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Massaro / El Welily
A few nice winners from both girls, Laura very accurate at the back,
and Raneem at the front - nothing new there. Up to 6/6, very close
but Raneem finds her groove at the business end of the game, 11/7 in
Second game is 4m, 9 winners for Raneem for 1 Laura, the Egyptian
really run away with the game, impressive so far. Is Laura paying
for her hard match yesterday against Cam? Or is she going to repeat
her amazing come back? Stay tuned...
Well, she should well be! After leading the whole game, she is
overtaken at 8/8, then saves 2 match balls at 10/8, and takes the
game on her second game ball... Nailbitting stuff...
Well, not tonight Josephine. A very good start for Laura, after a
nice hiccup from the Ref that kept calling Laura "Massero" bless him
- a few years ago, he massacred the name Elriani in Chicago until
Laurent exploded - that confused Raneem and everybody in the
audience. Still, from 3/0 down, Raneem found the groove she had in
the first two games, and if the game was pretty close, we could feel
she was not as nervous as she was in the 3rd. 10/6 game ball, ending
on a stroke, confirmed with the 4th official.
El Sherbini / Waters
A very good and balanced/close first game, don't believe the score,
nice rallies, with Alison finding some lovely wrong footing, but
Nour making the court very big for her opponent. A few errors - it
wouldn't be Nour if she wasn't making those - but more winners for
now. 8m, 11/8.
Double time for that second game, 16m with again not much between
the players but the errors (4 for Nour, 1 for Ali, 8 winners each).
A beautiful game, hard hitting from both ladies, and varied height
and angles. Nour had a chance to take the game after a huge rally at
9/9, but it's Ali that takes it 12/10. Nice game truly!
8m third game, dominated by Nour, and Ali having to cover soooo much
distance poor mite. Nour just seemed to relax after the loss of the
second, and Alison never really put a foot wrong, just kept fighting
at all time. 11/5 Nour.
11 minutes, far too many errors from Nour, that led Ali to set up a
few game balls at 10/5. That's when Nour decided to cut on the
errors, and claws back to 9/10. Alison finds a superb backhand drop
shot to close it 11/9... That was close....
The 5th will be an amazing game, with I'm afraid to say some
extremely poor decisions at crucial times. Still, beautiful come
back for Ali who was down and out 8/5, manages to claw back 8/8.
Nour gets three match balls, 10/8, 9/10 and 11/10, but it's the
Battling Ali that makes it to the finish post, second upset in two
days... 13/11... Stats wise, 31 winners each, 14 UE for Ali and 17
Massaro / Serme
Blimey, the time I went to the kitchen to make a cupper at the start
of the match, I heard, game ball!!!! Apparently, game lasted 6m, a
few errors from Laura, only 1 for Camille on her first game ball at
If the second is a bit longer, 10m with longer rallies, Laura still
doesn't seem on court yet - wrong choice of shots, errors - while
Camille plays a clinical squash for now. Much better for the English
lady in the 3rd, more assertive, less errors, and dominating the
middle of the court at last. Cam lost her power and accuracy in the
game, fought to save 2 game balls, but serves out at 7/10...
At 3/0, 6/2 up, Camille seems like walking away with a 3/1
victory, but a few errors from the French, a bit of fistpump from
Laura, the English lady being more assertive, and a nice turn around
11/7 for Laura.
Fifth is a superb demonstration of squash
intelligence and guts for the English lady, leading by at least two
points from the middle of the game. As they say, it ain't over until
the fat lady sings...
El Welily / Sobhy
In 6 minutes, game sor'ted Raneem, plenty of winners (7) for only 2
errors. World number 2 looking good so far.
Same story in the second, Welily dominant for 11/5 again.
Complete turnaround in third, Sobhy dominant for 11/2, but Raneem
reasserted in the fourth, starting firing in the winners again, was
soon 10/2 up and after just under half an hour of play finished off
the match 11/4.
El Sherbini / El Tayeb
Not easy playing one of your
best mates, but Sherbini very solid in this opening game, with El
Tayeb opening the court a bit too much, 6m, 10/3, 11/5.
