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Sheikha Al Saad Tournament 2011
04-09 Oct, Kuwait, $8k

09-Oct, Final:

[7] Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt [4] Lauren Selby (Eng)
        11/5, 8/11, 11/9, 11/9 (45m)

Adel seizes Sheikha Al Saad title

The final of the Sheikha Al Saad Tournament at the Qadsia Club in Kuwait witnessed one final upset as seventh seed Yathreb Adel beat England's fourth seed Lauren Selby in a close four-game final.

The 15-year-old Egyptian missed the World Juniors in the summer through injury, but on her return to action she has been in spectacular form, finishing runner-up in the Orange County Open, losing in five to the eventual runner-up in the Southwest Open and reaching the quarter-finals of the Alexandria Open - after having to qualify for all three events.

Having beaten top seed Emma Beddoes in the quarter-finals, Yathreb, the British Junior Open U17 runner-up, went on to beat fellow-Egyptian Nouran El Torky (ranked 8th in the new WSF World Junior U19 rankings) before claiming the scalp of Selby in the final to claim her second WISPA title.

from SquashInfo

Egypt's 15-year-old Yathreb Adel has made history by becoming the youngest winner of two WISPA World Tour titles after clinching the Women's Sheikha Al Saad Squash Open at the Qadsia Sporting Club in Hawally, Kuwait.

Incredibly, it was only two weeks ago that compatriot Nour El Sherbini set the record. Two months before her 16th birthday, El Sherbini despatched all-comers to win the Alexandria International Open, her second Tour title.

But, after lifting the Swiss Open crown in March, Adel swept through the WISPA World Tour 8 field at the Sheikha Al Saad Open, beating top seed Emma Beddoes en-route to the final where she defeated England's higher-ranked Lauren Selby 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9 in 45 minutes - a feat she achieved aged just 15 years and seven months!

Draw and Previous Rounds
Lauren Selby reports

Here we go with the next bout of drivel from me!

This time I'm writing from the scorching temperatures of Kuwait. This is my first visit to this dusty land and so far it has surpassed my expectations. The hospitality has been second to none, making sure the girls leave with a positive outlook of their country.

Yesterday we had a colourfully pink opening ceremony at the squash club which was attended by one of the top female doctors in Kuwait who is passionate about raising breast cancer awareness. Hundreds of pink balloons were released into the sky, a simple reminder that us ladies need to make sure we get regular checks.

On Wednesday night the 3 British blondies (Emma, Lisa and myself) were kindly invited to see a snippet of Kuwait. We were taken to the aquarium, quite a surprise!

Anyone coming to Kuwait for the men's tournament next month should take themselves along as its quite a hidden treasure! We were given a guided tour and saw some intriguing animals (a kangeroo/jumping rat gerbil thing that lives in the desert).

Emma blasted the same question at the tour guide...”can this animal kill humans?”. We now know when to turn and run and when to take photos if we come across these creatures in the desert or in the sea.

Finally I have a little challenge for you....try and spot the hidden talent on the side photo (no, not the one below)...

Until next time, that's enough drivel from me.

Sheikha Fatma al Sabah
meeting the players

Sheikha Al Saad Tournament 2011
04-09 Oct, Kuwait, $8k
Round One
06 Oct
07 Oct
08 Oct
09 Oct
[1] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/2, 11/9, 11/6 (23m)
Sally Skaarenbourg (Den)
[1] Emma Beddoes
4/11, 12/10, 9/11, 12/10, 12/10 (71m)
[7] Yathreb Adel
[7] Yathreb Adel

11/9, 10/12, 14/12, 11/7 (55m)

[5] Nouran El Torky

[7] Yathreb Adel 

11/5, 8/11, 11/9, 11/9 (45m)

