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CIB Black Ball Open RD2: El Sherbini Advances

Egypt’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini saw out a 16-14, 11-8, 11-5 victory against USA’s World No.22 Sabrina Sobhy to reach the quarter finals of the CIB Black Ball Open.

Sobhy enjoyed a huge upset over World No.10 Salma Hany in the first round and looked as though she was going to cause problems for the top seed in the opening game as she saved three game balls. Unfortunately for the American, two missed game ball opportunities on her part saw the game get away from her and El Sherbini was able to wrap it up on the fourth try.

That first game proved to be crucial to set four-time World Champion El Sherbini on her way as she managed the end of each game well to take the victory 3-0 and set up a quarter final against Sabrina’s older sister, Amanda.

“Sabrina is really good,” said El Sherbini.

“We are the same age but haven’t had a chance to play a lot against each other. She came through a very tough first round, beating Salma Hany 3-2. I’ve been staying in the room for two days now, so it’s very hard to be really ready from the first point and her court coverage is unbelievable. I needed some time to adapt to her game but I’m really glad I won the first because it made a huge difference in the match.

“Amanda [Sobhy] is left-handed and Sabrina is right-handed, so there’s a huge difference between both of them. It’s been a long time since I’ve played Amanda, so looking forward to it.”

Sobhy added: “I have been playing well in the last couple of tournaments, so now was a perfect time to play the best player in the world, especially as there is not much happening after that, and that I could take a few pointers from it, and use them to grow as a player.

“I need to be able to keep strong, I definitely lost some steam today. I had a hard match yesterday, but I need to work on being to play tough match after tough match.

“Also, getting a better timing of my movement, I sometimes run more than I should, I think I did that a lot in the first game. I did a lot of running around, but then again, she can kill the ball down whenever she wants really.”

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 3-0: 16-14, 11-8, 11-5 (32m)

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