20-May, Day FOUR:
Grinhams exit in Last 16
Egyptian men's winner already guaranteed
The Men's and Women's draws were at the same stage today, with
the quarter-finalists to be determined in the Club courts this
afternoon and on the glass court this evening.
were two big upsets in the women's draw as both Grinham sisters
were beaten - Natali in a five-game thriller by French qualifier
Coline Aumard, and top seed Rachael in straight games by Wales'
Deon Saffery. Second seed Nicolette Fernandes survived by
the skin of her teeth in an 85-minute encounter with wildcard
Hania El Hammamy.
In the men's draw an Egyptian winner is already guaranteed as
the seven top seeds - all Egyptian - are joined by Ali Farag,
who followed up his first round win over LJ Anjema with a
four-game win against Kuuwait's Ammar Altamimi.
|Women's Last 16:
Deon Saffery (Wal) 3-0
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11/6, 11/8, 11/8 (25m)
 Yathreb Adel (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Farah Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11/7, 11/9 (48m)
 Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-0 [Q] Mayar Hany (Egy)
 Salma Hany (Egy) 3-1 Milou van der Heijden (Ned)
11/6, 11/8, 6/11,
[Q] Coline Aumard (Fra) 3-2  Natalie Grinham (Ned)
6/11, 11/7, 8/11, 11/9, 11/5 (51m)
 Line Hansen (Den) 3-0 [Q] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
 Heba El Torky (Egy) 3-1 Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
11/3, 11/8 (33m)
 Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 3-2 [wc] Hania El Hammamy
6/11, 14/12, 11/9, 11/13, 11/5 (82m)
Men's Last 16:
 Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Amr Arafa (Egy)
9/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/3 (48m)
 Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 3-0 Youssef Soliman (Egy)
11/7, 11/7 (27m)
 Andrew Wagih (Egy) 3-0 Adil Maqbool (Pak)
 Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 3-0 [Q] Youssef Ebrahim (Egy)
 Mazen Hesham (Egy) 3-0 Ahmad Al-Saraj (Jor)
11/6, 5/0 rtd
 Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Mazen Gamal (Egy)
11/9, 11/9 (65m)
Ali Farag (Egy) 3-1 Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)
10/12, 11/5 (35m)
 Fares Dessouki (Egy) 3-0 Shehab Essam (Egy)
11/7, 11/8, 11/3 (45m)
Hesham (Egy) 3-0 Ahmad Al-Saraj (Jor)
11/6, 5/0 rtd
During his 5 setter against Qualifier Basem Makram, young
Jordanian Ahmad Al-Saraj twisted his right ankle, and just
couldnít push anymore on his leg todayÖ
 Salma Hany
(Egy) 3-1 Milou van der Heijden (Ned)
11-6, 11-8, 6-11,
A very good match from Milou
that seemed to be as comfortable on that court as Salma wasnít!
The Dutch girl played some strong squash, finding good hitting
and good winner. But Salma got more and more lethal at the
front, and finally controlled the short rallies very well.
I donít know, I
felt very flat from the beginning, my shots werenít going in, I
was struggling with the court, couldnít see the ball at all, so
I tried and be as patient as I could, and wait for the opening.
She really surprised me today. I had to make sure that I avoided
easy mistakes and loose shots. Really happy I went throughÖ
[Q] Coline Aumard
(Fra) 3-2  Natalie Grinham (Ned)
6-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 (51m)
A hard match on there. Short
rallies but intense pace, with both players attacking from way
back, and counter-dropping. Some good drives, accurate squash,
really a good match, very few calls. Natalie probably felt a bit
tired in the 5th, we know she was poorly in Hull and couldnít
play in the British, so she is probably not 100% physically yet.
But thatís not taking anything away from Coline, who had to play
at her best and stay focused at all times
It was a hard matchÖ I really
focused on my counterdrops today.
Natalie is truly an idol of mine, a true role model. I always
say that I would like to be able to do what she does, as in,
having 2 kids and still play at such a high level.
