The Allam British Open gets underway today, with matches split across the glass show court and the three traditional plaster courts at the University of Hull.
The three plaster courts at the newly-refurbished Sports and Fitness Centre will see 23 matches played throughout the day, as the first round is played out.
There are 11 Brits in action on the side courts today, including two all-English affairs on Court 4, as Adrian Waller meets George Parker, and Daryl Selby faces off against Ben Coleman.
Elsewhere, wildcard Jasmine Hutton has her first round match against Canada’s Hollie Naughton, and Scotland’s Alan Clyne faces off against Spain’s Borja Golan.
Schedule – Court 4
12:00 – Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) v Joey Chan (HKG)
12:45 – Adrian Waller (ENG) v George Parker (ENG)
13:30 – Olivia Fiechter (USA) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
14:15 – Max Lee (HKG) v Todd Harrity (USA)
17:00 – Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Tinne Gilis (BEL)
17:45 – Greg Lobban (SCO) v Ivan Yuen (MAS)
18:30 – Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
19:15 – Daryl Selby (ENG) v Ben Coleman (ENG)
You can catch all the action from Court 4 here.
Schedule – Court 5
12:00 – Samantha Cornett (CAN) v Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
12:45 – Mostafa Asal (EGY) v Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
13:30 – Yathreb Adel (EGY) v Haley Mendez (USA)
14:15 – Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Lucas Serme (FRA)
17:00 – Lisa Aitken (SCO) v Milou van der Heijden (NED)
17:45 – Tayyab Aslam (PAK) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)
18:30 – Mayar Hany (EGY) v Coline Aumard (FRA)
19:15 – Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Richie Fallows (ENG)
Action from Court 5 is available on our YouTube here.
Schedule – Court 6
12:45 – Alan Clyne (SCO) v Borja Golan (ESP)
13:30 – [WC] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) v Hollie Naughton (CAN)
14:15 – Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
17:00 – Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Julianne Courtice (ENG)
17:45 – Campbell Grayson (NZL) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
18:30 – Melissa Alves (FRA) v Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA)
19:15 – Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
Catch the action from Court 6 below.
Chan and Cornett Book Second Round Spots
Joey Chan (fore) in action against Amanda Landers-Murphy
Joey Chan claimed the first victory of the 2019 Allam British Open, after she defeated New Zealand’s Amanda Landers-Murphy in straight games.
The pair had only met once before on the PSA World Tour. Chan won that meeting, back in the qualifying round of the 2015 Women’s World Championships.
The World No.19 showed her class throughout to win the match in straight games, not allowing Landers-Murphy to find a rhythm on court.
“I felt like I was really focussed and after a few losses in the previous tournaments, like Gouna and Macau, I have come back and kept my focus today to stick to my gameplan really well,” Chan said after winning.
“The British Open is a really major tournament, a famous tournament, royal even! I am really happy to win and get through to the second round.”
Samantha Cornett (right) and Alexandra Fuller in action
Meanwhile, Samantha Cornett and Alexandra Fuller played out a five-game thriller, with the Canadian coming out on top in the final game to book her place in the last 32.
This was the first meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, despite both having been professional for over six years now.
The match ebbed and flowed, with Cornett taking the first and third games, but the South African was able to peg her back by winning both the second and fourth.
However, it would be the World No.34 that would advance, as she scraped through the fifth with a 12-10 victory to secure her spot in the second round.
“I just found it difficult to stay focus for 5 games, it’s a very hard sport. It was the first time we played, but she is one player I have seen playing for a long time,” Cornett explained.
“Today she took away my choices, I didn’t have as many options at the front as I wanted. I wanted to win from there, but I’m not sure it was actually the right thing to do.
“I think I could have played the points out, and waited to playing my shots at the right time. But I think I straightened up rather well, and made good use of height. I wish I’d done that a bit more but I found it hard to keep my intensity up.”
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (27m)
Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-2: 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 (53m)
Waller Wins Thriller, Golan and Asal Also Through
Adrian Waller (right) beat compatriot George Parker in the first round
England’s Adrian Waller is into the second round of the British Open after securing a come-from-behind victory over compatriot George Parker.
The pair were battling on court for the first time, and boy was it a battle! It lasted 75 minutes, with Waller eventually winning out after five games.
He had taken the first game with relative ease, but Parker fought back to win both the second and third to lead 2-1. The World No.38 then had two match balls in the fourth.
However, Waller was able to save both to take the match into a fifth game. The Enfield-based man won out in the end, taking the fifth game 11-7, setting up a clash with Mohamed Abouelghar in the second round.
