03-Dec, Day FIVE: Round TWO
Seeds assert until Pilley
The fifth day of play saw the quarter-finalists decided at Hong
Kong Squash Centre, and it was a good day for the seeded
of the top eight seeds will contest the women's quarter-finals,
the exception being New Zealand's Joelle King, who
followed up yesterday's win over home favourite Annie Au with a
five game win over India's Joshana Chinappa.
"Joshna's playing really well, but somehow I managed to stop
her dominating play and sneak through in the end," said
King now meets second seed Nicol David, the ten-time
defending champion who eased past fellow Malaysian Delia Arnold
to notch up her 52nd straight win in Hong
Third seed Camille Serme came from a game down to beat
Dipika Pallikal, ending Indian interest, and she will face
Egypt's fifth seed Omneya Abdel Kawy, who saw a two game
advantage disappear against familiar for Rachael Grinham before
reasserting in the fifth.
the top half of the draw world #1 Raneem El Welily
benefited from the second-game retirement of Low Wee Wern to set
up a meeting with Amanda Sobhy, the eighth seeded
American who won three close games against Jenny Duncalf.
Massaro, winner of the last two world series events, beat
Heba El Torky in straight games and the third-seeded
Englishwoman now faces more Egyptian opposition in the form of
Nouran Gohar, who beat former junior rival Emily Whitlock in
of the top seeds made it through in the men's draw too, the
exception here being Australia's Cameron Pilley, who came
through the last, and longest, match of the day to beat fifth
seed Simon Rosner.
"Losing the third 15-13 was tough," admitted Pilley, "that
game was crucial but I knew I'd made him do a lot of work in the
first three and it paid off at the end."
Pilley now meets world champion Gregory Gaultier who
repeated his Bellevue win over James Willstrop, this time in
other match in the bottom half of the draw pits Nick Matthew,
who beat qualifier Zahed Mohamed in straight games, against more
Egyptian opposition in Tarek Momen, who came from a game
down to beat home favourite Yip Tsz Fung.
The easiest passage to the quarters was for top seed Mohamed
Elshorbagy after Saurav Ghosal's withdrawal through injury,
the defending champion taking the opportunity to watch his next
opponent, France's Mathieu Castagnet, come through
a tough four-game encounter with Daryl Selby.
seed Miguel Rodriguez reached the quarter-finals for the
first time as he beat Chris Simpson in four games, and he'll
face in-form Egyptian Omar Mosaad for a place in the
semis after the new world #4 recovered from a slow start to beat
French qualifier Lucas Seme in five games.
Draws & Results
What they Said
been playing well with some good wins and she won Monte Carlo,
so I knew it was going to be tough.
"All three games were close, I would get leads but she'd close
them up, so I'm happy to get off in three in the end.
"Looking forward to getting back onto Centre Court tomorrow ..."
Raneem on on two legs would have been a challenge, but on one it
was just impossible ..."
Low Wee Wern
was a game of short sharp rallies, partly due to her attacking
play, and the nature of the court, with a few swings, I was 5-0
in the first, 10-1 in the second and game balls down in the
"I'll always back myself in those situations although it's
obviously better not to get into them in the first place, but I
was happy to sneak the third in the end.
"I had a good two weeks at home after Qatar which gave me plenty
of time to get some good training in and I’m feeling good."
was a tough match, especially the third - I actually played and
missed the ball completely at 9-8, so I wwas pleased to take
that one in the end.
"Last time we played was in the BJO final in 2013, I'd beaten
her two weeks before in Egypt but she played well and won the
final - it's taken a while, but I'm glad to finally get my
proved last week at the worlds that he can beat anyone so I knew
I had to be sharp. I had to push myself mentally and physically
especially in the fourth game when I gave everything in the tank
to try and take control of the match away from him.
"I feel a little physically drained after the worlds but
mentally I’m still there. I struggled yesterday and today was a
tough match as well but these kind of matches can help keep you
“Even if my body isn’t 100 per cent, mentally I want to finish
the year on a positive note, so I’m going t be giving it my all
first game was really tough, then he won quick rallies at the
start of the second and I lost my focus a little and made a few
"At 6-all in the third we played a huge rally which was the key
to winning that one, and I had a good start to the fourth, put
in some long rallies and was feeling good.
"I think I was playing well, my movement was good and I played
with good accuracy so I'm very pleased to make the quarters here
for the first time."
was tricky getting used to the different court, and he played
really well in the first, taking advantage of the court as he
had a long match on here yesterday. I hadn't played here for two
years so I had to relearn the techniques for this court.
"The first was too easy for him, but I made it tougher in the
second, and the third seemed easy up to 10-3 but in the end I
was lucky to finish that and he played really well again in the
fourth after I was 4-1 up. In the fifth I started to be more
relaxed and controlled it again.
"It's the first time I played him, he's very good technically,
he's going to be a real danger in the coming tournaments."
so good, so much experience. Even when I was two nil up, I knew
his 10 or 15 years of experience would help him come back, even
10-0 isn't safe against him, so I still didn't feel confident of
"He came back in the third, and the fourth was close to 5-all,
then I managed to pull away - a lot of the decisions went my
way, but that's how it goes sometimes.
"It's not a late finish, so I can now prepare to give a really
big push tomorrow ..."
really enjoy playing Rachael, we play similar games but she has
a great array of shots and makes me want to play more creatively
too, it's been too long!
"Most of the time it was about who would get the first attack in
who would win the point, and the court being bouncy and dead at
the same time emphasises that.
"In the third and fourth she played a lot of unexpected shots
and made no errors at all. I tried to mix it up but she still
attacked and messed up my head.
"I started playing the right game again at 5-10 in the fourth, I
couldn't quite take that one but I carried that into the fifth."
Omneya Abdel Kawy
playing so well and had some great wins, we played in Carol
Weymuller but she was tired then so I knew today would be
"When I was down in the fourth I seemed to relax a bit, the ball
died and I was able to stop her from dominating the play.
"I was a bit lucky to get some of the crucial calls at the end,
happy to scrape through that one!"
never saw him play, but to beat Tom like he did I knew he must
be good, I just didn't think he'd be THAT good!
"He played such a fast pace at the start, I was struggling to
keep up, but by the middle of the second I started to feel that
I was controlling it a bit, but we still played some amazing
"Finally, I'm happy to be through to the quarters ..."
third game was crucial, even though I lost it in the end, but I
knew I'd made him do a lot of work, I felt I had the better of
the first three games and it started to pay off in the fourth
"In the fourth I just tried to keep calm and relaxed, that's
when I'm at my best.
"Hopefully that will stop the SquashTV commentators from writing
me off like they always do if I lose the first game!"