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Nour El Sherbini

Black Ball Open SF: El Sherbini Takes out El Tayeb to Reach Final

Egypt’s World No.4 Nour El Sherbini has reached her fourth consecutive final in 2019/20 after recovering from a game down against compatriot and World No.5 Nour El Tayeb at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open taking place in Cairo, Egypt.

Reigning World Champion El Sherbini reached the final in Cairo last year but was beaten to the title by World No.1 Raneem El Welily. However, last week’s Windy City Open champion ensured she will have another bite at the cherry as she took out El Tayeb in four games.

It was the 18th meeting between the two skilled Egyptians, with El Sherbini getting the better of her compatriot the last time they met at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals at the end of last season. However, unlike that meeting El Sherbini was forced to come from a game down against a resilient El Tayeb to take the victory this time.

27-year-old El Tayeb picked up where she left off from last night’s five-game win against defending champion El Welily as she showed signs of getting back to her best form to take the first game.

It wasn’t long before El Sherbini was able to express her dominance in the match though and showcased her fluid squash to constantly keep El Tayeb at bay to close out 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 in 46 minutes and set up a final showdown with World No.10 Hania El Hammamy tomorrow.

“We have been playing against each other for a long time now,” said El Sherbini afterwards.

“It’s really good to see her playing back at near her best. I haven’t played for her a long time, I don’t think we’ve played this season. I was prepared for this match and I’m really pleased I won.

“It’s very tough mentally and physically playing two Platinum events in a row. I’m really glad I’m in the final of another Platinum event and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s match.

“Hania has been playing really well this week. She has beaten a lot of tough players, she’s very young to be in the final of a Platinum event, which is really good and hopefully it’s going to be a really good match.”

[4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [5] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (46m)

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