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Blatchford and Sobhy Set For Cleveland Classic Main Draw

Amanda Sobhy (r) in the 2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions

Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy and Olivia Blatchford enter the 2018 $50,000 Cleveland Classic main draw as the five and six seeds, respectively, this weekend at the Cleveland Racquet Club in Ohio.

The eighth women’s Cleveland Classic has drawn Egypt’s world champion and world No. 2 Raneem El Welily as its top seed, while 2016 and 2017 champion Camille Serme does not return to Cleveland to defend her title.

Sobhy is set to make her second PSA tournament appearance since returning from a ten month injury hiatus. The former world No. 6 has dropped to world No. 28 as a result of her injury layoff, but a pinned ranking of world No. 11 has earned her the five seed. The Harvard graduate will take on a qualifier in the first round Friday, February 2, at 7:15pm ET. Should the American advance, Sobhy could face two seed and world No. 7 Sarah-Jane Perry in the second round.

U.S. champion Blatchford will face Egypt’s world No. 24 Hania El Hammamy in their first career match up. Blatchford, world No. 13, will take on the seventeen-year-old Friday at 5:45pm. A victory would potentially set up a Cleveland rematch between Blatchford and two-time finalist Alison Waters.

World No. 50 Haley Mendez is bidding to join her U.S. teammates in the main draw in qualifying. The Harvard graduate has a first-round bye and is predicted to face American Reyna Pacheco in Thursday’s qualifying finals.

All matches are streaming live below:
Court 1 live stream
Court 2 live stream

Follow live scores and view the draw on www.usprosquashseries.com.

Hong Kong’s Lee Wins Twelfth PSA Title in Pittsburgh

(l-r): Steven Baicker-McKee, Max Lee, Duilio Costa

Hong Kong’s world No. 30 Max Lee claimed his twelfth career PSA Tour title—and first career U.S. Pro Series title—when he lifted the $25,000 Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open trophy this weekend at the Rivers Club.

The first round included a number of major upsets. Egyptian qualifier Karim El Hammamy upset Scotland’s one seed Alan Clyne in four games. 2011 Pittsburgh Open champion Alister Walker returned to the Steel City as the Wild Card and made the most of the opportunity with a first-round upset against Campbell Grayson, and just falling short in the quarterfinals against three seed Tsz Fung Yip, 14-12 in the fifth.

England’s Ben Coleman began his surprise run to the final with a first-round upset against Qatar’s four seed Abdulla Al-Tamimi. Coleman, world No. 51, then dispatched Team USA’s eight seed Todd Harrity in the quarterfinals, and reached the final courtesy of another upset against six seed Joel Makin.

Lee progressed through the draw as the two seed, including a difficult four-game semifinal against Hong Kong teammate Yip. in the final against England’s Coleman, it was Lee who decisively claimed the title 11-2, 11-7, 11-5 in forty-three minutes.

The Pittsburgh Open concludes a busy week of squash in western Pennsylvania following the SDA Pittsburgh Golf Club Challenger the previous weekend. The Pittsburgh Open was first held in 1993.

Harrity Enters Pittsburgh Open as Eight Seed

Todd Harrity (r)

Team USA’s Todd Harrity enters his second PSA tournament of 2018—the $25,000 Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open—as the eight seed this weekend at the Rivers Club in western Pennsylvania.

Last year, the Princeton graduate pulled off a first-round upset against Karim Ali Fathi to reach the Pittsburgh quarterfinals. Now world No. 50, Harrity is predicted to reach the finals again, but first but get past England’s world no. 60 Richie Fallows in the first round, Thursday, January 25, at 5:20pm ET.

Should the American advance, he is predicted to face Qatari four seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in what would be a rematch of the 2017 quarterfinals.

U.S. teammates Chris Hanson, Chris Gordon, Faraz Khan and Dylan Cunningham all failed to progress through qualifying and join Harrity in the main draw. Columbia graduate Ramit Tandon was one of four qualifiers and will face Hong Kong’s three seed Tsz Fung Yip in the first round.

Follow live scores throughout the weekend on www.usprosquashseries.com/live.

Scenic City Squash Announces PSA Closed Satellite Bourbon Trail Series

Richard Millman and Lee Scott in partnership with and Scenic City Squash and the Louisville Boat Club have announced a PSA Closed Satellite tournament series, the Bourbon Trail Series, in Tennessee and Kentucky.

