China Open 2015
01-06 Sep, Shanghai, $100k + $58k
 Raneem El Welily
(Egy) 3-0 Nouran Gohar (Egy)
13/11, 11/7, 11/7 (32m)
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (40m)
Raneem & Greg are China Champions
New world number one Raneem
El Welily collected the first major title of the new season as
she beat compatriot Nouran Gohar, the world junior champion who had
already beaten the world #2 and #3 on the way to the final, in
straight games at the Peninsula Hotel on the Shanghai waterfront.
In the men's final second seeded Frenchman Gregory Gaultier
ended the run of undeeded Marwan Elshorbagy with a convincng
Chris Wang reports
match between two Egyptian women, and you didn't feel that the pace
slowed down from yesterday's Shorbagy v Mosaad men's
semi-final - quick movement, fast reaction, powerful shots and
made most of the shots, low, short, powerful, the typical teenage
way - you give her an opportunity she will hit it as hard as she can
- and those tough shots gave Welily lots of trouble throughout the
is much more calm and experienced though, she responded with high
quality drives, very tight to the wall, and for the money shot her
choice wasn't limited to drop or shots but a high quality lob, and a
soft but perfect angle crosscourt.
For the whole match, Gohar actively won most of her points, but also
made at least half of Welily's points by unforced errors.
“I’m very glad with how I started the season and how I was
focused and steady throughout the tournament,” said El Welily.
“I won today against a real fighter that will soon break into the
top 10 and make Egypt proud as well as my other team mates so I’m
very pleased. It’s been a crazy time lately so thanks to everyone
who sent me messages and wishes.”
the men's final Marwan contested the opening stages well, but from
4-all in the first game Gaultier took control, leading 8-4 and
taking the game 11-6.
In the next two games Marwan was for the most part following
Gaultier's lead, and there was little propsect of more miracles
being created today.
“I’m very happy to win the first tournament after the summer
training break,” said Gaultier.
“Thanks to my team back home for the work they have done for me
during the summer to get me ready for the season, my family,
sponsors and all the people who supported me and the event.”
Many thanks to Chris Wang and
Beijing USS Club (who funded Chris's trip) for the reports and
Malcolm Willstrop on the finals
Matches between players from the same country do not always
connect, but although 18 year old Nouran Gohar lost 3/0 to World
No.1 Raneem el Welily, she gave a good account of herself.
beating Nicol David and Camille Serme on successive nights, it
was expecting a great deal of such a young player to win the
The first game maybe proved decisive: Welily led 10/7, but Gohar
forced a tiebreak and served for the game at 11/10. Ultimately,
although, it was Welily who won the game 13/11.
She then took a 5/1 lead in the second game, before Gohar
recovered to 7-all. It was not enough, though and aided by a
couple of Gohar errors, Welily led 2-0, 11/7.
At 6-all in the third the World Junior Champion was still in
contention, but Welily's experience told and two winners took
her to 10/7, then 11/7 and the Women's China Open title.
A good way for Welily to celebrate her elevation to World No. 1.
For Gohar there will be other days - lots of them.
from a class difference, and Marwan el Shorbagy's late night
exertions in the semi-final, it seemed unlikely that he could
extend Gregory Gaultier, the World No.2, who had reached the
rSo it proved. Gaultier led 10/4 in the first, won the game 11/6
and took the second with ease. Shorbagy was certainly feeling
the physical pinch after the previous night's antics, and had te
audacity to ask for the count to be swept at 7/1 when clearly
Gaultier won the second 11/2 and moved effortlessly to 10/2 in
the third. A stroke and a winner brought Shorbagy back to 10/4
but the win was soon Gaultier's 11/4.
Gaultier will be well pleased with his start to the new season
and Shorbagy equally happy to have reached the final.
