Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind) beat Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas) 3-1
8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 in 42 Mins
1INDHarinder Pal SandhuVsMohd Syafiq KamalMAS
W3-1|8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9
Top seed Harinder Pal Sandhu of India started very strong and solid on the All glass court at the ISA Academy. Mohd Syafiq Kamal – one of the bright young talents emerging from Malaysia found his feet and slowly got back ahead of Harinder on the court to make it 4-4
Both players traded points and with Harinder making two unforced Errors Syafiq took the lead for the first time 8-6
Two more tight points by the Malaysian gave him his first game ball at 10-7 and closed out the 1st game 11-8
The 2nd game saw the Indian come out much stronger and work Mohd to the back hitting tight dying length to go up 8-3
Mohd hit 3 brilliant winners to stage a mini comeback at 6-9 but a beautiful reverse trickle boast and a straight drop allowed Harinder to level the games
The 3rd game was the same as the 2nd game with Harry playing some beautiful tight shots and controlling the Centre of the court
At 10-4 gameball Syafik found his game and hit 3 wonderful back hand drives sticking to the b/h glass wall to close in at 8-10 before Harry hit his trade mark cross court nick to take a 2-1 lead
In the 4th Harinder kept the pressure and forced some uncharacteristic errors from from Syafik to take the lead 3-1 and 5-2 and managed to keep his lead 7-9.
Syafik wasn’t done and two delicate drops levelled scores at 9-9
Harinder kept the pressure up and forced two errors to win the game 11-9 and book a place in the semis
Youssef Soliman (EGY) beat Abdulla Al Muzayen ( KUW)
( 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6) 41 Mins
KWTAbdullah Al MuzayenVsYoussef SolimanEGY
1-3|8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11W41m
ARTISTRY (Report by Raj Arora)
A relaxed Al Muzayen took to the court against the World Junior Men’s finalist from Egypt Youssef Soliman who had put out El Gawarhy last night. The junior took some to adjust to the variations from Al Muzayen as his more experienced opponent opened up a 4-1 lead with some entertaining squash. Youssef started piecing it together with some delectable play in the front court and was soon in command at 9-5
Al Muzayen cleverly changed the pace to pull back to 8-9 before Youssef played two good points to close the opener 11-8
Some fantastic racket skills were on display once again in Game two with both players taking turns to exhibit their artistry as they moved from 5-5 to 6-6 to 7-7 to 8-8. The quality of the Al Muzayen drop ended many rallies as he moved to 10-9 . Another beauty levelled the match 11-9
Soliman was playing superbly but Al Muzayen was controlling the pace once again as he led 2-1 in the third.,an unforced error made it 3-2, before the junior played a couple of good points for 4-3. A stroke and yet another magical drop and Muzayen had 5-4. The younger legs vs some artistry and the points were very even as Youssef led 9-6. A backhand over head kill followed by another good rally and Youssef had the crucial third at 11-6
The Cairo man was displaying a temperament far beyond his years as he was doing enough to keep marginally ahead as Al Muzayen was being worked harder. Anything less than perfect from Youssef was punished by the Kuwaiti but Youssef was focused all the way through as he maintained the quality all through the fourth to earn a well deserved spot in the semis where he runs into the top seeded Indian Harinderpal Sandhu
Mazen Gamal (Egypt) beats Joel Makin (Wales) 3-2
10-12, 14-12, 4-11, 11-7, 11-5 in 83 Mins
3WALJoel MakinVsMazen GamalEGY6
2-3|12-10, 12-14, 11-4, 7-11, 5-11W83m
ATTRITION (Report by Raj Arora)
In a contrasting game to the Al Muzayen v Soliman match being played on the adjacent court this one was a battle of attrition as both Joel and Makin played a brutal first game with the serve exchanging hands regularly as the Welshman clinched the first 12-10
Mazen used some consistency to play the crucial points well in the second which also went to extra points. A surge of energy from Mazen at the business end of the second levelled the match. Mazen 14-12
It appeared as if the effort had taken its toll on the Egyptian’s legs as Joel raced through the third with little resistance . Joel 11-4
Joel looked to be moving slightly better and seemingly in control but Mazen kept finding some variation at crucial junctures to move from 5-4 to 7-4 and then 8-5 and 9-6 . Joel battled on before an attractive back hand overhead kill into the nick gave Mazen a game ball. He took it at the first opportunity as Joel sent one into the tin.
After 69 minutes of some hard fought squash we were going into the fifth
Mazen opened the decider with two incredible shots and soon led 3-1, he repeatedly upset the rhythm of Joel with some unconventional shots but the Welshman battled on to 3-4. A nick from Mazen followed by another lucky one and the Egyptian had 7-3 with a debatable call. Two measured drops and it was 9-3 to Mazen . The gritty Welshman fought back to 5-9 but it wasn’t quite enough as the Egyptian had won a place against fellow countryman Mohamed Reda
Mazen: Last time we played in Ukraine in December 2014, he won. And that was my first tournament after i came back from Military service and after finishing my bachelor degree. I am happy to play better and I have improved a lot then last year. The match was too long today, I got used more to the court and condition and was able to feel the ball more.
