By ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor)
England’s Nick Wall took simply 14 minutes to win by to the second spherical of the Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco.
The very best-of-three format on this PSA Silver occasion produced 5 matches that took lower than 20 minutes to finish, with Wall’s win over Pakistan’s increased ranked Tayyab Aslam the quickest of all of them.
The Yorkshireman possesses nice energy across the center of the courtroom and used this to full impact in solely his fifth World Tour look.
He now faces No.6 seed and PSA Tour veteran Miguel Rodriguez immediately for a spot within the quarter finals.
George Parker and Lucy Beecroft have been different English winners because the opening day noticed motion going down at three totally different squash golf equipment.
Six girls’s matches occurred at The College Membership and Beecroft scored the primary upset at this venue, taking out France’s Enora Villard in three video games.
Beecroft began the match in nice type, choosing off her opponent with devastating assaults on the entrance of the courtroom and after taking the primary sport 11-3, regarded positive to be shifting by in straight video games.
Regardless of dropping the next sport 12-10, Beecroft shook of the nerves that one of the best of three format can create and returned to enterprise, profitable the ultimate sport 11-5 to advance.
“It was so nerve-racking,” admitted Beecroft after her win. “I received the primary and felt nice, then I had a lead within the second however tensed up and she or he began to get some factors again and get into the match. However I’m simply glad I calmed down within the third and managed to get management of the match again and acquired by.
“I simply felt fairly edgy. It felt such as you needed to actually take any alternative, It shouldn’t be any totally different because it’s simply making an attempt to win factors, the identical as every other match. But it surely simply feels tenser on there with one of the best of three.
“Hopefully I can really feel OK in opposition to Farida Mohamed. She’s a really attacking participant. We’ve performed earlier than and she or he beat me 3-0 however who is aware of what is going to occur tomorrow? I can’t wait to get caught in.”
“The strain is off me now. As soon as I get previous the RD1 matches, it provides me some respiratory room to loosen up and really play squash.”
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On the SquashZone Membership in Redwood Metropolis, Parker, Cesar Salazar and Chan Sin Yuk all received comfortably in straight video games.
Parker beat Portugal’s Rui Soares 11-3, 15-13 in a battle that lasted 35 minutes, with Soares going near profitable a protracted second sport. Parker now meets India’s No.5 seed Saurav Ghosal in a troublesome second spherical tie.
Parker stated: “The strain is off me now. As soon as I get previous the spherical one matches, it provides me some respiratory room to loosen up and really play squash.”
The winner of that tie is seeded to satisfy England’s No.2 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy, who, like Ghosal, loved a bye within the first spherical. ElShorbagy’s second spherical opponent is India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar, who beat US wild card Zane Patel 11-8, 11-6.
The one upset at SquashZone got here from new French nationwide champion Marie Stephan, who defeated Canada’s Nicole Bunyan 2-0 to guide her place in a Silver occasion second spherical for less than the second time in her profession. Her reward is a last-16 conflict with Scotland’s No.8 seed Lisa Aitken on the identical courtroom immediately.
World No.58 Aly Abou Eleinen scored the largest upset on day one as he defeated World No.30 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in straight video games to advance to spherical two of the PSA World Tour Silver occasion.
The Egyptian has risen 70 locations within the PSA rankings from this time final 12 months and now sits at World No.58. On the Olympic Membership in San Francisco, he displayed his wonderful deception and contact from the outset in opposition to Qatar’s Al Tamimi, testing the motion of his increased ranked opponent each time he took the ball quick.
The Qatar No.1 was pressured into making quite a few errors by the good and correct play of Eleinen. After securing the essential opening sport 11-8, he repeated the scoreline within the second sport to say the victory.
Eleinen stated: “Coming in, I had just a little little bit of confidence as a result of we simply performed on the QSF 4 occasion in Qatar and I used to be in a position to win in 5 video games, however on the identical time, he simply had such an unbelievable run on the Qatar Traditional, beating Paul Coll. I needed to be affected person and belief myself.
“Previously month, I’ve put in loads of work for this event and I simply needed to belief my coaching. The very best of three is just a little bit tough and the primary sport is so essential to ensure to start out nicely.”
Within the subsequent spherical he faces fellow Egyptian Youssef Soliman, the No.7 seed, and Eleinen stated: “Soliman and I’ve solely performed as soon as earlier than in El Gouna. He received in 4 video games and it was such a very good match, we performed good squash. There’s no strain on me, he’s World No.11, I’m going to get pleasure from it and provides it every little thing I can.”
The only real USA win of the day got here from World No.53 and USA No.3 Faraz Khan, who overcame Hong Kong’s Henry Leung in two tight video games. Khan was in a position to make use of his pace to assault Leung and pounced on his free assaults on the entrance to punish the Hong Kong No.1. He received 11-7, 11-8 in 36 minutes to arrange a spherical two encounter with the event’s No.1 seed Diego Elias on the all-glass courtroom.
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Males’s First Spherical:
Faraz Khan (USA) bt Henry Leung (HKG) 2-0: 11-7, 11-8 (36m)
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 2-0: 11-8, 11-8 (25m)
Nick Wall (ENG) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 2-0: 11-3, 11-4 (14m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Martin Svec (CZE) 2-0: 11-6, 11-3 (16m)
Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) 2-0: 11-5, 11-2 (20m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt David Baillargeon (CAN) 2-0: 11-9, 11-6 (27m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Rui Soares (POR) 2-0: 11-3, 15-13 (35m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [WC] Zane Patel (USA) 2-0 :11-8, 11-6 (23m)
Ladies’s First Spherical:
Sana Ibrahim (EGY) bt Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) 2-0: 11-5, 11-7 (21m)
Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) bt [WC] Riya Navani (USA) 2-0: 11-7, 11-2 (16m)
Emilia Soini (FIN) bt Anna Serme (CZE) 2-0: 11-8, 11-4 (18m)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Cristina Gomez (ESP) 2-0: 11-4, 11-7 (15m)
Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt Enora Villard (FRA) 2-1: 11-3, 10-12, 11-5 (31m)
Marie Stephan (FRA) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 2-0: 11-5, 11-6 (20m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 2-0: 12-10, 11-7 (23m)
Tomato Ho (HKG) bt Ka Yi Lee (HKG) 2-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-4 (32m)
Males’s Second Spherical:
 Diego Elias (PER) v Faraz Khan (USA)
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) v  Youssef Soliman (EGY)
 Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v Nick Wall (ENG)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v  Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
 Mazen Hesham (EGY) v Ramit Tandon (IND)
Lucas Serme (FRA) v  Shahjahan Khan (USA)
 Saurav Ghosal (IND) v George Parker (ENG)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v  Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG)
Ladies’s Second Spherical:
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Sana Ibrahim (EGY)
Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) v  Olivia Clyne (USA)
 Hana Ramadan (EGY) v Emilia Soini (FIN)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) v  Hollie Naughton (CAN)
 Farida Mohamed (EGY) v Lucy Beecroft (ENG)
Marie Stephan (FRA) v  Lisa Aitken (SCO)
 Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
 Joelle King (NZL) v [9/16] Tomato Ho (HKG)
Photos courtesy of PSA World Tour