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FINALS

[2] Ali Farag 3-1 [1] Mohamed Elshorbagy            11-9, 13-11, 4-11, 11-9 (64m)

[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 3-2 [1] Raneem El Welily 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7 (57m)

[2] Ali Farag 3-1 [1] Mohamed Elshorbagy            11-9, 13-11, 4-11, 11-9 (64m)

ďIím feeling great right now, Iím very, very happy to have won this title.

ďWhen I first saw the entry list I thought I would withdraw from playing because the draw was so strong. But my mentor Karim Darwish told me that I should play the event and show people that they should be scared when seeing my name in the draw Ė that is the kind of mentality that I need to have if I hope to be World No.1 some day.

ďI wasnít at my best last night (against Gaultier) but I was optimistic that I would play at a higher level tonight because sometimes you need matches like that to help get you into the rhythm.

ďTonight against Mohamed I had to be on my mettle throughout. Heís a great champion and such a determined fighter Ė which he showed even when I was ahead in the fourth game, so Iím very glad I managed to get this last few points.

ďLast season I got off to a strong start but I couldnít carry it through until the end of the season. I was maybe mentally tired towards the end of the year so Iím trying to learn from that experience and be more consistent this season and now Iím really looking forward to going to the U.S Open to defend that title next week.

ďWinning there with Nour last year has been the highlight of my career so hopefully we can do it again this time.Ē



ďHe played great tonight Ė heís been the best player here all week. But itís a long season so hopefully I can get back at him at an event coming up.Ē

[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 3-2 [1] Raneem El Welily 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7 (57m)

ďIím speechless. She was making me work so hard and any time there was even a slight chance she was punishing me.

ďI had to play as clever as I have ever done before and I was absolutely knackered in that fifth game but I just forced myself to keep pushing. I knew I was playing well and that I didnít have to chance much tactically, I just had to execute.

ďBut even at 10-4 up she was coming back and she hit some fantastic shots to get it back to 10-7 so there was a lot of relief at the end alongside the elation.

ďI dedicated the win here last year to my Nan (who passed away shortly before the event). My mum said sheís be looking down watching over me tonight as well so this one is defiantly for her again.Ē



ďObviously Iím disappointed to lose tonight but Sarah-Jane played very well and deserved the win.Ē

SEMIS

Semis
[1] Raneem El Welily
3-0 [4] Laura Massaro (Eng)     11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (28m)

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-1 [7] Karim Abdel Gawad 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (65m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-2 [6] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 2-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 13-11 (77m)

[1] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [4] Laura Massaro (Eng)     11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (28m)

Iím really happy to be through to the final. Playing Laura is always very tough. Sheís mentally so strong.

Iím trying to do my best every point, and in every rally and see where that takes me. Iím playing here for the first time and itís a beautiful location - even more impressive in real than I thought it would be from pictures - so I want to make the most of it.

[2] Ali Farag 3-2 [6] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 2-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 13-11 (77m)

Iím over the moon to come through with a win, he outplayed me for most of that match.

But sometimes it isnít the better player who wins. Sometimes you just have to find a way out and thatís what I did today - I tried to focus on hitting the back corners and playing basic and it worked.

I was very tense at the start and struggled to find my short game. I had to accept there were going to be times when he would be in control but I just tried to make it as hard as possible and make the rallies a long as possible - I was absorbing a lot but it paid off in the end.

Iím very excited to face Mohamed in the final tomorrow. He brings the best out of me every time we play. I have trained very hard over the summer and worked on some specific things which I hope I can apply tomorrow.

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-1 [7] Karim Abdel Gawad 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (65m)

Iím really happy to be back in the final once again. I came here for the first time last year and it was a great experience so Iím looking forward to having the chance to defend the title tomorrow.

We were playing a lot of very tough rallies out there - it was a high quality match - and I think that third game was crucial. Heís such a smooth player that you have to accept that there will be times when he will make you look like a fool. But you just have to accept that and come through it and find a way to win.

Last season he wasnít at his best. Sometimes you have those periods but itís great to see him back and hungry again but Iím very happy I managed to get the win against him today.

QUARTERS

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [5] Miguel Rodriguez (Col) 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (45m)
[7] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 [3] Tarek Momen      7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 13-11 (74m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 [8] Diego Elias (Per)                          11-5, 11-8, 11-1 (33m)

[1] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [7] Alison Waters (Eng)         11-3, 11-6, 12-10 (30m)

[2] Ali Farag 3-0 [8] Diego Elias (Per)                          11-5, 11-8, 11-1 (33m)

Most of our matches have gone to the wire in the past.

Heís such a sound player but I did my homework this morning and knew what I had to do. It never felt convincing on there but thankfully I managed to do it well and play attacking squash.

Iím very glad that Iíve put in a few good performances this week so far. Iíve never made it past the fist round here before so Iím really glad to be in the semis and hopefully thereís two more matches to come for me.

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [5] Miguel Rodriguez (Col) 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (45m)

Miguel obviously beat me in the final of British Open and completely deserved it. I know just how hard he works and his success as recovering from a drop in form to get back to number six in the world shows his strength of character.

As much as I was disappointed to lose the British, it was great for the sport to have a South American win the event, but today I was happy that it was me who won our first battle of the season

Every-time you go on court the conditions are different. Iíve got the experience to know that and Iím really happy to be back on court and playing here in San Francisco and Iím looking forward to the semi-finals now.

[7] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 [3] Tarek Momen      7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 13-11 (74m)

Had a strong comeback last night coming from 9-4 down in the 4th and saving 3 matchballs only to lose out in the end. A little bit disappointed with the result but lots to learn from.

