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Nele Gillis (right) consoles sister Tinne after her win in Hull

British Open - Day Four: As It Happens

Third Round action continues at the Allam British Open today, with action beginning at 12:00 (GMT+1) at the Allam Sport Centre in Hull.

Belgian sisters Tinne and Nele Gilis get play under way as they meet for the first time on the PSA Tour since 2016. The winner will be the first Belgian in history to reach the quarter-finals of the sport's longest-running tournament.

Elsewhere, England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry is up against India's Joshna Chinappa, while Welsh star Tesni Evans takes on 2015 winner Camille Serme.

In the men's draw, two-time winner Mohamed ElShorbagy lines up against the only Englishman left in the men's draw – World No.20 Daryl Selby – and a win for the Egyptian could see him take on defending champion Miguel Rodriguez in the next round in a repeat of last year's final.

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Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+1)

Nele Wins Battle of Gilis Sisters to Make History

Nele Gilis (right) celebrates against sister Tinne (left)

World No.24 Nele Gilis became the first Belgian player in history to reach the quarter-finals of the prestigious Allam British Open after overcoming younger sister Tinne in four games at the Allam Sport Centre.

It was their third meeting on the PSA Tour – with 23-year-old Nele winning both of their previous matches – but it was the first time they were competing against each other on the glass show court.

Nele, who is two years Tinne’s senior and ranked 15 places above her in the PSA World Rankings, was in complete control in the opening game as she dominated the rallies to take the first five points on offer, while Tinne looked to be struggling with an injury as she failed to get into the rallies.


Nele closed out the opening game for the loss of two points, but Tinne – who claimed a huge scalp against the retiring Laura Massaro in the previous round – proved to be a sterner test in the the second, narrowly falling to an 11-9 defeat.


Her resurgence continued into the third as both players competed in some high-octane rallies. Tinne came back from two match balls down, only to serve out in the following rally, but she kept her composure to take the next three points and halve the deficit.


The older Gilis took control once again though in the fourth as she nullified Tinne’s attacks to close out an 11-2, 11-9, 11-13, 11-3 win in 53 minutes, and she will play either France’s Camille Serme or Wales’ Tesni Evans in the last eight.

“We’ve played each other many times over the years but never on an occasion like this, it’s a very special day for both of us to play here at one of the biggest events,” said Gilis.

“I’m so proud of my sister for how she did, it was so tough on me, but I’m so happy that I got through.

“I’ve had a lot more exposure to the glass court [this season], and I’ve got to play the top players, which I’ve learned a lot from every time. I think that’s really helped me grow.

“I’m so excited [for the quarter-finals], I’ve been watching this tournament from when I was a little girl, when I could only dream of competing at the British Open. To be in the quarter-finals, I’m speechless.”

Result
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-1: 11-2, 11-9, 11-13, 11-3 (54m)

Rösner Comes Back to Beat Mosaad

Simon Rösner (left) celebrates his win over Omar Mosaad

Germany’s Simon Rösner came back from a game down to overcome former Word No.3 Omar Mosaad as he advanced to the last eight.

Rösner had won their four previous matches on the PSA Tour, but made a slow start as his Egyptian opponent established a metronomic pattern of hitting on the backhand side to force Rösner into the corners, before hitting his targets at the front of the court to go a game up.

He came within a whisker of doubling that lead as he played some accurate squash to 9-8 ahead, but he was unable to capitalise as Rösner came back to take the next three points.

The big German – who along with Mosaad is one of the tallest players on the PSA Tour – played the big points well in the third as he pulled away from 6-6 to take the lead for the first time, and he dropped four points in the third to book his quarter-final spot.

Rösner will play one of Egyptian duo Karim Abdel Gawad or Zahed Salem in the next round.

“I thought I could have been 2-0 down easily, and that would have made things very difficult, so I was very happy I was able to find my rhythm better in the second,” Rösner said afterwards.

“I was a bit edgy at the start of the match, it’s my first time on the glass court here, I wasn’t very confident in my shots going into the front. From the middle of the second, and in the third and fourth, I continued playing my game more, and that made a big difference.

“Once you get to those stages [latter stages of tournaments] you want to continue. I felt I could have done better the last two or three tournaments, but overall, I have to be happy with this season.

“I’ve gotten to the final of two major semis, it’s a huge achievement for me and the best season so far. I want to finish off in good form, I’m trying to do my best here and I’ll see how it goes.

“Two or three years ago, I was just concentrating on getting to the quarters and lost every time, now my mindset is different, I want to get to the finals of these big ones, and that’s what I try to achieve.”

