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China Open 2016
30 Aug - 04 Sep, Shanghai, $100k

04-Sep, Finals:  

[1] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [3] Nouran Gohar (Egy) 
                   11/9, 11/5, 11/3 (34m)

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-0 [2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
                   11/5, 11/3, 11/3 (33m)

Top seeds power to Shanghai titles

Top seed Laura Massaro captured her first China Open title with a dominant display over in-form Nouran Gohar in the women's final.

Immediately on the offensive, Massaro stormed into an 8-3 lead in the first game, and although Gohar, who had beaten the Englishwoman on the way to collecting the Hong Kong Open, title recovered to 8-all, Massaro finished the game strongly to take the lead 11-9.

Massaro was in control for the rest of the match, negating Gohar's power game to great effect as she pulled clear from 4-5 to take the second 11-5 and dominated the third 11-3 for a comprehensive victory.

All credit to Laura," said Gohar. "She played amazingly today.

Weve played each other a lot recently," said Massaro, "and we both always leave everything on court. Nourans an amazing player for her age, Ill keep on taking the wins while I still can!

The men's final also finished in straight games as Mohamed Elshorbagy beat defending champion Gregory Gaultier in a touch over half an hour.

The Egyptian world #1 pulled away from 4-all in the first, keeping the pace high and maintaining contstant pressure on the Frenchman, taking the lead 11-5.

Shorbagy was dominant in the next two games, again piling on the pressure in the opening phases, Gaultier wilting under the onslaught and tailing off, all but giving up as Shorbagy raced through the latter part of both games in double quick time.

Not the best of matches for me," admitted Gaultier. "Mohamed was way too good for me today, but thats the way it goes sometimes!

Elshorbagy was delighted with the win: Im really happy to win here today, especially as I lost in the first round here last year!

Some days Gregs too good but today it way my turn. Its early in the season and Im sure well have some more great battles laster in the season.

China Open BLOG - from Leonard Lee


China Open BLOG

China Open 2016
30 Aug - 04 Sep, Shanghai, $100k
Round One
01 Sep 
02 Sep
03 Sep
04 Sep
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
11/8, 11/5, 11/3 (22m)
[wc] Junjie Wang (Chn)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy

11/9, 11/8, 11/8 (43m)

[5] Mathieu Castagnet
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy

11/7, 13/11, 11/9 (42m)

[8] Borja Golan

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy


11/5, 11/3, 11/3 (33m)


[2] Gregory Gaultier

[5] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
12/10, 7/11, 11/6, 11/6 (60m)
[Q] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
[8] Borja Golan (Esp)
14/12, 11/5, 11/7 (60m)
Fares Dessouky (Egy)
[8] Borja Golan

11/8, 6/11, 11/8, 11/4 (69m)

Cameron Pilley
[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11/4, 11/5, 11/7 (55m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/9, 8/11, 8/11, 11/9, 11/5 (90m)
[4] Miguel Rodriguez (Col)
Saurav Ghosal

11/9, 11/3, 8/11, 5/11, 11/9 (76m)

[6] Karim Abdel Gawad
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad

11/6, 11/6, 5/2 rtd (35m)

[2] Gregory Gaultier

[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
13/11, 11/6, 11/6 (36m)
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
12/10, 11/7, 5/1 rtd (30m)
[7] Tarek Momen (Egy)
[7] Tarek Momen

11/3, 11/5, 14/12 (50m)

[2] Gregory Gaultier
[Q] Diego Elias (Per)
11/8, 11/7, 11/4 (38m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)

31-Aug, Finals:
Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 3-1 Max Lee (Hkg)                  10/12, 11/6, 11/9, 11/7 (67m)
Diego Elias (Per) 3-0 Leo Au (Hkg)                                      11/7, 11/7, 11/6 (44m)
Cesar Salazar (Mex) 3-2 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 11/13, 12/10, 8/11, 11/9, 11/7 (79m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 3-2 Paul Coll (Nzl)  9/11, 11/13, 12/10, 11/7, 11/9 (67m)

30-Aug, Round One:
Max Lee (Hkg) 3-0 Yang Tianxia (Chn)                                11/2, 11/5, 11/5 (17m)
Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 3-2 Alfredo Avila (Mex)  11/6, 11/5, 6/11, 11/13, 11/8 (72m)
Diego Elias (Per) 3-2 Greg Lobban (Sco)           12/10, 11/5, 3/11, 7/11, 11/1 (65m)
Leo Au (Hkg) 3-0 Alan Clyne (Sco)                                     11/8, 11/6, 11/5 (54m)
Cesar Salazar (Mex) 3-0 Valentino Bong (Mas)                    11/6, 11/0, 11/4 (22m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 3-2 Ivan Yuen (Mas)     6/11, 12/10, 11/5, 8/11, 11/3 (74m)
Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-0 James Huang (Tpe)                               11/2, 11/3, 11/5 (36m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 3-0 Graham Miao (Hkg)           11/1, 11/6, 11/3 (19m)
China Open 2016
30 Aug - 04 Sep, Shanghai, $70k
Round One
01 Sep 
02 Sep
03 Sep
04 Sep
[1] Laura Massaro (Eng)
13/11, 11/9, 11/9 (32m)
[Q] Joey Chan (Hkg)
[1] Laura Massaro

11/7, 11/5, 11/6 (30m)

[5] Joshna Chinappa
[1] Laura Massaro

17/15, 7/11, 11/7, 13/11 (50m)

[4] Joelle King

[1] Laura Massaro


11/9, 11/5, 11/3 (34m)


