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Nour El Sherbini celebrates her victory over Nour El Tayeb in the semi finals in Giza

CIB Egyptian Open SFs: El Sherbini Battles Past El Tayeb To Reach Final

Four-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini is through to the final of the CIB Egyptian Open after downing Manchester Open winner Nour El Tayeb in the last four of the PSA Platinum event.

El Sherbini has good memories of this location, having won her fourth World title in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza twelve months ago, being crowned on her 24th birthday.

She started the stronger of the two players in this clash, the 20th between the pair on the PSA World Tour, with El Tayeb making several errors. That pattern continued across the second game as well, as the ‘Warrior Princess’ ran out into a two-game lead.

The World No.4, who had reached the finals of both tournaments since the return of the PSA World Tour, having done so at the Manchester Open and the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, started to fight her way back in the third game, and eventually won it by cutting out the errors from her game.

However, El Sherbini went on to book her place in the final of the PSA Platinum event, as she upped her game in the fourth. She held off a mini-comeback from El Tayeb in the middle part of the game to take the match 3-1, and she will face World No.1 Nouran Gohar in the final on Saturday.

“Of course it is very tough. I have been playing with Nour for ten years now and every time it is tougher than the one before,” El Sherbini said.

“This one was very tough and she tried to come back. We played two weeks ago and I won the first game before she came back strong. I didn’t want this to happen again this time so I had to be sharp from the start and I am really happy to be through.

“Playing top players, she gets everything back. I am trying to move well, feel good, and I am trying to get as many shots in as I can. It is hard, but I am trying to improve in all those areas.

“Nouran [Gohar] is very tough also. She has been playing really well this tournament. It was a very tough match for her today but all credit to her. It should be a good one, hopefully. I wil go and rest and helpfully I will have a good plan for tomorrow!”

[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 (52m)

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