Egyptians Abroad: Nour El Tayeb takes Cleveland

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[1] Nour El Tayeb 3-1 [3] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)          10-12, 14-12, 11-5, 11-4 (51m)

Marina De Juan Gallach reports

Brutal 2 first games with a very accurate SJ, who took the first game and started the second one with a very good variation of shots and amazing racquet skills to set herself 10-5 up. That was not enough, though, to take the second game, as Nour saved 8 game balls to tie the match showing an incredible physicality and mental toughness.

After the first two games, Nour came out really strong and used her short shots in a very smart way, always catching SJ off guard. The English woman made few mistakes in both the 3rd and 4th game, which Nour used to cruised her way and eventually win her second Cleveland Classic


[1] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 [5] Joshna Chinappa (Ind) 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 (26m)

Good length and width from Nour during the first game, trying to cover Joshna’s attacking shots. Joshna came out really strong and competitive in the second game, with an 8-5 lead. After a very long rally, with a lot of variety in shots and amazing retrieval skills, Nour came back to win the second game 11-8. Third game was started with inconsistency from Joshna and followed by a mentally strong Nour coming through looking fully fit after her ankle injury on Friday.



[1] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 [9/16] Farida Mohamed                11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (22m)

“The young Farida made too many unforced errors. Even though Nour seemed to not feel 100% after yesterday’s match, she managed to stay calm and minimize her movement to get the victory in 3 straight games.”

Round Two

[1] Nour El Tayeb 3-2 [9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (Usa)  8-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9 (71m)
[9/16] Farida Mohamed 3-1 [7] Salma Hany                11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 (35m)
[5] Joshna Chinappa (Ind) 3-0 [9/16] Menna Nasser          12-10, 3-0 retired (21m)
[4] Annie Au (Hkg) 3-0
[9/16] Nadine Shahin                     11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (24m)
[9/16] Menna Hamed 3-0 [3] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)           11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (33m)
[6] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0 Mayar Hany                        18-16, 11-3, 11-3 (34m)

Round One

[9/16] Farida Mohamed 3-0 Jessica Turnbull (AUS)             11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (23m)
[9/16] Menna Nasser 3-1 Nadia Pfister (Sui)               11-2, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5 (30m)
[9/16] Nadine Shahin 3-0 [WC] Marina de Juan Gallach (Esp)  11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (24m)
[9/16] Menna Hamed 3-0 Salma Youssef                           11-5, 11-9, 11-8 (28m)
[9/16] Mayar Hany 3-0 Sarah Cardwell (Aus)                      11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (25m)  

Farida Mohamed (EGY) 3-0 Jessica Turnbull (AUS)
Both players hit the ball clean and with good length. Farida gave herself the edge by- , being a little bit more aggressive, hunting the volley in important stages of the match.-

Menna Nasser (EGY) 3-1 Nadia Pfister (SUI)
Menna dominated the T during the first 2 games, forcing Nadia to hit some errors. Nadia managed to turn the tables in the forth. The quality of Menna’s squash went high to lead her way to the victory.

Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0 [WC] Marina De Juan Gallach (ESP)
Nadine started really well, taking advantage of the lack of length in Marina’s game. Even though Marina was more competitive during 2nd and 3rd games, that was not enough to take Nadine out of her way to victory.

Menna Hamed (EGY) 3-0 Salma Youssef (EGY) 
Competitive match between 2 players ranked only 3 positions apart. Menna got off a really good first game. Even though Salma raised her game in the second and third games, Menna managed to stay mentally strong during 3 straight games.

Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-0 Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
Mayar took better care of her opportunities by being aggressive in the front of the court and managed to win in 3 games.

Defending champion CIB El Tayeb, World No.4, who defeated Wales’ Tesni Evans in the final last year, is the top seed at the event taking place at the Cleveland Racquet Club and, along with the other top eight seeds, receives a bye into the second round where she will face either Latvia’s Ineta Mackevica or USA’s Sabrina Sobhy.

Unfortunately for Egypt, World No.14 CIB Salma Hany is on the same side of the draw, and should meet with Catwoman Tayeb in the quarters.

But we have a lot of Egyptians in the draw: 9/16 Farida Mohamed, Mayar Hany and Nadine Shahin, unseeded Menna Nasser, Menna Hamed and Salma Youssef.

Good luck to all!