Egypt’s World No.11 Hania El Hammamy secured a quarter final berth in the Women’s World Championship for the first time in her career after she defeated Malaysia’s World No.48 Sivasangari Subramaniam at the Great Pyramids of Giza.
The two players are familiar rivals after facing each other many times on the junior circuit throughout their careers and this time it was the reigning World Junior champion – El Hammamy – who came away with the vital victory to reach the last eight of the prestigious event.
Each game proved to be close, however, El Hammamy drew first blood, despite a nervous start, to take the opener. The Egyptian managed to save two game balls in the second but it was not enough to stop Malaysia’s Subramaniam from drawing level as she converted on the tie-break after some stunning rallies between the two young players.
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El Hammamy was back into the swing of things in the third to find her rhythm to take back the lead, before building up a comfortable 6-1 lead in the fourth.
However, Subramaniam, who upset the seedings earlier in the tournament, knocking out both World No.8 Amanda Sobhy and Netherlands Milou van der Heijden, displayed her accurate shot making ability as she closed the gap to 6-6 and then 9-9, but it was El Hammamy who was able to find the edge as she closed out an 11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9 victory.
The Egyptian will face either France’s Camille Serme or compatriot Yathreb Adel in the next round.
“I’m so pleased that I got through this match,” said 19-year-old El Hammamy after.
“I was a little bit nervous at the beginning of the match. We have played so many time throughout our junior careers and I’m sure we’re going to have a lot more matches on the PSA Tour.
“I know that Siva likes to hold and make the opponent run all over the court, so I wanted to keep my shots tight and push her into the back corners. I ran out of my plan a little bit in the middle of the match, but I’m glad I managed to win.
“It feels great to have my family, friends and coaches all by my side. I’m looking forward to my next match and hopefully I can keep going.”
 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9 (53m)