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Shenawy’s remarkable Bermuda Open run halted by Vargas

Egypt’s Seif Shenawy (left) lost his men’s semi-final against Colombia’s Juan Camilo Vargas at the Chubb Bermuda Open Squash Championships last night. (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Seif Shenawy’s remarkable run at the Chubb Bermuda Open Squash Championships came to a grinding halt last night after going out in the semi-finals.

The unseeded Egyptian had momentum going in to his match against Colombia’s Juan Camilo Vargas having ousted American top seed Faraz Khan in the second round.

However, Shenawy proved unequal to the task on this occasion up against sixth seeded Vargas, who prevailed 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 on court No 2 at the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association to advance to the final.

Vargas, 28, said the scoreline was not a fair reflection of the match.

“I won 3-0 but it was not an easy three games,” he said. “Mentally it was quite challenging because he is an opponent who challenges you a lot. You have to stay focused and positive, and that’s what I did.

“I knew from watching the previous matches he was very hungry and tries to get in your head, so I just tried to play clean. Try to play squash and make it all about the squash and let that do the talking.

”I was feeling fresh and was just going to give it one hundred per cent, and that’s what I tried.“

Vargas will meet fourth seed Rory Stewart, of Scotland, in the final today.

Stewart advanced to the championship match after coming from behind to beat Ronald Palomino, of Colombia, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 in the remaining men’s semi-final that went to a fifth and deciding game.

“I don’t think I can describe how difficult that was,” Stewart said. “Ronald made it so tough for me; he is so fast and picked up so many balls.

“I was getting frustrated at times just because maybe it was not the way I wanted to play. But I kind of had to change the way I played if I wanted to get anything out of it.”

Meanwhile, the women’s draw saw fifth seed Kenzy Ayman and top-seed Georgia Adderley both advance to the final after seeing off Karina Tyma and Grace Gear in their semi-final matches.

Ayman, of Egypt, toppled third seed Tyma, of Poland, 11-3, 11-6, 16-14 to advance to a second Professional Squash Association World Tour final.

“It was really hard at first and so the first and second game I really focused on winning the point,” Ayman said. “I focused on playing basic, straight and fast

“It was really hot and I am so happy to win.”

The 18-year-old hopes to finally secure a maiden win at this level having lost in her only other final appearance on the Tour.

“I play the final tomorrow and I will do the best I can to win,” she added.

Scotland’s Adderley had a much tougher time on court No 2 having come from behind to defeat fourth seed Gear, of England, 8-11 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9 in the remaining women’s match that went the distance.

“Really happy to win and prove myself battle ready right to the end,” Adderley, 21, said.

“The first game grace played really well and I could not find my range. Maybe over thinking a little bit and thinking about the occasion more than what I was doing with my squash.

“But I managed to find it and was really happy with the comeback I had in the second game and then in the third I played another good game.

“I actually felt the fourth was good as well. I was playing good squash and then a couple lapses of concentration and that’s all it is at this level really.”

The gruelling battle was delayed in the fifth and deciding game as Gear underwent treatment for a leg injury while clinging to a 4-3 lead.

She managed to resume playing but despite taking another five points off the top seed ultimately came up short.

“It was quite a big break which always has an impact,” Adderley added. “You have to try and keep your body going and not cool down too much so that was really important to me.

“But I managed to find a way so that’s all that matters.”

The men’s and women’s winners will each receive $10,000 in prize money as well as a spot in the PSA World Open Championships, to be held at a venue and date yet to be announced.

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Published May 07, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated May 08, 2022 at 2:05 pm)

Shenawy’s remarkable Bermuda Open run halted by Vargas

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