[4] Lauren Selby
[7] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
11/1, 11/8, 11/6 (17m)
Birgit Coufal (Aut)
[3] Olga Ertlova (Cze)
11/1, 11/2, 11/4 (22m)
[Q] Mayar Aly Ezzo (Egy)
[3] Olga Ertlova
11/8, 11/9, 9/11, 4/11, 12/10
[5] Nouran El Torky
[5] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
11/2, 11/4, 11/7 (23m)
[Q] Nihal Alaa Bayoumi (Egy)
[Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)
11/3, 11/4, 7/11, 11/6 (48m)
[8] Salma Hany (Egy)
[Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim
2/11, 11/6, 11/9, 8/11, 11/6 (52m)
[4] Lauren Selby
[4] Lauren Selby

11/6, 11/7, 11/9 (26m) 

[2] Siyoli Waters

[Q] Mennat Nasser (Egy)
8/11, 13/11, 8/11, 11/8, 11/9 (55m)
[4] Lauren Selby (Eng)
Aisha Al-Hamad (Kuw)
11/1, 11/4, 11/3 (9m)
[6] Lisa Aitken (Sco)
[6] Lisa Aitken
10/12, 11/7, 8/11, 11/9, 11/9
[2] Siyoli Waters
Anaka Alankamony (Ind)
11/6, 16/14, 13/11 (30m)
[2] Siyoli Waters (Rsa)

04-Oct, Qualifying:

Mayar Aly Ezzo (EGY) bt Fatemehalsadat Haidary (IRI)    11/5, 5/11, 11/5, 11/5 (17m)
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt Hana Essam Khedr (EGY)            11/5 11/4 11/7  (19m)
Mennat Nasser (EGY) bt Parand Dolatyzadeh (IRI)                     11/5, 11/2, 11/2 (8m)
Nihal Alaa Bayoumi (EGY)  bye

08-Oct-11, Semis:

[7] Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt [5] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
                11/9, 10/12, 14/12, 11/7 (55m)
[4] Lauren Selby (Eng) bt [2] Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
                11/6, 11/7, 11/9 (26m) 
I am delighted to reach my first tour 8 final. Even though I had two hard first rounds I felt really good today, you know one of those days where everything seems to fit into place.

I've been working hard with Lee Drew on my game and I feel I'm heading in the right direction. I'm really enjoying my squash at the moment and I'm looking forward to tomorrow!


07-Oct-11, Quarters:
Four five-setters in Kuwait quarters

It was a long afternoon at the Qadsia club in Kuwait City as all four quarter-finals of the Sheikha Al Saad tournament went the distance.

In the top half of the draw Egyptian teenagers Yathreb Adel and Nouran El Torky both beat higher-seeded players, both winning 12/10 in the fifth!

Yathreb came from 2/1 down to beat top seed Emma Beddoes while Nouran overcame third seed Olga Ertlova.

In the bottom half second and fourth seeds Siyoli Waters and Lauren Selby will contest the semi-final, although both were taken to five games, by Lisa Aitken and Salma Hany Ibrahim respectively.

06-Oct, Round One:
Ibrahim upsets namesake
to make Kuwait Quarters

One Salma Hany was always going to progress to the quarter-finals of the Sheikha Al Saad tournament at the Qadsia club  in Kuwait City.

In the event it was the younger qualifier Salma Hany Ibrahim who beat her namesake seeded eight, to produce the only upset of the day.

The top seven seeds progressed in matches ranging from 9 to 55 minutes in length. Scotland's Lisa Aitken enjoyed the quickest win while England's Lauren Selby was taken to five by Menat Nasser before the fourth seed squeezed home in just under an hour.

It's an Egyptian clean sweep in
Sheikha Al Saad Qualifying ...

Four young Egyptians completed a clean sweep of the qualifying finals (where haven't we heard that before!) in Kuwait, with Salma Hany (Ibrahim) drawn to play her namesake (no relation) for a place in the quarter-finals.

Salma Hany wins her qualifying
match and plays ... Salma Hany
for a place in the quarters!


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