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Favourites Pakistan and Malaysia triumphed in the men's and women's finals of the 19th Asian Junior Team Squash Championships in Pattaya, Thailand ...

Favourites Pakistan and Malaysia triumphed in the men’s and women’s finals, respectively, of the 19th Asian Junior Team Squash Championships at the Squash Centre in the Ambassador City Jomtien in Pattaya, Thailand.

After overcoming Hong Kong China in the semi-finals of the biennial event, Pakistan faced unexpected opponents India in the final after the defending champions – who were the fourth seeds – upset second-seeded Malaysia 2/1 in the other semi.

But in an emphatic endorsement of the seedings, Pakistan (pictured above with ASF President Mui) despatched India 2/0 to claim their men’s title for first time since 2013 – but for the 14th time overall. Hong Kong China and Malaysia shared the bronze medal.

In a repeat of both the 2015 and 2017 women’s finals, defending champions Malaysia faced Hong Kong China. Boasting two players within the world top 100, favourites Malaysia brushed aside their opponents 2/0 to retain the title for the third time in a row. India and Republic of Korea claimed the co-third.

“It is the first time for Thailand Squash Rackets Association to host an Asian Championship,” said David Mui, MH JP, President of the Asian Squash Federation (pictured above with women’s champions Malaysia). “I would like to thank and congratulate them for hosting such a successful yet memorable event. Their warm hospitality and dedication has made the event run smoothly. I would also like to thank the officials, referees and helpers.”

The 2019 championships attracted 12 junior men’s teams and 9 junior women’s teams.

Men’s semi-finals:
[1] PAKISTAN bt [3] HONG KONG CHINA 2/0
Abbas Zeb bt Chung Yat Long 11-5, 11-1, 11-3 (25m)
Muhammad Farhan Hashmi bt To Wai Lok 6-11, 11-6, 13-11, 5-11, 11-9 (81m)

[4] INDIA bt [2] MALAYSIA 2/1
Utkarsh Baheti lost to Siow Yee Xian 1-11, 9-11, 12-10, 8-11 (39m)
Yash Fadte bt Duncan Lee 11-7, 12-10, 12-10 (43m)
Veer Chotrani bt Muhammad Amir Amirul Azhar 9-11, 14-12, 11-9, 20-18 (71m)

Final:
[1] PAKISTAN bt [4] INDIA 2/0
Muhammad Farhan Hashmi bt Veer Chotrani 2-11, 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 (55m)
Abbas Zeb bt Utkarsh Baheti 11-4, 11-2, 11-6

Remaining positions: 3 Hong Kong China & Malaysia; 5 Kuwait; 6 Sri Lanka; 7 Republic of Korea; 8 Japan; 9 Singapore; 10 Chinese Taipei; 11 China; 12 Thailand

Women’s semi-finals:
[1] MALAYSIA bt [3] INDIA 2/0
Aifa Azman bt Sanya Vats 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 (17m)
Chan Yiwen bt Yoshna Singh 11-6, 11-1, 11-6 (23m)

[2] HONG KONG CHINA bt [5] REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2/0
Chan Sin Yuk bt Chae Won Song 11-5, 11-1, 11-1 (15m)
Cheng Nga Ching bt Park Ju Ah 11-4, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7 (33m)

Final:
[1] MALAYSIA bt [2] HONG KONG CHINA 2/0
Aifa Azman bt Chan Sin Yuk 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 (39m)
Ooi Kah Yan bt Lee Sum Yuet 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 4-11, 13-11 (44m)

Remaining positions: 3 India & Republic of Korea; 5 Sri Lanka; 6 Singapore; 7 Japan; 8 Macau; 9 Chinese Taipei




The first PSA Platinum event of the year is under way in New York, with matches taking place on the Glass Court in Grand Central Station's Vanderbilt Hall ...

The first PSA Platinum event of the year is under way in New York, with matches taking place on the Glass Court in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall.

After five days the Men’s event is down to the quarter-final stage, with matches taking place on Monday and Tuesday this week, while the women’s event sees all sixteen seeds in action in Monday’s third round.

We’ll be providing daily coverage from here on in, and you can watch the matches on SquashTV / Eurosport Player (subscribers only), or on the PSA World Tour Facebook page (certain areas only).

