Final : It’s Dessouky
Fares Dessouky played almost flawless squash to beat Saurev Ghosal in three in the finals of the Pittsburgh Open – and he needed to as Ghosal’s impressive speed, movement, and court coverage combined with his soft touch to the front had proven too much for everyone else in the tournament.
Dessouky’s attacking game was at its finest all day, and he probably had 15 balls roll out of the nick. Ghosal worked hard to keep Dessouky off the volley in game three, and the strategy helped, allowing him to pull even at 9 all.
But after a hard-fought point to pull ahead 10-9, Dessouky smashed another ball into the nick to claim the title, his third and biggest PSA triumph.
Semis : Dessouky and Ghosal through to final
Top seeds Fares Dessouky and Saurav Ghosal will contest the Pittsburgh Open final after four game wins over Gregoire Marche and Omar Mosaad in the semi-finals.
Quarters : Seeds prevail as Mosaad ends ElSherbini run
No upsets in the quarter-finals in Pittsburgh as top seeds Fares Dessouky and Saurav Ghosal saw off the challenges of Campbell Grayson and Cesar Salazar.
Dessouky now faces fourth-seeded Frenchman Gregoire Marche while Ghosal meets Omar Mosaad, who ended the run of fellow Egyptian Mohamed ElSherbini.
Round Two : ElSherbini gatecrashes quarters
Egypt’s Mohamed ElSherbini joined seven seeds in the quarter-finals in Pittsburgh as he ousted third seeded compatriot Zahed Salem.
Round One : English quartet advance
It was a good opening day for the English in Pittsburgh as unseeded Richie Fallows, Ben Coleman and Nathan Lake all produced upsets to advance to round two, alongside George Parker, who saved match balls on his way to a marathon win over compatriot Patrick Rooney.
The other round one winners were Todd Harrity, Arturo Salazar, Abdulla al Tamimi and Mohamed ElSherbini.
Trio of former champs for Pittsburgh
The 2020 Pittsburgh Open features three former champions aiming for a repeat title – France’s Gregoire March is the defending champion, beating 2017 champion Zahed Salem in the final, while Hong Kong’s Max Lee won the 2018 edition and all three are back in town.
Marche and Salem are the 3/4 seeds, with top seeds Fares Dessouky and Saurav Ghosal their predicted semi-final opponents.