01-06 Sep, Shanghai, $100k
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
12/14, 12/10, 7/11, 11/7, 11/6 (72m)
Max Lee (Hkg)
11/9, 11/8, 11/5 (36m)
5/11, 11/9, 14/12, 8/11, 7/8 rtd
 Omar Mosaad
11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (40m)
 Gregory Gaultier
 Tarek Momen (Egy)
11/8, 14/12, 11/8 (45m)
Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
 Borja Golan (Esp)
11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (63m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
 Borja Golan
11/5, 12/10, 11/9 (57m)
 Omar Mosaad
 Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11/3, 11/8, 11/6
[wc] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
[Q] Leo Au (Hkg)
9/11, 11/3, 11/3, 11/8 (52m)
 Simon Rosner (Ger)
[Q] Leo Au
11/5, 9/11, 11/6, 11/6 (63m)
 Mathieu Castagnet
[Q] Leo Au
11/6, 11/4, 11/4
 Gregory Gaultier
[Q] Greg Lobban (Sco)
11/3, 11/1, 7/11, 11/9 (64m)
 Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
[Q] Tom Richards (Eng)
14/12, 11/5, 11/3 (50m)
 Peter Barker (Eng)
[Q] Tom Richards
11/9, 11/4, 11/8
 Gregory Gaultier
[Q] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/9, 11/8, 11/7 (45m)
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
Leo Au (Hkg)
James Willstrop (Eng)
11/5, 11/8, 4/11, 7/11, 11/5 (67m)
Greg Lobban (Sco) 3-2
Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 7/11, 5/11, 11/8,
11/9, 11/5 (80m)
Tom Richards (Eng) 3-0
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (33m)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-0
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11/5, 11/9, 11/5 (40m)
Sep, Qualifying Round One
James Willstrop (Eng) 3-1 James Huang (Tpe)
6/11, 11/9, 11/6, 12/10
Leo Au (Hkg) 3-0 Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11/7, 11/2, 11/5
Greg Lobban (Sco) 3-0 Elvinn Keo (Mas)
11/7, 11/7, 11/5
Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 3-0 Fabrice Simon (Fra)
11/5, 11/1, 11/7
Tom Richards (Eng) 3-1 Joe Chapman (Bvi)
11/8, 11/0, 6/11, 11/6
Olli Tuominen (Fin) 3-0 Faisal E Hassa (Zim)
11/6, 11/4, 11/7
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 3-0 Jiaqi Shen (Chn)
11/3, 11/6, 11/3
Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-0 Junjie Wang (Chn)
11/1, 11/3, 11/2
01-06 Sep, Shanghai, $58k
 Nicol David (Mas)
11/6, 11/8, 10/12, 11/5 (43m)
[Q] Coline Aumard (Fra)
 Nicol David
9/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/9 (45m)
11/8, 11/9, 11/8 (42m)
 Camille Serme
13/11, 11/7, 11/7 (32m)
 Raneem El Welily
 Joelle King (Nzl)
14/12, 11/4, 11/5 (34m)
Nouran Gohar (Egy)
 Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11/8, 7/11, 7/11, 11/1, 11/6 (53m)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
 Sarah-Jane Perry
11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (40m)
 Camille Serme
 Camille Serme (Fra)
11/6, 9/11, 11/6, 11/6 (45m)
Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
[Q] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/5, 11/1, 11/6 (23m)
 Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
 Amanda Sobhy
11/4, 11/5, 11/8 (40m)
 Emma Beddoes
 Amanda Sobhy
11/5, 11/5, 11/9 (25m)
 Raneem El Welily
[wc] Teh Min Jie (Mas)
11/6, 11/4, 11/5 (24m)
 Emma Beddoes (Eng)
Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11/5, 11/7, 8/11, 8/11, 11/9 (64m)
 Annie Au (Hkg)
 Annie Au
11/2, 11/0 rtd (12m)
 Raneem El Welily
[Q] Heba El Torky (Egy)
5/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5 (42m)
 Raneem El Welily (Egy)
Delia Arnold (Mas) 3-1
Tesni Evans (Wal)
4/11, 11/1, 12/10, 11/3 (47m)
Heba El Torky (Egy) 3-2
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 8/11, 11/8, 11/2,
7/11, 11/9 (56m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-0
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)
12/10, 11/8, 11/5 (30m)
Coline Aumard (Fra) 3-0
Emily Whitlock (Eng)
11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (39m)
Qualifying Round One:
Delia Arnold (Mas) 3-0 Li Dongjin (Chn)
11/4, 11/4, 11/1
Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-0 Ma Lu (Chn)
11/3, 11/1, 11/3
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-0 Gu Jinyue (Chn)
11/2, 11/1, 11/3
Heba El Torky (Egy) 3-1 Milou van der Heijden (Ned)
11/7, 8/11, 9/4 rtd
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 3-0 Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
11/3, 11/6, 11/6
Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-0 Chloe Mesic (Fra)
11/6, 11/3, 11/4
Coline Aumard (Fra) 3-0 Hong Shen (Chn)
11/2, 11/1, 11/2
Emily Whitlock (Eng) 3-0 Peng Zhenni (Chn)
11/1, 11/1, 11/3
Gohar grabs another scalp in Shanghai
as Marwan makes the final ...
