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Nour El Tayeb (right) and Annie Au in action in Hull

Season Review: Comebacks of the Season - Part One

The 2018-19 season has been one of the most captivating seasons in recent memory, and we’ll be reviewing all the major talking points from the campaign.

We have already looked at the campaign’s outstanding performers, shocks of the season, and the players to watch for next year.

Today, we are taking a look back of some of the biggest and best comebacks from the 2018-2019 season.

Tesni Evans v Nour El Tayeb: 2019 Manchester Open – Semi Final

In the first ever Manchester Open, Wales’ Tesni Evans was looking to reach the final of a PSA World Tour Silver event for the first time in her career.

Evans had recently broke into the World’s top ten, and was looking for another big scalp. However, she went two games down to after a powerful start from Egypt’s *Nour El Tayeb*.

From there, though, the World No.9 wrestled back the momentum, and was able to overcome the tournament’s No.1 seed in a five-game thriller, booking her place in the final of the Manchester Open.

[6] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (72m)

Ali Farag v Tarek Momen: 2019 El Gouna International – Semi Final

In a repeat of the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships final, Ali Farag took on Tarek Momen in the semi finals of the El Gouna International, for the chance to play Karim Abdel Gawad in the final.

The World No.3 came flying out of the blocks, taking the first game 11-9, before then only conceding two points in the second game to the World Champion.

However, Farag was not to be beaten, as he fought back to win the third 11-5, and then the fourth 11-9 to tie level in the match, sending it to a decider.

The fifth was nip-and-tuck, with neither man wanting to give e an inch to their opponent. However, it would eventually be Farag that advanced to the final, thanks to a tiebreak victory in the fifth.

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [3] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 2-11, 11-5, 11-9, 12-10 (84m)

Raneem El Welily v Nour El Sherbini: 2019 DPD Open – Final

The top two female players went head-to-head in the final of the DPD Open in Eindhoven, meeting in a final for the 12th consecutive clash between the pair.

In the previous 11, Nour El Sherbini led the head-to-head 6-5, and she was the one to make a quick start in the Netherlands in April. The World No.2 took the first on a tie-break to take the early lead.

El Sherbini then also won the second to double her advantage, and put the match close to being over. However, World No.1 Raneem El Welily fought back, to win the next three games 11-8.

In doing so, the World No.1 took victory in the inaugural DPD Open in Eindhoven, and cemented her place at the top of the World Rankings.

[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (65m)

Simon Rösner v Gregoire Marche: 2018 Black Ball Open – Round 3

The third round of the Black Ball Open in December threw up a high-qualify affair between Germany’s Simon Rösner and Frenchman Gregoire Marche.

Marche, who had never beaten the then-World No.3 before on the PSA World Tour, but he conceded just five points in the first game to take an early lead.

The Frenchman then also won the second game to tighten his grip on the match, but from there, Rösner found another gear.

He took the next three games 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 to take the victory in Cairo, advancing to the quarter finals of the tournament after a huge scare in Round 3.

[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-2: 5-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (72m)

Nour El Tayeb v Annie Au: 2019 British Open – Round 3

It looked like World No.3 Nour El Tayeb was facing a premature exit at the British Open, as she went two games down to Hong Kong’s Annie Au.

The lefty had played the much better squash win the early stages, and took the first on a tie-break 13-11, before winning the second 11-7.

The Egyptian looked down and out in the third as well, but she managed to fight back to take it 11-9, before then winning the fourth with ease.

The fifth went all the to a tie-break, with both players facing the exit door from the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’. El Tayeb eventually got over the line, claiming a 13-11 victory in the final game to advance to the quarter finals.

[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [11] Annie Au (HKG) 3-2: 11-13, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 13-11 (50m)

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