Itís such a pleasure to play her, she is such a fair player, she
is ďune Grande DameĒ, and I feel that maybe winning such a match
will help me believe I am able to achieve good thingsÖ
 Fares Dessouki
3-0 Shehab Essam
11/7, 11/8, 11/3 (45m)
I was not confident on court today,
I didnít feel my 100% on there, I think Iím still tired from
yesterdayís match and of course the flight from the UK. But I
think I played better than yesterday, I was able to stick the
ball to the wall. But Shehab is such a gifted player, he is an
up and coming player, and Iím sure weíll see a lot of him on the
I still made too many unforced errors, Iíll have to cut them out
tomorrow, as I am playing a very talented player, Ali Farag.
Heís had some very good results recently, he won two
tournaments, and he playing very well. So, hard match tomorrow.
 Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 3-2 [wc] Hania El Hammamy
6-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5 (82m)
Match of the tournament
What a suspense that was! A 82m match between seed number 2
Nicolette and WC Hania, sister of Karim Hammammy, former junior
championÖ What a family!!!!
Hania is only 14 bless her for Cairo, and she showed today not
only a great talent, but also the experience of a 30 years old!
Playing a patient and mature squash, she pushed Nicolette into
playing a mammoth match.
Running on fumes from the start of the
4th, the Egyptian used all the tricks (legal) in the book,
taking as much time as the ref would allow to try and get some
air (shoe laces, court cleaner, walking around the court, etc).
She needed it as she retrieved a tremendous amount of attacks
from an in form Nicolette, and sustained extremely lengthy and
intense pace imposed by her opponent, saving 4 match balls in
the 4th (from 10/7 down) to clinch it 13-11 on her first game
Needless to say the crowd was supporting their girl! And when
she went up 2/0 in the 5th, they really believed we had an
upset. But Nicolette had something to say about it, and turned
the tables round, 4/2. Hania had to stop the rally as she was
bleeding, but even that short stop (not more than 5m) was not
enough for the young talented Egyptian to find energy, and she
finally bows 11/5. It took Nicolette 6 match balls to finally
get that match to restÖ
 Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 3-1 [Q]
Amr Arafa (Egy)
9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (48m)
It was the first time I actually
saw that young 18 years old Egyptian play his first PSA! He
doesnít have the typical squash body type (more of a boxer!) so
fit!!! And although you canít say heís got an amazing technique,
it works very well at the front, as he found some exquisite
winners at the start of the match.
There was some traffic problem at some point, and Karim ďsorted
them outĒ very quickly, showing to the new comer that he was the
boss on court bless him!
Apart from that little moment, the rest of the match was very
entertaining, lots of great rallies, short but intense, moving
around a lot, with the logical winner at the end, and the
challenger coming to apologise at the end of the match for the
little hiccup in the movement. No hard feeling said Kari
Iím happy with the match, as we had
some pretty good rallies, and I didnít have any problem with my
movement today, I was moving pretty fluidly. Thatís a very good
sign for me.
Itís the first time I see him play, so I didnít know what to
expect. I was from the warm up that he was a very physically
powerful player! He will Iím sure have great results in the U19
World Champs coming up, he is definitely an up and coming
I didnít play my best squash, but still happy with the way I
moved. And thatís good because tomorrow, Iím playing Abou and we
always have long 5 setters! Hope itís going to be a good matchÖ
3-0  Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (25m)
strong match from Deon who takes out the top seed.
Iím told that
Rachael was not at her best, but hat to Deon who never let her
breathe today, playing the perfect tactic!
Still, Rachael fought
hard all the way, and even down 2/0 and 8/2, she still came back
and only loses 11/8Ö
It was a good performance today.
You cannot let Rach in, especially me, as I played her twice,
and she chopped me twice. So today, I just enjoyed my squash,
instead of being caught playing Rach. But we are good friends!
Wagih (Egy) 3-0 Adil Maqbool (Pak)
11/6, 11/9, 11/4
Some good shots coming from the
Pakistani born Adil Maqbool, he managed to surprise Andrew Wagih
with excellent straight drives too, but Andrewís shot and power
was just a bit too much for him, and forced too many errors out
I feel really
happy to be able to win two matches in a row after the bad year
I just had. I know that if I can to compete at the level I used
to, I need to improve my fitness, now that my body seems to be
It was the first time I was playing Adil, but I know his game,
Iíve seen him play a lot. And I saw that he made some changes in
his game, he was making the rallies last longer, maybe because
he knew I was not 100% physically. But I enjoyed it.