“The simplest game was the first game, which I made a good start in. I just carried it on to the end, point for point,” Waller said.
“From there on, though, it was an almighty battle. George really put the pressure on me from the start of that second. He ran away with the game even though I was trying to continue my momentum.
“He played some really disciplined squash in the second and even in the third. I made a few errors which just gave him the edge, I thought. Somehow I scraped the fourth and that was the major turning point for me.
“It was toe-to-toe in the fourth and even though it was close in the fifth, I felt confident that I had that little finish in me, compared to him. I got that second win from saving those two match balls, so I am just happy to get through that one. One of us had to lose, and luckily I won out.”
Borja Golan (left) and Alan Clyne in action
Borja Golan also booked his place in the second round of the tournament, after he defeated Scotland’s Alan Clyne in four games.
This was the first clash between the pair since 2013, with Golan having won three of their previous four encounters on the PSA World Tour.
It was Clyne who started the quicker of the two though, as he took the first 11-4, winning the last seven points to take the early lead.
From there, though, ‘El Toro’ had control of the match, winning the next three games 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 to book his place in the last 32.
“We are in the last part of the season and this is one of the most important tournaments of the year,” Golan said.
“Everyone is coming here, and they want to do well in this one. Probably, most of the players are a bit tired in this one. Today, I was just very concentrated.
“I tried to relax as much as I could before, because of all the travelling. I was not training too hard, so today I felt good, both mentally strong and physically, I was moving well.
“The strategy was good today. I tried to slow the pace because Alan is such a fast player. He loves the fast pace, so I just tried to control him, so I am really happy to win today.”
Mostafa Asal (left) in action against Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi
Mostafa Asal booked his place in the second round of the British Open, after he beat Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, who is continuing his return from injury.
The young Egyptian won the first two games to take a comfortable lead, but Tamimi fought back to win the third, putting pressure on the World No.33.
However, Asal was able to win out in four, securing his spot in the last 32, where he will face World No.1, and current World Champion, Ali Farag.
“It was a tough match, he is an amazing player that went in the top 20. He is just back from injury and today I think he played much better than last time we playing, that was in Pakistan,” Asal admitted.
“I’m happy with my two first games, I played well, but a few strange decisions threw me a bit in the third, credit to him for playing very well!
“Next round, I’m playing Ali, again! Third time in a row this season. He won everything, I just hope I can play my last match of the season to the best of my abilities, and then get prepared for the World Juniors.
Tamimi said: “I am very glad to be back competing, I stopped for three months, this was my first PSA match back, and I have only a few weeks training. Now, a good two months of hard work to be ready for next season.”
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-2: 11-6, 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 (75m)
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 4-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (62m)
Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4 (60m)
Fiechter Through In Five, Adel and Hutton Advance
Olivia Fiechter (left) defeated Zeina Mickawy in Hull
Olivia Fiechter secured one of the biggest victories of her fledgling career as she downed Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy in the first round of the British Open.
Along with it being the first meeting between the pair, it was also the American’s first ever match at the British Open, and one she will remember for a long time.
She went behind in the match, though, as Mickawy came out of the blocks quickly. The World No.44 bounced back to take the second on a tie-break, before then winning the third as well.
However, the Egyptian was not done there, as she won the fourth to send it into a decider. But it would be Fiechter that won out, advancing through to the second round of the tournament.
“It was a crazy match, somewhat of a rollercoaster. She is definitely, when she is on fire, extremely dangerous,” Fiechter said.
“In the beginning, I was trying to just weather the storm. I then tried to variation and to be a bit more aggressive to battle my way back into the match.
“Fortunately, I was able to pull it out, so I am really excited. I had gotten a nice lead in the fourth, but then I got a bit passive. My goal going into the fifth was to give it everything I had.
“This is my first ever British Open, so to be playing in this event at all is kind of surreal. I am just going to let this win sink in and then later on I will start to think about my next match, but right now, yeah, I am ecstatic.”
Yathreb Adel (left) overcame Haley Mendez in the first round
Yathreb Adel is also into the last 32 of the British Open, after she dispatched American Haley Mendez in straight games.
The pair was battling it out on court for the second time this season, after Adel won in four games in the first round of the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open.
The Egyptian, ranked 16th in the world, started strongly and just did not let up, and she eased into the second round, winning 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.
“In the first game, she was reading me very well, and guessing I was going to go to the front. Which I was doing far too much without building up the rallies,” Adel said.
