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CIB Black Ball Open: Day Four Morning - Player Reaction

Stay tuned as we bring you reaction from the players who are in action this morning in round three of the women’s CIB PSA Black Ball Squash Open Platinum event.

Here’s the schedule for this morning
(All times are local GMT+2)
11:00 [7] Joelle King (NZL) v Nadine Shahin (EGY)
11:45 Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [4] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
13:15 Farida Mohamed (EGY) v [6] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
14:00 Olivia Fiechter (USA) v [5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

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.

King Dominant Against Shahin

New Zealand's World No.8 Joelle King put on a masterclass performance to down Egypt's World No.17 Nadine Shahin by an 11-5, 11-9, 11-3 scoreline to reach the quarter finals of the CIB Black Ball Open.

The Kiwi was beaten by Shahin the last time they played but was fully focused today to get the job done and will face the winner of India's Joshna Chinappa v Egypt's Hania El Hammamy in the next round.

“It was by no means easy,” said King to SquashTV.

“I actually lost to Nadine the last time we played 3-0 last year in March, so I had that in the back of my mind. I know that I’m a different player to what I was in March. It was far from easy, mentally I had to keep my focus the whole time. As we saw the other day she never gives up until the last point is over.

“Early games and late games, both have pros and cons. It’s 9am in the UK where I’ve come from, so I’m used to training early, so for me it doesn’t make a difference – I’m here to do a job.

“I didn’t come all this way to make friends. I’ve been working really hard and I want to put my best foot forward. I’m trying to do the best I can out there and so far, so good.”

[7] Joelle King (NZL) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-3 (27m)

El Hammamy Through to Quarters

Hania El Hammamy in action against Joshna Chinappa

Egypt’s World No.5 Hania El Hammamy progresses into the quarter finals of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open after defeating India’s World No.11 Joshua Chinappa 11-6, 11-5, 11-6.

The 20-year-old, who won this title 12 months ago, will be up against New Zealand’s World No.8 Joelle King tomorrow for a place in the semi-finals of the PSA Platinum event.

“I think I’m much more pleased with myself today than I was the first round,” said El Hammamy afterwards.

“It took me a lot of effort in order to be able to come here and perform this way. I think I was unstable in the first round mentally and I worked really hard last night to prepare myself and be ready for today’s match.

“I try to relax myself as much as I can and find other stuff to take my mind off the pressure of the tournament and it worked.

“Joelle is a great player, talented and very physical as well. I think tomorrow’s match will be really interesting and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Chinappa added:
“It’s incredible that we never played. Obviously, I watch her over the last year or so of course but I never actually played her.

“I thought that today she played really well, it was a solid play, and I don’t think she did anything wrong, she didn’t make any errors. She was very on point and it was very hard to make through.
I ran a lot but she was just very good.”

[4] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (32m)

Sobhy Takes Out Mohamed

USA’s World No.7 Amanda Sobhy prevailed in a physical battle with Egypt’s World No.34 Farida Mohamed, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4, to reach the quarter finals of the PSA Platinum event.

Sobhy will face either France’s Camille Serme or Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the next round.

“Normally I’m one of the stronger players on Tour, but she’s young and she’s hungry and so it’s kind of for her like if I was playing one of the guys back home,”

“Fortunately, I’m really used to it – I practice with a lot of guys back home, and they’re way bigger than me, more physical, hit the ball a lot harder – I’m used to it. If she’s going to do that, it’s not really a big deal, I know how to handle it.

“It spurs me on even more – I’m like ‘ok, if that’s how you want to play, so be it’. I just didn’t let it faze me, I stuck to my game plan. My game is in a good place, I’m feeling good and I knew that whatever she wants to do, she can do and I’m not going to let it faze me.”

[6] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Farida Mohamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (27m)

Perry’s Title Defence Continues

Sarah-Jane Perry

English No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry ensured her CIB Black Ball Squash Open title defence continued as she axed USA's World No.33 Olivia Fiechter in straight-games.

The World No.6, who won the title when it was a PSA Gold event in December will take on either World No.1 Nour El Sherbini or Belgium's Tinne Gilis for a place in the semi-finals.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Perry told the SquashTV cameras afterwards.

“I know Liv has had some good wins and she’s really dangerous when you let her play, so my aim was to try and get in front and stop her playing. Sort of did that in patches, but not as much as I would have liked, little bit sluggish today and not really sure why. I felt really sharp the other day, so I’m sure tomorrow, get everything right and I’ll be back again.

“I’ve been guilty of being complacent with a serve, as they like to keep reminding us in the commentary box it’s the only shot that you have complete control over, so I tried to actually use it a bit more. Thought I served well the other day and tried that again today, any day you don’t serve out is a good day, especially when I’m trying to throw a few lob serves out there. It was probably one of the aspects I was most happy with.

“I’ve been on tour for nearly 10 years, you’ll see some of the younger players with more matches as they get to the later rounds earlier these days. I didn’t start full-time until I was 21, first two years were definitely catching up with people who hadn’t been to university. It’s taken me nearly 10 years to get into the condition I need to be in.”

Fiechter added:
“Everybody knows SJ has got one of the best set of hands of the business.

“Incredible these shots that come out of her racket, so the aim was to try and close down those front corners.

“You come to a match to win, so I’m disappointed, but I’m going to learn a lot from it. You know that’s what we work so hard for, playing the top girls on the big stage. And I’m going to take away a lot from this match.”

[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (33m)

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