Paul Coll & Nour El Sherbini crowned 2023 U.S. Squash Open Champions

October 14 2023

The U.S. Squash Open, presented by TRUIST, was the third Platinum event of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) 2023/24 squash season and saw New Zealand's Paul Coll and Egypt's Nour El Sherbini win the coveted trophy.

1st Round:
On the first day at the Arlen Specter Centre in Philadelphia, 32 matches unfolded as players vied for a place in the second round of the prestigious PSA World Tour Platinum event. The eventual champions both received byes in round one, setting the stage for their entry on day two.

The opening day featured nine American players, with the standout performance coming from World No.39 Timothy Brownell who mounted a remarkable comeback from being 2-0 down against Switzerland's Dimitri Steinmann, clinching an upset win in front of the home crowd. Steinmann's conduct penalty in the deciding game for excessive body contact proved pivotal.

In the women's draw, England's Grace Gear continued her impressive form, securing a significant victory over France's World No.21 Melissa Alves to advance to her first-ever PSA World Tour Platinum event second round.

2nd Round:
Paul Coll, the No.4 seed, sought redemption after an early exit at the QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic. The New Zealander faced a formidable challenge in Frenchman Baptiste Masotti and found himself under pressure from the outset as Masotti unleashed an array of low kills and winners. Paul Coll weathered the storm, maintaining accuracy and composure and gradually grew stronger throughout the match to defeat the Frenchman.

Nour El Sherbini, promoted to the No. 1 seed, wasted no time in her opening match against compatriot Sana Ibrahim, limiting Ibrahim to just 10 points. Nour El Sherbini dominated the middle of the court with powerful drives, creating numerous attacking opportunities, which she executed with precision.

3rd Round:
Both Paul Coll and Nour El Sherbini faced tough Egyptian opponents in round three. Paul Coll confronted the in-form Youssef Ibrahim, while Nour El Sherbini took on Nada Abbas. Concentration and focus were paramount for both champions.

The Paul Coll vs. Youssef Ibrahim was dubbed 'Attack vs. Defence' and Coll's accuracy in straight lines proved pivotal in nullifying his opponent’s relentless attacks as he closed-out a 3-0 victory.

Nada Abbas entered the U.S. Squash Open in excellent form after a semi-final finish at the Women’s South Western Squash Open and was considered an early test for World Champion Nour El Sherbini. However, El Sherbini's class shone through as she controlled the match, dictating play with penetrating length, devastating attacks and unwavering focus, securing her place in the quarters in just 21 minutes.

Quarter-Finals:
In the quarter-finals, Paul Coll and Nour El Sherbini faced formidable opponents in the form of World No.7s, Mazen Hesham and Georgina Kennedy with both eventual champions pushed to their limits.

Paul Coll confronted an increasingly dangerous Hesham, who took the first game and was forced top adapt his strategy, employing the straight drop to make Hesham cover more court and ultimately completed a comeback, demonstrating his resilience.

Nour El Sherbini faced a challenging opponent in Georgina Kennedy. The match mirrored their five-set clash in the British Squash Open, but Nour El Sherbini's exceptional skills and adaptability allowed her to secure victory to reach the semi-finals.

Semi-Finals:
In the semi-finals, Paul Coll faced Diego Elias in a thrilling encounter with the Kiwi’s aggressive play and well-executed shots securing victory in five games to earn him a spot in the U.S. Squash Open final.

Nour El Sherbini on the other hand faced Olivia Fiechter and displayed supreme accuracy and control to clinch her place in the final.

Finals:
The finals featured a clash between Paul Coll and Ali Farag. Coll took a 2-0 lead but had to withstand Farag's resurgence in the following two games. In the end, Paul Coll's focused and proactive play enabled him to secure his first U.S. Squash Open title.

The women's final was a rematch of the QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic, with Nour El Sherbini seeking revenge against Hania El Hammamy. Nour El Sherbini dominated the match with her precise play to secure her first U.S. Squash Open title since 2019.

New Zealand’s Paul Coll and Egypt’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini were crowned champions at the 2023 U.S. Squash Open Championships presented by TRUIST at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia, USA. Paul Coll clinched his maiden U.S. Open title after defeating World No.1 Ali Farag in an epic 5-game thriller, whilst Nour El Sherbini won the prestigious title the first time in her illustrious career after overcoming Hania El Hammamy in straight games.

Paul Coll's triumph holds historical significance, as he becomes the first male New Zealander to claim the U.S. Squash Open title in 37 years, a feat previously achieved by Stewart Davenport. Paul Coll and Ali Farag had previously engaged in an entertaining five-game clash at the Paris Squash 2023 event in September and their encounter in Philadelphia maintained the same high quality and intensity.

Despite facing gruelling 82-minute matches in both the quarter-finals and semi-finals, Coll displayed exceptional fitness and technical skill in the first two games with his pinpoint accuracy forcing numerous errors from a somewhat out-of-sorts Farag, resulting in the New Zealander taking a commanding 2-0 lead.

The momentum shifted during the third game when a temporary halt in play occurred due to an unintentional collision between both players. This brief intermission seemed to rejuvenate Farag, who was in pursuit of equalling Mohamed ElShorbagy's record of five successive PSA World Tour Platinum titles, and the World No.1 managed to secure the third game.

After being on the brink of defeat in the initial two games, Farag levelled the playing field by winning the fourth game 11-8, setting the stage for a thrilling final game. Coll initially established a four-point cushion, which Farag managed to erase with exceptional play, tying the score at nine-all. A stroke in favour of Coll granted him a championship ball, which was momentarily saved by Farag, only for the Egyptian to commit an error, offering the New Zealander another opportunity to seal the match. In the end, Farag returned the serve into the tin, allowing Paul Coll to secure victory in a nail-biting finale.

In the women's final, Nour El Sherbini, the reigning PSA World Champion, triumphed over fellow Egyptian Hania El Hammamy in straight games, marking her first victory in the prestigious event after four previous unsuccessful attempts.

Their previous encounter between El Sherbini and El Hammamy took place at the QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic in September, where El Hammamy emerged victorious in a thrilling five-game contest. However, this time, El Sherbini seized the opportunity for redemption.

In the opening game, the top seed took an early 5-1 lead, but El Hammamy, who received a conduct warning in the initial exchanges, adapted her gameplay and reduced the deficit to two points at 7-5. Nonetheless, El Sherbini's clinical performance enabled her to secure the first game 11-7.

The World No.1 once again proved formidable in the second game, not allowing the World No.3 to find her rhythm and forcing a series of errors to claim the game 11-6.

In the third and final game, El Hammamy again struggled to mount a response and despite saving one of the four championship balls, Nour El Sherbini ultimately secured her maiden U.S. Squash Open crown at the second attempt.

US Squash Open presented by TRUIST 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Men’s Final:
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [1] Ali Farag (EGY) 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 8-11, 12-10 (98m)

Women’s Final:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (35m)

Semi-finals day at the U.S. Squash Open, presented by TRUIST, saw Paul Coll make history by becoming the first New Zealand player to reach the men’s U.S. Squash Open Final since 1986,setting the stage for an epic showdown against the reigning World No. 1, Ali Farag. In the women's semi-finals, USA's Olivia Fiechter and Amanda Sobhy were beaten by Nour El Sherbini and Hania El Hammamy respectively.

[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [2] Diego Elias (PER) 9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 (82m)
New Zealand's Paul Coll, currently ranked World No. 5, has broken a 37-year drought for his nation by securing a spot in the men’s final of the U.S. Squash Open final presented by TRUIST, after a thrilling comeback against Peru's defending champion, Diego Elias, at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center.

The milestone achievement marks the first time a male New Zealander has reached the men’s U.S. Squash Open final since Ross Norman accomplished it in 1986. Paul Coll's determination and resilience were on full display as he clawed his way back from a 2-1 deficit against Deigo Elias to eventually triumph 9-11 11-8 6-11 11-6 11-8 in a gripping encounter that lasted a tense 82 minutes.

Paul Coll's performance has earned him a coveted spot in his first PSA World Tour Platinum final since the CIB Egyptian Squash Open over 13 months ago. In a striking case of déjà vu, his adversary in this year’s U.S. Squash Open final will be none other than the reigning World No.1 Ali Farag, just as it was in Cairo.

The road to the final has been gruelling for Coll, who engaged in an 82-minute quarter-final battle with Mazen Hesham and his semi-final against the reigning champion, Deigo Elias, unfolded in a similar fashion.

