Nour El Tayeb

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Nour El Tayeb
Nour El Tayeb Squash 2020.jpg
Tayeb at the 2020 Cleveland Classic
Nickname(s)The Black Widow
Country Egypt
ResidenceCairo, Egypt
Born (1993-03-08) March 8, 1993 (age 27)
Cairo, Egypt
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Turned Pro2007
PlaysRight Handed
Coached byHaitham Effat
Hossam Shaddad
Racquet usedDunlop Hyperfibre+ Revelation 125
Women's singles
Highest rankingNo. 3 (March, 2018)
Tour final(s)4
Last updated on: December, 2020.

Nour El Tayeb (Arabic: نور الطيب‎; born March 8, 1993 in Cairo) is a former professional squash player who represented Egypt. She reached a career-high world ranking of three in March, 2018.[1][2]But as early as 2007 she began to show just her potential by reaching the main draw of the Hurghada International. Since then, despite study taking the upper hand over squash she has continued to improve. In Alexandria in 2008 she did well against former world champion Vanessa Atkinson before the Dutchwoman won in five, and in the 2009 World Open upset the form book to reach the main draw. This result helped her reach the WISPA top 50 for the first time, with the top twenty as the next target for El Tayeb.

Early life[edit]

Nour el Tayeb is the daughter of a squash playing father, Prof. Dr. Mohamed El Tayeb. She was born and raised in Cairo and started playing at age five at the Heliopolis Club, where she continues to be based.

The highlight of her junior career was, at age sixteen, reaching the final of the World Juniors in 2009, beating top seed Dipika Pallikal on the way before losing to fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini.

Her ambition as a junior player was to play against the top five and then become one of them.[3]

Squash achievements[edit]

  • Winner – WISPA Young Player of the Year 2010 [4]
  • Winner – Internationaux De Creteil, Paris, France
  • Winner – British Junior Open U13, U15, U17, and U19
  • Winner – Pioneer U11 and U13
  • Winner – First National Championships U11 and U15
  • Winner - World Junior Champion 2011

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

Hong Kong Open: 1 final (0 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2014 Malaysia Nicol David 11-4, 12-10, 11-8

U.S. Open: 2 final (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2015 England Laura Massaro 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7

Malaysian Open: 1 final (0 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2014 Egypt Raneem El Weleily 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 2-11, 11-7

Personal life[edit]

She is married to fellow squash professional Ali Farag, and the pair set a new record, becoming the first married couple to both win a major title on the same day after winning the US Open in 2017.[5] She Retired on December 7, 2020 on announcing her first pregnancy.[6]


  1. ^ WISPA Player Profile
  2. ^ SquashInfo Player Profile
  3. ^ Biography
  4. ^ World Squash Awards
  5. ^ "US Open: Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb win titles on same day". BBC Sport.
  6. ^

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nour El Sherbini
WISPA Young Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Nour El Sherbini