Day 7 of the Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Squash Open

In the Women’s PSA Main draw Egyptian U17 no 1 player, Rowan Elaraby took 29 min to beat South African no 2 Elani Landman, 3-0 to reach her 2nd consecutive PSA final in 2 weeks where she will again meet Milnay Louw who she played in last weeks Assore Central Gauteng Open final. Milnay outclassed Cheyna Tucker to win in 3 games also yet to be truly tested in this event not having dropped a game.

In the Men’s Main draw the talk of the evening was the match of the tournament with no 2 seed Aqeel Rehman, Austrian no 1 beating the no 3 seed Argentinian no 2 Leandro Romiglio in 75 thrilling minutes of entertaining squash. The match was a replay of last weeks epic Assore Central Gauteng Open Final where Leandro won the match 20-18 in the 5th game (92 minutes). This time it was Aqeel who was able to clinch the match 3-2 and setup his 8th PSA final against unseeded Egyptian Hesham Mohamed Aly who beat South African JP Brits 3-0 in the other semi-final. This will be Heshams first PSA final.

Tonight the final matches starts from 17h00 with the Women’s Open A Section Final followed by the Men’s A Open Final, then the PSA Women’s Final at 19h00 and then the Men’s Final at 20h00.

Day 6 of the Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Squash Open

In the Women’s PSA Main draw Egyptian U17 no 1 player, Rowan Elaraby continued her good form in South Africa still not dropping a game in 2 tournaments when she beat the no 1 seed Sina Wall 3-0 in 23 min. Rowan again impressed with her speed to the front and collected and dispatched any lose balls putting her opponent under immense pressure by speeding the game up. All the top seeds in the bottom half of the draw proceeded into the semi-finals without dropping a game.

In the Men’s Main draw the talk of the evening was the upset of the tournament with no 6 seed JP Brits beating the no 1 seed Shehab Essam in 59 minutes. JP showed his intensity in the 1st game with his relentless speed and patience enduring long rallies to eventually secure a crucial 15-13 first game lead, he lost the second but came back firing in the 3rd winning 11-9 and kept this intensity into the 4th finishing off a great 3-1 win. Unseeded Egyptian Hesham Mohamed Aly beat the no 5 seed Mark Broekman in 3 entertaining games. Tomorrows men’s semi-finals promises to be an exciting evening with last weeks Assore Central Gauteng Open Finalists squaring up against each other again. The match last week went for 92 minutes of thrilling squash with Leandro Romiglio winning 20-18 in the 5th against  the no 2 seed from Austria Aqeel Rehman.

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Day 5 of the Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Squash Open

Day 5 of the  Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Squash Open came to the close with the completion of the 1st round of the PSA Men’s Main event and the announcement of the 4 South African qualifiers filtering into the Women’s PSA main event.

All courts were jam packed with 6 other sections of the tournament also taking place ranging from the over 60 year old masters players to the UCT students Continue reading

2016 Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Open

The 2016 Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Open Squash Championships kicked off on Friday 22 April with the U11, U14 and U16 School kids completing their 1st round of matches.

A record number of participants has entered the 11th running of this event with 132 men and 49 women players representing 19 nations.

20 International players from Germany, Nigeria, Egypt, England, Austria, France, South Korea, Canada, Argentina, Kuwait and Iraq will compete against 30 South Africans in Continue reading

Balwin Assore PSA Gauteng Open day 2

Day 2 of the main draw for the Mens Balwin Assore Gauteng Open saw some of the top seeds falling out of the event.

Essam number 1 seed had no trouble beating seasoned masters player van der Wath 3-0. “He was just too fast onto the ball and I was under pressure the whole time,” said van der Wath.

Ahmed Effat Ashoush is definitely on a Continue reading

PSA Gauteng Open

The Gauteng got off to a good start with the qualifying matches taking place at Parkview Squash Centre on Sunday 17 April 2016.

All the matches were SA contestants trying to get one of the 8 positions in the men’s 32 draw and 4 positions for the Ladies draw.

It was wonderful to see some of the top SA Juniors competing for positions against some of the more senior players from SA.

Results below: Continue reading