El Tayeb Marches On In Qatar

Egypt’s 17-year-old Nour El Tayeb extended her sensational run in the Women’s Qatar Classic to reach the quarter-finals of the $74,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex inDoha.

El Tayeb faced 16th seed Nour El Sherbini, the 15-year-old former world junior champion who had previously always held the upper hand over her older national rival.

But, boosted by her maiden win against the Egyptian number one Omneya Abdel Kawy 24 hours earlier, El Tayeb clinched her first victory over El Sherbini in an impressive 11-7, 4-11, 11-2, 11-4 win in 34 minutes.

“Same as yesterday, except for the second when I thought ‘I’m one up against Nour – that never happens’, and I decided to go short too early and she just killed me,” explained the jubilant winner to www.squashsite.co.uk later.

“In the third, I remembered yesterday’s match and started to pin her to the back, and then I could win the points.

“I’m happy to be in the quarters, and I’m not done yet,” added El Tayeb. “To be in the Qatar quarter-finals, that’s something!”

The youngster will now face Joelle King, the 13th seed from New Zealand who upset France’s fifth seed Camille Serme11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8 in 70 minutes in their first meeting on the WISPA Tour.

“I’ve lost so many close matches, and so many from two-nil up – I did that in Hong Kong last week – that I told myself in the fifth I couldn’t let it happen again,” said King. “I wasn’t going to get a chance to play the match again in ten minutes.”

The 22-year-old Kiwi was one of the stars of last month’s Commonwealth Games after winning a gold and silver medal against expectations to become New Zealand’s most successful athlete in Delhi.

“Winning the medals at the Commonwealths has given me a confidence boost I think. The Games are a big thing in New Zealand, so when I get home there’s usually just my Gran and boyfriend waiting for me – but this time, coming back as the most successful New Zealand athlete, it was just huge!

“It’s funny, Nour and I played each other in qualifying here last year – and now we’ll be playing the quarter-finals!”

Top seeds Nicol David and Jenny Duncalf are on course to meet in the final. David, the Malaysian world number one, despatched Australia’s 11th seed Donna Urquhart 11-5, 11-4, 11-4, while – on the eve of her 28th birthday – England’s second seed Jenny Duncalf needed four games to see off New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes 11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 11-4.

2nd round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [11] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
[7] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [9] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 11-9, 7-11, 13-11, 5-11, 11-6 (67m)
Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [16] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 11-7, 4-11, 11-2, 11-4 (34m)
[13] Joelle King (NZL) bt [5] Camille Serme (FRA) 11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8 (70m)
[8] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [14] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (24m)
[4] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [12] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) 11-5, 12-10, 11-2 (28m)
[6] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-6, 11-5, 15-13 (31m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [10] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 11-4 (41m)