Steep Egyptian hurdle in store for Rachel in Manchester

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Rachel Arnold earned a tough second-round test against Egyptian top seed Hania El Hammamy after she reached the last 16 of the Manchester Open.

Rachel, ranked 43rd in the world, defeated South Africa’s world No. 40 Alexandra Fuller 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 in the first round on Monday.

“I think I was nervous throughout the whole match but I just managed to keep my composure and cope with it well.

“I just try to have fun while I am on court since we haven’t been playing the last year.

“This is the first few tournaments up, so I am happy to be back,” said Rachel, the national No. 3.

Rachel is looking forward to taking on El Hammamy.

“She is really good on court, I am just going to try my best and just have fun tomorrow.

“I think from last year it’s just been tough watching them and not playing tournaments, and training has been on and off the last year. So I am just trying to focus on what I’m good at on court and focus on my game.”

S. Sivasangari took out Canadian Nicole Bunyan 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 and will take on Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby for a place in the last eight.

National men’s No. 1 Ng Eain Yow also looked impressive in the opening match, taking 30 minutes to brush aside Tom Richards of England 11-3, 11-9, 11-1.

Eain Yow is taking on eighth seed Omar Mosaad of Egypt in the quarter-finals.

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