Two-time World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby sent defending champion Nour El Tayeb crashing out of the 2020 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family after claiming a momentous 3-1 victory under the chandeliers of the University Club of Chicago’s Cathedral Hall.
Elaraby overcame World No.5 El Tayeb in the Egyptian Nationals earlier this month, but had never got the better of her on the PSA World Tour, while El Tayeb followed up her 2018 title win over Joelle King with a run to the final of the PSA Women’s World Championship, which was held in Chicago last March.
That all changed today though as the 19-year-old cemented her credentials as a future challenger to the world’s elite, winning 6-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 to send shockwaves through the draw.
El Tayeb took the first but Elaraby was able to match her in the second, with errors from the higher ranked player proving to be the difference as the younger lady snuck it by an 11-9 margin.
El Tayeb cut an increasingly frustrated figure as the match wore on, and struggled to regain her composure as Elaraby dominated. That frustration culminated in the Egyptian smashing her racket on her leg with Elaraby five match balls up, and she hit the return of the serve into the floor to hand the win to Elaraby.
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rowanelarabyy</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/NourElTayeb?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">NourElTayeb are having a HUGE battle in Chicago – the youngster is putting the defending champ under immense pressure#WCOSquash pic.twitter.com/1gnv3P6lv4
“It feels amazing, this win means a lot to me,” said Elaraby.
“It actually gave me confidence that I can beat top 10 players, and I’m really happy with this win. It’s totally different than the Nationals, there is more of a vibe here.
“I’ve never been here playing at this venue, and I feel comfortable playing on this court. The crowd is amazing as well, so I’m very happy playing here.”
Elaraby is into the last 16 on her Windy City Open debut and the World No.20 will take on England’s Lucy Turmel, who is through to the third round of a PSA Platinum event for the first time courtesy of a surprise win over No.13 seed Victoria Lust.
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt  Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (36m)