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Carol Weymuller: Top Seeds Book First Quarter-Finals Places

Tournament top seed Nour El Tayeb ensured her place in the quarter-finals of the Carol Weymuller Open after she defeated compatriot Hania El Hammamy, as the top seeds prevailed in Brooklyn.

El Tayeb came through an all-Egyptian battle against compatriot El Hammamy in round two of the PSA Bronze tournament. The World No.3 was forced to come from a game down to win 9-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-6 in 49 minutes.

The 25-year-old from Cairo will now face India’s Joshna Chinappa in the quarter-finals after she defeated Egypt’s World No.22 Mariam Metwally earlier in the day.

“I think that Hania is the best young player out there,” said El Tayeb.

“I have massive respect for her, I love her character and fighting spirit. I have watched her grow up and her work ethic is amazing.

“I am very happy to win, I felt sad last week after losing early [at the U.S. Open] but I feel very happy to have dug in and got the win today.”

Meanwhile, United States World No.16 Olivia Blatchford Clyne flew the home flag after she defeated Canada’s World No.38 Hollie Naughton in round two.

Naughton started the match strongly, utilising the volley to take time away from Blatchford Clyne and force some errors from the American to take the first game. However, Blatchford Clyne soon settled into her game and managed to break Naughton’s rhythm to win 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 3-11.

“I’m happy to be through by the skin of my teeth out there,” said Blatchford Clyne following her win.

“I don’t think that I lead in any of the games. She played well, I just felt amongst many bad decisions, I made good ones at crucial times in the match.

“It’s one of those matches when you get through and you have learned a good lesson but without having to pay the tuition. I’m happy to be back here – I can see my name on the wall and my dad’s name and it’s special. It’s a great community and it’s a family here.”

England’s World No.9 Alison Waters completed the day’s winners after she defeated Egypt’s World No.35 Rowan Elaraby.

Waters – who won the tournament in 2014 – was able to call upon her experience as she held off a fight back from World Junior Champion Elaraby to win 11-9, 13-11, 11-13, 11-4 in 46 minutes.

“I’m just happy to get through the match,” said former World No.3 Waters.

“I had never played Rowan before, so I’m pleased with how I played and in the fourth I managed to find my corners really well.

“I’m pleased to be through to the quarter-finals and it’s great to be back in Brooklyn.”

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You can follow the live scores and watch the live stream. Coverage starts at 13:30 local time (GMT-4).

Results – Round Two
[8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-1: 11-3, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 (36m)
[6] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 13-11 (45m)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 13-11, 11-13, 11-4 (46m)
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-6 (49m)

Draw – Round Two – To be played October 19
[4] Tesni Evans (WAL) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
Julianne Courtice (ENG) v [7] Salma Hany (EGY)
Nele Gilis (BEL) v [2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[5] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Amanda Sobhy (USA)

Draw: Quarter-finals – Top half
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [8] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[6] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) v [3] Alison Waters (ENG)

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