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Nour El Tayeb

CIB Egyptian Open RD3: El Tayeb Marches into Quarters

Egypt’s World No.4 Nour El Tayeb secured her place in the quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open with an 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 victory against compatriot Nadine Shahin in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

El Tayeb and Shahin have faced each other just once previously on the PSA Tour with the former taking that victory in 15 minutes at last year’s J.P. Morgan China Squash Open and El Tayeb once again put her compatriot to the sword in straight games.

Shahin started well in all three games, asserting her hard hitting and attacking brand of squash to take early leads, but each time El Tayeb was able to pick her off, with World No.17 Shahin making too many errors and the World No.4 punishing her with her accuracy.

El Tayeb will face compatriot Salma Hany for a place in the semi-finals.

“I’m very happy with how I played and how I was moving on court today,” said El Tayeb.

“I haven’t played in the last 48 hours, so it takes a bit of time to get used to the court and the conditions, but I think I got used to it well and I’m very happy with my performance.

“I didn’t feel like it was too humid, I think I felt it was warmer last week [at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals]. I think the court this week is better, I know it’s the same court but I feel it’s playing a little better. I love the court because I’m comparing it to the normal courts we have been playing on this week. The glass court is always better and has a nice feel to it and if the conditions remain like that, I’m very happy.

“It’s extremely special [to play in front of the Pyramids]. I don’t want to get carried away and dream about winning the title here, it’s still very early. I’m very happy to be coming here again to play in the quarter finals.”

[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (23m)

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