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Grinhams Go In Sharm Shake-Up

21 May 2015

It was a disappointing day for the Grinham sisters on the opening day of main draw action in the Women's Sharm El Sheikh International Squash Championship, the WSA International 25 event at the Youth & Sports City Hall in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Former world number one Rachael Grinham, the top seed from Australia, crashed out 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 in 25 minutes to unseeded Welsh opponent Deon Saffery. It was the 27-year-old Welsh international's first Tour win over Grinham, the ex-world champion who boasts 34 Tour titles.

Younger sister Natalie Grinham, who now represents the Netherlands, twice led Coline Aumard - but the French qualifier battled back in the decider to upset the third seed 6-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 in a 51-minute battle.

While Aumard progresses to face top-ranked Dane Line Hansen, Saffery moves on to play Yathreb Adel, one of three Egyptians fighting for places in the semi-finals.

Eighth seed Adel beat compatriot Farah Abdel Meguid, a qualifier, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9.

Quarter-final line-up:
Deon Saffery (WAL) v [8] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[4] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [7] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) v [6] Line Hansen (DEN)
[2] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) v [5] Heba El Torky (EGY)

1st round:
Deon Saffery (WAL) bt [1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (25m)
[8] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [Q] Farah Abdel Meguid (EGY) 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (48m)
[7] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [Q] Mayar Hany Mohamed (EGY) 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 (41m)
[4] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) bt [3] Natalie Grinham (NED) 6-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 (51m)
[6] Line Hansen (DEN) bt [Q] Nouran El Torky (EGY) 11-2, 11-7, 11-4 (21m)
[5] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Siyoli Waters (RSA) 1-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 (35m)
[2] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt [WC] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 6-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5 (82m)