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Assore Central Gauteng Open 2016
16-22 Apr, Johannesburg, South Africa, $5k

22-Apr, Finals:

5] Rowan Elaraby (Egy) 3-0 [2] Milnay Louw (Rsa)
              11/7, 11/5, 11/9 (30m)
[3] Leandro Romiglio (Arg) 3-2 [2] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
              9/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/4, 20/18 (92m)

Two great finals at Parkview  ...

The finals of the Balwin Assore Gauteng Open were well contested and had the crowd in awe.

First up were the ladies. For the first time during the tournament Rowan Elaraby was made to rally and work for her points. Elaraby kept to her game plan and kept the ball deep and tight. As soon as Milnay Louw hit the ball short Elaraby was onto it quickly and either played a deadly drop or low hard cross court that just put Louw under too much pressure. Louw said, “Rowan was just more consistent than me and I made too many mistakes instead of waiting out the rally.”

Elaraby was thrilled to win her first PSA event and was happy with the her performance on the day. “The game was not easy and I felt it was very quick. I am very happy that I won and am looking forward to my next event in Cape Town,” said Elaraby.

The men’s final was a spectacular display of squash with the game see-sawing between the two players. After the first game Aqeel Rehman looked very tired and the crowd seemed to think that it was going to sway towards Leandro Romiglio as he won the second fairly convincingly. Reham was not going to lie down so easily and found some magic energy from within to once again put Romiglio under pressure and went 2-1 ahead.

After a tight start to the fourth Romiglio hit some tight lengths and great nick shots to even the match at 2 each. If anyone had placed money on this match they would have been sitting on the edge of their seats right until the last point.

Both players had five match balls each with the advantage going backwards and forward.

Both players played amazing shots to either even the score or to go match ball ahead. They also both made crucial mistakes at the last minute giving away the hard earned advantage. Eventually after a crowd pleasing performance Romiglio won the match 20-18.

As everyone said it was sad that there had to be a winner and both players played the match with fantastic sportsmanship and professionalism expected of an international squash player.

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Central Gauteng Open 2016
16-22 Apr, Johannesburg, South Africa, $5k
Round Two
19 Apr
20 Apr
21 Apr
22 Apr
[1] Shehab Essam (Egy)
11/6, 11/1, 11/6 (27m)
 [Q] Craig van der Wath (Rsa)
[1] Shehab Essam
11/8, 9/11, 7/11, 13/11, 11/9 (80m)
Jean-Pierre Brits
[1] Shehab Essam

11/5, 11/2, 11/4 (31m)

[3] Leandro Romiglio

[3] Leandro Romiglio


9/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/4, 20/18 (92m)


[2] Aqeel Rehman

Gareth Naidoo (Rsa)
11/5, 11/3, 11/3 (35m)
Jean-Pierre Brits (Rsa)
[8] Christo Potgieter (Rsa)
7/11, 11/2, 11/9, 11/8 (58m)
Devon Hendrikse (Rsa)
Devon Hendrikse
11/4, 11/8, 5/11, 11/5  (46m)
[3] Leandro Romiglio
 [Q] Zuko Kubukeli (Rsa)
11/4, 11/4, 11/7 (35m)
[3] Leandro Romiglio (Arg)
Ahmed Effat Ashoush (Egy)
11/7, 7/11, 11/8, 4/11, 17/15 (60m)
Andrew Martin (Rsa)
Ahmed Effat Ashoush
5/11, 4/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/7 (105m)
[Q] Dylan Groenwald
[Q] Dylan Groenwald

11/7, 11/3, 11/6 (37m)

[2] Aqeel Rehman

[Q] Dylan Groenwald (Rsa)
7/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (47m)
[5] Mark Broekman (Eng)
Vincent Droesbeke (Fra)
11/7, 11/7, 14/12  (45m)
SeungYong Yoo (Kor)
Vincent Droesbeke
14/16, 11/4, 5/11, 11/7, 11/6 (73m)
[2] Aqeel Rehman
Hesham Mohamed Aly (Egy)
11/6, 11/5, 9/11, 11/4 (44m)
[2] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
18-Apr, Round One:

[1] Shehab Essam (Egy) 3-1 Ruan Olivier (Rsa)              7/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/3 (44m)
[Q] Craig van der Wath (Rsa) 3-0 Andrew Forrest (Nam)          11/9, 11/5, 11/5 (28m)
Gareth Naidoo (Rsa) 3-2 [wc] Kyle Maree (Rsa)   11/8, 11/8, 10/12, 2/11, 12/10 (62m)
[Q] Makoshonke Ntuli (Rsa) 3-0 [7] Jean-Pierre Brits (Rsa)      11/4, 11/7, 11/3 (24m)

