Top quality line-up in Carol Weymuller draw
By ELLIE MAWSON
The main draw for next month’s Carol Weymuller Open has been released, with Egypt’s World No.3 Nour El Tayeb and England’s World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry seeded to meet in the final of the PSA World Tour Bronze event, which will take place at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn between October 17-22.
El Tayeb, who beat Perry in the quarter-finals of last week’s J.P. Morgan China Squash Open, is seeded on the same side of the draw as England’s former World No.3 Alison Waters and United States No.1 Olivia Blatchford.
The Egyptian receives a bye into the second round and will take on either United States’ World No.43 Haley Mendez, who grew up playing squash at the Heights Casino, or compatriot and World No.20 Hania El Hammamy for a place in the last eight.
Birmingham-born Perry is seeded to meet compatriot Victoria Lust in the quarter-finals and will have to navigate a draw that also contains some formidable rivals, including Wales’ World No.12 Tesni Evans and United States’ former World No.6 Amanda Sobhy.
The Carol Weymuller Open will be the first PSA World Tour Bronze tournament to take place under the new PSA Tour structure, meaning that qualification has been scrapped and a 24-player draw will battle it out for the title, with the top eight seeds receiving a bye into the second round.
2018 Carol Weymuller Open, Heights Casino, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Main Draw First Round:
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) [Bye] Haley Mendez (USA) v [9/16] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
[9/16] Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Tinne Gilis (BEL)
 Joshna Chinappa (IND) [Bye]  Olivia Blatchford (USA) [Bye] Milou van der Heijden (NED) v [9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
[9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
 Alison Waters (ENG) [Bye]  Tesni Evans (WAL) [Bye] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v [9/16] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[9/16] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) v Julianne Courtice (ENG)
 Salma Hany (EGY) [Bye]  Victoria Lust (ENG) [Bye] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [9/16] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) v [WC] Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
 Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [Bye]
Article by ELLIE MAWSON (PSA Media team). Edited by ALAN THATCHER.
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