HONG KONG 2018


PHOTOS

Finals

[5] Joelle King 3-0 [2] Raneem El Welily             11-4, 12-10, 19-17 (48m)

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy v [2] Ali Farag             11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (39m) 

PSA Reports

New Zealands World No.7 Joelle King got off to a flying start to take the first game, with El Welily looking sluggish in the beginning as she struggled to back up her epic five-game battle with compatriot Nouran Gohar yesterday.

30-year-old King who has beaten reigning World Champion El Welily in their last two meetings continued to dominate and proved she was back to playing her best squash as she doubled her lead by taking the second, 12-10.

The third game saw El Welily push to get herself back into the match as she threw everything at King, however, the Kiwi managed to keep her composure, despite failing to convert five championship balls, with El Welily always finding a way back.

Eventually on her sixth championship ball, King was able to convert to claim her first major title becoming the first Kiwi PSA Platinum winner since 2003 when Carol Owens won the Tournament of Champions.

It hasnt really sunk in yet.

I guess if youve beaten a player before then it gives you a bit of confidence, but every day is a new day and shes not No.1 for no reason, so I knew she was never going to let it go. Im just extremely happy to win my first platinum event ever.

Raneem is such a tough competitor and she showed in the third why she is No.1. She just kept coming back at me and never let it go until the end. I just kept thinking that its the last match of the tournament just leave it all out there.

I just want to go on from here and keep playing good squash.

Im really pleased to be able to come here and play my best squash.

Weve played twice already this season, he beat me once and now Ive beaten him. Im sure we will have many more battles and compete in more finals.

Its always great when it all comes together. Im really proud of my performance but not to take anything away from Ali, I have nothing but respect for him. He came to the Tour later than all of us, he came up the rankings very fast. Very few people can do what he did and hes coming after me but Im trying to hold him a little bit...

Semis


[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy
3-0 [3] Tarek Momen      11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (36m)     
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 [4] Simon Rsner (Ger)    12-10, 11-7, 11-3 (44m)

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [7] Nouran Gohar 13-11, 10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 (66m)
 

 

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [3] Tarek Momen      11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (36m)     

Tarek has been in great form this season. He had the best season of his career last season and he is having an even better season this year.

I knew I had to be sharp from the beginning, he had a great start in the first game, but I think coming back and winning that game was crucial. Im happy to be through, its my fourth final here and Im hoping to go all the way.

I love coming back here, I have great memories and I hope that I can get my name on the trophy for a fourth time. I feel like the court here is like home to me, I know it very well and its always great to play in front of this great crowd.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [7] Nouran Gohar 13-11, 10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 (66m)

Nouran really gave me nothing today. She was covering every aspect of the court and her balls were just sticking to the wall today. She played really great squash and all credit to her for putting up such a great match.

Im very happy to be through and to be in another final in Hong Kong. It was a very close match and could have gone either way but Im very happy to come out as the winner.

Im happy to be becoming the World No.1 next month, but Im still in Hong Kong and Im focusing on the tournament. Ive been the World No.1 before but I didnt win as many tournaments as others did, so my goal is to win as many tournaments as possible and making it to the final here is another step further and hopefully I can go one more.

Joelle is obviously playing really good squash, she has knocked out some top players who are in form and she is a strong player as well. Weve had very close matches in the past, so hopefully tomorrow will be another good one.

[2] Ali Farag 3-0 [4] Simon Rsner (Ger)    12-10, 11-7, 11-3 (44m)

He definitely tested me at all times. We all saw the epic match he played last night, which was the match of the season so far. I knew how important that first game was, he played 100 minutes yesterday and he didnt have much energy left in the tank, so I was lucky from that perspective.

Im just happy with how I stuck to my tactics even though I didnt start very well. I tried to keep it as tight as possible and not give him many angles because hes so lethal on his volleys, so Im just very happy to be through today.

It always a pleasure to play against Mohamed and big stages such as the Hong Kong Open final. Mohamed is a great champion, hes been the World No.1 for so long and hes proving himself tournament after tournament.

Im just happy to be playing another final with him and Im looking forward to another good one.

