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Rowan Elaraby (left) takes on Lucy Turmel (right) in round three of the Windy City Open

Windy City Open RD3: Elaraby Through to Last Eight After Beating Turmel

Two-time World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby is into her second PSA Platinum quarter-final of the season after the Egyptian teenager overcame England’s Lucy Turmel in straight games at the University Club of Chicago.

Both players had surpassed their seedings to reach the last 16, with Elaraby shocking defending champion Nour El Tayeb in the previous round, while Turmel came back from two games down against 2007 World Champion Rachael Grinham in round one before upsetting No.13 seed Victoria Lust in the previous round.

And it was Elaraby who will see her run continue as she put in an immaculate display to win 11-7, 11-7, 11-1 in 29 minutes.

Turmel pushed Elaraby in the opening games as the World No.47 hit her targets well, but there was a gulf in class between in the two in a one-sided third game. Elaraby kept Turmel buried in the back of the court, leaving the front of the court open as she rattled in a succession of winners to book her place in the last eight.

“I was so nervous at the beginning of the match,” Elaraby said afterwards.

“I’ve played really well throughout the week and I wanted to continue playing like this. It was such a good opportunity for me and her and it was big for me to play really well, so I’m happy to get through this match.

“I like playing short, so I guess my game plan was to do that.”

Elaraby is part of a wave of upcoming Egyptian talent and, with 19 of the world’s top 20 across both the men’s and women’s game being made up of players from that nation, the 19-year-old gave her thoughts on why Egypt are so dominant at present.

“We all train with each other in Cairo and we train together with the top players, Raneem [El Welily], Nour [El Tayeb] and I guess that’s the reason why we’re all good,” she said.

“Raneem, I love watching her and the way she plays, and I look up to her.”

Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-1 (29m)

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