The first game of this high-stakes showdown reached an intense climax, but Coll, despite a valiant effort, fell short against the formidable 'Peruvian Puma' Elias. In a thrilling turnaround, Coll rebounded in the second game, holding five game balls before finally clinching the game on the third attempt, as Elias valiantly saved two of them.

Deigo Elias regained the lead in the third game, managing to keep Coll at bay. However, the New Zealander  was undeterred and mounted yet another comeback, winning the fourth game 11-6 after over 70 minutes of riveting play.

The fifth game saw Paul Coll off to a commanding start to lead 6-1. While Deigo Elias managed to narrow the gap and come within three points at 9-6, Coll's determination and skill prevailed as he secured his place in the final.

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [8] Tarek Momen (EGY) 8-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-2, 11-9 (80m)
World No.1 Ali Farag extended his dominant streak on the PSA World Tour to secure a coveted spot in the final of the 2023 U.S. Squash Open at Philadelphia's Arlen Specter US Squash Center. In a high-stakes showdown against compatriot Tarek Momen, Farag showed his unwavering resilience as he battled back from the brink of defeat in a thrilling five-game encounter.

Ali Farag's performances in 2023 have seen only a single blemish in his last 36 matches leading up to this pivotal contest and his remarkable ten-match winning streak against Tarek Momen established him as the clear favourite going into the match.

However, Tarek Momen at the age of 35, delivered a remarkable performance that defied expectations. Buoyed by his recent victory over World No.4 Mohamed ElShorbagy, which ended a daunting 12-match losing streak, Momen exuded confidence on the court and assumed control of the initial tempo, launching a barrage of attacks with Ali Farag finding himself in an unusually passive role. Struggling to find his rhythm, particularly in the first two games, Farag had to contend with Momen's strategic targeting of the backhand front corner.

Momen appeared on the brink of a historic breakthrough as he reached a match point in the third game, however Farag showed remarkable mental composure, orchestrating a comeback to force a fourth game, which he dominated, setting the stage for a thrilling decider.

The fifth and final game evolved into a scrappy battle, with both players feeling the mounting pressure. A total of 11 refereeing decisions punctuated the match, underscoring its intensity. In the end, it was Ali Farag who demonstrated the requisite quality, securing two crucial game balls. Although Momen fought valiantly to save one, he could not prevent Ali Farag from sealing his place in this year’s men’s U.S. Squash Open.

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [8] Olivia Fiechter (USA) 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
Nour El Sherbini dashed the hopes of local favourite Olivia Fiechter to secure her spot in the women’s final of the U.S. Squash Open presented by TRUIST. The reigning World No. 1, on the hunt for her first U.S. Squash Open title, overcame the American No.2 11-5 6-11 11-4 11-6 in 36 minutes, setting the stage for a title showdown against her compatriot, Hania El Hammamy.

Nour El Sherbini, who was pushed to the limit by England's top-ranked player Gina Kennedy in the quarter0fianls, started strongly with her greater accuracy allowing her to claim the first game.

Olivia Fiechter, who had earlier eliminated the 2017 U.S. Squash Open champion, Nour El Tayeb, in the quarter-finals, surged in the second game, sprinting to a commanding 7-0 lead. While El Sherbini managed to narrow the gap by three points, Fiechter held her ground to secure the game, becoming the first to do so against the Egyptian in the tournament.

However, the 'Warrior Princess' swiftly regrouped and seized control in the third game, surging to a 6-0 lead before securing an 11-4 win. Her adept court movement and skill unsettled Fiechter's rhythm and Nour El Sherbini's fourth appearance in a U.S. Squash Open final was cemented with an assured 11-6 triumph in the fourth game, setting the stage for an eagerly anticipated title clash against Hania El Hammamy.

[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 (47m)
World No.3 Hania El Hammamy secured her place in the women’s finals of the U.S. Squash Open for the second time in her career with a masterclass performance against US No.1 Amanda Sobhy.

Having previously been the runner-up in 2021, Hania El Hammamy continued her dominance over the American, following their recent encounter at the QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic where she secured a convincing straight-games victory – a tournament she eventually won. The 23-year-old executed her game plan flawlessly, dictating the pace of the match and strategically targeting Sobhy's left-handed forehand side which yielded a staggering 87% of her winners.

The dynamics shifted in the third game, with Hania El Hammamy committing five errors compared to Amanda Sobhy's two. This time, it was Sobhy who claimed supremacy on her forehand side, as El Hammamy's percentage of winners dropped to just 29%, with all five of El Hammamy's errors originated from her backhand.

Amanda Sobhy drew level in the third game, eliciting enthusiastic applause from her home crowd, however Hania El Hammamy regrouped, recalibrated her strategy and minimised errors to win the match 11-5 11-4 9-11 11-5.

Hania El Hammamy's recent collaboration with former World No.1 and World Squash Champion Laura Massaro has proven instrumental in her success. The Egyptian expressed her gratitude for Massaro's support, acknowledging her wealth of experience and resilience during challenging moments.

Reflecting on her preparations during rest days, El Hammamy revealed engaging in practice sessions with top players Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy.

US Squash Open presented by TRUIST 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Men’s Semi-Finals:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [8] Tarek Momen (EGY) 8-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-2, 11-9 (80m)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [2] Diego Elias (PER) 9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 (82m)

US Squash Open presented by TRUIST 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Women's Semi-Finals:
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 (47m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [8] Olivia Fiechter (USA) 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)

Paul Coll, Olivia Fiechter, Diego Elias and Nour El Sherbini have secured the remaining quarter-final places at the U.S. Squash Open presented by TRUIST following another actioned packed day at the at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.

[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 (82m)

Paul Coll earned a hard-fought quarter-final victory over Egyptian Mazen Hesham to progress in the U.S. Squash Open presented by TRUIST, making his first semi-final appearance since 2018. However, the New Zealander’s journey to the semi-finals was no easy feat, as he rallied back from a 2-1 deficit.

The New Zealand No.1 engaged in a gruelling 82-minute battle with Hesham, extending his impressive unbeaten streak against the Egyptian to seven consecutive matches.

Mazen Hesham put forth a solid performance to clinch the opening game, however, costly errors in the second game, marked by numerous shots into the tin, allowed Paul Coll to seize the opportunity and level the score.

Hesham displayed remarkable mental resilience in the third game, with measured and strategic play propelling him to regain the lead. Undeterred, Coll swiftly requested a new ball, and it proved to be a pivotal move as the New Zealander reclaimed control and once again drew level in the match.

In the deciding game, Coll surged ahead with a 6-3 lead, though Hesham remained within striking distance. However, Coll, with the luxury of four game balls at his disposal, capitalised on the opportunity, securing his place in the semi-finals with a successful second attempt.

[8] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt [4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-7 (58m)
Home favourite Olivia Fiechter secured a historic moment for American squash, ensuring that two American female players will grace the semi-finals of the prestigious U.S. Open presented by TRUIST for the very first time. Fiechter's impressive victory over Nour El Tayeb follows her compatriot Amanda Sobhy's triumph the previous night, setting the stage for a thrilling showdown against World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in the semi-finals.

The encounter between Olivia Fiechter and Nour El Tayeb marked their first-ever meeting on the PSA World Tour. Fiechter made a strong opening statement by clinching the first game, breaking away from the 2017 Women’s U.S. Open Squash Champion in a neck-and-neck battle that extended to 7-7.

Fuelled by the passionate home crowd, Fiechter showed exceptional precision and accuracy as she went toe to toe with El Tayeb in another closely contested second game. However, a pivotal video referee decision at 9-8 in Fiechter's favour took an unexpected turn as it was deemed inconclusive regarding a potential double bounce against El Tayeb, allowing the Egyptian to level the match.

El Tayeb managed to establish a comfortable lead in the third game, but Fiechter displayed remarkable resilience, pulling ahead to 9-7. Just when El Tayeb was on the brink of claiming a game ball, Fiechter engaged in a gruelling rally, saving it and denying her opponent's second game ball. Fiechter seized her game ball opportunity on the first attempt, edging back into the lead.

In the crucial fourth game, Fiechter surged ahead comfortably at 7-3, with El Tayeb appearing to struggle with her mobility compared to the first two games. Fiechter capitalised on this advantage, eventually sealing the victory and securing her place in the highly anticipated semi-finals.

[2] Diego Elias (PER) bt [5] Marwan ElShorbagy (ENG) 12-10, 11-13, 11-1, 11-2 (64m)
Defending champion Diego Elias successfully secured a spot in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open presented by TRUIST following a hard-fought four-game battle against the World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy.

