Mon 21st Mar -Day THREE:
Round ONE - Bottom
On the third day of the 2016 British Open in Hull the main
draw got under way with sixteen bottom half matches at the Airco
arena and at the University of Hull.
Women: Three upsets and an escape
There was a trio of upsets - and a narrow escape - in the
women's matches as the 13th, 14th and 15th seeds fell , all at
Kong Qualifier Liu Tsz-Ling beat England's Jenny Duncalf
- the 2008 finalist - in four games while compatriot Joey
Chan beat Low Wee Wern, returning to action after another
injury layoff, also in four. Australia's Donna Urquhart
produced the other upset as she beat India's Joshna Chinnappa.
Five-time champion Nicol David, fourth-seeded 2012
finalist Nour El Sherbini, and in-form American Amanda
Sobhy all eased through in straight games, as did England's
Alison Waters as she beat four-time champion Rachael
Grinham, appearing in her 20th British open.
seed Omneya Abdel Kawy had a narrow escape as she
recovered from two games down against Welsh qualifier Tesni
Evans to earn herself match balls at 10-6 in the fifth.
Five points in a row from Evans turned that around, and Kawy had
to save another match ball before finally completing the escape
"Even when I was down 2/0, I had th feeling that I would
still win it," said Kawy. "But at 10/6 match ball, I played that
silly shot and got to 10/10, and I thought that’s it!"
Full report and quote
Men: Ashour survives, Gaultier is back
There were no significant upsets in the men's matches, but a few
lengthy encounters and one great escape.
favourite and three-time champion Nick Matthew eased past
compatriot Adrian Waller and he'll meet young Egyptian Ali
Farag who despatched wildcard Tom Richards.
German seventh seed Simon Rosner wasn't at his best but
had enough to see off Max Lee in four games to set up a meeting
with Chris Simpson, who survived a long five-setter to
beat qualifier Zahed Mohamed in five.
champion Gregory Gaultier, returning to action after
injury, needed all five game to beat Australia's Cameron
Pilley and he'll meet Steve Coppinger in the next round.
Also making a return after missing several events through injury
was Ramy Ashour, and when the fifth seed lost the first
game 11-1 to Mexican qualifier Cesar Salazar things didn't look
good for the 2013 champion.
lost the second too, but as the match wore on his movement,
error count and confidence grew massively and by the fifth he
was well in control.
was not pleasant no. It was hard. But it’s holding up," said
Ashour. "I think I was just trying too hard, working too much,
training too much, I always believe the more the better. I
realise now I was wrong."
Full report and quotes
Ashour will need to maintain that improvement next time out as
he takes on Australian Ryan Cuskelly who beat Kiwi Paul
Coll in four tough games in the longest match of the day.
Women's Round One (bottom half)
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
11/3, 11/7, 11/6 (32m)
[Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg) 3-1  Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
13/11, 11/8, 4/11, 11/7 (35m)
 Alison Waters (Eng) 3-0 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11/4, 11/5, 11/6 (22m)
 Amanda Sobhy (Usa) 3-0 [Q] Coline Aumard (Fra)
11/7, 11/7, 11/4 (29m)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) 3-2 [Q] Tesni Evans (Wal)
9/11, 7/11, 11/8, 11/7, 15/13 (61m)
Joey Chan (Hkg) 3-1  Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11/5, 11/9, 10/12, 10/8 rtd (54m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-1  Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
12/10, 7/11, 11/9, 11/5 (40m)
 Nicol David (Mas) 3-0 [Q] Mayar Hany (Egy)
11/8, 11/9, 11/0 (26m)
Men's Round One (bottom half)
 Simon Rösner (Ger) 3-1 Max Lee (Hkg)
10/12, 11/8, 11/9, 11/8 (67m)
Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-2 [Q] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
11/5, 12/14, 11/9, 9/11, 11/7 (84m)
 Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-2 [Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
1/11, 6/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/3 (51m)
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) 3-1 [Q] Paul Coll (Nzl)
12/10, 13/11, 9/11, 12/10 (88m)
 Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
11/7, 11/4, 11/8 (43m)
Ali Farag (Egy) 3-0 [wc] Tom Richards (Eng)
11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (40m)
Stephen Coppinger (Rsa) 3-1 [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11/3, 11/13, 11/3, 11/5 (54m)
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-2 Cameron Pilley (Aus)
8/11, 11/6, 7/11, 11/2, 11/7 (76m)