“She got a very good lead and I had to start constructing my rallies instead of just playing whatever shot was going through my head!
“Once I started playing basic squash, finding good length and clearing out the middle of the court not that good shots, my game improved tremendously.”
Jasmine Hutton (fore) shocked Hollie Naughton
One of the biggest shocks of the day came through English wildcard Jasmine Hutton, as she defeated Canada’s Hollie Naughton in three games.
The 20-year-old, who is only ranked at World No.77, had full control through the entire match, the first meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour.
She took the first 11-7, before then dominating the second. Hutton finished the job in three, winning the match in less than half an hour to book her place in the second round.
“I just went in there with no fear and no pressure. I just told myself to enjoy it because that is how I play my best squash,” Hutton explained.
“I love the sport and I love doing what I do as my job. It is the last tournament of the season and I wanted to go out, finishing on a high and keeping my head up.
“The first two games, I felt mentally very good and I felt very level-headed, but as soon as I got that big lead in the third, 8-2 I think, I went into a bit of a panic.
“I kept on saying to myself that I couldn’t lose from where I was, but it is hard when you are in a winning position and all you want to do is get off the court.”
Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7 (48m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (26m)
[WC] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (26m)
Dessouky Wins In Five, Harrity Shocks Lee, Serme Through
Fares Dessouky (right) punches the air after beating Mathieu Castagnet
Fares Dessouky needed five games and almost an hour and a half to beat France’s Mathieu Castagnet to reach the second round of the British Open.
The pair met in the quarter finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic in March, with the Frenchman coming out the winner in the best-of-three format.
The World No.18, who reached the semi finals of the El Gouna International last month, got off to a great start in this one, winning the first game rather comfortably.
However, Castagnet fought back to win the second 11-7, before taking the third on a tie-break after saving two game balls. Dessouky managed to win the fourth, despite taking a knock to the groin area.
It would be the Egyptian that went on to win the match, winning the deciding game 12-10 to seal victory, booking his place in the second round after an 85 minute marathon.
“I think the warm and bouncy court suited him game more than mine. He was able to move me around a lot, and very few drop shots were played,” Dessouky admitted.
“My last event, in Wimbledon, I was playing under the same conditions. That was against Marwan, and I tried to learn from that match, trying to find out what I could or not do in those conditions. After losing the third, I came back with a completely different game plan, and it worked.
“The fifth is never about how good you play or how accurate you are. It is a mental battle. Today it was a bit scrappy. As I lost last time we played, that was in Canary Wharf, best of 3, it was playing a bit on my mind. So really happy to get the win today.”
US No.1 Todd Harrity (fore) beat Max Lee in four
United States’ No.1 Todd Harrity made his way into the second round of the tournament after knocking out Hong Kong’s Max Lee in four games.
The pair had never met on the PSA World Tour before, and it was the American, who had also never won a match at the British Open before, who took a comfortable two game lead in the match, but it was not to be plain sailing from there.
Lee came back fighting in the third, and took a tight game 11-9 to come back to 2-1. However, the American had enough in the tank to win the fourth and book his place in the last 32.
“I am thrilled. It is the first time I have ever won a match at the British Open so I couldn’t be happier,” Harrity explained.
“I am so glad to get through. It has been a long and tough season, but you get that big win and all of a sudden, it feels like it was all worth it. I am really happy but also very tired.
“The final push is difficult. It has been a long season, and everyone can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and looking forward to taking some time off.
“However, after winning today, I feel like I have new life and I am feeling great. I was very worried [when Lee won the third]. I was feeling tired. I felt I had played well, but he hadn’t found his range yet. I just tried not to think about it, and in the fourth, I played one point at a time, and fortunately it worked out.”
Lucas Serme (left) overcame Cameron Pilley to reach the last 32
Lucas Serme is into the last 32 of the British Open after beating an under-the-weather Cameron Pilley in straight games on the side courts.
The pair had never met on the PSA World Tour before, and Serme came out firing in the first game. He went on to take the first, with control and power.
From then on, Pilley had no answer for the World No.41, as he continued his dominance in both the second and third games, taking victory in just under 40 minutes.
“It’s the first time I think we have played on the Tour, but I played him a few times in European leagues. When I managed to win I was always down 2-0 and managed to claw back and impose myself physically at the end,” Serme said after his victory.
“So that’s what I was expecting for today, and I was very happy to take the one for once! And in the second, I noticed he looked a bit tired. He gave it a big push in the middle of the game, and I made sure I kept running for every single shot and I think that eventually, it broke his spirit.”
