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Nour El Tayeb celebrates her win over Raneem El Welily

U.S. Open SF: El Tayeb on Fire to Take Out Defending Champion El Welily

Egypt’s World No.3 Nour El Tayeb displayed a world class performance to take out defending FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships champion and World No.1 Raneem El Welily in straight-games to reach the final of the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament in Philadelphia.

El Tayeb and El Welily are the two strongest players on the women’s tour at the moment having contested both finals they have played in so far this season. The World No.3 took the first honours of the season at the China Squash Open before El Welily dominated her compatriot in the Oracle NetSuite Open final two weeks ago.

2017 U.S. Open champion El Tayeb reversed that result today though as she put on a masterclass display to take the first two games with both players pushing each other on court and displaying some incredible shots.

Errors began to increasingly affect El Welily’s game in the third, with El Tayeb using it to her advantage to ramp up the pressure and was on fire to close out an 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 win in 35 minutes – her first ever straight-games win over her compatriot.

“I watched our last match from San Francisco this morning,” said 26-year-old El Tayeb afterwards.

“I was shocked, I didn’t think I was doing a lot of things bad, but she was just unbeatable and took every chance. Today, I was laughing, when I was 6-4 up in the first game I thought ‘yes, I’ve taken more points than I did last time’.

“Last time the most I scored was five, so after I took the first game I thought ‘wow, I’m in this and it’s not like last time’. I think that was my mindset going into today, I didn’t want to lose 3-0 to her and I took every point as it came because she can beat anyone 3-0 on her day and I don’t think I’ve ever beaten her in three, not in practice, not in my dreams, not anywhere.

“I was talking to Ali [Farag] before the match and I was in a good mindset and felt less pressure. If she beat me 3-0 again then it would be like nothing had changed, everyone is expecting her to do so because she is the best in the world at the moment.

“It’s a pity it’s the semi-final because I want to play Raneem in a match like that in the final because this is it and you want to beat Raneem and go home but I need to forget about this match now and focus on tomorrow.”

[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (35m)

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