28 Sep 2016

Elias and Al Tamimi Cause Upsets in Final Round of NetSuite Open Qualifying

Peruvian World No.34 Diego Elias and Qatari World No.42 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi overcame higher-ranked opposition in the final qualifying round of the NetSuite Open to reach the main draw of the PSA M100 tournament taking place in San Francisco, United States.

World No.34 Elias, a two-time World Junior Champion, came up against England’s Tom Richards in his fixture, with 30-year-old Richards ranked eight places above Elias in the World Rankings.

But an apparent injury to Richards after the opening game saw him struggle with his movement, and Elias picked him off to record an 11-5, 11-3, 11-1 triumph in 35 minutes, setting up a main draw clash with Egypt’s Ali Farag, who reached the final of the Al Ahram Squash Open NEWGIZA last week.

"The first game was very tough and long," said Elias.

"I think something happened, maybe he picked up an injury because he wasn’t the same. But I’m happy with the win and to feel well on court.

"It’s the first time I’ve played here, I got injured a week before the tournament last year so it’s great to reach the main draw. I’m very happy to be here. I didn’t think ahead to the main draw because I was focusing on getting through qualifying first. I don’t care who I face, every match is going to be hard."

Al Tamimi, meanwhile, secured his main berth courtesy of a fine win over World No.36 Adrian Waller in straight games. The 21-year-old, who has three PSA World Tour titles to his name, will take on World No.12 Simon Rösner for a place in the last eight.

Frenchman Gregoire Marche and Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller were the other victors on the final day of qualifying after they achieved respective wins against Alan Clyne and Cesar Salazar.

Marche will lock horns with last year’s runner-up Nick Matthew in the next round, while Mueller will line up against World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy.

Elsewhere, all of the top four qualifying seeds in the Women’s event made it through to the main draw unscathed, with former World No.5 Low Wee Wern banishing the injury demons that have dogged the last 18 months of her career to defeat England’s Alison Thomson.

"I’m feeling great to be able to be back on court again. To be honest, it feels a bit weird to be playing in the qualifying, I haven’t done that in a long time. But it’s good to get two matches in and to get to the main draw again.

"I’m just happy to get back on court again. When I first came back I put a lot of pressure on myself to want to do well and win again. After a while, you realise that you should just be happy to play with no pain. So right now, this year that’s my goal. To play as many matches as I can without any hassle.”

Low is set to face Egypt’s World No.12 Nour El Tayeb in round one, while Fiona Moverley, Samantha Teran and Sarah Cardwell also rose to victories.

Moverley and Teran will meet United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy and Heba El Torky, respectively, while Cardwell will clash with England’s Victoria Lust.

2016 NetSuite Open - Men’s Final Qualifying Round Results
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [8] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (65m)
[6] Diego Elias (PER) bt [2] Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-1 (25m)
[5] Nicholas Mueller (SUI) bt [3] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-2: 5-11, 11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3 (46m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [7] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (35m)

2016 NetSuite Open - Men’s First Round Draw
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Max Lee (HKG) v [8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[7] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
[Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [WC] James Willstrop (ENG)
[Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v [6] Simon Rösner (GER)
[6] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Q] Diego Elias (PER)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [2] Nick Matthew (ENG)

2016 NetSuite Open - Women’s Final Qualifying Round Results
[1] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Laura Pomportes (FRA) 3-0: 11-8

27 Sep 2016

WSF World Masters – South Africa Posted:

The 2016 edition of trhe WSF World Masters is under way in Johannesburg, with almost 1,000 players aiming to become World Champion in one of nineteen men’s and women’s categories from Over 35 to Over 80.

Stay up to date with all the action on the WSF Official Site wsfworldmasters.com


26 Sep 2016

James and Letourneau Lift Nash Cup Crowns

Defending champion Declan James and home hero Danielle Letourneau triumphed in their respective final clashes against Peruvian Diego Elias and Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi to become the 2016 Nash Cup champions at the London Squash and Fitness Club in Canada.

