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FINALS

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [2] Raneem El Welily                 11-6, 11-9, 14-12 (47m)  

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-2 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy
                                       
11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9 (102m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [2] Raneem El Welily                 11-6, 11-9, 14-12 (47m)  

I'm really happy. The British Open is the biggest tournament on tour. It's a real honour to win it once, and now, I have two titles, so it's really big for me and I'm very proud.

With Raneem, we always have very tough battles, as you can see. Today it was 3/0 but it's never really 3/0.. Every game was tough...

The last game was very important. Last tournament in Gouna, she was 10/5 up, I came back but didn't make it. So this time, when I was 10/7 down, I told myself I could come back that I could do it. And I'm glad I came back to win that third.

It's still hard to play Raneem, every time, it's harder than the time before. We are really good friends and I learn a lot from her. She is a good sister to me, and a role model to any player.

I hope we will never finish this battle, I hope we'll continue playing against each other hopefully in the finals, not before...

Now, we are ending this season in Dubai, it's good to play another tournament with no pressure, just enjoying the squash more, so I'm very excited to have qualified for Dubai. Hopefully, it's going to be a good tournament.

What an end to this season. Iíve overcome a-lot of difficulties this week and I am glad it ended that way. Its time to go back an enjoy the most beautiful month of the year Ramadan in the best country in the world Egypt.

Huge thanks to my team Walid El Mosalamy my fitness Coach, Ahmed Shohayeb (Vito) my Squash Coach, My Training partners Mohamed El Sherif, Alaa el Tork, Ahmed Hany, Adel el Zarka and Zeina Mickawy. My nutritionist and Health Coach Khaled Dewan and finally my massage and stretching coach Donia Magdy theyíre all part of the success and without them I wouldnít have made it.

Special Thanks to my Main Sponsor Ezz Steel for their continuous support and my family at Tecnifibre.

Thanks to My Club Alexandria Sporting Club and all the board members

Love you all. Thank you for the support.



I'm obviously disappointed to lose today but all credit to Nour, she played fantastic squash today.

It wasn't maybe my best day of squash, but I gave it everything that I had on the day, so that's what counts.

All and all, a good week for me in Hull, not too disappointed after all.

I just want to say thank you to Dr Assem for bringing us to Hull, for always supporting our sport and showcasing it in such a beautiful way, thank you, we are truly grateful.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-2 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy
                                       
11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9 (102m)

I don't know what to say, I don't know what to say today. I gave it everything I had.

Miguel was amazing the whole tournament.

The only thing I know how to do in my life is fight. When I had that bad body language at the end of the first game, at the beginning of the second I told myself to fight and fight and I raised my head up. Head up. Head up.

And I just fought till the end. No regrets.

Of course, really disappointed to lose, but you get good days and you get bad days in our sport. And if you can't accept the bad days, you don't deserve the good days, so I have to accept today.

I had an amazing season, can't complain, I trained really hard last summer, but Miguel was class the whole event, he deserves the title, he has been playing so well the whole season, and I'm so happy for him. The emotions he had at the end of the match, when he won that last point, I understand it, I have been there before and I hope to be there again one day.

This is his moment, he deserves it, enjoy it. These moments do not last forever, keep going man, you really really deserve it.



I think everything was mental Ė I dreamed it, I visualised it.

I had emotions during the week but I am just speechless. Iím so grateful for this opportunity to win this event, this major tournament Ė the greatest of all time.

I was just giving it everything. Mohamed was fighting and fighting, I hated him [and I hated you replies Mohamed]  Ė he was on the floor and looked like he was struggling but then he came back so strongly and was hitting winners from the back of the court and I had a little bit of pressure and I didnít know what to do.

I did the same as him and was fighting and fighting until the end. I was believing, and it happened.

Itís huge, this is like winning the Wimbledon of squash Ė no-one in South America has achieved this before, I'm the only one, now Iím a legend I think I can say. Iím so happy to be in the hall of fame here with Jahangir Khan and David Palmer my coach Ė I havenít worked with him for the past two years, but I learned so much from him, from my physical trainer, all my coaches, my manager Pablo Cerna. I want to thank a lot of people but I will have time to do that personally.

I just want to enjoy this moment.

Most of the fifth game we were playing at the back court like a conditioned game and when I had that match ball I decided to go for a boast and I hit the shot and it was a winner and I couldnít believe that I was able to fight with a top player like Mohamed, he is really a Beast, I am so proud of him, he has achieved so many titles.

