Thu 28-Aug, Day FIVE:
Quarter-finalists decided in Hong Kong
After two days of upsets, it was the turn of the seeds to
reassert themselves today at the Hong Kong Squash Centre, in the
men’s draw at least.
Women's Round TWO:
 Nicol David (Mas) 3-1 Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/4, 11/6, 8/11,
Joey Chan (Hkg) 3-0  Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/8, 13/11, 11/7
 Amanda Sobhy (Usa) 3-0 Victoria Lust (Eng)
 Camille Serme (Fra) 3-2 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11/13, 6/11, 11/4,
11/3, 12/10 (77m)
 Alison Waters (Eng) 3-0 Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11/9, 11/9 (40m)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy) 3-2  Low Wee Wern (Mas)
7/11, 11/3, 7/11, 11/5 (74m)
Rachael Grinham (Aus) 3-1  Annie Au (Hkg)
11/5, 11/9 (41m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-1 Nouran Gohar (Egy)
11/8, 8/11, 11/9 (53m)
Joey delights HK faithful
champion Nicol David recorded her 47th straight win in
Hong Kong, but Emma Beddoes made the world number one work hard
for her 3-1 win.
“I was feeling good in the first two, but she played really
well in the third, found her length and didn’t make any errors,”
said David. “I knew I had to tighten up and managed to get it
back in the fourth."
first upset of the day came as Hong Kong’s Joey Chan beat
seventh seed Omneya Abdel Kawy in straight games to set up a
meeting with David.
“I knew I had to keep her moving as much as I could,” said
Chan, “trying to stop her attacking. I’m proud to make the
quarters again, I just want to enjoy the atmosphere tomorrow and
play as well as I can.”
seed Camille Serme survived by the skin of her teeth
against Jenny Duncalf, coming from 0-2 down and from 8-10 in the
fifth to take the match 12-10.
“At two-nil down I was thinking that it couldn’t be worse,”
admitted Serme. “I just tried to calm myself down and get my
tactics right, I was a bit mixed up in my head.
“I got lucky on the second match ball and I told myself that
this is my chance now. It’s never nice to lose a match like
that, I’m just glad I was the winner today.”
Serme plays the USA’s Amanda Sobhy, who beat Victoria
Lust in straight games.
In the bottom half of the draw Enland’s Laura Massaro and
Alison Waters, seeded two and four, both progressed.
Waters won her all-England match with Sarah-Jane Perry in
straight games while Massaro was almost taken to a deciding game
before beating young Egyptian Nouran Gohar 3-1.
now meets Nour El Tayeb, finalist in last week’s
Malaysian Open, who took 74 minutes to win a see-saw five-setter
against Malaysian fifth seed Low Wee Wern.
“That’s how it is with Wee Wern,” said Tayeb, “she sucks me
into her slow pace and for large parts of the match I just
couldn’t play my game! Omar [Elborolossy] kept telling me I
needed to wake up, and thankfully in the fifth I managed to get
on top again.”
meets Rachael Grinham, the veteran Aussie who came from a
game down to end the hopes of Hong Kong’s Annie Au, the seventh
thought I played really well, but I knew I had to keep smacking
the ball hard, not my usual sort of game at all,” said Grinham.
“If she gets her shots going on this court she’s deadly, she’s
beaten me a few times on here so I needed to keep it fast to
take her options away.
“Two years ago I’d have been happy to think I had two years
left, so now I’m just taking it month by month. I still feel
I’ve got the game to beat the top players, but maybe not three
or four of them in a row!”
Men's Round TWO:
 Gregory Gaultier
(Fra) 3-0 [Q] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
 Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-1 [Q] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
11/7, 11/5 (59m)
(Egy) 3-1 [Q] Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)
12/10, 7/11, 13/11,
 Simon Rosner (Ger) 3-0 [Q] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11/2, 11/3, 11/6
 Borja Golan (Esp) 3-2 [Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
11/7, 6/11, 11/7,
3/11, 11/4 (63m)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 3-2 Gregoire Marche (Fra)
8/11, 8/11, 12/10,
11/4, 11/8 (69m)
 Peter Barker (Eng) 3-0 Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/6, 11/5, 2/1 rtd
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-0 Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/3, 11/1, 11/7 (25m)
Seeds reassert to reach quarters
men’s matches all went to seeding, with all five qualifiers
exiting, although Shaun Le Roux made Tarek Momen work
hard for a four-game win, and Mohamed Abouelghar took fourth
seed Borja Golan to a deciding game.
was my first match of the tournament and I was maybe guilty of
losing my concentration at times," said the Spaniard, "but all
credit to him as he was playing really well. He gave away
a few mistakes in the end and I think experience was important
at that stage."
longest men’s match of the day saw Nicolas Mueller repeat
last year’s thrilling win over Greg Marche on court nine as the
Swiss came form two games down to win.
“I like to play long matches on that court,” said Mueller, “I
beat him 15/13 in the fifth on there last year!
played unbelievable squash in the first two, just too good, and
then he came from 10-6 down to 10-all in the third.
"I knew I just had to stick in, I wasn’t playing badly, and his
level dropped maybe 1% but that was enough.
“I’m happy and lucky to scrape through - I don’t know if last
year’s match was in his head, it was certainly in mine in a
Glass court growing