World No.4 Nour El Tayeb is looking forward to defending her Carol Weymuller Open title she won in October 2018 against a strong draw at The Heights Casino in Brooklyn, New York when the PSA World Tour Bronze tournament takes place between January 22-27.
El Tayeb is looking to become the fourth back-to-back winner of the event since the turn of the millennium, following in the footsteps of Natalia Grainger, Jenny Duncalf and compatriot Nour El Sherbini, who won the event three times from 2015 to 2017.
The World No.4, who started off the season with wins at the China Squash Open and a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open, is excited at the prospect of one of the strongest draws in the tournament’s history.
“I am obviously very excited because it is a very strong draw,” said El Tayeb. “A few years ago, this same tournament would not have players from the top ten. It is a very strong draw and I have a tough draw so I am excited for it and hopefully I can defend my title.”
The Carol Weymuller Open represents one of a few female-only tournaments on the PSA Tour and El Tayeb believes it can only be a good thing for the women’s draw.
“Over the past couple of years, the tour has grown tremendously in the Bronze and Silver categories and I have had the good problem of having to pick between which ones to play.
“It is a very nice problem to have, it is an excellent problem to have now. All the girls will say the same that they struggle to pick which ones to play and hopefully the game can only keep growing.”
The Carol Weymuller Open title is one of several events that she has won in the United States, with four of her last five victories coming in the country.
El Tayeb won the 2017 U.S. Open to start off the run, which was then followed by the 2018 Windy City Open just a few months later. The World No.4 then won the Carol Weymuller Open in October 2018, before then taking the Cleveland Classic title in January of last year, and she is excited to be back.
“I think I play well here, and all my best results have come in the United States. I like it a lot and I stay with the Mendez family, they are like second parents and a second family to me, so I am excited to go see them and stay at their house, as well as keeping the title under my name,” the Egyptian explained.
El Tayeb will be the No.2 seed in the draw, with compatriot Nouran Gohar as the top seed. The likes of Frenchwoman Camille Serme, New Zealand’s Joelle King and the home favourite, Amanda Sobhy, will also feature in Brooklyn, as ten of the world’s top 16 will be in action.
El Tayeb receives a bye into the second round and will face either South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller or fellow Egyptian Farida Mohamed in round two.