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FINALS

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [4] Ali Farag    11/6, 5/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/3 (65m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [2] Raneem El Welily                 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 (29m)

Itís my first World Series title in almost two years, so itís special. Itís my second time here and I played well, so I canít wait to come back next year.

This title was really important for me so I could get my confidence back and to feel that Iím playing well before the World Championships. This tournament has given me a huge push and Iím really happy to win the Hong Kong Open.

ďRaneem is one of my good friends, she is my big sister, and Iíve learned a lot from her. I donít feel any pressure playing her, I just go for my shots.

Sheís been playing a lot of matches from the first round and I think she was struggling a lot with her movement. I was more fresh than her, so I think that was the difference today.

Weíve played so many battles in the last few weeks and I want to congratulate him and all of his team. Heís played unbelievable squash at the last few tournaments and to keep backing it up tournament after tournament, and Iím looking forward to many more battles with him in the future.

Iím happy Iím playing well again this year, Iíve done a lot of work this summer and Iím really proud with the way Iíve started this season, but there is still a long season ahead. Iím going to enjoy this trophy for a day or two and then I will look forward to my next event.

SEMIS

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [5] Marwan ElShorbagy     13-11, 11-5, 12-10 (47m)
[4] Ali Farag 3-1 [2] Karim Abdel Gawad                   11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7 (55m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [4] Laura Massaro (Eng) 11-7, 5-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-3 (56m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [3] Camille Serme   5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 (56m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [4] Laura Massaro (Eng) 11-7, 5-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-3 (56m)

Playing Laura is very hard, and in the middle of the match, I thought that I just needed to give it everything. I had to go for my shots and stick to my plan. I went point-by-point and Iím really happy to win today so I can be in the final.

Everyone is trying to improve their game and whoever is stronger mentally and physically is the one that will win in the end. Iím glad I kept my focus until the end.

Iím feeling good, itís only my second time here in Hong Kong. Iím happy with the way Iím playing and hopefully I can keep on going tomorrow.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [3] Camille Serme   5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 (56m)

I started slowly today, I felt flat and mentally wasnít prepared. I didnít think I had anything left in the tank, but in the second, my coach gave me the push I needed, my husband too.

Iím very happy to be through, to be in the final is amazing. It was a great match today against Camille, she played really well. At times, it felt like I was doing court sprints.


[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [5] Marwan ElShorbagy     13-11, 11-5, 12-10 (47m)

Itís always very tough physically and mentally playing your brother. Weíre sharing the same room, and itís difficult to prepare mentally because you know you are sending your own brother out of the tournament. But we are professionals, so we have to deal with it and we have played so many times on Tour now as well.

Heís had some wins over me, Iíve had some wins over him, so it was always going to be tough, especially with the way he has been playing this week. He did unbelievably well to take out Greg, so I had to be at my best.

Iíve put in a lot of hard work this summer to be back playing finals again, itís what I live for. Itís my sixth PSA final in a row and Iím really happy to have my form back again and to be competing in finals.

Iíll give it one more shot tomorrow and then I will have a break after the World Championship.

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[4] Ali Farag 3-1 [2] Karim Abdel Gawad                   11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7 (55m)

It was far from easy today, heís won most of our matches.

To get the win against him today is such a pleasure. Heís very talented, so tough to read, but I always enjoy playing him because itís always a fair match. I hope we keep playing a lot of matches with each other in the future.

In the last three tournaments, Mohamed and I have either won the tournament or lost to each other. I really enjoy our battles, the last two times he beat me, the time before that I won, so hopefully itís going to be a great match for the crowd and for us as well.

QUARTERS

[5] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 [1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)       11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 (51m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-1 Mohamed Abouelghar           11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 (46m)
[4] Ali Farag 3-1 [Q] Declan James (Eng)                             11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 [7] Tarek Momen                  12-10, 11-7, 12-14, 11-7 (70m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [7] Nouran Gohar                                  11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (27m)          
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [10] Joelle King (Nzl)     11-8, 17-15, 7-11, 8-11, 14-12 (66m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [7] Nouran Gohar                               11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (27m)

Iím feeling good, I played really well and I adjust to the court really quickly. I wanted to start well from the first point, stick to my plan and Iím glad I finished it in three so she couldnít get into her game.

Itís always hard playing an Egyptian because weíre always together and weíve played at a lot of tournaments. You always want to change because your opponent is always coming ready and she knows my game and I know her game.

I think the important thing is that the one who is 100 per cent mentally and physically on it will win at the end.

