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Thu 6th Apr - Day TWO, Qualifying Finals:
Half a dozen for Egypt
 
Eight places in each of the main draws were claimed today in the #ElGounaSquash qualifying finals with hosts Egypt taking three of each.

In the women's draw Hana Ramadan, Rowan Elaraby and Hania El Hammamy boosted home interest, but the biggest upset came as Japan's Misaki Kobayashi beat fourth seed Mayar Hany.

Mazen Hesham, Mohamed Reda and Karim Ali Fathi provided home success in the men's matches, with Reda and Fathi both beating seeded opponents, as did Germany's Raphael Kandra as he beat fifth seed Alan Clyne in the last match of the day.

The main draw placings - including a 'lucky loser' spot in the men's after the withdrawal of Ramy Ashour - were made at the opening reception. Highlight was probably the pairing of Simon Rosner, the only seeded player due to play a qualifier, drawing compatriot Raphael Kandra!


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Wed 5th Apr - Day ONE
Qualifying under way in El Gouna

Qualifying began at the new El Gouna Squash Centre today - amazingly put together in just three months -with 32 first round matches, 16 in each of the Orascom Development Women's World Championship and the Men's El Gouna International world series.

There was plenty of home interest, of course, with victories for six Egyptian men and seven Egyptian women. The English men's contingent fared well too, with three of their number progressing to the qualifying finals.

Both seeding upsets on the men's side came from Egyptians, as Mazen Gamal finally got a win over Wales' Joel Makin, and Youssef Ibrahim prevailed in a tense five-setter against Karim El Hammamy in the match of the day.

In the women's matches three seeds fell, all beaten by Egyptians as Hana Moataz, Amina Yousry and Rowan Elaraby all scored significant wins.

Round One Reports on wins from:
Samantha Cornett | Fiona Moverley | Samantha Teran | Coline Aumard | Gregoire Marche | Tom Richards | Lucas Serme | Mayar Hany | Joe Lee | Charles Sharpes | Nada Abbas | Misaki Kobayashi | Hania El Hammamy | Rowan Elaraby | Hana Ramadan | Nicolas Mueller | Sivasangari Subramaniam | Karim Ali Fathi | Mohamed Reda | Omar Abdel Meguid | Alan Clyne |

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