CIB BlackBall: CatWoman is Baaaack!

Former World No.3 CIB Nour El Tayeb will make her highly-anticipated return to competitive action at December’s CIB Squash Open Black Ball between December 12-16 following the birth of her daughter.

El Tayeb, together with husband and men’s World No.1 CIB Ali Farag, welcomed her daughter, Farida, into the world in July and will line up at the PSA World Tour Gold tournament just five months after becoming a mother for the first time. Nour has won two major PSA titles, the 2017 U.S. Open – which she won on the same night Farag won his first major title – and the 2018 Windy City Open.

The 28-year-old is seeded at No.7 for the event and will receive a bye into round two where she will take on either Canada’s Danielle Letourneau or Scotland’s Lisa Aitken. A win there will pit her against World No.1 Nour El Sherbini – who won the Platinum edition of the CIB PSA Black Ball Squash Open in March – in the last eight.

Nour El Sherbini is the top seed for the event and is seeded to come up against England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in the semi finals. Perry is the defending Gold edition champion after she came back from two games down to upset Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy, who is seeded No.3 at this year’s event.

CIB El Hammamy is predicted to meet World No.2 CIB Nouran Gohar in the semi finals on the bottom half of the draw.

A men’s Gold event will also be held between December 16-20, and World Champion Farag will headline a field that also contains the likes of New Zealand’s Paul Coll, former World Champion CIB Tarek Momen and U.S. Open winner Mostafa Asal.

Farag was a runner-up at this event in December, losing to compatriot CIB Fares Dessouky, and is seeded to play World No.6 Asal in the last four. Momen, meanwhile, has a tough draw that could see him take on CIB Marwan ElShorbagy – who won the Platinum edition of this tournament in March – in the quarter finals before a potential clash with World No.3 Coll in the last four.

World No.448 Abdelrahman Nassar is the men’s wildcard, while World No.204 Lojayn Gohary has been named as the women’s wildcard.

2021 CIB Squash Open Black Ball – Men’s Draw

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) (bye)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) v [9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [WC] Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY)
[8] Mazen Hesham (EGY) (EGY)
[7] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) (bye)
Zahed Salem (EGY) v [9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) v Victor Crouin (FRA)
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) (bye)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) (bye)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
[9/16] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) (bye)
[6] Joel Makin (WAL) (bye)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) (bye)

2021 CIB Squash Open Black Ball – Women’s Draw

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) (bye)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) v [9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[9/16] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v Lisa Aitken (SCO)
[7] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) (bye)
[5] Joelle King (NZL) (bye)
Farida Mohamed (EGY) v [9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
[9/16] Melissa Alves (FRA) v Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) (bye)
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) (bye)
Nada Abbas (EGY) v [9/16] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
[8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) (bye)
[6] Salma Hany (EGY) (bye)
Lucy Turmel (ENG) v [9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[9/16] Coline Aumard (FRA) v [WC] Lojayn Gohary (EGY)
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) (bye)