[8] Christo Potgieter (Rsa) 3-0 Ahmed Al Kiremli (Irq)              11/9, 11/4, 11/6 (29m)
Devon Hendrikse (Rsa) 3-0 Wayne Sithole (Rsa)                     11/5, 11/8, 11/1 (22m)
[Q] Zuko Kubukeli (Rsa) 3-2 Moses Durosinmi (Ngr) 11/8, 4/11, 9/11, 11/7, 11/8 (51m)
[3] Leandro Romiglio (Arg) 3-0 Adewale Amao (Ngr)                11/5, 11/6, 11/6 (43m)

Ahmed Ashoush (Egy) 3-2 [4] Matthew Serediak (Can) 7/11,11/9,7/11,11/3,11/9 (61m)
Andrew Martin (Rsa) 3-1 [Q] Garren Kent (Rsa)            10/12, 11/2, 11/7, 118/ (26m)
[Q] Dylan Groenwald (Rsa) w/o Omar Bahgat (Egy)
[5] Mark Broekman (Eng) 3-0 Ahmad Al-Mudhaf (Kuw)            11/1, 11/5, 11/4 (30m)

Vincent Droesbeke (Fra) 3-0 [6] Ben Coates (Eng)               11/3, 11/5, 11/2 (22m)
SeungYong Yoo (Kor) 3-1 [Q] Jarryd Carter (Rsa)       11/5, 13/11, 5/11, 11/8 (38m)
Hesham Mohamed Aly (Egy) 3-0 [Q] Callan Hall (Rsa)            11/7, 11/0, 11/1 (24m)
[2] Aqeel Rehman (Aut) 3-0 [Q] Zwelake Makgalemele (Rsa)   11/3, 11/6, 11/4 (21m)

Zuko Kubukeli (SA – WP) bt Ray Dlamini (SA – Gau)                         11/4, 11/6, 11/6
Craig vd Wath (SA- East) bt Bradd Lodge (SA – Gau)                      11/7, 11/9, 11/5
Dylan Groenewald (SA-East) bt Cyal Eigenmann (SA – Gau)              11/9, 11/7, 11/4
Jarryd Carter (SA – Gau) bt Mike Veliades (SA – Gau)              11/6, 11/9, 7/11, 11/2
Garren Kent (SA – Gau) bt Jason Byrne (SA – Border)                    11/4, 11/9, 12/10
Zwelake Makgalemele (SA- Gau) bt Mikael Clayton (SA N ) 11/6, 11/2, 6/11, 4/11, 11/5
Callan Hall (SA – North) bt Grant Woodward (SA – Gau)                    11/9, 11/6, 11/7
Makoshonke Ntuli (SA – Gau) bt Zandra Botha (SA – Gau)                12/10, 11/9, 11/5
Central Gauteng Open 2016
16-22 Apr, Johannesburg, South Africa, $5k
Round One
19 Apr 
20 Apr
21 Apr
22 Apr
[1] Cheyna Tucker (Rsa)
11/4, 11/2, 11/4 (22m)
Kacey-Leigh Dodd (Rsa)
[1] Cheyna Tucker
11/6, 11/3, 11/6 (36m)
[5] Rowan Elaraby
[5] Rowan Elaraby

11/0, 11/3, 11/3 (18m)

[4] Lume Landman

[5] Rowan Elaraby


11/7, 11/5, 11/9 (30m)


[2] Milnay Louw

[5] Rowan Elaraby (Egy)
11/2, 11/0, 11/3 (18m)
[Q] Robyn Boy (Rsa)
[6] Yemisi Olatunji (Ngr)
11/6, 11/4, 11/3 (18m)
[Michelle Kohne (Rsa)
[6] Yemisi Olatunji
11/1, 12/10, 14/12 (35m)
[4] Lume Landman
[4] Lume Landman (Rsa)
(5/11, 11/3, 3/11, 11/9, 11/8 (43m)
Alexa Pienaar (Rsa)
[Q] Casey Preece (Rsa)
11/6, 11/8, 11/5 (22m)
[3] Elani Landman (Rsa)
[3] Elani Landman
11/1, 11/6, 12/10 (23m)
Angie Clifton-Parks
[3] Elani Landman

12/10, 11/4, 11/6 (32m)

[2] Milnay Louw

Bongi Seroto (Rsa)
11/4, 11/1, 11/5 (20m)
Angie Clifton-Parks (Rsa)
[Q] Megan Pge (Rsa)
11/9, 9/11, 11/7, 11/7 (39m)
Makgosi Peloakgosi (Rsa)
Makgosi Peloakgosi
11/2, 11/4, 11/5 (13m)
[2] Milnay Louw
[Q] Mariska Wiese (Rsa)
11/1, 11/1, 11/3 (21m)
[2] Milnay Louw (Rsa)
Megan Page (SA – North) bt Nono Sekhoto (SA – Gau)      11/2, 11/4, 11/7
Mariske Wiese (SA – Gau) bt Cathy Bothma (SA – East)     11/7, 11/9, 11/8
Robyn Boy (SA – Gau) bt Panashe Sithole (SA – Gau)                walk over
Cassey Preece (SA – Gau) bt Pam Lerm (SA – East)      12/10, 13/11, 11/4
21-Apr, Semis:
One-sided semis  ...

