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Tough loss for King at US Open

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A loss for world No.6 squash player, Joelle King in the third round the of the Premium graded US Open today. She was beaten by two-time world Junior Champ, Rowan Elaraby (Egypti) 7-11, 11-7, 11-2, 10-12, 8-11 in 55 minutes.

King held two match balls in the fourth game and the 31-year-old looked set to get the better of her younger opponent. But a dogged showing from Elaraby saw the Egyptian come back from the brink, and she kept her focus despite a number of refereeing decisions in the decider to book her place in the quarter finals.

Fellow Kiwi Campbell Grayson takes on second seed Mohamed El Shorbagy and Greymouths Paul Coll plays Mazen Hasham tomorrow in their third round matches tomorrow morning

World No.5 Coll is expected to play his match around 7.30am (NZT) while Grayson will face defending champ and second ranked El Shorbagy at around 1pm (NZT).

While the US Open progresses there is an important Challenger tournament starting on Wednesday 9 October, the Coverstaff SquashXL Open in Auckland.

Top seed is New Zealand No.3 Evan Williams from Wellington ranked at 96 in the world, followed by Hong Kong’s, Tang Ming Hong at just outside the top 100 with rising Kiwi squash star, Lwamba Chileshe third seed.

There are also entries from Egypt, Malaysia, Australia and plenty of local hopes as well in the draw which helps players gain valuable PSA ranking points.

The tournament runs until Sunday, with the final scheduled at 2pm at the SquashXL Club.

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