No.1 seed Nour El Tayeb completed the semi-final line up at the South Western Open as she defeated France’s Melissa Alves in straight games, reaching back-to-back semi-finals at the Houston Squash Club.
El Tayeb found top form in the opening game, restricting Alves to just three points in the first game, showcasing the full range of her attacking abilities. The Egyptian continued to dominate the exchanges in game two, moving the tall frame of the No.7 seed into all four corners with great accuracy. It wasn’t long before El Tayeb doubled her lead, winning 11-5.
Alves found a better length in the third game and started to restrict the angles that El Tayeb could play with. The Frenchwoman was able to get in front of El Tayeb multiple times and impose her own game. The Egyptian stayed within touching distance on the scoreboard, and pulled ahead to 10-8, needing just one attempt to close out the match.
By Nadeem Faisal Baiga