Amazing second game, don't think I ever saw women hitting that hard
that consistently!!! So disputed, and yet, nobody blocks or run into
the other's back, spotless squash. El Tayeb was cruising 9/5,
Sherbini found some amazing rallies/winners, scored 6 points, 10/9,
but a crucial error, 10/10 and El Tayeb closes it out 12/10. Whaaaa,
what a great match.
messing about for Sherbini, 6m, 8/0 and 11/3. Powerful and
impressive. The 4th is just ridiculous of stunning squash, 21m of
pure joy, with Sherbini again up 8/3, and El Tayeb just get in 7th
gear, exhibition stuff at time, good length, 7 points in a row to
get to 10/8 game ball. Sherbini forces extra points, will get a first
match ball at 11/10, saved.
11/11, Tayeb concedes a not up that
gives her opponent a second match ball, but a tin sorts that one
out! And the finish, game ball for El Tayeb, 13/12, and recovering
from a split, she gets a stroke as she is still on her way up,
confirmed by video ref! Exhibition, amazing, LOVING EVERY SECOND...
Fifth about the same caliber,
with El Sherbini zooming 6 points to reach 7/3, but as ever, Gutsy
Diving Tayeb clawing back to 8/9. Sherbini gets her 3rd match ball at
10/8, but will finally close it down 11/9 on her 4th. Superb match,
watch the replay!!!!
Matthew / Rosner
Those two start
hitting, fast pace squash for this 22 minutes opening game. A few
uncharacteristic errors for Nick, very close the whole way. Nick has
a game ball 10/9, but it's the German that finds the winner on his
own game ball, 12/10.
Superb response from the 3 times World Champ, 8 minutes, making
every point count, faster, harder, more accurate. Simon just didn't
have much to say/do in that one, too good. 11/4. And the work pays
off dividends in the 3rd for the Englishman, as he manages to score
7 points in a row, to reach game ball 10/5 - Simon giving him 7 tins
bless him. The German fights but finally bows 11/7.
The 4th will see
Simon fighting in the middle of the game to try and stay with the
score, from 2/7 to 5/7, but Nick is on the war path/taking no
prisoner and it's soon 11/6, 3/1.
Waters / Teran
Alison was leading 3/1, Sam came back, quite a close middle of the
game, but from 6/6, it's all the Mexican, planted in the front,
with a few errors from Ali, 11/6...
And funnily enough, it's the
reverse in the second! If there wasn't more than 1 point up to 6/6,
this time, it's Ali that steps in front, and within seconds, she is
walking out of court, 11/6.
Third, just too good for Ali, 8m, 11/3
and pretty much the same in the 4th, with maybe Sam getting a bit
Shorbagy / Golan
A very relax and focus Egyptian, 13m, dominating throughout, with
Borja still fighting coming back from game ball 10/5, but Mohamed
too relaxed, 7 winners, 11/7.
Second is much better for Borja in this one, with Mohamed making 4
errors at the start of the game that kept Borja in the loop and
confident. If Mohamed goes 7/4 up, Borja found his game there, 7/7 -
only to be hard done by with some strange decisions (in my opinion),
Mohamed lucky to get away with it on this occasion, 11/9 in 17m.
Third is as fast and disputed, Borja really finding some amazing
shots (particular backhand), Mohamed found some truly great squash -
he had to to beat Borja today. Great also no chat with the refs and
very few decisions. Good advert for the game.
took early control, pouncing on anything short from Lust to take the
The English qualifier started the second well, leading
4/0, but Tayeb recaptured the initiative and started finding those
winners again to double her lead 11/6.
There was no let up in the
third, with Lust struggling to find any depth or penetration and Tayeb's shots still going in as she closed out the match 11/2.
A quickfire first game, with nor rallies of any significance, plenty
of powerful hitting from Sherbini and a few errors from Au as the
Egyptian takes it 11/3.
A rapid start for Sherbini in the second for
5/1, Au starts to get into it as she levels 5-all, but Sherbini
reasserts to take another quick game 11/7.
A more competitive third
game, with Au taking the lead 6-4, but Sherbini powers back,
striking the ball well to close it out 11/7.
contrasting styles, with winners of Amanda (8) making the difference
for now, 11m game, with the American was leading from 3/3 9/4, 10/5,
11/7.... Contrasting second game, where the style/lines from WW
prevented Amanda from attacking. The Malaysian dominated from start
to finish, 11/5.
