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CIB Black Ball Open: Day One Afternoon Glass Court - Player Reaction

Stay tuned as we bring you reaction from the players from the afternoon session on the glass court on day one of the CIB Black Ball Open PSA Women's Platinum event.

Today's Afternoon Order of Play (Glass court):

17:30 Donna Lobban (AUS) v Sana Ibrahim (EGY)
18:15 Julianne Courtice (ENG) v [WC] Nadeen Kotb (EGY)
19:15 Jana Shiha (EGY) v Mayar Hany (EGY)
20:00 [WC] Malak Fathy (EGY) v Sabrina Sobhy (USA)

You can catch all the action live from the Black Ball Sporting Club on SquashTV, and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe and Japan).

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Ibrahim Takes Biggest Win of Her Career
Egypt's World No.67 Sana Ibrahim claimed the biggest win of her career to date after she came from 2-1 down against Australia's World No.22 Donna Lobban to reach the second round of the CIB Black Ball Open.

The 18-year-old played without fear after she found herself 2-1 down to cause a big upset and condemn the experienced Lobban to an early round exit.

Ibrahim will face compatriot Rowan Elaraby in the next round.

Here's what she had to say afterwards:

“I’m so happy,” said Ibrahim.

“I didn't think I'd get to play Black Ball because I was the first reserve. It’s a big chance and I had to take it,” said a delighted Ibrahim to the SquashTV cameras.

“I said to myself that I’m not losing anything if I lose, so play and be happy when you play.

“My family and my friends are here, I’m so happy because my mum, my dad, my brother and coaches are here and I hope the Egyptians come and support me.”

Result:
Sana Ibrahim (EGY) bt Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-2: 5-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 (49m)

Courtice Axes Wildcard Kotb

Julianne Courtice

England’s World No.30 Julianne Courtice made light work of wildcard and World No.199 Nadeen Kotb as she eased past her opponent in straight games in just 19 minutes.

Courtice will face USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy in round two of the PSA Platinum event on Sunday.

Here’s what she said following her win:

“It felt pretty good,” said Courtice.

“I had a game plan, wanted to execute it and I felt like I went in there and stuck to my guns. Having a game plan and executing it is key being under this pressure situations – playing a wildcard in Egypt, you know they’re gunning for you. To actually be able to go out there and stick to how I wanted to play and conduct myself how I wanted to is always nice.

“I’m very harsh on myself so I’d probably give myself a six or a seven out of 10.”

Result:
Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt [WC] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (19m)

Hany Conquers Shiha

Mayar Hany

World No.38 Mayar Hany came out on top in the battle of the Egyptians at the Black Ball Sporting Club after she defeated World No.58 Jana Shiha, 11-8, 14-12, 11-5 in 27 minutes.

A crucial comeback in the second game proved to be pivotal for Hany, who sets up a second round tie with Franc’s World No.3 Camille Serme.

Here’s her reaction:

“The second game was very difficult, she was leading 10-8 and I had to focus like crazy in the last few points so I could win the game,”

“I knew if I lost that one it would be a 3-2 match or something, so I really had to pull that one out.

“I kept saying ‘keeping going’ and ‘just focus’, just push and refocus and play your game, stick to your plan and eventually it will come.

“This is the best playing at home and I hope it’s going to be a good tournament.”

Result:
Mayar Hany (EGY) bt Jana Shiha (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 14-12, 11-5 (27m)

Sobhy Sets up Second Round with Sherbini

Sabrina Sobhy

USA's World No.20 Sabrina Sobhy will face World No.1 Nour El Sherbini for the second time in a row at the CIB Black Ball Open after she defeated wildcard Malak Fathy 11-2, 11-0, 11-3.

Here's what she had to say:

“It’s always exciting because I have definitely been in her position before,” said Sobhy.

“Any opportunity to get on a glass court and play against a higher ranked player at that young age is always going to be engraved in her memory, I hope so at least. I can understand the nerves and she’s from Black Ball and the home crowd always adds excitement – I hope she enjoyed it out there.

“I played Sherbini not too long ago in the last Black Ball a few months ago and obviously, there’s no pressure on me so that’s always an advantage in my opinion. I enjoy those matches, you can relax a bit and you’re not so anxious, I’m always looking forward to any opportunity to play a top ranked player and in this case the World No.1.

“Everything on court she does is inspiring and note worthy.”

Result:
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt [WC] Malak Fathy (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-0, 11-3 (20m)

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