World No.39 James, who overcame Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in last year’s final, took the Men’s title after a series of assured displays saw him down Jaymie Haycocks, Jan van den Herrewegen and World No.50 Ben Coleman to set up a encounter with Elias, a two-time World Junior Champion, in the final of the PSA M15 event.

In the pair’s first meeting on the PSA World Tour, Elias, who beat Michael McCue, Andrew Schnell and Olli Tuominen en route to the final, took an early lead in the opening game, before a determined James battled back to build up a 1-0 advantage.

James eased to victory in game two to double his lead, but Elias responded with a more patient approach, which paid immediate dividends as the 19-year-old clawed the third game back for the loss of two points, before claiming the fourth to level the scores and set up a decider.

Nottingham-born James steadied himself at the outset of the fifth game, with the 23-year-old storming 7-2 ahead, and he fended off Elias’s attempts to work his way back into the match to close out an 11-9, 11-5, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6 victory, capturing his ninth PSA World Tour title in the process.

"I’m feeling great, to be champion for a second year is amazing," said James.

"I hope that I can come back for the hat-trick. Tonight was so tough against Diego, it was 90 minutes of attacking, hard squash. We are both very young, so I hope this is the first of many battles on the way to the top 10.

"It’s been an amazing week here in London, what an amazing club and atmosphere. This is why all the players come back year after year and more and more come. The hospitality is amazing here."

The Women’s PSA W10 title, meanwhile, ended up in the hands of Calgary-based World No.65 Letourneau after a nail-biting clash with third seed Kobayashi saw four of the five games go to dramatic tie-breaks.

A 16-14 victory for Letourneau in game two, sandwiched by wins for Kobayashi in the first and third games, left the player from Japan on the cusp of victory as she aimed for a first PSA World Tour title since June 2015.

But, with a vocal home crowd behind her, Letourneau battled back, taking the fourth to restore parity before holding her nerve in a climactic 18-16 tie-break victory in the fifth to claim her second Tour title of the year.

"This is my biggest tournament win ever," said Letourneau, who also beat compatriots Hollie Naughton and Samantha Cornett during the event.

"It’s my first 10k victory, I am still in a bit of a daze at the moment. Beating the number two, three and four seeds, including 2 Canadian ladies, is amazing. I was very focused the entire tournament and just kept my head down and played squash.

"I am happy to have just ground it out at the end, it was obviously one of those matches with basically every game a tie-break, so it could go either way. I felt fine physically, even at the end, the adrenaline and the crowd just kept me going. When there’s so much energy from the crowd, you don’t even feel your body."

Result - Final: Men’s Nash Cup 2016
[2] Declan James (ENG) bt [1] Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 11-9, 11-5, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6 (90m)

Result - Final: Women’s Nash Cup 2016
[7] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt [3] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 3-2: 9-11, 16-14, 11-13, 14-12, 18-16 (65m)


Photo Caption: (L-R) 2016 Men's Nash Cup winner Declan James, 2016 Women's Nash Cup winner Danielle Letourneau, Tournament Promoter Jay Nash, 2016 Women's Nash Cup runner-up Misaki Kobayashi, 2016 Men's Nash Cup runner-up Diego Elias

25 Sep 2016

Gawad And El Welily Crowned Al Ahram Open Champions

In front of one of the most iconic sporting backdrops of all time - the Pyramids of Giza - it was local man Karim Abdel Gawad, the World No.6, and Women's World No.5 Raneem El Welily who took the spoils in the 2016 Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza to write their names into Egypt's sporting history books.

In the shadow of the iconic structures Gawad, who came past World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad to reach the title-decider, overcame Ali Farag - the Cairo-born World No.10 - in straight games to become the first Egyptian to taste success here since the legendary Ahmed Barada in 1998, while El Welily overcame the challenge of compatriot and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini to become the first Egyptian woman ever to win the iconic title.

Receiving almost $17,000 each - the first time a major squash tournament in Egypt has offered parity in prize money - the duo delighted the capacity crowd to claim arguably the most important wins in their careers so far.

"It's a great pleasure for anyone to play at this amazing venue - which is one of the most amazing locations of all time," said Gawad.

"As a player it is a dream just to be here but to win it is incredibly special.

