Squash: Game’s stars warm up for the US Open

James Willstrop
James Willstrop
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There’s been no dearth of squash action in the past weeks on the world tours.

The Carol Weymuller Open is a precursor to the US Open next week and it has been one of the solid fixtures for the women over the years. The event is currently directed by ex-world number three Linda Elriani, the club professional at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn, the venue for the tournament.

Linda and husband Laurent, also a former French international, have done a great deal to promote the sport there and it has given that community a tremendous boost to have had Linda as their leader.

It attracted a stellar field. World number 2 Laura Massaro was seeded one for the event in front of third-ranked Egyptian Raneem El Weleily. At press time both had been beaten in the semi-finals, Laura by Omneya Abdel Kawy, and Raneem by Alison Waters.

The men were in San Francisco last week for the Netsuite Open in San Francisco. It’s a dream tournament to play. Gregory Gaultier continued his form by winning the final against Amr Shabana, and he holds the world number one position again in October.

Mohamed El Shorbagy is hot on his heels though, now at 2, and at the same time was winning a 70k tournament in Mexico, beating his brother Marwan in the final.

The focus turns to Philadelphia next week for the US Open and there is a lot to play for. It begins on October 11 and every main draw match can be watched on psasquashtv.com

Lee Beachill. Picture: SquashPics.com

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