YOUSSEFF AND MOMEN THRILL CAPE TOWN CROWD IN TIGHT CLASH

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Cape Town – Action moved to the glass court at the V&A Waterfront on day 3 of the Growthpoint SA Open and the players turned on the style for the capacity crowd.

Salma Youssef (EGY) edged compatriot Farah Momen (EGY) 3-2 in a match that captivated the vocal crowd. Yousef started off the stronger of the two with an easy 11-3 win in the first game but Momen showed she wasn’t going to be dispatched easily to take the second 11-9. Yousef then won the 3rd before Momen took game 4th with scores of 11-8 and 12-10 respectively. The final game went down to the wire, but after Momen was pushed all the way by Siyoli Waters (RSA) in the previous round, it was just not meant to be with Youssef taking the final game 11-9.

Earlier in the day Blessing Muhwati (ZIM) lost out to Tristan Eysele (RSA) 3-1. Muhwati started where he finished off in the round of 16 and won the first game 11-9. Eysele however once again showed his ability to bounce back from a first round defeat, and won the next three 11-7 11-9 and 11-5 to move into the semi-finals.

The other women’s quarter-final for the day was a far straighter affair with Menna Hamed (EGY) beating local favourite Alexa Pienaar (RSA) 11-3, 11-6, 11-6.

The crowd at the V&A Waterfront were keen to see top seed Lucas Serme (FRA) play and they were not left disappointed as he put on a clinic in top squash to beat Abdallah Elmasry (EGY) in straight games 11-5, 11-4, 11-2.

Day 4 of the event will see the remained quarter-finalists take the glass court for the first time in Thursday’s action and confirm who will be our 8 semi-finalists.

2019 Growthpoint SA Open – Results Day 3 (Wednesday, 7 August 2019)

(3) Menna Hamed (EGY) beat (8) Alexa Pienaar (RSA) 11-3, 11-6, 11-6

(1) Salma Youssef (EGY) beat (7) Farah Momen (7) 11-3, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9

(4) Tristan Eysele (RSA) beat (6) Blessing Muhwati (ZIM) 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5

(1) Lucas Serme (FRA) beat Abdallah Elmasry (EGY) 11-5, 11-4, 11-2

2019 Growthpoint SA Open – Quarter-Finals Fixtures (7 – 8 August 2019 | V&A Waterfront)

Men

8 August 2019

18:15 – (3) Ahmed Hosny (EGY) vs Hazem Helmy (EGY)

19:45 – (2) Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) vs (8) Khaled Labib (EGY)

Women

8 August 2019

17:30 – (4) Cindy Merlo (SUI) vs (5) Milnay Louw (RSA)

19:00 – (2) Anna Serme (CZE) vs (6) Marie Stephan (FRA)

Schedule: 2019 Growthpoint SA Open

  • 8 August (Quarter-Finals) 17:30 – 21:00 – V&A Waterfront
  • 9 August (Semi-Finals) 17:30 – 21:00 – V&A Waterfront
  • 10 August (Finals) 15:30 – 18:00 – V&A Waterfront

MUHWATI HOLDS HIS NERVE IN EPIC BATTLE AGAINST ABDELKHALEK

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Cape Town – Day 2 of the Growthpoint SA Open served up some scintillating squash in the form of two upsets, close fought matches and the favourites showing their quality as matches now move to the Glass Court.

In the game of the day on Day 2 of the Growthpoint SA Open, sixth seed Blessing Muhwati (ZIM) showed his strength of character to hold out for a 3-2 victory over Abdelram Abdelkhalek (EGY) at Western Province Cricket Club in Cape Town.

Muhwati started well to lead 6-3 in the first game, only to go down 8-11 but came back to win the 2nd 11-9. Muhwati once again started the 3rd game strongly to take a 7-3 lead but then lost 8 straight points to lose 7-11, that however seemed to be the catalyst to an improved Muhwati performance as he went on to win the final two games 11-6 and 11-8 to win the match and progress through to the quarterfinals on Wednesday where the event moves to the Glass Court at the V&A Waterfront.

In a major upset, 19-year-old world no. 309 Hazem Helmy (EGY) beat fifth seed Omar Elkattan (EGY) in straight games. Helmy started very strongly to take the first game 11-4 before the 2nd was a much tighter affair finishing 11-8. The final game followed the first two and Helmy showed great control to see out the match 11-6 in the 3rd.

