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Squash - 17. April 2011.

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
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