31 Aug 2016

Racketball becomes ‘Squash 57’ in Global Rebranding

Racketball becomes ‘Squash 57’ in Global Rebranding
August 30, 2016 All News, Top Stories, WSF News

Racketball, a form of squash sport played on a squash court which has grown significantly in popularity in England and has begun to take hold elsewhere, will be rebranded as Squash 57 in an initiative spearheaded by the World Squash Federation.

It was earlier this year that the WSF, in partnership with England Squash, signposted a change of name for the game, which is played with a larger ball and a shorter racket. The new name focuses on the key difference to squash – the larger ball, which has a maximum diameter of 57mm (compared with 40mm for a squash ball).

The game is a popular introduction to squash and can keep generations of players fit and active, and playing on court well into later years.

Following consultation including a questionnaire to more than 20,000 England Squash members, focus groups, and consultation with other stakeholders including international federations and equipment manufacturers, the new name has been selected.

The rebrand will ensure that the game is seen as part of the squash family, whilst also eliminating any confusion with ‘racquetball’, a primarily North American game played on much larger courts with no tin and a different type of ball.

WSF Chief Executive Andrew Shelley said: “There is no doubt that the game, already popular in England with 12,000 weekly participants, will grow to complement squash in many other countries.

“Whilst current players will doubtlessly still call Squash 57 by its old name, the change has formally been made. As it grows, Squash 57 will be seen more clearly as a discipline of squash, and may even give us greater chance of adding it to major events such as the Commonwealth and other major Games in future.”

England Squash CEO Keir Worth added: “We support the WSF’s position and hope that an increased synergy between squash and Squash 57 will broaden appeal and create a stronger playing community. We are excited to be working in partnership with the WSF and will drive Squash 57 to the widest possible audience.”

The game will become Squash 57 from 1st October.

30 Aug 2016

Gohar And Ashour Open Up Early Advantage On PSA Road To Dubai Standings

18-year-old World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar and three-time Men's World Champion Ramy Ashour have taken the first steps towards qualifying for the lucrative season-ending Dubai PSA World Series Finals after taking the honours at the first PSA World Series Tournament of the 2016/17 season - the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Finical Hong Kong Open.

Come June 2016 only the top eight players on the standings will qualify for a coveted place at the Dubai PSA World Series Finals, with every match in the PSA World Series vital in determining who gets a shot at one of the sport’s most prestigious and financially rewarding titles, and Gohar left it until the last moment to qualify for the prestigious tournament last season.

A good run at the Allam British Open, the final event on the calendar, secured her a place amongst the top eight but she began the 2016/17 season in red hot form, defeating World No.2 Laura Massaro and World No.3 Nicol David before downing US star Amanda Sobhy to take the Hong Kong crown and sit atop the Road To Dubai Standings on 100 points.

"It was such a great feeling to be in Dubai last season and be among top eight players in the world, so I'm really going to work hard this season to make sure I can qualify again," said Gohar.

"I have started very well here in Hong Kong but I will have to continue to push hard and see how it goes throughout the season."

Ashour, the 28-year-old who missed out on competing in Dubai last season despite a late charge towards the climactic event on the calendar, showed signs that he has recovered from his injury woes as he saw off compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad in a highly entertaining five-game finale in Hong Kong.

The victory means Ashour takes the maximum 100 points on offer - more than he accumulated throughout the entirety of the 2015/16 season - to top the standings after one event with 2016 Dubai PSA World Series Finals winner Gregory Gaultier and World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy both outside the top eight after surprise second round defeats last week.

The journey towards the Dubai PSA World Series Finals continues on October 8 when the Delaware Investments U.S. Open gets underway in Philadelphia. Gaultier and Massaro will be hoping to successfully defend their titles as the Road To Dubai intensifies.

The 2017 Dubai PSA World Series Finals will take place from June 5-9 at the Dubai Opera, further information can be found by visiting www.worldseriesfinals.com

Ramy Ashour (EGY)
Nouran Gohar (EGY)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
Amanda Sobhy (USA)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
Max Lee (HKG)
Nicol David (MAS)
Simon Rösner (GER)
Laura Massaro (ENG)
Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Camille Serme (FRA)
Fares Dessouky (EGY)
Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
James Willstrop (ENG)
Nour El Tayeb (EGY)

Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
Raneem El Welily (EGY)
Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
Annie Au (HKG)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Joshna Chinappa (IND)
Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
Emily Whitlock (ENG)
Tarek Momen (EGY)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
Ali Farag (EGY)
Joelle King (NZL)
Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Alison Waters (ENG)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Ho Tze-Lok (HKG)

29 Aug 2016

Egyptian Pair Gohar And Ashour Claim Hong Kong Open Crowns

There was double delight for Egyptian squash in the finals of the 2016 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open as three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour and World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar took the honours inside Hong Kong Park Sports Centre today.

In the women's final 18-year-old Gohar, who beat World No.2 Laura Massaro before ending World No.3 Nicol David's ten years of dominance at this event to reach the final, got off to a slow start against American Amanda Sobhy, quickly falling behind courtesy of a 6-11 first game that saw the Boston-based 23-year-old on fire.

But Gohar managed to lift her game and turn the match around by saving four game balls in the second game to snatch it 12-10 and from then on she was in total control, dominating the court to secure the title courtesy of a 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 win.

"I can't believe it," said a delighted Gohar.

"I was 1-0 down and 10-7 down in the second game and I was just trying to stay on court and not be beaten 3-0 in the final.

"I tried to fight for every point and it paid off in the end. Raneem [El Welily], my mum and my coach, gave me a game-plan but I couldn't execute it on court in the first game.

"But I managed to change it up and push myself - I told myself it is a final and you have to give everything to win and I'm so happy to win - it's an amazing feeling to win a World Series tournament."

In the men's finale 28-year-old Ashour looked to have put his recent injury demons to bed as he came through a highly competitive and entertaining five-game battle with compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad, the World No.8 who was competing in his first ever PSA World Series tournament final.

2010 and 2012 champion Ashour has endured an injury-plagued two years on Tour, with repeated hamstring difficulties restricting him to competing in only a dozen events, but he looked to be back to his unpredictable best during a 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 win that saw him string together spell-binding runs.

"It feels great to win here and winning the title means so much to me," said Ashour.

"I played a very tough opponent today. Karim's very smart and fluid on court so it is not easy to beat him and he's actually one of my favourite players on Tour. It was a collaboration of ideas to get past him but I thought it was a great show and I think we both enjoyed it

"It's been tough journey for me to get here but I've always wanted it so much. I feel empty without squash - playing fulfils everything inside me. I appreciate being able to play and to lunge without pain is such a blessing - I'll do whatever it takes to keep being the best I can be.

"I have so many people to thank - my parents, coaches, physio, promoters, sponsors, doctors, lawyers and fans - they've all helped me get to where I am now."

