KSA wildcard Nada Abo Alnaja bows out of Saudi Women’s Masters

Egyptian world No.1 Nour El-Sherbini will take on fellow Egyptian Hania El-Hammamy for a place in the quarterfinals of the inaugural Saudi Women's Masters. (PSA World Squash)
Updated 09 January 2018
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KSA wildcard Nada Abo Alnaja bows out of Saudi Women’s Masters

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian wildcard Nada Abo Alnaja put up a brave fight before being beaten by No.2 seed Camille Serme of France at the inaugural Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters. Serme eventually eased into round two of the tournament in Riyadh with an accomplished display, dispatching Alnaja by three sets to love — 11-1, 11-3, 11-2.
The Saudi Women’s Masters is the first professional women’s squash tournament ever to take place in Saudi Arabia and offers up to $165,000 in prize money in addition to vital points for the PSA Women’s World Series Standings, where players battle for a top eight place which will guarantee them a coveted spot in June’s PSA World Series Finals.
Following recent initiatives from the General Authority of Sports in Saudi Arabia to increase sporting participation and awareness across the country, the $165,000 tournament will play a crucial role in inspiring a new generation of Saudis to become active within sport.
The staging of the tournament comes hot on the heels of the Saudi General Sports Authority approving three football stadiums to allow women to attend Saudi Professional League matches for the first time.
Meanwhile, Egyptian world No.1 Nour El-Sherbini (pictured above) will take on fellow Egyptian Hania El-Hammamy for a place in the quarterfinals.


Lewis Hamilton snatches dramatic Monaco Grand Prix pole position with record lap

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Lewis Hamilton snatches dramatic Monaco Grand Prix pole position with record lap

  • An emotional second pole in Monaco and the 84th of his career
  • Last year’s race winner Daniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault

MONACO: Lewis Hamilton snatched a dramatic pole position for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix with an all-time circuit record lap in the final seconds to outpace Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.086 seconds.
The defending five-time champion and series leader clocked an unprecedented lap in 1min 10.166sec to end Bottas’ run of three successive poles as Mercedes, mourning the death this week of non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, produced a record-equalling 62nd front row lockout.
It was an emotional Hamilton’s second pole in Monaco and the 84th of his career as he dug deep in the final seconds to find the speed required to grab the prime grid position from his team-mate.
“Whoooah!” shouted Hamilton on team radio. “That’s what I am talking about...”
Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull ahead of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, Pierre Gasly in the second Red Bull and Kevin Magnussen for Haas.
Last year’s race winner Daniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault ahead of Daniel Kvyat of Toro Rosso, Carlos Sainz of McLaren and Alex Albon in the second Toro Rosso.
Luckless local hero Charles Leclerc qualified 16th after a strategic muddle by Ferrari in the opening Q1 section of qualifying.