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Richmond Open champion Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (left) with runner-up Misaki Kobayashi (right)

El Defrawy Captures Richmond Open Crown


Top seed Kanzy Emad El Defrawy lifted her second PSA World Tour title in her last three events after sweeping to a 3-1 victory over Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi in the final of the Richmond Open, PSA W10 tournament.

El Defrawy had been in scintillating form in the build up to the final and had scythed through the field without losing a single game. Kobayashi, meanwhile, downed Kelsey Engman and Georgina Stoker in four, before following that up with a straight games dismantling of Egypt’s Nouran El Torky.

The first game between El Defrawy and Kobayashi was an even affair with both players aiming to volley at every opportunity and use their drop shots to great effect.

El Defrawy managed to take the first game but the Egyptian found herself pegged back by a dominant Kobayashi in game two after the World No.38 began to utilise some deceptive boasts which tested El Defrawy’s superb athleticism.

El Defrawy responded by upping the pace as she rattled off a number of powerful drives to force some errors from Kobayashi and she moved on to take the next two games without reply, wrapping up an 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8 triumph in 55 minutes to lift her first PSA World Tour title of 2016.

Results – Final: Richmond Open 2016
[1] Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY) bt [2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8 (55m)

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