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Nour El Tayeb in action against Tinne Gilis

Black Ball Open RD2: El Tayeb Powers to Victory over Gilis

Egypt’s World No.5 Nour El Tayeb put in a business-like performance as she booked her place in the third round of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open at the expense of Belgium’s World No.19 Tinne Gilis.

El Tayeb failed to get past in the second round of last year’s tournament after suffering a shock defeat to compatriot Hania El Hammamy, however, the skilful Egyptian put those demons to bed as she eased past Gilis.

The Belgian player has just broken into the top 20 in this month’s World Rankings, but was unable to find an answer against an accurate and focused El Tayeb as the Egyptian got back to winning ways following her disappointing early round exit last week’s Windy City Open event in Chicago where she lost to 19-year-old Rowan Elaraby.

The World No.5 will have chance to get her revenge in the next round as she faces Elaraby once again for a place in the quarter finals.

“It’s good to get my first win here,” said El Tayeb.

“I knew that Tinne had been playing well recently and she had just got into the top 20, so I was very focused about that.

“The match before went on for a long time, so I had to be extra focused because waiting to go on court to play can make you tense and nervous, but I’m happy that I was able to stay composed.

“I’ve never done well in Egypt, playing in front of a home crowd, but it’s nice when your family can come and support. Hopefully I can play well here, and we’ll see how it goes.”

[5] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (29m)

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