2016 Hong Kong Open – Women's Final
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [7] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-1: 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (43m)

2016 Hong Kong Open – Men's Final
Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 (75m)

The victory sees Ashour and Gohar open up an early lead on the PSA Road To Dubai as the race to qualify for the season-ending Dubai World Series Finals gets underway.

The duo collected 100 points each to top the standings after the first PSA World Series tournament of the season and take the first step towards securing a place at the lucrative event that will take place in the Dubai Opera in June.
More pics after the cut

28 Aug 2016

Ramy, Nourah wins HK Squash Open

Told ye all the artist is back...
Ramy Ashour is the 2016 men's HK Squash open champion,same in 2010 & 2012
The champ speech after his victory: it depends how much you want it and i've always wanted it so much. I'll keep doing whatever it takes to be the best i can be.
Ramy Ashour 3-2 Karim Gawad (11-9,8-11,11-6,5-11,11-6)


Nouran Gohar is the new HK Champion
Nouran(Egy)3-1 Amanda Sobhy(usa) (6-11,12-10,11-7,11-7)


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27 Aug 2016

18-Year-Old Gohar Ends David's 10 Year Hong Kong Reign -semi Result update

18-year-old World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar followed up her quarter-final victory over 2015 runner-up and World No.2 Laura Massaro with a sumptuous performance to end World No.3 Nicol David's unprecedented 10-year winning-streak at the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open and secure a place in the final.

David had gone an astonishing 58 matches unbeaten at the PSA World Series tournament, a streak that extended back beyond 2006, but came unstuck against a rampant Gohar, who utilised her ferocious power and attacking pace to outmuscle the Malaysian, who yesterday celebrated her 33rd birthday, 11-9, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9.

"I can't believe it - it's like a dream," said Gohar.

"I came here with no expectations and I just wanted to try and play well - so to be in the final is very pleasing.

"Nicol is a legend and she has been my idol since I was young but the Women's Tour is becoming so competitive now. There is nothing between the top eight to ten players and it keeps getting harder.

"I was 2-0 up but both games were close and they could have gone either way. I really couldn't believe it in the end."

Gohar will now face American Amanda Sobhy in the finale after the 23-year-old from Boston pulled off her own upset to defeat World No.1 and World Champion Nour El Sherbini courtesy of a spell-binding straight games victory.

Sobhy came from 0-4 down in the first game to then save five game balls and swing the early momentum to take the opening game 12-10 and inflict a blow that 20-year-old El Sherbini couldn't recover from.

"It took a little bit to get used to her pace at the start - she's not World No.1 for nothing," said Sobhy.

"At the start, I felt that I was just running and trying to retrieve, so I told myself to get into it, try and get the ball to the back and I'm very pleased with how I was able to come back.

"I think the first game was extremely important, given the fact I was 10-5 down. If she had won that game, it would have given her a lot of momentum, so the fact that I was able to win that, I think that the momentum shifted and I was able to build on a lot of confidence.

"I'm very excited to be in the final - it's amazing to be in my second World Series final and my first in Hong Kong. I absolutely love Hong Kong and I usually do very well here, so I hope to keep the momentum going tomorrow and maybe do one better."

In the men's draw home hero Max Lee's unexpected run finally came to a halt at the hands of maverick Egyptian Ramy Ashour, the three-time World Champion and 2012 Hong Kong Open champion.

Lee had delighted the crowd inside Hong Kong Park Sports Centre to become the first home player in 30 years to reach the last four but he couldn't stop a resurgent Ashour, who continued to play his unique blend of squash in a a 3-0 win.

"Last time I was here, I got kicked out of the quarter-finals, so to be in the final is a great feeling," said Ashour.

"Especially against a great opponent like Max, his squash is incredibly different and it took a lot out of me today.

"I'm happy with my performance, I'm glad that my body is holding up and everything is in place. I'm looking forward to playing tomorrow."

Ashour will face compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad in what will be the 25-year-old's first ever appearance in a World Series tournament final after he downed Australian challenger Ryan Cuskelly.

"I'm so happy, I can't describe the feeling," said Gawad.

"I was in control during the first two games but then he came back very strong and he was probably in control for the third and most of the fourth. I just gave everything to try and win that fourth because I knew he was getting better an better and a fifth game would be good for him.

"It has been a tough tournament and so many players have gone out. I had never reached the quarters here before so to be in the final in a great thing, but I don't want to get over excited either.

"There is still another match to play and I need to stay focused to come out and try and perform in that one."

2016 Hong Kong Open – Men’s Semi-final Results:
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-1: 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10 (61m)
Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (39m)

2016 Hong Kong Open – Final Draw:
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Ramy Ashour (EGY) 

2016 Hong Kong Open - Women's Semi-final Results:
[7] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [4] Nicol David (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9 (57m)

2016 Hong Kong Open - Women's Final Draw:
[7] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 

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Happy bday to the squash queen Nicol David

She shared this on her instagram page after a massive game at the ongoing HK Squash Open

Ramy through to semi in Hk 2016 squash Open

 Told ye all the Artist is back,
Ramy Ashour beats Simon Roesner 3-1: 12-10,7-11,11-4,11-8

Hong Kong semi-final for Karim Abdel Gawad as giant killer Cameron Pilley takes a bow

[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1: 11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7 (52m)
Cuskelly also beat James Willstrop

25 Aug 2016

What a bad day for the Elshorbagy brothers

The two brothers are out of the psa world tour Hong kong squash open

Ramy Ashour as usual came from two games down to defeat Marwan Elshorbagy 3 - 2 in the second round of the Hong Kong Open

 Cameron Piley knocked the world number one Mohammed Elshorbagy out of the Hong Kong Open in the second round...

World Champion And World No.1 Crash Out As Seeds Crumble In Hong Kong .Result update

World Champion Gregory Gaultier and World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy both crashed out of the 2016 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open during a whirlwind day of second round action that saw all but one of the men's seeded players sent packing.

In a repeat of last year's title decider ElShorbagy - who claimed the trophy in both 2014 and 2015 - went up against hard-hitting Cameron Pilley but it was the 33-year-old Australian who enthralled the crowd, saving match ball in the fourth game before sealing an impressive victory 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-9 after a punishing 91 minutes of action.

"I have a decent record again Mohamed so I know how to play him," said Pilley, who stunned World Champion Gregory Gaultier and then World No.2 Nick Matthew to reach the Hong Kong Open final last year.

"There are days, like the final last year, where players can just completely out play you, so I knew I had to make sure I was sharp from the first point and that I stuck to my game plan today.

"I didn't want him coming on and blasting me off court so I had to stick in there and make it known that I was in for the long haul. Getting that mental side right is huge, and I've managed to do that pretty well over the past year.

"I had a great run here last year and when you have a run like that you try and replicate the same things you did the year before - so I've been trying to eat the same things, get on the same schedule and get those same feeling and vibes. Hopefully I can get back into that routine and leave it all out there tomorrow."

