Last season’s World Championship runner-up Nour El Tayeb reached the last eight of this year’s tournament after defeating compatriot and World No.15 Salma Hany in straight games in Cairo, Egypt.
Hany got off to a strong start on the spectacular all-glass court set up in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza as she led the whole first game to hold four game balls but the resilience of El Tayeb came to the surface as she utilised her experience to claw back the deficit and take the opener, 13-11.
Tayeb then took that momentum and loss of confidence from Hany and used it to her advantage as she pressed on in the second to double her lead comfortably before closing out by a 13-11, 11-5, 11-4 scoreline. The World No.3 now has the potential to meet World No.1 Raneem El Welily in a quarter final showdown should the latter prevail in her match with England’s Alison Waters.
“Salma played extremely well at the beginning of the match,” said El Tayeb afterwards.
“I was just getting used to the court and the conditions, so I’m very glad to stick in the first game. The first game is very important and builds a lot of confidence so it was important to take that one.
“It’s all the pressure combined in one event – it’s the World Championship, Pyramids – everything. I’m playing well so I want to keep the momentum going as well and I’m very glad to be in the quarter final. I hope I can come back the next round and play well.”
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 13-11, 11-5, 11-4 (30m)