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El Tayeb Takes Carol Weymuller Trophy

23 Oct 2018

World No.3 Nour El Tayeb claimed her first trophy of the season - and extended Egypt's grip on the title into a fourth year - after defeating England's world No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry in the final of the Carol Weymuller Open title at Heights Casino in New York.

The top seed - a beaten quarter-finalist in the 2017 event - had been in strong form all week, defeating compatriot Hania El Hammamy, India's Joshna Chinappa and England's Alison Waters en-route to the final.

The favourite took the first game as El Tayeb found her rhythm to control the opener to take it 11-8. However, Perry - looking for her first win over El Tayeb since the 2007 World Junior Championship - came back strongly to level the score in an evenly-contested second game. Both players exchanged points before Englishwoman Perry - who last month won the Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco - stepped up her game to take it on a 12-10 tie-break.

In the third, El Tayeb took a 5-2 lead before Perry once again fought back to level at 6-6. However, that would be the last point Perry would take in that game as El Tayeb produced some of her best squash to reduce the errors and take a 2/1 advantage.

The Egyptian continued to deny Perry a way back into the encounter as she kept up the pressure to take the match 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8 in 50 minutes to clinch the PSA Bronze title for the first time.

"At the beginning of this season I think I put too much pressure on myself to do better than last year," said 25-year-old El Tayeb.

"Being in the top four area I was too desperate. I should have enjoyed it more being in the mix. Then I lost early last week too [at the U.S. Open] so I just thought I should enjoy, relax and give it the best I could and this result shouldn't matter.

"SJ is very positive and whether she wins or loses she takes more from the match than if she puts pressure on herself.

"Over the last two years there have been a lot of changes in my life, being married to Ali [Farag] who helps me a lot, together with Haitham Effat and Hossam Nasser, who has added a lot of attacking to my game and Ali Ismail my fitness coach, he has made me fit enough to back up my matches. Thanks to them all."