Cleveland Classic : It’s top seed Tayeb
Final: Top seed El Tayeb takes it
Top seed Nour El Tayeb claimed the Cleveland Classic title – her fourth title triumph in a row in the US – with a hard fought four game win over Tesni Evans.
Game 1: Nour in a hurry, sharper. Tesni stays close early. But Nour pulls away 11-5
Game 2: Tesni change in strategy. Helped by a friend? Attacking earlier and well 4-4, 5-5, 6-6. Genius retrieving by Nour leads to 10-6, 11-7 game to her
But deception in the drop by Tesni gives her the game 11-9.
Game 4: High quality squash continues. 3-3,4-4.5-5, 6-6, 7-7. Marvelous points. Finally Nour has a gap 9-7. Good counter drop by Tesni 8-9, and then again 9-9!
Nour works an opening and hits a drop winner 10-9. Great last point Nour wins 11-9. Match to her 3-1
“Tesni is smarter than me. She slowed the pace and talked to the official between almost every point. I love her dearly!” Nour El Tayeb
Semis: Top two through to final
Top seeds Nour El Tayeb and Tesni Evans are set to contest the Cleveland Classic final after semifinal victories over Alison Waters and Victoria Lust.
Quarters: Top four seeds through to semis
No upsets on quarter-finals day in Cleveland, with top seed Nour El Tayeb joined by British trio of Alison Waters, Victoria Lust and Tesni Evans in the semis.
Tayeb came from a game down to beat Emily Whitlock, and Waters did the same against Hollie Naughton.
In the bottom half of the draw Evans also dropped the first game before beating Mayar Hany, while Lust beat Mariam Metwally in straight games.