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El Tayeb Marks Historic Irish Open Double
In a historic climax to the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open in
Dublin, rising stars Tarek Momen and Nour El Tayeb celebrated the first Egyptian
double in the long-established international squash circuit event at the
Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club – while 18-year-old El Tayeb prevailed in the
longest ever women's match played under the current scoring system.
Fourth seed Nour El Tayeb was making her debut in Dublin – and made her
breakthrough in the semi-finals of the WISPA World Tour Silver 20 event
where she ousted experienced former champion Vanessa Atkinson.
In the final, the world No20 from Cairo fell two games behind Jaclyn
Hawkes, the third seed from New Zealand who is ranked five places higher.
"The more experienced Hawkes led the third game 8-5 and looked to have the
match well under control, needing only three points for the title,"
commented event spokesman Gina Menzies.
But the Egyptian teenager tightened up her game and eliminated her error
count to draw level after saving a match-ball in the fourth.
The fifth game went the full distance, with the 28-year-old Aucklander having two further match-balls before El Tayeb finally clinched the match on
her own fourth match-ball to secure her first Irish Open title 13-15, 5-11,
11-9, 12-10, 16-14 after 110 energy-sapping minutes.
"Her athleticism and stroke range produced squash that left the crowd gasping," added Menzies.
Issued by Howard Harding on behalf of PSA & WISPA