Iím so proud of myself, this is for my parents, for God, for my family and Colombia.

I canít believe that I am 32-years-old and I just won the British Open.

SEMIS

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [7] Laura Massaro (Eng)
                         11-13, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5 (70m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [6] Camille Serme (Fra)
                          11-7, 4-11, 12-10, 11-6 (43m)

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
                           8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 (71m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1 [Q] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
                           11-5, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3 (44m)

 

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [7] Laura Massaro (Eng)
                         11-13, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5 (70m)

Iím really happy to win this match. Itís always really tough to play Laura in Hull, she was playing so good here but Iím really happy that I managed to get back and win the fourth and happy to be in another final.

I think when youíre not playing the way you want to play you have to keep fighting for every point, I lost the third when I was leading 9-6 but I just kept going and tried to get back to the game, get a bit of confidence and relax a bit. I just wanted to start the fourth well and take an early lead and I did that.

The British Open is one of the biggest tournaments we have on the Tour, itís an honour to win it once and I have a chance to get a second one, and hopefully I can do it again.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [6] Camille Serme (Fra) 11-7, 4-11, 12-10, 11-6 (43m)

The third was absolutely crucial. Camille was playing really well, and I think I was 8-5 up in the third and she managed to score five points in a row and that was an absolute frantastic performance from her but I think my mental status had gone a little bit down at that point so I had to fight really hard to regroup and I was lucky to win the third because it was crucial.

The womenís game is very strong, you can tell from the results, from the atmosphere and the crowd Ė the crowd has been fantastic and their supporting good squash no matter who is playing, like the previous match between Laura and Nour, they are behind Nour and rooting for her whenever she was hitting good shots, so and we have to give them credit for that and we always appreciate good crowds.

Itís very special to be here, and Iím very happy to be in my first final at the British Open. I havenít been very lucky in previous years but a little bit gutted to be missing Ramadan back home but at least Iím in the final and that will make up for it.

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
                           8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 (71m)

The first thing I told Greg after the match was that I absolutely missed him the whole season.

You know, there are players that can beat you on the day and they are extremely good players. But the players who have the consistency to beat you the whole season, that's what I missed. I missed playing against someone with that kind of consistency because he was injured the whole year.

The level he played out today, we were definitely the best two players in the whole world.

We might have been annoyed with each other during our matches in the past, but you might not understand how much respect we have for each other once the match is finished.

When I lost in El Gouna, the first one who came to me was Greg, who told me: 'keep your head high, you are a champ'. He is a great guy.

Not sure many people know the real people we are off court: you might now the great player he is on court, but probably not the great person he is off court.

I absolutely enjoyed every second of that battle, and I think the respect we had for each other was obvious. After every tough rally we played, we looked at each other, as in 'how long are we going to do that to each other'...

The level we played today I think, like we do every time we play against each other, we raise the bar. I'm really sad that Nick has retired, and now Greg is 35. I just hope he can keep playing, because he is the almost the only one left from that generation playing at that level.

The kind of squash I play against those guys is just completely different. They taught me how to play that sport, they taught me how to play the game. And I need to be grateful to any player, I will be grateful to that generation, because I fought with them since I was 17.

I have lost to them so many times, they made me stronger. And if I keep backing it up season after season, it's because I've lived it, I've seen it, when I was a kid watching them, and playing against them.

I will always be thankful to that generation but right now, it's my time. And this time I hope I can convert it to a title this year.

A different approach of course for the final, I had actually the same scenario against an unseaded player, two years ago in HK against Cameron Pilley, when he beat Greg and Nick to make it to the final. I had that experience before.

I played Miguel and Kandra during our juniors years, they are both in good form, they both deserve to be in the semis. Kandra played some unbelievable squash so far in this event, he completely deserves to beat my brother, he is not going to be happy with me for saying that, and Miguel played absolutely fantastic against Ali. So hopefully, they'll play a great match and I'll be watching, waiting for the winner...

