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Raneem El Welily in action against Annie Au

Tournament of Champions RD3: El Welily Marches Through to Last Eight

Egypt’s World No.1 Raneem El Welily continued her strong start in New York as she eased past Hong Kong’s World No.11 Annie Au to book her place in the quarter finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

The tournament top seed has won the majority of top honours the game has to offer, but has not got her hands on the ToC title since 2015. However, El Welily proved she was playing with confidence in round three as she comfortably avoided being victim to Au’s lob and drop style of play to take an 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 victory in 24 minutes.

The win means that El Welily will now face France’s World No.5 Camille Serme for a place in the semi-finals in their 21st meeting on the PSA Tour and their first of this season.

“Annie always has a very good lob and drop game,” said the World No.1 afterwards.

“She’s such a skilful player when it comes to that game specifically. The first two games and the end of that third, it’s not easy trying to not get sucked into that game. Today, the ball was a little bit dead as well so that suited her even more, so it was a little more difficult to try and get out of that trap and I’m pleased to be through in three.

“Just like Annie, Camille [Serme] and me go way back and have had many matches together. Most of them were very close, she is playing very good squash and having to play her in the quarters shows just how good the depth of the game is for the women. It will be a tough match but hopefully I will be up for the challenge.”

[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [11] Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (24m)

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