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-2: 11-8, 7-11, 12-14, 11-8, 12-10 (85m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-1: 14-12, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (56m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (39m)
Courtice, Aitken and Gilis All Into Round 2
Julianne Courtice (left) got the better of Mariam Metwally in the first round
Julianne Courtice is through to the second round of the British Open after she defeated Egypt’s Mariam Metwally in a tricky four-game affair.
The pair had only met once before on the PSA World Tour, with Courtice winning the first round match between them at the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open in November.
The Englishwoman, ranked ten places lower than her opponent, got off to a flying start, taking the first game 11-5. However Metwally responded by winning the second game by the same scoreline.
From there on, though, the World No.36 took control of the match. She won the third 11-7, before cruising to the fourth, which she won in just four minutes, booking her place in the last 32.
“Mariam likes a pacey game, she likes hitting the ball nicely, but we also had a bit of a contact in the movement. And if you leave anything around the middle, she’ll finish it off,” Courtice explained.
“So I had to make sure I found my length, and it all came down to discipline and sticking to my game plan. When I was doing that, I was able to control the rallies, but when I wobbled a bit like in the second, she took full advantage and upped her game.”
Lisa Aitken (left) in action with Milou van der Heijden
Scotland’s Lisa Aitken is into the second round of the British Open for the first time after getting the better of Dutch No.1 Milou van Der Heijden.
This was only their second meeting on the PSA World Tour, with the Dutchwoman having defeated Aitken in the final of the Jersey Squash Classic in 2017.
However, the pair had met in the European Team Championships in Birmingham earlier this month, and it was a close five-game affair. This match was not so close.
Aitken took full control of the first game, and did not let up throughout the rest of the match, as she cruised to victory in exactly half an hour, claiming her spot in the last 32.
“It was a tricky game. Milou is a very classy player. She has good hands and great skill,” Aitken said.
“She can really put the ball away if you give it to her on the volley. She is a really clinical player and hard to read at the front if you expose that too early.
“We played a couple of weeks ago at the European Team Championships and our match was the decider as to who got through to the semi finals. It was a big battle and it was a bit edgy, but today was a lot different, thankfully.
“It is the first time I have got through to the second round [at the British Open]. For such a prestigious event, this is one that all the players look forward to, so it is great and I am happy to get through.”
Tinne Gilis (right) and Rachael Grinham in action
Tinne Gilis got the better of former World No.1 Rachael Grinham in the first round, beating the Australian in straight games.
It was her first victory over the Australian, who had won the previous two meetings between the pair, including a first round clash at the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open in November.
In this match, though, the Belgian asserted her dominance from the first point, and did not allow the four-time British Open champion into the match.
The 42-year-old tried to respond, but she bowed out to the World No.39 in three games, as Gilis won 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 in less than 30 minutes.
“I knew what to expect because I had played and lost against her on the glass court before. It was better for me to play her on a regular court today,” Gilis said.
“Mentally I have been very tired lately, with so many events in a row, then off to Nottingham to train, so I arrived here very tired and with no expectations. So it meant a lot to me today to win, because I was able to push through today.
“So [I will play] another legend tomorrow, looking forward to play Laura, I’m going to enjoy my time, it was my first time playing her at the Europeans [Team Championships] a few days ago.”
Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 11-1 (32m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (30m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (24m)
Grayson Battles Back To Win, Lobban and Hesham Through
Campbell Grayson (left) is into the second round after beating Nicolas Mueller
Campbell Grayson has booked his place in the second round of the Allam British Open after getting the better of Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller.
The pair had met ten times on the PSA World Tour prior to this clash, with the Swiss star holding an 8-2 advantage over the lower-ranked Kiwi.
He also started the stronger of the two, winning the first game 11-7. Grayson levelled the match with a solid performance in the second, only for Mueller to take the lead once more after winning the third.
The World No.25 then held a 5-0 lead in the fourth game, and looked set to take victory, but the New Zealander fought back to take the match into a deciding game.
Grayson won it to record just his third victory over the Swiss No.1, and to book his place in the second round of the British Open.
“I am really happy. It was a tough match. I have played Nicky a lot and he has beaten me a lot more and it always tough, a lot of the time it has gone to five,” Grayson said.
“I was almost down and out at 2-1 and 5-0 down. He made me do a lot of work in the third, but Paul [Coll] gave me a reality good gameplan, and I thought I was doing it well in the fourth, but I just wasn’t winning the points.