QUARTERS

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [9] Alison Waters (Eng)    6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5 (58m)
[7] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [3] Nour El Tayeb              11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (31m)
[6] Camille Serme (Fra) 3-2 [11] Tesni Evans (Wal) 16-14, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 (72m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 (38m)

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy
3-1 Paul Coll (Nzl)      11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 (72m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 [6] Simon RŲsner (Ger)    11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (35m)
[Q] Raphael Kandra (Ger) 3-2  [4] Marwan ElShorbagy
                                                         
11-7, 11-13, 6-11, 13-11, 11-6 (72m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1 [2] Ali Farag     11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 (68m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [9] Alison Waters (Eng)    6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5 (58m)

I donít know what was happening in the third, she came back strongly and was playing so good but I was glad I had my coach with me and he told me to keep going.

Iím glad I came back in the fourth and fifth and played good.

Playing other Egyptians is the worst, I donít like playing any Egyptian because we are all really good friends and travel together and itís hard to play every tournament against each other and you always have to change your game and your plan to do something different.

Itís good to have three Egyptians and hopefully we get three in the semis.

[7] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [3] Nour El Tayeb              11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (31m)

At 7-3 down in the second I just thought Ďwhy have you gone away again?'. It seems to be the theme of my season to get in a position to win or at least go up and go soft and thatís all mental and so, at 7-3 down I just thought Ďwhy not?í and Ďwhy canít I go 2-0 for a change and have to hang on and battle in the thirdí but I was so up for today.

Iíve done nothing but think about this match since I won the other day and Iíve had my eye on it since the draw came out, without being disrespectful to my two first round opponents because you canít take it for granted.

Iíve seen how Nour has been playing and how she has improved. She is part of the reason that Iíve been training so hard because of how sheís been playing and changing the game and what sheís doing to it.

But, I also didnít like the way she showboated and played so amazing against me in the U.S. Open, it was borderline cocky, and I wanted to get my own back for that, but she is brining a whole different flair and it is what the squash game needs.

I just said to her at the end that she has my 100% respect because what sheís doing is awesome, but I really wanted that today.

The World Champs didnít quite the way I would have liked and that was even closer to home for me in Manchester but the British Open win against Nicol is so memorable for me and every time I come back to Hull it brings good memories.

Just ten days ago we were in El Gouna and no-one clapped when I won a point, so it was nice to have the support today.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 (38m)

SJ is a very talented player. She is very strong, has amazing racket skill and mentally she is strong and can get to you on court. Iím pleased to get through in four, it is always tough playing against her and I wish her all the best.

Iím really happy to still be in the tournament, I was almost out of the tournament yesterday, so I was pleased to come back today and to fight again and be playing again tomorrow.

They are always great battles against Camille and she had an amazing match today against Tesni Ė what a great match that was Ė and Iím really looking forward to another battle.
 

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-1 Paul Coll (Nzl)      11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 (72m)

What Paul has been doing in his career is very inspirational. He has come from a place where there is no-one to inspire him from his generation and he has fought his way through.

The way we pushed each other, it was such a high-quality match, and I just wish him the best of luck because it is great for the Tour to have him playing so well.

This is the tournament with the most history in the sport and I have got my name on the trophy twice already, but I would love to get my name on the trophy a few more times. I am only two steps away now from achieving the dream but if doesnít happy this year then hopefully it happens in the future.

Iím in the semis now and this is what I train for and what I live for. I had a shaky start to the tournament but Iím feeling fine and I feel physically fit for the tournament now and Iím just really happy to be in the semis.

[Q] Raphael Kandra (Ger) 3-2  [4] Marwan ElShorbagy
                      
11-7, 11-13, 6-11, 13-11, 11-6 (72m)

I definitely enjoyed the crowd!!!

It was a spectacular match, itís hard to say but for me it probably wasnít the best of Marwanís squash today, but you need those days.

Listen, Iím just fighting through, whoever comes, I donít mind! Whoever it is, if itís Gregory Gaultier, Ali Farag or Mohamed ElShorbagy Ė I donít mind! These guys are just so impressive at the moment and they play so well.

I was just trying to enjoy my squash out there and the support of the crowd was amazing.

Throughout the match, in the fourth I was 2-1 down and I really felt like he was absorbing me and not really risking any shots and it just made me a bit tired and I wasnít really pushing as much as I had been in the previous matches, so I just said to myself Ďgo and playí and get in front of him. In the end it worked because he got tired as well and it was just another win and some momentum so Iím just trying to go with the flow.

Yesterday was incredible the support back home from people I havenít seen in the last ten years were texting me and it was just nice to see that loads of people are supporting you and SquashTV helps so much with that...

