For the first time in tournament history, the 2016 Samson Seattle Open will feature prize money parity with $10,000 men’s and women’s draws at the Seattle Athletic Club Downtown in Washington.
Last year, the Seattle Open included a $10,000 men’s draw for just the second year, and revived the women’s side for the first time since 2005 with a $5,000 draw.
Main draw matches begin at 2pm local time, 5pm ET. Follow live scores throughout the weekend on U.S. Pro Series Live.
Denmark’s Line Hansen leads the women’s draw as the top seed, and is seeded to meet Holland’s Milou van der Heijden in Sunday’s final.
Seattle-based Dutch junior Elena Wagenmans qualified for the main draw and will take on Australia’s three seed Christine Nunn.
The men’s side is seeded for an all-English final between one seed Tom Ford and two seed Nathan Lake. Canada’s Andrew Schnell is seeded third, while Seattle-based Pakistan international Shahjahan Khan will play on his home courts as the five seed.
One week after his appearance as the men’s wild card in the 2016 Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim Partners & Equitrust, Team USA’s Chris Hanson travels to the southeast where he is the 2016 Life Time Atlanta Open two seed this weekend.
The $10,000 main draw begins play Thursday at 5pm ET at Life Time Athletic in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Follow live scores throughout the weekend on U.S. Pro Series Live.
Hanson initially entered the draw as the three seed, but two seed Arturo Salazar was forced to withdraw, shifting the draw in Hanson’s favor. The Dartmouth graduate is seeded to face Mexico’s Eric Galvez in the semifinals, and a predicted final against Qatar’s one seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.
The twenty-five-year-old moved up the world rankings from world No. 75 to No. 73 in March, and is poised to reach what would be just his second career PSA final.
Two rounds of qualifying complete the main draw by Wednesday night.
Team USA’s Todd Harrity came up short in $16,000 Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic final Sunday afternoon, losing in four games against Egyptian top seed Omar Abdel Meguid at the Foley Squash Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona.
Harrity, world No. 52, had fought through five-games in both his quarterfinal and semifinal leading into the final, while Meguid had dropped only one game all tournament in the semifinals. Meguid held a 2-0 career record against the American three seed going into Sunday’s final, and would make it 3-0.
“As Meguid and Harrity were warming up, there was an obvious feeling that the mojo in the crowd was firmly behind the No. 1 U.S. player,” reported David Foley, Tournament Director. “Play began with Omar taking the first three points. Not a good start for the U.S. Meguid took the first game 11-7.
“The second held hope for the biased spectators. When the game was tied at 10-10, Meguid was too strong and took the next two points, giving him a commanding 2-0 lead. Harrity slowed the pace in the third with some well placed lobs and was off to a 5-1 start. Todd kept the U.S. hopes alive winning 11-9. Mequid, however, was not to be denied. Harrity was no match for the big Egyptian, and fell quickly giving Omar Meguid his third 15K title in a row. Dohar Qatar, Portland Oregon, and now Phoenix Arizona!”
Harrity and U.S. teammate Chris Hanson now head to Chicago for the World Series Windy City Open.
Team USA’s Todd Harrity reached his first PSA Tour final since the President’s Gold Cup in November Saturday evening, defeating six seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the semifinals of the $16,000 Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic at the Foley Squash Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona.
After coming back form two games down to win in five against Pan American Games teammate Chris Hanson in Friday’s quarterfinals, Harrity endured another five-game match against the world No. 61 from Qatar.
Unlike his quarterfinal against Hanson, Harrity began Saturday’s match with an advantage taking the first 11-5, before Tamimi responded to win a marathon second game 16-14. The match continued to seesaw with Harrity claiming the third 11-4, and Tamimi the fourth 11-9. Harrity earned his fifth career PSA Tour final appearance by winning the fifth 11-5 and match in sixty-five minutes.
Harrity’s final opponent will be Egyptian top seed Omar Abdel Meguid, who won the $15,000 Oregon Open last weekend. Meguid defeated India’s five seed Mahesh Mangaonkar in a four-game semifinal.