“I was happy to be able to stick to that plan, and he came off it a bit, which I expected. I forced him into some errors as he got tired, and I got a really good start in the fifth again.
“I just tried to keep it tight and straight. I kept it in the back because of how good he can be, especially in the front backhand area. I got a lot of confidence, got that lead in the fifth and was happy to keep it going.”
Greg Lobban (fore) got the better of Ivan Yuen
Scotland’s Greg Lobban is through to the second round in Hull, after he defeated Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen in four games.
The pair had only met once before on the Tour, with the Scot having taken victory in the final of the ILT-Community Trust NZ Southern Invercargill Open back in June 2017.
This match followed a similar pattern, as Lobban won both the opening two games, with the first going into a tie-break. Yuen fought back though to win the third on a tie-break.
However, the World No.30 regained his composure to take the victory 3-1, setting up a clash with Egypt’s Zahed Salem in the second round.
“I am really happy to be through. Ivan is a really tricky opponent with an attacking style and when its going his way, it is very hard to stop,” Lobban admitted.
“I was pleased to weather the storm a little bit there. I felt like he was almost the better player throughout the match, but I was able to tidy things up and I am really happy to be through from the first round.
“After losing the third, I was confident that if I could get back to the way I wanted to play then I could win the fourth. The fourth was the most convincing game I played out of the four.”
Mazen Hesham (left) in action against Tayyab Aslam
Mazen Hesham has booked his place in the last 32, after a solid first round victory over Pakistan’s Tayyab Aslam, beating him in four games.
This was the first meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, and the ‘Squash Falcon’ started slowly. Aslam raced out to take the first game 11-7.
However, from there it was all Hesham, as he won the next three to comfortably take the victory and win the match, putting himself into the second round.
“It’s the last tournament of a hard and difficult season. Hopefully, next season I’ll be able to keep on playing injury free,” Hesham admitted.
“I’m very far away from the level I want to be. I am sick and tired of feeling sorry for myself. I just want to reach my full potential. Nobody has seen my full potential, I haven’t seen what I can do. So I just want a chance to reach that potential, win or lose.
“The only positive I can think of is that I am now more mentally strong, and even like today, when I don’t play my best squash, when I cannot find my discipline, or my shots, I’m still able to win matches.”
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 (65m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-1: 12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (58m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 3-1: 7-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-6 (52m)
Tomlinson and Hany Win In Five, Blatchford Clyne Battles Through
Millie Tomlinson (left) got the better of Danielle Letourneau
Millie Tomlinson has reached the second round of the British Open after coming through a tough five-game battle with Canadian Danielle Letourneau.
The pair met just last week at the Manchester Open, with the Englishwoman winning out in five games. This one would be exactly the same.
The first three games all went to tie-breaks. The Canadian won the first 12-10, before Tomlinson took the second 13-11. Letourneau then reasserted herself in the lead with a 15-13 victory in the third game.
However, from there, it was all Tomlinson, as she let her opponent take just seven points across the last two games, as she booked her place in the last 32.
“I had a tough one with Danielle last week at the Manchester Open, and that was 3-2 as well, so I knew it was going to be a long match, and I was prepared for it mentally,” Tomlinson said after winning.
“I actually felt like my legs were completely gone after the third game, but I seemed to get a second wind from somewhere and I pushed through in the end.
“Losing the third was tough to take, especially when you have had game balls, and then you lose it. But maybe, that was what gave me the aggression to push through.”
Mayar Hany (fore) in action against Coline Aumard
Mayar Hany also made it through to the last 32 of the tournament after a five-game victory, as she came from behind to beat France’s Coline Aumard.
The pair’s only meeting on the PSA World Tour came just 11 days ago, as they faced off in the first round of the Manchester Open, a match which Aumard won 3-0.
This one, though, was a hard-fought battle which saw both players hit the deck at times. Aumard struggled with a foot injury for most of the game, and Hany took full advantage.
After losing the first 11-2, the Egyptian regrouped to take the second 11-5 to tie the match. However, the World No.35 regained the lead after winning the third game.
Hany was able to fight back once again, though, as she turned the match on its head to win 3-2, winning the final two games to clinch hr place in the second round.
“My confidence has been very low, first I was sick and also a strained ankle, so I haven’t been match fit for quite a while now,” Hany said after winning.
“I played her in Manchester and lost 3/0. Coline makes the game, she finds the winners, the tin, she talks with the ref. You need to stay very focused throughout. I hope her injury is not too bad but she was running a lot today so I hope she’ll be alright soon.
