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Kanzy Emad El Defrawy with a trademark dive

El Defrawy Eases into Richmond Open Last Eight


Egypt’s Kanzy Emad El Defrawy secured her place in the quarter-final of the Richmond Open, PSA W10 tournament with a straightforward 3-0 triumph over Mexican qualifier Karla Urrutia Gomez in the opening round.

Top seed El Defrawy, who is renowned for her athletic prowess and exciting style of play, had the better of a closely-fought first game before blitzing to victories in the second and third for the loss of just a solitary point in each.

The World No.37 claimed an 11-9, 11-1, 11-1 win in straight games to set up a quarter-final encounter with France’s Marie Stephan who saw off Finnish qualifier Emilia Soini in four.

Second seed Misaki Kobayashi remains on course to meet El Defrawy in the final after she defeated home player Kelsey Engman 3-1. Kobayashi romped to victory in game one and, a second game reversal aside, held firm to complete the victory and seal her place in the last eight where she will meet Georgina Stoker, who recovered from 2-0 down to beat Low Wee Nee.

Nouran El Torky is also through after a routine 3-0 win against Diana Garcia and her reward is a quarter-final clash with Anna Kimberley with the Englishwoman downing Colombia’s Catalina Pelaez to progress.

Indian qualifier Sachika Balvani and 18-year-old Egyptian Hana Ramadan will face off in the other quarter-final fixture thanks to respective wins over Reyna Pacheco and Nikki Todd.

Results – First Round: Richmond Open 2016
[1] Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY) bt [Q] Karla Urrutia Gomez (MEX) 3-0: 11-9, 11-1, 11-1
[8] Marie Stephan (FRA) bt [Q] Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8
[Q] Sachika Balvani (IND) bt [7] Reyna Pacheco (USA) 3-1: 11-9, 11-13, 11-4, 11-0
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [4] Nikki Todd (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-6
[3] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt Diana Garcia (MEX) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 12-10
Anna Kimberley (ENG) bt [6] Catalina Pelaez (COL) 3-0: 16-14, 11-8, 11-4
[5] Georgina Stoker (ENG) bt [Q] Low Wee Nee (MAS) 3-2: 9-11, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-5
[2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Kelsey Engman (USA) 3-1: 11-2, 9-11, 11-4, 11-2

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY) v [8] Marie Stephan (FRA)
[Q] Sachika Balvani (IND) v Hana Ramadan (EGY)
[3] Nouran El Torky (EGY) v Anna Kimberley (ENG)
[5] Georgina Stoker (ENG) v [2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)

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