Pilley will now face World No.8 Karim Abdel Gawad, the only remaining seed in the competition, for a place in the semi-finals while 21-year-old Fares Dessouky pulled off a huge upset against World Champion Gregory Gaultier, coming from 2-1 down to knock the 32-year-old out of a PSA World Series event at the second round stage for the first time since 2009.

Dessouki played a relentless attacking game from the off as he tested Gaultier's traditionally impeccable movement and it was a tactic that paid off, as sumptuous winner after sumptuous winner delivered the victory after 83-minutes.

"To beat Greg feels amazing," said Dessouky.

"Most of the times we have played he has beaten me 3-0, but last time, in El Gouna, it was much closer so I knew I could get to him. I trained really hard in the summer for these kind of tough battles and I think I played one of my best matches today.

"The pressure was all on his shoulders so I used that as an advantage. I have worked hard on trying to kill the ball more and improve my short game and it worked. It's great to be in the quarters so I'll try and recover as best I can and come back for another big match."

Dessouki will now take on local favourite Max Lee after the World No.18 played with precision and confidence to outmanoeuvre World No.9 Ali Farag and reach the last eight of his home event for the first time in his career.

"I'm so happy," said Lee. "I was getting very excited towards the end of the fourth game because I wanted to win here in front of my home crowd - to be in the quarters is great."

In the women's draw Egyptian Nour El Tayeb stole the headlines as she kept alive hopes of reaching a second consecutive Hong Kong Open final by defeating best friend and number three seed Raneem El Welily - the former World No.1.

The 23-year-old reached the title-decider on her last appearance in Hong Kong in 2014 and she produced a performance of note to upset the seedings and beat El Welily 3-1 in a replica of their last meeting during the 2015 U.S. Open, when a thrilling encounter saw El Tayeb triumph in five-games albeit at the expense of a shoulder injury that ruled her out for the rest of the season.

"I can't really believe that I have won," said El Tayeb. "It just feels great to be playing pain-free and winning again.

"When I was 8-2 up in the fourth I couldn't really b

David triumphed in group stage at the Hong kong 2016 squash Open

Just 24 hours after watching Men’s wildcard Tsz Fung Yip stun World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the first round of the Men's 2016 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open, Women's wildcard Ho Tze-Lok emulated her compatriot to eliminate former Women’s World No.2 Jenny Duncalf in a five-game thriller inside the Hong Kong Squash Centre today.

Yip showed class and composure as he dictated the play against Rodriguez yesterday and today it was the turn of World No.75 Ho to display similar traits, as she rallied from 2-0 down to pull off a huge upset and send Duncalf out of the tournament at the first hurdle.

Duncalf looked on course for an easy win after taking the first two games 11-1 and 11-4  but the wildcard fought back, slowing the game down to take Duncalf out of her rhythm and it paid off as she took the third 11-7 before saving seven match balls in the fourth to set up an improbable fifth-game victory.

“I’m really, really surprised,” said Ho. “To win is really unexpected and I just hope I can come back and do my best tomorrow and enjoy the opportunity.

“In the first game I just couldn’t see the ball. She was hitting it so hard and fast, the ball was past me before I could even see it.

“I had to change my plan and slow down the pace and play deep and straight. I just keep telling myself to take it one point at a time.”

Ho will now face Frenchwoman Camille Serme in the second round after the 2015 British Open winner staved off a fightback from India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik during a day that was dominated by five-game epics.

32-year-old World No.2 Laura Massaro was forced to call on all of her experience to come through 3-2 over fearless Egyptian 15-year-old Hania El Hammamy while defending champion Nicol David - the Malaysian who hasn't lost here in a decade - flirted with elimination against Welsh player Tesni Evans before eventually coming through 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-5 after 68-minutes.

"The first round is always tough and we've played some really good matches before so I knew it would't be easy," said David.

"She went in there just playing her shots and making very few mistakes and I had a few lapses as well. She played a great match and I had to work hard to stay consistent in the end and that's what saw me through.

"The first round match is always an adjustment but I'm really pleased to come through in the end. I constructed my game much better in the fifth and didn't really let her in. I put the pressure on and it is very pleasing to come through."

24 Aug 2016

THE ARTIST IS BACK: Egyptian maverick Ramy Ashour marked his return to PSA World Tour

In the Men's tournament at Honkong Squash Open Egyptian maverick Ramy Ashour marked his return to PSA World Tour action with an entertaining 3-0 win over Indian number one Saurav Ghosal that saw the three-time World Champion moving without any signs of the hamstring issues that have plagued him over the past few years.

Ashour has missed the lion's share of the past two seasons on Tour and has seen his World Ranking plummet to a decade-low No.12, but he looked to have put his demons to rest as he scampered around court in an encounter that saw both men produce fast-paced, entertaining play before Ashour sealed it 12-10 in the third.

"Of course I'm happy to get off to a winning start," said Ashour afterwards.

"It's good to have a purpose. It's been a tough couple of years and I'm looking forward to understanding myself better and being more consistent.

"I think I'm healthy - at least I am up to now. I just want to have a good relationship with my body an keep it that way. It gives you confidence to come through a match - it lets me know I'm doing something right and it's good to be back."

Ashour will face compatriot Marwan ElShorbagy - the man he limped off court against last time out during April's El Gouna International - in the next round after the 23-year-old came through a tough five-game battle with Switzerland's Nicolas Mueller while World Champion Gregory Gaultier got off to a commanding winning start against compatriot Gregoire Marche.

2016 Hong Kong Open – Men’s First Round, Bottom Half Results:
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-2: 11-3, 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 11-7 (50m)
Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 (47m)
Simon Rösner (GER) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 11-2 (38m)
[5] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (57m)
[7] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-1: 11-9, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7 (53m)
Max Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Joe Lee (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (36m)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (35m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (40m)

2016 Hong Kong Open – Men’s Second Round Draw
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [WC] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Ramy Ashour (EGY)
Simon Rösner (GER) v [5] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[7] Ali Farag (EGY) v Max Lee (HKG)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

2016 Hong Kong Open – Women’s First Round, Bottom Half Results:
[4] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-2: 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-5 (68m)
[9] Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 (44m)
[WC] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) bt [14] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-2: 1-11, 4-11, 11-7, 18-16, 11-7 (52m)
[6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Dipika Pallikal (IND) 3-2: 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-6 (52m)
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (29m)
[13] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (36m)
[15] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (31m)
[2] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 15-13, 7-11, 11-3 (60m)

2016 Hong Kong Open - Women's Second Round Draw:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [11] Annie Au (HKG)
[10] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [8] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
[7] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [12] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[16] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
[4] Nicol David (MAS) v [9] Joelle King (NZL)
[WC] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) v [6] Camille Serme (FRA)
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [13] Alison Waters (ENG)
[15] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [2] Laura Massaro (ENG)

This Egyptian mobile app will improve your squash

Ahmed Mohsen came up with the idea for a squash performance tracker app two years ago, when he was coaching Egyptian champion Omneya Abdelkawy.

What Mohsen wanted to do was create detailed analytics reports to help him assess and coach his player, but this was challenging.