On a more positive note, that was only my 1st tournament in a few months and I usually struggle at the beginning of every season, this time I feel I started a bit better than previous years so hopefully Iím on the right track this time

#On_to_the_next_one

ROUND TWO

Round 2
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-1 Gregoire Marche (Fra)     11-3, 10-12, 11-3, 13-11 (61m)
[5] Miguel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1 [9/16] Mazen Hesham 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2 (50m)
[7] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 [9/16] Abdulla Al-Tamimi (Qat) 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4 (47m)
[3] Tarek Momen 3-2 [9/16] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)       9-11, 11-6, 2-11, 11-5, 11-7 (71m)
[4] Simon RŲsner (Ger) 3-0 Karim Ali Fathi                      11-5, 11-5, 11-3 (26m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 [9/16] James Willstrop (Eng)                 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (25m)

[1] Raneem El Welily 3-0 Hollie Naughton (Can)             11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (21m)
[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 3-0 [9/16] Salma Hany        11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (28m)
[2] Joelle King (Nzl) 3-0 Nadine Shahin                       11-4, 11-5, 12-10 (28m)

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy v [9/16] Gregoire Marche (Fra) 11-3, 10-12, 11-3, 13-11 (61m)

I knew the danger of playing against him in first game of season, I had to be sharp and I had to play well to beat him today.

I started well here last year and proved a lot of things to myself during the season. But I have more to prove and I want to get better every day. I know what it feels to lose the number one spot and I want to make sure that I only lose it again when someone raises the bar over me, not because of me losing hunger or motivation like before.

[7] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 [9/16] Abdulla Al-Tamimi (Qat) 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4 (47m)

"It's very difficult to play somebody as talented as Abdulla, especially as it was the first time we played together, which is a bit weird as we have been on the tour for many years. It was very hard for me today to go on court for the very first time and play him.

There are things you can only see when you are inside the court, and you see them from very few players now, like Mazeh Hesham, they play some unexpected shots, and you always have to be on your toes.

I tried to mix the pace to prevent him from getting into any kind of rhythm, to push him to make errors and miss his shots. I tried to push him back at the back, and not let him got to the front, because that's the most dangerous thing to let those talented players at the front.

I changed some stuff in my training, I tried to be more clever with my body, I'm not 20 anymore, so I just tried to change a few things. I also worked very hard with my fitness coach to be fitter on court, a little bit faster, and most important, to avoid injuries as much as I can. So I'm really looking forward to this season, and see how my body is going to hold.

[3] Tarek Momen 3-2 [9/16] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)       9-11, 11-6, 2-11, 11-5, 11-7 (71m)

Saurav and I go back a long way, I don't think we ever played anything but 5 setters, maybe once? Always five games, we play a very similar game and it's always tricky playing each other. Both of us need to do a lot of adjustments, because literally, we play the same game.

As you saw, he is a very tough opponent to beat. We have these moments, we both look at each other and it's like... 'can we take a minute'?... But we just can't say it.

The end was really brutal, I think I did my first ever dive, I don't think I ever did on a squash court before...

I'm very happy to get through today, it's the first match of the season - I had an exhibition tournament about a month ago, but this was the first PSA event for me. It's been a while so it's hard to get in the zone.

So very happy to get through, as I felt that mentally I was out, but that I still managed to get back in it. So very happy with that.

Last year was by far the best season I had on the tour, at the end of the previous one I didn't know how it was going to turn out, but I had a couple of good results at the start which gave me confidence. For the first time I managed to capitalise and keep my consistency and making it to the latest stages of most tournaments. So I'm looking forward to keeping that momentum going.

Looking forward to play Karim tomorrow, it's the second time we play each other here, last year we played on the glass court as well...

ROUND ONE

[9/16] Mazen Hesham 3-0 [WC] Charlie Johnson (Eng) 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (32m)
[9/16] Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat) 3-0 Omar Abdel Meguid 11-7, 13-11, 11-8 (42m)
Karim Ali Fathi 3-2 [9/16] Cesar Salazar (Mex) 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 (68m)

Hollie Naughton 3-1 [9/16] Yathreb Adel           11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7 (42m)
[9/16] Salma Hany  3-0  Rowan Elaraby                   11-8, 11-6, 11-2 (24m)
Nadine Shahin 3-0 [9/16] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (Ind)         11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (23m)

[9/16] Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat) 3-0 Omar Abdel Meguid 11-7, 13-11, 11-8 (42m)

What Fram Saw...

Well, it was a much closer one that the score would let believe... I felt today that Meguid just didn't find his marks. Abud was extremely accurate in the backhand volley departement, moving extremely well. But it was Meguid that allowed him to play his game, opening the court too much maybe, and mabye not finding the right position on the court today.

Abud was always very dangerous but his brain used to be the saviour of his opponents - a bit like Abouelghar - as he would play sublime attacking squash only to strings errors upon errors, getting frustrating and losing matches he shoudln't have.

Today, none of that. Not sure Meguid is fully fit, the way he was shortening the rallies at the end - he normally grinds his opponents up - could mean he was maybe suffering from his leg again. Or that just that head is not firmly in place. Who knows...

Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi prevailed in arguably the match of the day as he outlasted Mexican Cesar Salazar in a 68-minute five-game thriller, coming back from 6-3 down in the decisive fifth to clinch a second round berth where he will take on Germanyís Simon RŲsner.

Karim Ali Fathi 3-2 [9/16] Cesar Salazar (Mex) 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 (68m)

ďI lost in my first tournament of the season in Pakistan before I came here so I was a bit nervous at the beginning.

ďI was trying to give it everything Iíve got. I was chasing everything and that got to his head, and I think thatís how I won. Sometimes you just have to throw tactics out the window and fight for everything. We were both tired and breathing hard at the end but I guess it went my way this time.Ē

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