week’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

The world’s greatest players will head to New York’s Grand Central Terminal to compete for one of the most coveted titles in squash between January 16-24 – and the SQUASHTV cameras will be there to capture the action.

The sport’s pinnacle tournament – the 2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family – takes place at the end of February and will see players battle it out for a record $1 million prize purse.

March will usher in a bumper month of live squash action, with the Citigold Canary Wharf Classic, Black Ball Open and Grasshopper Cup showcasing top-class squash from London, Egypt and Switzerland.

The SQUASHTV cameras will then head to Eindhoven for the DPD Open, before arriving on Egypt’s Red Sea for the El Gouna International.

The European Team Championships will be available for FREE to SQUASHTV digital subscribers between May 1-4 before the Manchester Open showcases the world’s best female squash players.

Rounding off the season’s live coverage is the Allam British Open – which takes place at the University of Hull between May 20-26 – and the PSA World Tour Finals, which will bring the curtain down on the 2018/19 season in June.

Squash fans outside of Europe and Japan can keep up to date with all the action on SQUASHTV. European fans can watch via Eurosport Player while DAZN is the home of live squash in Japan.

SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player & DAZN Schedule: January 2019 – June 2019
J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions: January 16-24
2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family: February 23 – March 2
Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic: March 10-15
Black Ball Squash Open: March 11-15
Grasshopper Cup: March 26-31
DPD Open: April 9-14
El Gouna International Squash Open: April 17-26
European Team Championships: May 1-4 (SQUASHTV only)
Manchester Open: May 9-13
Allam British Open: May 20-26
PSA World Tour Finals: June 18-22 (Provisional dates, subject to change)

$1Million BATTLE:PSA World Championships Set for Blockbuster Battles as Draws are Released

This is the highest in the sport's history, so encouraging.
Ashour - who is yet to play this season due to a knee injury - will play Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly in round one. The artist is always starting tough as usual.....

The draws for the 2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family have been announced today, with some blockbuster fixtures in store at Chicago’s Union Station between February 23 - March 2.

128 of the world’s greatest male and female squash players will descend on Chicago for the most prestigious title in squash as they battle for a record prize purse of $1 million, which is the highest in the sport’s history.

Defending men’s champion and current World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy has been drawn against England’s Joshua Masters in round one and is featured on the same side of the draw as three-time winner Ramy Ashour.

ElShorbagy and Ashour contested both the 2012 and 2014 finals - both of which are regarded as two of the greatest squash matches of all time - and could potentially meet in the semi-finals.

Ashour - who is yet to play this season due to a knee injury - will play Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly in round one. The Egyptian is unseeded for the first time since the 2006 World Championships and will look to replicate his incredible title victory in 2014, where he came back from a six-month spell on the sidelines to lift the iconic trophy.

World No.2 Ali Farag is seeded on the opposite side of the draw as fellow Egyptians ElShorbagy and Ashour and he will take on England’s Daryl Selby in round one. Farag has the likes of Peru’s Diego Elias and New Zealand’s Paul Coll in his path to the final, while he is predicted to play World No.3 Simon Rösner in the semi-finals.

Reigning women’s World Champion Raneem El Welily begins her tournament against South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller as she bids to continue her strong start to the season, which has seen her take two PSA titles so far.

The 30-year-old was thwarted in the final of this tournament in 2014 and 2016, but finally got her hands on the trophy in December 2017 courtesy of a 3-1 victory against two-time winner Nour El Sherbini in Manchester.

12 months later, El Welily ended El Sherbini’s 31-month reign at World No.1 and the Egyptian duo - who contested six PSA finals last season - are seeded to do battle in the title decider once again.

El Welily is predicted to meet World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the semi-finals, but El Tayeb must come through a difficult draw which contains 2013 World Champion Laura Massaro if she is to play to her seeding.

Meanwhile, El Sherbini begins her tournament against Satomi Watanabe of Japan and is predicted to play United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy in a mouthwatering third round fixture.

Eight-time World Champion Nicol David will be looking to add to her record haul but is seeded to play World No.5 Camille Serme as early as the third round. The Malaysian will need to end a two-match losing streak to the French player if she is to progress into the latter rounds.

New Zealand’s Joelle King will also be one of the frontrunners for the women’s title. The World No.4 claimed her first PSA Platinum title in November’s Hong Kong Open and is seeded to go head-to-head with El Sherbini for a place in the final.

In addition to prize winnings totalling over $72,000, the winner of the World Championships will also qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals, which pits together the reigning World Champions and all seven PSA World Tour Platinum winners.

The 2018/19 PSA World Championships will take place at Chicago’s Union Station, while matches from rounds one and two will also be held at MetroSquash and the University Club of Chicago.

Matches from Union Station will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and finals will also be shown live on mainstream broadcast channels around the world, including BT Sport, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

Tickets are priced from $30 and are available for purchase on Ticketmaster.