“The process proved to be hectic and at times unreliable when approached in the simple manner of putting pen to paper,” he said. “This was due to the overwhelming amount of information and calculations needed to analyse the player’s development.”

Unperturbed, Mohsen started to formulate a code using equations, though this proved too complex for other coaches to use since they were not involved in its development. This led to the development of SquashApp, which aims to make it quick and easy to input information to help coaches and players track their performance and analyse trends.

“SquashApp is the only squash application designed by world class players and coaches putting hundred of hours of dedicated work in order to introduce to you all the tools, stats and support you need to step up your game,” Mohsen said.

“For squash players, coaches and institutions, SquashApp is specialised in delivering cutting edge data analysis. Using the latest analysis techniques we help sports people to start winning by numbers.”

Users can keep track of game rallies using the app’s seamless pointing system, with SquashApp doing the maths and generating a detailed dynamic analysis of every rally in order for players, parents, coaches and fans to have access to advanced game analysis and insights.

Currently available on iOS, SquashApp aims to fill a gap in the market, with two other companies currently focused on video analysis and coaching. Mohsen is in the process of turning it into a business, with the app available for free but making money through in-app advertising.

It is currently self-funded, but Mohsen hopes to raise US$150,000 over the next six months as he targets uptake in the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Egypt, Canada, France and Malaysia.

23 Aug 2016

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Strong contest: Brett Hyland fires up a backhand against Josh Larkin during the final of the 2015 men's open.
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Thirteen separate countries will be represented in the Bega squash men’s open this week.

About 24 players of international standard will strut their stuff on the court for a Provisional Squash Association (PSA) prize of US $5000.

Tournament director John Stylianou said it was a phenomenal response for the Bega Open with players to travel from New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Egypt, India, France and England.

“You’ll have to forgive me if I missed one or two there,” Stylianou said with a laugh “It’s a long list”.

Two locals will also test their mettle against the visitors with Troy Northey and Corey Bedingfield lining up for the challenge.

If you’re not an international level player, don’t be alarmed.

The competition is still hosting a full contingent of locals with men’s competition to run across eight divisions and another five in women’s play.

The women’s competition is also expecting some serious contenders for the crown including former world number three Madeline Perry, who featured in Friday’s Bega District News.

Stylianou said it was through a partnership with the PSA that the Open had been able to grow with the Bega Open added to the official PSA calendar to lure international hopefuls.

The PSA is also responsible for the running of the Victorian and Australian Opens, but had worked with Bega organisers to allow regular local divisions to go ahead.

“Clubs run tournaments a lot, but there are probably only 12 to 15 PSA Opens every year,” Stylianou said.

“Normally you need to PSA certified and you get a ranking, but we’ve been able to nominate our two players and run regular competition as a sattelite.”

Stylianou said games had been revised to be slightly shorter this year, at 25 minutes a match, but would still run in a straight point-score race with one point for every rally won.

He said more than 200 games will run across the five days, but the shorter matches meant there was still room for semis and a final on Sunday afternoon.

“In my travels I’ve been involved in nine separate clubs and I can easily say the Open will be the biggest squash thing I’ve ever been involved in,” Stylianou said.

“To have a club as strong as Bega Squash is incredible.”

Play in the Bega Squash Open will run from Wednesday afternoon at the Bega squash courts, with finals play expected to go ahead from about noon on Sunday.

Coaching and skills sessions will be available from some of the top-seeded players

Pakistan fielded over-age players to win World Junior Team event

World Junior Team champions Pakistan celebrate after beating Egypt in the final. Israel Ahmed is second left and Abbas Shoukat is on the right

WSF to investigate claims that winning juniors are 20 years old

By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor
The World Squash Federation are investigating claims that Pakistan fielded two over-age players while winning the recent World Junior Team Championship in Poland. Israr Ahmed, who beat Egypt’s number one Saadeldin Abouaish in straight games in the final, is understood to be 20 years old, as is victorious team-mate Abbas Shoukat.
Reports in 2013 confirmed that Israr and Shoukat were playing in under-17 tournaments while over-age but this practice appears to have continued unchecked by any of the national, regional or global authorities.

One source in Pakistan claimed today that the fault lies with corrupt officials, who have little or no background in squash. He said: “They are continuing to flout the rules in the hope of gaining international success at junior level because there is such a huge void at senior level.

“It’s all a game to show titles. They can’t win PSA titles, so they try to show junior success instead, claiming the glory for themselves.

“I feel there is a huge lack of honesty and sincerity to the sport when it comes to these high ranking officials. The players are just told what to do.

“I won’t be surprised if it’s true. But again I feel those who took these players to Poland, knowing they were over-age, need to be held responsible. Players like Israr Ahmed on his own can’t do anything.

“The opposing teams need to take this up very seriously. Several parents backed down at the British Open Juniors one year because the organisers did not want to get their hands dirty… this time the authorities need to take action. It’s pretty obvious it’s happening.

“It’s about time these things are seriously dealt with. Qamar Zaman has always been ‘vocal’ on the overage issue since his own son Mansoor and his nephew Shahid left the juniors yet he travelled with the team this time. He should have been aware that Israr was not allowed to play locally.”

Squash Mad published this report in June 2013, which clearly shows that the Asian Squash Federation were asking questions about the same group of players who were then competing illegally in under-17 competitions.

The report revealed wholesale cheating, as follows: “The PSF conducted age scrutiny of almost all junior players of the country in three phases: first in June last year at Islamabad, where 14 players of under-11 category were found over-age; 18 players for under-13; 22 players were over-age in under-15 category; 34 in under-17; and 31 in under-19.”

Both Israr and Abbas Shauqat were among those considered over-age for this category (under 17) by the PSF.

Our Pakistan contact commented: “So according to this, they were minimum 17 in June 2013. That makes them both minimum 20 now. This also shows that the PSF have continued to openly cheat all this time and that the Asian Federation, and the WSF, have allowed them to get away with it while all this information has been in the public domain.”

The WSF have confirmed that the subject was raised by opposing teams during the tournament in Bielsko Biala, where former squash powerhouse Pakistan won their first title since 2008.

Media reports have come to light which reveal that the Pakistan Squash Federation bans over-age players from competing in domestic events but knowingly selects them for international competition.

Pakistan hold a reception for the junior squad whose result is under investigation

The WSF Chief Executive Andrew Shelley has written to the Pakistani Federation and Asian Squash Federation seeking to clarify the situation and has given permission for Squash Mad to publish his correspondence:

“It must be accepted by the Pakistan Squash Federation that there seem

Why isn’t squash in the Olympics? #Welovesquash

 Why isn’t squash in the Olympics? Champions say game deserves to be there
Malaysian great Nicol David and world number one Mohamed El Shorbagy say it’s a pity the sport isn’t in the world’s biggest extravaganza as they prepare to defend their Hong Kong Open titles

Egypt’s world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy and Malaysian great Nicol David have been fighting to get their sport in the Olympics. Photo: Nora Tam
The world’s top squash players on Monday issued an impassioned plea for entry into the Olympic family after they were forced to once again watch from the sidelines as the Games unfolded in Rio de Janeiro.

