Women Day One


2021 CIB Black Ball Squash Open GOLD - Day ONE

Farida Mohamed 3-1 Tinne Gilis (BEL) 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 13-11 (45m)
Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-1 Zeina Mickawy  14-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (43m)
Hana Ramadan 3-1 Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7 (40m)

Nada Abbas 3-0 [9/16] Joshna Chinappa (Ind) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (35m)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (Bel) 3-1 Yathreb Adel  11-6, 9-11, 11-1, 4-0 rtd (32m)
Mariam Metwally  3-2 [9/16] Nadine Shahin 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 5-11, 11-4 (42m)
[9/16] Coline Aumard (Fra) 3-0 [wc] Lojayn Gohary  11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (28m)


Nada Abbas Upsets Chinappas

The opening day of action at the CIB Squash Open Black Ball, saw five of the eight fixtures go the way of the lower-ranked player, with Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa proving to be the highest-profile casualty as she fell to World No.28 Nada Abbas as the women’s event began at the Black Ball Sporting Club in Cairo, Egypt.

Nada, who was born in Cairo, has showcased some of her best ever form at this venue in the past and reached her first ever major PSA quarter final at the Platinum tier CIB Black Ball Women’s Squash Open back in 2020. The 21-year-old was on top throughout against World No.12 Chinappa, and she rattled off an 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 victory to seal her place in the last 16.

wShe ill play World No.4 CIB Hania El Hammamy – who won the Platinum Black Ball Open in this venue back in 2020 – in the next round. She will be joined there by fellow Egyptian Mariam Metwally, the World No.42, who upset World No.15 Nadine Shahin in five games.

It was a quick-fire five-game battle – lasting just 42 minutes – and Metwally recovered from a slow start to win it 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 5-11, 11-4. The 25-year-old will play No.6 seed CIB Salma Hany next for a place in the semi finals.

Canada’s Danielle Letourneau was the other top 20 player to see her tournament come to a premature end as she fell to Hana Ramadan. World No.33 Ramadan will take on former World No.3 CIB Nour El Tayeb in the next round. El Tayeb, who has now slipped to No.9 in the PSA Women’s World Rankings, will make her highly-anticipated return to action tomorrow after 14 months on the sidelines due to the birth of her daughter in July of this year.

Egypt’s World No.27 CIB Farida Mohamed kicked off the day’s upsets with a 3-1 win over World No.21 Tinne Gilis in the opening match of the tournament. The 19-year-old will line up against New Zealand’s Joel King in the second round and she will look to follow up her win over the Kiwi at the same stage of the Platinum Black Ball Open back in March, 2020.

They said!


“I’ve played Nadine many times, we often practice together, so I know the gameplan and I was just trying to stick to it as much as I can, and it worked!

“The plan was to stay calm as much as I can and play deep shots, and whenever I have the chance to attack I go for it, and that’s what I did today.”

On using a new ball after losing the original at match ball, she said: “Actually, I didn’t want to change the ball, but we had to! So I’m really happy to get through today. Nadine played well and is a good player, but I’m happy to be back on track.”


“I’m really happy to get this win today, even if it took a-year-and-a-half [after my last] on this court. Better late than never, I’m really happy to get the win today.

“I had a tough year this year and at the end of last year, so to be honest in the last few months I’ve just been focused on enjoying my game, trying to play my best and enjoy what I’m doing. Because if I’m not enjoying what I’m doing, then it’s useless! For now, I’m enjoying my squash, or trying to enjoying and trying to play my best and not focus on the results or rankings.

“I’ve been trying before I play to not overhit the ball and instead focus on my shots. I’m really happy that I’m enjoying it and I’m really happy that I’m playing well. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s match!”


“My nerves were all over the place, especially when I was up 2-0. I wanted to keep the pressure on but Danielle changed it up a bit and I had to respond. It took me a whole game to figure it out, but I’m really happy to have got the win in four.

“For me the best tactic is to stay calm and remember my game plan or go onto my plan B. It cost me one game but fortunately not two more! I just need to stay calm and remember how to keep the pressure on and keep the momentum going.

“In the fourth game I told myself I have to give it everything and I’m not leaving this court until I put everything out there. Thankfully it went my way!”


“Tinne’s very fit and I knew it was going to be a very tough match. She didn’t give me any easy shots and from the very first point to the very last she was pushing so hard. Even when I was 2-0 up she didn’t lose momentum and she kept pushing until the end. She managed to lift her game to build so much pressure.


“It’s my first time playing in Egypt after I left for the U.S. so I was really excited today. I think she was very focused in the third game and I was supposed to keep the momentum and not lose focus at all in the third, but I went on court and didn’t warm the ball up at all and it was so cold.

“It was very tough playing her to be honest, but I’m very positive with the way I played today. I managed to do 75 percent of the plan I’d planned today. I wasn’t very angry today, I was trying to keep my focus and I’m happy with this.”