Brownell Pulls Off Paris First Round Upset; Shahjahan Khan Advances

Timmy Brownell (l) and Shahjahan Khan

Team USA’s Timmy Brownell and Shahjahan Khan are through to the second round of the inaugural Paris Open after Brownell pulled off a top twenty-five upset and Khan set up a second round clash against world world No. 2 Diego Elias Sunday, August 27.

The Paris Open marks the beginning of the 2022-2023 PSA World Tour season and the first Platinum event held in France since 1994. The tournament features an all glass court constructed in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower with early round play staged on the glass court and local clubs throughout Paris.

Brownell, world No. 50, secured one of the first round’s biggest upsets over England’s world No. 24 Patrick Rooney. In their first career PSA match up, the American advanced 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-1 in forty-nine minutes. Brownell will face another Englishman in Adrian Waller in the second round Monday at Sportive du Jeu de Paume.

Khan, world No. 27, secured a prime spot second round spot against Peru’s world No. 2 Diego Elias with a first round win over Hungarian world No. 51 Balazs Farkas. Khan will take on Elias by the Eiffel tower at 2:15pm local time, 8:15am ET.

World No. 44 Todd Harrity fell short in the first round against Scotland’s world No. 41 Greg Lobban.

Team USA’s four top-twenty-ranked women all open up their PSA seasons in the second round at local clubs.

World No. 6 Amanda Sobhy and world No. 9 Olivia Fiechter will both face Egyptian opposition at Squash Montmartre. Fiechter will take on world No. 28 Nada Abbas at noon local time, 6am ET, while Sobhy will face world No. 25 Nadine Shahin at 4pm local time, 10am ET.

World No. 14 Olivia Blatchford Clyne and world No. 16 Sabrina Sobhy will both compete at Stade Francais. Blatchford Clyne will face England’s eight seed Georgina Kennedy at 4pm local time, 10am ET. Sobhy will play world No. 33 Fayrouz Abouelkheir at 5:30pm local time, 11:30am ET.

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