Quarters

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [6] Paul Coll (Nzl)    7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (54m)
[3] Tarek Momen 3-1 [7] Mohamed Abouelghar 13-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-7 (82m)     
[2] Ali Farag 3-1 [8] Karim Abdel Gawad   7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 12-10 (84m)

[8] SJane Perry (Eng) 3-2 [1] Nour El Sherbini 7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5 (58m)
[5] Joelle King (Nzl) 3-0 [3] Nour El Tayeb                   11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (28m)
[7] Nouran Gohar 3-2 [4] Camille Serme (Fra)  11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 (57m) 
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 Joey Chan (Hkg)      11-2, 11-8, 11-6 (22m)       

Round 3


[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy
3-0 Tom Richards (Eng)  11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (31m)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 Eain Yow Ng (Mas)   12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (28m)
[3] Tarek Momen 3-1 Raphael Kandra (Ger)     11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8 (44m)
[5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-0 Zahed Salem   11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (41m)
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0 Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg)     11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (34m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-1 Diego Elias (Per)              11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8 (63m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-1 Amanda Sobhy (Usa)  11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 13-11 (44m)
[5] Joelle King (Nzl) 3-1 Hania El Hammamy         11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3 (41m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-1 [14] Joshna Chinappa (Ind) 11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8 (41m)
[7] Nouran Gohar 3-0 [9] Alison Waters (Eng)          14-12, 12-10, 11-8 (37m)
Joey Chan (Hkg) 3-1 Yathreb Adel                     11-2, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (34m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [13] Victoria Lust (Eng) 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (37m)
 

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-1 Amanda Sobhy (Usa)  11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 13-11 (44m)

It was a tough match. Its a very tough draw for me to play her and face her in the second round its very early but I just tried to be focused from the start and had a good plan. Amanda was top ten and then she had her injury but shes back and playing so good and is one of the top ten players and Im sure she will be back there very soon.

I think in the first two games I was playing really well and sticking to my plan and then in the third she started to move me a lot around the court and I lost my concentration a little bit but I think being strong mentally was why I won.

She came back very strong and in the fourth I had match ball and she had a couple of game balls, so I had to be strong mentally to finish the match and I think I played well and Im excited to move to the other court.

Tesni has joined the top ten and is playing really well and SJ won in San Francisco and has been consistent at the start of the season. Im just looking forward and hopefully I will have my coach with me and Im looking forward to the quarters...

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [13] Victoria Lust (Eng) 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (37m)

"We have had very close matches in the past.

Going one game down in the beginning didnt help mentally but Im really glad with the way I pushed myself in that second game and it gave me a confidence boost and get the momentum. It was a bit scrappy in some parts but Im glad I managed to keep my composure and get the win.

Shes definitely very talented with the racket and hides her shots so well. She has a few shots that I cant read. It doesnt help that this court is dead as well, it was so cold today but overall Im pleased with the way I played and hopefully this will give me an edge to make me play better today.

I remember playing Joey here a few years ago and it was very close and a very good match. Im looking forward to playing her again tomorrow and she must be playing really well this week.

Its always nice to have a crowd whether they are with you or against you. We have played many times in Egypt when the crowd is on our side so its only fair that we play in other locations. The crowd here is really fair and they all like a good match.

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 Tom Richards (Eng)  11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (31m)

"Im really happy. Tom has been playing really well this season and has had a lot of good wins. He is definitely back to where he was at his best level again and I had to be sharp from the first point. I think the court suited me more than him so that helped me a little bit at the start of each game. Overall, Im really pleased with my performance, its such a big bonus to get into the quarters and win the match in three.

The third showed the great player he is because he kept fighting even though he was 2-0 down and he didnt let go. He put me under a lot of pressure, I was down 9-8, and I had to find a way to try and sneak that game out because I knew that if I lost that game then anything could happen. I just kept fighting and when the situation is 10-10 it can be a lottery and luckily it paid off for me.

For the quarters, they have both had a great start. Paul has been playing well and Declan has been having some great results. It will be a great match between the both of them, Paul is in a slightly different situation now as he is the higher seeded player these days, so its a different pressure. While, Declan is the English No.1 now so it is a different pressure for him and it will be an interesting match, whoever I face.

[2] Ali Farag 3-1 Diego Elias (Per)              11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8 (63m)

Im very pleased. I thought I started very well and I know exactly how dangerous he is. I saw how well he played yesterday against a top player in Saurav so I knew I had to be firing from the beginning and I thought I did that well. I was controlling the T for most of the first two games and for most of the third as well until I let a few decisions get in my head, which was very immature of myself.

But he dug in there and never made it easy until the end and then in the fourth I had to reset again because I got a little tense and Im happy I got through that fourth.

Hes full of confidence after beating the World No.1 [in Qatar] and then Saurav yesterday. If I started a little slower then maybe he would have grown in confidence so to get off to that good start was crucial.

Karim definitely playing a lot better than last season. You can see he is more in shape. Growing up and playing him in juniors we played about 30 times and I maybe won only a handful of them. He knows I hate playing with him and he is my bogey man on tour.

