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Raneem El Welily

Tournament of Champions RD2: El Welily Powers Past Aumard

World No.1 Raneem El Welily ensured a safe passage through to the third round of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions after she defeated France’s World No.34 Coline Aumard in straight-games.

The Egyptian, who finished runner-up to Nour El Sherbini in New York last year, was in confident form as she swept aside the Frenchwoman by an 11-6, 11-1, 11-2 margin.

El Welily will face either England’s Millie Tomlinson or Hong Kong’s Annie Au in the next round.

“For most of the girls it’s been a while since we have played a tournament,” said the Cairo-based Egyptian afterwards.

“We had a bit of a break, which I enjoyed really, it was great to be home for a few weeks.

“I’m very happy to be here, being in New York is always great and so much fun – all of us really enjoy it and we love playing in front of such a big crowd as well.

“I was just trying to get into the groove to settle into the atmosphere that you have here, it’s a bit unusual compared to most of the other tournaments. It takes time to adjust to it, but I’m very pleased with the way I played today.

“Coline is a very good friend off court and I really enjoyed playing her today and wish her all the best.”

[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-1, 11-2 (22m)

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