Last year it was the first tournament of the season and it was the first time for me in Hong Kong, so I hope this time I can do better. Iím feeling good, Iím playing well and I canít wait to get back on court tomorrow. Whoever wins [out of Massaro or Evans], itís going to be a tough one tomorrow.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [10] Joelle King (Nzl)     11-8, 17-15, 7-11, 8-11, 14-12 (66m)

I have no idea how I managed to pull that one off. She was playing really well and I felt a little bit flat. I wasnít playing the right game for the way I was feeling. In the fifth, I had to play it point by point and take it easy as much as I could.

I had to go for the winners as much as I could because if I played basic squash she would play a winning shot, so I had to steal it before she did. All credit to her, she played a really good match.

Theyíre always close but this one was very close.

[5] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 [1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)       11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 (51m)

Itís been a tough start of the season for me, but in Qatar I started to find my game. I wasnít too disappointed to lose there to Simon RŲsner, I knew I was getting better every tournament and I was in fine form in training. I knew he was going to play good squash at some point.

Itís funny because my brother asked me if I would rather play Paul Coll or Greg and I said I wanted to play Greg. He thought I was joking, but I was serious, Iíve been training all summer for these kind of matches, so Iím happy to beat Greg because reaching the semi-finals here in Hong Kong mean a lot to me.

I miss these matches, we played four times last season and I miss being on court with him somehow. I miss going into a tournament knowing that I would play him. I still hate playing him, but I miss these moments.

You remember these moments and heís been in fine form recently. He was in the middle of a shaky season when I beat him before but he is playing really well this season, so Iím pleased to get the opportunity to be on court with him when heís in fine form.

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-1 Mohamed Abouelghar           11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 (46m)

I controlled the first two games very well, but I had a lapse in concentration in the third. I tried to come back but he was already way ahead. In the fourth game he had a really good start and I felt a bit soft mentally. When I was 7-1 down I started getting myself going and waking myself up.

He was controlling me and once you play his game, heís hard to stop. At one point he was like a train. Itís very hard to stop but I thought I did well to come back. I dug in deep, pushed hard and itís been a difficult route to the semis, Iíve had a lot of hard matches here.

Iím proud to be back in the semis and Iím looking forward to playing my brother, who had a really good win over Greg today. We havenít played since El Gouna and heís beaten me the last two times, so itís going to be a really good battle between the two of us.

ďItís a great thing for the family, we dream about being on these big stages. Weíre both in the Hong Kong semis and one of us in the final. Weíre going to have a great battle and it is great to have one of us in the final.

[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 [7] Tarek Momen                  12-10, 11-7, 12-14, 11-7 (70m)

Tarek is on great form after reaching the final in Qatar and heís playing well. It was important to start well against him, I was a bit unlucky not to get the third, but Iím happy to win in four today.

I think I played much better today compared to the rest of the days and I really enjoyed the court here.

Ali has been my competitor since we were eight years old, heís only six months younger than me. We grew up together, our ranking on the PSA is very similar and heís a very smooth runner. He reads the ball really quickly and he is one of the toughest players on the Tour.

We know we have very good players in Egypt and we are all around the same age, from 23-26 years old. We're young and we've been competing with each other since we were kids. I'm really glad that I'm one of the players to reach the semi-finals. Hopefully we can always do great things for our sport.

[4] Ali Farag 3-1 [Q] Declan James (Eng)                             11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)

Iím very proud to have four Egyptians in the semi-finals. Itís not even the end of the era either because we have such a good base in the juniors and I hope they can keep on doing the same things after us.

Declan played so well and stayed in front of me for the second game and the beginning of the third as well. I had to stick to my guns and try and control the ĎTí area. Thankfully it worked towards the end of the third and in the fourth.

SECOND ROUND

16th November
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 [Q] Greg Lobban (Sco)            11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 (47m)
Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 Simon RŲsner (Ger)                            11-9, 15-13, 11-7 (45m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-1 [Q] Lucas Serme (Fra)  8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (45m)
[4] Ali Farag  3-0 [WC] Leo Au (Hkg)                                             11-5, 6-2 retired (16m)
[Q] Declan James (Eng) 3-0 [8] Fares Dessouky                 8-11, 4-11, 2-3 retired (37m)
[7] Tarek Momen 3-0 Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)                                14-12, 11-6, 12-10 (53m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Cameron Pilley (Aus)            11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7 (54m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-1 Donna Urquhart (Aus)               11-6, 10-12, 11-3, 11-5 (36m)
[7] Nouran Gohar 3-2 [11] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)    11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-1 (50m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [13] Nour El Tayeb           11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 (62m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-1 Donna Urquhart (Aus)               11-6, 10-12, 11-3, 11-5 (36m)

Donna was playing well and I havenít played her for a long time, itís been almost a year now. It was close the whole way and I lost some focus in the second game, I tried some shots at the wrong time, but I stuck to my gameplan in the last two games and it worked.

