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Nicol David is action at the Women's Wadi Degla Open today

Women's Wadi Degla Open - Day Two: As it Happens

Follow us here for reports and reaction as the Women's Wadi Degla Open hits the quarter-final stage in Cairo.

Malaysian superstar Nicol David will aim to continue her march as she comes up against Egypt's Nour El Tayeb – with the duo set to meet for the third tournament in a row.

Egyptian shot-making sensation Raneem El Welily will also be appearing on home soil and she takes on Australian No.2 Donna Urquhart.

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Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+2)
17:30 [1] Nicol David (MAS) v [5] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
18:30 [8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) v [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

David Recovers From Deficit to Overcome Nour El Tayeb

David goes airbourne

Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David maintained her 100 per cent record over Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb to seal her place in the semi-finals of the Women’s Wadi Degla Open.

The pair had met in their last two tournaments – the NetSuite Open and U.S. Open – with David winning on both occasions and it was her who started the strongest after moving El Tayeb around the court well, but a flurry of attacking shots from the latter saw her fight her way back to take nine of the next 10 points, claiming a one game lead in the process.

El Tayeb dominated at the beginning of the second and stormed 8-4 up courtesy of some deft touches at the front of the court, but David kept on forcing El Tayeb into the back of the court and it paid dividends as she battled back to level, before edging the third to go ahead.


Consistency proved to be the key for David as the match drew to a close, with unforced errors from El Tayeb in game four helping David to close out a 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 victory in 60 minutes to reach the last four.

“I learned from our last match that she was just going to play her game and I had to really step up and stay composed with that I needed to do,” said David

“I couldn't get too caught up, I think she has flair when she has time and it's really hard to read. I needed to really enforce my game, I needed that second game to push me through to the end.

“This season has been my toughest training-wise.  It's the recovery that's very important because there's not much time between sessions. But each session I train is all 100 per cent, so you need to bring that level up if you are going to stay on top.

“My consistency paid of today and I needed to stay in there and work as hard as I could because you don't want to be staying in there too long. I'm just pleased to win 3-1.”

Result:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [5] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (60m)

El Welily Sets Up David Clash in Semis

World No.4 Raneem El Welily came through a stern test against Australia’s Donna Urquhart to secure her place in the last four on home soil – where she will clash with tournament top seed Nicol David.

El Welily and Urquhart were locking horns for the first time since 2013 and it was the Egyptian who flew out of the traps with her shot-making skills in full flow as she built up a 4-0 lead, only to see Urquhart level.

Urquhart contained El Welily from that point on in the opening game and held four game balls, but was unable to capitalise as El Welily came back to take the game and build up a one-game advantage thanks to a 14-12 tie-break triumph.

The second game saw El Welily start the stronger of the two once more, but her early three point lead was wiped out by Urquhart as the 29-year-old kept the ball tight and volleyed vigorously, eventually taking it 11-7 to draw level.

El Welily came out firing in the third though as she stepped up on the ’T’ to control the middle of the court and she reclaimed her lead for the loss of three points. A highly-competitive fourth game saw both combatants trade points, but it was the woman from Alexandria who held off her opponent to seal her place in the next round.

“I had a mental crack, a storm of a bad attitude that I was trying to control [after the first game],” said El Welily

“Luckily I managed to get over my demons inside.

“I’m hoping I can play as well as I played the last time I played Nicol and I’m going to try to win obviously.

“It’s all about containing myself, my attitude. I’m going to try to get the best out of the rest day tomorrow and get ready for the match.”

Result:
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 3-1: 14-12, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9 (43m)

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