31 Mar 2017

And the winner is Seun Peters at the Tagged "Golf war 2 "squash showdown

Seun Peters (left)  defeated Sope Robert (right) at the Tagged Squash showdown "Golf war 2" Which took place at Ikoyi club (squash section)  3-0 majors.
And the winner is Seun Peters.
11-9 11-8 11-7 majors


Lol.. Golf war 2 "squash" live this evening at Ikoyi club

GULF WAR 2 Between
Seun Peters vs Sope Roberts
Date:                          Today 31st of March 2017
Venue:                       squash section,ikoyi club
Time:.                         8pm
Centre Referee:         Dr. Kayode Roberts
Referee system:.       5 ref system( 3 at d middle, 2 at d sides)
Best of 5games
CONDITION:               no mercy,winner takes all
Cash prize:                 #100,000
Sponsor:                     Mr. Maduka,. Chairman squash Section,ikoyi club.
Media partner: Naija squash media
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Yemisi Olatinji lost in the quarter finals at the PSA World Tour ChristChurch vets ipswich Ladies Open 2017. 


NAIJA Squash queen Yemisi Olatinji lost in the quarter finals at the ongoing  PSA World Tour ChristChurch vets ipswich Ladies Open 2017 taking place in the UK. 

Squash pics for March month end

See the purse, the anticipation, the passion, the moment
Squash, world healthiest sport!

Squash in Dubai

When Squash is in Dubai, expect nothing less than a wow!!!

UPDATES: Debut PSA World Series road to Dubai Finals Spot



England's Sarah-Jane Perry will compete in the lucrative season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals for the first time in June after a superb run to the final at the Allam British Open saw her seal a place amongst the top eight on the concluding Women's PSA Road To Dubai Standings.


Only the top eight players on the standings qualify for a coveted place at the PSA Dubai World Series Finals – which will take place inside the Dubai Opera House from June 6-10, 2017 – where an equal £160,000 prize purse will be on offer in both the Men's and Women's draws.


"I've never been to Dubai before and never played at the World Series Finals so I'm very excited to experience it all," said Perry.


"At the start of the season my aims were to make the top eight in the World Rankings and I've managed to achieve that, so to qualify for Dubai is a huge bonus. There will be no pressure on me - I'll just go out there and enjoy the experience and try to play some good squash.


"It will be a fantastic way to end the season."


The 26-year-old from Birmingham came through the field in Hull to defeat eight-time World Champion Nicol David and reach her first PSA World Series tournament final. While she fell short to compatriot Laura Massaro - who moves up to third on the standings - in the final, it was enough to see Perry secure seventh place in the standings and a trip to Dubai.


With American Amanda Sobhy ruled out for the remainder of the season due to injury, a third English player, Alison Waters, moves up to occupy the No.8 spot and the last berth in Dubai - joining Egyptian trio Nour El Sherbini, Raneem El Welily and Nouran Gohar.


France's Camille Serme and David complete the Women's qualifiers.


"The 2016 World Series Finals was such a good event and I'm sure we will all have another brilliant week there this year," said 2016 champion Massaro.


"As an English player its also great to see Alison and SJ qualifying. There will be a real mix of style and skills amongst the players so it should be another great event."


Despite a disappointing second round exit at the British Open, World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad maintains his position at the top of the Men's Road To Dubai Standings with one qualifying event - April's El Gouna International - still to play.


Gawad's feats so far this season have guaranteed him a place in Dubai alongside British Open winner Gregory Gaultier, World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and 36-year-old Nick Matthew - runner-up in Hull.


Former World No.1 James Willstrop and Egyptian duo Marwan ElShorbagy and Ramy Ashour are all but confirmed to make the journey to the Middle East - although they aren't mathematically certain to finish in the top eight - while Germany's Simon Rösner faces a tough battle for the last qualifying spot.


Rösner - who takes on Borja Golan in a banana-skin opener in El Gouna - sits on 130 points, just 10 ahead of Ali Farag with Max Lee and Aussie duo Ryan Cuskelly and Cameron Pilley hot on their heels on 100 points.


29 Mar 2017

3rd PSPAN National Open Squash Tournament


From the office of the president PSPAN seun Peters
To: All States Director of Sports;
Club Chairmen/Managers
Military; Police and Paramilitary formation.

Letter of Invitation.

3rd PSPAN National Open Squash Tournament.

I wish to inform you that the above named tournament will take place from April 30th--May 3rd 2017, at Apapa Club and Telsim Balogun stadium in Lagos.

In view of this, I have been directed to invite states, clubs,military,police and paramilitary formation to participate in the above tournament, scheduled as follows:

ARRIVAL: ---------------------29th April,2017
GAME PROPER------------30th April-- 3rd May 2017
DEPARTURE-----------------4th May 2017

CONDITION FOR PARTICIPATION.

