World Champion Nour El Sherbini booked her spot in round three of the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family courtesy of a comfortable victory over Hong Kong’s Joey Chan at the University Club of Chicago.
The World No.2 is playing only her third tournament of the season after struggling with a knee injury since the beginning of the campaign, and her movement wasn’t quite at 100 per cent, particularly in the opening stages as she failed to really lunge properly.
However, she grew into the match and was soon in full flow to go two games ahead, dropping just 10 points across both games.
Chan enjoyed a mini-revival in the fourth, pushing the Egyptian all the way to a tie-break, but she was unable to convert as El Sherbini completed the win in 33 minutes to set up a last 16 meeting with either Australia’s Donna Lobban or India’s Joshna Chinappa.
“Joey is a very experienced player, she’s been playing for a long time now,” said El Sherbini.
“I was 2-0 up and she was still getting back in the third, but I’m really happy with my first match, I didn’t have chance to play on court this morning, so this was my first hit. I was a bit slow at the beginning of the game, but I’m really happy with my performance and looking forward to the next round.
“From the beginning of the season I’ve been struggling with my right knee. It’s been up and down and I’m just trying to make it to the end of the season and we’ll wait and see what’s going to happen.”
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 12-10 (23m)