“Squash really should be there – it has so much to offer,” said Nicol David, the eight-time world champion and widely acknowledged as the greatest player the women’s game has ever seen.

“We’ve given it our all in our campaigns [to get in the Olympics] but just not got there,” continued the Malaysian world number four.

WATCH: Nicol David beats Laura Massaro to win last year's Hong Kong Open

“That’s all you can do – try your best – but it doesn’t make not being there any easier to take. It has been tough. But we have great athletes, and it’s a great sport.”

10 in a row – but can Nicol David do it again at this year’s Hong Kong Squash Open?

The 32-year-old David has this week returned to chase her 11th straight title at the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open, adding her considerable lustre to a field that boasts the world’s top 10 women’s players, along with nine of the top-10 men.

Among them will be world number one Mohamed El Shorbagy and the Egyptian also said watching the action in Rio from his couch had been “tough”.

“But as much as I feel that it is a loss for us I feel it is a loss for the Olympics as well,” he said. “It’s a great sport and it deserves to be there.”

World number three Nicol David is disappointed squash isn’t in the Olympics. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Those sentiments were shared by the women’s world number one, Nour El Sherbini, the 20-year-old Egyptian sensation who is plotting to end David’s dominance of the Hong Kong event.

“It’s annoying only being able to watch other athletes compete,” said El Sherbini. “Squash is one of the most exciting and challenging sports there is and we deserve to be in the Olympics. When you’re not in [the Olympics] you just watch and wonder what it must be like.

Unbeatable: Nicol David proves she’s still queen of the Hong Kong Open

“It would be a dream of mine to one day go to an Olympics and win a medal. I think it is the dream of any athlete – so guess I will have to continue to dream.”

The World Squash Federation (WSF) has now applied three times to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for acceptance into the Games – all to no avail, despite the fact an estimated 20 million people play the game, globally.

The WSF last applied when sports were being decided for the next Olympics – in Tokyo in 2020 – but squash missed out as the IOC picked baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing.

That move, announced in September last year, had left squash “heartbroken”, according to WSF president Narayana Ramachandran, who vowed to not give up the fight. Squash will now set its sights on winning inclusion for the Moscow Olympics in 2024.

The annual professional world tour meanwhile takes in events staged in 47 countries each year and its tournaments attract a rabid following, especially across Asia, which has over the years produced alongside David the likes of the legendary eight-time world champion Jansher Khan of Pakistan, and the Middle East, which currently dominates the sport.

Hong Kong squash officials have tried everything to promote the game, including holding tournaments at the Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Edward Wong

“Of course it’s tough to watch on and not be there [in Rio],”

22 Aug 2016

England's Lee Books Hong Kong Open Berth After 98 Minute Battle

England's Joe Lee emerged triumphant in a physically punishing 98-minute battle with Frenchman Lucas Serme today to come through qualification at the 2016 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open and book a place in the main draw of the opening PSA World Series tournament of the 2016/17 season.

Awaiting Lee - who qualified courtesy of a seesaw 11-1, 9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 win -  in the first round is Hong Kong number one and home favourite Max Lee, who will be hoping to improve on his first round exit here to Omar Mosaad last year.

Elsewhere in men's qualification there was a big win for German Raphael Kandra - overcoming former World Junior champion Diego Elias - while Alan Clyne, Omar Abdel Meguid, Zahed Mohamed, Nicolas Mueller, Nafiizwan Adnan and Gregoire Marche all came through to complete the 32-strong field.

In the Women's tournament Liu Tsz-Ling, the local player ranked No.29 in the world, came through a gripping five-game battle with Australian Sarah Cardwell, taking the decisive fifth game 12-10  to complete a triumvirate of home hopes in the main draw alongside Annie Au and Joey Chan.

Tsz-Ling will face compatriot Au in the first round in what will be a keenly watched contest, with fellow five-game tie-break qualifiers Tesni Evans and Nadine Shahin facing Nicol David and Joshna Chinappa, respectively. Nicolette Fernandes, Mariam Metwally, Low Wee Wern, Hania El Hammamy and Olivia Blatchford complete the qualifiers.

The first round action gets underway at the Hong Kong Squash Club from 12noon on Tuesday August 23.

2016 Hong Kong Open - Men's Qualifying Finals
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-1: 12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8 (56m)
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-1, 11-7 (36m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10 (56m)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-1: 13-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (63m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (35m)
Joe Lee (ENG) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-2: 11-1, 9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 (98m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 17-15 (45m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Alfredo Avila (MEX) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (47m)

2016 Hong Kong Open - Women's Qualifying Finals
Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 3-1: 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 (59m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10, 12-10 (64m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Hollie Naughton (CAB) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (31m)
Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Amina Youssry (EGY) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 13-11 (59m)
Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-2: 13-11, 11-8, 6-11, 8-11, 12-10 (48m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (34m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 3-1: 12-14, 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (44m)
Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-9 (26m)

2016 Hong Kong Open - Men's First Round Draw
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
Leo Au (HKG) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
Borja Golan (ESP) v [6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)
Tom Richards (ENG) v James Willstrop (ENG)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
[WC] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v [3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Simon Rösner (GER)
[Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [5] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[7] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER)
Max Lee (HKG) v [Q] Joe Lee (ENG)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

2016 Hong Kong Open – Women’s First Round Draw
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Heba El Torky (EGY)
[Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v [11] Annie Au (HKG)
[10] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Line Hansen (DEN) v [8]

Rio 2016: N Ramachandran awarded the Olympic Order by IOC President Thomas Bach

Rio de Janeiro: President of the Indian Olympic Committee N Ramachandran was, on Monday, awarded the Olympic Order for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement.
The Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement and is awarded for particularly distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement, that is, recognition of efforts worthy of merit in the cause of sport.
It was established in May 1975.
The President of the IOC, Thomas Bach, formally presented the award to Ramachandran and congratulated the IOA President, saying the award was in recognition of his contribution to the Indian Olympic Movement.
"I am humbled by the honour and it is indeed one of the best moments of my career in sports administration. I am extremely grateful to the IOC President, Dr Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Board for choosing me for this award. This award belongs to the entire country," Ramachandran said.
Ramachandran has been actively associated with several sports organisations. He has held several positions of responsibility contributed hugely to the Olympic movement.
He was President of the Indian Triathlon Federation, and later the Secretary General of the Squash Rackets Federation of India. He made Chennai the "Squash capital" of India.
In 2001, he was elected as the President of the Asian Squash Federation and was re-elected to this position in 2005.
Ramachandran was appointed as an Associate Vice President of the Indian Olympic Association in 2001 and elected a Vice-President in 2005.
In 2008, Ramachandran was elected as Presidenash Federation

21 Aug 2016


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ReutersSquash might not be part of the Rio Olympics currently but India's squash players have made the country proud.

