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Egypt Dominate US Open Second Round Draws

The second round of the 2015 Delaware Investments US Open will feature a total of twelve Egyptians across both the Men’s and Women’s PSA World Series tournaments after players from the North African country dominated play on day two of first round action at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

SH0226A quintet of players, led by World No.7 Omar Mosaad and No.8 Tarek Momen – who will face each other for a place in the quarter-finals – moved into the second round of the Men’s draw to join World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy and World Champion Ramy Ashour who secured their passage during the opening day of action yesterday. Also progressing were a trio of rising stars in the guise of Mazen Hesham, Zahed Mohamed and Fares Dessouki.

Hesham was sublime as he saw off England’s World No.11 Peter Barker 3-0 to set up a second round clash with Dessouki – who came through a titanic battle against World Junior Champion Diego Elias in what is certain to be a match-up that will dominate the PSA World Tour for years to come – with Mohamed upsetting the odds to defeat Australian World No.17 Cameron Pilley 3-1.

“I’m really happy to be here and win my first round match,” said 21-year-old Hesham.

“Fares and I have played a lot and we know each others game a lot – we’ve come through the juniors together. It’ll be a tough match and hopefully we can put on a good show for the crowds.”

SH0339In the Women’s event World No.6 Omneya Abdel Kawy swept past American wildcard Sabrina Sobhy while World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar beat compatriot Kanzy El Defrawy to set up a second round clash with defending US Open champion Nicol David of Malaysia.

Gohar and David clashed at the China Open in September when the 18-year-old star stunned the World No.2 at the quarter-final stage but David, who beat Hong Kong’s Joey Chan 3-0, will be confident of overturning that result as she bids to win a record fourth consecutive US Open crown.

“It feel great to be back on court in Philadelphia – it’s always nice to be back here,” said David.

“I’m really excited about this week and hopefully I can keep improving match by match. Getting off to a 3-0 win is important as you just want to get in and get your game together.

“I had to step up and play the big points well against Joey and I did that so I’m happy and I can go and enjoy the rest day now especially because I have my team here with me to work on me and help me perform at my best against Nouran in the next round.”

There was also double delight for Indian players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa in the Women’s event as they defied the odds against top ranked opposition to reach the second round of the US Open for the firs time ever.

“With Joshanna winning today as well is great for Indian squash,” said Pallikal after her win over former World No.4 Joelle King. “We’re both continually pushing each other to improve and I think women’s squash in India is at it’s best right now so hopefully we can keep performing well in this tournament.”

Results – First Round, Bottom Half: 
[4] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7 (55m)
[16] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [Q] Joelle King (NZL) 3-2: 8-11, 13-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9 (63m)
Joshana Chinappa (IND) bt [9] Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (28m)
[6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [WC] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 (30m)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (30m)
Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [14] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (35m)
[12] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [Q] Kanzy El Defrawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (28m)
[2] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (33m)

Draw – Second Round:
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [15] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [10] Emma Beddoes (ENG) v
[7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) v [11] Delia Arnold (MAS) v
[4] Alison Waters (ENG) v [16] Dipika Pallikal (IND)
[6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v Joshana Chinappa (IND)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[2] Nicol David (MAS) v [12] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v

Results – First Round, Bottom Half:
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (70m)
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [WC] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (38m)
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 (50m)
[6] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Lauren Jan Anjema (NED) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 (44m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [8] Peter Barker (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (34m)
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt [Q] Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (72m)
[Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1; 12-10, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9 (63m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-2: 8-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 11-4 (66m)

Draw – Second Round:
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Greg Lobban (SCO)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[7] Simon Rösner (GER) v Alister Walker (BOT)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Tom Richards (ENG)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v Daryl Selby (ENG)
[6] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Tarek Momen (EGY)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) v Fares Dessouki (EGY)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)

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