Im just going to give it my best, the last two times I was lucky enough to win but Im sure he is going to be looking for revenge and coming out firing, so Im going to be ready for him.


DRAWS



Rolls of Honour

 

Round 2

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Nele Gilis (Bel)                    11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (27m)
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 3-1 Zeina Mickawy  8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (40m)
[5] Joelle King (Nzl) 3-1 Mayar Hany                11-3, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)
Hania El Hammamy 3-0 [16] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)  11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (29m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Fiona Moverley (Eng)               11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (27m)
[7] Nouran Gohar 3-0 Emily Whitlock (Eng)               11-3, 11-1, 11-6 (22m)
Yathreb Adel 3-1 [6] Laura Massaro (Eng)   11-5, 11-6, 12-14, 11-3 (32m)
Joey Chan (Hkg) 3-2 [15] Salma Hany     9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 15-17, 11-7 (47m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 Rowan Elaraby       11-6, 11-5, 11-1 (20m)

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-0 [9/16] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)   11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)        11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (32m)
[3] Tarek Momen 3-0 Cameron Pilley (Aus)               11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (28m)
[*] Nicolas Mller (Sui) 3-1  [*] Omar Mosaad 11-3, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4 (53m)
Zahed Salem 3-2 Greg Lobban (Sco)  7-11, 11-9, 3-11, 13-11, 11-7 (70m)
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0 Lucas Serme (Fra)  11-8, 11-7, 14-12 (41m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 Gregoire Marche (Fra)                     11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (35m) 

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Nele Gilis (Bel)                    11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (27m)

Im really pleased with the way I played.

Its actually the first time I have played Nele, were the same age but we have never played each other.

The first match is always important and winning 3-0 has given me a push to be ready for the next round and we will see how I go.

Playing someone for the first time is hard, even if you have watched her, because you dont know what to expect. Its a long 3-0, shes very fit and she gets everything, so I tried to mix the pace a lot.

You always do a plan before the match and try to stick to it and I think I played well and its a good start for me.

Its hard on this court because its two different sides, its warm on one side and then cold on the other so its hard to use the same game youre used to playing and you have to try to adapt your game.

Ive been World No.1 for a long time and this was going to come sooner or later. Its always challenging and I havent been on the edge a lot but Im just going to play and be positive and try to win the title.

[5] Joelle King (Nzl) 3-1 Mayar Hany                11-3, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)


Its nice to get off to a winning start.

Last time I played Mayar she actually beat me and that was in the British Open two years ago, so I knew it wasnt going to be an easy match. I guess with any of the young Egyptians they fight until the very end, so Im just pleased to come off with a 3-1 win and have a rest day tomorrow.

She sort of plays a similar game to me and likes to hit the ball hard and fights until the end. I obviously knew it was going to be tough but Im glad to be on the board against her and its 1-1 now.

I think that court suits my game, if youre hitting the ball hard and through then you get rewards on there. I guess Ive been here for four days now and Ive managed to get on it every day so Im feeling good on there and looking forward to the next match.

Its probably one of the closest tournaments for me from home in terms of the majors, so its always nice to come a short way to get here and all the crowd seem to come in and know their squash so its always an exciting venue to play in.

Hania El Hammamy 3-0 [16] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)  11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (29m)

PSA Reports
Egyptian teenager Hania El Hammamy pulled off an impressive performance to dispatch United States World No.18 Olivia Blatchford Clyne in straight-games to reach the last 16 of the Hong Kong Open.

El Hammamy got off to a rapid start and left Blatchford Clyne struggling to respond as the young Egyptian built up quick leads in all three games.

The young Egyptian who beat the American the last time the two met on Tour played with confidence beyond her years to take an 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 victory in 29 minutes against an out-of-sorts Blatchford Clyne.

The win means that El Hammamy has set up a round three fixture with New Zealands World No.7 Joelle King for a place in the quarter-finals.


Im really pleased with the way I played today. I knew it wasnt going to be easy so that was why I wanted to be focused from the start.

I had a game plan and Im glad that I managed to do it. It wasnt easy, the last time I played against Olivia I was 2-0 down and won in five. So, Im really happy to get through in three.

I know Joelle is so aggressive on court and Im really looking forward to playing her.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 Rowan Elaraby       11-6, 11-5, 11-1 (20m)


Im always happy to start well in the first match, said the 29-year-old.

I had a slow start in every game, but I managed to turn that around and change it in the third game, which is something Im happy about.

The court here is different, its hard to adapt but I think it suited me well today. The conditions were good. Rowan is obviously a good player, she is the two-time World Junior champion, Ive been in her shoes and I had to be very sharp today.