ReutersSquash might not be part of the Rio Olympics currently but India's squash players have made the country proud. Indian pair of the Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal won the silver medal at the mixed doubles event of the world doubles squash championship after going down to New Zealand's Joelle King and Paul Coll in the final on Thursday. Dipika and Ghosal lost 8-11, 8-11 to Joelle and Paul in the final to miss the gold medal.It was the best-ever performance by India in this championship as overall they won a total of three medals. Besides Dipika and Saurav winning the silver, the other mixed pair of Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Sandhu as also the doubles pair of Joshna and Dipika won a bronze medal each for being the losing semi-finalists.OrissapostIn addition the men's doubles pair of Harinder and Ramit Tandon went on to finish a creditable fifth at the end of the play offs. India's squash coach is a happy man after the tournament. "Which ever way one viewed it, this has been a fabulous show overall by the Indians. Returning with three medals is something to be proud of and the players surely need a pat on their backs for this," said national coach Cyrus Poncha, who had accompanied the Indian squad.It was an unexpected end for Dipika and Saurav as the duo had beaten the New Zealand pair in the league just a day earlier. The Indian pair played well but failed to create the same magic. The New Zealanders played to a plan, never allowing either Saurav or Dipika to settle to any strategy. Returns were quick and varied to create hectic activity on the court.While the Indians were under pressure, they still matched point for point. Where they missed out was in not able to come up with right variations. Rallies were few but Paul in particular and Joelle showed the touch to get the drops going well and also hitting the ball through the middle to leave the Indians stranded at times. Indians lacked that finesse though an occasional Dipika floater did raise optimism.The contest was more evenly poised in the second game but where the New Zealanders drew comfort was in not conceding any lead at any stage. It was a case of slow and steady progress to eventual success, all in 34 minutes.With PTI inputsStay updated with all that's buzzing and trending with Indiatimes app!

19 Aug 2016

Mosaad Out of Hong Kong Open

World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad has withdrawn from next week’s Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open due to illness.

The Egyptian World No.3’s withdrawal from the World Series tournament means that Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez takes his place as the number three seed, while World No.10 Tarek Momen will now face a qualifier instead of Simon Rösner in round one.

Mexico’s Cesar Salazar moves into the main draw and will take on German No.1 Rösner for a place in the second round.

Revised Main Draw - Men’s 2016 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v Chris Simpson (ENG)

Leo Au (HKG) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)

Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [Qualifier]

Borja Golan (ESP) v [6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Qualifier]

Tom Richards (ENG) v James Willstrop (ENG)

Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Qualifier]

[WC] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v [3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)

[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Qualifier]

Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)

Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Simon Rösner (GER)

[Qualifier] v [5] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)

[7] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Qualifier]

Max Lee (HKG) v [Qualifier]

Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)

[Qualifier] v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

These Three Guys Are Bringing Squash to New York’s Public Spaces In an effort to battle the sport’s “preppy problem,” a startup hopes to make squash facilities more available to all.

Source: Public Squash Foundation

These Three Guys Are Bringing Squash to New York’s Public Spaces
In an effort to battle the sport’s “preppy problem,” a startup hopes to make squash facilities more available to all.

  Noah Davis

Hamilton Fish Park, a 116-year-old space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is getting a thoroughly modern upgrade later this month when one of its two handball courts is converted into a state-of-the art, all-weather outdoor squash court.
Public squash courts are a rarity in New York City. Most facilities exist in private clubs whose memberships cost hundreds of dollars a month, lending to the sport’s larger preppy problem: Outside of college students and the wealthy in America, most people don’t have access to squash courts anywhere (or don’t know that they do).

Public Squash Foundation directors (from left to right): Alex Wakefield Wessner, Shawn Dragann, Ryan Underwood Wall. Source: Public Squash Foundation
Alex Wakefield Wessner, Shawn Dragann, and Ryan Underwood Wall, founders of the Public Squash Foundation (PSF), wanted to change that. Last year they pitched the Department of Parks and Recreation on their idea: building a squash court on one of the city’s more than 2,000 handball courts, many of which are underutilized. City officials liked the project and picked the spot. “Hamilton Fish Park is located in a densely populated neighborhood and is surrounded by numerous schools, giving kids the opportunity to be exposed to a sport that they may not have had the chance to try,” a Parks Department spokesperson says.
The PSF trio, who worked together at Digitas Health, started playing squash with each other almost a decade ago in Philadelphia and fell in love with the game. Their friendship developed on the court, and they began talking about how they could help encourage more people to pick up their adopted game. The need was obvious: more courts.
Dragann, Wall, and Wessner raised more than $70,000 through PSF’s website and from other fundraisers, and received an interest-free loan of $30,000 from a supporter of the project to make it happen. The court, which will stay up for a year, costs around $85,000 to install and includes safety glass and subfloor drainage mats to make it viable outside. It’s designed by specialty court manufacturer ASB specifically for the project, which gives PSF added validation. “The Professional Squash Association uses ASB courts for their matches,” Wessner says. “US Squash uses them, too.”

A rendering of the squash court at Hamilton Fish Recreation Center. Source: Public Squash Foundation
The court is 100 percent public, with no booking systems and what Wall describes as “pretty much street rules” when it comes to getting on to play. Anyone who brings their own equipment can play for free. People without squash rackets will have access to free rentals after joining the nearby Hamilton Fish Recreation Center for $100 per year.

ASB’s 100 percent outdoor-proof floor combines grip and elasticity with subfloor drainage mats. Source: Public Squash Foundation
For its founders, the court on the Lower East Side is hopefully just the beginning for the public squash project. The crew plans to keep tabs on the court’s activity via a time-lapse camera and hopes to show the success of the idea through high usage. After a year, PSF and the Parks Department will reassess. “There are no plans in place to install another court at this time, but we would be open to a second installation pending the success of this project,” says a Parks Department spokesperson. “We look forward to offering New Yorkers a new and different way to stay fit and enjoy parks.” (Forbes has called squash the healthiest sport, as players can burn more than 800 calories an hour.)
Dragann, Wall, and Wessner plan to take the public squash concept farther afield, too. They want to get the cost per court below the currently “unscalable” $85,000,

17 Aug 2016

U.S. junior men's squash team makes history at worlds squash Junior championship

The U.S. junior men's squash team recorded a historic victory over France in the 2016 World Junior men's team championship quarterfinals Monday, defeating the No. 2 seeded French, 2-1, with victories from Andrew Douglas and Sam Scherl to reach Team USA's first semifinal at Enjoy Squash in Bielso-Biala, Poland.

Menlo School grad Gabriel Morgan is on the Americans roster. He reached the third round of the individual tournament and won in his only appearance of the team event.
The U.S. reached the quarterfinals following a 2-1 victory over Jordan Sunday, while France enjoyed a rest day.

"Our match against Jordan last night was a tough one and we finished quite late," said U.S. coach Adam Hamill. "We did a lot of recovery and came into the quarterfinals believing we had a real chance."

With the order of play set as 2-1-3, Team USA's Spencer Lovejoy led off against France's Victor Crouin, who is ranked world No. 199 on the PSA tour.