For more information on the 2018/19 PSA World Championships, follow the tournament on Twitter, Facebook or the event's website.

2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family – Men’s Draw
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Joshua Masters (ENG)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Arturo Salazar (MEX)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) v Nathan Lake (ENG)
Leo Au (HKG) v [15] Raphael Kandra (GER)
[16] James Willstrop (ENG) v Ivan Yuen (MAS)
Tayyab Aslam (PAK) v Victor Crouin (FRA)
Alan Clyne (SCO) v Daniel Mekbib (CZE)
[Pre-Qualifier] v [6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
[8] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Greg Lobban (SCO)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [14] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[9] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Declan James (ENG)
Shahjahan Khan (PAK) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
Tom Richards (ENG) v George Parker (ENG)
Todd Harrity (USA) v [4] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[3] Simon Rösner (GER) v Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Vikram Malhotra (IND) v Richie Fallows (ENG)
Borja Golan (ESP) v Rex Hedrick (AUS)
Ben Coleman (ENG) v [12] Max Lee (HKG)
[11] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v Lucas Serme (FRA)
Joel Makin (WAL) v Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) v [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
[7] Paul Coll (NZL) v Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
Christopher Binnie (JAM) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Mohamed Reda (EGY) v Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v [13] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
[10] Diego Elias (PER) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
Zahed Salem (EGY) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v Mostafa Asal (EGY)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family – Women’s Draw
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
Lee Ka Yi (HKG) v [17] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
[26] Nadine Shahin (EGY) v Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) v [9] Alison Waters (ENG)
[15] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
Anna Serme (CZE) v [21] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[25] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v Lucy Turmel (ENG)
Menna Hamed (EGY) v [8] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[7] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
Coline Aumard (FRA) v [28] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[30] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
Nikki Todd (CAN) v [12] Annie Au (HKG)
[16] Salma Hany (EGY) v Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)
Melissa Alves (FRA) v [29] Samantha Cornett (CAN)
[31] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Haley Mendez (USA)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) v [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) v Heba El Torky (EGY)
Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) v [23] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[18] Joey Chan (HKG) v Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
Ineta Mackevica (LAT) v [14] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[13] Nicol David (MAS) v [Pre-Qualifier]
Olivia Fiechter (USA) v [24] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[27] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Lisa Aitken (SCO)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [5] Camille Serme (FRA)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Vanessa Chu (HKG)
Enora Villard (FRA) v [20] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[32] Nada Abbas (EGY) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) v [10] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[11] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Julianne Courtice (ENG)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [19] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA)
[22] Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Christine Nunn (AUS)
Satomi Watanabe (JPN) v [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)

14 Jan 2019

Egypt’s Tarek Momen wins thrilling final against Dessouky to clinch CCI International title

Squash: Egypt’s Tarek Momen wins thrilling final against Dessouky to clinch CCI International title
Top seed and world number four Tarek Momen on Saturday clinched the title in the $70,000 CCI International JSW Indian Squash Circuit in Mumbai after subduing fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouky 3-2 in a pulsating final.

Momen got the better of his fourth-seeded compatriot after a prolonged battle lasting 80 minutes, coming out triumphant with a 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-7 scoreline.

The title-triumph fetched Momen, who had beaten India’s Ramit Tandon in the semi final on Friday, USD 12,183, while Dessouky, who has returned to pro squash after a 14-month absence due to a knee injury, received the runner-up prize of USD 7,695.

Dessouky, who overcame Englishman and former world number 1 James Willstrop in the other semi final, fought tooth and nail against the fancied Momen, but the latter held off his challenge with determination to emerge champion.

Momen, in fact, saved three game-balls in the fourth game to catch his rival at 10-all before Dessauky, whose career highest ranking was 8, clinched it over extra points.

The top seed, however, took a handy 7-4 lead in the deciding game and then controlled things well to take it and the match at the Cricket Club of India.

Lagos squash association focuses on grassroots development


Tomi Falase, Chairman, Lagos state Squash Association, on Sunday said that the association’s focus would be mainly on grassroots development of the sport this year. Squash Falase said in Lagos that the development of squash at the professional level was hinged on its growth at the grassroots. He said that the grassroots development of the game was aimed at its long-term goal.
“Our focus is to ensure that we as a body do our utmost best to ensure that we have a sustainable grassroots developmental programme that will ensure that we catch them young. “It is important that we focus on that cadre at the moment so that we do not suffer a drought of top class players in years to come. “We want to ensure continuity and a seamless transition of players from one level to another,’’ the chairman said. Falase, however, noted that in as much as the association was concerned about the grassroots development, periodic training and assessment would also be important for coaches. “We understand the fact that a player is as good as his or her coach, therefore, we intend to re-educate and also reorientate the custodians of these young players. “The truth is that we have very talented coaches here and sincerely we appreciate what they have done so far for Lagos State, but we definitely can do more as a family,’’ he said. The chairman also said that because of the forthcoming 2019 elections, the associations’ programmes would kick-off at the end of the first quarter. “Our programme is ready, though we are not ready to let the cat out of the bag yet, but by ending of March, when the election must have being winding up, we will start our programmes. “A little diversion from what we had last year is that we are including a lot of junior championships, we are still deliberating on the time frame,” Falase said. He urged parents and guardians to ensure that their children and wards choose a vocation like playing the game because of the discipline the sport instills in the players. (NAN)


