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Jasmine Hutton celebrates her round two win at the CIB Egyptian Open

CIB Egyptian Open Day Three: As It Happens - Courts 2 & 3

The CIB Egyptian Open third round takes place today with four matches at the New Giza Sporting Club before action moves to the glass court in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

We'll have reports and reaction from courts two and three here, while you can also watch live streaming below.

They will be streamed live on the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour as well as the PSA SQUASHTV YouTube channel.

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Play starts at 12:45 local time (GMT+2).

Order of Play
Court Two
12:45 [8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
13:30 Shahjahan Khan (USA) v Zahed Salem (EGY)

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Order of Play
Court Three
12:45 Lucy Turmel (ENG) v Farida Mohamed (EGY)
13:30 Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v Eain Yow Ng (MAS)

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Mohamed and Elaraby Book Quarter Final Spots

Farida Mohamed

Egypt’s Farida Mohamed and Rowan Elaraby secured their places in the quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open and on the iconic glass court in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza following respective victories over English duo Lucy Turmel and Jasmine Hutton.

World No.34 Mohamed has enjoyed many a special moment at the CIB Egyptian Open and she took another step on her journey as she defeated World No.28 Turmel by an 12-10, 11-13, 11-5, 11-8 scoreline to reach her first quarter final at a PSA Platinum event.

The two players put on a formidable battle as Mohamed saved two game balls to take the first before Turmel turned the tables in the second to draw back level 13-11 on the tie-break.

A lapse from the Englishwoman in the third saw Mohamed comfortably regain the lead before the two young players battled it out again in the fourth with the Egyptian managing to close out 11-8 to reach the last eight.

Her next opponent will be either World No.1 Nour El Sherbini or Canada’s Danielle Letourneau.

“Yesterday, the upper hand was for Sarah-Jane [Perry], she is No.7 in the world, so it wasn’t that much pressure,” said Mohamed.

“Today, although Lucy is better ranked than I, but I felt I should win the match. It was so much more pressure than yesterday, and actually, I could feel it before the match.

“Lucy played really well, she was fighting till the end, she was game ball in the first game, and she won the second, so it wasn’t easy at all. Her physicality is amazing, and she plays really great length, so very tough to move her out.

“I’m glad I manage to get that win 3-1, I was afraid it would go to 2-2 because I knew she was going to fight until the end.

“It’s my first Platinum quarters and first time at the Pyramids, against Danielle or Nour. Last year, when I won against SJ, I thought I was going to play on the glass at the Pyramids, but it was here and I didn’t reach the glass. I really wanted to play there, and if I get to play Nour, I hope it will be a better match than last time I played against her.”

Rowan Elaraby

On court two, Elaraby looked as though she had put the recent injury woes behind her that saw her withdraw from her quarter final match at the Allam British Open as she put World No.43 Hutton to the sword by an 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 margin.

Hutton, who was playing in the third round of a PSA Platinum event for the first time, was left struggling against the accurate shot making of Elaraby and despite saving five match balls in the third ultimately succumbed to the World No.10 at the New Giza Sporting Club.

“I have been struggling with my body since Manchester,” admitted Elaraby afterwards. “It’s not the best timing, I have been struggling with my movement for three events now. I try to be on court, mentally more than physically. It’s the challenge now.

“At 10-2, I just felt a pinch in my leg, and it just worried, my mind went blank. I had to regroup and thankfully I got it back, I don’t know how I would have reacted had I lost that game to be honest.

“I have been trying to recover from my injuries, but it’s very hard to do so at the moment because of the tournament schedule, especially after I just reached my new ranking of top 10.

“I got excited when I saw the new rankings, I talked with my doctors, and I told them I want to be on court, just enjoying my squash. I’ve got nothing to lose in this event, I want to be relaxed and play my squash.”

Elaraby will face either France’s Camille Serme or Scotland’s Lisa Aitken in the quarter finals.

[8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 (26m)
Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-1: 12-10, 11-13, 11-5, 11-8 (46m)

Eain Yow and Salem into Last Eight

Eain Yow Ng

Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng and Egypt’s Zahed Salem confirmed their places in the CIB Egyptian Open quarter finals with victories over Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez and USA’s Shahjahan Khan, respectively.

Last time Eain Yow met Rodriguez it was a 101-minute thriller on the glass court at the Allam British Open, with the Colombian taking the victory in five. However, today was the turn of the 23-year-old Malaysian as he continued his giant killing run in Egypt.

Eain Yow axed World No.8 Mostafa Asal in straight-games yesterday and saved two match balls today to put Rodriguez to the sword and reach his first quarter final at a PSA Platinum event.

Up next for the World No.18 will be either top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy or Karim El Hammamy on the glass court.

“You know I felt that the top guys were taking their space against me, maybe I was backing off too much. And after that, I got too aggressive, in some ways, I was arguing, trying to get in the way, and I was thinking, ‘Yow, that’s not me’,” said the Malaysian afterwards.

“I believe I’ve found the balance now. I’m relaxed, if I need to, I’ll take my space, and I’m not afraid of you coming up to me. I play fair, I’m playing my game, standing my ground, but if I need to be tough, I’ll be tough.

“About three weeks ago, we were playing at the British Open and we had a massive match, 100 minutes and in the middle of the fourth, he cramped, at the end of the fourth, I fully cramped, still managed to win the game and in the fifth at 4-2, I fully cramped.

“Today I was thinking, it’s the same, and there was a bit of those fears at the start. The first game you could see I was in my shell, I was a bit scared, going too long, so I wasn’t fighting for every point and then, I just told myself, what are you doing Yow? Just play your game, be confident, and I just started to do just that. Kept fighting and fighting.

“If you ask me how I won it, I have no idea, I just somehow won it. I was lying down on the floor at the end thinking to myself, no way.

“People who know me, my team, they know how hard I’ve been working over the last few years. Coming from winning the World Juniors, I wasn’t coming up as fast as I wanted to and the people close to me know how bad I was struggling with that. But this year, after being away from my family for a whole year, based in Bristol, it’s starting to pay off. The two ElShorbagy brothers toughen me up, and the reward is maybe a chance to play with Mohamed in the next round.”

Zahed Salem

Salem meanwhile, was forced to come from a game down against World No.45 Khan to secure his place in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza as he secured an 11-13, 11-5, 11-1, 11-7 victory.

A hard-fought first game went the way of the American, who reached the third round after Fares Dessouky was forced to retire in their match yesterday. However, Salem got things back on track in the second and from then on it was plan sailing for the World No.15 who saw out the victory in 42 minutes.

He will take on the winner of Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu v Egypt’s Tarek Momen in the next round.

“Today, I was not giving up, I was pushing,” said Salem following his win. “I’ve been off the courts for two months, I see that [Fares] Dessouky retired yesterday and I feel sorry for him, I know what it is to be injured, and I hope he’ll recover soon. But this was a good opportunity for me to get to the quarters of a Platinum.

“Shahjahan is a tough player and it’s never easy when you play against a lower ranked player. You should focus and respect him and that’s what I did today.

“I was so focused from the beginning. I made a few errors in the opener, at the end, but I didn’t give up and I told myself ‘you need to get your confidence back and this match will give you that confidence back, especially reaching the quarters for the second time’.

“I played once at the Pyramids in 2016 in the quarters, but I lost twice in the first row of the Egyptian Open after that, I’m so glad to be back on there and for a quarters of a major event.”

Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Miguel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 5-11, 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 (81m)
Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Shahjahan Khan (USA) 3-1: 11-13, 11-5, 11-1, 11-7 (42m)

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