Wed 14th Jan, Day ONE
The 2015 edition of the ToC kicked off tonight at four New York
Clubs, each hosting four first
round qualifying matches.
HA  Ong Beng Hee (Mas) 3-1 Chris Hanson (Usa)
11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6 (53m)
HA  Mohamed Reda (Egy) 3-1 Shawn Delierre (Can)
14-16, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (64m)
HA  Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-1 Christopher Gordon (Usa)
7-11, 15-13, 11-6, 11-1 (69m)
HA  Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-1 Faraz Khan (Usa)
11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (29m)
YL Zac Alexander (Aus) 3-2  Leo Au (Hkg)
9-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (74m)
YL  Cesar Salazar (Mex) 3-1 Ahmed Kalek (Egy)
7-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (48m)
YL  Martin Knight (Nzl) 3-0 Mike Lewis (Usa)
11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (31m)
YL  Joe Lee (Eng) 3-0 Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (40m)
NY  Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) wo Bradley Ball (Eng)
NY  Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) 3-1 Shahier Razik (Can)
11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 (64m)
NY  Campbell Grayson (Nzl) 3-1 Raphael Kandra (Ger)
11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 (55m)
NY  Alfredo Avila (Mex) 3-0 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11-2, rtd (3m)
PC  Tom Richards (Eng) 3-1 Eddie Charlton (Eng)
9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (54m)
PC  Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) 3-0 Samuel Kang (Usa)
11-2, 11-9, 11-6 (23m)
PC  Diego Elias (Per) 3-2 Greg Lobban (Sco)
10-12, 11-8, 3-11, 13-11, 11-2 (90m)
PC  Mazen Hesham (Egy) 3-0 Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
11-4, 11-0, 11-8 (24m)
HA Harvard Club, YL Yale Club,
NY New York Athletic, PC Princeton Club
TEEN ELIAS ELICITS VICTORY,
SERME SOARS AND BENG
INTO SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
Beth Rasin reports
A mix of veterans and new faces advanced in first round qualifying
matches for the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, the world’s
largest spectator squash event, as all five US players fell at
the first hurdle.
his very first visit to New York City, Lucas Serme enjoyed a
day of sightseeing before earning a hard fought four-game victory
over American Chris Gordon.
With the partisan crowd at the Harvard Club cheering him on, Gordon
snagged the first game 11-7. The second game was nip and tuck the
whole way, as both players pushed each other to the four corners of
After Gordon couldn’t convert two game balls at 12-11 and 13-12,
Serme closed out the game at 15-13.
"I think the difference in the end was fitness," said the
22-year-old Frenchman who closed out the match 11-6, 11-1. Serme’s
next opponent will be Scotsman Alan Clyne who eliminated
Faraz Khan in straight games.
In a 90-minute epic encounter, Peru’s 18-year-old Diego Elias,
the 2014 World Junior Champion, fought back three match balls in the
fourth game to defeat 22-year-old Greg Lobban of Scotland.
Elias’ next opponent will another ToC newcomer, 20-year-old Mazen
Hesham of Egypt, who attacked his way to victory as he defeated
Malaysia’s Muhd Asyraf Azan in straight games, in just 24 minutes.
Playing error free squash punctuated by deceptive holds, Hesham
prevented his opponent from scoring a single point in the second
game, and kept Azan constantly guessing as to where the ball might
Veteran Ong Beng Hee of Malaysia, who won the 1998 World
Junior title, played what he called “jet lagged squash” to defeat
American Chris Hanson in four games.
will next take on Mohamed Reda who dropped the first game
14-16 to Shawn Delierre of Canada before winning the next three
games in a 74-minute-contest.
"The difference in the end was my shooting," said Reda, who
recently moved to Philadelphia from Egypt with his wife Engy and
three month old son.
Englishmen Tom Richards and Joe Lee both advanced,
with Richards next slated to play ToC first-timer Mahesh
Mangaonkar of India while Lee takes on New Zealand’s Martin
Cesar Salazar of Mexico meets Aussie Zac Alexander;
Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar plays Aussie Ryan Cuskelly
and Alfredo Avila of Mexico goes up against Grayson
Campbell of Australia.
Qualifying finals are at the same
on the evening of the 15th.