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The El Gouna International Squash Open in action at the El Gouna Squash Complex

El Gouna Day Three - Side Courts: As it Happens

The El Gouna International Squash Open continues at the El Gouna Squash Complex today with three courts in action as the likes of Hania El Hammamy and Fares Dessouky take to the court for the first time at this event.

While the glass court action doesn't kick off until 18:00 (GMT+2), you can follow all the action from the side courts on this page, while you can also keep up to date with the live scores from the event here

Schedule – Court Two
13:00 Nada Abbas (EGY) v Menna Hamed (EGY)
13:45 Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) v Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
15:00 Hollie Naughton (CAN) v Joshna Chinappa (IND)
15:45 Patrick Rooney (ENG) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)

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Schedule – Court Three
13:00 Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Alison Waters (ENG)
13:45 Todd Harrity (USA) v Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
15:00 Yathreb Adel (EGY) v Hana Ramadan (EGY)
15:45 Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Mostafa Asal (EGY)

Watch action from court three below

Schedule – Court Four
13:45 Adrian Waller (ENG) v [7] Joel Makin (WAL)
15:00 [6] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v Emily Whitlock (WAL)
15:45 [6] Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Watch action from court four below

Waters & Abbas Advance

Alison Waters (right) after beating Mariam Metwally (left)

England’s Alison Waters and Egypt’s Nada Abbas got day three off to a winning start with victories against Mariam Metwally and Menna Hamed, respectively,

For Waters, it’s a 300th win on the PSA Tour after she achieved an 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 triumph to set up a third round clash with England teammate Sarah-Jane Perry.

“I know when I play well it’s about keeping calm and not getting involved in decisions,” said Waters.

“That is very difficult when you are in the heat of the battle and when you think the ref took a bad decision and your emotions take over. But I kept calm and even when I lost that third, I still felt confident. I think I was playing the ball quite well, and I had the confidence I would win.

“I’m still very pleased to get that last rally, because it was a bit of a scrappy rally. The way we both move is very different, so if I play a loose shot, I’m in trouble as she will look for a decision instead of playing the ball, so you are under more pressure to hit a good shot or you’ll know there will be decisions.I’m really pleased to have won a match after so many weeks and months not competing.

“It’s nice to have another match in a few days against SJ. We are really good mates, we share [rooms] on tour, though not at the moment as it’s not allowed. Still, I haven’t played her in a while, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Nada Abbas

Abbas has been struggling with a wrist injury but it didn't prevent her from completing an 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 win over fellow Egyptian Hamed.

She conceded the second game despite coming back from 8-0 down and saving seven game balls, but did enough in the third and fourth games to seal the win.

The World No.33 will now compete in the third round of a Platinum event for the second time when she takes on either World No.7 Hania El Hammamy or England's Emily Whitlock on Monday.

“In the second I just lost concentration, but at the end of the game I told myself that I would not give her the game that easy,” Abbas said.

“So I gave it a fight, even I was to lose that game, to keep trying to start the next game with a better energy, and I was close. I’m trying to play my game, keep it to the back and keep the ball away from her volley. She is very skilful, so I was trying not to give her easy shots.

“She has an amazing volley drop shot and drop shot from the front. I watched her against Melissa [Alves], so I knew what I had to do and how to handle her strength. I tried to be at my best from the beginning to have the upper hand.

“I’m really happy to go through and delighted to play well again. I am playing the winner of Hania and Emily, I played both in 2019 and I lost to both 3-2, so whoever I’m playing, I’m looking forward to it.”

Result
Alison Waters (ENG) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 (40m)
Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Menna Hamed (EGY) 3-1: 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (36m)

Makin, Masotti & Ibrahim All Secure Wins

Joel Makin takes on Adrian Waller

The opening men’s matches of the day saw Joel Makin, Baptiste Masotti and Youssef Ibrahim all secure their places in the last 16.

Makin, the World No.9 from Wales, made short work of England’s Adrian Waller, completing an 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 victory to set up a third round clash with Ibrahim, who defeated Malaysia’s Eain Yow in straight games.

“The score was very close, especially in the first game,” Makin said.

“Adrian has got a very high skill level, he’s got a lot of options on the ball, he’s got a nice simple technique, he can hold and when he is holding he can keep me back behind him, so it was difficult with his height as well.

