Americans Exit while Egyptians Thrive
Aug 24, 2008, by Kirsten Carlson, with info contributed by US Squash and Howard Harding for SquashTalk.com , Independent News; © 2008 SquashTalk LLC
Ashour, Abdel Kawy Lead Egyptian Charge
|Ashour Stands Tall
University Worlds in Cairo: Day 2 (photo FISU : ©2008)
The U.S. college contingent is now out of the main draws of the World University Squash Championships. After a tough five game win in the first round, Penn's Kristen Lange, who was feeling under the weather since the beginning of the games, lost in three to Lucia Fialova of the Czech Republic.
"My match this morning was dismal," said Lange after the match yesterday. "I just did not have enough gas or energy to win it."
Harvard's Colin West and the University of Rochester's Fred Reid, both representing Canada in the Championships, upset 9/16 seeds in the second round to secure their places in the third. Reid played Great Britain's Jethro Binns, and lost in a swift 21 minutes. West faced Egypt's World No. 48. Tarek Momen. Momen ousted Yale's John Fulham in three in the second round and had similar success against West.
Momen went on to win his quarterfinal match to move into a semifinal round that resembles a PSA tournament, with three of the four players ranked in the top 50.
Former world junior champions Ramy Ashour and Omneya Abdel Kawy remained on course for anticipated domestic success in the 6th World University Squash Championships after convincing straight games victories in the quarter-finals at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.
Ashour, the world number four from Cairo who is top seed in the men's event, defeated Austrian Aqeel Rehman, a 5/8 seed, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 - and will now take on Malaysia's 3/4 seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan for a place in the final.
Nafiizwan twice had to come from behind to overcome his older brother Nafzahizam Adnan, a 5/8 seed, 10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7.
The other men's semi-final will be an all-Egyptian affair after two Cairo-based players overcame British opposition. Tarek Momen, the other 3/4 seed, beat Scotsman Alan Clyne 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 while second seed Omar Mosaad claimed his last four place when Welshman Jethro Binns retired midway through the second game with a suspected torn hamstring.
Women's favourite Omneya Abdel Kawy despatched Czech opponent Lucie Fialova 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 and will now line up against Great Britain's 3/4 seed Emma Beddoes after the Nottingham University student beat Austria's Birgit Coufal 11-3, 11-3, 11-9.
There was disappointment for Malaysia's reigning World University Champion Lim Yoke Wah when she went down 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 to second-seeded Egyptian Raneem El Weleily.
The 19-year-old from Alexandria goes on to face Canada's Alana Miller for a place in the final.
Malaysia's World No. 63 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan is the only non- Egyptian in the semis. He faces World No. 4 Ramy Ashour. Moment meets World No. 23 Omar Mosaad.
Egyptians are also well represented in the women's semifinals. Top seed Omneya Abdel Kawy faces Great Britain's Emma Beddoes while Raneem El Weleily will play Canadian Alana Miller.
(Note: North American CSA College players highlighted in BOLD)
World WSF University Championships, Cairo Egypt
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [5/8] Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-3, 11-6, 11-6
[3/4] Emma Beddoes (GBR) bt [9/16] Birgit Coufal (AUT) 11-3, 11-3, 11-9
[3/4] Alana Miller (CAN) bt [5/8] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7
 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [5/8] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt Sarah Bowles (GBR) 11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2
[5/8] Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt Kristen Lange (USA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-7
[3/4] Emma Beddoes (GBR) bt [9/16] Melody Francis (AUS) 11-7, 11-5, 11-3
[9/16] Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt [5/8] Stephanie Edmison (CAN) 11-4, 12-10, 11-7
[5/8] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt [9/16] Olivia Hauser (SUI) 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8
[3/4] Alana Miller (CAN) bt [9/16] Kathrin Rohrmueller (GER) 6-11, 16-14, 11-9, 11-7
[5/8] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) bt [9/16] Olga Ertlova (CZE) 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Gaby Schmohl (SUI) 11-9, 12-10, 11-5
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [5/8] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 11-3, 11-6, 11-5
[3/4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [5/8] Nafzahizam Adnan (MAS) 10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7
[3/4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [5/8] Alan Clyne (GBR) 11-5, 11-7, 12-10
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [5/8] Jethro Binns (GBR) 11-5, 6-3 ret.
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [9/16] Joel Hinds (GBR) 11-5, 11-5, 11-3
[5/8] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) bt [9/16] Devon Hendrikse (RSA) 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (30m)
[3/4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [9/16] Rex Hedrick (AUS) 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (30m)
[5/8] Nafzahizam Adnan (MAS) bt Chiu Ho Fai (HKG) 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7 (51m)
[5/8] Alan Clyne (GBR) bt Markus Schwartz (GER) 11-4, 11-6, 11-2 (21m)
[3/4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Colin West (CAN) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (33m)
[5/8] Jethro Binns (GBR) bt Fred Reid (CAN) 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (21m)
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [9/16] Benjamin Fischer (SUI) 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (17m)