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Nour El Sherbini and Danielle Letourneau in action

CIB Egyptian Open RD3: El Sherbini Eases Past Letourneau

World Champion Nour El Sherbini eased her way into the quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open after defeating Canada’s Danielle Letourneau 11-1, 11-5, 11-5.

The Egyptian was returning to the scene of one of her biggest triumphs, after she clinched her fourth World Championship crown in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza last year, and El Sherbini made sure she did not put a foot wrong in her first match on the glass court this year.

El Sherbini gave Letourneau, who was playing in her first last 16 tie at a PSA Platinum event, no time to settle into any kind of rhythm as she hit her stride immediately to take control of the match and claim the victory in 24 minutes.

She will face India’s Joshna Chinappa for a place in the semi-finals after she defeated Egypt’s Farida Mohamed earlier in the day.

“It’s always a pleasure playing here,” said El Sherbini.

“I’ve had the chance to play here twice and it’s been good for me, once I won and the other I was runner-up. I definitely have good memories here and it’s good to be back, hopefully I can add another memory here.

“I heard Raneem’s voice when I was warming up and I was looking for where she was. I’ve been looking for her the whole match, so I finally saw her!

“It’s really amazing for us to play squash here and gives us a lot of motivation to do our best. Having a lot of support here with our family, friends and the crowd and the likes of Raneem coming to watch us gives us a lot of push. You feel like you are at home and they give us a lot of energy and good vibes.”

[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-0: 11-1, 11-5, 11-5 (24m)

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