Reports from Chris Wang
Willstrop reports on the semis
world #1 Raneem El Welily was the first player to reach the
finals, with a straight-game win over American fourth seed Amanda
The match went as you might have expected,” reports Chris Wang on
the spot in Shanghai.
was in control for the most part, drilling in drops and volleys with
Amanda doing most of the running trying to reach the Egyptian;’s
Amanda put in some good drop shots herself, but Raneem was reacting
so fast. It was a fast, clean match with only a handful of decisions
Sobhy tweeted: "Well that was a short lived time on the glass.
Raneem too good plus I need to get used to playing in extreme
up was France's Gregory Gaultier against Leo Au, the Hong
Kong qualifier who had already beaten James Willstrop, Simon Rosner
and Mathieu Castagnet.
There would be no upset this time though, in tyhe only one of
today's matches not to feature an Egyptian, as the second seed won
in straight games.
The match started with long rallies and lots of play deep in the
court with both players playing patiently, feeling each other out.
At 6-5 in the first Leo tried to be more aggressive but made four
errors in a row.
"For the rest of the match Greg was in charge with Leo purely
defending and struggling to make any impact.
all-Egyptian women’s final was set when Nouran Gohar followed
up yesterday’s win over world champion Nicol David with another
stunning upset, beating world number three Camille Serme in straight
was amazing, hard to believe she’s only 17, such a strong mindset
and so calm when behind.
Serme had opportunities in all three games, the first two going to
8-all but Gohar getting the final points in both. In the third Serme
made some unforced errors to give Gohar match ball at 10-6, she
saved two but couldn’t stop the Egyptian from taking the match.
final match of the day was an all-Egyptian affair and provided
another upset as unseeded Marwan Elshorbagy beat fourth seed
Omar Mosaad in a marathon five-setter, played out in front of a
was not really up to the pace of the match during first game, but he
returned in the second as both players adapted to the court and
started playing more aggressively.
It was point for point until
9-all, then Shorbagy won last two points with awesome winners.
In the third game, both players became more patient and
conservative, many drives and long rallies, Shorbagy started to
challenge the referees, and more body contact occurred between the
players, almost every point need 2-3 calls to settle.
got game point at 10-9, Mossad got to 10-10, but Marwan took
the lead 14-12.
Win or die, in the fourth game, with no way out, Mossad started
being super aggressive at the beginning, volleys and volley drops,
he is all on fire, with Shorbagy become more and more upset with
referees, who became noticeably stricter towards the end.
7-4 and closed out the game 11-8.
last game was quite dramatic, at 2-1, Mossad was hit on the nose by
Shorbagy's racket and the game had to stop for 10 minutes for the
doctor to stop the bleeding.
When Mossad was leading 8-7 , he fell suddenly, screaming with
He tried to get back to game twice, but couldn't recover from
leg cramp, and after around five minutes the chief referee announced
that Mossad had retired from the match.
Marwan tweeted: "What a match that was! The toughest and longest
match I have played in my career so far, unfortunately it had to end
that way though."
reports on the semi-finals
photos from Chris Wang
anyone had predicted a semi final line up without Mohamed el
Shorbagy and Nicol David, they would have been thought to be
deranged. But that is how it is.
From day one of the qualifiers, the championship has seen a
series of surprises and shocks, but the semifinal matches are
still full of interest, especially the women's matches.
World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar looked good in Shanghai last
year and last night's win over squash great Nicol David was
outstanding. She will take on British Open champion Camille
Serme in a match which can hardly fail. Raneem El Welily plays
the gifted Amanda Sobhy and this too promise much. Both girls
are supremely skilled and will appreciate the glass court.
As for the Men's semi finals Marwan el Shorbagy, who did what
Mohamed failed to do in beating Max Lee convincingly 3-0, plays
fellow countryman Omar Mosaad, whilst Gregory Gaultier faces
giant killer Leo Au.
Raneem El Welily 3-0
New world No.1 Raneem El Welily and Amanda Sobhy opened
proceedings on The Bund on semi finals night, a fascinating
prospect between two gifted racket players.
began in characteristic easy rhythm, and quickly established 5/1
lead with controlled length and clinical finishing, winning the
opening game 11/5.
