|25-Aug, Day FIVE,
Quarter-Finals set on a day
of carnage in the men's draw
On the last day of play at Hong Kong
Squash Centre, seven of the top women's seeds made it through -
11-time champion Nicol David needing five games again - but
there was utter carnage in the men's draw, with just one
seed left in to contest the quarter-finals!
The first winner of the day was American Amanda Sobhy,
getting off to a good start and beating Sarah-Jane Perry in four
came a spell of Egyptian winners as Nour El Tayeb
produced the first big upset of the day as she beat third-seeded
compatriot Raneem El Welily in four games, neither producing
their best but Tayeb won't be at all concerned at that.
Top seed and world number one Nour El Sherbini, on her
first trip to Hong Kong, made a great start against home
favourite Annie Au, opening up a 6-0 lead only to see Annie
level at 7-all.
that there wasn't much in it, Au playing on her home court
making it difficult for Sherbini, who eventually found a way
through to win in four games.
She'll now play Omneya Abdel Kawy in an all-Egyptian
quarter-final, after Kawy beat Joshna Chinappa in straight
games, the Indian getting closer each game.
first men's matches of the day immediately produced some upsets - one huge
as Cameron Pilley met Mohamed ElShorbagy in a repeat of
last year's final, and took out the top seed/defending
champion/world #1 11/9 in the fifth after saving match ball in
"I have a decent record again Mohamed so I know how to play
him," said Pilley, who beat Gregory Gaultier and Nick Matthew to
reach last year's final.
"I had a great run here last year and when you have a run like
that you try and replicate the same things you did the year
next opponent is seventh seed Karim Abdel Gawad who won
his all-Egyptian meeting with Mazen Hesham in four games.
Germany's Simon Rosner continued the cull of the seeds as
he beat France's Mathieu Castagnet, seeded five, in four very
it was the turn of fourth seed Marwan Elshorbagy to exit, as he
saw a two game lead evaporate against compatriot and former
champion Ramy Ashour, who after losing the second 15/13
recovered to take the next three games 11/8, 11/8, 11/8.
second disappointment for the Hong Crowd followed as Australia's
Ryan Cuskelly eased past wildcard hero Yip Tsz Fung in
straight games, and the Aussie is set to face James Willstrop
the quarters after the Englishman came from a game down to beat
eighth seed Tarek Momen.
women's quarter-final lineups were completed when Nicol David
survived another five-setter, this time coming from 2-1 down to
maintain her unbeaten record against Joelle King, and to notch
up her 57th consecutive HK win.
Camille Serme will be David's next opponent, the French
sixth seed comfortably despatching wildcard Ho Tze-Lok, while
Laura Massaro and Nouran Gohar both progressed
against English opponents, Massaro dropping the second game
before accelerating past Emily Whitlock, and Gohar easing past
Alison Waters in three.
last two men's matches saw yet another upset as home here Max
Lee, appearing in his 13th HK Open but his first second
round, went one better by beating seventh seed Ali Farag in a
pulsating four game match.
Max led, and it looked as though the Egyptian would force a
decider as he led 9-6 in the fourth, but a run of five points
from Max brought the house down as he became the first Hong Kong
male to reach the quarter-finals.
"I've been watching this event since I was tiny, and playing
in it since I was a junior," said a delighted Max. "To reach the
second round was an achievement, but to know I'll be playing on
the glass court in front of my home fans is just amazing."
opponent is also unseeded, after the carnage was completed by
Fares Dessouky beating second seed and world champion
Gregory Gaultier in another five-game thriller.
Twice behind, Dessouky levelled twice and then made a great
start to the decider, holding on as Gaultier edged closer - the
Frenchman calling his own shot not up on the second match ball.
"That has to be one of my best ever wins," said Fares, "I'm
really delighted to reach the quarter-finals here!"
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