Squash: Beddoes blows away opposition in Windy City to reach quarter-finals

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At the time of going to press the Windy City Open is down to the quarter-final stages.

We, the players, have been welcomed so warmly by all the organisers and members at the University club of Chicago.

The members have, more than ever it seems, embraced the event and supported the players in what is one of the biggest events on the world calendar.

I sat in the crowd on Saturday evening to watch the action and the atmosphere on the ninth floor of the downtown building, the Cathedral Hall, was fizzing with atmosphere.

The audiences really like to involve themselves in the matches, and they make their feelings on the games known.

This feedback and reaction is an incentive to the players, most of whom I am sure would admit to enjoying such an atmosphere.

The impressive hall does not hold the seating capacity of some venues, but the event could be all the better for it.

It makes for a very intimate atmosphere where the audience is right in on the action.

The top half of the men’s is all about Egypt.

World number one Mohamed El Shorbagy lines up against Tarek Momen and the former’s brother Marwan takes on Karim Abdel Gawad.

In the bottom half Nick Matthew plays Peter Barker, and Gregory Gaultier faces Omar Mosaad.

Leeds-based Emma Beddoes secured a quarter-final placing in the women’s event by beating 2014 World Champion Laura Massaro 3-2.

She will now play Camille Serme.

The remaining quarter final pairings are Low Wee Wern v Raneem El Weliely, Nicol David v Alison Waters and Nour El Tayeb v Nour El Sherbini.

Watch live on psasquashtv.com, until Wednesday.

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