Egyptians Reign Over Seeds In Swiss Open

An unseeded Egyptian pair were the unlikely contesters of the WSA Tour5 Swiss Open final held at the Geneva Squash Club in Switzerland yesterday.  

Mariam Ibrahim Metwally and Salma Nassar each beat three seeded players on route to the final, which 16-year-old Mewally claimed in four games.  

The teenager began her Swiss Open campaign in a ruthless fashion, beating No.8 seed Julia Lecoq in straight games, with the Frenchwoman registering just nine points against her opponent.  Metwally’s form continued into the quarter-finals where she stunned top seed Siyoli Waters, ranked 65 places above the Egyptian, in another three-game encounter.  Still yet to drop a game in the competition, Metwally then dispatched third seed Laura Pomportes in the semi-final round, to reach her first ever WSA World Tour final.

Her final opponent would be world No.114 Salma Nassar, who had seen a similar run to her compatriot on route to the final.  Also yet to concede a game, Nassar defeated second seed Gaby Huber in round one, followed by wins over No.6 seed Maud Duplomb and No.4 Birgit Coufal to reach her third WSA final.

The 21-year-old Nassar fell just short in a narrow opening game to the young teenager, with Metwally taking the early advantage 11-9.  The teen the doubled her lead with a more dominant second, before Nassar hit back with a third game win to make her mark on the contest.  The older Egyptian was unable to utilise the momentum shift however, as Metwally dominated the fourth and final game of the contest to close out the victory.

This is Metwally’s first WSA World Tour title of her career, following a maiden final appearance for the world No.106.

Final:
Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt Salma Nassar (EGY)            11-9, 11-5, 5-11, 11-4
 
Semi-finals:
Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt [3] Laura Pomportes (FRA)           11-4, 11-7, 11-9
Salma Nassar (EGY) bt [4] Birgit Coufal (AUT)     11-7, 11-7, 11-6
 
Quarter-finals:
Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt [1] Siyoli Waters (RSA)       11-6, 11-3, 11-3
[3] Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [5] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) 13-11, 18-16, 2-11, 11-8
[4] Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt Milnay Louw (RSA)      11-13, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9
Salma Nassar (EGY) bt [6] Maud Duplomb (FRA)            11-6, 11-5, 11-4
 
1st round:
[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt Anna Jurkun (POL)      11-8, 11-6, 11-8
Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt [8] Julia Lecoq (FRA)          11-1, 11-3, 11-5
[3] Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [Q] Harriet Ingham (ENG)           11-7, 11-5, 11-6
[5] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt [Q] Nathalie Plain (SUI)       11-2, 11-3, 11-3
Milnay Louw (RSA) bt [7] Chloe Mesic (FRA)        12-10, 11-6, 11-3
[4] Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt [Q] Selina Sinclair (ENG)         11-4, 11-9, 11-3
[6] Maud Duplomb (FRA) bt [Q] Nihal Alaa Bayoumi (EGY)       11-7, 11-4, 11-4
Salma Nassar (EGY) bt [2] Gaby Huber (SUI)       11-8, 11-7, 11-6

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