The tournament is opened to all Bona fide members of PSPAN that have paid their annual dues to date. #5,000 for senior players and #2,500 for junior players.

Please note that ONLY players who have paid their annual dues will be allowed to participate in the tournament, and also to participate in the election, by way of voting and be voted for.

Payment  should be made to PSPAN account on or before April 24th,2017.

ACCOUNT DETAILS
Professional Squash Players Association of Nigeria (PSPAN)
Account Number: 2023621981
Bank: FIRST BANK
Entry closes by 12 midnight, April 25th 2017.

All entries should be sent via any of  the numbers below with the format :  I ABUBAKAR JACKSON do hereby enter for the 3rd PSPAN National Squash tournament. 08035895425,08054725882, or the PSPAN family squash chatting forum on whatsapp.

Chart will be drawn on April 27th and displayed  on PSPAN chat forum.

A player that wishes to withdraw should do so latest by 12noon of April 28th Failure to do so, such player (s) will be penalised.

 Feeding, accommodation and transport is to be taken care of by the states and agencies sponsoring the players.

Please note that  the tournament will be used for PSPAN national ranking.

 All participating players will get their cash prizes same day they lost out in the tournament.

For more information, contact:
Amos---------08035895425
Sodiq---------07031989038
Seun----------08054725882

Attached to this letter is the breakdown of the cash prizes.

Thanks
Sunday Akintoye
Secretary
Technical committee
CASH PRIZE BREAKDOWN
1st --------------------------#100,000
2nd--------------------------#75,000
Joint 3rd-----------------#50,000x2
5th-8th--------------------#20,000x4
9th-16th------------------#10,000x8
17th-32nd---------------#5,000x16
WOMEN
Same as men.

RIP -wole Olugboji, former chairman Squash section IRC ibadan recreational club...


Rest In Peace Wole Olugboji, former chairman Squash section IRC ibadan recreational club.....

Nick now has a nickname "The wolf"

Nick Matthew has been tagged with a nickname "The wolf" after he defeated Mohammed Shorbagy at the just concludedAllam British Open 2017...

OH RAMY!


We all miss you Ramy Ashour, get well soon....
Defeat that body.
You are a Legend, just get it sealed, it's a done deal.

Yemisi Olatunji qualifies for the final round at the PSA World Tour ChristChurch vets ipswich Ladies Open 2017



Yemisi Olatunji qualifies for the final round at the PSA World Tour ChristChurch vets ipswich Ladies Open 2017.
I guess this is where the world best female squash players should be this week. 




28 Mar 2017

UNVEILING! , "1st ex-squash pros" under 16 & 19 National squash Tournament


1st of it kind, Unveiling, "1st ex-squash pros" under 16 & 19 National squash tournament scheduled to take place at the Teslim Balogun stadium, Lagos, Nigeria on the 27th to 29th of April 2017, 9am-6pm daily.

Brief History of SQUASH in Nigeria & N.S.F.



Nigeria Squash Rackets Federation was established in 1974, though the game was played in the early 50’s in Nigeria, it is on record that the first standard squash court was erected on the grounds of Kings College Lagos in 1956. Interestingly, squash has since moved from largely recreational sport in Nigeria and indeed the world over to a highly competitive sport. In the last 2 decades in particular, squash has become a truly international sport having been admitted into the Commonwealth Games, all the World Regional Games and hopefully in the Olympic Games.
Today, Nigeria boasts of over 300 squash courts spread Federation, many of them now fitted with glass back walls. Surprisingly, the National Stadium Squash Complex, Lagos built in 1973 at the instance of the then Head of State, Major-General Yakubu Gowon (rtd).
As part of the International Body’s policy, the Federation like others from inception had had its board constituted in the running of its day-to-day activities.

International Affiliation
After successfully running the Federation at the National and State levels, the National Sports Commission in the early 80s felt it was pertinent for the Federation to get international recognition.
There and then, it got affiliated to the World Squash Federation WSF -a year after. Up till date, the affiliations to these two international bodies remains.

N.S.F
Nigeria Squash Federation is the umbrella organising body of the game of squash in Nigeria NSF major role is to develop, promote and regulate the game of
squash in all forms in Nigeria.
The NSF organises a number of activities competitions, coaching clinics, participation in international competitions etc
The NSF works with partners public and private to actualise its mission
The game of squash is one of the most popular sports in the country played by two categories of people, i.e those who play it competitively and those who play it for its recreational and health benefits.