“At the beginning of the tournament my only aim was to win my first round and to get to play one match at the Al-Ahram Glass Court. So I am so happy to hold and raise the trophy now. It was only at Championship Ball that it hit me, that I was about to win this tournament.

“Ali and I played a good match and wee both played the best Egyptians in the world all week. Today, I tried and be very strong mentally, and in particular during the first game. I wanted to show him that I was strong, and determined, and very focused and it paid off for me.”

Speaking after her thrilling five game win over El Sherbini, which saw her halt several resurgent spells from the current World Champion, El Welily said:

"Nour is the best player out there at the moment in women's squash. She played a great match today and really pushed hard until the end and I think we both gave it everything we had - which is fitting for this final in this amazing location.”

Al Ahram Squash Open NEWGIZA 2016 - Men's Final

[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [4] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (40m)

Al Ahram Squash Open NEWGIZA 2016 - Women's Final

[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7 (61m)

24 Sep 2016

Farag Halts World No.1 Elshorbagy To Reach Al Ahram Title-decider

24-year-old Ali Farag recorded one of the biggest wins of his career as he halted the charge of title-favourite and World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy to move one step closer to becoming the first home-based player to win the iconic Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza - the $100k tournament taking place at the foot of the Great Pyramids of Giza - since Ahmed Barada in 1998.

Competing in one of world sport’s most breathtaking locations, Farag - who earned a berth in the last four following the retirement of three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour during their quarter-final encounter - produced a sublime performance to come through in four games and earn a richly deserved win after 70-minutes of high quality squash.

After losing the opening game Farag fought back to level against ElShorbagy and then take a 2-1 lead. Then, with both men giving their all, they traded points in a series of ferocious exchanges as the score reached 10-10 in the crucial fourth. A first match ball went to waste as ElShorbagy mounted a last ditch charge before Farag responded in style and take the game, and with it the match, 14-12.

"I have the upmost respect for Mohamed - he's been the best in the game for the past two seasons hands down," said Farag.

"I knew that to have a chance I needed to be at my absolute best, but I've been preparing well since Hong Kong and got in a big chunk of training before this event that I think made the difference.

"Mohamed can be very intimidating at times with how big he makes himself on court - like any top player does - but I knew the biggest battle today would be mental. I had to match him mentally and that's what I did.

"Before the event I looked at the draw and knew it would be tough - but names are just names - you go out and play to win. At Motor City Open I had the toughest draw possible and won so I know I just have to believe in myself."

Farag will face compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad - the Hong Kong Open runner up - in the decider after he saw off second seeded Omar Mosaad 3-0 with a performance that underlined his status as one of the most in-form players on the Men’s Tour while Farag's wife Nour El Tayeb bowed out of the women's event at the semi-final stage, losing in straight game to the in-form play on the Women’s Tour this year - Nour El Sherbini.

World No.1 El Sherbini has scythed her way through the tournament so far without dropping a single game and she impressed once again to underline her status as the player to beat as she came through 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 in less than 30 minutes.

"I was very focused from the beginning today and worked hard not to let her get in front and I'm glad to come through in three games,” said El Sherbini.

"I've been dreaming of playing here since I was ten years old and playing in front of the Pyramids and the Egyptian crowd. I'm really proud to be here and have my family and sponsors there to see me play so hopefully I can keep it going now in the final."

El Sherbini will face Raneem El Welily, the 27-year-old who held the World No.1 spot at the end of 2015, in what promises to be a gripping encounter after she stormed past England's Sarah-Jane Perry to end all international interest in the $100k event.

“I used to come here with my brother and my parents, we were so young then, and I remember we were fascinated by everything, so being here means a lot for me,” said El Welily.

“Tomorrow, I hope it’s going to be a great match. She is a good person, on and off court, and a great player.”

Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza - Men's Semi-final Results:

[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) 3-1: 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 14-12 (78m)

[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [2] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 (61m)

Draw - Men's Final

[4] Ali Farag (EGY) v [3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza - Women's Semi-final Results:

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [WC] Nour El Tayeb (E

22 Sep 2016

Salming Launch Women's Specific PSA Range To Celebrate Women's Squash Week

Salming Launch Women's Specific PSA Range To Celebrate Women's Squash Week

Leading squash company Salming have today launched a special women's specific range of PSA branded clothing to celebrate Women's Squash Week, which takes place globally from Friday September 16 – Sunday September 25.

