The finalists of the Carol Weymuller Open 2022 were decided last night as No.1 seed Rowan Elaraby and Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam have advanced in contrasting styles to set up a match for the title.
The pair had never previously met on the PSA World Tour but had played in the Egyptian National Championships, with Shahin winning a tight match 13-11 in the fifth game. The Brooklyn crowd would have been hoping for a similar showing in yesterday’s encounter.
It was Shahin who started the better of the two and capitalised on a nervy start from her younger opponent and ran out to a 6-1 lead. From this moment, the No.1 seed started to find her rhythm again and started to fight her way back into the game. After an error from Shahin and a winning boast from Elaraby, the World No.8 took the game 11-9.
This momentum continued for Elaraby as she grew in confidence and started to work her compatriot into all four corners of the court and give Shahin no opporuntities to attack. Elaraby took the floowing two games 11-3, 11-7 to book her place in the final in just 25 minutes.
Elaraby had this to say after her match:
“I think today I wasn’t finding my drop shots and when I tried to do them in the 1st game she was on them all the time. So I focused on my length game until I found my winning shots at the end of the first game.
“Nadine is great athlete and she has good movement so I had to make sure I moved her around the court to get the best of her. I think this is the biggest final for me so far and I think I’ll just concentrate on my match and not get excited. I’ll wait to see who I am playing tomorrow!”
The second semi-final of the night was between World No.22 Sivasangari Subramaniam and Egypt’s World No.26 Farida Mohamed. The pair had both caused upsets to reach the semi-final stage with Subramaniam beating Hollie Naughton and Mohamed beating No.2 seed Clyne.
Subramaniam & Mohamed in action
The Malaysian No.1 took a 2-0 lead in the match as her contrast of light movement counteracted the hard hitting and aggressive style of Mohamed to keep moving the Egyptian and limit her chances to hit into space.
Mohamed showed her fighting spirit however and got herslef back in the match by winning the third game 11-6. Errors were startign to creep into Subramaniam’s game which only spurred Moahmed on. After a few more interactions with the referee, the Malaysian’s concentration and patience was being tested.
The Malaysian managed to recover from a 5-1 defecit in the fourth game and regain her concnetration to fight her way back into the game. The unforced errors were now coming from the Egyptian’s racket coupled with more refereeing decisions. Mohamed took a 3-minute injury break but managed to continue with the match and forcer a tiebreak. The Malaysian held strong and closed out the match 12-10 to reach her first finak since 2019.
“I feel really really happy, this is my biggest final,” said Subramaniam.
“In February I lost in the semis of a 50K and I’m so happy to make it through. It’s always tough to play Farida. She’s a huge fighter. It was more of a mental game today and I think I did really well to hold one and finish in 4. I’ve played Rowan a couple of times and ever since juniors we’ve been playing and I just hope to stick to my game plan and do my best.”
The final of the 2022 Carol Weymuller Open gets underway at 19:30 (GMT-4) today (April 24).
You can watch the action live on the Carol Weymuller YouTube channel.
You can keep up with the live scores here.
Results – Semi-Finals: 2022 Carol Weymuller Open
 Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt  Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 (25m)
 Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt  Farida Mohamed (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10 (46m)
Draw – Final: To Be Played April 24rd
 Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v  Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)