( Mazen Gamal (EGY) beat Joel Makin (WAL)
10-12,14-12, 4-11, 11-7, 11-5 : 83 mins
Mohd Reda (Egy) beats Kush Kumar (Ind)
11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-2 in 44mins
5INDKush KumarVsMohamed RedaEGY2
1-3|7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 2-11W44m
Kush Kumar squandered his leads 5-1 in the first and 5-2 in the third game to bow out in the quarterfinals. Mohd Reda was the steadier of the two clawing his way back twice with effective drops on his backhand. Kush levelled the match in the second game with his aggressive play. Reda showing his resilience won the third and did not give Kush any chance to win the fourth game convincingly.
Reda: “Really nice match. Kush played really well. Specially first couple of games. Also in the beginning of the third. It put some pressure on me. But I manage to play my game and then make it little bit longer and make it more tight. And by the fourth game I got into his mental game. I had a good start. So happy to win. “
W10 Results (Qtr Finals)
Tong topples top seed from Holland
Tong Tsz Wing (HK) beats Milou van der Heijden (NED)
2-11, 6-11, 11-7, 8-11 in 40 Mins
1NEDMilou van der HeijdenVsTong Tsz WingHKG7
1-3|2-11, 6-11, 11-7, 8-11W40m
Tong Tze Wing – The No 7 seed from hkg started strong to go up 4-1 against the no 1 seed of the tournament, forcing Milou to the back of the court. Milou was in top gear as yet and made 4 more ufe ‘s to go down 9-2
Tong closed out the game 11-2 playing two sticking drives on the b/h which the Dutch girl was unable to pick up
It was all one way in the beginning of the 2nd with tong playing very well to all corners of the court as well as ensuring Milou was pinned to the back wall 6-0 and 7-1
Milou fought back to being it back to 7-9 before losing the 2nd game 11-7
Tong Tsz Wing: “I think I started well and I played her last month so I had an idea how she will play so prepared myself. I am happy how I played today. “
Liu Tsz Ling ( HKG) beat Vanessa Raj ( (MAL)
11-7, 11-3, 11-3 : 28 minutes
3HKGLiu Tsz-LingVsVanessa RajMAS5
W3-0|11-7, 11-3, 11-328m
Liu started impressively to open up a 8-0 lead in the first before Vanessa established her presence to pull back to 7-10.
It was all Liu thereafter as she dealt with the floaters from Vanessa rather comfortably answering them with some precise drops as she raced through the second and third with identical score lines 11-3, 11-3
Millie Tomlinson ( ENG) beat Lee Ka Yi ( HKG) 11-8 , 11-6, 11- 9. 30 Mins
4ENGMillie TomlinsonVsLee Ka YiHKG6
W3-0|11-8, 11-6, 11-930m
Millie Tomlinson ensured that there would be just two semi finalists from Hong Kong as she cruised past Lee Ka Yi in a methodical straight games victory to set up a date with Nouran El Torky in the semi finals.
She was in charge from the beginning, well not quite – she served the first ball out and was rather amused before she got underway.
Millie controlled the ‘T’ with some measured strokes and didn’t allow her younger opponent to settle as she had won the first two games in quick time.
Lee Ka Yi showed some keener resistance in the third as she led 8-6 but the errors kept creeping in as Millie completed the job 11-9
Millie: “I am happy with how I played today. I had bit of shaky start but after that it was ok.”
Nouran El Torky (Egy) beat Zulhijjah Binti Azan (Mas) 11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8 in 48mins
2EGYNouran El TorkyVsZulhijjah Binti AzanMAS8
W3-2|11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 10-12, 11-848m
Very fast paced and aggressive shots from from Nouran to win the 1st comfortably
Zulhijjah Azan came back with some very good length in the 2nd to go up 3-1. Thereafter she kept control of the game and kept Nouran behind her who couldnt read Azan’s game. Azan won the 2nd to go level
In the 3rd game both girls played their best and were neck and neck before Nouran played 3 amazing shots to go up game ball 10-7. Azan fought backa nd took the game into a Tie break. Nouran finally used her power to win the game 13-11.
The 4th game was almost a repeat of the 3rd game but this time Zulhijjah Azan was the winner even though she was 9-10 matchball down. She won the 4th game 12-10 taking the match to a decider.
Nouran was the better player in the 5th and showed her desire to win being stronger than anyone else in the tournament. 6-1, 10-5 and then hit a brilliant drop to win the game and match 11-8 in 48 Mins.
Nouran: “I think I am not playing that well. Zulhijjah was playing the right game. We do not need to hit the ball so hard on this court. That’s why she was able to give me hard time. I hope tomorrow I will play against Millie.”
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21 Oct15:00ISTMen’s SinglesSemifinalCenter Court
1INDHarinder Pal SandhuVsYoussef SolimanEGY
21 Oct15:45ISTWomen’s SinglesSemifinalCenter Court
7HKGTong Tsz WingVsLiu Tsz-LingHKG3
21 Oct16:30ISTMen’s SinglesSemifinalCenter Court
2EGYMohamed RedaVsMazen GamalEGY6
21 Oct17:15ISTWomen’s SinglesSemifinalCenter Court
2EGYNouran El TorkyVsMillie TomlinsonENG4
Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind) beat Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas) 3-1