Complimenting the already popular line of PSA branded men's clothing, the women's line, as worn on the PSA World Tour by the likes of World No.9 Alison Waters, World No.36 Kanzy El Defrawy and World No.47 Hollie Naughton, will soon be available to purchase via the PSA's official online shop, whilst the PSA are also giving away a selected number of pre-release items via their social media channels.

Women’s squash players around the world are invited to send in pictures of them playing on court, using the hashtag #WomenInSquash, to the PSA’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels for the chance to receive some selected items for free.

"We are pleased to be able to recognise Women's Squash Week by launching a new women's dedicated range of clothing in partnership with the PSA," said Salming's Global Brand Manager Adrian Grant.

"Women's squash has progressed exponentially over the course of the past few years, and we are committed to supporting the sport's push towards achieving parity across the men's and women's games, and are pleased to be able to offer our colourful and exciting range to female players all over the world."

The range will soon be available to purchase at the following website: http://www.sportsdirect.com/psa-shop

21 Sep 2016

SAD!!Ashour Limps out of Al Ahram squash Tourney

 ElShorbagy And Farag To Meet In Al Ahram Semis As Ashour Limps Out

Three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour's hopes of winning the 2016 Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza - the illustrious $100k tournament taking place at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza - and writing his name into Egyptian sporting folklore came to a crushing and premature end as he limped off court during today's quarter-final encounter with Ali Farag.

Mid way through what was shaping up to be a closely fought and entertaining first game Ashour stopped after an innocuous looking movement, but was immediately in pain and was forced to shake his opponents hand and concede as his injury demons struck once again to grant Farag passage into the last four to face World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy.

25-year-old ElShorbagy, who last month surpassed Ashour's mark of 21 months as World No.1, looked shaky on his debut appearance here last night when he came from behind to knock out Cameron Pilley and he again found himself behind on two occasions to Germany's Simon Rösner before coming through to end all international interest in the Men's draw.

"I felt flat today," said ElShorbagy afterwards. "I had to push hard mentally to make it happen and make sure that it would take a lot of effort to beat me here.

"He was playing very well but when I pushed I think he went defensive and that helped me.

"To be honest I'm proud that I could win today. It's moments like this that separate the top athletes from the others - today was tough but I live for these kind of challenges."

In the Women's draw there was further local joy as World No.1 Nour El Sherbini dispatched Omneya Abdel Kawy with ease before wildcard Nour El Tayeb followed up her impressive first round defeat of the in-form Nouran Gohar to come through a thrilling 83 minute battle with England's Alison Waters.

El Tayeb came out firing and looked to be on her way to a comfortable victory as she took a 2-0 lead, with Waters looking out of sorts, but the Englishwoman mounted a gargantuan challenge, saving multiple match balls in the third to take it 13-11 and then securing the fourth game 14-12 before El Tayeb delighted the crowd with an 11-8 win in the fifth.

"I think that is the toughest match I've ever won," said El Tayeb after.

"I've never been match ball up and lost before and there was a lot going through my head. It got quite heated and I just panicked.

"I told all my friends to come and watch me and the thought of losing was going through my head. At 10-8 in the third I had that thought of winning and having that picture of the pyramids in the background and boom it hit me and I crumbled.

"But I kept pushing and pushing and I have a rest day tomorrow so I can train and work on a few things and hopefully play better in the next round."

Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza - Women's Quarter-final Results:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-1, 11-4, 11-8 (23m)
[WC] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [8] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-2: 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 12-14, 11-8 (83m)

Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza - Women's Quarter-finals - To Be Played September 21
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [7] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)

Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza - Men's Quarter-final Results:
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [6] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-2: 5-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5 (66m)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [7] Ramy Ashour (EGY) 3-0: 6-5 retired (15m)

Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza - Men's Quarter-final - To Be Played September 21
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [5] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[LL] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [2] Omar Mosaad (EGY)

more pics after the cut

17 Sep 2016

UPDATE from the ongoing UPDC/O'Trafford Squash Tournament

Taiwo Ebifemi       bt  Oyindamola Fatoki  2-0
Yemisi Owokole    bt Bisi Adeleke.             2-0
Busayo Olatunji.   bt Rebecca Auta.           2-0
Veronica Sunday. bt  Idowu Ogunyemi.     2-0
Hassan  Matthew w/o seun Jayeola
Mayowa Olorunisola bt Shola Thomas.      2-1
Onaopemipo Adegoke bt Dele Pratt.           2-1
Abel Shedrack.        bt Ayomide Oladipupo 2-1
Victor Daniel.          bt Osho Abiodun.          2-0
Michael John.         bt Lanre Pratt.                2-1
Ayodele Omotayo.  bt Rabiu Ibrahim.          2-0
Temilolu Adegoke.  bt Daniel Ajibade.         2-0

Udeme James bt Taiwo Ebifemi.                2-0
Lola Ajayi.        bt Yemisi Owokole.            2-0
Veronica Sunday bt Dunni Okikiola.           2-0
Yemisi Olatunji.    bt Busayo Olatunji.        2-0
Sodiq Taiwo.  bt Mayowa Olorunisola.      2-0
Endurance Omosor bt Hassan Matthew.  2-0
Femi Shedara.       bt Abel Shedrack.        2-1
Onaopemipo Adegoke bt Tittah Jamah.   2-0
Lanre Abdulraham.  bt Michael John.       2-1
Wasiu Bello.     bt Victor Daniel.                 2-1
Temilolu Adegoke bt Idowu Enimakure.   2-1
Jonathan Peters bt Ayodele Omotayo.      2-0
Men quarterfinals
Sodiq bt Endurance        2-0
Femi   bt onaopemipo.   2-0
Lanre  bt Wasiu.              2-0
Jonathan bt Temilolu.     2-0
Lanre Abdulraham  vs Jonathan Peters 12noon
Sodiq Taiwo vs Femi Shedara                 12:25pm
Udeme James vs Lola Ajayi.                    12noon
Yemisi Olatunji vs Veronica Sunday.       12:40pm FINALS COMES UP LATER TODAY
Make your weekend an hilarious one,come n watch squash at its peak.

15 Sep 2016

2016 Men's World Championship Line-up Highlights Squash's Global Appeal

Squash's growing global appeal will be on show this October when 112 players, representing 31 countries across six continents, will travel to the Wadi Degla Nakheel Club of Cairo, Egypt to compete in the 2016 PSA Men’s World Championship - the most illustrious and iconic tournament in the world of squash.

The competition gets underway on October 25 when two days of qualifying will see 64 hopefuls aiming to secure their place in the main draw to join the likes of three-time champions Nick Matthew and Ramy Ashour and defending champion Gregory Gaultier and compete for the $325,000 prize purse.

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy will top the seedings - as one of a 31 strong Egyptian presence - and will be hoping to improve on his shock third round exit last year and end his World Championship jinx while the likes of Ali Farag, Karim Abdel Gawad, Tarek Momen and Omar Mosaad will be just a handful of local stars aiming to secure their place in Egyptian sporting folklore with a title triumph on home soil during what promises to be an enthralling and intense week of action.

The 2016 PSA Mens’ World Championship draw will be made on September 25.

“We’re very excited to host the 2016 Men’s PSA World Championship in Wadi Degla Nakheel Club, Cairo this year and are delighted with the strength and depth of squash talent that has committed to playing in the sport’s most prestigious event,” said tournament promoter Karim Darwish - a former World No.1 and now sporting director at Wadi Degla, who have five clubs spread across Cairo with more than 500,000 members playing 20 different sports.

“Egypt, and Cairo in particular, has been at the heart of Egypt's rise to squash superpower status over the past decade so to bring the most prestigious title in the sport to Egypt is a great honour for everyone involved and we’re really looking forward to welcoming the world’s best players here in October.”