She led again 5/1 in the second, maintaining the same relaxed
smoothness of racket and movement, taking the game by the same
She led 6/3 in the third, but Sobhy was persisting and even
managed to lead 7/6. She battled all the way, threatened to win
the game, but Welily edged it 11/9.
It was an impressive display by the World No.1 and she will be
difficult to beat on this showing.
Gregory Gaultier 3-0 Leo
Leo Au must wake up wondering if he has been dreaming: he has
beaten the 2014 China Open Champion James Willstrop, German No.1
Simon Rosner and French No. 2 Mathieu Castagnet in succession.
an even more daunting prospect: world no 2 Gregory Gaultier, and
it proved a match too far, understandably enough, for the Hong
In truth Gaultier controlled matters from beginning to end, not
to say that Au was in any way disgraced.
He gave all he had, and his three previous matches must have
taken a lot out of him.
He can and will look back with pride on what he has achieved in
Shanghai. Gaultier looked in fine form and will not be easily
Nouran Gohar 3-0 Camille
After Nouran Gohar's marvellous win over Nicol David in the
quarter final, could she repeat the dose against British Open
champion Camille Serme? The answer is that she could, and did,
of the games were easy, as might be expect when opponent is
It was 8-all in the first game before Gohar asserted to win it
11/8, her power and range of shot making the difference.
The second was even closer. Serme led 7/3 but Gohar clawed her
way back. A winner at 9-all gave her a game ball and an error
from Serme the game 11/9.
It was hard to imagine there was a way back for Serme with Gohar
playing as she was. She took control at six all in the third and
won the match 11/8.
It was another superb performance for Gohar, who, if it is
possible to come of age so young, she has.
Marwan Elshorbagy 3-2
It might have been expected that it would be Mohammed el
Shorbagy who would feature in the semi-final, but it was younger
brother Marwan who faced fellow Egyptian Omar Mosaad.
was Mosaad who had much the better of the first game winning it
The second game was a different matter. Although Mosaad led 3/1,
a series of unforced errors put Marwan into 8/5 lead. A couple
of errors by Shorbagy then kept Mosaad in the game, but at 10/9
Shorbagy hit a winner to draw level.
third game, in which Shorbagy repeatedly addressed the referees, brought about the first tiebreak of the night.
Shorbagy led 8/6 before Mosaad winners gave him two game balls
at 10/8. He had another at 11/10 before Shorbagy took a 2-1 lead
Shorbagy continued to be at odds with the referee, but in
the fourth Mosaad led 6-3, was never behind and levelled the
A collision at 2/1 in the fifth caused a blood injury to Mosaad,
and he led 7/5 on return.
At 8-all Mosaad, who had hardly said a word all match,
collapsed with cramp and was clearly in agony, and the match was over.
Gohar downs David as Marwan takes revenge on Max - and Leo
marches on !
quarter-finals of the China Open in Shanghai saw another massive
upset, and revenge of sorts for an earlier one.
Egypt's world junior champion Nouran Gohar stunned top seed
Nicol David as she recovered from losting the first game to beat the
eight-time world champion who lost her nine-year grip on the world
number one position just this week.
was a clean and intense game, with lots of long rallies," reported
Chris Wang, on the spot in Shanghai. "Gohar was purely
Egyptian way, non-stop attacking, and David struggled to cope with
Gohar will meet France's Camille Serme for a place in the
final after the Frenchwoman beat Sarah-Jane Perry in three close
the bottom half of the draw new world #1 Raneem El Welily
benifitted from a less than fully fit opponent, Annie Au retiring
after two quick games, while the USA's Amanda Sobhy ended
English interest by beating Emma Beddoes in straight games.
In the men's draw unseeded Marwan El Shorbagy advanced to the
last four with a straight-game win over Max Lee, who had
sensationally beat his brother and top seed Mohamed in the previous
"The first two games were close but Max just couldn't get the final
points," reports Chris. "Lee was winning points with his volleydrop,
but overall Marwan was just too fast."
Marwan now meets fellow Egyptian Omar Mosaad after the fourth
seed bat Borja Golan in four games.
seeded Frenchman Gregory Gaultier maintained his run ov
victories over Tom Richards - "feels like I've played him 100 times
and haven't won a game yet," tweeted the Englishman before the
It wasn't to be 101st time lucky, but Richards felt he was "close to
getting that game and easily the best I've played against Greg."
