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

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