The conclusion of the second round at the Carol Weymuller Open saw the seeded Amanda Sobhy and Joshna Chinappa both suffered surprise defeats to lower-ranked players in tough five-game affairs.
The American, who was playing on home soil in Brooklyn, was dumped out of the PSA World Tour Bronze event by Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern, who fought from 2-1 down to win 3-2 in their last 16 match.
The World No.7 went ahead twice in the match, as she won the first and third games 11-8, only to see Wee Wern fight back in the second, winning it on a tie-break, before then taking the fourth game comfortably, 11-3.
The deciding game of their match went all the way through to a tie-break, and it would be the Malaysian former World No.5 that secured the win, sealing the fifth game 13-11 to advance through to the last eight of the tournament.
India’s Joshna Chinappa also suffered a surprise defeat in the second round, losing out to Egypt’s Mariam Metwally in another five game affair, despite having fought back from two games down to send the match into a tie-break.
The young Egyptian had raced off into a two-game lead, 11-9, 11-6, but the World No.12 fought back, by winning the third in a tie-break, 12-10. Chinappa then also won the fourth to level the match and send it into a deciding game.
Metwally (left) and Chinappa (right) in action
However, it would be the Egyptian that eventually took the victory, as she won a tense fifth game 11-9, to book her place in the quarter-finals, where she will face the No.2 seed, and defending champion, Nour El Tayeb.
The World No.4 secured her passage through to the quarter finals with a four-game win over compatriot Farida Mohamed, who had sealed a surprise win over Alexandra Fuller on the opening day of the event.
There would no further surprises for Mohamed in Brooklyn though, as El Tayeb won out 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 in 37 minutes, to set up a last eight clash with Low Wee Wern.
The first match of the evening had pretty much everything, including a lengthy injury break, before New Zealand’s Joelle King eventually got the better of Yathreb Adel, in a match that lasted over three and a half hours.
King took the first game 11-6 but midway through the second there was a clash of heads between the two players, which cut the World No.6’s lip, causing it to start bleeding.
Although the medical team on site were able to stop the bleeding, they were unable to tape up King’s lip. To make sure there would be no more issues with the cut, she went to the urgent care centre nearby where she received two stitches in her lip.
With such a lengthy delay in the opening match of the evening, the tournament decided to play some of the other matches before the conclusion of the King and Adel clash, with the Kiwi eventually taking the victory, 217 minutes after the match begun.
The quarter-finals take place on Saturday evening with Donna Lobban, Mariam Metwally and Low Wee Wern all looking to continue their surprising runs through this tournament.
Photographs taken by Jean Ervasti at the Carol Weymuller Open.
Results – Second Round: Carol Weymuller Open
 Joelle King (NZL) bt Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 (217m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt  Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-2: 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9 (62m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt  Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-2: 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-3, 13-11 (54m)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Farida Mohamed (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (37m)
Draw – Quarter-Finals: Carol Weymuller Open
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) v Donna Lobban (AUS)
 Salma Hany (EGY) v  Camille Serme (FRA)
 Joelle King (NZL) v Mariam Metwally (EGY)
Low Wee Wern (MAS) v  Nour El Tayeb (EGY)