Defending champion Joelle King of the New Zealand kicked off the restart of international squash with a comprehensive win in the first round of the Manchester Open PSA World Tour event last night.
The world number eight began her defence of the title by handing Latvian Ineta Mackevica a 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 in just 23-minutes.
King, seeded only sixth this time, will play England’s Lucy Turmel in the next round. Turmel, ranked 37 in the world, upset Egypt’s world number 19 Nada Abbas 12-10, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6 after a 55-minute battle.
Top seed France’s Camille Serme held off a resurgent Sabrina Sobhy of the USA to book her place in the second round. Her 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 victory will see her taking on Belgium’s Belgium’s Nele Gilis in the last 16.
Serme’s compatriot Coline Aumard also booked her place in the next round with a 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 win over Egypt’s Hana Ramadan.
The Egyptian trio Hania El Hammamy, Salma Hany and Nadine Shahin were all victorious over France’s Enora Villard and Melissa Alves, and Canada’s Danielle Letourneau respectively in their opening round matches.
Manchester Open day one roundup:@Joelle_King begins title defence with a win, as seeds dominate at the National Squash Centre with @lucyturmel causing the only upset of the day 💪— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) September 16, 2020
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In the men’s competition, world number one ranked Egyptian Mohamed ElShorbagy packed off Germany’s Raphael Kandra 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 in his opening round match.
He will play England’s former world number one James Willstrop for a place in the quarter finals. Wilstrop made light work of Pakistan’s Tayyab Aslam 11-3, 11-1, 11-1 in just 23 minutes to book his place in the second round.
World Champion Tarek Momen also got his campaign to a winning start with a 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 victory over Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.
Men’s Round One: Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egy) bt Raphael Kandra (Ger) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (34m); James Willstrop (Eng) bt Tayyab Aslam (Pak) 3-0: 11-3, 11-1, 11-1 (23m); Greg Lobban (Sco) bt Richie Fallows (Eng) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (38m); Joel Makin (Wal) bt Tom Richards (Eng) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (50m); Paul Coll (Nzl) bt Baptiste Masotti (Fra) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (67m); Fares Dessouky (Egy) bt Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-0: 11-4, 13-11, 11-1 (34m); Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) bt George Parker (Eng) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (46m); Tarek Momen (Egy) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (Qat) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (56m)
Women’s Round One Results: Camille Serme (Fra) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 3-1: 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (43m); Nele Gilis (Bel) bt Lily Taylor (Eng) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (27m); Lucy Turmel (Eng) bt Nada Abbas (Egy) 3-1: 12-10, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6 (55m); Joelle King (Nzl) bt Ineta Mackevica (Lat) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (23m); Salma Hany (Egy) bt Melissa Alves (Fra) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (37m); Coline Aumard (Fra) bt Hana Ramadan (Egy) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (36m); Nadine Shahin (Egy) bt Danielle Letourneau (Can) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8 (39m); Hania El Hammamy (Egy) bt Enora Villard (Fra) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-3 (29m)
🏴🏴🇧🇪🏴@JoelMakin, @james_willstrop and @NeleGilis all went through to the second round, with @lucyturmel the only player to cause a shock on the opening day!— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) September 16, 2020
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SCHEDULE (Thursday September 17)
Men’s Round One Draw
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) v Lucas Serme (Fra)
Victor Crouin (Fra) v Declan James (Eng)
Omar Mosaad (Egy) v Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) v Simon Rösner (Ger)
Marwan ElShorbagy (Egy) v Benjamin Auerbert (Fra)
Patrick Rooney (Eng) v Adrian Waller (Eng)
Gregoire Marche (Fra) v Youssef Soliman (Egy)
Nathan Lake (Eng) v Ali Farag (Egy)
Women’s Round One Draw
Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) v Lisa Aitken (Sco)
Hollie Naughton (Can) v Millie Tomlinson (Eng)
Alison Waters (Eng) v Julianne Courtice (Eng)
Zeina Mickawy (Egy) v Tesni Evans (Wal)
Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Emilia Soini (Fin)
Haley Mendez (USA) v Tinne Gilis (Bel)
Donna Lobban (Aus) v Rachael Chadwick (Eng)
Jasmine Hutton (Eng) v Nour El Tayeb (Egy)