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Ibrahim Stuns Massaro in Carol Weymuller Open


Egyptian qualifier Salma Hany Ibrahim scored arguably the biggest scalp of her career as she shocked World No.3 and former World Champion Laura Massaro in the opening round of the Carol Weymuller Open, PSA W50 event – a year after she was knocked out at the quarter-final stage by the Englishwoman.

The match started at a ferocious pace with Ibrahim counter attacking Massaro's short game to edge the opener courtesy of a 12-10 tie-break. Massaro came out much improved in the second and the number two seed gained governance of the 'T' as she levelled things up heading in to game three.

Some unforced errors from Massaro enabled Ibrahim to reclaim her lead in the third after an 11-7 triumph but Massaro dominated the fourth to ensure parity as the match drew to its conclusion. However, 19-year-old Hany surged into a 9-4 lead in the fifth and resisted a late charge from Massaro to seal the victory with a 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9 scoreline, securing her first ever victory over Massaro in the process.

“I’m speechless,” said Ibrahim.

“It’s not that I can’t believe I won, it’s that I pushed myself so much when I was tired. I didn’t want to lose this time after last year but I still had a feeling that I wasn't going to win even though I was playing well. I made myself smaller goals and just told myself to take it one point at a time because it felt harder when I told myself that I had to win.

“When it was 2-2, Omneya [Abdel Kawy], Raneem [El Welily] and Nour [El Sherbini] told me not to lose my focus like last time. I’m also impressed with my nick and boast at match ball.”

Ibrahim will meet fellow qualifier Joshana Chinappa in the quarter-final after the Indian No.2 surprised seventh seed Emma Beddoes in a 3-1 triumph.

The upsets didn't end there as wildcard Joelle King, the former World No.4, stunned defending champion Alison Waters in four games to eliminate the number three seed. The encounter featured a lot of high-calibre squash with King eventually prevailing with an 11-6, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8 victory.

She will line up against Sarah-Jane Perry in the last eight after the World No.12 secured her quarter-final berth courtesy of an assured display against Kanzy Emad El Defrawy.

Results – First Round: Carol Weymuller Open 2015
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v Dipika Pallikal (IND) – To be played Friday Oct 2
[Q] Joey Chan (HKG) v [8] Rachael Grinham (AUS) – To be played Friday Oct 2
[5] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Delia Arnold (MAS) – To be played Friday Oct 2
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [4] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) – To be played Friday Oct 2
[WC] Joelle King (NZL) bt [3] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY) 3-1: 5-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-9
[Q] Joshana Chinappa (IND) bt [7] Emma Beddoes (ENG) 3-1: 4-11, 16-14, 11-7, 11-4
[Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt [2] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-2: 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9

Photo Credit: Jean Ervasti

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