ROUND TWO

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16-Nov, Day Five, Round Two:
Locals bow out in Hong Kong as top seeds - and Egyptians - progress

The top five seeds in the men's and women's draws progressed to the quarter-finals on a day which saw all three Hong Kong players bow out, a few upsets and a few scares.

In the men's draw top seed Gregory Gaultier was taken to five games by Kiwi Paul Coll, and the Frenchman now finds himself in a section with three Egyptians.

Gaultier will face Marwan Elshorbagy for a place in the semis with the winner to face either two time champion Mohamed Elshorbagy, who came from a game down to beat French qualifier Lucas Serme, or Mohamed Abouelghar who completed an impressive straight-game victory over Simon Rosner.

The bottom half of the men's draw also features three Egyptians - and it could have been four if Fares Dessouky hadn't injured himself as he hurt his knee landing from a jump when he was two games up against English qualifier Declan James.

James now faces fourth seed Ali Farag, who also benefitted from an injured opponent as Hong Kong's Leo Au, who last night put out defending champion Ramy Ashour, retired early in the second game.

Second seed Karim Abdel Gawad, who reached the final last year, beat 2015 finalist Cameron Pilley in four games and he'll meet Tarek Momen, who also beat an Australian opponent, last year's semi-finalist Ryan Cuskelly.


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Women's top seed Nour El Sherbini ended the run of Australia's Donna Urquhart, and she faces an all-Egyptian quarter-final against defending champion Nouran Gohar, the fourth seed who was taken to five games by Joshna Chinappa, winning the decider 11/1.

The other top half quarter-final will be an all-British affair, fourth seed Laura Massaro accelerating to a four-game win over Olivia Blatchford while Wales' Tesni Evans pulled off a big upset with a three-nil win over eighth seed Alison Waters.

Eleven-time HK champion Nicol David got back on the winning track against home favourite Annie Au - who had beaten the Malaysian for the first time in 25 attempts in their last meeting - although it was a nailbiting five game affair which saw David through.

David will face another opponent who she enjoys a good record against - France's Camille Serme, who beat Hong Kong's Joey Chan in four games, has never beaten David and their match will be a repeat of last year's quarter-final.

In another repeat, Raneem El Welily and Nour El Tayeb replayed their recent U.S. Open final, but this time it was second seed Welily who emerged victorious at the end of a top class five game battle.

Welily meets Joelle King - who beat her for the first time in eleven attempts in their last match - after the Kiwi upset sixth seed Sarah-Jane Perry in four games.

Action for the quarter-finals moves to the all-glass court in the adjacent Hong Kong Sports Centre.


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