Pakistan Squash team off to Thailand


Pakistan junior squash team reached Thailand for participation in 19th Asian Junior Squash Team Championship, being held at Pattaya (Thailand) from 16 to 20. Pakistan team comprised Abbas Zeb, Haris Qasim, Farhan Hashmi and Muhammad Hamza Khan. Group Captain Tahir Sultan and Hussain Ohwani would accompany the team as Managers and Fazal Shah is nominated as coach. A group of 13 teams from Asia have confirmed their participation in the Championship. The participating teams have been divided into four pools. Pakistan team has been seeded No 1 and is placed in Pool-A with Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipie. Malaysia, Japan and China are placed in Pool-B whereas Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuwait have been included in Pool-C. The Pool-D comprises of India, Korea, Iraq and Thailand.

12 Jan 2019

Defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy heads Canary Wharf Squash Classic draw


World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy will return to London’s stunning East Wintergarden between March 10-15 as he aims to defend his Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic title.

ElShorbagy, the reigning men’s World Champion, prevailed in a marathon five-game battle with compatriot Tarek Momen in last year’s final to mark his first appearance at the tournament in five years and the pair will once again return to battle for the PSA World Tour Gold title in March.

A top-class draw will compete for the prestigious title, including Germany’s World No.3 Simon Rösner and New Zealand’s World No.7 Paul Coll, the latter of whom reached the semi-finals of this tournament in 2016.

Also involved is World No.8 Marwan ElShorbagy, Hong Kong’s Max Lee, Egypt’s Fares Dessouky and Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly, who complete the top eight seedings.

England No.1 James Willstrop heads up the home interest and will look to add to his four Canary Wharf Classic titles, with the most recent of those coming in 2013.

The 35-year-old will be joined by fellow Englishmen Daryl Selby, Tom Richards, Declan James and rising Yorkshireman Sam Todd. Todd takes the wildcard spot and the 15-year-old will look to build on a runner-up finish at the British Junior Open last week.

A best-of-three games scoring format will be trialled at the tournament for a second year in succession. First round, second round and quarter-final matches will be played using the format, while the semi-finals and finals will revert to the traditional best-of-five games scoring.

Tickets are now sold out, but action from every match will be shown live on Eurosport Player.

SPO-SQUASH-MANGAONKAR


Tandon in semis, but Mangonkar knocked out
    Mumbai, Jan 10 (PTI) National champion Mahesh
Mangaonkar was knocked out of the USD 70,000 CCI International
JSW Indian Squash Circuit by former world number one James
Willstrop of England here Thursday.
    World no. 66 Mangaonkar gave Willstrop, seeded fifth
in the tournament with a current world ranking of 16, some
tough time before going down in the quarter-finals in four
games, 3-11, 16-18, 11-8, 9-11 after a prolonged fight for
supremacy lasting 67 minutes.
    Mangaonkar's exit meant that only 26-year-old former
junior national champion Ramit Tandon from India is left in
the semi-final draw.
    Tandon, ranked 68th in the world, entered the last
four for the second successive time in the PSA event when
defending champion and world no. 12 Saurav Ghosal pulled out
from their quarter-final match due to a calf injury that he
had sustained Wednesday.
    The third-seeded former multiple-time national
champion and the tournaments third seed had secured a 3-1 win
over Egypts Mohamed Reda on way to the last eight Wednesday
night.
    But the victory became bitter-sweet as Ghosal couldnt
continue in the tournament and withdrew from the draw.
    The Kolkata-based Tandon thus gained a walkover and a
place in the semi-finals andagainst the no. 1 seed Tarek
Momen of Egypt.
    Momen, the world no. 4, quelled the strong challenge
from Spains Iker Pajares Bernabeu after a 65-minute battle.
The former won 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7 in the quarter-final.
PTI SSR
RSY RSY

11 Jan 2019

World No.1 ElShorbagy to Defend Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic Crown


World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy will return to London’s stunning East Wintergarden between March 10-15 as he aims to defend his Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic title.

ElShorbagy, the reigning men’s World Champion, prevailed in a marathon five-game battle with compatriot Tarek Momen in last year’s final to mark his first appearance at the tournament in five years and the pair will once again return to battle for the PSA World Tour Gold title in March.

