The women’s draw is dominated by Egypt and Malaysia, who between them provide eleven of the remaining players, top seed Hania El Hammamy sharing the top quarter with three Malaysians (pictured here with men’s top seed Youssef Ibrahim).
The only seeding upset came when Egypt’s Jana Shiha beat India’s 9/16 seed Akanksha Salunkhe in one of fifteen matches that finished in straight games. Another Indian, Aishwarya Bhattacharya, threatened an upset when she took 3/4 seed Nada Abbas to a decider, but the Egyptian closed out the match comfortably in the fifth.
Fourteen of the men’s top seeds won through, the exceptions being Colombia;s Matias Knudsen who, for the second day in a row,beat a Pakistani opponent 11/9 in the fifth. Aly Hussein provided the day’s seeding reverse as he beat Roman Allinckx in straight games, giving Egypt five places in the last sixteen.
In the other two matches that went the distance Malaysia’s Ong Sai Hung came from two games down to deny Ahmed Elmashad, while Mohamed Elshamy saved match balls before seeing off Cole Becker 12/10 in the decider.
Twelveof tomorrow’s matches are on the glass court at QEYC, starting at 11.00.