Nour El Tayeb has made it through to the semi-finals of the PSA Silver level Manchester Open for the second straight year after downing US No.1 Amanda Sobhy in straight games at the National Squash Centre.
It was the American that started the first and second games the stronger of the two, but in both, she allowed the World No.4 to fight her way back into it. Sobhy was too error-prone earlier on and it cost her, allowing El Tayeb to take a two-game advantage.
In so many of their previous encounters the World No.7 has battled back from two games down, and she looked like she was going to start a comeback in the third, as she improved to a different level.
She would go on to have game ball, but a crucial error allowed El Tayeb to save it, before the Egyptian went on to win the next couple of points to secure victory in the match. She will now play either Sarah-Jane Perry or Tesni Evans in the semi-finals, and she has admitted that she wants to face the latter after losing to the Welshwoman in the last four in Manchester last year.
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“It was a very hard match. My head-to-heads with Amanda the last few times have all been 3-2 but I was 2-0 up, and I lost in five, so I got nervous when I was 2-0 up today. I think I played well, though, so I am happy,” she explained.
“The end of the third was very important. I have been there with the third game being very close in so many matches when I have been 2-0 up. When I lose it, I lose the match. I wanted to finish the third today as well as I could. I could see her getting tired so I tried to make the rallies longer and not do anything silly.
“I will watch the match this evening, because there is nothing else to do, and obviously, I love my squash. Of course I would love to play Tesni in the semis here and get my revenge. Last year, it was the same, and it was either of those two, but I want my revenge this year.”
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 (35m)