Day Four of the Allam British Open, still in two venues but the competitions catch each other up today as men’s round one concludes at the KC Stadium with the top half of the draw, while the women’s first round takes place in its entirety at Pontefract.
Men’s Round One, top half:
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-1 Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 7/11, 11/6, 11/9, 11/4 (50m)
[Q] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 3-1 [LL] Joe Lee (Eng) 12/10, 11/4, 2/11, 11/8 (58m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus) 3-0 Ong Beng Hee (Mas) 11/1, 11/8, 114/12 (46m)
Simon Rosner (Ger) 3-1 Adrian Waller (Eng) 11/4, 12/10, 8/11, 11/6 (46m)
 Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-0 Omar Mosaad (Egy) 11/4, 11/9, 11/6 (39m)
 Borja Golan (Esp) 3-1 Adrian Grant (Eng) 11/4, 11/2, 8/11, 11/9 (59m)
 James Willstrop (Eng) 3-1 Steve Coppinger (Rsa) 12/10, 11/8, 9/11, 12/10 (57m)
 Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) 3-0 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 11/6, 11/7, 11/6 (35m)
Women’s Round One:
Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 3-1  Low Wee Wern (Mas) 11/7, 13/11, 7/11, 11/9 (62m)
 Kasey Brown (Aus) 3-0 [Q] Lauren Briggs (Eng) 11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (39m)
 Alison Waters (Eng) 3-1 Emily Whitlock (Eng) 11/13, 11/7, 11/7, 11/9 (56m)
 Rachael Grinham (Aus) 3-2 [Q] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 10/12, 1/11, 11/7, 11/9, 11/8 (58m)
 Joelle King (Nzl) 3-0 [Q] Sam Cornett (Can) 11/8, 11/7, 11/8 (34m)
 Annie Au (Hkg) 3-1 Aisling Blake (Irl) 11/9, 8/11, 11/6, 11/6 (56m)
 Nicol David (Mas) 3-0 [Q] Joshana Chinappa (Ind) 11/4, 11/5, 11/4 (30m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng) 3-2  Natalie Grinham (Ned) 9/11, 13/11, 11/6, 9/11, 11/7 (68m)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy) 3-1  Camille Serme (Fra) 10/12, 11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (49m)
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Latasha Khan (Usa) 11/4, 11/2, 11/2 (24m)
 Madeline Perry (Irl) 3-0 [Q] Emma Beddoes (Eng) 12/10, 11/8, 11/9 (44m)
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Delia Arnold (Mas) 8/11, 11/7, 11/3, 11/4 (39m)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) 3-0 Donna Urquhart (Aus) 11/9, 11/4, 11/4 (22m)
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-1 [Q]Amanda Sobhy (Usa) 12/10, 9/11, 14/12, 11/7 (47m)
 Dipika Pallikal (Ind) 3-2 Line Hansen (Den) 13/11, 14/16, 11/6, 8/11, 11/4 (76m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 Joey Chan (Hkg) 14/12, 11/1, 11/6 (29m)
Six Brits through to last 16 in Pontefract as three seeds fall
Round One of the Allam British Open women’s draw at Pontefract Squash and Leisure saw three seeded players succumb to defeat and six British players through to contest the second round at the KC Stadium in Hull.
The biggest upset came in the first match of the day as the in-form Sarah-Jane Perry scored a stunning 3-1 win over seventh seeded Malaysian Low Wee Wern after coming from 7-1 down to take the fourth game.
“It’s going pretty well at the minute,” admitted a delighted Perry.” The second was really important, she was starting to get into the rallies and picking off anything I left short, so to go 2-0 up was a massive boost.
“I was very random at the start of the fourth, I ust told myself to get back to basic squash and wait for the chance to introduce my random shots!
“It’s my first win over a top ten player in WSA, so it’s going pretty well, I didn’t expect to do this well this soon.”
“It’s definitely my best performance in the tournament and I’ve played in it a good few times,” said Kippax.
Natalie’s sister Rachael Grinham, four-time British Open Champion, had her own five-setter but managed to survive, coming back from two games and 3-6 down to Nicolette Fernandes, the Caribbean number one who had beater her from two games down in the Cayman World Open.
“That’s a bit of revenge,” said the Aussie 16th seed. “”I sort of let the second go after a bad start, but she took the momentum into the third so it was tough coming back from there.”
“I had to watch the matches from home last year,” said Tayeb, “I had too many exams – actually, I’m supposed to have an exam at home today, but I don’t care!”
The other Brits to progress were Jenny Duncalf, Laura Massaro, Madeline Perry and Alison Waters, along with defending champion and world number one Nicol David and further Egyptians Raneem El Weleily, Nour El Sherbini and Omneya Abdel Kawy.
The last match on court at Pontefract was also the longest of the women’s event so far as India’s Dipika Pallikal overcame Dane Line Hansen in a 76-minute marathon, finishing the match with a typical return of the serve straight into the nick.
When informed of the length of the match, the Indian’s response was “YES, I’m fit!”
Two qualifiers through at the KC
Two qualifiers through at the KC
In the opening match of the day qualifier Chris Simpson caused the first notable upset of the tournament with a win over Nicolas Mueller. Mueller had the better of the opening exchanges but Simpson stepped it up in the next three games to reach the second round for the second time.
A delighted Simpson told the Hull crowd: “Qualifying was very tough but I treated today like a new tournament. I started a bit slowly but then adapted well to the outdoor court, I’m so pleased to have won!”
A second qualifier went through when Karim Abdel Gawad and Joe Lee replayed their qualifying final, with Gawad again winning 3/1.
Australian Cameron Pilley was clearly fired up for his first round match against Ong Beng Hee as he proved too strong for the Malaysian in the first game sweeping him aside in straight games.
“I tried to stamp my authority on the match and focussed on getting a good length on the court,” said Pilley.
The last match of the afternoon session featured wildcard Adrian Waller against the German number one Simon Rosner. Two games down the young Englishman fought back to take the third but Rosner picked up the pace in the fourth to snuff out Waller’s challenge.
World number three James Willstrop’s hopes of securing a first British Open title are still alive after defeating South African Steve Coppinger 3-1 in a nail-biting first round match today at the KC Stadium in Hull.
Willstrop, from Pontefract, took 57 minutes to stop Coppinger as the two players traded points in the most exciting match of the tournament so far.
“I came through it when he was making some very serious challenges and that is positive.I try not to worry, I try to focus on what I am doing, try to keep relaxed and breathe.”
Willstrop is seeded to meet world number one Ramy Ashour in the semi-final on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s epic encounter at the O2 Arena.
Ashour dominated from the off in his match against fellow Egyptian Omar Mossad with some extremely precise hitting and deft foot work. Looking relaxed, the number one seed soon had the upper hand, and despite spirited resistance from Mosaad, Ashour went through in under 40 minutes to maintain the unbeaten run that has seen him claim every major tournament he has entered since losing last year’s British Open final.
“There are a lot of tough players in the draw,” said Ashour, “of course I want to win but if I don’t it will be because of a better player than me.”
All today’s winners now enjoy a rest day, with four men’s and four women’s second round matches
being the order of the day for Wednesday andThursday at the KC Stadium.