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Day SIX, Mon 21st Jan

11.00 [6] Nouran Gohar (Egy) v [10] Annie Au (Hkg)
11.45 [5] Camille Serme (Fra) v [13] Victoria Lust (Eng)
12.30 [1] Raneem El Welily (Egy) v [14] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
14.30 [4] Joelle King (Nzl) v [11] Nicol David (Mas)
15.15 [3] Nour El Tayeb (Egy) v [12] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
17.00 [7] Laura Massaro (Eng) v [15] Salma Hany (Egy)
17.45 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egy) v Diego Elias (Per)
18.45 [8] Tesni Evans (Wal) v [9] Alison Waters (Eng)
19.30 [2] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) v [16] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (Usa)
20.15 [3] Simon Rosner (Ger) v [8] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)

Tournament of Champions Days One to Five reports

 



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Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad is the 2018 CIB Black Ball Squash Open champion ..

Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad is the 2018 CIB Black Ball Squash Open champion after he defeated compatriot and World No.2 Ali Farag in the final at the Black Ball Sporting Club in Cairo, Egypt, earlier today.

The Black Ball Squash Open is the first major tournament to take place in Egypt’s capital since the men’s 2016 PSA World Championships and it was Alexandria-born Gawad who came out on top in a four-game battle with compatriot Farag.

The title is Gawad’s first at a PSA Platinum event since the 2017 Tournament of Champions, as he showed he his back to his best, producing some stunning squash throughout the week to knock out World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, World No.4 Tarek Momen and then World No.2 Farag to earn the title.

26-year-old Farag, meanwhile, was competing to not only win the title, but also to become the new World No.1 in January’s World Rankings if he won the tournament. However, the nerves looked to have got the better of the Egyptian at the start of the match, as Gawad opened up a two-game lead.

The start of the third saw Farag come out fighting to take four points without reply to build up a strong lead, with the World No.2 also being able to hold off a late surge from Gawad as Farag took the third to get a foothold back into the match.

However, it wasn’t meant to be for the World No.2 as the wait to climb to the top of the World Rankings continues after Gawad held his nerve to ensure that he claimed his second successive title after winning the Pakistan Open PSA Bronze tournament last week.

“I had so many times where I was down,” said Gawad following his huge win. “All those months, all those days, I pushed and pushed. There were bad times, really bad times, but my team handled those bad moments. It finally paid off this week, and I’m back to my form.

“I wasn’t 100% there physically but thanks to my team, I had a good recovery until 4am this morning and I didn’t feel exhausted today.

“It’s been a very tough tournament, especially for me as I’ve not been playing at this level for so long now and to be back and winning this major tournament means a lot to me.

“I’ve been working so hard to try and get back to my form that I used to play and I’m really happy to be back and end the year with a major tournament.

“Ali is my brother, we’ve grown up together and we’ve played so many times at juniors. He has been handling so much pressure this week and I’ve been there before, so I know how he feels. I had two or three times to become World No.1 and I kept losing every time, so I know how hard it is but sooner or later he will be World No.1 because he’s very consistent.”

Farag added afterwards:

“Karim was by far the best player all week. He thoroughly deserved that win. Karim was a World No.1 deservedly and he had a bit of a dip in his form last season because of some injuries but he very much deserves to be where he is today.

“I’m really happy for him and his team.”

Gawad takes home over $25,000 in prize money from the PSA Platinum event after he claimed his 20th PSA title.

CIB Black Ball Squash Open Final:

[7] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-1 [2] Ali Farag (EGY)  11-6, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8 (62m)

FULL BLACK BALL OPEN COVERAGE


New Zealand’s Joelle King and Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy are the 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open champions after they claimed respective wins over Raneem El Welily and Ali Farag at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre. World No.7 King has lifted the first PSA World Tour Platinum trophy of her career after a …

New Zealand’s Joelle King and Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy are the 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open champions after they claimed respective wins over Raneem El Welily and Ali Farag at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre.

World No.7 King has lifted the first PSA World Tour Platinum trophy of her career after a sublime performance from the 30-year-old saw her defeat World No.2 and 2017 runner-up Raneem El Welily by an 11-4, 12-10, 19-17 scoreline.

The Kiwi dominated proceedings in the opening game and was able to see out the second on the tie-break to put one hand on the trophy. El Welily – who will become World No.1 on December 1 – came out firing in a captivating third game as she looked to avoid defeat in the final of this tournament for a fourth time.

