Egypt’s World No.14 Salma Hany recorded a huge upset on the sixth day of action at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions as she downed World No.4 Nour El Tayeb to advance to her second successive quarter finals in New York.
In their previous four meetings, Hany had never recorded a win over her compatriot, with the last two meetings being 3-0 victories for 2018 Tournament of Champions runner-up El Tayeb.
Today proved to be a different story for 23-year-old Hany though as she executed her game plan to perfection to take away El Tayeb’s angles to come from one game down against the World No.4 to take a highly impressive 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 victory.
“Nour is an amazing player and obviously she has been chopping me the last few times,” said Hany afterwards.
“Every time I go on court with her I learn a lot from our matches. During that break I worked really hard for those kind of matches and me and my coach [Wael El-Hindi] worked really hard for this match, I’m so glad it worked out and stuck to the plan. Having Danny [Massaro] with me in my corner has made a huge difference.
“Everyone knows that Nour can hit any shot from anywhere on the court, so I was just trying to minimise her options as much as I could. I didn’t feel like I did much wrong in the first, maybe I levelled up my accuracy a little and I stuck to the plan. She is such a fighter and kept coming back stronger and stronger in the fourth, but I’m glad I managed to get the win.
“I’m looking forward to another match on this amazing court, in front of all of these people.”
 Salma Hany (EGY) bt  Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (41m)