FILE - Qualification kicks off
Egypt, El Gouna, 18 April 2018 - El Gouna International Squash Open’s anticipated qualifying rounds kicked off on April 18, 2018 with heated matches and exciting results as expected.
Some of the top squash players from around the world are looking to reach the official opening of this tournament, which kick starts on April 20, 2018. Several qualifiers will be playing alongside Mohamed El Shorbagy, Ali Farag and Gregory Gaultier for the men. While the female qualifiers will be eligible to meet Nour El Sherbiny, Raneem El Welily and Nour El Tayeb.
Yesterday’s kick-off resulted in several interesting outcomes. Egypt took the lead with Zeina Mickawy, Karim Ali, Shehab Essam, Yathreb Adel, Nadine Shahin, Mohamed Reda, Omar Abdel-Meguid, Jana Shiha, Ahmed Hosny, Youssef Soliman and Mayar Hany qualifying to the tournament’s second round.
On the other hand, Sam Cornett and Rachael Grinham from Australia, Danielle Letourneau from Canada, Germany’s Raphael Kandra and Nele Gilis from Belgium have also qualified to the second round. Creating an intense buzz today with heated matches, Nathan Lake, Fiona Moverley, Julianne Courtice, Chris Simpson, Ben Coleman, Josh Masters and Millie Tomlinson from England also won with skilled prospects.
Players started their engines yesterday from 12pm and matches finished around 7pm. Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam, Nafiizwan Adnan and Rachel Arnold alongside Hong Kong’s stars Liu Tsz Ling and Tsz Fung Yip alongside Coline Aumard and Lucas Serme from France reached historical milestones successfully by stepping into round two. Furthermore, Mahesh Mangaonkar from India and Spain’s Iker Pajares took the courts by storm, resulting in victory.
All qualifiers will be fiercely competing against each other today, April 19th, with the winners taking part of the main draw matches the following days.