2023 U.S. Squash Open, Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, USA

September 01 2023

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]