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1 [2] Ali Farag     11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 (68m)

What a way to do it.

I knew I had to win today. I have played him many times and have lost 3-2 or 3-1 in tough battles and not playing good, but I knew this was going to be my time to beat him. I did everything and Iím happy with my performance.

The last few seasons have been tough for me with injuries but Iím back and Iím happy to be reaching semis again. Iím over the moon, Iíve been working so hard since last year and today was difficult because Iím sometimes too emotional, but I tried to be disciplined today and it worked.

Rafi must be very proud of himself, his first semi-final so it is going to be a tough battle, he has beaten Nick Matthew and Marwan so it will be a tough match and I will be playing for a place in the final.



ROUND 2

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-1 [16] Salma Hany             8-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-6 (34m)  
[9] Alison Waters (Eng) 3-1 [5] Nouran Gohar       11-4, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3 (32m)
[7] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Yathreb Adel             11-4, 15-13, 11-3 (31m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-2 Amanda Sobhy (Usa) 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 10-12, 11-5 (49m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [14] Victoria Lust (Eng)  9-11, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-4 (49m)

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [Q] Grťgoire Marche (Fra)
                                                          8-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (55m)
Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-0 [7] Karim Abdel Gawad  3-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (68m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 Mohamed Abouelghar    11-3, 11-9, 11-3 (36m)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 Cesar Salazar (Mex)  12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 (45m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-1 Max Lee (Hkg)                          11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-2 (44m)
Miguel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1 Omar Mosaad           11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-1 (51m)

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [14] Victoria Lust (Eng)  9-11, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-4 (49m)

She played really well in the first three games. I wasnít playing my best and was on my way back home but Iím really happy to still be here and play again tomorrow. My coach told me if I was going to lose then I had to lose fighting.

Itís a special tournament for me, Iíve never made it to the final and Iíve only made it to the semis a few times so Iím happy to be in the quarters again this year and tomorrow I will fight again harder.

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-1 [16] Salma Hany         8-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-6 (34m) 

I played Salma in the second round and it was a very difficult draw. Salma was playing really well and it was showing in every shot. She's capable of doing more but I'm just glad that I got my gameplan and confidence back and it was very important to win the second game.

We've been playing at the same club for more than 10 years and have been playing together and training together so it's hard to play an Egyptian, especially if you know her very well but that's the game and we have to deal with it.

[9] Alison Waters (Eng) 3-1 [5] Nouran Gohar   11-4, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3 (32m)

We played last month in El Gouna, I won 3-2 and it was a big battle. It was the fourth time we've played this season and she beat me convincingly the first two times so I had to come up with something different.

You can't just hit with her has she's one of the best hitters in the game. I came on and tried to mic the pace up, use a lot of variety and it seemed to work.

I tried to be relaxed on court with my movement and my hitting and tried to be relaxed on court. Being relaxed on court is the way forward.

"It's been a massive schedule but I've been playing well over the last few months and I have been playing better at the end than I did at the start.

[7] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Yathreb Adel         11-4, 15-13, 11-3 (31m)

She certainly upped her body language after the first game.

I was glad to come through that second and found my targets well in the third and I was happy with that one as well.

We were talking earlier that no matter what happened today, Hull would always hold happy memories in my mind and whatever happens this year at the event that wonít change. To win two British Open titles is more than anyone could wish for. Itís really nice to be back and Iím happy to be here.

[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-2 Amanda Sobhy (Usa) 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 10-12, 11-5 (49m)

Amanda is really hard to play and we have been playing since juniors. Itís amazing how well she is coming back from injury. Iím not going to say she is back 100% but sheís almost back so it was a hard game.

I thought at 2-0 up she was going to go slower a bit but she didnít and I was lucky to have Ali and my coach Haitham in my corner to keep pushing me and to keep focused even when I lost the third and fourth game.

ďAll of the tour is very strong, Laura, Amanda, Camille and Joelle, not just the Egyptian players, everyone is very strong at the minute and for me to be a contender for a title is an unbelievable feeling for me and hopefully I can keep it going.

Iíve never made it past the second round here, so Iím very happy to be in the quarter-finals of the British Open it is very big.

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [Q] Grťgoire Marche (Fra)
                            8-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (55m)

He played so well the first two games. I lost a bit of focus in the first game when I was 7-4 up but all credit to him, he played some incredible squash. We came together through juniors and have shared a lot of memories together and itís great to see him playing well. He is a pleasure to watch and Iím really pleased to see him playing well.

