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Carol Weymuller: El Tayeb and Perry To Meet in Final

There is guaranteed to be a new name on the Carol Weymuller Open trophy later today as top seeds Nour El Tayeb and Sarah-Jane Perry both won their semi-final fixtures to ensure that they will meet in the final of the PSA World Tour Bronze event.

Egypt’s El Tayeb, the tournament’s No.1 seed, defeated two-time runner-up Alison Waters to book her place in the title decider at The Heights Casino in Brooklyn for the first time.

El Tayeb was irrepressible in the first game as she dropped just three points after hitting an array of winners. She soon added the second game to her collection before Waters raised the pace in the third to claw a game back.

But El Tayeb refocused in game four and was 8-1 up within minutes. Waters pushed up the court to put the Egyptian under pressure, but El Tayeb was able to hold the Englishwoman off as she closed out an 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 in 47 minutes to reach her first PSA World Tour final since February.

“This morning, I was studying by watching lots of Alison’s previous matches, so I knew how to play her,” El Tayeb said after her win.

“I think I did play well for the most part. She kept changing her game plan and towards the end of the third, she relaxed and cut down the errors. I think in the fourth, I wanted to start well and be as pumped as possible, and I feel that every day here I have played better than the day before.

“I’m excited to be in the final. I look at it as just another match in a tournament and hopefully I’ll play just that little bit better again.”

No.2 seed Perry will have the opportunity to follow up last month’s Oracle NetSuite Open title after she came back from a game down to defeat World No.15 Salma Hany.

Both players had overturned two-game deficits in their quarter-final fixture and it was first blood to the Egyptian as she prevailed 17-15 in the tie-break after some wonderful squash that resulted in the longest single game of the tournament at 23 minutes in length.

Perry dug in though and gained control of the match in the next game. Despite pressure from Hany, she refused to relinquish control as the World No.8 took the the next three games without reply to seal her final spot.

“I’m pleased that I got through in the end as her shots were so good, and I never felt settled,” said Perry.

“I knew she had a hard match yesterday, so I tried to make it hard. I’m definitely more confident in my fitness than I used to be. Every time I play Nour it’s been 3-2, hopefully this one will be my one.”

For more information on the tournament, visit the tournament website or follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.

You can follow the live scores or watch the live stream below. Coverage of the final starts at 19:30 local time (GMT-4).

Results – Semi-Finals: 2018 Carol Weymuller Open
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [3] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-1: 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 (47m)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [7] Salma Hany (EGY) 3-1: 15-17, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (58m)

Draw – Final
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

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