Weaver to Defend DAC Pro Classic Title Against Elaraby

Team USA’s Olivia Weaver will defend her Detroit Athletic Club Pro Classic title against Egypt’s world No. 10 Rowan Elaraby Saturday, February 10.

Weaver marks her second major final appearance one week after earning her second career PSA Silver title at the Bahl & Gaynor Cincinnati Cup and a new career high world ranking of world No. 6.

Weaver entered the PSA Silver tournament as the event’s two seed and reached the final courtesy of a hard-fought four-game semifinal against Canada’s six seed Hollie Naughton Friday evening. 

The twenty-eight-year-old American pulled away from 1-1 in game to advance 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3 in thirty-nine minutes.

“I’m really happy, I thought Hollie played really great today, it was a battle out there,” Weaver said. “Second game I felt like I lost my length a little bit, but really pleased with how I bounced back and fought for every point. Really pleased with how I finished the match. Every opponent you come up against you have a sense of their strengths and weaknesses, but really I’ve just been focusing on my game, and playing the way I want to be playing the last few weeks and trusting that.”

Weaver will face a surprise finalist in Elaraby, who upset world No. 2 Nouran Gohar in a dramatic five-game semifinal.

“Rowan has been in incredible form and had a great run at the ToC,” Weaver said. “Obviously taking out Gohar is going to be massive for her confidence. I haven’t played her in a while, she’s a great player and it’s a big opportunity for both of us and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Tune into Saturday’s final on squash.tv at 4:30pm ET.