Bull Ring Open 2017

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Bull Ring Open Squash Championship 2017
01-06 May, Johannesburg, South Africa, $5kx2

06-May, Finals:

It’s an Egyptian double in Johannesburg as Mohamed Elsherbini continued his remarkable run, winning a fourth South African tournament as a qualifier, and Menna Hamed takes the women’s title.

Bull Ring Open 2017
01-06 May, Johannesburg, South Africa, $5k
Round One
03 May  16.00-20.15
04 May
05 May
06 May
[1] Auguste Dussourd (Fra)
2-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (46m)
[Q] Christo Potgieter (Rsa)
[Q] Christo Potgieter

12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5 (57m)

[7] Jean-Pierre Brits
[Q] Christo Potgieter

11-1, 11-3, 11-8 (28m)

[3] Kyle Finch



[3] Kyle Finch


11-4, 11-8, 11-2 (35m)


[Q] Mohamed El Sherbini

4th South African PSA title as a qualifier fro Mohamed

[7] Jean-Pierre Brits (Rsa)
11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (33m)
[Q] Andrew Martin (Rsa)
[5] Chang-Wook Woo (Hkg)
4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (50m)
Omar Baghat (Egy)
Omar Baghat

11-5, 11-8, 11-3 (28m)

[3] Kyle Finch
[3] Kyle Finch (Eng)
11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (33m)
Lewis Doughty (Eng)
Zeeshan Khan (Pak)
11-6, 11-1, 11-4 (22m)
[4] Benjamin Aubert (Fra)
[4] Benjamin Aubert

11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 (63m)

[3] Enzo Corigliano
[4] Benjamin Aubert

11-9, 11-9, 11-2 (51m)

[Q] Mohamed El Sherbini

[Q] Nyeon-Ho Lee (Kor)
11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (30m)
[3] Enzo Corigliano (Fra)
[Q] Mohamed El Sherbini (Egy)
11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 (63m)
[6] Joeri Hapers (Bel)
[Q] Mohamed El Sherbini

11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (46m)

[2] Mark Fuller
[wc] John Feliks Kuhn (Rsa)
7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4 (56m)
[2] Mark Fuller (Eng)
Qualifying, 01-02 May:

Andrew Martin (Rsa) 3-2 Gareth Naidoo (Rsa)  10/12, 14/12, 11/5, 9/11, 11/8 (76m)
Mohamed El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 Gary Wheadon (Rsa)          11/5, 11/3, 12/10 (31m)
Christo Potgieter (Rsa) 3-0 Joong Chan-Hwang (Kor)           11/4, 11/6, 11/5 (27m)
Nyeon-Ho Lee (Kor) 3-1 Blessing Muhwati (Zim          11/7, 11/8, 5/11, 11/5 (67m)

Round One:
Andrew Martin (Rsa) 3-0 Ruan Olivier (Rsa)                         11/9, 11/5, 11/6 (28m)
Gareth Naidoo (Rsa) 3-1 Kyle Maree (Rsa)                   11/9, 11/8, 7/11, 11/6 (40m)
Gary Wheadon (Rsa) 3-0 Ahmed Medan (Egy)                    12/10, 11/3, 11/5 (33m)
Mohamed El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 Kyle Kriel (Nam)                   11/8, 11/7, 11/51 (25m)
Christo Potgieter (Rsa) 3-2 Kelvin Ndhlovu (Zam) 1/11, 4/11, 11/5, 12/10, 11/7 (57m)
Joong Chan-Hwang (Kor) 3-1 Tremayne McDonald (Rsa) 5/11, 11/9, 11/2, 11/4 (38m)
Blessing Muhwati (Zim) 3-0 Rowan Smith (Rsa)                     11/9, 11/5, 11/4 (26m)
Nyeon-Ho Lee (Kor) 3-2 Daniel Smith (Rsa)        11/8, 3/11, 5/11, 11/5, 12/10 (54m)
Bull Ring Open 2017
01-06 May, Johannesburg, South Africa, $5k
Round One
03 May 
04 May
05 May
06 May
[1] Milnay Louw (Rsa)
8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 (36m)
Mena Nasser (Egy)
[1] Milnay Louw

11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)

[6] Elise Romba
[1] Milnay Louw

11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (28m)

[3] Ineta Mackevica



[1] Milnay Louw

 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (37m)