During this period under review, the then president of the Federation, Engr. Onwukaike Nwambam single handedly got the late President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Alh. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to approve a championship named after his late elder brother

Even though the game is not played at the Olympics, we recognized the fact that it is a game played at the Commonwealth and the All Africa Games (though Nigeria is yet to be represented at the Commonwealth Games).

PREAMBLE
The game of squash is one of the most popular sports in the country played by two categories of people, i.e those who play it competitively and those who play it for its recreational and health benefits. The game which gained recognition years back has witnessed some development in the last 4 to 5 years with the help of some individuals, clubs etc gave their all to sponsor pros from the country to other countries to play competitions with their fellow squash pros so as to boost and improve on their game and also help posterity.





Tribute to Late Arc. Sam Galadima former Nigerian Squash Federation president.


Some pioneers in Nigerian squash champions like Okanlawon Martin, Ben Solomon, Tarry Tikili, Taiwo Owoyemi, Regina Obi, Moses Olubo, Wasiu Sanni, Kunle Adebiyi,  just to mention a few.

We also have individuals,companies & clubs funding the development of the game. People like FRA William, George Etomi, Isueli, Fola Alade, Capt Awobokun , Capt Shina Akinfenwa,  Taye Ige,  Arc Funmi Bankole; Cargolux, PSPAN- professional Squash players association of Nigeria(president: Seun Peters) ,Ex Nigeria Squash pros, ibadan recreational club, Lagos country club, Unilag Staff Club, Apapa Club, Owerri Sport club, NAIJA squash Media etc over the years till date made it possible for over 40 Nigerian players gain recognition,  play international squash & promoting their talents.
Some of the beneficiaries :

1) Yemisi Olatunji coming to the UK for squash tournament.
2) National Squash Congress in April
3) Three Nigerian Squash players; Wale Amao, Tunde Ajagbe, Moses Durosinmi currently in USA playing competitions.
4) OAU squash club




27 Mar 2017

A day history was made: England Provide Three British Open Finalists for First Time Since 1953




A historic day of semi-final action at the 2017 Allam British Open - the sport’s oldest and most established tournament - saw English trio Nick Matthew, Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry earn their final berths in Hull’s Airco Arena - marking the first time in 64 years that England has provided three finalists.

Matthew, a three-time British Open champion, dethroned defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in his semi-final fixture to reach his first World Series final since October’s U.S. Open.

The 36-year-old Yorkshireman fought back from 8-6 and 7-3 down in the opening two games to go 2-0 up and survived a resurgence from ElShorbagy - which saw the Egyptian take the third - to seal an 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 victory that will see him do battle with two-time winner Gregory Gaultier in the final.

“I was trying not to let the adrenaline get to me, I could feel my heart beating through my head knowing the crowd were cheering," said fourth seed Matthew.

“I felt him wavering at the end which gave me belief. Never mind the World Rankings, I’m the World No.1 for my age. The peak is about five years ago, but me and Greg are trying to rip up that rulebook, we are always exchanging text messages saying stuff like ‘there is still life in the old dog’.

“I’ve not been in many World Series finals recently. I know what I need to be doing, but it’s not always as easy as that. Once you get to a certain age you know what it looks like, but in many ways that makes it harder to implement."

Matthew’s win over ElShorbagy means the Egyptian will lose his World No.1 ranking next month, dropping to World No.3 - with Gaultier in pole position to profit.

A win for Gaultier in the final will see the 34-year-old become the oldest ever World No.1, while a defeat will instead see World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad sit atop the World Rankings when they are released on April 1.

Gaultier moved through to the final after last year’s runner-up Ramy Ashour retired after the opening game due to a hip injury - the latest problem in a career that has been ravaged by injury over the past three years.

"The last match we played was here last year and we had an unbelievable five games," said Gaultier.

"But I could see in the first game, in the first few points, he was struggling a little bit and he was going for quick points. I just hope it’s not too bad because he’s been struggling for a while now and hopefully he can play next week in El Gouna."

In the Women’s event, Massaro and Perry will meet in the first female all-English British Open final since Lisa Opie and Sue Wright in 1991 after they defeated 2016 winner Nour El Sherbini and five-time champion Nicol David, respectively.

Massaro, the 2013 British Open champion, looked to be heading out of the prestigious World Series tournament after an imperious start from El Sherbini saw the World No.1 go two games ahead inside 20 minutes.

But Massaro, drawing on the energy of a passionate home crowd, dug in resiliently and swung the momentum of the match on its head to come through by a 5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 scoreline.

"I really wanted to do well this week, especially being at home," said Massaro.

"There was a lot of pressure on me going into that fifth. They say that the home crowd helps and when you’re down at the end there, it definitely does."