After three long games, Crouin was on the verge of closing out the match in the fourth game with four game balls at 10-6. But Lovejoy dug deep to fight off four match balls and force a fifth game 15-13. The marathon fourth game took its toll on Lovejoy in the fifth game as Crouin controlled the fifth 11-3 to hand France a 1-0 lead.

"Spencer played outstanding squash against a very strong Victor Crouin, pushing hard to get the fourth," Hamill said. "Crouin showed his experience in the fifth and played attacking squash to give France the first tie."

The No. 1's followed on court next with U.S. junior champion Douglas pitted against Benjamin Aubert, who is ranked world No. 166 on the PSA tour. France were one game from reaching the semifinals after Abubert took the first two games 11-3, 11-8. The Frenchman led the third 3-0, but Douglas came back to take the third 11-9. Down 3-0 early in the fourth, Douglas staged another come back to force a fifth game 11-8. The American stormed to victory winning the fifth 11-3 to level the score at 1-1.

"Andrew has had an unbelievable week, first taking Eain Yow world junior champion to five games then another five games against the Jordan No. 1." Hamill said. "Andrew had a slow start Physically against the French No. 1, however as the match progressed Andrew found more accuracy to slowly breakdown the Frenchman winning in five and keeping Team USA in the match."

The decisive match came down to the No. 3's, Team USA's Scherl against France's Sebastien Bonmalais. Scherl continued the U.S. momentum by winning the opening two games 11-5, 11-6. A closer third game saw Scherl poised to seal the match with with match ball at 10-9, but Bonmalais fought back to force overtime. Scherl squandered two more match balls, and Bonmalais capitalized on his third game ball to send the match to a fourth game 15-13. A determined Scherl pulled away from 5-5 to clinch the historic victory for Team USA 11-6 in seventy minutes.

"Sam took the court with the match all tied, handling the pressure like a pro and playing solid and varied squash," Hamill said. "The French No. 3 moved like a dream and was seemingly impossible to put away. Scherl, however found a way after almost seventy minutes to secure victory for the U.S."

The result guarantees that the U.S. will top its previous best junior men's team finish of seventh place set in 2002.

"As coach I am truly overwhelmed at the team's performance," Hamill said. "This is a deserved win, which they have all worked extremely hard for over months and years. Having Alex Stait and physiologist Jeremy Mayer to keep the players moving makes all the difference. This is a historic moment for the US Junior Men's team, with a guaranteed highest finish. We're incredibly grateful for the support we have received from US Squash to make this event possible for us all."

WSF World Doubles – Australia

The World Squash Federation World Doubles Championships are under way in Darwin, Australia.

Full Coverage on the WSF World Doubles Site

13 Aug 2016

Most Lucrative NetSuite Open Ever Draws World's Best Female Players

Eight-time World Champion Nicol David and 2013 World Champion Laura Massaro will be the star attractions at the 2016 NetSuite Open when the tournament, which has doubled prize money year-on-year, gets underway in front of San Francisco's Oakland Bay bridge and Ferry Terminal on Tuesday September 27.

David and Massaro, two of the most successful female players of all time, will be joined by the likes of New Zealand's Commonwealth Games Medalist Joelle King and home favourite Amanda Sobhy, the Boston-based 21-year-old Harvard-gradute and defending champion ranked No.8 in the world, at the event which takes place in a specially constructed outdoor arena on Justin Herman Plaza.

Massaro, who held the World No.1 ranking from January to April this year, will face American number two Olivia Blatchford in the first round while David, who topped the World Rankings for an unprecedented nine years from 2006-2015, will open her campaign against local wildcard Reyna Pacheco - a Mexican immigrant who discovered the sport via an Urban Squash programme in San Diego.

"Having committed to doubling the prize money available at this year's Women's tournament we are pleased to see that some of the biggest names in women's squash will make their debuts in San Francisco next month," said Tournament promoter John Nimick.

"The likes of Nicol David and Laura Massaro are up there with the most successful female players of all time and have lit up squash courts all over the world with their exploits. Their presence at the tournament will serve to help inspire everyone involved in the local squash community.

"With seven of the world's top 20 players in action I believe we’re in for a special tournament in September."

A total of 28 players from 14 countries will compete across the tournament, with qualification starting on Sunday September 25 at the Olympic Club and the Bay Club San Francisco.

2016 NetSuite Open - Women's First Round Draw
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[Qualifier] v [5] Victoria Lust (ENG)
[8] Heba El Torky (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Line Hansen (DEN) v [4] Joelle King (NZL)
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [Qualifier]
Coline Aumard (FRA) v [7] Joey Chan (HKG)
[6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Reyna Pacheco (USA) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)

Tickets for the 2016 NetSuite Open are priced from $20 and can be purchased by visiting http://netsuiteopensquash.tix.com


10 Aug 2016

Give squash a chance its due at the Olympics-OMOTADE Isaac

Yemisi Olatunji -Nigeria with her opponent in South Africa #Squashgirlscan

Squash, the world most healthiest sport has been denied Olympic status for more than a decade.
Leading up to the Rio Olympiad, the International Olympic Committee announced that skateboarding, karate, baseball, sport climbing and surfing will be part of the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Absent from the list is squash (world most healthiest sport), a racket sport that has been denied Olympic status for more than a decade.

Although getting a sport involved in Olympics is a long and arduous process, it’s surprising that some seemingly minor sports have been given priority over a game that is played by millions of people in more than 175 countries.
In Nigeria for example with 36 state including her Federal capital teritory,you can find atleast two squash court in each state,that's about 72 standard squash courts; Lagos alone which is like the citadel of squash players across Nigeria has over 50 squash courts in different locations including sport clubs, hotels, Recreational clubs,Stadium, Squash Academy (Head waters Squash Academy for Teens ); hosting tournament for young and pro players almost every week which serves as a major source of income for most e.g The Apapa Open Squash League, Annual cargolux squash tournanent,Lagos Classic, Governors cup etc. Nigeria alone can boast of over 500 players, 50 professional squash players both male and female most who represents in some major PSA Tournament,with the likes of Nigeria no 1 Tunde Ajagbe, wale Amao, Moses Durosinmi, Lanre Abdulrahman, Endurance Emoso, wasiu Bello, Aliu Quadri, Yemisi Olatunji (current female no1), Seun Jayeola, Idowu Eninakure, Olumide Folawewo, sodiq, Shittu Adeola, Omotade Isaac,moshood mamood, Taiwo, Apata Bunmi, Gbenga Adeyi etc

What’s more, the participation level of squash is growing worldwide, including in Africa regions,Egypt for example has consistently produced some of the best players. Egyptian player Mohamed Elshorbagy is the world number one, with five other Egyptians in the top 10.

If the Olympics are to reflect which sports are played across the world, then squash surely has a compelling claim for inclusion.