In the women’s draw Siyoli Waters (RSA) and Farah Momen (EGY) played out to a captivating result full of drama. A collision during the match resulted in Momen needing to leave the court for treatment but managed to battle back to secure the win 3-2. The first game was a tightly contested affair with Momen edging it 12-10, she then went on to take the 2nd 11-7. Waters then showed her cool temperament to secure the next two games 11-9 and 11-4 and level the match up at 2-2 heading in to the last game. In the last game however, Momen showed a lot of heart to secure the match with an 11-7 game win.

The action now moves across to the glass court in the V&A Waterfront where the men’s and women’s quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

2019 Growthpoint SA Open – Results Day 2 (Tuesday, 6 August 2019)

(8) Alexa Pienaar (RSA) beat Jordyn Campbell (RSA) 11-4, 11-3, 11-4

(6) Marie Stephan (FRA) beat Bongi Seroto (RSA) 11-1, 11-6, 11-0

(8) Khaled Labib (EGY) beat Faisal Hassan (ZIM) 11-3, 11-7, 11-5

(3) Ahmed Hosny (EGY) beat Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM) 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3

(6) Blessing Muhwati (ZIM) beat Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek (EGY) 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8

(5) Milnay Louw (RSA) beat Makgosi Peloakgosi (RSA) 11-2, 11-4, 11-5

Abdallah Elmasry (EGY) beat (7) Ahmed Hassan (ZIM) 11-4, 11-8, 11-4

(4) Cindy Merlo (SUI) beat Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 11-6, 11-3, 6-11, 12-10

Hazem Helmy (EGY) beat (5) Omar Elkatten (EGY) 11-4, 11-8, 11-6

(7) Farah Momen (EGY) beat Siyoli Waters (RSA) 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 4-11, 11-7

(4) Tristan Eysele (RSA) beat Ruan Olivier (RSA) 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 15-13, 11-6

(1) Lucas Serme (FRA) beat Wayne Sithole (RSA) 11-3, 11-2, 11-5

(2) Youseff Ibrahim (EGY) beat Gary Wheadon (RSA) 11-8 ,11-9, 14-12

2019 Growthpoint SA Open – Quarter-Finals Fixtures (7 – 8 August 2019 | V&A Waterfront)

Men

7 August 2019

18:15 – (6) Blessing Muhwati (ZIM) vs (4) Tristan Eysele (RSA)

19:45 – (1) Lucas Serme (FRA) vs Abdallah Elmasry (EGY)

8 August 2019

18:15 – (3) Ahmed Hosny (EGY) vs Hazem Helmy (EGY)

19:45 – (2) Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) vs (8) Khaled Labib (EGY)

Women

7 August 2019

17:30 – (3) Menna Hamed (EGY) vs (8) Alexa Pienaar (RSA)

19:00 – (1) Salma Youssef (EGY) vs (7) Farah Momen (EGY)

8 August 2019

17:30 – (4) Cindy Merlo (SUI) vs (5) Milnay Louw (RSA)

19:00 – (2) Anna Serme (CZE) vs (6) Marie Stephan (FRA)

Schedule: 2019 Growthpoint SA Open

  • 7 August (Quarter-Finals) 17:30 – 21:00 – V&A Waterfront
  • 8 August (Quarter-Finals) 17:30 – 21:00 – V&A Waterfront
  • 9 August (Semi-Finals) 17:30 – 21:00 – V&A Waterfront
  • 10 August (Finals) 15:30 – 18:00 – V&A Waterfront

UPSET ON DAY 1 OF THE GROWTHPOINT SA OPEN AS CHRISTO POTGIETER KNOCKED OUT BY ABDALLAH ELMASRY

Monday, 5 August 2019

Cape Town – South African number 2 ranked player Christo Potgieter fell to a shock defeat to Egyptian Abdallah Elmasry as the Growthpoint SA Open kicked off at the Western Province Squash Club in Cape Town.

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) sanctioned tournament sees South Africa’s top squash players taking on a powerful international field led by the Frenchman Lucas Serme alongside Egyptian Salma Youssef.

Day 1 of the tournament saw the men’s round of 24 hosted at the Western Province Squash Club in Cape Town. Eight matches took place to determine the 8 players that will progress to face the 8 seeded players in the tournament in the round of 16 taking place on Tuesday.

A predictable day saw the favourites easily progress to the next round with comfortable wins, that was until the final match of the day with South African hopeful Christo Potgieter taking on PSA world number 452, Abdallah Elmasry.

The first game lasted 16 minutes with both players going toe to toe in which Abdallah finally won 16-14. Christo fought back in the second game to take it 11-7 and tie the match. Unfortunately, Christo wasn’t able to build on the switch in momentum and lost the third game 11-6, before a few sloppy shots in the final game saw him lose 11-2.