Perry, meanwhile, reached her first ever World Series final after she defeated David in four games, claiming her second successive win over the Malaysian five-time champion.

“Knowing Laura was waiting in the final for me, it gave me a bit of extra fight actually," conceded Perry, who was less than a year old when Opie and Wright met in the 1991 final.

“There is absolutely no pressure on me, so I’m just going to go out there and try and play well. If that means that I get the win, then I’d love to win my first World Series title at the British Open, that would be really special.”

Results - Semi-Final: 2017 Men’s Allam British Open
[4] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (75m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) 3-0: 11-9 ret. (20m)

Draw - Men’s Final
[4] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Results - Semi-Finals: 2017 Women’s Allam British Open
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (63m)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [6] Nicol David (MAS) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 13-11, 11-7 (56m)

Draw - Women’s Final
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

26 Mar 2017

Gregory Gaultier back to world number one...

Popularly known as the squash General; Gregory Gautier after winning is 3rd Allam British Open title is back to world number one in Squash. The oldest number one ever at 34 years old...

Gaultier and Massaro Claim 2017 British Open Titles



French World No.3 Gregory Gaultier and England’s World No.5 Laura Massaro triumphed on finals day at the 2017 Allam British Open, claiming respective wins over Nick Matthew and Sarah-Jane Perry at the World Series tournament held in Hull’s Airco Arena.

Gaultier will become the oldest player ever to top the PSA World Rankings next month after the 34-year-old recovered from a game down to beat Matthew, capturing his third British Open crown in the process.

Gaultier, who also lifted the sport’s oldest and most established title in 2007 and 2014, will overtake Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy at the summit of the World Rankings and, at 34 years and three months, he eclipses the record of Women’s former World No.1 Sarah-Fitz Gerald by a month after a 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 victory saw him take the iconic title.

"It was a massive day for me," said Gaultier.

"I only found out a few days ago that there were three of us who could get to No.1. I wasn't thinking about that during the week, I was focusing on playing well and executing my tactics.

"I had a great week and a great feeling on court, I was moving well and to be number one as well again at my age is an amazing feeling - it's pure pleasure."

In the Women’s event, Massaro became the first Englishwoman since Janet Morgan in 1951 to lift the prestigious Allam British Open title on two occasions after she saw off Perry in four games.

Massaro, the 2013 champion, and Perry were contesting the first female all-English British Open final since Lisa Opie and Sue Wright in 1991 after they achieved respective semi-final wins over defending champion Nour El Sherbini and five-time winner Nicol David.

And it was 33-year-old Massaro who imposed her game plan on the encounter to seal the win by an 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 scoreline.

“It’s just unbelievable,” said Massaro, who will move up to World No.2 in next month's rankings.

“When I won the British Open for the first time I was so happy. There was a little bit more pressure coming into today as I beat Nicol, who was World No.1, for my first title and at the time there was absolutely no pressure on me.

“I’m proud of myself for the week and for bouncing back because this has probably not been my best season. I’m just happy I managed to tough it out in the end and keep getting balls back and it paid off. It’s a little bit different because the first one was so special."

Result - Final: 2017 Men’s Allam British Open
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [4] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 (67m)

Result - Final: 2017 Women’s Allam British Open
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 (55m)

Cargolux squash tourney sponsor "Captain Shina Akinfenwa marks 65th birthday

Cargolux squash tourney sponsor "Captain Shina Akinfenwa marks 65th birthday
This was celebrated at the Ikoyi O'trafford squash club

25 Mar 2017

Abouelghar Stuns World Champion Gawad on Day Three of British Open





World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad’s wait for the World No.1 spot goes on after the 26-year-old from Giza fell to a shock defeat against fellow Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar on day three of the prestigious 2017 Allam British Open, World Series tournament taking place in Hull’s Airco Arena.

Gawad required just a quarter-final finish at the sport’s oldest and most distinguished tournament to overtake current incumbent Mohamed ElShorbagy atop the World Rankings -  but a stunning display from Abouelghar nullified Gawad’s shot-making talents, with the World No.23 taking it 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 to send shockwaves throughout the tournament.

“I know it was a very big deal for Karim, if he’d have won he’d have become the World No.1 and I think that relaxed me a lot," said Abouelghar.

"I had nothing to lose, I just wanted to go out, enjoy my squash and prove something for myself.

"I had mixed feelings. I really wanted him to become World No.1 because I know how hard he works, but on the other side I wanted to win. I was thinking about that before the match, but as soon as I went in, I didn’t think about anything other than winning."

Gawad will still move to World No.1 should ElShorbagy or World No.3 Gregory Gaultier fail to lift the iconic title - but Gaultier looked to be in top form as he put Australian World No.18 Cameron Pilley to the sword.

