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Egypt’s El Tayeb and ElShorbagy beat world No.1s to lift China Open titles

Egypt’s El Tayeb and ElShorbagy beat world No.1s to lift China Open titles

Nour powers past Raneem as Mo throws down gauntlet to Ali By ELLIE MAWSON in Shanghai  Egypt’s World No.5 Nour El Tayeb and World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy lifted the first titles of the new season after defeating compatriots and World No.1s Raneem El Welily and Ali Farag to claim the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open, [...]

September 8, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Patrick Rooney rules in Madeira

Patrick Rooney rules in Madeira

Ford stalls in final after stirring comeback to tournament play By RICARDO SARDINHA – Squash Mad Correspondent Patrick Rooney confirmed his number one seed status and defeated Tom Ford, by 3-1, in the final of the International Tournament of Madeira. In an all-English battle the higher ranked player put an end to Tom Ford’s fairytale [...]

September 8, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Robbie Downer takes Lexden title

Robbie Downer takes Lexden title

Downer halts Harris in showcase final By MIKE HEGARTY  Robbie Downer won the inaugural Lexden Open PSA Satellite event, beating Mike Harris before an enthusiastic crowd at the Colchester club. Downer overcame Nick Mulvey in the semi-finals, while Harris fought back from a game down to beat Robbie Dadds. Semi Final 1: Rob Downer beat [...]

September 8, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Rivalries resumed as Egyptians contest China finals

Rivalries resumed as Egyptians contest China finals

Husband and wife bring new season to life, but mighty Mo wants that No.1 ranking back By ELLIE MAWSON in Shanghai Egypt’s World No.5 Nour El Tayeb swept aside compatriot and 2019 British Open champion Nouran Gohar to book her place in the final of the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open PSA World Tour Gold [...]

September 7, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Happy Hania El Hammamy halts Joelle King in Shanghai shock

Happy Hania El Hammamy halts Joelle King in Shanghai shock

ElShorbagy brothers to clash in semi-final By ELLIE MAWSON in Shanghai Egypt’s World No.15 Hania El Hammamy stunned New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King to reach her first PSA World Tour Gold tournament semi-finals at the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open in Shanghai. The recently-crowned World Junior champion continued to upset the seedings after knocking [...]

September 6, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Mohamed ElShorbagy fights back to halt Lucas Serme

Mohamed ElShorbagy fights back to halt Lucas Serme

‘Lucas and I used to train together; I’m so glad to see him reaching his potential’ By ELLIE MAWSON – Squash Mad Correspondent Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy survived a scare against France’s World No.35 Lucas Serme after he was forced to come from 2-0 down to book his place in the quarter finals of [...]

September 6, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

New Manhattan Community Squash Center close to opening

New Manhattan Community Squash Center close to opening

‘Our goal is to build 100 of these centers’ Interview by ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor) The Manhattan Community Squash Center is planning to open its doors at the end of this month. With a number of New York squash clubs closing in the past decade or more, this is a much-needed addition to the [...]

September 6, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews, News 3

England Squash renews partnership with Off The Wall

England Squash renews partnership with Off The Wall

Teaming up again to grow junior squash By DONNA HELMER – Squash Mad Correspondent England Squash has announced the renewal of a three-year partnership with coaching academy Off the Wall Squash that will see the two organisations working collaboratively to grow junior squash in England. The renewed partnership will see England Squash drive awareness of [...]

September 5, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Egypt’s Asal ends home interest on day one of China Open

Egypt’s Asal ends home interest on day one of China Open

Rachael Grinham rolls back the years  By ELLIE MAWSON in Shanghai Egypt’s world junior champion Mostafa Asal ended home interest after he despatched Chinese wildcard Zhitao Zhou at Shanghai’s SECA Academy on the opening day of the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open, PSA World Tour Gold tournament. The 18-year-old Asal – who claimed his second [...]

September 5, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

PSA unveils 2019-20 World Tour calendar

PSA unveils 2019-20 World Tour calendar

Busy season ahead as prize money grows By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has announced the calendar for the 2019-20 PSA World Tour season, which will see 29 tournaments take place across five continents between September 2019 and June 2020. The PSA World Tour is the pinnacle of professional [...]

September 3, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Camille Serme excited to make Nantes debut

Camille Serme excited to make Nantes debut

‘I can’t wait to see this new, iconic venue’ By MATT COLES – Squash Mad Correspondent French No.1 Camille Serme is looking forward to making her debut at the Open de France – Nantes 2019 Presented by Tailor Capital when the country’s most prestigious PSA event takes place from September 9-14 at the Chateau des [...]

September 3, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

John White heads home for the Australian Masters

John White heads home for the Australian Masters

Great White threatens Gold Coast By TONI MAXFIELD – Squash Mad Correspondent (courtesy of Squash Media Australia) The hard-hitting John White has headed home to compete in the 2019 Australian Masters Championships, which start today on the Gold Coast. Participation numbers are at an all-time, with more than 570 players aged 35 and above dropping [...]

September 2, 2019 Alan Thatcher Fun Stuff, News 0

Ali Farag tops unchanged world top 20

Ali Farag tops unchanged world top 20

Seven months at the top for Farag By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent Egypt’s Ali Farag heads up an unchanged top 20 after the PSA Men’s World Rankings for September were released today. Farag, the 27-year-old from Cairo, has now held on to the World No.1 spot for a seventh successive month, while Mohamed [...]

September 1, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Raneem El Welily makes it ten months at number one

Raneem El Welily makes it ten months at number one

Four Egyptians in top five (situation normal) By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent Egypt’s Raneem El Welily has stayed at World No.1 for a 10th successive month after the PSA Women’s World Rankings for September were released today. El Welily leads an unchanged top 20, while Nour El Sherbini (No.2), Camille Serme (No.3), Nouran [...]

September 1, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

World Squash Day: England Squash and Karakal sign up 120 clubs

World Squash Day: England Squash and Karakal sign up 120 clubs

Massive response to global project designed to attract new players By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor With World Squash Day six weeks away, England Squash are leading the way with their support for a massive global project designed to grow participation numbers. At the time of writing, 120 clubs have signed up to take [...]

August 30, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0