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Hania El Hammamy in action during the Manchester Open quarter-finals

Manchester Open QFs: El Hammamy Dismantles Hany

Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy put in an immaculate performance to dismantle compatriot Salma Hany in their quarter-final fixture at the Manchester Open.

World No.6 El Hammamy – who lost out to Hany on their last PSA World Tour meeting four years ago – was a cut above her opponent and ruthlessly dispatched Hany in just 23 minutes, only dropping 11 points throughout the whole match.

The 20-year-old will now go head-to-head with top seed Camille Serme in the next instalment of their enthralling rivalry, with the pair winning two apiece in their four battles during the 2019-20 season.

“I’m really happy with my performance today, I was so focused before I came in,” El Hammamy said.

“Salma is a great player, she’s very tricky and very talented and we’ve trained a lot over the summer together, so I knew what was coming and that’s why I was so focused from the beginning. From the first point I wanted to play well and play the right tactics and I’m glad I managed to do that.

“I watched Salma a lot, I really like watching her, she’s really talented and gifted. When you give her an easy shot she just puts an awesome drop shot in and you lose it.

“It’s really tough playing against Camille, anyone can see that. We played a lot last season and I bet everyone was really happy watching our matches and our battles and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s match.”

[4] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [8] Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (23m)

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