ODENSE, Denmark – Virginia men’s squash rising junior Aly Hussein (Cairo, Egypt) completed a remarkable run of victories to take the men’s title at the 2021 Odense Open being held in Odense, Denmark.
With the victory, Hussein earns a spot in next month’s PSA World Championships, being held in Chicago beginning July 15.
Hussein, a 9-16 seed in the tournament, opened with an 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 victory against the 7-seed, Robert Downer of England. In a marathon 84-minute quarterfinal match-up, he edged top-seeded Ryosei Kobayashi of Japan 1-7, 11-3, 4-11, 1-11, 11-7. In the semis, he topped fellow Egyptian Mostafa El Sirty 8-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-8 before taking down 6-seed Farkas Balasz 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 in the championship match.
Aly Hussein after his semifinal win