Iím still in the tournament, itís not over for me and I know that any day I can beat anyone and I donít think I can be written off yet. Iíve had two tough matches but thatís what I train for and Iím just glad to be in another quarters.

Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-0 [7] Karim Abdel Gawad  3-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (68m)

It was a weird match, it's not one that I tend to enjoy. There wasn't much rhythm in the first few games and I wasn't consistent with my targets and his hands are too goood.

But I'm happy with the last two, I just tried to take it early, hit my corners and try to get a bit of rhythm going.

Withdrawing from El Gouna wasn't good, it was terrible, but it made me rest for a few days which was probably good so I could freshen up [after Commonwealths].

Diego came and trained with me so I've had a good few weeks and I'm more excited to play again.

It was a big Commonwealth Games and now I'm felling good in my head and enjoying my squash.

[3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 Mohamed Abouelghar    11-3, 11-9, 11-3 (36m)

I love Hull!! Iíve been here since the start when we played in the stadium.

Last time we played in Zurich it was a tough game but I had had six weeks off because of my adductor injury and it was my first week that I was playing squash and he could have taken the win but for me it was a positive start.

Whoever I play I just try and focus on the player that I have to play and obviously, I have been playing a lot of Egyptian opponents recently, but I love the challenge Ė like the match against Ali in Egypt this is the kind of thing that I enjoy and it gives me a lot of joy.

For me, itís positive to be back and play like that on the court Ė you canít really describe it because I have been through a tough time this year and every match I can play is a big bonus.

[4] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 Cesar Salazar (Mex)  12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 (45m)

He played very well today. To be honest all credit to him because that match could have gone either way.

I think the first game was very important and I was really happy to come back the way I did after losing the second game but all credit to him, he pushed me really hard in the third and fourth.

Itís been a tough season, a long one but a good one so far. I just need to forget about what happened at the start of the season and take it match by match. I have a big match tomorrow and Iím looking forward to it.

I've been living in England for 10 years, and I've been loving it. This country has given me so much and I feel really grateful for it. Everyone has always welcomed me, first Millfied, and now Bristol. I feel very thankful for everyone in this country because they done so much for me. I feel blessed to live in this country.

 [2] Ali Farag 3-1 Max Lee (Hkg)  11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-2 (44m)

I think all the first 3 games were tough.

The first one there were some errors at the crucial time and then in the second one he came very strong, in the third up until 5-6 it was pretty tight and then I ran away with the game and it gave me an advantageous lead in the fourth.

Iím very happy to be in the quarters here for the third time and hopefully I can make it further this time.

Iíve made all the semi-finals of the World Series finals except for Qatar and here, so hopefully I can tick here off the list this year.

ROUND ONE

Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-0 Mariam Metwally         11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (26m)
[5] Nouran Gohar 3-0 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)          11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
Salma Hany 3-0 [Q] Nele Gilis (Bel)                    11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (27m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Emily Whitlock (Eng)       11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (25m)
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 3-1 Hania El Hammamy 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 (42m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Rachael Grinham (Aus)                  11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (21m)
[7] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Mayar Hany                21-19, 11-6, 11-6 (42m)
[Q] Yathreb Adel 3-0 Joshna Chinappa (Ind)                 11-7, 11-3, 12-10 (27m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [Q] Milou van der Heijden (Ned)  11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (26m)

[7] Karim Abdel Gawad  3-2 Daryl Selby (Eng)  9-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (49m)
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 Diego Elias (Per) 5-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (54m)
Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 [Q] Joel Makin (Wal)               11-9, 12-10, 11-9 (47m)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-0 James Willstrop (Eng)           11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (36m)
Omar Mosaad 3-1 [Q] Ben Coleman (Eng)            12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5 (58m)
Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-2 [5] Tarek Momen      11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 8-11, 11-2 (80m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1 [8] Ramy Ashour v 7-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 (35m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 [Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)   11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (32m)

Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-0 Mariam Metwally         11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (26m)

Iím stoked to be coming out as the winner, especially in three games Ė I didnít expect that.

Sheís a tough opponent and a tricky opponent. I guess I was the seeded player but only just. I expected it to be close so to get off in three Iím really pleased with.

