Egyptian world No. 1 Raneem El Welily ended Amanda Sobhy’s run in the 2015 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open in emphatic fashion Friday, defeating the U.S. champion 11-8, 11-2, 11-8 in twenty-two minutes.
The victory extends El Welily’s winning record against the American world No. 11 to 6-0.
“Everything was so quick, it was all played at a very high pace, ” she said, “and it the end it was just a few little things that made a difference, it might have been three-nil but it was closer than the score suggests.
“I just had to keep pushing myself to stay focused, I made a few errors in the third but I just had to keep going. Delighted to be in the semis, it should be exciting on the glass court.”
Top-seeded El Welily is joined in the semifinals by second-seeded Nicol David, third-seeded Laura Massaro and Omneya Abdel Kawy who upset fourth-seeded Camille Serme.
On the men’s side, Australian world No. 24 Cameron Pilley pulled off the biggest upset of Friday’s quarterfinals, taking out recently-crowned world champion and world No. 1 Gregory Gaultier 11-9, 12-10, 12-10 in forty-three minutes.
“That’s one win against him—ever—I’ll take that, ” said Pilley.
“I’m trying to just keep myself cool, calm and collected when I’m playing squash these days, and it seems to make me play much better, ” added Pilley. “It’s taken me fourteen years to realize that.”
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What a poor way to end off 2015. Wish I could’ve at least given her more of a challenge. Need to figure out how not to get chopped by her!?
— Amanda Sobhy (@itssobhytime) December 4, 2015