“I’m really happy with the way I played, it gave me my confidence back, and I’m so happy tomorrow I’m playing Nour El Sherbini.”
Olivia Blatchford Clyne (left) and Melissa Alves in action
Olivia Blatchford Clyne also made her way into the last 32 of the tournament, after she defeated a spirited Melissa Alves in the first round.
The United States No.2 took the first two games of the pair’s first ever meeting on the Tour with relative ease, winning them 11-4 and 11-3, respectively, but it got harder for Blatchford Clyne after that.
Alves fought back to take a tight third game to put the pressure on the World No.20, but she resisted. The American took the fourth 11-9 to secure victory in 40 minutes, booking her place in Round 2.
“It was like two different players today! At the start, Melissa didn’t have that urgency she normally displays, and I took full advantage of it. I started the match very confident, thinking yes, that’s the way I want to p’ay, that’s what I’m looking for,” the American said.
“But in the middle of the third, she started to go for shots that before ended in the tin, and now were winners. Suddenly, I had to do extra work, and it was not fatigue per se, but more a drop of energy as I had to produce more work than in the previous game.
“So it was all about not making any errors, it’s completely different to finding the winner when you are up and free, but suddenly, you have somebody breathing down your neck, and the winner is now a tin!”
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-2: 10-12, 13-11, 13-15, 11-2, 11-5 (57m)
Mayar Hany (EGY) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-2: 2-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 (52m)
Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) bt Melissa Alves (FRA) 3-1: 11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9 (40m)
Selby, Salazar and Fathi End The Night With Wins
Daryl Selby (left) and Ben Coleman in action
Daryl Selby is into the second round of the British Open after beating compatriot and good friend Ben Coleman in a tough four-game affair.
The 36-year-old had won all three of their previous meetings on the PSA World Tour, including a first round clash at this season’s Channel VAS Championships in October.
Selby had the better of the opening exchanges, and came out the winner of a 19 minute first game. He then won the second to double his lead.
However, Coleman came back fighting to take the third 11-6, but Selby rallied and used his experience to finish the match in the fourth, booking his spot in the second round.
“Tough on a number of levels really. Firstly, we train together, and I am good friends with him. Two, I manage him, and playing someone you manage is very weird for me,” Selby explained.
“Finally, he is a good player. He is a tough player and he is very hard to break down. I was lucky to win the first because it was neck and neck all the way, so I was happy to win that before I pushed on in the second.
“He showed his fighting qualities to come back in the third. He played some good squash and put me under pressure, but I managed to use my experience and play some good rallies in the fourth.
“That was the difference really, it went from 4-3 to 8-4 in my favour and just one or two minutes of good squash managed to turn the tie in my favour.”
Cesar Salazar (left) in action against Richie Fallows
Cesar Salazar is also into the last 32 of the tournament after beating Richie Fallows in four games in their first round match.
The Mexican started strongly, but after a comeback from the Englishman, Salazar had to be strong to take it 11-9. Fallows then took the second game, but after that it all went Salazar’s way.
He won both the third and fourth games to book his place in the second round, setting up a clash with Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy for a place in the last 16.
“I knew that it would be a tough match because he won a tournament in Ireland last week,” Salazar said.
“Always, when you win a tournament you come with confidence and with a positive mind. I just wanted to have a good start, which was very important for me.
“Last week I played at Wimbledon, and I felt something in my wrist. I was actually very scared because I did not know if I could play this event at 100%.
“Winning the first game was good for me, but I did not feel ready to win the match. He came back to win the second, but after that I played more aggressive and with more pace, and that did the job for me.”
Karim Ali Fathi (fore) defeated Chris Simpson
Karim Ali Fathi is into the second round of the British Open after he got the better of England’s Chris Simpson, beating him in straight games.
This was the fifth meeting between the pair on the Tour, with Simpson having won three of the previous four. However, their last meeting came back in 2016.
This match-up went the way of Fathi throughout, as he sailed to three-game victory. Despite the scoreline being close in both the first and second games, Fathi looked in control.
The third was much easier for the Egyptian, as he claimed an 11-3 win to book his place in the last 32 of the British Open.
“I was very focused, making sure he couldn’t get into any kind of rhythm, and make sure I was not getting stuck behind him because that would have been the end of me,” Fathi said.
“So, I was hitting good length, simple drops, and trying to twist and turn him as much as I could. And for once in my life, I won in 3!”
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 (70m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Richie Fallows (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-4 (44m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (40m)