Iím feeling good, I think Iím playing well and my game is improving. Iíve really been looking forward to this tournament and hopefully I can keep playing like this.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [13] Nour El Tayeb           11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 (62m)

Iím very happy to win today, it wasnít easy at all. It was another five-gamer, but Iím really happy with the way I fought at the end. We were both very anxious to go for shots but I was lucky at the end.

The last time we played, the fifth game was really bad from my side. She went 9-1 up, so I knew it couldnít be as bad. I took it point-by point and Iím really glad to win.

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Lucas Serme (Fra) 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (45m)

We know each other very well, we were at the same University and trained together for three years. He used to live in Bristol as well, so weíre really good friends. Iím happy to see him playing that well, heís such a nice guy. Normally when two players play each other for the first time on the professional scene, they struggle to read each other.

But because we have played so many times, he was reading me and I was reading him. We matched up well and Iím just glad to be through. All credit to him, he put me under a lot of pressure and there were times when I thought I had him but he responded really well. Iím happy to be through and Iím looking forward to playing Abouelghar, who had a really good win against RŲsner.

To beat him 3-0 is a great achievement and heís playing really well. We played at the U.S. Open last month and I think weíre going to have another good battle together.

[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Cameron Pilley (Aus)            11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7 (54m)

Pilley is a very tough opponent and we always play tough matches together, so I was expecting another tough match. Itís always difficult for me to play him because heís very dangerous with the ball in the front corners and middle of the court. Iím really glad to get through today and it was very important that I took it step-by-step. Iíve regained more of my confidence and Iím glad to win in four today.

As for tomorrow, Tarek is a very tough opponent, weíve played six or seven times on the Tour and itís already a very tough match match.

[4] Ali Farag 3-0 [WC] Leo Au (Hkg)                                     11-5, 6-2 retired (16m)

Itís never pleasing to win that way.

He had a great match yesterday and I was ready for a big fight tonight, but it was unfortunate for him. Iím not sure if he felt it today or if he had been feeling it for a while, but I hope he recovers as fast as he can.

 

Draw - First Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played November 15

[4] Ali Farag 3-1 [Q] Tom Richards (Eng)                     11-2, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7 (31m)
[WC] Leo Au (Hkg) 3-2 Ramy Ashour                  6/11, 11/7, 11/7, 10/12, 11/4 (74m)
[8] Fares Dessouky 3-0 [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)               11/7, 11/5, 11/2 (28m)
[7] Tarek Momen 3-1 Alan Clyne (Sco)                           11-2, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3 (43m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Cesar Salazar (Mex)          11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 (44m)

[10] Joelle King (Nzl) 3-1 [Q] Nadine Shahin       7-11, 11-1, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 (49m)
[13] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Dipika Pallikal Karthik (Ind)                 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (17m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 Fiona Moverley (Eng)                   11-9, 14-12, 14-12 (35m)

[10] Joelle King (Nzl) 3-1 [Q] Nadine Shahin       7-11, 11-1, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 (49m)

Today at the start I was a little bit off and she came out firing, so I had to really dig deep and having a few good results of late helps give you the confidence to believe in your game even when you're down.She was coming at me at 100mph and all credit to her, she played really well throughout the whole match.

I guess a little bit of experience helped in the end being the senior player. I wasn't feeling that comfortable out there but I managed to relax at the end of the fourth and I started thinking about getting in front and playing my game and it worked. I'm happy to come through in five and play another day tomorrow.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 Fiona Moverley (Eng)                   11-9, 14-12, 14-12 (35m)

She made the errors today, I made some errors as well, but at the crucial points she made the errors.

I tried to be more patient and it made a difference in the tie-breaks. I was a bit nervous because it was the first match of the tournament, it was a different court, so I was trying to adapt to it. I had to relax and just go for it.

I spoke to a few people about my match with Nour [in the U.S. Open] and got some advice and new tactics, so I hope theyíre going to work.

[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Cesar Salazar (Mex)          11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 (44m)

It was a very important match for me today and I really wanted to regain some of my confidence. Iím glad I won today and got through to the next round. Hopefully Iíll keep this run going and Iíll do well tomorrow against a tough opponent.

It was my first ever World Series final last year, so it was a very special tournament for me and itís special to be here again. Hopefully this year I can get an even better result. Iíll take it step-by-step and can improve on last year.

[WC] Leo Au (Hkg) 3-2 Ramy Ashour                  6/11, 11/7, 11/7, 10/12, 11/4 (74m)

I feel amazing because I didnít expect much before the match.

When I lost that match ball, I thought I had lost the match. I thought that he would be more focused in the fifth game and there would be more pressure on me. It was a mistake to lose that match point, but Iím happy to win in front of my home crowd because this is my first time getting to the second round.

[4] Ali Farag 3-1 [Q] Tom Richards (Eng)                     11-2, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7 (31m)

Iím delighted, itís not easy to be the last one on against Tom on a court like this, it suits his gameplan quite well.

