Australia’s Donna Lobban has knocked out a higher-ranked player for the second day running at the Carol Weymuller Open, held at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn.
After dumping out Nele Gilis in the first round, the Australian World No.47 got the better of the tournament’s No.7 seed, and World No.13, Alison Waters, to book her spot in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Bronze event.
The first two games were split between the pair, before Lobban moved ahead for a second time in the match as she won the third game 11-4. The fourth was much tighter, and the Australian needed a tie-break to get the job done, but she won it 12-10, moving through to the last eight where she will now face World No.3 Nouran Gohar.
The Egyptian, nicknamed ‘The Terminator’ for her hard hitting, got the better of France’s Melissa Alves in the opening match of the second day. The Frenchwoman took the first game 11-5, but Gohar was able to turn the match around with relative ease, taking the victory in 32 minutes.
No.8 seed Salma Hany made it two Egyptians through to the quarter finals in the top half of the draw, as she got the better of England’s Victoria Lust in another four-game affair. It was level after two games, but the World No.14 got the better of the World No.15 by winning both the third and the fourth.
The 23-year-old Egyptian will now face World No.5 Camille Serme in the last eight, with the Frenchwoman winning her first match of the event in straight games, downing Zeina Mickawy 3-0.
It was Serme’s first outing since winning the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions six days earlier, and seemed to carry that imperious form into the Heights Casino, as the only player to not drop a game on day two of the tournament.
Serme won the first game 11-5, before then taking a slightly tighter second stanza 11-8. The third went to a tie-break, but the World No.5 was able to come through, booking her place in the last eight of the tournament.
“I am happy to be back here because it is lovely tournament, with all the families hosting us and supporting. It is very different from last week [Tournament of Champions],” Serme explained.
“I need to focus on the quarter final against Salma [Hany], because she has beaten me before in the past. I need to take it seriously if I am to win.”
Those who played on Thursday will have a rest day, while the bottom half of the second round is played on Friday evening in Brooklyn, with the likes of Joelle King, Nour El Tayeb and home favourite Amanda Sobhy all entering the tournament at this stage.
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Photographs taken by Jean Ervasti at the Carol Weymuller Open.
Results – Second Round: Carol Weymuller Open
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Melissa Alves (FRA) 3-1: 5-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5 (32m)
Donna Lobban (AUS) bt  Alison Waters (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 3-11, 11-4, 12-10 (43m)
 Salma Hany (EGY) bt Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (43m)
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 12-10 (32m)
Draw – Second Round (Bottom Half): Carol Weymuller Open
 Joelle King 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)
Draw – Quarter Finals (Top Half): Carol Weymuller Open
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) v Donna Lobban (AUS)
 Salma Hany (EGY) v  Camille Serme (FRA)