I have played with her before, so I know she has a good game and Im very happy to be off in three.

Shes still so young and she hasnt played that many PSA tournaments yet. I believe that now her junior years are behind her then she is going to rise higher and higher.

It will be another tough one against Victoria. She almost gave me a heart-attack the last time we played but I managed to scrape through, so hopefully tomorrow another good match. I know that she can be tough to beat and I will need to be at my best to beat her.

Im trying not to think about it [the battle for World No.1]. Everyone has got a tough draw and every match is very important and hard. Its still too far away to think about.

Yathreb Adel 3-1 [6] Laura Massaro (Eng)   11-5, 11-6, 12-14, 11-3 (32m)

"I knew what to expect from Laura, I've watched some of our previous matches to see what I was doing wrong at the time.

I had to focus from the first game to the last. I had to keep it tight all the time and had to go for my shots when I had the opportunity. I had to keep the momentum going because I lost it in the third game. I was leading but then she fired back and I did some unforced errors and she was getting back into her game.

I'm very glad to be through and hopefully it can be another day, another match and I can take it forward. It's going to be a new day against Joey, I'm going to do everything I can to recover from today and get ready for the match and I'll take it one step at a time.

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-0 [9/16] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)   11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)

Im just happy to be through. Ryan is a great player, he beat me the last time we played at ToC and fully deserved to beat me, so it was good to get a win because its never easy to play him. I can have a rest day now and make sure Im fresh for the next round.

This court has a fast front wall and you have to be careful with your tactics because if you get it wrong then its tough to get back into the match again. Every time I was ahead and every time he came back at me, I tried to think and stay calm and Im really happy to be in the next round. Its what I live for to play at these big tournaments and try and have a chance to win this title. Im going to try and get my fourth title here, its not going to be easy.

Ive always not been the most experienced player on Tour but now with Nick retiring, Greg is injured, Ramy is injured then I feel like I am the most experienced player on court right now, which is weird for me and something new for me to deal with.

Tom has had great results this season and we both play together for the same team in PSL, so we are good friends but obviously on court we are going to try and beat each other. We havent played for a while on Tour and I think hes back playing at his best level, which is good to see.

[7] Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)    11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (32m)

Last time we played it went to five and it was very tough.

I expected it to be tough. Nafiizwan has been there for a very long time and he always plays great matches so Im just happy I had my head together and was able to finish problems.

Last time we played I made so many errors, so I made sure this time that I just kept the ball going and dont go for too many shots in the beginning until I find my rhythm. Especially on a court like this because its a bit dead and if you play anything lose then your opponent will put it away, so I just made sure I hit my targets.

In Qatar I lost to Ali in the fifth and I know the difference between these guys is fine margins. Im happy with how Im playing right now. Im not thinking about results and Im just enjoying what Im doing and hopefully the results will take care of themselves.

[2] Ali Farag 3-0 Gregoire Marche (Fra)                     11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (35m)

Playing against Greg in the first round is never easy. He is a very skilful player and he gets a lot of balls back, so I had to be on my metal.

"Also to get used to that court, as its very unique and there are not any like it in the world. Im pleased to get the win and hopefully I can carry that momentum through to the next round.

In the bottom half of the draw there are no rest days so if its me or someone else they will have to save as much energy as possible. Hopefully I can do that and go one step further this year.

I started well last season as well but didnt back it up at the end of the season, so this time I want to prove to myself that I can be consistent throughout the whole season.

Round 1

Tom Richards (Eng) 3-0 Mostafa Asal                   11-4, 11-2, 11-9 (29m)
Zahed Salem 3-1 Karim El Hammamy            11-2, 11-4, 4-11, 11-4 (43m)      
Greg Lobban (Sco) 3-0 Mazen Gamal                 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (34m)

Julianne Courtice (Eng) 3-2 Mariam Metwally 11-13, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 (56m)
Zeina Mickawy 3-1 Low Wee Wern (Mas)            11-9, 12-14, 11-4, 11-7 (44m)
Mayar Hany 3-2 Ho Tze-Lok (Hkg)           15-13, 11-7, 10-12, 8-11, 11-9 (51m)
Hania El Hammamy 3-1 Sivasangari Subramaniam (Mas) 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8 (43m)
Millie Tomlinson (Eng) 3-1 Nada Abbas              11-7, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8 (38m)
Danielle Letourneau (Can) 3-0 Nadine Shahin               11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (23m)
Yathreb Adel 3-1 Haley Mendez (Usa)                 6-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-6 (25m)
Rowan Elaraby 3-2 Rachel Arnold (Mas)   11-9, 12-10, 12-14, 9-11, 11-3 (53m)

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