I was down 6-1 in the first game, I had just lost momentum a little bit so I was trying to get back to playing a bit of squash, so I think I got back into doing that and I was lucky to win the third in the end.

I had a little break after the Commonwealth Games and Iím glad I did because I think I needed to. Itís exhausting and there is such a huge build up especially with it being a home Commonwealth Games and I needed a little break at the end of it and it was just what I needed to get me ready for this tournament. Iím feeling like Iím enjoying squash and looking forward to playing here.

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Emily Whitlock (Eng)       11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (25m)

Itís never an easy first round especially as we played in El Gouna in the last tournament. I was expecting that it was going to be harder this time and Iím really glad that I won in three.

In the first round you have to try all your shots and make sure that everything is working.

I think this season has been way better than last season, Iím playing well and thereís just one more tournament and itís over. I hope it goes well and Iíll give it everything this tournament.

[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 3-1 Hania El Hammamy 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 (42m)

Always happy to get through the first round. There are never any easy first rounds and Hania has been getting some really good results and sheís a really solid player, who has shown that and got her reward for that by getting into the top 20.

I started really well and then just sort of lost my way a little bit but managed to steady the ship and thrilled to get through to round two again.

Iíve watched her a few times and Iíve been really impressed with watching her play and I just had to show my experience and put my markers out early and not let her get too much confidence especially on the backhand.

First time you play someone is always a baptism of fire. She had nothing to lose and has gone out there pretty fearless and sheís definitely one to be aware of and watch out for.

The University here is a good venue but Iím really looking forward to playing on the glass court and obviously I have fond memories of playing there with reaching the final last year.Ē

[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Rachael Grinham (Aus)                  11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (21m)

She is a legend of my whole world, everyone around me knows how big of a deal Rachael is to me. I got most of my tricks from her and sheís the first professional squash player I grew up watching. She was the World No.1 at the time and she always played with me when I was around 12 back home in Cairo so I look up to her in every aspect.

For me to share the court with a huge legend like her is an honour for me.

Iím pleased to be put in the same sentence as Nour and Raneem. Theyíve been doing an amazing job over the last two or three years and for me to be competing with them is something that Iíve worked so hard to do and Iím happy that Iím playing well and hopefully I can keep going.

[7] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Mayar Hany                21-19, 11-6, 11-6 (42m)

The conditions on here are significantly different compared to when I practised this morning. I donít know whether Mayar felt the same but itís really hot and bouncy and this morning it was nice and on the chilly side if anything. I came on court today with a plan to hit my back corners and get my targets going and then my targets were different targets to this morning.

It took me a bit of time to adapt my plan and get my head around it and I was probably a bit lucky to sneak that first game having saved a couple of game balls. In the second I just told myself to hit the space, forget about the targets and make it as simple as that. I started to have a little bit more clarity, started to calm down and started to hit my targets.

Playing someone in back-to-back tournaments is better for the lower-ranked player. When youíre the one thatís winning theyíve normally learned something and itís always a bit harder to play someone when youíve played them so recently. She was significantly better today and didnít fall for my trickle boast half as much. She made me work for that win and Iím glad to be off in three.

I havenít won a World Series event this season but Iíve made the semi-finals in all of them apart from Chicago I think, so my ranking being at seven feels a little bit harsh because I feel like Iím making regular semis.

Having said that, the tour is as strong as ever and my level just hasnít been strong enough to win those titles this season. Weíve got this event to go and Iíll have to adapt as quickly as I can over the summer ready for next season otherwise my ranking will be even further down.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [Q] Milou van der Heijden (Ned)  11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (26m)

Milou is very talented with her shots and she has great skills. I came in not knowing what to expect, she had two great wins in qualification so she must have been playing really well. Iím just happy to be through today.

ďIím lucky to have my coach, Haitham Effat, here with me at this tournament so he takes care of the squash for me. He watches and I just follow the instructions, so when Iím playing someone I havenít played before I just go on court, try to adapt and find a way to win.

[7] Karim Abdel Gawad  3-2 Daryl Selby (Eng)  9-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (49m)

I love it. Iíve had a good tournament here for the last few years and I seem to play well at the uni here. Iíve gotten onto the glass court the last few years and Iíve really enjoyed it so I canít wait to be back there again this year.

Playing Daryl is always tough and the last time we played was a long time ago but today, for me it was a very tough first round and a very tricky one coming from 2-0 down.

