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Hania El Hammamy

Black Ball Open QF: El Hammamy Takes Down Sobhy to Reach Semis

Egypt’s World No.10 Hania El Hammamy has reached the semi-finals of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open PSA Platinum event after defeating USA’s World No.8 Amanda Sobhy in Cairo, Egypt.

19-year-old El Hammamy, who reached the semi-finals of the PSA Women’s World Championship earlier this season, secured a big upset against France’s World No.3 Camille Serme in the last 16 and further backed that up today with a confident performance against Sobhy.

The players had met only recently at the Gaynor Cup in Cincinnati, where Sobhy took a 3-1 victory en route to clinching the title. However, El Hammamy reversed that fate on home soil in Cairo as she pushed the American deep into the front two corners to dominate the first game with both players setting a high tempo.

Sobhy regrouped well in the second to get herself back on track and was able to add some pressure onto World No.10 El Hammamy as she drew back level. The Egyptian did not let that affect her game plan, however, with more and more errors beginning to affect Sobhy’s game as the Egyptian kept firing herself up on court, much to the delight of the crowd to regain the lead in the match.

She continued that into the fourth as she was able to retrieve everything Sobhy threw at her, showcasing her own racket skill along the way, to claim her first victory over the American.

“It’s a second semi-final for me in a World Series tournament,” said El Hammamy afterwards.

“It feels like a dream to be playing against all of the top players. I feel like I’m competing against them really well and pushing them hard, so it really feels good.

“Amanda is a very attacking player and she likes to hunt the volley. I wanted to escape that as much as I can, so I tried so hard to keep running and get every point because whenever I gave her an easy shot, she would go short.”

[9] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [8] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8 (40m)

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