The 34-year-old, a British Open champion in 2007 and 2014, laid down a marker for the rest of the field by annihilating former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the opening round – dropping just nine points throughout and inflicting a dreaded bagel on the Colombian – and he was even better against Australia’s Cameron Pilley in round two.

Not a single element of Gaultier’s game wasn’t firing on all cylinders as he outclassed and outmatched Pilley, with the affable Aussie having no answer to Gaultier’s masterclass of a display as the 34-year-old wrapped up an 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 victory to stay in with a chance of lifting a third British Open title.

“I didn’t expect to win with such a score line,” Gaultier said.

“Cameron is dangerous, especially on the glass courts because he can put the ball away really easily, so I made sure I gave no angles or openings. I was in front of him in most of the rallies, making him do a lot of work.

“I’m very confident, but there are a lot of really strong players. One day you feel 100%, another you can feel 30% for whatever reason and you still have to find the keys and solutions to win.”

Gaultier will take on compatriot Mathieu Castagnet for a place in the semi-finals, while 2013 champion Ramy Ashour defeated Peruvian Diego Elias to ensure that he will line up against Abouelghar.

2015 Women’s champion Serme, the World No.2, is on course for a second British Open crown after she beat Egypt’s World No.13 Nour El Tayeb, despite a contentious end to their second round match in Hull’s Airco Arena.

Serme was 2-1 up and 9-8 up in the fourth, when a cross-court effort from El Tayeb struck Serme’s racket – resulting in a controversial conduct stroke being awarded against the Egyptian player to hand Serme match ball.

The 27-year-old then converted at the second attempt to set up a quarter-final meeting with five-time winner Nicol David – a player who Serme has never beaten in 15 attempts.

“To be honest, I’m relieved to be through,” Serme said.

“I’m not really sure what happened on court [at the end], I need to see the match again to really see what happened. She came to me and asked why I didn’t offer a let like she did [in an incident earlier on in the match].

“But it was a different situation, to be honest. I think that she gave that let because she was 7-3 up, and it is easier to give a let when you’re winning, rather than 9-8 in the fourth."

David claimed her quarter-final berth courtesy of a an 11-4, 14-12, 9-11, 11-2 victory over Hong Kong’s Joey Chan.

“I feel more comfortable every time I play matches and tournaments," 33-year-old David said.

“You get spurred on playing on the glass court, so I think I raise my game up even more. I’m just happy to get through to the quarter-finals, there’s no expectations on me, so I’m looking forward to a good match tomorrow."

England’s World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry and Australia’s World No.18 Donna Urquhart were victorious against Tesni Evans and Egyptian qualifier Nada Abbas - the 16-year-old who scalped 2016 runner-up Nouran Gohar in round one - and they will go head-to-head for a place in the last four.


Results - Second Round (Bottom Half): 2017 Men’s Allam British Open

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 (31m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (54m)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 (42m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 (64m)

Draw - Men’s Quarter-Finals: To Be Played March 24th
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy v [7] Ali Farag (EGY)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [4] Nick Matthew (ENG)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)

Results - Second Round (Bottom Half): 2017 Women’s Allam British Open
[15] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [Q] Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 6-11, 11-1 (46m)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (43m)
[6] Nicol David (MAS) bt [14] Joey Chan (HKG) 3-1: 11-4, 14-12, 9-11, 11-2 (47m)
[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9 (54m)

Draw - Women’s Quarter-Finals: To Be Played March 24th
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [13] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
[15] Donna Urquhart (AUS) v [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[6] Nicol David (MAS) v [2] Camille Serme (FRA)


23 Mar 2017

Whitlock Claims Big Scalp Over Waters on Day Two Of British Open





                            


England’s World No.15 Emily Whitlock will join compatriots Laura Massaro and Nick Matthew in the quarter-final stage of the prestigious 2017 Allam British Open for the first time in her career after she upset fellow Englishwoman Alison Waters in their second round fixture at Hull’s Airco Arena.

Whitlock played with accuracy and intelligent shot-selection to stun the three-time British Open semi-finalist, claiming an 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 victory to set up a last eight meeting with defending champion and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini, with El Sherbini seeing off Annie Au.

"I just didn’t think I’d win, I’m pretty chuffed about it,” said Whitlock.

“I’ve beaten Alison once before in practice, but it’s never the same, tournament wins are just amazing.

"And winning 3-0 is just a joke as I’ve never won a first round match here – so to win two matches is just a bonus, its been a good week."

2013 champion Massaro, the World No.5, also moved through to the quarter-finals after she defeated Egyptian qualifier Mayar Hany.

