The first round of the Delaware Investments U.S. Open concluded on day four at Drexel University with a lone American reaching the last sixteen on a day that saw a few narrow escapes but only one major upset. Amanda Sobhy was the only one of seven U.S. Players—four on the day—to progress while New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson was the sole qualifier to survive.
Grayson opened proceedings on the Drexel University Kline & Specter Squash Center courts with a straight-games upset over Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller while James Willstrop and Nick Matthew, seeded two and three, were joined by Peter Barker and Joe Lee as England provided half the men’s winners on the day.
Egyptians Tarek Momen and Karim Abdel Gawad both recovered from deficits to claim their last sixteen places while Germany’s Simon Rosner ended home interest in the men’s draw with a straight-games win over Julian Illingworth.
Sobhy recovered from a game down to dominate the rest of her match against Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes, but her sister Sabrina and wildcard Kristen Lange couldn’t add to the U.S. success as they both lost out to much higher-ranked opponents Nour El Tayeb and Jenny Duncalf.
Tayeb was joined by fellow Egyptians Raneem El Weleily, the third seed, and Omneya Abdel Kawy, who won a thrilling all-Egyptian five-setter against Kanzy El Defrawy.
Malaysian sixth seed Low Wee Wern, and 2011 finalists Kasey Brown from Australia and England’s second seed Laura Massaro, completed the women’s last sixteen—all three winning in straight games.
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