The semi-finals of the Men's Balwin Assore Gauteng Open were very one sided.

Top seed Shehab Essam seed seemed to be very tired from his hard 3/2 match the day before and Leandro Romiglio was onto the ball quickly. Romiglio played at a fast pace and hit the ball to a good length thereby not giving Essam time to play his game.

The same was in the second semi-final with Aqeel Rehman making short work of the young South African Dylan Groenewald. Rehman put Groenewald under extreme pressure by taking the ball early and taking advantage of Groenewald’s loose balls.

The ladies event also saw the two winners going through with ease.

Rowan Elaraby was like a butterfly on the court. She moved with such grace and agility and displayed world class shot making. At no time was she put under any pressure from Lume Landman and glided through to the next round and finals of the event with ease.

Milnay Louw was also uncontested by Elani Landman who did not seem to get into the game at all. Louw played good hard constructed rallies and had Landman running all over the court and forced Landman to try to go for the early winner resulting in many errors.

Quarter-Finals at Parkview

The Quarter finals of the Mens Balwin Assore Gauteng Open saw some top squash being played and most matches going to 3-2 in the men’s section.

Essam number 1 seed had to keep his focus throughout his match with JP Brits fighting for every point. At one stage Essam looked extremely tired and looked like he was going to succumb to the altitude but dug in and clawed his way back into the match winning the 4th 13 /11 and eventually taking the 5th 11/9.

Dylan Groenewald made the comeback of the night after being 2 nil down, he ran and retrieved everything until eventually Ashoush could run no more.

“I made too many errors in the first 2 games but then re-focused and started playing my game. I think that this made the difference in the 3rd and 4th and I started concentrating a lot better and did not let Ahmed’s antics get into my head. I am really looking forward to playing Aqueel tomorrow and hope to give him as good a match as he had today,” said Groenewald.

Rehman maintained his cool composure and even though he was 2-1 down in games made the rallies long and hard and made Droesbeke work for every point. Eventually Rehman’s experience saw him take the 5th 11/6.

The 14year old Rowan Elaraby played well constructed and very mature squash for such a young campaigner on the PSA circuit. Her length and speed to the ball put number 1 seed Cheyna Tucker under extreme pressure from the first point. Tucker never got into the game and Elaraby got more confident as the match progressed.

All other seeds in the woman’s section were uncontested.

Matches on Thursday 20 April start at 16:00 at Parkview Squash Centre.

Under way at Parkview

Day Two:

Day 2 of the main draw for the Mens Balwin Assore Gauteng Open saw some of the top seeds falling out of the event.

Essam number 1 seed had no trouble beating seasoned masters player van der Wath 3-0. “He was just too fast onto the ball and I was under pressure the whole time,” said van der Wath.

Ahmed Effat Ashoush is definitely on a winning streak and ousted Andrew Martin in a very tough 5 setter. “I am very happy to be through to the next round,” stated Ashoush. “I am pleased with my performance so far and have won 2 very hard matches in the fifth. I am really looking forward to the match tomorrow against the youngster Dylan Groenewald from SA who had a very good win against Mark”.

Groenewald showed Broekman his athletic ability by doing the splits and picking up some amazing shots. The high altitude eventually saw Broekman gasping for breath in the 4th but Groenewald kept getting back the ball and eventually out ran the young Englishman.

The women started their campaign today with all top seeds getting through to the next round. Luma Landman one of the well-known twins in South Afric did not have it all her way and had to keep a steady head and focus hard to beat Alexa Pienaaar 11/8 in the fifth game.

Matches on Wednesday 20 April start at 16:00 at Parkview Squash Centre.

Day One:

The Gauteng Open got off to a good start with the qualifying matches taking place at Parkview Squash Centre Johannesburg on Sunday 17 April 2016.

All the matches were SA contestants trying to get one of the 8 positions in the men’s 32 draw and 4 positions for the Ladies draw.

It was wonderful to see some of the top SA Juniors competing for positions against some of the more senior players from SA.

The main draws start at 16:00 at Parkview Squash Centre. At the same time we have the SA Portion of the event running from 17:00 every day.



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