The match marked the 15th showdown between the two players on the PSA World Tour, with Elias holding the upper hand, having claimed victory in 11 of their prior encounters, including the last two. The Peruvian player did concede the second game, but quickly regained his momentum in the third and fourth games, ultimately triumphing 12-10 11-13 11-1 11-2.

Marwan ElShorbagy had an opportunity to take a two-game lead had he been more clinical in the closing stages of the first game, much like he demonstrated in the second game. However, a series of loose shots resulted in a couple of strokes against the Englishman. Elias capitalised on these errors, securing the first game and leaving a visibly frustrated ElShorbagy, who received a conduct stroke for racket abuse after an outburst that saw his racket tossed to the floor.

Although Elias began the second game with an early lead, ElShorbagy came back strong, displaying a more composed and strategic approach. He skilfully moved his opponent around the court, gaining the upper hand in the front backhand corner. However, Elias successfully reclaimed the pivotal position on the 'T' during the third and fourth games, swiftly regaining his lead and eventually clinching victory while conceding just three points across both games.

World No.2 Diego Elias will face World No.5 Paul Coll in the semi-finals.

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) 11-1, 6-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5 (48m)
World No.1 Nour El Sherbini snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at the U.S. Squash Open presented by TRUIST. Facing England's Georgina Kennedy in a thrilling quarter-final clash at Philadelphia's Arlen Specter US Squash Center, El Sherbini was on the brink of elimination, just five points away from a shock exit before showing remarkable tenacity and resilience to stage a stunning comeback.

El Sherbini had previously emerged victorious in all six of her encounters with Kennedy on the PSA World Tour and continued to show her dominance by conceding just a solitary point in the opening game. However, Kennedy, far from crumbling under the pressure, mounted a spirited challenge in the second game. The English No.1 reduced her errors and executed precise, short shots on the backhand side, with a remarkable 67% of her winners originating from that area. For El Sherbini, the second game was marred by costly errors, four in total, compared to none in the opening game.

Kennedy's resurgence saw her level the match, setting the stage for a gripping battle in the third game. El Sherbini, recognising the need to dictate the pace, frequently attempted to execute short shots. Yet, Kennedy, displaying remarkable speed and agility, expertly retrieved her opponent's attempted winning shots, keeping El Sherbini under constant pressure, helping Kennedy seize a 2-1 lead in the match.

Riding high on confidence, Kennedy stormed ahead in the fourth game with a 6-2 lead. However, El Sherbini, drawing from her formidable skills, clawed her way back from the deficit. The Egyptian rediscovered the rhythm she had displayed in the opening game, ultimately managing to hold Kennedy at bay and level the score.

This momentum shift favoured El Sherbini, and she refused to relinquish control in the decisive fifth game to closeout a resounding 11-1 6-11 5-11 11-8 11-5 victory.

US Squash Open presented by TRUIST 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Men’s Quarter-Finals:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) 11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 11-8 (50m)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) 10-12, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5 (65m)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) v [6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 (82m)
[2] Diego Elias (PER) v [5] Marwan ElShorbagy (ENG) 12-10, 11-13, 11-1, 11-2 (64m)

US Squash Open presented by TRUIST 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Women's Quarter-Finals:
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [6] Nele Gilis (BEL) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (54m)
[5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Amina Orfi (EGY) 11-5, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 (64m)
[8] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt [4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-7 (58m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) 11-1, 6-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5 (48m)

Tarek Momen produced a dramatic victory over Mohamed ElShorbagy in a thrilling quarter-final showdown at the U.S. Open Squash Championships 2023 being staged at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center. The Egyptian veteran broke a 12-match losing streak against World No.4 Mohamed ElShorbagy with a spectacular display of attacking squash that secured a nail-biting 10-12 11-6 8-11 11-4 11-5 victory, earning him a spot in the semi-finals.

Momen's opponent in the semi-final will be World No.1 Ali Farag, who triumphed over Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez in a captivating battle, sealing an entertaining 11-5 7-11 11-5 11-8 victory. Ali Farag, the men’s U.S. Squash Open Champion in 2017 and 2019, is on a quest for his fifth consecutive PSA World Tour Platinum title.

In the women's championship, United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy advanced to the semi-finals for the first time since 2016, making a remarkable comeback to defeat Egypt's young sensation Amina Orfi 11-5 7-11 9-11 11-9 11-3 in 64 minutes. 16 years old Amina Orfi displayed remarkable skills but was narrowly edged out by Sobhy's accuracy and determination.

Hania El Hammamy faced off against Belgium's Nele Gilis, emerging victorious 11-9 11-8 11-7 in a physically demanding contest.

US Squash Open presented by TRUIST 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Men's Quarter-Finals:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) 11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 11-8 (50m)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) 10-12, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5 (65m)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) v [6] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
[2] Diego Elias (PER) v [5] Marwan ElShorbagy (ENG)

US Squash Open presented by TRUIST 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Women's Quarter-Finals:
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [6] Nele Gilis (BEL) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (54m)
[5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Amina Orfi (EGY) 11-5, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 (64m)
[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [8] Olivia Fiechter (USA)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)

In the latest action at the U.S. Squash Open presented by TRUIST, World No.5 Paul Coll earned his spot in the quarter-finals by effectively neutralising the attacking prowess of Egyptian player Youssef Ibrahim. While Ibrahim is known for his aggressive style, Coll consistently kept the ball deep in the back corners, preventing his opponent from controlling the 'T'. The New Zealander encountered a brief setback in the second game when a slip threatened to derail his progress, but he regrouped to secure an 11-3 11-9 11-9 victory.

Paul Coll's next opponent in the quarter-finals will be Egypt's Mazen Hesham, who secured his own place in the U.S. Open quarter-finals by defeating Germany's Raphael Kandra 12-10 11-5 11-7 in 35 minutes.

Defending champion Diego Elias also advanced to the quarter-finals with a comfortable 11-5 11-2 11-2 win over England's Nathan Lake and is now set to face World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy for a chance to secure a semi-final berth in what promises to be an exciting contest. Marwan ElShorbagy defeated fellow Englishman Adrian Waller 11-5 11-8 11-7.

American squash player Olivia Fiechter, ranked second in the United States, secured her spot in the quarter-finals with a convincing 13-11 11-4 11-7 victory over Egypt's Salma Hany at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.

Olivia Fiechter, who previously reached the U.S. Squash Open semi-finals in 2021, is now set to face 2017 U.S Squash Open Champion Nour El Tayeb in the next round. El Tayeb advanced by defeating England's Lucy Beecroft 11-4 11-6 11-5.

England's Georgina Kennedy achieved a personal milestone, reaching her first U.S. Squash Open quarter-final. Kennedy engaged in a hard-fought battle against Egypt's Rowan Elaraby, clinching a 5-11 11-7 11-8 8-11 12-10 victory. Notably, Kennedy has now won six consecutive matches against the World No.12. The encounter between Georgina Kennedy and Rowan Elaraby was marked by its ebb and flow. Elaraby initially dominated, surging to a 7-1 lead. However, Kennedy rallied in the second and third games, using precise ball placement to thwart Elaraby's front-court skills. The match evolved into a tense affair, extending to a tie-break in the decisive game, where Kennedy ultimately triumphed with a spectacular forehand drop shot after 71 minutes of intense competition.

Awaiting Georgina Kennedy in the quarter-finals is the formidable World No.1, Nour El Sherbini, who dispatched her Egyptian compatriot, Nada Abbas 11-1 11-6 11-2 in 22 minutes.

US Squash Open 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Men’s 3rd Round:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) 12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-3 (50m)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt [9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 11-5, 3-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5 (82m)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI) 11-2, 11-7, 11-6 (28m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bt Timothy Brownell (USA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 (32m)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) 11-3, 11-9, 11-9 (59m)
[6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 12-10, 11-5, 11-7 (35m)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (ENG) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (34m)
[2] Diego Elias (PER) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-5, 11-2, 11-2 (34m)

US Squash Open 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Women’s 3rd Round:
Last sixteen round:
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-3 (50m)
[6] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Katie Malliff (ENG) 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 (38m)
[5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 11-7, 11-3, 11-6 (23m)
Amina Orfi (EGY) bt [3] Joelle King (NZL) 11-13, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 (52m)
[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Lucy Beecroft (ENG) 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (22m)
[8] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt [9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) 13-11, 11-4, 11-7 (38m)
[7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt [9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10 (71m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 11-1, 11-6, 11-2 (21m)

The third day the U.S. Squash Open being staged at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center witnessed more exciting and dramatic matches as one of the world’s most prestigious squash championships continues to unfold in Philadelphia.