The 33-year-old had to be patient in the early stages and was forced to overturn a 4-1 deficit in game one after a strong start from Hany, who upset World No.11 Joelle King in the opening round.

But the experienced Englishwoman soon found her rhythm after a slow start and, after claiming a two-game lead, she closed out the third to wrap up an 11-5, 11-1, 11-9 triumph - sealing her place in the quarter-finals of the sport’s longest-running tournament for an eighth consecutive year where she will meet World No.3 Raneem El Welily, who beat Joshna Chinappa.

Massaro said: “She came out quite attacking and it took me a few rallies to calm things down a little bit. I needed to get some longer rallies into the game, she gave me a few errors to help me get momentum in the first.

"In the second, I just tried to get on the volley, take the ball early and just keep the pace really high. She didn’t come off court after the second, so I thought she was going to be firing on all cylinders, and fair play to her she changed the plan a little bit.

“It’s really nice to play in front of a home crowd, it really does pick you up. We get that against us everywhere we play in the world, so it’s nice to have that on our side and hopefully the crowd can really get into the quarter-finals.”

Three-time Men’s champion Nick Matthew moved one stage further than last year after he defeated German No.1 Simon Rösner.

The Englishman, who lost out to Egypt’s Ali Farag in round two of the 2016 instalment, dispatched the World No.10 by an 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-3 margin to set up a quarter-final meeting with Tarek Momen, who dispatched World No.16 Paul Coll.

“I was prepared to work really hard against Simon, the last couple of times against him it’s been a tough four or five game match,” said Matthew.

“Everyone I play is going to be a tough match and I’m looking forward to playing Tarek, he’s a different style of player to Simon’s power, Tarek has the speed and the touch so it will be different challenge, but I’ve got a day and a half to prepare for it and a chance to recover."

Defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy took one step closer to a third successive British Open title after he saw off England’s Daryl Selby - avenging his first round defeat to the World No.15 in December’s Channel VAS Championship.

Selby held two game balls in game one, but some chest-thumping bravado from ElShorbagy helped him to take four straight points to go ahead - and he refused to relinquish his lead from that point onwards, completing a 12-10, 11-4, 11-7 victory to keep his hopes of lifting a third straight British Open crown alive.

“That’s the hunger I used to have when I was climbing up the rankings," said ElShorbagy, the World No.1.

"When I got to No.1, I wanted to win everything, which I haven’t, so I am still hungry. I was pumping myself after every point, I wasn’t angry with anyone else just myself, I told Daryl it wasn’t about him, it was me. I was happy to see him playing well, that’s nice for him."

He will take on compatriot Ali Farag - four months after their feisty quarter-final clash in November’s PSA Men’s World Championship - after Farag progressed courtesy of a 3-0 win over Tsz Fung Yip.


Results - Second Round (Top Half): 2017 Men’s Allam British Open
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 11-7 (37m)
[7] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [Q] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-9 (30m)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 20-18 (62m)
[4] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Simon Rösner (GER) 3-1: 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-3 (62m)

Draw - Men's Second Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played On March 23rd
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v Max Lee (HKG)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Draw - Men's Quarter-Finals (Top Half): To Be Played On March 24th
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [7] Ali Farag (EGY)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [4] Nick Matthew (ENG)

Results - Second Round (Top Half): 2017 Women’s Allam British Open
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [10] Annie Au 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (25m)
[13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [8] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (31m)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-1, 11-9 (29m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (27m)

Draw - Women's Second Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played on March 23rd
[Q] Nada Abbas (EGY) v [15] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
Tesni Evans (WAL) v [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[6] Nicol David (MAS) v [14] Joey Chan (HKG)
[11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [2] Camille Serme (FRA)

Draw - Women's Quarter-Finals (Top Half): To Be Played On March 24th
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [13] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

20 Mar 2017

Regions Refine Junior Talent In Preparation For NZ World Championships


Squash’s National Federations will be making full use of the WSF Regional Federation management of their regional junior championships – not only to compete for the titles but also to select and prepare squads for the 2017 WSF World Junior Squash Championships in New Zealand in July.

First this year will be European U19 Junior Individual & Team Championships, which will take place at both Lisboa Racket Centre and Lisboa Club Squash Olaias in the Portugal capital Lisbon from 8-16 April. The 2017 championships will feature 18 teams and more than 90 individual entries, with England bidding to defend their three titles.

Also in April, and in New Zealand, the Oceania Junior Championships will take place in Auckland between 14-17 April – three months ahead of the World Championships in the nearby city of Tauranga.

Paraguay will host the PanAmerican Junior Championships in Asuncion from 24-30 June – which will feature players from the breadth of North, Central and South America, plus the Caribbean.