Gaultier will face a surprise opponent for a place in the final
after Hong Kong qualifier Leo Au produced a thirs successive
upset as he beat seventh seed Mathieu Castagnet in four games.
03-Sep, Round One:
duo in stunning Shanghai upsets
Kong's Max Lee and Leo Au produced massive upsets in
the first round of the $100k event at the SECA Academy in Shanghai
as they removed top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy and third seed Simon
twice recovered from a game down before beating world #1 Shorbagy in
a 72-minute five-game battlew, while Au, having already beaten
defending champion James Willstrop in qualifying, accounted for
world #7 Rosner in four games.
now faces another Shorbagy after Marwan upset fellow Egyptian
Tarek Momen, the sixth seed, in straight games, while Au meets
France's Mathieu Castagnet who ended the run of qualifier
other quarter-finals see Omar Mosaad take on Borja Golan
while second seed Gregory Gaultier meets qualifier Tom
Richards, who provided the fourth upset of the round as he beat
fellow Englishman Peter Barker, seeded fifth, in straight games.
Gohar grabs quarter-final spot
round action in the women's draw saw seven of the seeded players
progress to the quarter-finals, and an upset win for Egypt's world
junior champion Nouran Gohar.
beat New Zealand's Joelle King, returning to action after an
extended injury break, in straight games to set up a quarter-final
meeting with world champion Nicol David, the top seeded
Malaysian who beat French qualifier Coline Aumard in four games.
dropping a game, new world number one Raneem El Welily,
seeded two, recovered from losing the first game to fellow Egyptian
Heba El Torky to advance to the quarters, where she will meet Hong
Kong's Annie Au, the fifth seed who beat former world
champion Rachael Grinham in five games.
The other quarter-finals, to be played on the all-glass court on the
Shanghai waterfront, see Camille Serme take on Sarah-Jane
Perry while Amanda Sobhy meets Emma Beddoes.
out in qualifying
Malcolm Willstrop reports
There were signs yesterday
that all was not well with last year's China Men's Champion James
Willstrop, and although he played better in lots of areas, he still
went out to Hong Kong's Leo Au.
Although Willstrop began brightly, Au played well to win the first
game 11-5 and then establish a 2-0 lead after a close second game.
Willstrop was unhappy at some of the refereeing decisions and Au's
reluctance to play the ball didn't help his disposition. However as
Au struggled to maintain pace, Willstrop drew level and at two-all
looked the more likely winner. To Au’s credit he attacked
successfully, led 6-2 and although Willstrop recovered to 5/6 Au
drew away to win 3-2.
The second men's match saw another upset as young Scot Greg
Lobban beat Nicolas Mueller in five, and while Tom Richards
and Saurav Ghosal both justified their seedings with
straight-game wins, neither was easy.
Doanna Urquhart was the third player to defy seeding when she
beat Salma Hany Ibrahim convincingly 3-0.
The first game was close with combinations of winning and losing
shots, but it was the more persistent Australian who won it 12-10.
From then on she always looked the more probable winner, chasing up
well and making winner of her own.
Hany had a distracted look, almost accepting the inevitable, but
Urquhart will be well pleased not just with the win, but the manner
in which she achieved it.
In the other women's matches Heba El Torky beat Misaki
Kobayashi in five games, Delia Arnold came from a game down
to beat Tesni Evans, and France's Coline Aumard finished the
day with another upset as she beat Emily Whitlock in three close
way in Shanghai
The 2015 edition of the China Open gets under way today in
Shanghai, with 2014 Champion James Willstrop top seed in the men's
El Torky win ...
Malcolm Willstrop reports
winner of the inaugural China Men's Open in 2014 in the spectacular
setting of The Peninsula Hotel, finds himself in the unusual,
perhaps unique position of having to qualify for the 2015 version
He began his defence at the SECA Academy, first match on, against
James Huang and it turned out to be no easy matter.
Huang is very athletic and whilst Willstrop seemed distracted and
ill at ease, that should not detract from the quality of Huang's
squash: he played accurately, moved very well and gave little away.
Add to that he played every ball, looking for nothing.
Willstrop struggled from halfway in the first game, lost interest
and Huang led 1-0, 11-6. The second was close but WIllstrop levelled
11-9, took a 2-1 lead 11-6, but they had to battle all the way to
win the fourth on a tie break 12-10.
