English pair Laura Massaro and Alison Waters got their 2015 Delaware Investments US Open campaigns off to winning starts in Philadelphia – albeit in contrasting styles.
World No.3 Massaro, the tournament No.5 seed from Chorley, was ruthless as she dispatched Egyptian challenger Heba El Torky 3-0 .
The victory took just 30 minutes as Massaro moved into the second round of the PSA World Series tournament – which she won in 2011 – where she will take on American No.1 Amanda Sobhy.
“I feel pretty good and it’s always good to get off to a good start in these big tournaments especially when you’re coming on to a glass court for the first time in a little while,” said Massaro. “I feel happy with how I finished the match.
“I’m excited to play Amanda in the next round – she’s playing well but I’ll go away and focus on how I’m going to approach it and hopefully I’ll play well.”
Meanwhile Waters, the world No.5 and tournament No.4 seed, booked her place in the second round courtesy of a scrappy 3-2 victory over compatriot Victoria Lust, the world No.22.
Their 55-minute battle was blighted with errors from the off, as both players struggled to find any real momentum or rhythm in the match.
It was Waters who finally looked to have settled into the match in the fourth game when she quickly found herself with five match balls in hand.
But a series of errors, along with some sublime finishing from Lust, saw her lead eradicated and it was the younger English woman who took the game and the momentum into the decider but it was Waters who eventually sealed the match 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7.
“Victoria played really well in the first two and a half games,” said Waters,
“She was probably the better player today and deserved to win that match, but I’ll take it.”
First Round (bottom half): Women’s Delaware Investments US Open – (4) Alison Waters (ENG) bt Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7 (55m), (Q) Joelle King (NZL) v (16) Dipika Pallikal (IND) - still to play, Joshana Chinappa (IND) bt (9) Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (28m), (6) Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt (WC) Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 (30m), (5) Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (30m), Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt (14) Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (35m), (12) Nouran Gohar (EGY) v (Q) Kanzy El Defrawy (EGY) - still to play, (2) Nicol David (MAS) bt (Q) Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (33m). Second Round draw: (1) Raneem El Welily (EGY) v (15) Jenny Duncalf (ENG), (10) Emma Beddoes (ENG) v (8) Nour El Tayeb (EGY), (7) Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v (Q) Donna Urquhart (AUS), (11) Delia Arnold (MAS) v (3) Camille Serme (FRA), (4) Alison Waters (ENG) v (Q) Joelle King (NZL) / (16) Dipika Pallikal (IND), Joshana Chinappa (IND) v (6) Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY), (5) Laura Massaro (ENG) v Amanda Sobhy (USA), (12) Nouran Gohar (EGY) / (Q) Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY) v (2) Nicol David (MAS).
First Round (bottom half) Men’s Delaware Investments US Open – Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt (4) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (70m), Daryl Selby (ENG) bt (WC) Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (38m), Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 (50m) , (Q) Lauren Jan Anjema (NED) v (6) Omar Mosaad (EGY) - still to play, (8) Peter Barker (ENG) v Mazen Hesham (EGY) - still to play, Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt (Q) Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (72m), (Q) Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1; 12-10, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9 (63m), Chris Simpson (ENG) v (2) Nick Matthew (ENG) - still to play. Second Round draw: (1) Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v (Q) Greg Lobban (SCO), Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v (5) Ramy Ashour (EGY), (7) Simon Rösner (GER) v Alister Walker (BOT), Tom Richards (ENG) v (3) Gregory Gaultier (FRA), Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v Daryl Selby (ENG), Tarek Momen (EGY) v (Q) Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) / (6) Omar Mosaad (EGY), (8) Peter Barker (ENG) / Mazen Hesham (EGY) v Fares Dessouki (EGY), (Q) Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v Chris Simpson (ENG) / (2) Nick Matthew (ENG).