Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy moved to within touching distance of a place in the semi-finals on her CIB PSA World Tour Finals debut after a 2-0 victory saw her eliminate United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy.
El Hammamy, who turned 20 earlier this month, followed up yesterday’s win over France’s Camille Serme with a 12-10, 11-8 victory to move top of Group B on seven points, two ahead of Serme.
Sobhy was much improved after her opening day defeat to Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb and was more attacking, taking an 8-4 lead in a crucial opening game.
But El Hammamy ultimately recovered and repelled the American to win in straight games, despite needing treatment on a minor knee injury.
El Hammamy’s victory now means that anything other than a 2-0 defeat to El Tayeb in her final group match will see her qualify for the knockout semi-finals.
“I tried not to think much about the match, but I wanted to win in two if that was possible,” said El Hammamy.
“The first game was very crucial, Amanda was leading and then I found my game and it was really tough from the first. [Her knee] is good, it looks like I was digging in and fighting for every shot and that was the result.
“I love playing in Egypt in front of this crowd, my coaches, my family and my friends are all here, so it’s always special playing in Egypt.”
 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt  Amanda Sobhy (USA) 2-0: 12-10, 11-8 (41m)