Squash: Al-Ahram Open main draw kicks off with Egyptians set to dominate

Ahram Online , Monday 19 Sep 2016

In both the women and men’s tournament, Egyptians are ranked number one in the world rankings and look poised for a successful tournament

Al-Ahram Open squash tournament
A photo published for Al-Ahram Open squash tournament location at the Giza Pyramids (The tournament's official facebook page)

The Al-Ahram Squash Open international tournament main draw kicks off on Monday with 16 first round games and will see the participation of more Egyptian players who passed the qualifying round.

Internationally-renowned squash players will be present at the $200,000 tournament such as world number one Mohamed El-Shorbagy and the women's world number one Nour El-Sherbini, both of whom are Egyptian.

Egyptian squash stars Mohamed Elshorbagy will face Australian Cameron Pilley tonight while Nour El-Sherbini will face off against the Australian Rachael Grinham.

The world number two, Omar Mosaad, will face his fellow countryman Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi, who qualified to the main draw.

Malaysian star Nicol David, the women's world number two, will face qualified English player Fiona Moverley in the first game of the international tournament’s main draw.

Egyptian squash stars Mohamed Elshorbagy and Nour El Sherbini are topping the Professional Squash Association's world rankings for the month of September in the men's and women's categories respectively.

Al-Ahram Open, one of the major tournaments in the squash world, rejoins the PSA World Tour calendar for the first time since 2001 with $100,000 worth of prizes for each of the men and women's events.

The tournament's main draw starts on Monday and will run until 23 September.

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