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El Tayeb Beats Perry to Retain Cleveland Classic Title

Egypt’s World No.5 Nour El Tayeb successfully retained her Cleveland Classic title after she defeated England’s World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry in the final of the PSA World Tour Bronze event.

The win marks El Tayeb’s second title of the season after lifting the China Squash Open title at the start of the season. The 26-year-old from Cairo also recently made the final of the Carol Weymuller Open in Brooklyn but missed out to compatriot Nouran Gohar.

El Tayeb ensured she got back to winning ways in Cleveland, however, as she continued her strong run of form in America to come from one game down against England’s Perry and capture her 10th PSA title.

It was a brutal opening two games between the two players, with very accurate squash from Perry seeing her open up the lead and started the second well with her good variation of shots to set herself 10-5 up. However, that was not enough as El Tayeb saved eight game balls in total to tie the match.

El Tayeb was then able to press ahead in the remaining two games as she broke the resolve of the Englishwoman, using her clever racket skill to seal her victory by a 10-12, 14-12, 11-5, 11-4 margin.

Photos by Andrea Dawson.

Result – Cleveland Classic Final
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-1: 10-12, 14-12, 11-5, 11-4 (51m)

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