Meguid has won both of their previous encounters on the PSA Tour, most recently in October of 2014.
Sunday’s final is scoring live on U.S. Pro Series Live at 2pm local time, 4pm ET.
Team USA’s Todd Harrity recovered from two games down against Pan American Games teammate Chris Hanson, to win their $16,000 Ganem Veins Institute Cactus Classic quarterfinal in five games Friday night at the Foley Squash Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona.
Harrity entered the match having won their only previous encounter on the PSA Tour in August, and a four-game, first-round victory Thursday night, while Hanson had come back from two games down to upset eight seed Peter Creed Thursday night.
“The two U.S. players were being coached by two Australian coaches,” reported Tournament Director David Foley. “Harrity was under the wing of his billet and former PSA player, Peter Fantich. Chris Hanson had Geoff Hunt in his corner.
“Hanson found himself sitting comfortably up 2-0 love tasting victory. In a reversal of the previous night when Hanson came from 0-2 down to defeat Creed, the tables were turned. Harrity was able to dig deep, change a few tactics, and in the end it was Harrity 3-2 over Hanson. Harrity had gained his place in the semifinals.”
Harrity, world No. 52, will face Qatar’s world No. 61 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the semifinals Saturday night after the six seed upset second-seeded Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi in four games.
The top half of the draws sees one seed Omar Abdel Meguid take on India’s five seed Mahesh Mangoankar, who knocked out Finland’s four seed Henrik Mustonen in five games.
Team USA’s Chris Hanson pulled off a dramatic five-game victory over Peter Creed in the first round of the $15,000 Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic Thursday night, setting up a Friday quarterfinal against Pan American Games teammate Todd Harrity at the Foley Squash Pavillion in Phoenix.
Hanson, world No. 75, entered Thursday’s match having played the Welsh world no. 74 just once before in his career during the 2014 British Virgin Island Open, where Creed took the match in three games.
Their match in Arizona appeared to be on the same track as the Welshman sped to an 11-3, 11-4 lead. The American No. 3 then turned the match on its head, however, clawing back to force a fifth game 11-7, 11-2.
In the fifth, Hanson outlasted Creed to upset the eight seed 14-12 in eighty-one minutes.
Hanson was the main draw’s only upset as the top seven seeds progressed to the quarterfinals, including Harrity, who held off Canadian qualifier David Baillargeon 7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-3 in forty-four minutes.
Days after winning the $15,000 Oregon Open, Egyptian world No. 33 Omar Abdel Meguid travels to the southwest where is seeded to win a second title in just as many weeks in what would be a rematch of the Oregon Open final against Egypt’s two seed
The first round of main draw play will be contested over two days–the top half of the draw on Wednesday and the bottom half of the draw on Thursday.
Thursday sees three Americans in action beginning with world No. 52 Harrity, the three seed, taking on a qualifier at 5:30pm local time, 7:30pm ET.
Hanson, world No. 75, follows on after Harrity against Welsh world No. 74 Peter Creed.
American world No. 158 occupies the wild card sport, and will face Fathi in the final main draw match at 7:45 pm local time.
The matches are taking place in a single court in the private home of Tournament Director David Foley, situated at the base of the scenic Camelback Mountain.
Foley reports that the players have enjoyed sunny 80-degree weather in the Valley of the Sun.
“Record crowds of 200,000 people attended the Phoenix Open gold tournament last weekend, and a few of them stuck around to witness the opening round of the Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic,” Foley said.
In 2011, Foley hosted the inaugural $11,000 Cactus Classic.
“Beautiful day of squash or just about anything in Phoenix today,” Foley continued. “The high was 83 degrees with more of the same forecast for the entire week. Before play began, the players could be found relaxing and lounging poolside.
“Some of the more adventurous lads went for a swim only to discover that an unheated pool in the middle of the winter in the desert is very similar to a cold plunge. Not many braved it for very long.”
England’s Fiona Moverley fought back from one-game down in the final of the 2016 Corporation Service Company Delaware Open 2016, PSA W10 tournament, to secure her sixth and biggest PSA World Tour title to date.
