Hany, Soliman crowned City Tattersalls Group Squash Australian Open champions

Published Sun 24 Mar 2024

Egyptian pair Salma Hany and Youssef Soliman have been crowned the City Tattersalls Group Australian Open 2024 champions after defeating Amina Orfi and Victor Crouin, respectively, at the University of Sydney. 

Hany clinched her maiden piece of silverware on the PSA World Tour with her success in Sydney, as the top seed overcame No.2 seed Orfi 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-9).

The World No.11, who’s been a runner-up on four occasions previously, produced a clinical display while also being able to contain Orfi. 

After managing the first two games, Hany did well to absorb plenty of pressure applied by her Egyptian compatriot to have six match balls and, despite Orfi saving five of them, Hany converted at the sixth attempt to land her first-ever title on the World Tour.

“Very happy, obviously. I’m very proud of myself this week, I produced some good squash and today’s opponent Amina [Orfi] is such a strong player, she’s been pushing all of the top players and to play the final with her was great," she said.

“I’m glad I stayed solid and kept my calm, managed to stick to the plan and I enjoyed my time out there.

“I was 10-4, match ball in the third and I dropped my focus a little bit and she was coming back strong and I managed to win it 11-9. I was able to keep my focus and calm throughout the match and that was the key today.

“My head was clear and I was able to think and react to everything she did on court. I’m really happy with the week and to win the title.”

In the men's final, No.2 seed Soliman dispatched top seed Crouin 3-1 to secure his second Bronze-level title in as many months having triumphed at the Squash on Fire Open in Washington D.C. in February.

It was the pair's fifth PSA World Tour clash, and their second this season having played out a five-game battle at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York City in January, where Crouin was victorious. 

It didn't go the distance this time, though, as Soliman executed his game plan superbly - timing his moments to attack and remained solid throughout even when Crouin halved the deficit when he won the third 11-4. But Soliman remained composed in the fourth, winning 11-6 to secure the eleventh title of his career. 

“I’m over the moon to have this title,” he said. “It’s been a very tough week, the conditions have been very tough and to play Victor [Crouin] in the final for a Bronze event – he’s World No.11 and I’m No.12 – and we both came here to win the title.

“He was coming back when I was 2-0 up and I’m glad with the way that I managed it in the fourth. It’s been a tough week and I’m feeling relieved.”

DAY 5 | SUNDAY 24 MARCH 2024


[1] Salma Hany (EGY) bt [2] Amina Orfi (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (46m)

[2] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [1] Victor Crouin (FRA) 3-1: 11-8, 11-4, 4-11, 11-6 (61m)


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