“I know he’s been out with a knee injury for a long time, so he is not as sharp, but it doesn’t make a big difference with Adrian because you’ve still got to control the squash. If you don’t, he will put you behind him and with his span he doesn’t have to do a lot.

“When I was lower down, we had a lot of hard matches together, so I was well aware it was going to be hard. I’ve got to the semi-finals a few times now and going to the latter stages. I’m coming to these to get a tournament title, I want to win these now.

“The field is obviously quality, Marwan is in form, Dessouky is in form, but I don’t think they are not doing anything I cannot beat this week. I’m sharp, I feel good and I was one point away from taking the first game against Marwan [at the Black Ball Open]. His body was struggling, and I think I could have been through the final had I taken that game.”

Youssef Ibrahim (left) takes on Eain Yow Ng (right)

Ibrahim said: “I prepared very well and I’m happy with the knee which is a little bit better, I trained very well. This tournament I have been mentally very sharp, focusing on each point of each match.

“From the beginning of the match, I knew that if you give him the tiniest of chances, he is going to be play better and better. Honestly, this is a tough draw, I’d rather play like a top player rather than an upcoming player, because he is very hungry.

“I’m very hungry, so he is not going to give me an easy win for sure. I was under pressure, and I wouldn’t be if I was playing a higher ranked player. He is very good tactically too, and I made sure I was playing each point as if it was the last.

“Today I managed to read his tactics a bit better, I knew what his game plan was, and I had my game well in place as well. I think I played the big points very well, I was running to get every shot and responding to his attacks. I didn’t give him any cheap points today, and that’s what made me win in three.

“I’m playing Joel Makin in the next round. I didn’t really think about that match to be honest, I thought that Yow Ng was a tough match and to try and get that out of the way first. But I’m really excited for that match, he is playing his best squash so far, he is beating the top guys more regularly, so it will be a tough one.”

Baptiste Masotti

Meanwhile, Masotti continued his tournament with a comfortable 3-0 win over USA's Todd Harrity, winning 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 in 30 minutes.

“If you compare it with my first match – where I didn’t play well at all, I was frustrated and couldn’t put my attacking squash in place -today I was able to put pressure on Todd from the start,” Masotti said.

“I knew I shouldn’t play at Todd’s pace, because he would crucify me. So I put myself in the 'don’t give anything away, keep the pressure on at all times' mode. My aim was to put him behind me at all times.

“Toddy is tall and he doesn’t like it too much when you twist and turn him with low hard shots. I think he is probably feeling very frustrated because I think I never let him get into the match. Even if I was mostly hitting hard, I was varying the angles as much as possible to make sure I kept him behind me.

“I wanted to win so badly today, I wanted to have the chance to play on the glass against Mo ElShorbagy again, he is one of the greatest players of all time. It’s when you are playing the best that you have a chance to become the best. It’s more gratifying to win against somebody your level, but it’s while playing those tough matches that I will improve.

“I have the upmost respect for Shorbagy and I hope that little by little, I will also earn their [the big players] respect, and I want to play those tough matches to show that I can win those matches.”

Results
[7] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (32m)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (34m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (30m)

Naughton Claims Biggest PSA Win

Hollie Naughton (right) takes on Joshna Chinappa (left)

Canada's Hollie Naughton claimed the biggest PSA win of her career to date as she overcame World No.11 Joshna Chinappa in a gripping five-game contest.

Naughton prevailed by a 10-12, 11-4, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 scoreline and afterwards paid tribute to the tutelage of legendary coach Malcolm Willstrop, who sadly passed away earlier this month.

“It’s been a tough time in the past few weeks,” Naughton said.

“Really I wanted to try and enjoy being on court, stay on there as long as I could and just try not to be too angry, which I feel like I did. There were patches in there where I played just like I wanted to play. I took the ball in, had some good holds, found the back of the court, it was just a little bit of consistency.

“I’m happy with it overall, despite the little ups and downs along the way.

“I just wanted to play the way we’ve been working with Malcolm, he just liked the game to be played in a nice spirit. He liked the variation, he had a huge part in me finding the confidence with the variation, so I can keep going and keep making him proud.

“Everyone at Ponte, they are all behind me and Pat, we all know that Malcolm would be happy to see us play the way he wanted us to play.”