[3] Nouran Gohar

[5] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
8/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/7 (43m)
[Q] Heba El Torky (Egy)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11/0, 7/11, 11/9, 11/7 (44m)
Emily Whitlock (Eng)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry

11/8, 8/11, 11/9, 13/11 (80m)

[4] Joelle King
[4] Joelle King (Nzl)
11/3, 7/11, 11/5, 11/5 (48m)
Delia Arnold (Mas)
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/5, 11/5, 11/6 (27m)
[3] Nouran Gohar (Egy)
[3] Nouran Gohar

9/11, 11/5, 12/10, 11/8 (57m)

[Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim
[3] Nouran Gohar

 11/8, 11/8, 5/11, 11/9 (47m)

[2] Raneem El Welily

[Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)
11/6, 11/6, 11/3 (24m)
[6] Annie Au (Hkg)
Victoria Lust (Eng)
11/4, 6/11, 11/8, 8/11, 11/6 (57m)
[8] Alison Waters (Eng)
[8] Alison Waters

9/11, 13/11, 11/9, 11/4 (50m)

[2] Raneem El Welily
[wc] Li Dongjin (Chn)
11/3, 11/6, 11/4 (18m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (Egy)

31-Aug, Finals:
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (Ind) 3-1 Olivia Blatchford (Usa)  11/4, 2/11, 11/0, 11/4 (31m)
Heba El Torky (Egy) 3-0 Tesni Evans (Wal)                          11/6, 11/6, 11/6 (34m)
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 3-1 Nele Gilis (Bel)            11/5, 11/13, 11/7, 11/5 (41m)
Joey Chan (Hkg) 3-1 Low Wee Wern (Mas)                   11/8, 11/5, 9/11, 11/8 (47m)

30-Aug, Round One:
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (Ind) 3-0 Peng Zhenni (Chn)            11/1,11/2, 11/2 (14m)
Olivia Blatchford (Usa) 3-0 He Xinru (Chn)                       11/2, 11/1, 11/0 (14m)
Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-0 Duan Siyu (Chn)                           11/4, 11/1, 11/3 (15m)
Heba El Torky (Egy) 3-0 Gu Jinyue (Chn)                         11/8, 11/8, 11/6 (23m)
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 3-1 Line Hansen (Den)     11/5, 6/11, 11/5, 11/6 (35m)
Nele Gilis (Bel) 3-2 Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)  11/5, 11/8, 11/13, 8/11, 11/6 (81m)
Low Wee Wern (Mas) 3-2 Fiona Moverley (Eng)  11/13, 11/7, 6/11, 11/5, 11/8, 82m)
Joey Chan (Hkg) 3-0 Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)                             11/3, 11/4, 11/5 (26m)

03-Sep, Semis:
Top seeds through to finals

Semi-finals day of the China Open at the Peninsula Hotel saw the men's top seeds through to the final as Mohamed Elshorbagy and Gregory Gaultier both win in straight games. 

Top seed Elshorbagy beat Spain's Borja Golan in straight games while defending champion Gaultier was on the way to the same when Karim Abdel Gawad retired injured midway through the third.

The women's final will be a repeat of last week's quarter-final in Hong Kong between top seed Laura Massaro, who edged past Joelle King in four tough games, while HK champion Nouran Gohar maintained her impressive run of form as she beat second-seeded compatriot Raneem El Welily in four games.

02-Sep, Quarters:
Top seeds assert in quarters

Quarter-finals in Shanghai started on the traditional courts with a number of lengthy matches which saw yesterday's upset heroes all fall.

In the men's draw Borja Golan ended Cameron Pilley's run in a 69-minute four game battle, while Karim Abdel Gawad, having let a two game lead slip against Saurav Ghosal, squeezed through 11/9 in the fifth after 76 minutes.

On the glass court top seeds Mohamed Elshorbagy and Gregory Gaultier progressed in straight games to set up semi-finals against Golan and Gawad.

Salma Hany, the only non-seed in the women's last eight, took the first game against Hong Kong champion and third seed Nouran Gohar before losing out in four games after just under an hour's play. It took fourth seed Joelle King 80 minutes to hold off the challenge of Sarah-Jane Perry.

Gohar now faces second seed Raneem El Welily, who came from a game down to beat Alison Waters, while King is up against top seed Laura Massaro, who beat Joshna Chinappa in the shortest match of the day.

01-Sep, Round One:
Hany, Pilley and Ghosal gatecrash the quarters

Not too much drama in the first round of the women's event as seven of the seeds won through to the quarter-finals, joined by Egyptian qualifier Salma Hany Ibrahim who beat sixth-seeded Annie Au in straight games.

Two big upsets in the men's draw, as Cameron Pilley continued his impressive from from Hong Kong, taking out third seed Omar Mosaad in straigth games, while India's Saurav Ghosal came from 2-1 down to inflict a second successive first round defeat on Miguel Rodriguez, the fourth-seeded Colombian. 

31-Aug, Qualifying Finals:
Egyptians advance to main draw in Shanghai

Qualifying finals in Shanghai saw a quartet of Egyptians - two men, two women -add the their already heavy main draw presence.

In the women's matches Heba El Torky scored an impressive three-nil win over Tesni Evans while Salma Hany Ibrahim defeated Nele Gilis in four games. Heba now faces Joshna Chinappa while Salma meets Annie Au.

On the men's side Zahed Mohamed came from a gamedown to deny Hong Kong semi-finalist Max Lee while Mohamed Abouelghar recovered from one-two down against Paul Coll. Mohamed's next task is against Mathieu Castagnet while Abouelghar faces an all-Egyptian match against HK finalist Karim Abdel Gawad.

Other qualifiers were Diego Elias, Cesar Salazar, Dipika Pallikal and Joey Chan.


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