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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
 Jesus Camacho (MEX) v  David Baillargeon (CAN)11-6, 11-6, 11-7
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.
“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.
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.
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.
The first round of the 2017 Carol Weymuller Open included an upset as world No. 23 Mariam Metwally defeated 2016 finalist and 2014 champion Alison Waters in five games Thursday night at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn.
The first four main draw matches of the tournament yielded four Egyptian winners. Metwally recorded the first victory of the session in what was her first career win against Waters, the English world No. 8, in five games.
Another five-gamer ensued as Egypt’s Salma Hany notched her first victory over world No. 13 Joshna Chinappa in her sixth attempt.
“I’m so relieved! I finally beat Joshna in the sixth time,” Hany said. “I’ve never beaten her. First of all when I went on the court I was so relaxed, and I wasn’t sure how my body would carry me and I thought it’s not the end of the world to lose for the sixth time. When I was 9-1 down in the first game I thought just enjoy and stay a little bit longer in my favorite tournament.”
The Carol Weymuller quarterfinals will see a massive match up between world No. 1 Nour El Sherbini and U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management champion Nour El Tayeb, both of whom advanced in three games. Last week, El Tayeb defeated El Sherbini in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
El Tayeb defeated Dutch qualifier Milou van der Heijden.
“I was very nervous before this match with huge expectations after last week,” El Tayeb said. “I had to tell myself that it was just another match. Milou had two good wins in the qualification and so I knew she was playing well. I was very excited and nervous to play another match and I’m just trying to enjoy playing and put the results aside. If Nour wins her match tonight and we play tomorrow, she is still #1 and it’s going to another exciting match with a good friend.”
El Sherbini would go on to defeat fellow Egyptian Mayar Hany.
“Mayar is not an easy first round, she’s one of the young Egyptian players who is up and coming fast,” El Sherbini said. “I’m feeling good it’s the first round and it’s hard to mentally get back after a week of being here since the US Open. Nour just beat me last week so hopefully its revenge time!”
The second half of the first round will play out Friday evening from 5:30pm local time. Follow live scores and streaming on www.usprosquashseries.com/live.