Egypt’s World No.31 Rowan Elaraby caused a huge upset in the women’s draw of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after she knocked out New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King in five-games.
Former World Junior champion Elaraby has been in strong form already this week, defeating both Ho Tze-Lok and the higher-seeded Victoria Lust to advance to round three, meanwhile King defeated America’s Olivia Blatchford Clyne in the last round.
The 19-year-old took the first game, before King kept her at arms-length in the second to draw level. It looked as though it was going to go in the favour of the experience Kiwi from that moment onwards as she powered past the teenager in the third to take the lead for the first time in the match.
King progressed further in the third and held two match balls, which were duly saved by Elaraby before she was able to convert her own game ball attempt and push the match to a tense fifth.
Refereeing decisions continued to cause disruptions to the encounter before Elaraby was able to close out an 11-7, 7-11, 2-11, 12-10, 11-8 victory and reach her first quarter final at a PSA Platinum event.
“I’m out of words,” said 19-year-old Elaraby.
“I’m really happy with how I played and how I managed to go through the match. I can’t believe it.
“I feel as though what I was working on in the off season has been paying off now. My coach, Mohamed Effat, has worked with me so hard during the summer, so I’m really happy that I was able to play my best squash.
“My coach just said that I didn’t have anything to lose and just give it my all and that’s what I did.”
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt  Joelle King (NZL) 3-2: 11-7, 7-11, 2-11, 12-10, 11-8 (55m)