The three $1000 events will be held over the course of January and February 2018. The first event will be held in conjunction with the Outdoor Elevation Burns Night Open, January 19-20, at Scenic City Squash in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The second event will again be held at Scenic City Squash, February 9-10, and will be sponsored by the MF Restaurant group of Scenic City Squash owners Mike and Taylor Monen. The third event will be held at the Louisville Boat Club in Kentucky, February 16-17.

“Scenic City Squash is proud to support up and coming, committed squash players and is grateful to the PSA for creating this type of entry level tournament to allow a new club to get involved in the PSA program,” Millman said. “We are also extremely grateful for the support of US Squash and their continuing commitment to the growth of the game. Finally, without the consistent generosity of our wonderful local sponsors such as Martin Daniel and Elevation Outdoor Advertising, Blue Moon beer, The MF Restaurant Group, Clay Watson and the Mtn View Automobile group, The Clemens Family Fund and several other anonymous generous sponsors—none of this would be possible.”

These will be sixteen person draws and organizers will endeavor to help players traveling to play in the events with accommodation. To enter these tournaments please email Richard Millman at millmansquash@gmail.com.

Hanson Wins Second Career PSA Title in Boston

U.S. Champion Chris Hanson earned his second career PSA Tour title this weekend, the inaugural $5,000 Boston Open at Equinox Sports Club in Massachusetts.

Hanson pulled off a perfect tournament without dropping a game all tournament to fulfill his top seeding.

Hanson, the world No. 78, defeated surprise finalist and qualifier Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari in the final 11-8, 11-5, 11-7. Bukhari had upset American two seed Dylan Cunningham in the quarterfinals and four seed Vincent Droesbeke on his way to the final.

The result marks Hanson’s second career U.S. Pro Series title in addition to the 2015 Kiva Club Open.

Camacho Claims Betty F. Griffin Memorial Life Time Florida Open

Number five seed Jesus Camacho came out on top in the Betty F. Griffin Memorial Florida State Florida Open final after a straight games win over David Baillargeon.

The victory sees Camacho claim his second U.S. Pro Series title in two weeks after he prevailed in the Securian Open  in Minnesota at the beginning of December.

The Mexican, who came through a hard-fought five-setter in the semi-finals to defeat England’s Joe Green, had no such problems in the Florida final, defeating the Canadian fourth seed Baillargeon 11-6, 11-6, 11-7.

Result – Life Time Florida Open 2017 final
[5] Jesus Camacho (MEX) v [4] David Baillargeon (CAN)11-6, 11-6, 11-7

Mohamed El Sherbini Begins Professional Ascent With Largest Title in Cleveland

Egypt’s Mohamed El Sherbini claimed the largest PSA Tour title of his career—the $10,000 Cleveland Skating Club Open—Sunday, October 28, in Ohio.

El Sherbini, the cousin of women’s world No. 1 Nour El Sherbini, started playing PSA Tour events consistently for the first time this year at twenty-five years old.

Now based in Washington D.C., El Sherbini claimed four 5k PSA titles in the spring of 2017, and claimed his first career U.S. Pro Series title in his first professional tournament this fall.

The unseeded world No. 112 upset two seed Vikram Malhotra in a three-game semifinal, and defeated Canada’s Shawn Delierre in the final 9-11, 11-6, 11-1, 3-11, 11-3 in sixty-six minutes.

The 2017 Cleveland Skating Club Open was the third edition of the U.S. Pro Series event.

El Sherbini Becomes First Player to Win Three Straight Carol Weymuller Opens

l-r: Nour El Sherbini, Linda Elriani, Joelle King (image: Kelley Holmgren)

Egypt’s world No. 1 Nour El Sherbini made history Monday night by becoming the first player in the Carol Weymuller Open’s forty-four years to win three consecutive titles at Heights Casino in Brooklyn, New York.

Twenty-one-year-old El Sherbini dispatched three compatriots on her way to the final including U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management champion Nour El Tayeb in the quarterfinals and Salma Hany in the semifinals.

In front of a packed Heights Casino gallery, El Sherbini defeated New Zealand’s world No. 10 Joelle King in a clinical performance, 11-7, 11-5, 11-3, in thirty-three minutes.