It was tough mentally for me today. I just wanted to win so badly today and I just told myself Ďletís start from the beginningí and happily it worked today and I won.

For me this season, there have been a lot of injuries and a lot of different ones and I didnít really know the reason for my injuries so now Iím trying to recover well in between matches and stay fit, avoid injuries and enjoy my game again.

The British Open is one of the most prestigious tournaments and for me, one of my targets to win one day. The last tournament of the year is always tough on the body for a lot of players so Iím trying to play my best squash this week.

Karim Sami Abdel Gawad

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 Diego Elias (Per) 5-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (54m)

When you have been throwing up the whole night it's not easy to play a squash match. But to be the best in any sport, you donít win matches because you play your best every match, you can find ways to win when youíre not playing your best and today I found a way to win.

He still needs to gain a lot of experience, there is no way that I won today because I was better than him, he definitely played the better squash and it was all mental.

After the second, I didnít like my body language, I didnít like how negative I was and I thought that I had to be positive. I was not proud of my performance in the first two games but I gave it everything I can and I know that if he was a few years older then there would have been no way I would have won today.

The British Open is our ĎWimbledon of Squashí and you donít want to lose a match easily. If someone is going to take me out Iím going to make sure that they have to be at their best.

We saw in El Gouna that my brother took me out there but I took everything out of him and he beat me fair and square. When I lose like that I have no regrets.

Iím happy to be here for one more day and I will give it everything I can in this tournament because this is the British Open. This is a World Series event and even if I have all my body broken I will fight for every single point because thatís what I do best.

I hung in with everything and thatís what I did, I kept fighting and fighting. Iím going to fight for the rest of my career and letís see what happens tomorrow.

[4] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-0 James Willstrop (Eng)           11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (36m)

Media previewJames is a great player, I watched him so many times when I was growing and heís been a role model for me and for a lot of squash players.

I tried to copy his game a little bit and develop it my own way, Iíve learned so much from him. You have to enjoy these kinds of matches when you play with one of the legends of the game. I really enjoyed it and I hope heís okay.

I also want to congratulate him for winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Itís a great achievement and Iím glad to win in three games.

Iíve been playing really well to win a World Series event finally. It was a dream come true but hopefully it will be the start for many great things.

Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-2 [5] Tarek Momen    11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 8-11, 11-2 (80m)

That was my final, Iím not used to not being seeded, itís hard work. Every first round is tough but itís totally different when youíre not seeded. Itís only this month that my ranking slipped out. I knew it was going to be tough and I feel over the moon at the minute.

The good thing is that Iíve got a day off tomorrow so I think that will give me a chance to reset mentally as much as anything. That was a bit emotional and it was potentially my last one, so I didnít want to go out on a Tuesday night.

I want to go all the way to the weekend so fingers crossed I can keep pushing and Iím sure the crowd will be behind me.

"These matches against the top guys donít get any easier, but I think my last five matches have been against people in the top six in the world. I knew that I was seeing the ball at that level and it was about keeping the quality.

If I lost that qualify for a split-second he was all over it with his dinks and his speed and he was countering me. He had me heavy at times but I kept believing, dug in and itís amazing that Iím still learning every time I step on the court, even towards the end.

Hopefully that will continue, youíre always trying to improve, no matter whether itís your first match or youíve still got 10 years left in your career, youíve always got to be learning.

I felt I learned on my feet and I had great support in my corner as always.


 

QUALIFYING

Qualifying Finals
[2] Mayar Hany 3-2 Danielle Letourneau (Can)  11-5, 5-11, 11-2, 8-11, 11-5 (45m)
[3] Millie Tomlinson (Eng) 3-1 Zeina Mickawy         10-12, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (38m)
[5] Yathreb Adel 3-0 Nada Abbas                                 11-5, 14-12, 11-4 (25m)

 

Qualifying Round 1:
Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-0 Youssef Soliman  

Alexandra Fuller (Rsa) 3-2 [1] Nadine Shahin 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 13-11 (51m)
Zeina Mickawy 3-2 Julianne Courtice (Eng)  3-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 (57m)
[5] Yathreb Adel 3-1 Alice Green (Eng)                  11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6 (30m)
Nada Abbas 3-1 Haley Mendez (Usa)                     11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 (39m)
[2] Mayar Hany 3-0  Charlotte Jagger (Eng)                   11-2, 11-3, 11-7 (14m)

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