Egypt’s World No.6 Hania El Hammamy showed no signs of being away from a glass court for six months as she powered to a 3-0 victory over France’s World No.50 Enora Villard at the Manchester Open.
The last time we saw El Hammamy in action on the PSA World Tour was when she produced a spectacular run at the Black Ball Open in Cairo, Egypt to lift her maiden Platinum title right before the tour was suspended for six-months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the young Egyptian picked up where she left off with a dominant performance at the National Squash Centre.
El Hammamy used the first game to feel herself into the match and find her targets, before putting Villard to the sword in the following two games as she stepped up the court and hit her stride, leaving the Frenchwoman struggling to find a response.
The Egyptian will face compatriot Nadine Shahin in the next round after she defeated Canada’s Danielle Letourneau 3-1 on court three in Manchester.
“It feels great to be back,” said the 20-year-old.
“Everyone was waiting for squash to be back and I was very excited and really looking forward to the tournament. I was ready and I really wanted to be back.
“I was really frustrated when the tour got suspended. I was in good form and I wanted to keep going and keep playing tournaments because I was expecting so much from myself. Now, that I’m back I’m focusing on the tournaments and I have confidence and feel like I can keep going like I did in Black Ball.
“Everyone is watching – my parents, my coaches, my friends, I expect a lot of messages from my friends! Hopefully everyone enjoyed it.”
 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Enora Villard (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-3 (29m)