World No.4 Nour El Sherbini is through to the last eight of the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family after she recovered from a shaky start to defeat Australia’s Donna Lobban in four games.
This was the seventh meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, with the ‘Warrior Princess’ coming in to this clash with a 100% record over the Australian, but they had not met since the 2017 AJ Bell PSA World Championships in Manchester.
It was Lobban who got the better start though, as she raced out into an early four-point lead in the first game. El Sherbini brought the scores level, but the Aussie then took seven of the next eight points to win the first in a quick-fire five minutes.
The Egyptian started to move further up the court at the start of the second game, putting more pressure on the left-handed Lobban. It worked, as she took the first seven points, going on to clinch it and level the match with relative ease.
The four-time World Champion then carried that momentum on through both the third and fourth games, thanks to some solid hitting down her forehand side. She used power hitting in the fourth to secure the victory, setting up a clash with French No.1 Camille Serme in the last eight on Monday evening.
“I am happy to be through, and maybe I was not like I am usually, but I am very happy to be through to the quarters,” the four-time World Champion said.
“Having my coach and Raneem there, their support helped me a lot, and having them there tonight helped me through to win.
“They had a very tough match, a long one! I am sure she is going to be ready tomorrow as if it was the first match of the tournament. Hopefully I will be relaxed and I will have recovered to make sure I am ready!”
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-1: 5-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (33m)