Egypt’s World No.4 Nour El Tayeb got her 2020 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions campaign up and running with victory over Australia’s Donna Lobban on the glass court inside the Vanderbilt Hall and Grand Central Terminal.
The head-to-head record going into the match was close between the two players with each player winning one each. However, this time around it was a straight-forward match for the Egyptian as she claimed an 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 victory in 22 minutes.
The 2018 tournament runner-up will now turn her attentions to compatriot Salma Hany after she defeated Nadine Shahin in straight games at the River Club of New York.
Aside from the match, Lobban was taking part in a donation challenge as she donated $1 for every point won and $2 for every game to go towards the aid in Australia helping to stop the devasting bushfires that are affecting the country at the moment.
"I'm trying to raise awareness, and maybe if everybody comes together we can make a bit of a difference."
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“I’ve been overseas training for a long time and have had to watch everything on the news,” said Lobban afterwards.
“Watching from far away is really hard to see all the devastation that is happening at home. So many families have been affected and tragically so much wildlife, a lot of the bushfires have torn through national parks and forests. It’s a bit overwhelming and you wonder what difference you can make as one person, but I’m trying to raise awareness and maybe if everyone comes together then we can make a bit of a difference.
“Any amount helps, so if you’re able to then any amount you can give is fantastic.”
El Tayeb added: “I was excited, but then when the moment came to get on court I was very nervous,”
“It’s my first match in a while and the last match I played was at the end of October, so it’s been a while since we have played. It’s exciting to be back and I’m definitely pleased with how I played and how I won.
“Donna is a tricky opponent and our head-to-head is 1-1 and the match I won, she was match ball up, so it could have easily been 2-0 in the head-to-head. I’m very happy with how I’ve played and to be in the next round.
“It’s exciting to be in tournament mode again, I hope I can keep it going for the whole of the week.”
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (22m)