2017 Windy City Open, Presented by Guggenheim Partners and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company — Chicago, Illinois

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CHICAGO, ILL — Yesterday, on February 24th, defending male champion of the Windy City Open in Chicago, Illinois, Mohamed ElShorbagy, played powerhouse player Paul Coll of New Zealand in one of the best squash matches to ever grace the University Club of Chicago.

This start to the thrilling Windy City Open was an epic 94-minute, five-setter encounter that included rally after rally between the World No.1 ElShorbagy of Egypt and No.16 in the world Paul Coll of New Zealand. The two popular and well-respected players engaged in high quality squash play from start. However, it was after ElShorbagy saved two game balls in the opener who looked to be on his way to victory.

ElShorbagy v. Coll

ElShorbagy v. Coll

However, through determination and strength, Paul Coll battled through after ElShorbagy won the first two game, and rallied to take the third and fourth games. This forced a decider game, where the excitement was palpable in the air at the University Club of Chicago.

Racing into an initial 3-0 lead in the fifth game, Coll continued his domination of the second half — until ElShorbagy took one last charge, managing to squeeze out the decider 11-7 to win his opening game after an exhausting but exhilarating 94 minutes.

 

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Paul Coll (NZL)

3-2: 14/12, 11/6, 8/11, 9/11, 11/7 (94m)

 

Results – Men’s First Round Draw: 2017 Windy City Open

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Paul Coll (NZL) 3-2: 14-12, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7 (94m)

Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-1: 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4 (57m)

Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-2: 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (119m)

[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 (41m)

[6] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 (65m)

Diego Elias (PER) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (66m)

Simon Rösner (GER) bt [WC] Chris Hanson (USA) 3-1: 11-13, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (54m)

[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [Q] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 (23m)

 

Draw – Men’s First Round (Bottom Half): Played Feb 24

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [Q] Joe Lee (ENG)

Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA)

Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)

James Willstrop (ENG) v [8] Omar Mosaad (EGY)

[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Q] Leo Au (HKG)

Borja Golan (ESP) v Max Lee (HKG)

Fares Dessouky (EGY) v [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)

[Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

 

Results – Women’s First Round Draw: 2017 Windy City Open

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (23m)

[15] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [Q] Samantha Teran (MEX) 3-1: 12-10, 13-15, 11-7, 11-8 (46m)

[13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (27m)

[7] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (38m)

[8] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (25m)

[16] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 11-8 (38m)

Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [14] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-2: 6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 (66m)

[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4 (45m)

 

Draw – Women’s First Round (Bottom Half): Played Feb 24

[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v Jenny Duncalf (ENG)

[Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) v [11] Annie Au (HKG)

[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [WC] Olivia Blatchford (USA)

[Q] Nele Gillis (BEL) v [6] Amanda Sobhy (USA)

[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Mariam Metwally (EGY)

[Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) v [9] Joelle King (NZL)

[10] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Donna Urquhart (AUS)

[Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v [2] Nouran Gohar (EGY)

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