Third was a "retournement de situation", turn around, where the
American was down 5/1 to overtake her opponent at 6/6 and went
straight to 11/6, by moving Amanda much more than she was able to
before. 10m. Annnnd anything you can I can do better style, Amanda
made the same turn around - 9 winners for Amanda - where she looked
lost at the start of the match, but from 7/7, it's all about the
American, 10/7, 118.
It will be the Turn Around match that one for sure, as again, Wee
Wern was up, comfy it seemed, 7/5, but 3 tins out of nowhere really
in a row, and confidence grew for HomeGirl, who walks away with the
next 6 points, 11/7, match USA.
very short first game, with Omneya making a bit more errors, and very
short rallies, Raneem led the whole way, 5/2, 9/4, 10/6, 11/7. If
the first was 8m, the second was doubled, 16. Longer rallies in the
tie-break, with Raneeem eventually taking the game on her 5th game
ball, Omneya having had none...
Far too many errors from Omneya in
the last game allowed Raneem to close it out nicely, 3/0.
A gruelling encounter and a big upset as Miguel Rodriguez outlasts
fifth seed Peter Barker. The Colombian took a long opening game but
Barker fought back, taking the lead on extra points in the third.
Rodriguez opened up 4-0 in the fourth but Barker pegged him back,
and at 9-7 appeared to have the match under control. But three
unusual errors from Barker gave Rodriguez a chance, which he took.
With Barker starting to struggle physically in the fifth - he asked
if he could see the physio for his 'tight back', then at 7-all took
three minutes break after Roidriguez's head clipped his chin, but to
no avail as Rodriguez quickly took the last four points to clinch a
Superbe squash from the Trinity Egyptian, with the support of the
crowd. She played an extremely accurate/tight squash, nothing to
lose, diving already, and just immaculate squash. 11/9 in 12m. In
9m, Camille put the clock right back at the French time in there,
4/0, 9/1 and although Kanzy found some exquisite winners at the end,
too little too late, 11/3. Third, Camille has got her game plan spot
on, moving Kanzy a lot and making the court very big, 11/5 in 10m.
Mohamed was imperial - with Nici didn't do much wrong - in the first
game, 11/3 in no time, a classic case of "you shouldn't talk with
the ref situation", where Mohamed completely lost his focus at 2/4
down after a ref call, and made 7 unforced errors in the game. Nici
just rushed into there, kept patient and matched Mohamed's frantic
shots, to take the game 4/1, 9/4, 11/5.
Third was a beauty, and lenghtwise 1st and 2nd together, 23m!
Sublime squash from both, Nici leading the whole way, had 5 game
balls, just finding the tin at crucial times (6UE). Mohamed only
needed 1, 15/13...
Fourth saw Mohamed back in control and although he made a few errors,
Nicolas was mentally broken, as you would expect, 11/6 on first
m game where Momentator took full advantage of a bit of a loose
Saurav.... Much better for the Indian in the second, 11m, close the
whole way, 7/8, 8/9 although Tarek was always in front, 11/8, Tarek
Third is all about Saurav attacking a very dead ball, and moving
extremely fast on Tarek's attacks. 9 minutes where the Indian
managed to keep his early lead, 6/0-, 9/4, 11/6. The fourth is
beautiful, 8 winners from Tarek in particular one at 7/8, bless him.
Saurav hang in there at 10/7, saved 3 match ball, but had to bow at
First game, doddle for Omar, Birdsbrain not showing up, 11/3...
Annnd Abou finally wakes up bless him, not a point between them up
to 9/7, Mosaad comes back with the stroke, 8/9, but it's the
youngest that levels it out, 11/9, 1 game all.
Third, Mosaad reacted well, 7/1, 9/2 - a bit of help from Birdsbrain
showing his ugly head again at the start, 5 UE, and 11/3. Long Blood
injury for Abou at 4/2 Mosaad in the 4th but Hammer of Thorn was
just too perfect in the lenght dept, whereas his opponent kept
looking for front corners, 11/4...
24m 1st game, long rallies, intense and gruelling, typical of those
two when they play each other. A few too many lets at the end of the
game, but both players giving it all, 12/10 for Nick on his second
GB. But in the second, Daryl dropped his level while Nick soared,
10/2 and 11/3 in 7m.