But it will be after the World Championships in New Zealand that the Asian Junior Individual Championships will take in the Jordan capital Amman from 15-19 August at the El Hassan Squash Complex.

Dating back to 1983 in Singapore, the Asian Junior Individual Championships include legends Jansher Khan (Pakistan, 1985 & 1987) and Nicol David (Malaysia, 1999 & 2001) amongst its champions.

Also in August, the African Junior Open will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 18-20 August.

“The five WSF regions do a great job in provided an integrated structure for juniors, complementing the work of member nations,” said Andrew Shelley, CEO of the World Squash Federation. “There are regional championships in younger age groups too, while WSF link it all together with the national and regional championships forming the WSF World Junior Circuit.

“We take Under-19 results from national junior opens, along with the Regional and World Championships, to provide WSF World Junior Rankings. The Circuit is very much where the rising stars of the sport can make their mark as the best transition towards the PSA World Tour.”

16 Mar 2017

2016 Win Was 'Special' Says Defending British Open Champion El Sherbini


2016 Allam British Open Champion Nour El Sherbini says that victory last year, when she defeated compatriot Nouran Gohar to become the first Egyptian woman ever to win the sport’s oldest and most established tournament, will live long in her memory as one of the most special moments of her career.


The 21-year-old - who in 2012 also became the youngest ever finalist in the event’s history at 16 -  came through a thrilling five-game final with Gohar to lift the title and is hoping to use that victory as inspiration as she travels to Hull’s Airco Arena ahead of the 2017 iteration of the PSA World Series tournament, which takes place from March 21-26.


"Winning the British Open last year meant a lot to me,” said El Sherbini, who followed up her British Open by adding the World Championship title to her name last season.


"It was a very special victory - to be the first Egyptian winner of the tournament was an amazing achievement and it was the start of really good period of form for me last year.


"The event has a lot of history and I always love playing the tournament. I'm trying to train as hard as I can to defend the title and I'm very much looking forward to it.


"Hopefully it will be a good week again."


First Round Draw - 2017 Women's Allam British Open

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Line Hansen (DEN)

[Qualifier] v [10] Annie Au (HKG)

[13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)

Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [8] Alison Waters (ENG)

[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)

[Qualifier] v [9] Joelle King (NZL)

[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [Qualifier]

[WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [Qualifier]

[Qualifier] v [16] Donna Urquhart (AUS)

[14] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Tesni Evans (WAL)

[Qualifier] v [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

[6] Nicol David (MAS) v Olivia Blatchford (USA)

Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [15] Joey Chan (HKG)

[11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Qualifier]

[Qualifier] v [2] Camille Serme (FRA)


The 2017 Allam British Open takes place at the Airco Arena, Hull from March 21-26. Tickets are available to purchase from £7.50 by visiting https://allambritishopensquash2017.com/






Pulsating Line-up Awaits At 2017 Grasshopper Cup





A breathtaking draw has been confirmed for the 2017 Grasshopper Cup which will see all of the Worlds Top 4 players travel to Zurich's Puls5 to contest the $100,000 tournament this May.


World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy heads the draw which sees every automatic entry bar Wildcard Nicolas Mueller ranked inside the World's Top 20 - making it one of the most competitive 16-man events in the history of the PSA World Tour.


Joining ElShorbagy - who begins his title bid against Mueller - is 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, 2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier and 2013 World Champion Nick Matthew, with Top Ten ranked Simon Rosner, Ali Farag and Tarek Momen also featuring. ElShorbagy's younger brother Marwan, who downed Gaultier to win the title 12 months ago, does not feature.


So strong is the event that all eight quarter-finalists could be ranked within the top 15.


"We are delighted to see the Grasshopper Cup's reputation as one of the top tournaments on the PSA World Tour continues to grow and is reflected in the spectacular strength and depth of this years draw," said tournament organiser Steve Buchli.


"Here at Grasshopper Cup we are committed to developing our tournament into one of the leading events on Tour and look forward to watching the very best players compete here in Zurich during what promises to be another breathtaking week of squash this May.


"The entire team looks forward to welcoming the players here."


First Round Draw - 2017 Grasshopper Cup

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [WC] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)

Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [5] Ali Farag (EGY)

[8] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [Qualifier]

[Qualifier] v [4] Nick Matthew (ENG)

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Daryl Selby (ENG)

Paul Coll (NZL) v [6] Simon Rösner (GER)

[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Qualifier]

[Qualifier] v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)


Tickets for the 2017 Grasshopper Cup can be purchased by visiting https://gc-cup.com/ticketing/

14 Mar 2017

Gaultier Hoping For ‘Dream’ Win At 2017 British Open


Frenchman Gregory Gaultier says winning a third British Open crown would be like a dream come true as he prepares to travel to the Airco Arena, Hull on March 21 to kick-off the 2017 iteration of squash's oldest and most established tournament.


