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Black Ball Open RD3: El Tayeb Avenges Elaraby Defeat to Reach Last Eight

Egypt’s World No.5 Nour El Tayeb avenged her Windy City Open round two defeat at the hands of compatriot Rowan Elaraby as she took out the Egyptian teenager in straight-games in the third round of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open.

World No.21 Elaraby had proven to be El Tayeb’s kryptonite in the last few weeks with the 19-year-old condemning the World No.5 to an early round exit in Chicago and beating her at the Egyptian Nationals prior to that.

However, El Tayeb got her revenge on home soil in Cairo as she showed glimpses of being back to her best squash to reach her first major quarter final since the PSA Women’s World Championship in November.

The 27-year-old will face World No.1 Raneem El Welily for a semi-final spot after she received a walkover into the quarter finals due to an injury to Yathreb Adel.

“She beat me in Chicago and beat me at the Egyptian Nationals a few days before that,” said El Tayeb afterwards.

“So, I don’t think I was dealing with it as playing Rowan, who is No.21 in the world, I was dealing with it as though I was playing a top ten player. It was very hard, you could see in the last game she let loose with the racket a little bit and she was still very tough to beat.

“Maybe she was the one feeling the pressure more, I saw her getting nervous earlier than last time, in Chicago. She lost the first game there too, but she didn't panic, whereas today, she got nervous quite quickly.

“ I was very focused from the beginning and I’m very happy to be through, it’s my first major quarter final for five months, especially after two early exits. I am so happy to play Raneem tomorrow, I haven't played any of the 'big four' for a while now, and I think I'm ready, tomorrow is going to be a good match I hope.”

[5] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (32m)

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