Two-time World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby claimed the biggest PSA Tour win of her career to date earlier today at Philadelphia’s Drexel University as she overturned two match balls to scalp New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships, earning a spot in her first ever Platinum quarter final.
World No.31 Elaraby had already beaten higher-ranked opposition in England’s Victoria Lust in round two, and she upped her game further to take out the tournament’s No.5 seed, with the 19-year-old battling to an 11-7, 7-11, 2-11, 12-10, 11-8 during a scrappy 55 minute encounter.
King held two match balls in the fourth game and the 31-year-old looked set to get the better of her younger opponent. But a dogged showing from Elaraby saw the Egyptian come back from the brink, and she kept her focus despite a number of refereeing decisions in the decider to book her place in the quarter finals.
“I’m out of words,” said Elaraby afterwards.
“I’m really happy with how I played and how I managed to go through the match. I can’t believe it. I feel as though what I was working on in the off season has been paying off now. My coach, Mohamed Effat, has worked with me so hard during the summer, so I’m really happy that I was able to play my best squash.
“My coach just said that I didn’t have anything to lose and just give it my all and that’s what I did.”
Elaraby will take on World No.3 Nour El Tayeb for a place in the semi-finals after El Tayeb put in a composed performance to overcome reigning World Junior Champion Hania El Hammamy, beating her 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 to avenge her Black Ball Open defeat to the teenager earlier this year.
“This court holds a lot of special memories for me,” said 2017 US Open champion El Tayeb.
“It was my first major title and doing it with Ali [husband, Farag] was extremely special and even though I had a bad result here last year, I still feel very happy and emotional coming here."
Defending champion Raneem El Welily continued her imperious start to the season with a 21-minute dismantling of fellow Egyptian Yathreb Adel, and she will play World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry in the last eight, with Perry requiring four games to see off the dangerous Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam.
Results - Women’s Third Round (Top Half): 2019 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt  Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (21m)
 Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-1: 10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 (48m)
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt  Joelle King (NZL) 3-2: 11-7, 7-11, 2-11, 12-10, 11-8 (55m)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (36m)
Draw – Women’s Third Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played October 8th
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) v  Salma Hany (EGY)
 Joey Chan (HKG) v  Tesni Evans (WAL)
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) v  Joshna Chinappa (IND)
 Annie Au (HKG) v  Camille Serme (FRA)
Draw - Women’s Quarter-Finals (Top Half): To Be Played October 9th
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) v  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v  Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
China International Women’s Match Race
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Tang Xijing (CHN) and bronze medallist Angelina Melnikova (RUS).
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