Egypt’s Salma Hany made light work of her round two opponent Coline Aumard on day three of the 2020 Manchester Open to avenge her defeat to the Frenchwoman in March’s Black Ball Open.
Aumard claimed a surprise 3-2 victory when they met in Cairo in what was the final tournament to take place before the suspension of the PSA World Tour due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
But it was a different story today in Manchester as Hany took a quickfire 3-0 win by an 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 victory in just 30 minutes.
The counter-attacking drop
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Aumard did have a chance to level the scores after some good work in the second game saw her go 8-5 ahead, but two crucial errors handed the initiative back to Hany, who came back to sneak the game and build up a 2-0 lead.
From there, the result was never in doubt as the World No.11 attacked superbly from the back of the court and never gave Aumard time to settle as Hany closed out the win to reach the quarter-finals of the Manchester Open for the first time.
It was a confident performance from World No.11
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“You can tell Coline is a very tough opponent,” said Hany.
“She beat me last time in March and she was the better player on that day. I didn’t stress about that last match, I just focused on my game and tried to play better than I did in the first match. I made sure I was solid from the first rally until the end and as you can see in the second game she tried to come back, but I’m glad to pull through in three.
“I definitely worked a lot on my mental aspect and every game I just tried to focus and not let anything else distract me. It’s been working well and I hope I can improve every match.
“I think it took a lot of work for me to be that solid on court and I’m glad it’s working. I’m enjoying spending more time on court and definitely looking forward to the quarter-finals. It’s either going to be Nadine [Shahin] or Hania [El Hammamy] and both are very tough opponents.
“I’m just looking forward to it and happy to be there again for another day. I’ll stick to my routine, stretch, cool down and let them have a tough match out there. I’ll be watching in my room.”
 Salma Hany (EGY) bt  Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (30m)