It was an unconvincing performance from the holder of the
championship performance from the holder of the championship and he
will need to improve to make an impact.
The second men's match was between Hong Kong's Leo Au and
Englishmen Charles Sharpes. The first game was well enough
contested, au winning it 11-7. In both the second and third he took
long leads and although Sharpes fought back from 6.0 down in the
fourth to 5-8, he lacked the persistence to trouble Au, who took the
second 11-2 and the third 11-5.
Unlike Huang, who played everything, Au was let conscious, the only
downside in a convincing enough display.
There was a disappointing ending to what had been a very watchable
match when Milou van der Heijden took a heavy fall in the
front left corner, turning her ankle.
At the time the score was one all, with Heba el Torky looking
much more composed than this time last year. The Egyptian won a well
contested first game 11-7, but when she lost her accuracy in the
second the Dutch girl led 9-4 and although El Torky got back on
course, the score was level, one all, 11-8.
El Torky carried on where she left off in the second and led 6/3
when van der Heijden fell. She tried to resume after treatment but
it was seem clear that the task was impossible.
Other winners in the first session of play were Greg Lobban,
Nicolas Mueller, Delia Arnold, Tesni Evans and
The second session of play also saw the seeded players progress,
with England's Tom Richards the only on to drop a game.
from Malcolm Willstrop
It's a long haul from Pontefract to Shanghai, but travelling Cathay
Pacific eases the pain. Being met by Katelyn and talking to Franco
reminds me of 2014's wonderful event and finally arriving at the
sumptuous The Peninsula complete matters.
The court is spectacularly sited on the 11th floor and under
construction and the qualifier begin at the SECA Academy, the
headquarters of China Squash.
Franco and his team have been well rewarded with no 1 Mohamed El
Shorbagy heading the draw and seeded to meet world no. 3 Gregory
There is strength throughout the draw and with such in James
Willstrop and Saurav Ghosal in the qualifier, no-one can take
anything for granted.
Without preempting anything, if the fist round of the China Open
qualifiers go according to plan, the second phase will provide some
Of the men’s quarters Ghosal, who beat Miguel Rodriguez in the
Colombia Open recently faces the contentious Egyptian Omar Meguid.
The women’s looks just as interesting and top seed Delia Amold, who
did so well in the British Open, will be tested by talented Welsh
no.1 Tesni Evans.
Nor will those in the first round proper be feeling so comfortable
at the prospect of meeting a qualifier, as might be expected.
If Willstrop，Ghosal, Nicolas Mueller, Tom Richards, Armold, Heba El
Torky, Salma Hany and Emily Whitlock all qualify according to the
seeding, further progress may well be on the cards for some of them.
World #1s to star in Shanghai season opener
Mohamed Elshorbagy will be aiming to get his 2015/16 season
off to a triumphant start when he tops the draw at the 2015 China
Open, while Nicol David will be the star attraction in the
against the backdrop of Shanghai’s bund on the terrace of The
Peninsula Hotel, the 2015 China Open will be the first ever PSA
M100 tournament, offering prize money of $100,000 to the 16-man
field, with Elshorbagy aiming to pick up where he left off, winning
the prestigious Allam British Open at the end of last season.
In what will be the first competitive tournament of the season for
many of the world’s best players Elshorbagy is set to face a stiff
challenge as he hopes to add to his 14 PSA titles, with France's
world #3 Gregory Gaultier and German world #7 Simon Rösner
chief contenders amongst a tough field.
In the women’s $58k event David, the World #1 for the past nine
years, will face a tough challenge from World #2 Raneem El Welily
- the talented Egyptian who is currently just a handful of points
behind David in the world rankings.
A likely match-up in the title decider could have a significant
impact in the battle to be #1, with David knowing she will have to
be at her best in order to maintain her place at the top. Progress
to the final will not be straightforward for either player though,
with the likes of Allam British Open Champion Camille Serme
and dangerous American talent Amanda Sobhy amongst the
"This is the second year that world-class squash, 'the preferred
sport on Wall Street', will be appearing on the Bund, historically
known as the Wall Street of Asia", said Mr. Sheng Li, CEO of SECA,
investor and organizer of the China Squash Open."
“The China Squash Open is growing bigger every year and this
reflects the efforts we are making to develop squash in this highly
potential market,” added Franco Amadei, China Squash Open Tournament
Director and SECA Squash Academy COO.