2016 Mens PSA World Championship: Automatic Main Draw Entries
1) Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2) Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
3) Omar Mosaad (EGY)
4) Nick Matthew (ENG)
5) Ramy Ashour (EGY)
6) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
7) Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
8) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
9) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
10) Ali Farag (EGY)
11) Tarek Momen (EGY)
12) Simon Rösner (GER)
13) Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
14) Cameron Pilley (AUS)
15) Fares Dessouky (EGY)
16) Borja Golan (ESP)
17) Max Lee (HKG)
18) James Willstrop (ENG)
19) Daryl Selby (ENG)
20) Mazen Hesham (EGY)
21) Saurav Ghosal (IND)
22) Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
23) Chris Simpson (ENG)
24) Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
25) Leo Au (HKG)
26) Tom Richards (ENG)
27) Cesar Salazar (MEX)
28) Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
29) Gregoire Marche (FRA)
30) Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
31) Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
32) Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
33) Paul Coll (NZL)
34) Alan Clyne (SCO)
35) Diego Elias (PER)
36) Adrian Waller (ENG)
37) Greg Lobban (SCO)
38) Lucas Serme (FRA)
39) Declan James (ENG)
40) Campbell Grayson (NZL)
41) Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
42) Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
43) Mohamed Reda (EGY)
44) Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
45) Raphael Kandra (GER)
46) Olli Tuominen (FIN)
47) Joe Lee (ENG)
48) Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)

The 2016 Men's PSA World Championship takes place from October 25 - November 4 at the Wadi Degla Club, Cairo with tickets to the tournament available for free when purchasing a day pass to the venue, costing from $5.

11 Sep 2016

World Class Line-up Confirmed For 2016 U.S. Open

Philadelphia's Drexel University will once again play host to the prestigious 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open - the second tournament on the 2016/17 PSA Road To Dubai - this October (6-15) when 112 of the world's best squash players will descend on the city for the PSA World Series tournament.

For the fourth consecutive year the U.S. Open will offer equal prize money for men and women, with $150,000 on offer in each draw, and will be headlined by World No.1s Mohamed ElShorbagy - the 2014 winner - and Nour El Sherbini, the 20-year-old Egyptian World Champion.

El Sherbini headlines a stellar Women's field that will also include USA's top stars Amanda and Sabrina Sobhy. Fresh from reaching the final of the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the new season, Amanda will be hoping to keep her form going and claim a maiden World Series title while Sabrina, the second year Harvard student, will hope to consolidate her position as a top 100 player as she combines studies with limited professional events.

Also competing in a standout field will be defending champion Laura Massaro, three-time champion Nicol David and former World No.1 Raneem El Welily while the men's draw will see the former champions returning with ElShorbagy joined by 2007 winner Nick Matthew and 2015 winner Gregory Gaultier, the Frenchman who also holds the World Champion title.

American Chris Gordon occupies the men’s main draw wild card position and will hope to go one better than his first round exit here twelve months ago and will find out his first round opponent on Wednesday September 14, when the full draw is set to be released.

2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open - Men's Entry List
1) Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
2) Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
3) Omar Mosaad (EGY)
4) Nick Matthew (ENG)
5) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
6) Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
7) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
8) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
9) Ali Farag (EGY)
10) Tarek Momen (EGY)
11) Simon Rösner (GER)
12) Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
13) Cameron Pilley (AUS)
14) Fares Dessouky (EGY)
15) Max Lee (HKG)
16) James Willstrop (ENG)
18) Mazen Hesham (EGY)
19) Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
20 Chris Simpson (ENG)
21) Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
22) Leo Au (HKG)
23) Tom Richards (ENG)
WildCard) Christopher Gordon (USA)

2016 Delaware Investments U.S Open - Women's Entry List
1) Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
2) Laura Massaro (ENG)
3) Nicol David (MAS)
4) Nouran Gohar (EGY)
5) Raneem El Welily (EGY)
6) Camille Serme (FRA)
7) Amanda Sobhy (USA)
8) Alison Waters (ENG)
9) Joshna Chinappa (IND)
10) Joelle King (NZL)
11) Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
12) Annie Au (HKG)
13) Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
14) Emily Whitlock (ENG)
15) Victoria Lust (ENG)
16) Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
17) Delia Arnold (MAS)
18) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
19) Joey Chan (HKG)
20) Donna Urquhart (AUS)
21) Heba El Torky (EGY)
22) Rachael Grinham (AUS)
23) Line Hansen (DEN)
WildCard) Sabrina Sobhy (USA)