[7] Menna Hamed


3rd PSA title for Menna

[6] Elise Romba (Fra)
 12-14, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (42m)
Julie Rossignol (Fra)
[8] Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh (Iri)
11-1, 11-6, 11-2 (16m)
[Q] Alexa Pienaar (Rsa)
[Q] Alexa Pienaar

11-3, 11-4, 11-8 (24m)

[3] Ineta Mackevica
[3] Ineta Mackevica (Lat)
11-2, 11-8, 11-3 (19m)
Sanne Veldkamp (Ned)
[Q] Jacqui Ryder (Rsa)
13-11, 11-7, 11-3 (25m)
[4] Cheyna Tucker (Rsa)
[4] Cheyna Tucker

 4-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 (29m)

[7] Menna Hamed
[7] Menna Hamed

11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (23m)

[2] Alexandra Fuller
[Q] Nono Sekhoto (Rsa)
11-4, 11-4, 11-2 (13m)
[7] Menna Hamed (Egy)
[wc] Panashe Sithole (Rsa)
 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (16m)
[5] Nadia Pfister (Sui)
[5] Nadia Pfister

13-15, 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (38m)
[2] Alexandra Fuller
[Q] Laura Gamblin (Fra)
11-2, 12-10, 11-3 (23m)
[2] Alexandra Fuller (Rsa)
Qualifying, 01-02 May:

Laura Gamblin (Fra) 3-0 Kacey-Leigh Dodd (Rsa)    12/10, 11/7, 12/10 (29m)
Nono Sekhoto (Rsa) 3-1 Bongi Seroto (Rsa)      11/4, 9/11, 11/6, 11/8 (22m)
Alexa Pienaar (Rsa) 3-0 Tayla Diepenbroek (Rsa)       11/3, 11/3, 11/6 (17m)
Jacqui Ryder (Rsa) 3-0 Jennifer Preece (Rsa)            11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (26m)

Round One:
Kacey-Leigh Dodd (Rsa) 3-0 Megan Page (Rsa)                 11/6, 11/7, 13/11 (24m)
Bongi Seroto (Rsa) w/o Diana Haynes (Rsa)                          w/o
Nono Sekhoto (Rsa) 3-0 Ria Kennerley (Rsa)                           11/8, 9/6 rtd (11m)
Alexa Pienaar (Rsa) 3-0 Adel Sammons (Rsa)                     11/6, 12/10, 11/7 (25m)
Tayla Diepenbroek (Rsa) 3-1 Kaylyn Trevarthen (Rsa) 12/14, 11/5, 11/8, 11/8 (26m)
Jennifer Preece (Rsa) 3-0 Casey Preece (Rsa)                     11/6, 11/3, 11/8 (11m)
04-May, Quarters:

Qualifiers Christo Potgieter ans Mohamed Elsherbini make the men’s semis, while Milnay Louw and Alexandra Fuller keep hopes of an all-South African women's final alive ...

It was smiles all around tonight as the last Bull Ring Open quarter-final match came to its conclusion.

Christo Potgieter secured his first semi-final spot for quite some time, after defeating fellow countryman and close friend, Jean-Pierre Brits 3-1.

PSA player of the month, Mohammed El Sherbini, could do no wrong as he beat Mark Fuller 3-0. Speaking to him after the match, he said, “I knew I just had to run and keep the rallies going. It worked in my favour and that's why I'm in the semi-finals.”

South African Milnay Louw didn't waste any time on court beating number 6 seed, Elise Romba 3-0, whilst Ineta Mackevica took the same tine as Louw, also beating her opponent, Alexa Pienaar, 3-0.

Nadia Pfister showed her potential in the first game against Alex Fuller by taking it 15/13, but Fuller made the necessary changes to win her match 3-1.

The semi-finals are set to be very exciting with lots of home interest for the local spectators.
03-May, Round One:

Qualifiers Christo Potgieter - taking out the top seed - and in-form Egyptian Mohamed Elsherbini make the men’s last eight, while there’s home interest in all four women’s quarters ...

Bull Ring Squash goes “Vanguard”

Round 1 of the Bull Ring Open Squash Championships 2017 started off with an exciting match between John Kuhn (RSA) and Mark Fuller (ENG).

