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Hania El Hammamy (above) was knocked out by Reeham Sedky in RD1

Top Seed El Hammamy Knocked Out by Qualifier Sedky in Round One of Texas Open

Top seed Egypt’s World No.22 Hania El Hammamy fell victim to a huge upset in round one of the Novum Energy Texas Open Women’s Squash Championship as she was knocked out by United States qualifier and World No.223 Reeham Sedky.

Sedky – who is ranked more than 200 places below El Hammamy in the world – defeated compatriot Tanmai Pathak and England’s Anna Kimberley to reach the main draw and took the first two games against her Egyptian opponent before El Hammamy battled back to take the next two games.

However, the World No.22 was unable to execute in the fifth and Sedky booked her place in the quarter-finals with a 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8 win in an intense 95-minute battle.

Sedky will now face number seven seed Canada’s Danielle Letourneau in the quarter-finals after she took out tournament wildcard Olivia Fiechter 3-1 in 33 minutes.

Elsewhere in round one, all of the other top seeds guided their way safely through to the next round of the PSA W25 tournament.

United States former World No.6 Amanda Sobhy was in strong form as she comfortably dispatched Finland’s Emilia Soini in straight-games, with the two players on court for just 18 minutes.

Sobhy will line up against number five seed Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby in the quarter-finals after she also had a comfortable victory in round one – dispatching American qualifier Nessrine Ariffin 3-0 in 17 minutes.

Number two seed Belgium’s World No.30 Nele Gilis, meanwhile, defeated World No.223 Heba Nossier by an 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 scoreline to progress through to face Egypt’s World No.37 Nada Abbas.

Queen City Open runner-up Abbas defeated England’s Kimberley 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 to progress.

Elsewhere, in the other quarter-final fixture it is an all-Egyptian battle between Hana Moataz and Mayar Hany.

World No.63 Moataz defeated Malaysian qualifier Weenee Low 3-1 in 24 minutes. While Hany – who has won her two previous tournaments at the Calgary CFO Consulting Services PSA Women’s Squash Week and Queen City Open – came from a game down to defeat Canada’s Nicole Bunyan, 10-12, 11-0, 11-6, 11-4.

Results – Round One
[7] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt [WC] Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-1: 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (33m)
[4] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-1: 10-12, 11-0, 11-6, 11-4 (37m)
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-6 (18m)
[2] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [Q] Heba Nossier (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (23m)
[Q] Reeham Sedky (USA) bt [1] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8 (95m)
[8] Hana Moataz (EGY) bt [Q] Weenee Low (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 5-11, 11-3, 11-6 (24m)
[5] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt [Q] Nessrine Ariffin (USA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (17m)
[6] Nada Abbas (EGY) bt [LL] Anna Kimberley (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (21m)

Draw – Quarter-finals
[Q] Reeham Sedky (USA) v [7] Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
[8] Hana Moataz (EGY) v [4] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [5] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
[6] Nada Abbas (EGY) v [2] Nele Gilis (BEL)

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