In the men's championship, American aspirations were dashed as England's formidable Mohamed ElShorbagy overpowered the top-ranked U.S. player Timothy Brownell with a commanding 11-4 11-6 11-3 victory. Brownell, currently ranked World No.46, had achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the first American male player to reach the last 16 of the event since 1986, however he was beaten by ElShorbagy whose performance was nothing short of a masterclass.

World No.4 ElShorbagy, in addition to his victory, accomplished the remarkable feat of breaking his coach Gregory Gaultier's record for the most consecutive weeks spent inside the top 10. He now looks ahead to a quarter-final clash against World No.9 Tarek Momen, aiming to extend his impressive 12-match unbeaten streak against his Egyptian rival.

World No.1 Ali Farag encountered a challenging match against compatriot Aly Abou Eleinen, prevailing with a hard-fought 12-10 5-11 11-6 11-3 victory. Despite losing the opening game, Eleinen's tactical prowess in the second allowed him to dictate the game's dynamics before Ali Farag responded with a strategic injection of pace, eventually clinching the win in four games.

In the quarter-finals, Ali Farag is set to face the resilient Colombian veteran Miguel Rodriguez who staged a remarkable comeback from being 2-1 down to defeat Egypt's Youssef Soliman 11-5 3-11 6-11 11-7 11-5 in an engaging 82-minute battle.

The women’s championships saw ana historic feat with Egypt's Amina Orfi, aged just 16 years and three months, become the youngest player ever to reach the quarter-finals of a PSA World Tour Platinum event. Orfi displayed remarkable composure and skill as she overcame World No.4 Joelle King, battling back from a game down to secure an 11-13 11-7 11-5 11-4 victory. Her triumph sets up a highly anticipated quarter-final clash with the United States' top-ranked player Amanda Sobhy.

Sobhy earned her spot in the last eight with an emphatic 11-7 11-3 11-6 victory in a swift 26 minutes against World No.42 Zeina Mickawy. Amanda Sohby now seeks to reach the U.S. Squash Open semi-finals for the first time since 2016.

World No.2 Hania El Hammamy also advances to the quarter-finals after an enthralling contest against Belgium's Tinne Gilis. Their previous encounter in September's Paris Squash 2023 event had seen Hania El Hammamy stage a remarkable comeback from a 2-0 deficit. In this match, Tinne Gilis started strongly, demonstrating pinpoint accuracy with her attacks into the front court. Despite Gilis taking a 6-2 lead in the second game, El Hammamy adhered to her game plan, manoeuvring her opponent around the court to draw level. The third game could have swung either way, but El Hammamy's quality shone through, breaking Gilis's resistance and powering to a one-sided victory in the fifth game.

In the quarter-finals, El Hammamy will face the older Gilis sister, World No.8 Nele, who secured her spot with a commanding 3-0 win over England's Katie Malliff.

Third round action in the U.S. Squash Open continues today and promising more thrilling squash encounters as the tournament moves closer to another thrilling conclusion.

US Squash Open 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Men’s 3rd Round:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) 12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-3 (50m)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt [9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 11-5, 3-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5 (82m)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI) 11-2, 11-7, 11-6 (28m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bt Timothy Brownell (USA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 (32m)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) v Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
[6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) v Raphael Kandra (GER)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (ENG) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
[2] Diego Elias (PER) v Nathan Lake (ENG)

US Squash Open 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Women’s 3rd Round:
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-3 (50m)
[6] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Katie Malliff (ENG) 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 (38m)
[5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 11-7, 11-3, 11-6 (23m)
Amina Orfi (EGY) bt [3] Joelle King (NZL) 11-13, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 (52m)
[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Lucy Beecroft (ENG)
[8] Olivia Fiechter (USA) v [9/16] Salma Hany (EGY)
[7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) v [9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Nada Abbas (EGY)

In a thrilling start to second day of the U.S. Squash Open presented by TRUIST, World No.1 Ali Farag started his campaign with a hard-fought second round victory against fellow Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad, the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.

Just five months ago, Ali Farag and Karim Gawad had squared off in the final of the PSA World Championships, where Farag emerged victorious. This time around, Farag showcased his dominance once more, securing a fourth consecutive win over Gawad with an 11-9 7-11 11-4 11-4 victory.

The opening two games of the match were fiercely contested, with Gawad's exceptional racket skills posing a formidable challenge to the reigning PSA Men’s World Champion. However, the third and fourth games saw Farag asserting his control, fuelled by the confidence gained from already claiming both PSA World Tour Platinum titles earlier in the 2023-24 squash season. Farag effectively quashed any prospects of a Gawad comeback.

Thre next opponent for Ali Farag in his quest for a quarter-final spot will be Aly Abou Eleinen, who advanced by defeating 2015 finalist Omar Mosaad, reaching the third round of the U.S. Squash Open for the first time.

Over on Glass Court East, Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez, a crowd favourite celebrated for his flamboyant style, defied his age of 37 to overcome the No.7 seed Victor Crouin in four games. The scores were level after the first two games, but Rodriguez's prowess proved too much for his opponent, securing an 11-8 8-11 11-9, 11-6 victory and a place in round three.

In other men's draw action, three-time champion Mohamed ElShorbagy persevered through a hard-fought battle against the resilient Mohamed ElSherbini, clinching victory in four games. A notable moment of the match included a prolonged blood injury break when ElSherbini collided with the wall while diving for a drop shot. Despite a spirited return, ElShorbagy maintained his composure to secure a place in the next round.

Mohamed ElShorbagy's next challenge in the round of 16 will be World No.50 Timothy Brownell, who triumphed over compatriot Shahjahan Khan in a closely contested four-game encounter, becoming the first American man to reach the U.S. Squash Open third round since the advent of the softball era in 1985.

Reigning champion Diego Elias initiated his title defence in the US Squash Open presented by TRUIST with a 3-1 victory over Ramit Tandon on Glass Court West. Elias, who could potentially reclaim the World No.1 ranking, secured a two-game lead before Tandon staged a comeback with a win in the third game. However, Elias wrapped up the match in four games, setting up a third-round clash with England's Nathan Lake.

New Zealand's No.1, Paul Coll, avoided an upset as he rallied from behind, after dropping the first game, to defeat Baptiste Masotti, setting the stage for a third-round showdown with Youssef Ibrahim.

In the women's draw, World No.3 Hania El Hammamy started her bid to secure back-to-back PSA World Tour Platinum trophies with a comfortable 11-3 11-8 11-4 victory over compatriot and good friend Hana Ramadan, replicating her win from last month's QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic enroute to the title.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Amina Orfi reached the tournament's third round for the first time, delivering a commanding performance against Canada's Hollie Naughton, prevailing 12-10 11-6 11-6. Amina Orfi is set to face New Zealand's Joelle King in her next match, which marks King's 500th appearance on the PSA World Tour.

In an all-American showdown, Amanda Sobhy emerged victorious against compatriot Olivia Clyne, securing a straight-game 11-4 11-9 11-3 victory to continue her dominance, extending her record to 14 victories in 15 meetings against Clyne.

Belgium's Nele Gilis dashed the hopes of home favourite Sabrina Sobhy, earning her place in round three with a convincing 3-0 victory.

Elsewhere, the 2017 Women’s U.S. Squash Open Champion, Nour El Tayeb, sailed into the third round with ease, dispatching Marina Stefanoni in just 24 minutes, winning 11-7 11-3 11-5.

US Squash Open 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Men’s 2nd Round:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4 (51m)
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (41m)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Rory Stewart (SCO) 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (35m)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt [7] Victor Crouin (FRA) 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6 (64m)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-1, 11-8 (69m)
[9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-5, 11-4, 11-13, 7-11, 11-7 (58m)
Timothy Brownell (USA) bt Shahjahan Khan (USA) 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 18-16 (84m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bt [9/16] Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)     14-12, 9-11, 11-5, 13-11 (70m)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-2 (79m)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) bt Patrick Rooney (ENG) 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 (46m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 (23m)
[6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6 (50m)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (ENG) bt Grégoire Marche (FRA) 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [9/16] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 (80m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 (38m)
[2] Diego Elias (PER) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4 (48m)

Women’s 2nd Round:
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Hana Ramadan (EGY) 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (26m)
[9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Lucy Turmel (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (37m)
Katie Malliff (ENG) bt [9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 (25m)
[6] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (35m)
[5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) 11-4, 11-9, 11-3 (31m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Jana Shiha (EGY) 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10 (33m)
Amina Orfi (EGY) bt [9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (36m)
[3] Joelle King (NZL) bt Emily Whitlock (WAL) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)
[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Marina Stefanoni (USA) 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (24m)
Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt Hana Moataz (EGY) 4-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (49m)
[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Grace Gear (ENG) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)
[8] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 11-1, 11-3, 11-5 (25m)
[7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt Georgia Adderley (SCO) 11-5, 11-1, 11-5 (28m)
[9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (58m)
Nada Abbas (EGY) bt [9/16] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 (44m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Sana Ibrahim (EGY) 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 (32m)

Switzerland's Dimitri Steinmann has issued an official apology in the wake of an incident that led to a conduct game penalty during his 1st round match against Timothy Brownell at the prestigious U.S. Squash Open 2023, presented by TRUIST.