But it was King who came out on top to capture the 12th PSA Tour title of her career, while she becomes the first New Zealander since Carol Owens at the Tournament of Champions in 2003 to win a Platinum tournament.

“I’m just extremely happy to win my first platinum event ever,” said King, who qualifies for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals as a result.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but to be on a stage like this, with such great fans means a lot. I just want to go on from here and keep playing good squash.

“I just kept thinking that it’s the last match of the tournament – just leave it all out there. 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.”

Meanwhile, men’s World No.1 ElShorbagy has captured his fourth Hong Kong Open title after dismantling World No.2 Farag 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 in a repeat of last year’s final.

ElShorbagy and Farag had shared the spoils from the first two Platinum events of the season between them, with ElShorbagy winning the October’s U.S. Open and Farag triumphing at the Qatar Classic earlier this month.

But ElShorbagy was a class apart in Hong Kong as he powered to the 35th PSA title of his career – a total sees him move up to joint eighth in the all-time PSA title winners list, level with the legendary Nick Matthew.

“I’m really pleased to be able to come here and play my best squash,” said ElShorbagy.

“It’s always great when it all comes together. I’m 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 and came up the rankings very fast. Very few people can do what he did and he’s coming after me, but I’m trying to hold him a little bit.

“We’ve played twice already this season, he beat me once and now I’ve beaten him. I’m sure we will have many more battles and compete in more finals.”

ElShorbagy and King both take home almost $23,000 in prize money after the Hong Kong Open this year became the final joint Platinum event to commit to equal prize money.

The next Platinum tournament will be the CIB Black Ball Squash Open which takes place in Cairo between 3rd and 9th of December.

Men’s Final: 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0 [2] Ali Farag (EGY)  11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (39m)

Women’s Final: 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
[5] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0 [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)  11-4, 12-10, 19-17 (48m)

FULL RESULTS & HONG KONG COVERAGE




New Zealand’s Joelle King will be the only non-Egyptian to compete in the finals of the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open ...

New Zealand’s Joelle King will be the only non-Egyptian to compete in the finals of the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open after she dispatched England’s Sarah-Jane Perry to join Raneem El Welily, Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag in the title deciders of the PSA World Tour Platinum event.

World No.7 King will appear in the second Platinum final of her career after she recorded an impressive 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 victory over World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry to follow up her win over the Englishwoman in April’s Commonwealth Games singles final.

“I felt like I played well,” said 30-year-old King afterwards.

“SJ has had an amazing week and two really tough matches. I just had to think about making it hard for her at the start and try to not let her back in.

“We have had some epic battles over the years, today it was 3-0 but it is always mentally so tough against her. This is the closest tournament to New Zealand, so it’s like playing at home a little bit. I’ve been coming for eight or 10 years and let’s hope that I can make it a win tomorrow.”

Egypt’s Raneem El Welily awaits King in the women’s final after the came through a challenging five-game test against 2016 champion Nouran Gohar.

El Welily, who will become World No.1 on December 1 after compatriot Nour El Sherbini’s defeat in the quarter-finals, twice saw a one-game lead eradicated by a tenacious Gohar.

But a composed performance from the 29-year-old saw her record an 11-7 victory in the decider to earn her place in a fourth Hong Kong Open final and her seventh successive PSA Tour final.

“I’m happy to be becoming the World No.1 next month, but I’m still in Hong Kong and I’m focusing on the tournament,” El Welily said.

“I’ve been the World No.1 before but I didn’t win as many tournaments as others did, so my goal is to win as many tournaments as possible. Making it to the final here is another step further and hopefully I can go one more.”

Meanwhile, men’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.2 Ali Farag will meet in the title decider for a second successive year after they achieved respective 3-0 wins over World No.4 Tarek Momen and World No.5 Simon Rösner.

Momen – who hasn’t beaten ElShorbagy since 2012 – started strongly to take an early lead in the opening game to go 7-2 ahead. But the reigning World Champion soon clicked into gear and came back to take three games on the trot, earning a place in a fourth Hong Kong Open final.

“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,” said ElShorbagy.

“I’m happy to be through, it’s my fourth final here and I’m 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.”

