Bayoumy Wins Canton Open
beat Moustafa Nabil 9-11, 11-3, 14-12, 8-11, 11-9
April 7, 2014 - Moustafa Bayoumy (Egypt) beat Moustafa Nabil (Egypt) in a closely fought 56-minute five game match to win the Canton Open this past weekend.
Nabil jumped out to a fast 5-0 lead and then 8-2. Bayoumy, however, found his footing and won seven of the next eight rallies to tie the score at 9-9. But after putting in all that work to level the game it was Nabil who won the next two rallies fairly easily, taking game one 11-9.
Game two was all Bayoumy as he cruised to an 11-3 result.
Game three was an intense affair. Both players were finding each other's bodies as they worked hard to retrieve increasingly tight shots. In a see-saw battle, Bayoumy prevailed in extra points, winning the game 14-12.
Game four witnessed Bayoumy jumping to a quick 7-3 advantage. Nabil was struggling to pick up brilliants shots off the racquet of Bayoumy. But this time is was Nabil's opportunity to erase a sizable lead. He won the next eight of nine rallies and took the game 11-9.
Game five showed more shot making from Bayoumy, but it also highlighted Nabil's fitness. He was so quick to the ball and did not show any signs of fatigue. It was Bayoumy's shot making that ultimately edged Nabil 11-9 in the final stanza.
Although both of these young Egyptians grew up playing in Egypt. This tournament in America represented their first time on court togehter in a match.
Tournament action was hosted by St. Lawrence University.
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Moustafa Nabil beat Tim Lasusa 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6
Moustafa Bayoumy beat Ness Billimoria: 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
Raquette River on the way to Canton, NY
Moustafa Bayoumy, and Moustafa Nabil
April 4, 2014 - Pro Squash Tour is making its first trip to Canton, New York this week. Tournament action is being hosted by the Robie Squash Center on the campus of St. Lawrence University. The opening round of this week's Canton Open involved a last minute restructuring of the draw.
Amr Khalifa was seeded #1 in the tournament. However, he was a last minute withdrawl when he left town to attend to family issues in his native Egypt.
Once the draw was re-seeded, Moustafa Bayoumy and Moustafa Nabil were seeded #1 and #2. Both safely advanced through quarter final action. Nabil will face Tim Lasusa, who advanced after a walkover with Kyle Olgilvy. Bayoumy will face Ness Billimoria, who barely survived a five game marathon against Sbastian Riedelsheimer.
Quarter Finals Results
Moustafa Bayoumy beat Seet Reon 11-8, 11-7, 11-5
Moustafa Nabil beat Duncan Maxwell 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4
Ness Billimoria beat Sebastian Riedelsheimer 8-11, 10-12, 11-09, 12-10, 11-7
Tim Lasusa beat Kyle Ogilvy W/O
Amr Khaled Khalifa, Moustafa Bayoumy, and Moustafa Nabil
April 3, 2014 - Talented Egyptians Amr Khaled Khalifa and Moustafa Bayoumy will be top seeds in this weekend's Canton Open.
Both made their PST during the first half of the season.
Khalifa, the former World Junior Champion, came to America a year ago and immediately won the College Squash Association National Championship. During his PST debut at the Bobcat Classic, he nearly knocked off PST's reigning champion David Palmer, who edged Khalifa 11-9 in game 5 of a hard fought match.
Bayoumy, who hails from Cairo, Egpyt trains at the Heliopolis Club and competes on the same squash team as Ramy Ashour. Bayoumy came to America for his education, but remains a special squash talent. During the Saints season, he was a perfect 14-0. During his PST debut he was knocked out of the Cleveland Classic by Thierry Lincou in a four game match.
Moustafa Nabil is also a new recruit to Pro Squash Tour. And the talented young Egyptian has made an immediate splash. Having played two tournaments, he reached the finals of the Chestnut Hill Open. And then last week, he captured the Mamroneck Open tournament title.
For more information on the Canton Open, please click here.