After winning the Manchester Open just six days ago, Nour El Tayeb continued her scintillating form into her first clash at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, as she needed just 17 minutes to get the better of US No.1 Amanda Sobhy.
The pair had met in the quarter-finals of the PSA Silver event last week at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, with EL Tayeb taking the victory in straight games there. She did the exact same in this one, and in some style as well.
She never allowed the American to get a footing in the match, and was constantly on the attack throughout the clash. Sobhy could only accumulate ten points in the entire match, with El Tayeb winning in straight games in 17 minutes. The Egyptian tops Group B, with the pair the only two to have played so far in the event.
“It is never easy, even if the score might say that. It was a hard game because Amanda and I, we have been playing since we were ten and she has beaten me the last few times we have played so I knew it was tough,” the Egyptian said.
“But, also, I knew the conditions were tough so whoever was going to deal with the conditions the better today was going to have the better chance. I think I dealt very well with the conditions and it suited my game nicely, so I am happy with the way I played.
“As far as my standards, I think I am getting better every match. I don’t want to get carried away yet, because there are still two very tough matches to come so I don’t want my confidence to get too high, but for now I am very excited to play my next match.
“Our group is very strong, the four of us are very even. Hania [El Hammamy] is the current on-form player, she won the last major. Camille [Serme] has also been playing very well, but hopefully I can beat them both.”
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Amanda Sobhy (USA) 2-0: 11-5, 11-5 (17m)