Australia’s Donna Lobban and Egypt’s Farida Mohamed have upset their respective opponents, in Belgium’s Nele Gilis and South African Alexandra Fuller, to reach the second round of the Carol Weymuller Open in Brooklyn.
In the first match of the tournament at the Heights Casino, the Australian World No.47 got the better of the British Open quarter-finalist in straight games, moving through to the last 16 with relative ease.
At the end of the evening, Mohamed got the better of her South African opponent in a five-game affair which lasted 44 minutes. She fell behind after the first game, but then came back to lead 2-1 before Fuller pushed the match into a decider. However, it would be the Egyptian that took it, booking her place in the second round.
The World No.52 will battle it out with compatriot, and World No.4, Nour El Tayeb in the on Friday evening. Meanwhile, Lobban will now face the tournament’s No.7 seed, England’s Alison Waters in the last 16 of the event.
Yathreb Adel survived a scare as she eventually defeated Rachel Arnold in a fifth-game tie-break, having fallen behind twice to the Malaysian. There were four tie-breaks in the match, with Adel making it through after a 55-minute battle, advancing to a match-up with New Zealand’s Joelle King in the last 16.
Zeina Mickawy and Mariam Metwally added to the Egyptian presence in the second round, as they defeated Menna Nasser and French wildcard Marie Stephan, respectively, in straight games.
There was joy for France in the first round, with Melissa Alves overcoming Finland’s Emilia Soini, while England’s Victoria Lust and Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern also booked their places in the second round with victories over Menna Hamed and Haley Mendez, respectively.
After beating one American, the Malaysian World No.24 will face the US No.1 in the last 16, with a battle against Amanda Sobhy now set-up.
The seeded players come into the draw in the second round, with Nouran Gohar, Camille Serme and Joshna Chinappa among those who will also be entering the fray over the next two days. The last 16 is split across Thursday and Friday evening, with the top half of the draw playing on day two, the bottom half following on day three.
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Photographs taken by Jean Ervasti at the Carol Weymuller Open.
Results – First Round: Carol Weymuller Open
Melissa Alves (FRA) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (23m)
Donna Lobban (AUS) bt Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (35m)
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Menna Hamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (35m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Menna Nasser (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (42m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 3-2: 11-13, 13-11, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10 (55m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [WC] Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (27m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-7 (38m)
Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-2: 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4 (44m)
Draw – Second Round: Carol Weymuller Open
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) v Melissa Alves (FRA)
Donna Lobban (AUS) v  Alison Waters (ENG)
 Salma Hany (EGY) v Victoria Lust (ENG)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v  Camille Serme (FRA)
 Joelle King (NZL) v Yathreb Adel (EGY)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) v  Joshna Chinappa (IND)
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Farida Mohamed (EGY) v  Nour El Tayeb (EGY)