A top-class draw will compete for the prestigious title, including Germany’s World No.3 Simon Rösner and New Zealand’s World No.7 Paul Coll, the latter of whom reached the semi-finals of this tournament in 2016.

Also involved is World No.8 Marwan ElShorbagy, Hong Kong’s Max Lee, Egypt’s Fares Dessouky and Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly, who complete the top eight seedings.

England No.1 James Willstrop heads up the home interest and will look to add to his four Canary Wharf Classic titles, with the most recent of those coming in 2013.

The 35-year-old will be joined by fellow Englishmen Daryl Selby, Tom Richards, Declan James and rising Yorkshireman Sam Todd. Todd takes the wildcard spot and the 15-year-old will look to build on a runner-up finish at the British Junior Open last week.

FX Counsellor and Captain of the Citi ‘A’ squash team in the Citigold Wealth Management Corporate Squash Challenge, Alex O’Mahony, said: "We are really looking forward to watching such a strong line-up compete for the title and are proud to be sponsoring the prestigious Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic."

A best-of-three games scoring format will be trialled at the tournament for a second year in succession. First round, second round and quarter-final matches will be played using the format, while the semi-finals and finals will revert to the traditional best-of-five games scoring.

More information on the Citigold Canary Wharf Classic can be found on the tournament website or by following the event on Twitter.

Tickets are now sold out, but action from every match will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player. The semi-finals and final will also be broadcast on BT Sport, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and more.

2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic - Entry List
1) Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2) Simon Rösner (GER)
3) Tarek Momen (EGY)
4) Paul Coll (NZL)
5) Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
6) Max Lee (HKG)
7) Fares Dessouky (EGY)
8) Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
9) Raphael Kandra (GER)
10) James Willstrop (ENG)
11) Omar Mosaad (EGY)
12) Daryl Selby (ENG)
13) Tom Richards (ENG)
14) Declan James (ENG)
15) Joel Makin (WAL)
16) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
17) Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
18) Cameron Pilley (AUS)
19) Greg Lobban (SCO)
20) Gregoire Marche (FRA)
21) Borja Golan (ESP)
22) George Parker (ENG)
23) Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Wildcard) Sam Todd (ENG)

US Star Sobhy ‘Back at Full Force’ Ahead of J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions


United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy will return to New York’s Grand Central Terminal next week as she competes for the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, PSA Platinum title - and the 25-year-old says she’s back at full fitness as she aims to become the first American-born player ever to win the famous trophy.

Harvard-graduate Sobhy made her comeback from a ruptured achilles at this tournament last January after a 10-month absence and spent much of 2018 working her way back up the rankings having dropped from a career-high World No.6 ranking to No.28.



Sobhy, who now sits at No.11 in the world, says that she is back to her best this time around and is hoping that some strong performances in New York will help her break back into the top 10.



"Making my PSA debut at the Tournament of Champions last year after being out for 10 months was an emotional rollercoaster for me," said Boston-based Sobhy.



"It was a combo of extreme happiness and joy to be back playing again and doing what I love. [It went from having] a ton of nerves, doubt, and fear of being out for so long and whether or not I’d be able to perform at that top level again, to finally just wanting to cry because of everything I went through and how hard me and my team worked to get me back playing at the professional level again. It was a lot.



"The biggest challenge was getting over the fear of injuring myself again or the mental fear of going all out in the movement that ruptured my achilles. It’s always something I will need to address, whether it’s physically paying more attention to my left leg or mentally getting over the trauma of the injury, but the more I play, the easier it gets.



"I’ve definitely set some goals for myself this year since now I am no longer testing out the waters and regaining the confidence. I am back in full force and looking to get back in the single digits this year and cause some upsets. It should be a good time."



Sobhy reached the final of this tournament in 2016 - losing to World No.2 Nour El Sherbini in the final - and she is hoping that a partizan home crowd will help inspire her to even greater heights this time around.



"Starting the year off with my favourite tournament on tour is always exciting for me," she said.



"Not only is it in such an iconic venue, it’s also on home soil, so I love having the boisterous, rowdy New York crowd supporting me."



Sohhy receives a bye through to the last 32 and will come up against either Canada’s Samantha Cornett or Danielle Letourneau. A win there will see the American clash with 2018 runner-up Nour El Tayeb and she will look to replicate the kind of form that saw her beat the World No.3 in October’s U.S. Open.



The women’s event at the Tournament of Champions takes place between January 18-24. A men’s tournament - featuring stars such as defending champion Simon Rösner, World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez - begins two days earlier.



This year's Tournament of Champions is the second most lucrative tournament on the PSA Tour during the 2018/19 season and features a $360,000 prize purse, which is split equally between the men’s and women’s tournament.



More information on the event can be found by following the tournament

Tickets start from $10 and can be purchased here.

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