The Growthpoint SA Open continues on Tuesday for the second day’s action, which will see the round of 16 played at the Western Province Squash Club. Those who progress to the quarter-finals will then head to the V&A Waterfront in the all glass squash court where the real action will begin.

2019 Growthpoint SA Open – Results Day 1 (Monday, 5 August 2019)

  1. Faisal Hassan (ZIM) beat Robert Howarth (RSA) 11-4, 12-10, 11-6
  2. Gary Wheadon (RSA) beat Tremayne McDonald (RSA) 11-6, 11-0, 11-6
  3. Ruan Olivier (RSA) beat Javier Martin (ESP) 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5
  4. Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek (EGY) beat Armando Olguin (MEX) 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
  5. Hazen Helmy (EGY) beat Jacques Duminy (RSA) 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9
  6. Wayne Sithole (RSA) beat Hayden Worth (RSA) 11-1, 11-3, 11-6
  7. Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM) beat Makho Ntuli (RSA) 11-5, 12-10, 11-5
  8. Abdallah Elmasry (EGY) beat Christo Potgieter (RSA) 16-14, 7-11, 11-6, 11-2

 

2019 Growthpoint SA Open – Fixtures Day 2 (Tuesday, 6 August 2019)

(W) 16:30 – (8) Alexa Pienaar (RSA) vs Jordyn Campbell (RSA)

(W) 16:30 – (6) Marie Stephan (FRA) vs Bongi Seroto (RSA)

(M) 17:15 – Ruan Olivier (RSA) vs (4) Tristan Eysele (RSA)

(M) 17:15 – (3) Ahmed Hosny (EGY) vs Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM)

(M) 17:15 – (8) Khaled Labib (EGY) vs Faisal Hassan (ZIM)

(M) 18:15 – (6) Blessing Muhwati (ZIM) vs Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek (EGY)

(M) 18:15 – Abdallah Elmasry (EGY) vs Ahmed Hassan (ZIM)

(W) 18:15 – Siyoli Waters (RSA) vs Farah Momen (EGY)

(M) 19:00 – (2) Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) vs Gary Wheadon (RSA)

(W) 19:00 – Makgosi Peloakgosi (RSA) vs (5) Milnay Louw (RSA)

(W) 19:00 – (4) Cindy Merlo (SUI) vs Thaisa Serafini (BRA)

(M) 19:45 – (1) Lucas Serme (FRA) vs Wayne Sithole (RSA)

(M) 19:45 – Hazen Helmy (EGY) vs Omar Elkattan (EGY)

Schedule: 2019 Growthpoint SA Open

  • 5 – 6 August: Round of 32 & Round of 16 – Western Province Squash Club
  • 7 August (Quarter-Finals) 17:30 – 21:00 – V&A Waterfront
  • 8 August (Quarter-Finals) 17:30 – 21:00 – V&A Waterfront
  • 9 August (Semi-Finals) 17:30 – 21:00 – V&A Waterfront
  • 10 August (Finals) 15:30 – 18:00 – V&A Waterfront

The 3rd All Africa Junior Squash Open hosted at UCT: 2-4 August 2019

The 3rd African Junior Open took place this past weekend hosted by the University of Cape Town Squash Club.  71 players from across South Africa and 2 Botswanians and a Namibian competed against each other in U19-U17, U15 and U13-U11 age groups.

SAU19 no 2 player Jacques Duminy beat fellow WP U19 player Matthew Fehrsen in the Boy’s U19-U17 age group final, attached Jacque is pictured on his way to the win, photo by Oakpics.

Below is a list of all other winners and picture attached together with all results.

Girls U19 – Lauren Matheson winner and 15 year old Rebecca Glanvill – Runner Up

Boys U15 – 11 year old Hector Durbach winner and Kieran Jefthas – Runner Up

Girls U15 – Erin Powers (EPU16 no 1) winner and Elana Hay – Runner Up

Girls U13 – Dene Van Zyl (Namibia) winner and Lucy Malherbe – Runner Up

Boys U13 – Juan-Corné Brand (Gauteng) winner and Alistair Ludick – Runner Up

Girls U11 – Tara Smyly winner and 6 year old from Botswana Tiisetso Motshubi – Runner Up

Boys U11 – Thero Motshubi (Botswana) and Christian Swanepoel (Free State) – Runner Up

FULL RESULTS: African Junior Open 2019 final results