LONDON, Aug 17: The Professional Squash Association (PSA) British Open began in Hull on Monday, with Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam overcoming England’s wildcard entry Georgina Kennedy in the first match on the Glass Court.
In an epic five-game encounter which lasted for 1 hour 13min, the world number 36 triumphed 15-13, 14-12, 13-15, 9-11, 11-6 to set up a second round tie with the United States’ world number five Amanda Sobhy.
World number one Nour El Sherbini of Egypt is also in the top half of the draw, and will face Olivia Fiechter of the United States in the second round after the world number 20 saw off Switzerland’s Nadia Pfister in straight games 11-7, 11-5, 11-2.
Egyptian Nouran Gohar is the world number two and defending champion from 2019 at the British Open, after last year’s event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and she will face compatriot Zeina Mickawy in the second round after her victory over Canada’s Nicole Bunyan 12-10, 11-8, 11-8.
Wales’ Emily Whitlock, who has reached the last four at three events this month including a semi-final appearance at last week’s Manchester Open, secured safe passage from the first round with a straight games win against Finland’s Emilia Soini 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.
She will face compatriot Tesni Evans, the world number 11, tomorrow.
Sixteen first round matches were held which largely went according to the world rankings script, including home favourites Lucy Turmel and Jasmine Hutton progressing on the Glass Court in straight sets against France’s Enora Villard and Switzerland’s Cindy Merlo respectively.