During a fiercely contested bout at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center, tensions ran high during the fifth game. Steinmann's physical collision with Brownell resulted in the latter, who is ranked World No.50, sprawling on the court just moments after Steinmann had received a prior warning for his movement.

Fortunately, Brownell escaped unharmed. Nevertheless, Steinmann's emotional outburst incurred the referee's intervention, with a conduct game being called against the Swiss player, abruptly concluding the match.

Taking to Instagram, Dimitri Steinmann penned a statement addressing the incident:
“I would like to take this moment to explain my view of how it all happen last night on court in my first round match at the U.S. Open. My behaviour on court at the end of the fifth game was nothing more than a disgrace.

“I suffered a complete mental breakdown and I let my emotions get the better over me. It‘s the result of many on going negative things in my personal life combined with the fear of losing. After watching the match back I was shocked seeing myself like this.

“This is NOT the way I want to play and surely NOT the way I want to present myself on and off the court. I want to sincerely apologise to Timmy, US Squash and the PSA World Tour for my unsportsmanlike behaviour last night. This will never ever happen again!

“I deeply regret my actions and will have to address those personal issues.

“Yours truly, Dimi.”

A remarkable comeback by Timothy Brownell of the United States saw the young American progress to the second round of the U.S. Squash Open for the very first time. In a thrilling contest against Dimitri Steinmann, Brownell displayed his resilience by clawing his way back from a daunting 2-0 deficit to secure a 3-2 victory.

Steinmann had stormed ahead early in the match, but Brownell's tenacity saw him level the match, pushing the encounter to a dramatic decider. However, amidst the intensity of the fifth game, tempers flared as a visibly frustrated Steinmann forcefully collided with Brownell, sending the World No.50 sprawling across the court.

Fortunately, Brownell escaped injury, but Steinmann's outburst did not go unpunished. The referee swiftly intervened, issuing a conduct game penalty against the Swiss player, abruptly concluding the match.

Adding to the American triumph, Brownell's compatriot, Shahjahan Khan, secured his maiden second-round appearance in the tournament by defeating Karim El Hammamy 3-1 in an arduous 88-minute battle. The match was characterised by its physicality, with both players locked in a fierce contest. The first two games, each lasting 22 minutes, saw Khan claim the opener 11-9, only for El Hammamy to respond by seizing the second 11-8. Khan, however, regained his composure and secured the third game, before staging a comeback in the decisive fourth game from a 5-2 deficit, ultimately earning his place in the second round.

India's Ramit Tandon is poised to face defending champion Diego Elias in the round of 32 after a commanding performance that saw him dispatch USA's Faraz Khan 11-6 11-3 11-3 with an impressive performance.

Meanwhile, in a gripping contest reminiscent of his 2015 runner-up performances, Omar Mosaad secured passage to the second round by the narrowest of margins, edging out England's Curtis Malik in a gruelling 79-minute encounter. Mosaad's resilience shone through as he clinched the match with an 8-11 11-9 11-9 10-12 11-6 victory.

Aly Abou Eleinen managed to withstand a spirited display from tournament wildcard Spencer Lovejoy to advance to the second round. Lovejoy had stormed to a 7-1 lead in the opener, but Eleinen mounted a remarkable comeback to narrow the gap to 9-8. Despite Lovejoy benefiting from a stroke in his favour, Eleinen roared back in the second game, securing an 11-2 win. Eleinen took the lead for the first time in the match when he claimed the third game 12-10, despite Lovejoy holding two game balls. The tenacity of Lovejoy forced a fifth and gripping decider, where Eleinen emerged victorious, setting up a second-round clash with his fellow countryman, Omar Mosaad.

In the women's draw, Sivasangari Subramaniam, fresh from her gold medal win at the Asian Games, staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Alexandra Fuller 3-1. After a slow start that saw Fuller take the opening game, Subramaniam responded emphatically to win the next three games.

England's Katie Malliff secured her place in the second round, setting up a clash with Egypt's Farida Mohamed, following her convincing 3-0 victory against Zeina Zein. Malliff dominated the first game with an 11-4 win, narrowly clinched the second game 12-10, and secured her second-round berth with an 11-9 victory in the third game.

American Marina Stefanoni achieved a significant milestone in her career, advancing to the second round of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for just the second time. Her impressive performance came against the formidable World No. 35 Mariam Metwally. Stefanoni, currently ranked World No.57, had previously reached the last 32 of the U.S. Squash Open in 2021. The 20-year-old displayed remarkable confidence as she dominated the match, securing a swift 11-2 11-6 12-10 victory in just 28 minutes.

In the third game, Metwally exhibited signs of a resurgence but ultimately faltered, squandering a game ball opportunity. Stefanoni, unyielding in her determination, forced a tie-break and subsequently reached match point. In a crucial moment, the referees penalised Metwally for not playing the ball, awarding a no-let decision instead of the stroke she had hoped for, effectively handing the win to Stefanoni.

Marina Stefanoni's next challenge in the tournament will be none other than the 2017 U.S. Open Squash champion Nour El Tayeb as she vies for a place in the third round.

Egyptian teenage sensation Amina Orfi secured a hard-fought 11-9 9-11 12-10 11-9 victory against compatriot Fayrouz Abouelkheir. Their encounter closely resembled their recent clash at the QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic, where every game had gone to tie-breaks. Once again, the margins were razor-thin, with Abouelkheir unable to capitalise on a 10-7 lead in the third game as Orfi mounted a comeback.

On Glass Court East, England's Grace Gear achieved her first-ever PSA World Tour Platinum-level victory in an arduous five-game battle against France's Melissa Alves. Ranked World No.51, Gear had never before managed to take a game at this level. However, she demonstrated resilience after Alves levelled the match at 2-2, ultimately clinching an 11-7 4-11 11-9 6-11 11-7 victory.

US Squash Open 2023, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA
Men’s 1st Round:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Curtis Malik (ENG) 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6 (79m)
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt [WC] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) 8-11, 11-2, 12-10, 4-11, 11-8 (65m)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bye
Rory Stewart (SCO) bt Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) 11-5, 11-6, 4-11, 11-4 (43m)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
[7] Victor Crouin (FRA) bye
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bye
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [WC] Zane Patel (USA) 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (28m)
[9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI) bye
Timothy Brownell (USA) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 (73m)
Shahjahan Khan (USA) bt Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8 (88m)
[9/16] Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) bye
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bye
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bye
[9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bye
Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Balázs Farkas (HUN) 11-3, 13-11, 11-3 (31m)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) bt Leandro Romiglio (ARG) 11-8, 11-7, 18-16 (48m)
Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt Bernat Jaume (ESP) 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-6 (48m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Nick Wall (ENG) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (39m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 7-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-8 (49m)
[6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (ENG) bye
Grégoire Marche (FRA) bt David Baillargeon (CAN) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (38m)
[9/16] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bye
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 12-10, 12-10, 3-11, 11-8 (59m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Andrew Douglas (USA) 12-10, 4-11, 14-12, 11-6 (49m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (38m)
Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (33m)
[2] Diego Elias (PER) bye

Women’s 1st Round:
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bye
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt Salma Eltayeb (EGY) 12-14, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (36m)
Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt Kenzy Ayman (EGY) 11-1, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5 (38m)
[9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bye
Katie Malliff (ENG) bt Zeina Zein (EGY) 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 (33m)
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bye
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bye
[6] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
[5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bye
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) bye
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (33m)
Jana Shiha (EGY) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8 (36m)
Amina Orfi (EGY) bt Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9 (54m)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bye
Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt Énora Villard (FRA) 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 (27m)
[3] Joelle King (NZL) bye
[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
Marina Stefanoni (USA) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 11-2, 11-6, 12-10 (28m)
Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (29m)
Hana Moataz (EGY) bt [WC] Lucie Stefanoni (USA) 11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (21m)
[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
Grace Gear (ENG) bt Mélissa Alves (FRA) 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7 (60m)
Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 11-6, 11-1, 11-2 (22m)
[8] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bye
[7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bye
Georgia Adderley (SCO) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 11-8, 11-5, 12-10 (30m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 8-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-7 (29m)
[9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bye
[9/16] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 11-1, 11-2, 12-10 (24m)
Sana Ibrahim (EGY) bt Marie Stéphan (FRA) 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 (22m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bye

The 2023 U.S. Squash Open starts today at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia, where all the highest ranked squash players from around the world will converge to compete in the third Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour Platinum event of the 2023-24 season. This highly anticipated tournament will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV from the 7th to 14th October.