Result
[3] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (63m)

Serme Battles Past Evans to Book Quarters Spot

Camille Serme

2015 British Open champion Camille Serme will appear in the quarter-finals of this year’s edition of the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament after battling to a 3-1 victory over the tenacious Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans.

Serme had won all eight of her matches against Evans on the PSA Tour and some clinical, attacking play from the World No.4 saw her surge into a 2-0 lead.


Evans, a finalist at last week’s inaugural Manchester Open, finally got her game going in the third as she lifted the ball well to pin Serme into the back of the court, and she was awarded with four game balls.

Serme came back to force a tie-break, but Evans held her nerve to get herself back in front and close out the third game to evoke memories of her stunning comeback from two games down against World No.3 in Manchester.

However, her exploits in Manchester, and an energy-sapping five-game clash with England’s Julianne Courtice in the previous round, looked to take its toll on World No.9 Evans as the fatigue set in, in the fourth game.

And Serme took full advantage to close out an 11-8, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5 victory which pits her against Belgium’s Nele Gilis for a place in the semi-finals.

“I was thinking about Manchester, I was home watching all the matches, and I knew she could come back,” said Serme.

“I was becoming a bit nervous, but I tried to push hard, make the rallies long, and tried to play on the physical aspect of the game.

“It’s been a big season with the French team, for sure. Personally, there have been no titles at all, so I want to give a big push here. I’ve been quite consistent, and I’m happy with that, I just need more luck maybe at the end.

“I think everyone looks forward to this one, there are a lot of great memories for me, that’s why I want to give it a big push to make it as far as I can. I know she [Nele] is going to be ready for it, so I’m going to have a big rest and prepare for this match.”

Result
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [9] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-1: 11-8, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5 (50m)

Gawad on Form to Dispose of Salem

Karim Abdel Gawad (left) v Zahed Salem (right)

Former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad earned his spot in the quarter-finals after a red-hot display from the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ saw him dispatch fellow Egyptian Zahed Salem by a 3-1 scoreline.

Gawad was in sparkling form in the opening two games as he played a number of scintillating winners to blow Salem away with a couple of 11-6 victories.


Some errors from the 27-year-old, coupled with some intelligent shots from Salem, saw the latter win 12-10 in the third after capitalising on a 9-4 lead as he put everything into clawing back the deficit.

But Gawad was back on his mettle in the fourth, recording an 11-4 triumph to earn a quarter-final spot against the man ranked directly below him, Germany’s Simon Rösner.

“Zahed has improved so much, and we’ve been playing since we were juniors, U11s and U13s,” said Gawad.

“I know him very well, he knows me very well, we’ve not played too much on the PSA, but I see him playing and see how much he has improved in the last season and a half. He’s World No.14 now, which shows how good he is.

“Playing on the glass court is a different sport for me, it’s much more enjoyable, you feel the ball more and it feels like you’re in a big tournament.

“I’ve played a lot with Simon this season, we’ve been switching ranking positions a lot. Tomorrow’s match will be another tough one for me, and I’m looking forward to another semi-final at the British Open.”

Result
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Zahed Salem (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 11-6, 10-12, 11-4 (41m)

England’s No.1 Perry Through to Quarters

England’s No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry was forced to be on top form as she overcame India’s Joshna Chinappa in four games to advance to the quarter finals of the PSA Platinum tournament.

The Birmingham-based player, who reached the final of the British Open in 2017, was beaten earlier this year by the Indian at the Black Ball Open in Cairo, however, Perry made sure to right those wrongs as she started sharply to take the first game.

Chinappa improved her tactics in the second to push Perry into the back corners of the court more and was able to hold off a fightback from the Englishwoman, who had elbow injury at the start of the year, to close out the second.


Perry soon came back stronger in the third and fourth game as she kept her composure to bring back the disciplined game plan that served her well in the first to see out the match by an 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 margin in 47 minutes.

“Joshna has been playing really well,” said 29-year-old Perry.

“You could see that anything loose she was putting away and so I had to be really disciplined. Unfortunately at the start of the second I lost that discipline and she played some really good squash. I had to fight back and find a way back into the match, which I did, so I’m really pleased.

“She beat me a few weeks ago and I’ve just been trying to improve and get back to where I was before I had my injury and I think I’m getting there, so I’m pleased.

“I’m just getting my fitness back and everyone else is looking forward to the end of the season, so it’s almost a bit of a bonus being here. I hate losing and I always want to win, I’ve been on the end of four really tough losses recently and I’m really pleased to close that out in the end against a really tough opponent.

