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Raneem El Welily

El Welily Leads Seeds Through on Second Day of Carol Weymuller Open

Egyptian shot-making sensation Raneem El Welily moved into the quarter-finals of the 2017 Carol Weymuller Open as seeded players in Brooklyn made it four wins out of four on the second day of main draw action.

Inside the Heights Casino, 2011 champion El Welily played with patience and precision against India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik to claim a 12th successive win over the World No.21 by an 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 margin.

El Welily, who was a losing finalist in last week’s U.S. Open, will take on England’s World No.15 Victoria Lust in the next round after Lust dispatched tournament wildcard Emilia Sioni in straight games.

“I was trying to set my attitude right, after the big tournament last week I have to reset my mentality,” said World No.3 El Welily.

“I’m so happy with the way the match went. Hopefully I can carry the same attitude into the next match. I don’t think that I have ever played Vicky but I’m looking forward to it.”

The in-form Joelle King continued her strong start to the 2017/18 season after the 2015 runner-up downed Millie Tomlinson by a 3-0 scoreline.

King, who reached her first World Series semi-final in over three years at the U.S. Open dominated the ’T’ in the opening two games to take them 11-7, 11-5 and she prevailed in a third-game tie-break to seal the win after Tomlinson had fought back from 7-2 down.

”I thought I started pretty well,” King said.

“I felt I was playing my games and had a good start. Then she came back strong towards the end of the first. I relaxed a little and before I knew it, it was tight. I started getting a bit frustrated but managed to win that one.

“The second was pretty good at the start but then Millie settled down and got a few good points. The third was similar, I was always up and then she got in front of me and all of a sudden it was 10-9 game ball. I guess from there I played the next few points solidly and finished it 12-10.”

The day’s other match saw Hong Kong’s Annie Au beat Belgian qualifier Nele Gilis and she will take on King for a place in the last four.

Results – First Round (Bottom Half): 2017 Carol Weymuller Open
[4] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-1: 11-7, 11-3, 3-11, 11-8 (49m)
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 (40m)
[8] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [WC] Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-7 (26m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (26m)

Watch live action from the quarter-finals of the Carol Weymuller Open below

Order of Play
(All times are local GMT-4)
14:00 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [7] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
14:45 Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
15:30 [4] Annie Au (HKG) v [5] Joelle King (NZL)
16:15 [8] Victoria Lust (ENG) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

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