Established in 1954, this prestigious event will see defending men's champion and World No.2 Diego Elias aiming to retain his title in Philadelphia. Known as the 'Peruvian Puma,' Diego Elias made history as the first South American to claim the U.S. Squash Open crown last year when his opponent, Ali Farag, withdrew from the final. However, having suffered losses to the Egyptian in the opening two PSA World Tour Platinum finals of the season, Elias faces the challenge of reversing his fortunes to triumph once more in Philadelphia.

In the women’s’ draw, defending champion and No.2 seed Nouran Gohar has been forced to withdraw from the competition due to a foot injury. This leaves World No.1 Nour El Sherbini, the champion of the Paris Squash 2023 tournament, and Hania El Hammamy, who secured victory at the QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic, as the prominent contenders for the title. Hania El Hammamy's victory over her Egyptian compatriot in Doha, spanning five gripping games, has bolstered her confidence as she approaches the U.S. Squash Open, marking her first title since the Hong Kong Squash Open in December 2022.

World No.6 Nour El Tayeb aims to sustain her recent excellent form, which culminated in her first title of the season at the Women’s South Western Squash Open. American No.1 Amanda Sobhy, the runner-up in Houston, draws inspiration from the home crowd's support in her quest to become the first American woman to win the U.S. Squash Open since Natalie Grainger in 2004. However, Sobhy's journey to the title decider may involve facing the formidable No.3 seed Joelle King in the quarter-finals and Hania El Hammamy in the semi-finals, should the event follow the seedings.

The Belgian sisters, Tinne and Nele Gilis, who impressed with their performance at the QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic by reaching the semi-finals and quarter-finals, respectively, will also be looking to build upon their success in Philadelphia.

In the men's draw, World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.5 Paul Coll aim to bounce back from their disappointing campaigns at the QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic. Mohamed ElShorbagy, England's top player, was controversially eliminated in the quarter-finals by Mazen Hesham in a fifth-game tie-break, while Paul Coll was defeated in a thrilling 93-minute second-round encounter against Welshman Joel Makin in Doha.

World No.1 Ali Farag is expected to face a challenging path to the title, potentially crossing paths with French No.1 Victor Crouin in the quarter-finals and Mohamed ElShorbagy in the semi-finals, should the tournament adhere to the seedings.

Scotsman Greg Lobban, who recently entered the world's top 20 for the first time in his career following his quarter-final appearance at the QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic, is set to face U.S. wildcard Zane Patel in the opening round. Meanwhile, Egyptian duo Tarek Momen and Fares Dessouky are poised for a clash in the second round after both received first-round byes.

Action from the side courts in Philadelphia will be streamed FREE on the PSA YOUTUBE channel with matches from the two all-glass show courts streamed live on SQUASHTV

Defending women’s champion and the No.2 seed Nouran Gohar has been forced to withdraw from the forthcoming U.S. Squash Open due to a foot injury. This unforeseen setback has led to a reshuffling of the seedings and matchups for the prestigious third Platinum event of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour squash season, scheduled to start at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia on the 7th October.

Stepping into Gohar's shoes as the new No.2 seed is her compatriot, Hania El Hammamy. In the second round, El Hammamy will face either Salma Eltayeb or Hana Ramadan, setting the stage for a compelling showdown.

The ripple effect of Gohar's withdrawal extends further through the seedings. New Zealand's Joelle King now ascends to the No.3 seed position, poised for a second-round encounter against the winner of the bout between Wales' Emily Whitlock and France's Enora Villard.

Nour El Tayeb, fresh from her victory at the Women’s South Western Squash Open, has now secured a coveted top-four seeding in the tournament.

Meanwhile, USA's No.2, Olivia Fiechter, earns a spot among the top eight seeds. Fiechter's second-round opponent will be determined by the outcome of the match between World No.27 Jasmine Hutton and Canada's Nicole Bunyan, ensuring an intriguing clash in the early stages of the tournament.

Further adjustments include Canada's Hollie Naughton, who advances from a 17/32 seed to a 9/16 seed. This promotion grants her a bye in the opening round, affording valuable rest and preparation time.

The unexpected turn of events resulting from Nouran Gohar's withdrawal has also paved the way for England's Millie Tomlinson to enter the draw whose U.S. Squash Open campaign will commence with a first-round face-off against Egypt's Jana Shiha.

U.S. Squash Open 2023, Women’s Draw:
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) [bye]
Salma Eltayeb (EGY) v [17/32] Hana Ramadan (EGY)
[17/32] Lucy Turmel (ENG) v Kenzy Ayman (EGY)
[9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) [bye]
[17/32] Katie Malliff (ENG) v [WC] Madison Ho (USA)
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) [bye]
[6] Nele Gilis (BEL) [bye]
[5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) [bye]
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) [bye]
[17/32] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [17/32] Jana Shiha (EGY)
[17/32] Fayrouz Abouelkheir (EGY) v Amina Orfi (EGY)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) [bye]
[17/32] Emily Whitlock (WAL) v Enora Villard (FRA)
[3] Joelle King (NZL) [bye]
[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) [bye]
Marina Stefanoni (USA) v [17/32] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[17/32] Lucy Beecroft v Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY)
[WC] Lucie Stefanoni (USA) v [17/32] Hana Moataz (EGY)
[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) [bye]
Grace Gear (ENG) v [17/32] Melissa Alves (FRA)
[17/32] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) v Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
[8] Olivia Fiechter (USA) [bye]
[7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) [bye]
Georgia Adderley (SCO) v [17/32] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[17/32] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
[9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [bye]
Emilia Soini (FIN) v [17/32] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[17/32] Sana Ibrahim (EGY) v Marie Stephan (FRA)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) [bye]

The world’s leading squash players are poised to descend upon Philadelphia's Arlen Specter US Squash Center from the 7th to 14th October for the prestigious U.S. Squash Open with the upcoming event promising to be a showcase of exceptional talent and fierce competition.

In a captivating twist of fate, Men's World No.1 Ali Farag and former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad find themselves pitted against each other in the second round. Their rivalry, notably showcased in the PSA World Championship final in May in Chicago, adds a layer of intensity to this early encounter. Ali Farag emerged victorious in that memorable championship battle and now sets his sights on claiming his third U.S. Squash Open title, particularly after a disappointing injury-induced retirement in last year's final.

Defending champion Diego Elias is the men’s No.2 seed and will kick off his campaign against either US No.4 Faraz Khan or India's Ramit Tandon in the second round. Diego Elias, the sole South American to clinch the U.S. Open trophy, is projected to face Englishmen Nathan Lake and Marwan ElShorbagy in the subsequent rounds, culminating in a potential semi-final clash with No.4 seed Paul Coll.

Meanwhile, three-time U.S. Open Squash Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy, seeded at No.3, shares the same side of the draw as Ali Farag and Karim Abdel Gawad. His path leads him to an encounter with Egypt's Mohamed ElSherbini in the round of 32.
The men's event includes a strong contingent of American players, including Todd Harrity, Shahjahan Khan, Timothy Brownell, Faraz Khan, Andrew Douglas, Spencer Lovejoy and Zane Patel.

In the women's draw, World No.2 Nouran Gohar aims to etch her name in history as the first player to secure four consecutive U.S. Squash Open titles. The 25-year-old Egyptian, now based in Stamford, Connecticut, commences her journey against the winner of the clash between World No.26 Hana Ramadan and World No.52 Salma Eltayeb.

In the following rounds, Nouran Gohar is set to face the formidable Gilis sisters, Tinne and Nele, before a potential quarter-final showdown with No.4 seed Joelle King.

On the flip side of the women’s draw, PSA World Champion Nour El Sherbini, seeded at No.2, seeks to conquer the elusive U.S. Squash Open title. Despite four previous final appearances, the 27-year-old has yet to claim this prestigious trophy, making it one of the few major events that has eluded her.

Her journey is fraught with challenges, including a potential clash with No.8 seed Georgina Kennedy, who pushed El Sherbini to the limit at the 2023 British Open in April, and 2021 runner-up Hania El Hammamy.

