2019, EGYPT, CHAMPIONSHIP
Round two action at the CIB PSA Women's World Championship continues today at the Shooting Club 6th of October as players battle for a third round berth, which will see them line up in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.
There are four women's matches in store as World No.10 Annie Au takes on Egypt's Nadine Shahin at 12:45 (GMT+2), while World No.11 Hania El Hammamy takes on Australia's Donna Lobban at the same time.
Dutchwoman Milou van der Heijden lines up against surprise package Sivasangari Subramaniam – who upset US No.1 Amanda Sobhy in the previous round – with Egyptian duo Yathreb Adel and Nada Abbas.
You can keep up with the live scores from the event here.
We'll have reports and reaction from the players on this page.
Schedule – all times local (GMT+2)
Court One – Watch live below
12:45  Nadine Shahin (EGY) v  Annie Au (HKG)
14:15  Nada Abbas (EGY) v  Yathreb Adel (EGY)
12:45  Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v  Donna Lobban (AUS)
14:15  Milou van der Heijden (NED) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
El Hammamy & Au Progress
Hania El Hammamy (left) Donna Lobban (right)
Egypt’s reigning World Junior Champion Hania El Hammamy secured a place in the third round of the Women’s World Championship after overcoming Australia’s Donna Lobban 3-0.
The 19-year-old Egyptian was in confident form to comfortably take the first game, before Lobban – who is returning to form following a long knee injury lay-off – started to make life difficult for El Hammamy.
The Egyptian did not let it phase her however as she displayed her expert retrieval skills and athleticism to take an 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 victory.
She will face the winner of Milou van der Heijden v Sivasangari Subramaniam in round three in front of the Pyramids.
“I’m really happy with my performances so far this week,” said El Hammamy.
“I’ve played with Donna twice before and both matches were really tough, it was 1-1 in the head-to-head and I knew that she had just come back from injury. She is a very tough opponent and so I wanted to be strong from the beginning.
“It feels good to be playing in front of my family and friends. Everyone here is cheering for Egyptians, so it feels good to be playing in front of them. I’m looking forward to my match in front of the Pyramids, I’ve never been there and always watched matches of top ten players playing on the glass court and I always wished that I could be there one day.”
Annie Au (left) Nadine Shahin (right)
She will be joined in round three by Hong Kong’s Annie Au after she defeated Egypt’s Nadine Shahin in four games.
The World No.10 was forced to come from one game down, after Shahin started brightly to take the lead. A blood injury in the second saw Shahin forced to take a break, before Au was able to put the scores level.
From that moment, Au’s experience shone through as she closed out an 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 victory and will face either New Zealand’s Joelle King or Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy in the next round.
 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt  Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (36m)
 Annie Au (HKG) bt  Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (48m)
Subramaniam Continues Hot Streak of Form, as Adel prevails
Sivasangari Subramaniam in action against Milou van der Heijden
Malaysia’s World No.48 Sivasangari Subramaniam continued her hot run of form in Cairo after she defeated Netherlands’ World No.29 Milou van der Heijden in four games to reach the last 16 of the World Championship for the first time in her career.
Subramaniam – who defeated World No.8 Amanda Sobhy in round one – confidently took the first game, before van der Heijden saw the momentum shift in her favour in the second to level the scores.
The Malaysian continued to cause problems for her higher seeded opponent, however, as she took a tightly contested third on the tie-break to put her in the driving seat.
Van der Heijden looked as though she was moving herself into a strong position to push the match to a deciding fitth in the fourth, however, 20-year-old Subramaniam soon regained control to win the match and will now face Egypt’s World No.11 Hania El Hammamy in the next round.
“At the U.S. Open I played really well and I’m really happy with how I’m performing,” said the Malaysian.
“I’ve just got to keep focusing and try to push myself as much as I can to see how far I can go in each tournament. I’ve being doing well until now, so I’m really happy with how I’m playing.
“I feel confident after beating Amanda [Sobhy] in the first round, obviously Milou is a good player and she has been playing well, so I had to take every game and every point one at a time. I think today was more of a mental game, rather than physical.
“I tried not to think about getting that far and playing in front of the Pyramids – I’m really looking forward to it. I’m playing Hania and she is my junior rival as well, we have played a few times at junior level and now at PSA. Hopefully we can both play good squash and the better player wins, but I’m really excited.”
Meanwhile, Yathreb Adel booked her place in the last 16 courtesy of a hard-fought 3-2 victory over compatriot Nada Abbas at the shooting club.
The World No.16 was staring down the barrel of defeat as Abbas took full advantage of an unfocused Adel to take a surprise 2-0 lead. The lower-ranked Egyptian even looked as though she was going to take the match in straight games as she held match ball in the third, which Adel duly saved to mount her comeback.
From then on 23-year-old Adel was able to take back to control to take the next two games on the tie-break to level the scores, before eventually closing out 11-9 in the fifth in 67 minutes.
Adel will face the winner of Camille Serme v Millie Tomlinson in the next round.
“Nada is a very talented player and I knew that she would go for it,” said Adel after.
“She has got good results in the last few tournaments. The first two games I couldn’t really find my length and I was just giving her shots around the ‘T’ area and that’s her strength because she could just attack it. I think there were some bad calls and it got a bit physical and I wasn’t concentrating on my game, I was focusing on the decisions and that started to affect me.
“I realised in the third game that I had to be focused and no matter what give my best because it’s the World Championship and you don’t get an opportunity to be playing in front of the Pyramids every day. I just tried to be mentally strong and I just kept it one point at a time and I’m glad to close it out in the end.
“I was a bit nervous today because I wanted to play in front of the Pyramids so much to the point that I stressed myself out. I think one of the motives was to win to play there and that fired me up in the end to do it and I’m so happy I made it.”
 Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt  Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-13, 13-11, 13-11, 11-9 (67m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt  Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-1: 11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9 (40m)