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Yathreb Adel (right) against Joey Chan (left) at the Black Ball Sporting Club

Black Ball Open RD2: Adel Conquers Chan to Advance

Egypt’s World No.15 Yathreb Adel moved safely into the last 16 of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open after coming from a game down against Hong Kong’s World No.22 Joey Chan at the Black Ball Sporting Club.

Adel, who turned 24 last week, was put under a lot of pressure by Chan at the PSA Platinum event, as the Hong Kong player, who had a tough five-game battle yesterday against Latvia’s Ineta Mackevica, started strongly to take control and open up a one-game lead.

However, Adel soon settled into her rhythm as she kept Chan, who had beaten her the last time they played, away from the middle of the court and deep into the corners, to leave the 31-year-old struggling to find an answer to Adel’s accurate hitting as the Egyptian took a 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 win.

Adel will face the winner of South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller v World No.1 Raneem El Welily for a place in the quarter finals.

“Joey is a very talented player,” said Adel following her win.

“Whenever she gets the chance to kill it, she’ll go for it and I think I was struggling a bit at the start to find my targets and try to get her to the back, so I could start attacking. It took me some time, but I managed to turn it around and push her deep so I could attack when I had the chance.

“In Chicago I strained my ankle, and I have been resting it since, so I was a bit weary in the beginning of the match, testing it a bit. And she is such a dangerous player, I couldn't contain her at all. I kept worrying instead of focusing on the match.

“But finally, after I took the second game, my two coaches, Mohamed Ali and my brother Islam told me that I was in it, and that I just had to play my game. Once I relaxed and felt a bit more comfortable, I was not under as much pressure, and not running as much.

“I’m very happy to be playing a big Platinum event in Egypt. Thank you to the sponsors and Black Ball Sporting Club, it means everything because you get to have your family support you and your friends, so I’m very pleased to win today and looking forward to taking this forward.”

[12] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 (32m)

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