Notably, USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy bears the hopes of the home nation as the No.6 seed. She commences her campaign with an all-American battle against Olivia Clyne. Amanda Sobhy is joined by five other American women in the draw, including her sister Sabrina, Olivia Fiechter, and the Stefanoni sisters, Marina and Lucie, along with Madison Ho.

This year's U.S. Squash Open boasts a record-breaking total player compensation of $383,000, underlining its significance on the PSA World Tour and in the world of squash generally.

The stage is set for an exhilarating U.S. Squash Open, where the world's top squash talents will vie for glory and etch their names in the annals of squash history.

2023 U.S. Squash Open, Arlen Specter US Squash Center. Philadelphia, USA
Men’s Draw:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Curtis Malik (ENG)
[WC] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) v [17/32] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) [bye]
Rory Stewart (SCO) v [17/32] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) [bye]
[7] Victor Crouin (FRA) [bye]
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Greg Lobban (SCO) v [WC] Zane Patel (USA)
[9/16] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) [bye]
[17/32] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) v Timothy Brownell (USA)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v [17/32] Shahjahan Khan (USA)
[9/16] Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) [bye]
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) [bye]
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) [bye]
[9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) [bye]
[17/32] Patrick Rooney (ENG) v Balazs Farkas (HUN)
Leandro Romiglio (ARG) v [17/32] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
[17/32] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) v Charlie Lee (ENG)
Nick Wall (ENG) v [17/32] Raphael Kandra (GER)
[17/32] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) v Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
[6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) [bye]
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (ENG) [bye]
David Baillargeon (CAN) v [17/32] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[9/16] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) [bye]
Todd Harrity (USA) v [17/32] Adrian Waller (ENG)
[17/32] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Andrew Douglas (USA)
Lucas Serme (FRA) v [17/32] Nathan Lake (ENG)
[17/32] Ramit Tandon (IND) v Faraz Khan (USA)
[2] Diego Elias (PER) [bye]

2023 U.S. Squash Open, Arlen Specter US Squash Center. Philadelphia, USA
Women’s Draw:
[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [bye]
Salma Eltayeb (EGY) v [17/32] Hana Ramadan (EGY)
[17/32] Lucy Turmel (ENG) v Kenzy Ayman (EGY)
[9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) [bye]
[17/32] Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [WC] Madison Ho (USA)
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) [bye]
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) [bye]
[7] Nele Gilis (BEL) [bye]
[6] Amanda Sobhy (USA) [bye]
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) [bye]
[17/32] Farida Mohamed (EGY) v Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
Katie Malliff (ENG) v [17/32] Jana Shiha (EGY)
[17/32] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) v Amina Orfi (EGY)
[9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA) [bye]
[17/32] Emily Whitlock (WAL) v Enora Villard (FRA)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) [bye]
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) [bye]
Marina Stefanoni (USA) v [17/32] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[17/32] Lucy Beecroft (ENG) v Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY)
[WC] Lucie Stefanoni (USA) v [17/32] Hana Moataz (EGY)
[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) [bye]
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v [17/32] Melissa Alves (FRA)
[17/32] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) v Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
[5] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) [bye]
[8] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) [bye]
Georgia Adderley (SCO) v [17/32] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[17/32] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
[9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [bye]
Emilia Soini (FIN) v [17/32] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[17/32] Sana Ibrahim (EGY) v Marie Stephan (FRA)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) [bye]

The U.S. Squash Open will be staged at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia from the 7th to 14th October and will feature the world's highest ranked squash players. The third Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour Platinum event of the season offers players a crucial opportunity to secure a place at the prestigious end-of-season PSA World Tour Finals. So far, only the Egyptian trio of Ali Farag, Nour El Sherbini and Hania El Hammamy have earned automatic qualifications for the event by winning following their wins at the Paris Squash 2023 & QTerminals Qatar Squash Classic which kicked-off the 2023-23 squash season.

Originating in 1954 in a hardball format before transitioning to the more modern softball format in 1985, the U.S. Squash Open holds a special place on the PSA World Tour calendar with a rich squash history, including being the first PSA Platinum tournament to offer equal prize money for both the men's and women's championships in 2013.

Jahangir Khan, the legendary Pakistani who is universally recognised as the world’s greatest ever squash player, was the inaugural winner in the modern format, defeating former World Champion Ross Norman in the 1985 final. Other notable men’s champions include Egyptian Amr Shabana (two titles), Australian David Palmer, England's Peter Nicol and Canadian Jonathon Power.

Over the years, the U.S. Squash Open has moved to various locations like Chicago and Boston before finding a long-term home in Philadelphia since 2011, more recently at the impressive Arlen Specter US Squash Center, where it has been hosted since 2021.

This U.S. Squash Open is the highlight on the North American squash calendar.

Diego Elias and Nouran Gohar emerged victorious at last year's championships. Diego Elias claimed his first U.S. Squash Open title when Egyptian Ali Farag had to retire after just two minutes due to injury, while Nouran Gohar defeated fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini 11-7 9-11 11-7 11-6 in a thrilling 51-minute women’s final.

The U.S. Squash Open, one of the most revered events on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour, boasts a rich and illustrious history. Since its inception in 1985, the championships have witnessed the world’s greatest ever squash players and fierce competition. The U.S. Squash Open has a legacy of great champions who have left an indelible mark on the events as well as the game of squash as a whole. From the early dominance of Jahangir Khan to the recent triumph of Diego Elias last year, the U.S. Squash Open has consistently delivered unforgettable moments on the squash court.

Jahangir Khan (1985):
The U.S. Squash Open embarked on its journey on New Year's Day in 1985. It started with a hardball format, transitioning to the more familiar softball format later. In its inaugural year, the legendary Pakistani player Jahangir Khan emerged as the first winner in the modern format. Jahangir Khan defeated former World Champion Ross Norman in a thrilling battle, setting the stage for what would become one of the sport’s most prestigious tournament.

Jansher Khan (1990, 1991 & 1993):
The 1990s witnessed the ascendancy of Pakistan's Jansher Khan, who clinched the U.S. Squash Open title in 1990 and 1991. Jansher Khan's remarkable talent and consistency made him a force to be reckoned with who added to his legacy by securing his third U.S. Open title in 1993.

Jonathon Power (1997 & 2000):
In 2000, Jonathon Power of Canada etched his name into the history books of the U.S. Squash Open with a victory that was a testament to his incredible talent and agility on the court.

Peter Nicol (2001 & 2003):
As the new millennium dawned, England's Peter Nicol emerged as a prominent figure in squash. The Englishman claimed the U.S. Squash Open title in 2001 and 2003 with his exceptional skills and sportsmanship left a lasting impact on the sport.

Gregory Gaultier (2013 & 2015):
Frenchman Gregory Gaultier made his mark at the U.S. Squash Open with his dynamic style of play and determination earning him titles in 2013 and 2015.

Nick Matthew (2007):
Nick Matthew of England showed his prowess in 2007, adding his name to the list of illustrious U.S. Squash Open Champions.

Amr Shabana (2009 & 2011):
In recent years, Egyptians have continued to dominate the U.S. Squash Open, starting with Amr Shabana who made his mark in 2009 and 2011.

Mohamed ElShorbagy (2014, 2016 & 2018):
Mohamed ElShorbagy continued Egyptian dominance by claiming the title in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Ali Farag (2017 & 2019):
Ali Farag secured victory in 2017 and 2019 with displaying his remarkable control and precision on the court. Meanwhile, Mohamed ElShorbagy claimed titles in 2016 and 2018, showcasing his athleticism and power.

Diego Elias (2022):
The most recent addition to the U.S. Squash Open champions' roster is Peru's Diego Elias who triumphed in 2022 to mark a new chapter in the tournament's storied history.

Men's U.S. Open Squash Champions:
2022 Diego Elias (PER)
2021 Mostafa Asal (EGY)
2020 No event
2019 Ali Farag (EGY)
2018 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2017 Ali Farag (EGY)
2016 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2015 Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
2014 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2013 Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
2012 Ramy Ashour (EGY)
2011 Amr Shabana (EGY)
2010 Wael El Hindi (EGY)
2009 Amr Shabana (EGY)
2008 No event
2007 Nick Matthew (ENG)
2006 Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
2005 Lee Beachill (ENG)
2004 Lee Beachill (ENG)
2003 Peter Nicol (ENG)
2002 David Palmer (AUS)
2001 Peter Nicol (ENG)
2000 Jonathon Power (CAN)
1999 Simon Parke (ENG)
1998 Peter Nicol (SCO)
1997 Jonathon Power (CAN)
1996 Rodney Eyles (AUS)
1995 Jansher Khan (PAK)
1994 Peter Nicol (SCO)
1993 Rodney Eyles (AUS)
1992 No event
1991 Rodney Martin (AUS)
1990 Jansher Khan (PAK)
1989 Rodney Martin (AUS)
1988 Jahangir Khan (PAK)
1987 Jansher Khan (PAK)
1986 Stuart Davenport (NZL)
1985 Jahangir Khan (PAK)

The U.S. Squash Open stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of champions who have graced its courts over the years. From the early dominance of Jahangir Khan to the contemporary brilliance of the modern-day players, the U.S. Open Squash Championships have consistently showcased the highest calibre of squash.