(image: Kelley Holmgren)

“I think it’s my best match since I’ve been in the U.S. for the last two weeks,” El Sherbini said. “My shots were working, I was moving well and I was thinking not to finish everything too quickly. I felt confident going for my shots. I think it was my day! Joelle has been killing it the last two weeks. I think that she has beaten most the top 5 now, Nour, Raneem, Nicol, Laura, everyone. I’m glad it wasn’t my turn. Thank you and see you next year!”

El Sherbini has now defeated King in two of her three Carol Weymuller finals. King concludes a run stateside that saw her reach the U.S. Open semifinals.

“With Nour you just have to blind on,” King said. “I wasn’t seeing the ball quite as sharp and my decision making was not quite as crisp and I was kind of behind the whole way, maybe it was a bit of fatigue. But credit to her, she just did not give me anything and played great squash. The last six weeks have been amazing. It’s been a great block. A couple of weeks of training and then onto Hong Kong.”

The Carol Weymuller Open is one of the longest-established events on the professional tour and is the namesake of Heights Casino pioneer Carol Weymuller.

“Carol started the junior squash program here at The Heights Casino many years back with her late husband Fred, and it has obviously grown and expanded along with the sport,” said Linda Elriani, Heights Casino Pro and Tournament Director. “We always like to thank Carol for all her hard work and dedication back at the start, as we wouldn’t be where we are today with our program if she had not been forward thinking enough to develop squash in this area.”

Watch replays of Carol Weymuller Open matches here.

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El Sherbini and King to Contest Carol Weymuller Open Final

King (l) against El Welily in the Carol Weymuller semifinals. (image: Kelley Holmgren)

The 2017 Carol Weymuller Open final will be a rematch of the 2015 final between Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini and New Zealand’s Joelle King Monday night at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn.

World No. 1 Nour El Sherbini is on the brink of tournament history with a potential record of three consecutive titles in Brooklyn. After bowing out of the U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management in the quarterfinals earlier this month, El Sherbini appears to be back on form. El Sherbini avenged her quarterfinal loss against U.S. Open champion Nour El Tayeb by dispatching her compatriot in a four-game quarterfinal.

In Sunday’s semifinals, El Sherbini defeated her third Egyptian opponent of the tournament, Salma Hany, in three games to advance to her third consecutive Carol Weymuller final.

“I’m feeling good and playing much better, feeling my shots and attacking more,” El Sherbini said after her semifinal victory. “In the final it will be tough one with whoever wins–whether it’s Raneem or Joelle—it’ll be tough. I’m looking forward to another Weymuller final.”

King, world No. 10, pulled off her first career win against Egypt’s world No. 3 Raneem El Welily in their thirteenth career matchup. King avenged her recent U.S. Open semifinal loss against El Welily 11-6, 3-11, 11-9, 14-12 to advance to her second career Carol Weymuller final.

“Finally! I’ve never beaten Raneem ever, not even since the juniors,” King said. “Through juniors she was the player that we all idolized. It was one of those matches where I didn’t know what the score was really. I just tried to play every point the best I could. In the fourth I just tried to take the ball as early as possible and I think from 10-10 we both played some great squash. Tomorrow is just another day, just going to try and recover and play my game and to be ready from the first point.”

In the 2015 final, El Sherbini defeated King 11-5, 11-6, 11-3.

Follow live scores and streaming of the final Monday night from 7:30pm ET on www.usprosquashseries.com/live.

Salazar Wins Second Career U.S. Pro Series Title in Chicago

l-r: Joel Makin, Vernon Hills professional Franz Schwerer, Cheryl Salazar, Cesar Salazar, Life Time tour director Andre Maur. (image: Matthew Pace)

Mexico’s Cesar Salazar celebrated his second career U.S. Pro Series title and sixth career PSA Tour title after storming to the Life Time Chicago Open title this weekend at Life Time Vernon Hills in Illinois.

Salazar, who rose to a career-high ranking of world No. 19 this month, fulfilled his seeding as the top seed by dropping just one game all tournament. That game came in the first round against Canada’s Andrew Schnell. From there, Salazar defeated his twin brother, Arturo, in the quarters, New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson in the semifinals and Wales’ Joel Makin in the final—all in three games.

The Chicago Open title adds to his 2014 Life Time Atlanta Open title as this second U.S. Pro Series title.

The 2017 Life Time Chicago Open offered its highest prize money of $25,000 in the tournament’s fifth year in Vernon Hills.

Watch video stream replays of the matches below. View all results here.