Home Quintet Prevail in Final Qualifying Round of British Open
by Sean Reuthe

March 20, 2017 - The final qualifying round of the iconic Allam British Open saw five English players earn their places in the main draw across the Men’s and Women’s events, with Adrian Waller, Charles Sharpes, Nathan Lake, Tom Richards and Millie Tomlinson all prevailing at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre.

Waller, the World No.38 from Enfield, overcame Malaysia’s World No.30 Nafiizwan Adnan in his fixture, twice fighting back from a game down before going on to triumph in the deciding fifth.

Waller will now face Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley in round one of the main draw, and he will be joined by compatriot Charles Sharpes, the London-based World No.48 who overcame higher ranked players Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, the World No.36 and Leo Au, the World No.34, to set up a first round meeting with Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar.

Elsewhere, World No.57 Nathan Lake followed up his impressive victory over World No.25 Cesar Salazar in the first round of qualifying with a 3-1 win over Mohamed Reda, a player ranked 16 places above Lake in the World Rankings.

Lake will play Peruvian Diego Elias next, while fellow Englishman Tom Richards will take on World No.15 Daryl Selby after he defeated Campbell Grayson of New Zealand.

Scotland’s Alan Clyne was the other British hope in action on the final day of qualification, and the World No.32 scalped Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal to move through to the main draw of the World Series tournament - where he will play World No.10 Tarek Momen.

Gregoire Marche, Zahed Mohamed and Tsz Fung Yip were the other victors in the final qualifying round, claiming respective wins over Karim Ali Fathi, Lucas Serme and Raphael Kandra to seal their main draw berths.

In the Women’s event, Tomlinson’s win over local player Lucy Turmel meant that she was the sole Englishwoman to progress after her compatriots Rachael Chadwick and Elise Lazarus both fell to defeats, and she will line up against Australia’s Donna Urquhart.

Top qualifying seed Nadine Shahin fell to a surprise defeat against experienced Mexican Samantha Teran, while Canada’s World No.38 Hollie Naughton also suffered a loss against a lower-ranked player, losing out to 16-year-old Egyptian talent Nada Abbas.

There were also wins for four-time British Open champion Rachael Grinham, Coline Aumard, Mayar Hany, Nele Gilis and Hania El Hammamy.

The main draw of the 2017 Allam British Open takes place between March 21-26 and first round matches will be split between Hull’s Airco Arena and the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre - with the entirety of the second round onwards being held at the Airco Arena.

Tickets for the prestigious World Series tournament - known as the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’ - are available to purchase from £7.50 by visiting https://allambritishopensquash2017.com/

Results - Final Qualifying Round: 2017 Men’s Allam British Open
[9] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (42m)
[10] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 14-12 (50m)
[11] Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [5] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-2: 6-11, 11-3, 14-16, 11-1, 11-6 (76m)
[3] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [16] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (50m)
[4] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [15] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 (55m)
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [8] Leo Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (38m)
[7] Tom Richards (ENG) bt [13] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-1: 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (59m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt [14] Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (53m)

Main Draw - First Round
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Fares Dessouky (EGY)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Q] Tom Richards (ENG)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [Q] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [7] Ali Farag (EGY)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)
Paul Coll (NZL) v [WC] Declan James (ENG)
Simon Rösner (GER) v [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Borja Golan (ESP) v [4] Nick Matthew (ENG)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v James Willstrop (ENG)
Max Lee (HKG) v [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
Diego Elias (PER) v [Q] Nathan Lake (ENG)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Q] Charles Sharpes (ENG)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Results - Final Qualifying Round: 2017 Women’s Allam British Open
[8] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (24m)
[6] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [12] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 3-2: 12-10, 1-11, 2-11, 11-8, 11-9 (53m)
[4] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [15] Amina Yousry (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 (39m)
[3] Coline Aumard (FRA) bt [14] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 (44m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [L] Elise Lazarus (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6 (37m)
[13] Nada Abbas (EGY) bt [7] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8 (40m)
[5] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [L] Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-1: 12-14, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (45m)
[11] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [1] Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-1: 17-15, 13-15, 11-8, 11-5 (55m)

Main Draw - First Round
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Line Hansen (DEN)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) v [10] Annie Au (HKG)
[13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) [8] Alison Waters (ENG)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
[Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) v [9] Joelle King (NZL)
[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [Q} Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [Q] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[Q] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [15] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[16] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v Tesni Evans (WAL)
[Q] Nele Gilis (BEL) v [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[6] Nicol David (MAS) v Olivia Blatchford (USA)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [14] Joey Chan (HKG)
[11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Q] Samantha Teran (MEX)
[Q] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v [2] Camille Serme (FRA)