Tickets for the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open are now available to buy online by visiting http://www.usopensquash.com/tickets/ with tickets priced from $25 - $250. For further information on the U.S. Open go to http://www.usopensquash.com 

10 Sep 2016


The Squash spirit is still very much alive in Lagos. Come catch the thrills on the 16th and 17th of September, 2016 at the Golden Tulip Squash Courts, Amuwo Odofin, Festac, Lagos

6 Sep 2016

HEADWATERS SQUASH ACADEMY summer Camp with Coach Seun Peters

Situated at the popular Police college ,Ikeja Lagos!

Growing future Squash stars; Headwaters Squash Academy.
A group photograph of the HEADWATERS SQUASH ACADEMY on Sept 3rd, 2016 at police college training center Ikeja,lagos after 6 weeks out of 8weeks of the summer camp 2016.

Ye all need to see these kids playing,you'll wonder how they move so swiftly at such pace in a squash court. Amazing kids
All Kudos to Mr Seun peters for bringing thesr kids and other squash Lovers together
For enquiry contact:
Coach seun peters: +234 802 241 7897
The official coach of Headwaters Squash Academy

5 Sep 2016

Massaro And ElShorbagy Reign In China Open

A virtuoso performance from England's Laura Massaro in the finale of the 2016 China Squash Open saw her power to the title in straight games and gain revenge for defeat to opponent Nouran Gohar at last month's Hong Kong Open.

Massaro fell to the 18-year-old Egyptian in a bruising quarter-final in Hong Kong but made amends on the edge of Shanghai's breathtaking Bund as she halted Gohar's 8-match winning streak, playing accurate and disciplined squash to take the honours and claim her first PSA World Tour title since winning the 2015/16 season-ending Dubai PSA World Series Finals in May.

The World No.2 came through 11-9, 11-5, 11-3 in just 36 minutes to secure the silverware while Men's World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy bounced back from his shock second round exit in Hong Kong to defeat World No.2 Gregory Gaultier and claim the men's title - winning 3-0 in three minutes less than Massaro - and improve on his first round defeat here last year.

ElShorbagy lost out to Australian Cameron Pilley in Hong Kong last month but looked back to the form that saw him claim six of seven PSA World Series titles last season as he overpowered Gaultier, the Frenchman who was hoping to defend the crown he won ahead of ElShorbagy's younger brother, Marwan, twelve months ago, to win 11-5, 11-3, 11-3.

2016 China Squash Open - Women's Final:
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [3] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-3 (36m)

2016 China Squash Open - Men's Final:
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (33m)


Sodiq      w/o.    Wale
Lanre       beat    Idowu    3-0
Yemisi Olatunji          beat      Udeme James.      3-1
Lanre Abdulraham   beat      Sodiq Taiwo           3-2             Sponsored by Mr.Femi Adeyemo and Capt Dayo Awobokun.

4 Sep 2016

Semi/Final Fixture of the 5th Edition of the Apapa squash League

SEMIFINALS of d 5th edition of APAPA LEAGUE comes up today by 2:30pm and FINALS by 5:00pm
Sodiq beat Tunde 3-2, Wale beat Seun 3-0
Lanre beat Temi 3-0, Idowu beat Wasiu 3-0
Wale vs Sodiq
Lanre vs Idowu
Yemisi vs Udeme.

2 Sep 2016


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world Squash ranking for September 2016

The PSA world tour ranking for 2016.
How superb; Ramy gains back top 5 position on one tour.
To me, Ramy Ashour is the squash Legend of our time.
Yes , Naija squash Blog says so.

1 Sep 2016

5th Edition of The prestigious Apapa Squash League

This is to inform you all that the fifth edition of the 2016 Apapa league will come up this weekend Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September, interested players should send their entry to this number (0802 241 7897), NB: verbal entry is not valid, signed league management.


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