Raneem opens up with 3/0 over Olivia

[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [18] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 (32m)


All in all, I was very prepared for Olivia today given how well she is playing this season. She must be very disappointed to go out in the second round of this tournament. I honestly think with her level of squash this season she could have gone further. I wish her all the best in her next tournament.

“They were very close games in terms of our technique and tactics, but I’m definitely happy to come out with a 3-0 win. It’s definitely not easy against Olivia and I’m excited to be moving to the glass court, fingers crossed it doesn’t rain.

“It’s definitely very good for us playing at the Pyramids but I’m not really thinking about it that much. I’m thinking about the glass court, that’s all it is for me. We’ve been looking at the Pyramids all week long, so by now it’s okay for me.

“I actually hit with Alison yesterday, and I don’t think we’ve hit together for a while. The last time we played was the World Champs again in Chicago in February. We haven’t played a lot like we used to in the past, but she’s a very tough opponent and very experienced.”