“2017 was my biggest final to date, so I’m looking to push on and whoever I will face will be tough and if my run takes me to the final then that would be amazing, but I’m just looking at each match.”

Result:
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 (47m)

Rodriguez Continues Run After Thrilling Salazar Battle

Defending British Open champion Miguel Rodriguez continues his formidable spell in Hull as he played out a spectacular battle with Mexico’s World No.24 Cesar Salazar at the Allam Sport Centre.

Rodriguez and Salazar brought the crowd into rapturous applause on numerous occasions with their dynamic display in the most entertaining match of the tournament so far.

Salazar had not recorded a win over the Colombian for eight years and despite maximum effort from the Mexican, Rodriguez continued that impressive form with a 3-1 victory at the sport’s longest running tournament.


Rodriguez claimed the opening game, before Salazar roared back in spectacular fashion with both players showcasing their superb athleticism with dives and skilful shots to cancel each other out.


The Colombian’s rapid footwork helped him to close out an all-important third game, before completing his victory with an 11-8 win in the fourth. Rodriguez could now face the prospect of a re-match of last year’s final with World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy should the Egyptian overcome England’s Daryl Selby in the last match of the day.

“It was like an exhibition match,” said Bogota-born Rodriguez.

“This is our kind of Latin style. We know each other’s game and he is very talented and he is a top 10-15 player when he is at his best. I think maybe the mental and the experience paid off at the end. I had to play my best and he played better in the second game and I had to find that momentum and consistency throughout the game.

“I’m happy and I enjoyed the game. We are good friends on and off court, it was a great match and is maybe the squash we should play every day. I’m very grateful and happy to win this match.

“We are Latins and he used to be a soccer player, so he is really rapid as well and you have to be smart to play against him.

“This is a special tournament for me, last year I won my biggest title here in Hull and I’m taking it one match at a time and will enjoy my match tomorrow again.”

Result:
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8 (61m)

El Sherbini Eases into Quarters

Egypt’s three-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini did not put a foot wrong as she sailed into the last eight of the British Open with a 3-0 win over England’s Victoria Lust.

El Sherbini, who defeated compatriot Raneem El Welily in last year’s final in Hull, was simply unstoppable as she was clinical to despatch Lust, who looked to be struggling with an ankle injury as she could not cope with the World No.2.

The 23-year-old will now face England’s No.1 Perry for a place in the semi-finals tomorrow.

“I wanted to start well and make sure that every shot was good,” said El Sherbini afterwards.

“I’m happy with my performance and it’s a good win for me. This is the last event and it has been a long season. The defeat in El Gouna won’t change anything, I just want to keep going and try to do my best this week.

“SJ has been playing good since she has been playing well since coming back from her injury and I think I’m the only one that hasn’t played her since she has came back. I’m looking forward to that match and hopefully it will be a good one.”

Result:
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [13] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (22m)

ElShorbagy Sets Up British Open Repeat with Rodriguez

Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy has set up a repeat of last year’s British Open final with Miguel Rodriguez after defeating England’s Daryl Selby in straight games in Hull.

The Egyptian was unstoppable as he charged towards an 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 victory in 22 minutes against Selby, who looked to be struggling with his movement on court to not test the Egyptian who has won the prestigious trophy twice.

ElShorbagy will now face Colombian ‘Cannonball’ Rodriguez tomorrow for a place in the last four as the competition for the sport’s oldest title heats up.

“I’ve played with Daryl so many times over the years,” said 28-year-old ElShorbagy following his win.

“I think the first time I played him I was 16-years-old and I beat him and that was a big thing and then a month later we played again in the Canary Wharf qualification and he gave me a big big lesson.

“He comes from a generation, which is a brutal generation, and he stayed with them for many years and I watched him play the British Nationals this year and him winning 3-2, just shows how tough him and his British generation were and still are. I learned a lot from them and they are probably the best generation that England ever had and they are the reason why Daryl and James [Willstrop] are playing today and I’m happy to be on court with them.

“I felt maybe I was physically stronger playing him today and if he was physically fine today then we would have had a much harder match.

“Both of us had a great battle last year, I was very disappointed to lose but at the same time he was a great winner. We are really good friends and his mum and my mum are actually hanging out with each other in Alexandria right now. Even the families are good friends with each other, so I was happy for him last year. We have met four times already this season and I’m sure this one will be another great one.”

Result:
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (22m)