Egypt's Raneem El Welily progressed to the quarter-final of the El Gouna International Squash Open ©ElGouna Squash

Top seed and defending champion Raneem El Welily of Egypt defeated Belgium's Tinne Gilis in 22 minutes to reach the quarter-final of the El Gouna International Squash Open.

El Welily recorded a crushing 11-8, 11-8, 11-2 victory to progress in the Professional Squash Association Platinum event.

Her next opponent is set to be New Zealand's Joelle King. 

The competition's fifth seed had also got through her match in straight sets, beating Egypt's Mariam Metwally 11-4, 12-10, 11-4.

"Joelle and I have had great, close matches recently, not just this season, but the one before as well," said El Welily.

"I’m expecting her to be very sharp and very strong as usual, and hopefully it will be a good match."

The crowd at the CI Capital Glass Court Arena were also delighted by the success of home favourite and men's top seed, Ali Farag.

He endured an 81 minute battle against Peru's Diego Elias, eventually winning 11-8, 11-3, 14-16, 6-11, 11-5.

Farag's next match is scheduled to be against Paul Coll, another Egyptian-New Zealand encounter.

Coll was a 12-10, 11-5, 11-7 victor against Joel Makin of Wales.

The third round is due to continue tomorrow.