With a commitment to gender equality and a rich history, the U.S. Squash Open remains a pinnacle event on the PSA World Tour, celebrating the sport's excellence and inclusivity.

The Women's U.S. Open Squash Championship has long been a showcase of remarkable talent, fierce competition, and a celebration of women's squash at its finest. Since its inception in 1993, this prestigious tournament has witnessed a parade of champions who have left an indelible mark on the sport. From Cassie Jackman's maiden triumph to Nouran Gohar's recent dominance, the Women's U.S. Squash Open has consistently delivered breathtaking squash and unforgettable moments.

Cassie Jackman (1993, 1997, 1999 & 2003):
The Women's U.S. Squash Open commenced its journey in 1993 with the Englishwoman Cassie Jackman emerging as the inaugural champion. Cassie Jackman's victory laid the foundation for what would become one of the most coveted titles in women's squash. The English women’s dominance extended beyond her initial victory. She defended her title in 1994 and went on to secure the championship for an astounding five consecutive years. Her remarkable consistency and skill made her a force to be reckoned with in the world of squash.

Michelle Martin (1998 & 2004):
In 1998, Australian Michelle Martin claimed the Women's U.S. Squash Open title to briefly interrupt Cassie Jackman's reign. Michelle Martin's victory signalled the arrival of Australian talent on the international stage and she would go on to win the title again in 2004, cementing her legacy.

Natalie Grinham (2005) & Rachael Grinham (2007):
Natalie Grinham of Australia claimed the Women's U.S. Squash Open title in 2005 and her sister Rachael Grinham who triumphed in 2007.

Jenny Duncalf (2009) & Laura Massaro (2011 & 2015):
Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf, both hailing from England, made their mark on the tournament in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Jenny Duncalf secured victory in 2009, while Laura Massaro clinched the title in 2011 and added another in 2015. Their victories symbolised England's resurgence in women's squash.

Nicol David (2012-2014):
Malaysia's Nicol David, one of the greatest squash players of all time, embarked on a remarkable three-year reign as the Women's U.S. Squash Open Champion from 2012 to 2014. Her unmatched skill, agility, and sportsmanship endeared her to fans worldwide.

Camille Serme (2016):
In 2016, France's Camille Serme displayed her exceptional skills and flair to become the first French woman to be crowned U.S. Squash Open champion. Her victory highlighted the global appeal of squash and the emergence of French talent.

Raneem El Welily (2018):
Raneem El Welily of Egypt secured the Women's U.S. Squash Open title in 2018. Her victory showcased the depth of talent within the Egyptian contingent and underlined her status as one of the sport's leading figures.

Nouran Gohar Era (2019, 2001 & 2022):
In recent years, Egypt's Nouran Gohar has dominated the Women's U.S. Squash Open, securing an unprecedented four consecutive titles from 2019 to 2022. Her remarkable athleticism, precision, and unwavering determination have solidified her legacy as one of the tournament's all-time greats.

Throughout its history, the Women's U.S. Squash Open has witnessed changing locations, but since 2011, it has found a consistent home in Philadelphia. The Arlen Specter US Squash Center has been the host venue since 2021.

The Women's U.S. Squash Open has been at the forefront of promoting gender equality in squash. Like its male counterpart, the tournament achieved a significant milestone in 2013 by offering equal prize money across both the Men's and Women's draws. This commitment to fairness and inclusivity exemplifies the tournament's importance in the world of squash.

Women's U.S. Open Squash Champions:
2022 Nouran Gohar (EGY)
2021 Nouran Gohar (EGY)
2020 No event
2019 Nouran Gohar (EGY)
2018 Raneem El Welily (EGY)
2017 Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
2016 Camille Serme (FRA)
2015 Laura Massaro (ENG)
2014 Nicol David (MAS)
2013 Nicol David (MAS)
2012 Nicol David (MAS)
2011 Laura Massaro (ENG)
2010 Vanessa Atkinson (NED)
2009 Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
2008 No event
2007 No event
2006 No event
2005 Natalie Grinham (AUS)
2004 Natalie Grainger (USA)
2003 Cassie Jackman (ENG)
2002 Carol Owens (NZL)
2001 No event
2000 No event
1999 Cassie Jackman (ENG)
1998 Michelle Martin (AUS)
1997 Cassie Jackman (ENG)
1996 No event
1995 No event
1994 Suzanne Horner (ENG)
1993 Cassie Jackman (ENG)

The 2023 U.S. Squash Open will be staged at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia on the 7th to 14th October and squash enthusiasts from around the world will be hoping for a repeat of the remarkable blend of drama and exceptional performances witnessed last year.

The 2022 U.S. Squash Open included several standout moments. Spain's Iker Pajares Bernabeu, ranked World No.26, staged an incredible comeback from two match balls down, ultimately prevailing over wildcard Timothy Brownell in a gruelling 93-minute match.

The women's draw featured notable performances by the USA's Sabrina Sobhy and Olivia Clyne, securing their spots in the last 32 with victories over Haley Mendez and Ka Yi Lee, respectively.

Egypt's Nadine Shahin, in a dramatic opening-round match, mounted a remarkable comeback against 18-year-old wildcard Lucie Stefanoni. Shahin overcame a two-game deficit to advance to the third round, where she faced Tesni Evans.

The defending U.S. Squash Open Champion, Mostafa Asal, saw his title defence come to an unexpected halt in the second round. An accidental injury sustained by Lucas Serme due to a ball hit by Asal led to the Frenchman being awarded the match. Mostafa Asal, who had made history as the youngest-ever winner in 2021, faced an unforeseen twist in his campaign.

Two-time men’s champion Ali Farag launched his title quest with a convincing straight-game victory over Malaysia's Main Yow Ng. Diego Elias, the No.4 seed, and Paul Coll, the No.2 seed, also comfortably progressed to the third round.

In the women's draw, history was made as three American women advanced to the third round for the first time. Olivia Clyne and the Sobhy sisters, Amanda and Sabrina, displayed their prowess on the court. Egyptian stars Nouran Gohar, Nour El Sherbini, and Hania El Hammamy also secured their places in the next stage of the competition.

Sabrina Sobhy, ranked World No.20, achieved a milestone by reaching her first PSA World Tour Platinum quarter-final. She accomplished this feat by defeating World No.2 Hania El Hammamy in four games. Sabrina's sister, Amanda, also earned a spot in the last eight with a dominant performance against Alexandra Fuller.

Elsewhere, Nour El Sherbini overcame an injury concern to advance to the quarter-finals, triumphing over Wales No.1 Tesni Evans.

In the men's competition, World No.12 Youssef Soliman produced a sublime performance to defeat fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham in straight games and setting up a quarter-final clash against Marwan ElShorbagy.

The top seed, Ali Farag, and the No.6 seed, Tarek Momen, secured their spots in an all-Egyptian quarter-final after overcoming Miguel Rodriguez and Saurav Ghosal, respectively.

Notably, No.5 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy advanced to his seventh U.S. Open semi-final by defeating World No.1 Paul Coll in a thrilling 90-minute encounter.

The women's semi-finals witnessed World No.1 Nouran Gohar and World No.3 Nour El Sherbini emerging victorious in their matches against Nour El Tayeb and Joelle King, respectively. Gohar continued her title defence with a powerful performance, while El Sherbini showed her dominance.

In the men's final, Diego Elias made history as the first Peruvian to reach the U.S. Squash Open final. He secured victory over three-time champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in straight games, setting up a final showdown against Ali Farag.

In the women's final, Nouran Gohar etched her name alongside squash legend Nicol David by clinching her third consecutive U.S. Open title. Nouran Gohar overcame Nour El Sherbini in a thrilling match, showcasing her power and determination.

Regrettably, the men's final saw an abrupt end due to an injury to Ali Farag, preventing what promised to be an exciting clash. Elias was declared the winner as Farag was unable to continue.