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Nour El Tayeb in action against Donna Lobban in round two of the 2020 Manchester Open

Manchester Open RD2: El Tayeb Storms to Win Over Lobban

World No.4 Nour El Tayeb put in a confident performance against Australia’s Donna Lobban to set up a mouthwatering quarter-final clash against United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy at the Manchester Open.

El Tayeb and Sobhy have contested some enthralling matches on the PSA World Tour, with the American winning five of their nine matches, the last four of which have gone all the way to five games.

And they will lock horns once again after El Tayeb dispatched Lobban 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 in just 24 minutes to reach the last eight for the second time.

“Donna is one of those players who have beaten me before when I was World No.4 or No.5 and she has beaten a lot of top players before, so I don’t take that lightly,” said El Tayeb.

“I don’t know what she is ranked now but her performance does not reflect her ranking. We played at the ToC in the first round and it wasn’t easy, it was a close win in three games for me but it wasn’t easy. I don’t know why I felt very calm for this match, maybe it’s 48 hours in the room.

“I watched a lot of her matches before to remember how she plays and then I watched a lot of my matches because I have plenty of time, we all have. So I analysed a lot of my matches and I wanted to be pumped up and play with intensity. This is the main thing that I’ve been working on over the past year and a half, I want to be intense and not go for silly shots.

“She caught me by surprise, she insisted on lobbing to my backhand and I guess she figured that it’s not my favourite area. I stuck in there though and I was intense throughout the match, which I think made a difference because in the first two games we were very close in the score and I managed to step up at the right time, which I’m very happy with.

“Hopefully I can play well tomorrow.”

[2] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [15] Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (24m)

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