Equal Pay On Show As World No.1s Lead Squash Back To Great Pyramid Of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza - one of the seven wonders of the world - will provide the backdrop to a five-day squash extravaganza this September that will see Egyptian World No.1s Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour El Sherbini lead a star-studded field at the 2016 Al Ahram International - the iconic tournament which returns to the PSA World Tour calendar for the first time since 2006.

Taking place in an open-air court in front of the Pyramids from September 19-23, the Al Ahram International will see players competing for a share of the $200k prize fund which will be split evenly across the Men's and Women's draws - the first time a major tournament in Egypt has offered parity in prize money.

Having dominated the Men's Tour in 2015/16, claiming an unprecedented six of seven World Series titles, ElShorbagy will be firm favourite to claim the men's crown while fellow Alexandrian El Sherbini, the 20-year-old World Champion and British Open Champion, is odds-on to deliver double home success.

ElShorbagy's main rivals will come in the form of compatriots Omar Mosaad, the 2015 World Championship runner-up, three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour and French danger-man Mathieu Castagnet while El Sherbini will have to be at her best to hold off the challenge of Malaysian eight-time World Champion Nicol David and former World No.1 Raneem El Welily.

"This September's tournament in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza is certain to be one the most spectacular settings in world sport and we are excited to be working with all partners to help ensure the tournament is a success," said PSA CEO Alex Gough.

"Squash has an unmatched ability to showcase the most stunning locations in the world and the strength and depth in the playing field will lead to a truly spectacular exhibition of world class sport for both spectators and television viewers."

A total of 56 players from 13 nations will travel to Giza for the tournament, with qualification beginning on Saturday September 17 at Cairo's Le Lido City View Clubhouse.

Al Ahram International - Men's First Round Draw
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[WC] Youssef Soliman (EGY) v [7] Simon Rösner (GER)
[8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Fares Dessouky (EGY) v [3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[5] Ali Farag (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP)
[Qualifier] v [2] Omar Mosaad (EGY)

Al Ahram International - Women's First Round Draw
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
[8] Alison Waters (ENG) v Victoria Lust (ENG)
[WC] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [4] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[Qualifier] v [7] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[5] Camille Serme (FRA) v Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[Qualifier] v [2] Nicol David (MAS)


9 Aug 2016

World Champion Gaultier Leads Plethora Of International Gold Medalists In Men's NetSuite Open Draw

World Champion Gaultier Leads Plethora Of International Gold Medalists In Men's NetSuite Open Draw

2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier will go toe-to-toe with three-time World Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Nick Matthew, Pan American Gold Medalist Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Asian Games Gold Medalists Saurav Ghosal and Max Lee and and Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist James Willstrop when the 2016 NetSuite Open gets underway on September 27 in one of the most competitive ever editions of the PSA M100 tournament,

In what promises to be a compelling battle for the title, 2014 winner Gaultier will be hoping to regain the silverware ahead of a field that includes seven of the world's top ten players - with 14 nations in total represented in the draw.

“We are delighted to have so many of the world’s top players competing in the 2016 NetSuite Open in what looks certain to be one of the most competitive and entertaining editions of the eight-year-old PSA Tour championship,” said tournament promoter John Nimick.

“While we are very fortunate that players like Gaultier, Matthew and James Willstrop have made San Francisco a regular stop on their schedules, we are equally excited to welcome some of the most talented up-and-coming players in the world this year to create a draw that will have West Coast fans packing in around the all-glass NetSuite Challenge court once again.

“Squash is booming in Northern California and with the NetSuite Open now comprising high level PSA-sanctioned events for both men and women, a new US Squash Junior Gold tournament and the perennial Latitude38 adult skill level tournament, the week is a true squash jamboree."

2016 NetSuite Open - Men's First Round Draw:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Max Lee (HKG) v [5] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[8] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[Qualifier] v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [WC] James Willstrop (ENG)
[Qualifier] v [7] Simon Rösner (GER)
[6] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [2] Nick Matthew (ENG)

The 2016 NetSuite Open takes place at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco in front of San Francisco's Oakland Bay bridge and Ferry Terminal, with tickets for the tournament priced from $20 and available to purchase by visiting http://netsuiteopensquash.tix.com

7 Aug 2016

The golfers don't care, but the Olympics meant everything to us squash players

Squash players would give their other arms to be in Rio this summer so it’s galling – if entirely predictable – to hear such apathy from the world’s top golfers
By James Willstrop for Willstrop’s World, part of the Guardian Sport Network

 The world’s four best golfers – Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day – who are all skipping the Olympics.
Rory McIlroy was unusually blunt when explaining why he won’t be travelling to Rio this summer, but it doesn’t surprise me one bit that the world’s top four male golfers – Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and McIlroy – have withdrawn from the Olympics. In 2009 and then again in 2013, having bent over backwards to impress and convince the IOC, us squash players were snubbed for the Games. In some respects I didn’t blame the committee for going with the big timers, but the odds were always going to be against the golfers turning up.

For McIlroy to say so flippantly that he “didn’t get into golf to try to grow the game” shows that some sports, and the personalities who front them, exist in completely different stratospheres to the rest of us. The Olympics barely registers as an exhibition tournament for the top golfers, but we would give our other arms to be in Rio, something we have repeatedly uttered to anyone who listens.

Rory McIlroy will watch ‘the stuff that matters’ at Olympics – not golf
It was difficult to listen to McIlroy speak so apathetically, certainly for Laura Massaro, England’s World Series champion, who expressed disdain at McIlroy’s “unacceptable” comments. Perhaps he wasfour only being honest and maybe it’s what the IOC need to hear. They should be held accountable for prioritising a second-rate golf contest over the many willing, enthusiastic athletes from a range of sports around the world.

We could have predicted in 2013 that the top golfers wouldn’t show their faces at Games scheduled just after the Open and the PGA Championship, and in the build-up the Ryder Cup. The golf authorities must have been dreading the day one of their players came out with it. And yes, for the record, I’m unconvinced that it has anything to do with Zika.

Every professional squash player was behind our bid, which cost us thousands upon thousands of pounds – money we didn’t have. We assembled a slick bid, produced fancy promo videos and practically took bloody courses in public speaking! And we did all this between training sessions, making a living and seeing our families.

Every photo opportunity we could take, we took. We (the players, not just our administrators) sent posters and cards to every IOC delegate we could contact, saying we would be totally committed to competing. We kept hearing that having the world’s best players support the bid was imperative, so we all made our desire to compete very clearer. I heard so many players saying that “the Olympics would be our pinnacle” so many times in interviews that it became funny. When you stop to think about it, it’s not very kind to the venues that host superb events that support our sport year after year and decade upon decade, but we really meant it.

Nicol David has won eight world championship titles and she wanted to be at the Olympics so badly she began conducting her own campaigns. She worked tirelessly to promote the cause, even taking to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to lead the other players in flash mobs.

Ramy Ashour, one of the game’s greats, was the leader on the men’s side – our McIlroy if you like. These are world champions, great sporting personalities, but of course they don’t have the profile of McIlroy and
Article by James willstrop


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