The 34-year-old collected the coveted crown in 2007 and 2014 and, having gone undefeated in February winning both the Swedish Open and Windy City Open, he comes into this year's tournament as the man to beat.


"Winning the British Open is very special," said Gaultier.


"In my opinion the top three events are the World Championship, the British Open and the World Series Finals - winning one of those events is an amazing achievement and in 2007 when I won my first British Open, it was like a dream.


"I played Thierry (Lincou) in the final and I remember I had so many messages and emails after that match - it's one of the oldest and most important titles out there."


Gaultier faces a tough opening encounter against former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Colombia, with a path to final likely to see him up come against Cameron Pilley, James Willstrop or Marwan ElShorbagy and either Ramy Ashour or Karim Abdel Gawad prior to the showpiece finale.


But the charismatic ‘French General’ is undaunted by the challenge ahead.


"Even as a junior the British Junior Open was always the toughest event out there," he said.


"There was so many players coming from all over the world to compete. It was so tough - and this year's event is no different.


"But when I won in 2007 that was when I really started to improve as a player. I came through the rankings after that win and got better.


"I've won it twice, and lost a few finals as well. So to have the chance to win it again would be simply awesome."


First Round Draw - 2017 Men's Allam British Open

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Fares Dessouky (EGY)

Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Qualifier]

Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [Qualifier]

Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [7] Ali Farag (EGY)

[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Qualifier]

Paul Coll (NZL) v [WC] Declan James (ENG)

Simon Rösner (GER) v [Qualifier]

Borja Golan (ESP) v [4] Nick Matthew (ENG)

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)

Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Qualifier]

Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v James Willstrop (ENG)

Max Lee (HKG) v [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)

[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Qualifier]

Diego Elias (PER) v [Qualifier]

Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Qualifier]

Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)


The 2017 Allam British Open takes place at the Airco Arena, Hull from March 21-26. Tickets are available to purchase from £7.50 by visiting https://allambritishopensquash2017.com/

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El Sherbini Tops Draw Ahead Of World Championship Title Defence


Defending champion Nour El Sherbini has been seeded number one for the Orascom Development PSA Women's World Championship which will take place at the Egyptian Red Sea Resort of El Gouna from April 7-14, 2017.


El Sherbini, who in 2016 became the youngest World Champion ever when she recovered from 0-2 down to beat Laura Massaro, is scheduled to begin the defence of her title against a qualifier in round one before potentially facing in-form Englishwoman Sarah-Jane Perry in the quarter-finals - with the winner seeded to meet hard-hitting 19-year-old World No.4 Nouran Gohar or Nicol David, the iconic Malaysian who will be bidding for a record ninth World title.


33-year-old David won the last World Championship to be staged on Egyptian soil - when she came from match ball down to inflict misery on home club favourite Raneem El Welily in 2014 - and having claimed her first title in over a year at the recent Ciudad de Floridablanca, the most lucrative South American tournament ever, she will be a dangerous contender to El Sherbini.


The bottom half of the draw sees Camille Serme, winner of both the U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions, seeded to meet El Sherbini in the title-decider. But with the likes of El Welily, 2013 champion Massaro and World No.10 Alison Waters - who moves up to the number eight seed following American Amanda Sobhy's recent season-ending injury - standing in the way, the path to glory is fraught with danger.


A total of nine Egyptian players will look to delight the local crowd when the action gets underway on April 7 while a total of seventeen nations will be represented across the draw.


"We are very excited to be bringing the biggest tournament on the women's calendar to El Gouna and look forward to welcoming the best players in the world here next month for what promises to be highly competitive event," said tournament director, Amr Mansi.



First Round Draw - Orascom Development PSA Women's World Championship

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [Qualifier]

[Qualifier] v [16] Tesni Evans (WAL)

[14] Victoria Lust (ENG) v [WC] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)

[Qualifier] v [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

[6] Nicol David (MAS) v Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)

[Qualifier] v [10] Annie Au (HKG)

[11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Qualifier]

Nadine Shahin (EGY) v [4] Nouran Gohar (EGY)

[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v Jenny Duncalf (ENG)

Line Hansen (DEN) v [15] Donna Urquhart (AUS)

[9] Joelle King (NZL) v Heba El Torky (EGY)

Mariam Metwally (EGY) v [5] Laura Massaro (ENG)

[8] Alison Waters (ENG) v [Qualifier]

[Qualifier] v [12] Joshna Chinappa (IND)

[13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [Qualifier]

Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [2] Camille Serme (FRA)



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