ElShorbagy will look to preserve his unbeaten run in the final here when he comes up against Farag after the Harvard-graduate dismantled Germany’s Simon Rösner by an 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 margin.

Farag and Rösner were meeting for the third time this season – with Farag winning their last match in the Qatar Classic final – and it was the Egyptian who emerged victorious to earn his place in a fourth final this season.

“It always a pleasure to play against Mohamed and big stages such as the Hong Kong Open final,” Farag said.

“Mohamed is a great champion, he’s been the World No.1 for so long and he’s proving himself tournament after tournament. I’m just happy to be playing another final with him and I’m looking forward to another good one.”

Men’s Semi-Finals
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0 [3] Tarek Momen (EGY)  11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (36m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-0 [4] Simon Rösner (GER)  12-10, 11-7, 11-3 (44m)

Women’s Semi-Finals
[5] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0 [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)  11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (34m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-2 [7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 13-11, 10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 (66m)

FULL HONG KONG RESULTS AND COVERAGE]






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Ali Farag delighted a partisan crowd in Doha as he defeated Germany’s Simon Rösner to win the 2018 Qatar Classic ...

Egyptian Ali Farag, the 26-year-old from Cairo, delighted a partisan crowd inside the Khalifa Tennis & Squash Complex, Doha, as he defeated Germany’s World No.5 Simon Rösner in straight games to win the 2018 Qatar Classic – marking his second PSA World Tour Platinum title victory.

Farag’s defence of his maiden Platinum title win, the U.S. Open, was crushed by Rösner last month when the pair met in semi-finals of the 2018 edition of that event, but the World No.2 earned his revenge with a near faultless display to down Rösner 11-9, 11-7, 11-5.

It was the German who began the stronger of the two, getting the better of Farag in the opening exchanges to open up a quick lead. But it was short-lived as Farag began to nullify Rösner’s mid-court dominance to level the opening game, and from that point on he went from strength to strength to complete the win after 46 minutes.

“At the beginning I saw how crowed the venue was and the screams of the crowd were crazy which made me nervous – it took me a little while to calm my nerves down,” said Farag.

“The atmosphere was beyond my imagination. Nothing I’ve played before was like that but mid-way through the first game I managed to settle and get into my game plan.

“I tried to make sure that first game was long and that I wasn’t giving away any cheap points. I was behind and I didn’t think I would win that game, but coming through to win it made a huge psychological difference I think.

“At the U.S. Open against Simon I became too passive, and if you do that he will kill you on court. You have to find that balance and I was able to do that from the second half of the first game all the way to the end today so I am very happy.

“I’m very happy with the win, and with my week and how I backed up match after match. And I’m really proud with the way I handled the whole week.”

Speaking after the match, Rösner said:

“He was the better player today. I made a few errors – I hung in there, I tried very hard and gave everything I could, but he was just too good – but he deserves the win. I don’t have any regrets, getting to another final is huge for me. Obviously, you want to get those wins, but at the same time, you should be happy with what you have achieved.

“I have good memories from this court, last year I made the semis, this year a finalist, who knows, maybe a winner next year.”

2018 Qatar Classic Final :

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-0 [4] Simon Rösner (GER)  11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (46m)

FULL QATAR CLASSIC COVERAGE

 




The WSF has appointed Club Locker as its exclusive World Championship Event Software and SPIN Database Management Provider ...

The WSF has appointed Club Locker as its exclusive World Championship Event Software and SPIN (Squash Personal Identification Number) Database Management Provider.

In addition, Club Locker will be among several providers to serve as a WSF Certified Event Software, enabling SPIN verification and allowing import and export of results.

Commenting on the partnership WSF President Jacques Fontaine said: “After a formal evaluation process we are certain that WSF now has an excellent long term partner for the coordination of our registration systems and management of our event processes.”

WSF CEO Andrew Shelley has detailed the timeline for the rollout of Club Locker, including transitioning the SPIN database and importing World Championships results which are being completed later this year. Event registrations, via a revamped SPIN profile management interface and application programming interfaces (APIs) for importing results from other systems, will be in place early next year.

The Club Locker technology platform was initially developed for use in the United States by US Squash and is now also being offered to squash organizations globally through an international Technology Collaborative. Countries such as England, Canada, Finland and the United States have all committed to using the software.

For more information on Club Locker, visit www.clublocker.com/about



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