Egyptian Teenager Elaraby Wins Richmond and Charlottesville Titles Across Two Weeks

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Rowan Elaraby

Sixteen-year-old Egyptian Rowan Elaraby claimed two women’s U.S. Pro Series titles in just as many weeks this month in Virginia—the $5,000 Richmond Open, April 15, and $10,000 Sentara Martha Jefferson Charlottesville Open, April 23.

In Richmond, April 13-15, Rowan entered the Richmond Open as the two seed and didn’t drop a game on the way to her third career PSA Tour title, including a final upset over Canadian top seed Nicole Bunyan.

This weekend, Elaraby entered the Charlottesville Open as the eight seed and opened her tournament with a three-game win in the first round. The world No. 69 then defeated the tournament’s top three seeds to claim the title, three seed Vanessa Chu in the quarterfinals, one seed Ho Tze-Lok in the semifinals, and two seed Danielle Letourneau in the final 7-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 in fifty-two minutes.

Elaraby, Egypt’s top-ranked U17 player, has now already competed in five U.S. pro series events in 2017.