Tomorrow, the winner of Meguid/Ebrahim. If I was to play Meguid
which would be according to seeding, we know each otherís game
quite well, we played and played a lot. We are good friends off
court, and he has made some changes to his game, and I just hope
that my body holds up and that we have a good game.
I wanted to thank the Government and Omar Sherbini for
organising that tournament, in this brand new venue, the courts
are really good!
 Heba El
Torky (Egy) 3-1 Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
1/11, 11/7, 11/3,
Furious rallies between Heba and
Siyoli, good squash, varied angles, with the South African
playing extremely well in the first game, and Heba slowly
getting in the match, eventually finding her shots and imposing
ask me what happened in the 1st, I just donít know! It was the
same against Nour in the British, the games I lost, I lost
really badly, and the only thing I can say is, she was playing
too well, and I donít know!
Today I knew that Siyoli had good results in the British Open,
and that she would play very well. And that what she did. So
from the second on, I really had to play my best squash to win.
That was the only way.
 Line Hansen
(Den) 3-0 [Q] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
really like the court, you get rewarded if you play a good shot.
I played really well today, you are always a bit nervous playing
a young Egyptian in Egypt, and in your first roundÖ But I kept
to my tactics, and didnít get mentally distractedÖ
Tomorrow, Iím playing the winner of Nat and Coline, which could
be an interesting matchÖ
 Tesni Evans
(Wal) 3-0 [Q] Mayar Hany (Egy)
bit of an intense match this one, with a few discussion with yet
a very good lady ref from Egypt, Tesni keeping her head, and
maybe a bit of lack of experience for Mayar who got a bit too
excited at times, still a very talented young player, ranked 100
in the world but that shows great promises.
itís a new tactic, I get down 8/3 only to distract my opponent
and then I win 12/10. It worked though. I may do that againÖ
No, I was just getting frustrated and started to hack (as in
hitting hard and low but it was not going anywhere). So I
thought Iíd lost the game, and started to relax. And thatís when
the shots started coming in.
I was controlling the rallies well, taking the pace off because
she likes to hit hard and crosscourts a lot. I was hitting good
length, and I got a few boasts from her, and I was able to
Mohamed (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Mazen Gamal (Egy)
11/9, 11/5 (65m)
longest match so far, with a looooooot of discussion with a very
calm ref who has seen it all, and knows the players very well. 7
game balls in the first game, where Zahed was up 10/8, to
finally lose it 16/14!
A very intense and disputed match, excellent squash and long
rallies. Loved it, despite far too many discussions to make it a
We havenít played
a lot, a PSA match 4 years ago, where he beat me 3/2, then two
National in Egypt, where I beat him 3/0. But no, we donít know
each otherís game well.
In the first game, I was playing well, went up 10/8 and before I
knew it, I lost the game 16/14, my shots were just not accurate
enough, I was playing a lot in the middle! In the second, it was
much easier (11/1), but in the 3rd, he started well and again I
was not accurate enough, he went up 9/6. I knew that I had to
win that game to have a chance to win. So I dug in, and won it
In the 4th, it was my turn to start well, 6/2, but I started to
get involved with the ref, over some consistency matters. He
went 8/6, but I reallllly didnít want to get into a 5th, and
eventually took the game 11/9.
Ali Farag (Egy)
3-1 Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)
10/12, 11/5 (35m)
Iím not happy with
my performance, I was too relaxed. I truly have an issue, I
donít seem to be able to back up a good win. It happened to me
in India when I beat Saurav, the next day, I found myself 2/0
against Kristian Frost within minutes.
So I emailed Mike Way my coach in Harvard, and telling him, I
donít want that to happen again, loosen up. But it did! All I
can say, Iím happy I went through, thatís all I can say.
Abouelghar (Egy) 3-0 Youssef Soliman
11/7, 11/7 (27m)
We train almost
every day, so itís never easy. I knew what to expect, so did he.
I tried and not gave him any openings, because he takes his
space very well and makes the court very long. I wish if all the
luck for the World Juniors, and I hope he takes it back in
Iím very happy with the way I played, and looking forward to
play well I hope on the glass court!