“Wild Card” and U19 SA Junior #1 Kuhn displayed some exciting squash against 2nd seed Fuller taking the first game and then fighting back from 2-1 down to force the decider. Fuller lengthened the rallies in the fifth, which proved to be the right tactic as Kuhn showed signs of fatigue and took the match 11-4 in 56 minutes. Joking to the crowd, Fuller said, “John’s clearly improved since I coached him last week. All credit to him though and I hope to see much more of him in the near future!”

Local player, Alexa Pienaar dispatched number 8 seed Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh from Iran in just 16 minutes, whilst top seed Milnay Louw had a point to prove this evening after losing to her opponent Menna Nasser in Cape Town last week. Louw managed to avenge her defeat, playing precision squash to win 3-1 in 30 minutes.

Julie Rossignol put up a great fight against her higher seeded French teammate Elise Romba taking a tight first game 13/11, but it was Romba who dug deep to turn the match around taking it 3-1 in a marathon 52 minutes.

The remaining women’s matches went to seeding with some exciting quarter-finals in store for the Women’s draw.

Omar Bahgat upset the number 5 seed Chang Wook Woo 3-2 in 50 minutes. Unseeded tournament favourite Mohamed Elsherbini was made to sweat a little by the number 6 seed Joeri Harpers but managed to win quite comfortably in the end 3-1.

The match of the evening though was the French number 1 seed Auguste Dussourd against local favourite Christo Potgieter. Dussourd won the first game and looked to be cruising. However, he had a lapse in concentration in the second which caused him to lose the next game. Potgieter grabbed the opportunity with both hands and never let go.

Dussourd's frustration grew and it allowed Potgieter to take control of the match winning 3/1. Potgieter's next match is against longtime friend JP Brits which will ensure a South African makes it to the semi-finals of the Bull Ring Open.

Bull Ring Squash.....Come Make Your Mark!
01-May, Qualifying Begins:

Day one at the Bull Ring Open saw a large number of spectators coming to see their teammates, family and friends compete against the PSA big guns and see if they could cause an upset and clinch a spot in tomorrow’s qualifying finals.

The PSA Women’s qualifying draw produced no real upsets today, with seeded players Laura Gamblin and Jacqui Ryder already through to the qualifying finals. They were followed by South Africans Kacey-Leigh Dodd, Bongi Seroto, Nono Sekhoto, Alexa Pinnaar, Tayla Diepenbroek and junior Jenny Preece.

However, the PSA Men’s qualifying matches were a different story. The first match of the day, saw local player Andrew Martin (RSA) defeat nr 1 seed Ruan Olivier (RSA) 3-0 in 28 minutes, followed by Gary Wheadon (RSA) who beat number 6 seed Ahmed Medan of Eygpt 3-0 in 33min.

Number 4 seed Christo Potgieter (RSA) had a close call having to come from 2 games down to defeat Zambian Kelvin Ndhlovu in a 57 minute match that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Joeri Hapers from Belgium, the main draw number 6 seed, gave some feedback on the event so far, "First I want to say that I am amazed by the facilities and the size of the Wanderers Sports Complex and having a full glass court present at a 5k event is amazing!

"It feels like I'm at a major squash event and I want to take this opportunity to thank the committee and their sponsors for making this event possible. There are so many positive things happening here and I'm really looking forward to my first match on Wednesday. I can only hope that there will be as many spectators watching and supporting on Wednesday as were here today.”

The Qualifying Finals will take place on Tuesday 02 May from 16:30 with the last match scheduled for 19:00. All spectators are welcome to come and enjoy some phenomenal international squash taking place at The Wanderers Club, Illovo.

Entry is free for all qualifying, first round and quarter-final matches.
New Event set to make its
mark in Johannesburg

Bull Ring Squash Events is pleased to announce that the inaugural Bull Ring Open Squash Championships will be taking place from 1st to 6th May 2017.

Hosted at the exclusive Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg the event boasts prize money and prizes worth R300,000 making it the biggest Open Squash Tournament in Southern Africa.

The event is registered on the PSA World Tour for both Men and Women to showcase South Africa’s top professional squash players competing against their international counterparts.

But there is also plenty of opportunity for squash players of all ages to take part and play alongside these amazing athletes. Categories include Open sections for Men and Women as well as Masters and Junior sections.

CEO, Leon Gelderblom, said: “We are ecstatic to be hosting this prestigious event here at The Wanderers Club, Johannesburg.

"What we hope will make this event different and exciting to both the players and spectators is that there really is a category for every player. We are looking forward to meeting all of the players and wish them all the best for the inaugural Bull Ring Open.”



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