And as he often does, Daryl comes back in the game against Nick from
2/0, taking the 3rd 11/7, very accurate squash. Is he going to do it
again (Kuwait x2 comes to mind..) Close, but Nick was watching him
closely as Daryl was on his heels up to 6/7, then Nick finds his
“It was a very tough match against Daryl today. When he moves
well is a top ten player without any doubt. He’s had a few problem
with his body over the past year but he’s been moving well again
recently so I knew it was going to be a hard one.
“In the first game it took me a little while to find my range and I
felt like he was in front of me. He came out with an aggressive plan
and he was tough to break down.
“The first game was crucial. If he’d snuck it then it would have
been a very tough ask as he always seems to counter me well, so I
was pleased to get off in four at the end.
“The tour is incredibly tough at the moment and there’s
opportunities for lots of players at every tournament. We’re seeing
a couple of different quarter-finalists at every event now and I’m
just glad to be sneaking my way into those positions and I’ll rest
up tomorrow ready to return on Monday.”
A superb performance from the Englishman, riddled with injuries for
months, and who outplayed the Botswanan today, hardly an error from
Long opening game, 29m, good quality squash, long rallies, accurate,
Steve was up 9/6, Simon closed up and forced a decider, but it's the
South African that take it 12/10 on his second game ball. The second
is very different, 11m and Simon attacking at will, fast pace and
short game, taking Steve on the backfoot, 8/2, 11/4...
Frantic third, even if Simon was always in front. Mad pace, and
Steve making a few errors at the "business end" of the game, crucial
times, 11/7 Simon. Fourth was tense from start to end, Steve had 2
game balls, but the German grits it out in the end, 87m, 12/10...
were a lot of very tight decisions today and it was a tough match
for both of us. Stephen is a top the quality player and we’ve had
some very tough battles in the past so I’m just really pleased to
get through and win.
“I tried to play the match point by point and keep my focus all the
way through and I’m just pleased to still be in the tournament.”
A very solid first game for the French against a very nervous Elias
in his first ever appearance here. 5 UE make it difficult for the
contender, IceMan in control 11/3. Second sees Diego in much relaxed
form, he'll lead 3/0, 5/3, but experience and long rallies allow Mat
to lead 11/7 2/0... No idea what happened in 3rd and 4th, poor image
Pilley v Gawad
Karim from 8/8 went 10/8 only to lose first game 12/10... Second is
a catch up game, K up 4/1, 5points for Cam, 6/4, 6/6, 8/8, 9/9,
10/10, 11/11, and finally Karim levels it 1/1 13/11.
Third is all Cam, 10/5, and even if the Egyptian claws back, the
Australian finds finally a winner in the right front corner 11/8.
Fourth is a waste for Karim, up 9/6, he'll lose the game/match on
Cam's second match ball, 12/10.
Simpson v Salazar
A 13m first game, with Chris dominating the whole opening game, 6/0,
9/2, 10/3, 11/5. Opposite for the second, with the Mexican
dominating 8/4, 9/6. Chris fought hard, good attacking squash but
still Cesar on top, 11/8, level 1/1.
22m third game, 9/6 up for
Cesar, superb battle from Chris, 10/9 game ball, but Cesar gets in
front again, 12/10 Mexico. Salazar leads the fourth but can't
convert match balls at 10-8 and 11-10 as Simpson levels. In the
fifth it was the Guernsey man ahead throughout as he goes through to
A superb start for Saurav, 6/1, 8/3, and if Alan starts to find his
game at the end coming back close 7/8, but it's a good finish for
the Indian, 11/7. It's only 26m game after Saurav closes the second
game, dominating again the second game, 8/1, 9/4, 11/5....
from Alan who comes back at 5/5 from 5/1 down, then gets a game ball
10/9, but Saurav manages to close it down 12/10 for a three love...
Solid performance from Campbell, close at the start, but he is the
one in front, and makes the Swiss do all the work... 11/9 on his
second attempt. But Nici just finds his rhythm, 8m for 11/3...
the third is mirror to the second, 10m, 11/4. Much harder in the
4th, Campbell actually led 7/5, but Nici kept him in view at all
times, 7/7, 8/8, match ball 10/8, one saved but Swiss takes it