Naughton will play with France’s Camille Serme or Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in the next round.

Hania El Hammamy (left) takes on Emily Whitlock (right)

World No.7 Hania El Hammamy will join older brother Karim in the third round of this tournament after she overcame Wales' Emily Whitlock in straight games.

It will be the first time the El Hammamy siblings have appeared in the last 16 of a Platinum event together, and Hania will now take on fellow Egyptian Nada Abbas for a place in the quarter-finals.

“I never played against Emily, so I didn’t know what to expect,” El Hammamy said.

“She is a very tricky player, she can do kills from anywhere and that’s both tricky and worrying at the same time. I had to be really focused in order to win 3-0. I would say I played really well today and I’m very happy with my performance.

“After Black Ball, I wasn’t really happy with myself and I worked on a few things. I could see the improvements I’ve made to my game today.

“I really worked on my mental state after Black Ball, I worked on myself between the two events, and I’m ready now.”

World No.16 Yathreb Adel was also in action as she scythed past Hana Ramadan in just 20 minutes. Adel will play World No.1 Nour El Sherbini or Farida Mohamed in the next round.

Results
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-2: 10-12, 11-4, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 (43m)
[6] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Emily Whitlock (WAL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (30m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Hana Ramadan (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-3 (20m)

Dessouky Takes Out Gaultier as Rooney Secures Best Platinum Finish

Fares Dessouky in action

Egypt's Fares Dessouky has claimed only his second ever win over French veteran Gregory Gaultier to secure his place in the last 16.

Dessouky had lost six of his previous seven matches against the 38-year-old, but they were squaring off for the first time in over four years.

In that time, both players have suffered serous knee injuries since then, but Dessouky looked to be the stronger physically as the 26-year-old made the most of his fresher legs.

Gaultier fought hard and took his opponent to four games, but Dessouky redoubled his efforts to take the fourth, winning 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3 to set up a third round meeting with World No.49 Patrick Rooney.

“It was a very easy match today, I was so happy to play Greg in my first round, not,” said Dessouky.

“I knew that obviously it was going to be a very tough first round and I knew that he was not going to give me any easy points. From the first rally he played very well, put me under pressure and today I looked very silly on court.”

Patrick Rooney (fore) competes against Dimitri Steinmann

Rooney, the 23-year-old from Manchester, England, will appear in the last 16 of a Platinum event for the first time following an 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4 victory, which makes him the last remaining Englishman in the tournament.

“I’ve never played Dimitri at all, but I know of him as we were in the same age group in juniors, so I always so I always saw how he plays,” Rooney said.

“He is just very quick isn’t he, It was hard to break him down. In the third, I got frustrated a bit and made a few errors but apart from that I thought I played well.

“I tried to play straight and when I was I was most of the time rewarded with the volley. Whereas if I open against him, that’s when he is able to use his movement, so I tried to keep it tight.

“I’m playing Dessouky next. I am so excited as I’ve never played any Egyptians except Youssef Ibrahim. Exciting times.”

Mostafa Asal (right) celebrates after beating Saurav Ghosal (left)

The other side court match of the day saw World No.12 Mostafa Asal beat World No.13 Saurav Ghosal in straight games, with the match requiring a lengthy pause following a cut to Ghosal's head.

“There was a lot of pressure on me today,” Asal said.

“I’m coming here to perform and have a lot of targets, so playing Saurav first round for me is very tough.

“He used to arrive to the latter rounds all the time, so playing somebody like him with so much experience means it’s a very tough match, despite the fact he has been suffering from injuries recently. For me, he is a top four man.

“I feel that if he took the second game, it would be a huge, huge match, mentally on me as well. And you know if you focus on the draws too much you can miss the point of actually playing the match you are supposed to be playing on the day. You just think: ‘oh but if I win, I’ll play so and so, or how would I play so and so, and you forget to play squash’.

“I’m 20 this year, so I’m happy to get through and to keep my focus on court. The next round is a very tough round between the winner of Marwan [ElShorbagy] and [Mohamed] Abouelghar. I think it’s going to be a huge, huge battle today and I’m looking forward to my next match, all my friends, family and everybody is here.”

Results
[6] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-1: 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3 (53m)
Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4 (48m)
Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 11-6 (54m)

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