James Willstrop beaten by Mohamed Abouelghar in Hong Kong Open

James Willstrop was unable to progress beyond Mohamed Abouelghar in his opening match at the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open, the third Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Series event of the 2017/18 season.

Abouelghar, the World No.13, was in superb form as he defeated the former champion 11-2 11-9 11-9.
 
"I’ve played with James three times and the first time [in Qatar] he wasn’t at his best because he had just returned from a hip injury, so I just got away with it," said Abouelghar.
 
"I really admire his game and admire him as a player. I’ve learned a lot from him, I always watch him to learn and today I just had to execute my game plan and play with a slower pace because I know he controls the game very well. To beat James in three games is huge for me."
 
UNSQUASHABLE hopes now rest with Sarah-Jane Perry who will play Coline Aumard of France in her 1st round match tomorrow.
 
Results – First Round (Top Half): 2017 Men’s Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-9 (39m)
Paul Coll (NZL) bt [Q] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) 3-1: 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-1 (44m)
[Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 (58m)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (38m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [6] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 11-9 (38m)
Simon Rösner (GER) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-1: 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 (51m)
[Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5 (77m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-2: 11-7, 2-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4 (68m)
 
Draw - Men’s First Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played November 15th
[Q] Tom Richards (ENG) v [4] Ali Farag (EGY)
[WC] Leo Au (HKG) v Ramy Ashour (HKG)
[Q] Declan James (ENG) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v [8] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
Alan Clyne (SCO) v [7] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 
Draw - Men’s Second Round (Top Half): To Be Played November 16th
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Paul Coll (NZL)
[Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) v [5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Simon Rösner (GER)
[Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) v [3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
 
Results – First Round (Top Half): 2017 Women’s Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-1 (16m)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-0: 11-1, 11-5, 11-9 (22m)
[11] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [Q] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-2: 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (46m)
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [WC] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-6 (21m)
[8] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (28m)
[14] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [Q] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (29m)[16] Olivia Blatchford (USA) v Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (29m)
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (34m)
 
Draw - Women’s First Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played November 15th
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) v [Q] Rachel Arnold (MAS)
Joey Chan (HKG) v [12] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[9] Annie Au (HKG) v [Q] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG)
[Q] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [5] Nicol David (MAS)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Coline Aumard (FRA)
[Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY) v [10] Joelle King (NZL)
[13] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
 
Draw - Women’s Second Round (Top Half): To Be Played November 16th
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[11] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [7] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[8] Alison Waters (ENG) v [14] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[16] Olivia Blatchford (USA) v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG)
 
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James Willstrop uses the UNSQUASHABLE JAMES WILLSTROP AUTOGRAPH racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com
 
Sarah-Jane Perry uses the UNSQUASHABLE Y-TEC PRO racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com
 
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