The 29-year-old from Beverley, Hull, followed up semifinal finishes in her last two tournaments at the Granite Open and Winnipeg Winter Club Women’s Open by scything past Georgina Kennedy and Hollie Naughton to reach the final against four seed Nikki Todd, who ousted top seeded Siyoli Waters in an impressive semifinal performance.
“The final had a nervy start to the first two games, where Todd took total advantage by using a combination of volley drops and working boasts to good effect to sneak out the first game,” reported Tournament Director Ray Chan-A-Sue. “However, at the business end of the second game, Moverley seem to find her length which forced Todd into some loose balls that Moverley promptly dispatched.
“The third and fourth games, saw more of the same, with Moverley moving Todd to all four corners of the court, cutting off any loose balls on the volley. Down 7-1 in the fourth, Todd put up slight resistance to the English woman’s onslaught, but it was all in vain as Moverley closed out the game with a couple of beautiful lobs and a volley drop to claim her first Delaware title.”
Moverly joins the likes of Amanda Sobhy, Delia Arnold, and fellow English international Sarah-Jane Perry in winning the CSC Delaware Open.
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World No. 33 Omar Abdel Meguid defeated fellow Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi to win his eleventh career PSA title and first $15,000 Oregon Open title Saturday night at Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.
The twenty-seven-year-old from Giza was Oregon Open runner up for the past two years, and finally took the title 3-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 in sixty-five minutes.
Mauricio Sanchez de la Paz reports from Portland:
“In the first game, Karim started playing very tight rails and was able to establish a quick lead at 5-0. He was making sure to go around Omar in order to keep continuous rallies. Omar was not able to find his rhythm in this first game and reserved energy for what was to come. Karim took the first blood 11-3.
But the pressure of being one love down gave Omar the focus he needed. He has the ability to hit an extra gear whenever he finds himself in difficult situations. Omar was stepping up in every rally and volleying more and more. The powerful attacks were able to break the movement of Karim and Omar took the game 11-5.
At one all, everyone in the crowd was wondering if Karim’s resistance or Omar’s finesse would prevail. The rallies were incredibly disputed and for the first time in the tournament the relaxed attitude of Karim seemed to go into lapses of tension. At 5-3 we saw the rally of the match in this game with both players reaching unbelievably difficult shots and attacking millimeters from the tin. But not surprisingly, as it is the case in some of the most disputed rallies in squash, the magnificent rally ended in a let. Karim was able to put a lot of work into Omar’s legs and he seemed to have the momentum in his favor by taking the third game 11-8.
In the fourth game, Omar was again able to go into his characteristic second gear and started dominating the rallies. Omar’s powerful physique contrasts his delicate touch but it creates a special effect that is difficult for his opponents to decipher. Even though Karim was still running for every shot Omar would found a way to finish most rallies to level the match at two-all.
In the last game, both players decided to start hitting the ball even harder and running for everything, clearly pushing themselves to the limit. It was very close all the way to five-all until Omar found some magical touches and was able to create a lead to take the match at 11-7.
The avid Squash fans received the new champion with raucous applause. In his third final in the Oregon Open, Omar was finally able to take the title. He is very popular in the Oregon circles and he graciously returned the compliment to his fans. When asked what he liked the most about Portland without hesitation he responded “the crowd”. It was an incredible week of Squash in the Pacific North West and Squash enthusiasts were treated to a great final by these Egyptian Squash magicians.”
The Multnomah Athletic Club will host an all-Egyptian Oregon Open final Saturday afternoon between one seed Omar Abdel Meguid and two seed Karim Ali Fathi.
Both players lost the first game of their semifinal, then came back to reach the final in four. Meguid went down 7-11 against German three seed Raphael Kandra, then came back to win 11-8, 11-8, 14-12 in ninety minutes.
Fathi also dropped the opening game 7-11 against qualifier and former Trinity No. 1 Vikram Malhotra, who had defeated Princeton graduate Todd Harrity in the quarterfinals.
The twenty-two-year old from Cairo then recovered to advance 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 in sixty-two minutes.