He likes to hit a lot of angles and this court is quite fast at the front wall, so itís not easy to stick to the wall. I think he played pretty well and at 1-1 and 10-10 in the third, it could have gone either way.

It was a crucial game to win. I had to put the ball back deep in the court and I wasnít successful doing that in the second. I was a bit better in the third and I think I found my rhythm in the fourth.

Leo will be playing in front of his home crowd, he seems to be going up in different gears and Iím sure itís going to be very tough and Iím looking forward to it.

Draw - First Round (Top Half): To Be Played November 14th

[Q] Greg Lobban
(Sco) 3-1 Zahed Mohamed               11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 (58m)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 Omar Abdel Meguid        8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (38m)
Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 [6] James Willstrop (Eng)        
11-2, 11-9, 11-9 (38m)
[Q] Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-2 Omar Mosaad        11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5 (77m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 Max Lee (Hkg) 11-7, 2-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4 (68m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [Q] Nada Abbas                       11-5, 11-3, 11-1 (16m)
[7] Nouran Gohar 3-0 [WC] Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)               11-2, 11-8, 11-6 (21m)
[8] Alison Waters (Eng) 3-0 Heba El Torky                     11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (28m)
[4] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Hania El Hammamy     11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (34m)

Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 [6] James Willstrop (Eng)         11-2, 11-9, 11-9 (38m)

Iíve played with James three times and the first time [in Qatar] he wasnít at his best because he had just returned from a hip injury, so I just got away with it," said Abouelghar.

I really admire his game and admire him as a player. Iíve learned a lot from him, I always watch him to learn and today I just had to execute my game plan and play with a slower pace because I know he controls the game very well. To beat James in three games is huge for me.

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 Max Lee (Hkg) 11-7, 2-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4 (68m)

I think Max played well, it was always going to be difficult playing him on his home court.

I felt a little flat mentally, but it was the perfect first round to sharpen me up. This is my fifth tournament in a row and Iíve played more matches than anyone else so far this season but these are the kinds of situations you want to be in, you want to challenge yourself and I was up to that challenge.

"I played a very good fifth game, it was a very tricky match and I used all of my experience.

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [Q] Nada Abbas                       11-5, 11-3, 11-1 (16m)

Iím really pleased, a 16-minute match is really short.

Nada is one of the youngest players, sheís very good and on the way up. I was trying to kill everything quickly and play my game instead of hers.

It will be a tough match against Donna, Iíve not played her in a long time and Iím just looking forward to it and itís going to be a tough one.

[4] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Hania El Hammamy     11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (34m)

One of my first coaches said to me when I was Haniaís age that the first time you play a top pro on the Tour, you can sometimes take them by surprise and a true reflection of your level is how well you do the second time," said Massaro, who won over five games when the two played in the first round of last yearís event.

These youngsters can catch you out and play well and they deserve it, but then you get the full respect and full attention of the player for the second time and I think thatís what Hania got today. She deserves my respect because of how well she played last time.

 
Players Info

13-Nov, Finals:
[8] Tom Richards (Eng) 3-0 [9] Mohamed Reda                       w.o.
Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind) 3-1 [15] Youssef Soliman     11-8, 11-8, 3-11, 11-5 (59m)

[5] Hania El Hammamy 3-1 [13] Amina Yousry             9/11, 11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (41m)    
[4] Nadine Shahin 3-0 [10] Sarah Cardwell (Aus)                  11-3, 11-5, 11-2 (21m)
[6] Nada Abbas 3-0 [16] Ho Tze-Lok (Hkg)                          11-8, 13-11, 11-8 (32m)
 

 

Qualifying Round 1

[9] Mohamed Reda 3-1 Harley Lam (Hkg)                           11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (36m)
[15] Youssef Soliman 3-2 Nathan Lake (Eng)           11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (77m)
Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind) 3-0 [4] Karim Ali Fathi                        18-16, 11-5, 11-3 (51m)

[9] Milou van der Heijden (Ned) 3-2 Hana Moataz   
7-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-3 (39m)
[5] Hania El Hammamy 3-0 Renee Wu Wing (Hkg)                     11-4, 11-1, 11-5 (14m)
[13] Amina Yousry 3-0 Li Sum Yin (Hkg) Li Sum Yin (Hkg)           11/9, 11/4, 11/8 (23m)
[4] Nadine Shahin 3-0 Alison Thomson (Sco)                             11/4, 11/6, 11/7 (23m)
[6] Nada Abbas 3-0 Tang Yan Yi (Hkg)                                     11/5, 11/6, 11/6 (22m)
Vanessa Chu (Hkg) 3-1 [2] Mayar Hany                         12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8 (39m)

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