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Hania El Hammamy

CIB Black Ball Open SF: El Hammamy Continues Title Defence

Egypt’s World No.5 Hania El Hammamy will defend her CIB Black Ball Open title after defeating USA’s World No.7 Amanda Sobhy 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 in the semi-finals.

The 20-year-old will face England’s World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry, following her victory over New Zealand’s Joelle King, in tomorrow night’s final after she produced a formidable performance to down Sobhy in 39 minutes.

The two players last faced each other in a best-of-five format at this event back in March where El Hammamy took the victory in the quarter finals before going on to lift the title and she could be set to repeat that feat after a strong showing in the last four.

El Hammamy made sure she retrieved everything Sobhy, who knocked out World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in the previous round, threw at her as she took the first before saving four game balls in the second to take a precious two game lead.

That proved to be vital and looked to have taken a lot out of the American player as El Hammamy kept her focus despite seeing two matchballs saved to convert 11-9 in the third.

“I’m really happy that I’ve made it to the final,” said El Hammamy.

“I’m really excited for tomorrow’s match, I guess I need one more push to defend my title. Today’s match was a little bit weird; I think we both had our ups and downs. I don’t think we performed the best we had, but overall, I’m happy to get through in three.

“I just wanted to push hard and didn’t want to let her win the second easily. I should be really happy and pleased that she kept making errors, from 10-6 to 12-10, she made four or five errors – so I was definitely lucky to get the second. It was going to be so crucial if it was 1-1 and I think I was definitely lucky for that.

“Right now, I want to enjoy my spot, I want to enjoy being World No.5 and I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I’m doing the best I can do and hopefully I can make it to No.1 soon.”

[4] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [6] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 (39m)

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