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BritOpen Update: Gohar Storms Past El Torky

In an all Egyptian first-round affair it was eighth seed Nouran Gohar who advanced into the second round of the Allam British Open with a routine 3-0 win over Heba El Torky in just under half an hour.

Despite the two players being good friends off the court there were some heated moments inside the glass court with a number of debatable lets being played and El Torky visibly frustrated with her opponent. After the match Gohar revealed that the two were supposed to share a room, but El Torky was late in having her visa approved.

“We were supposed to stay together, but she did not get her visa until yesterday,” she said. “This is the only tournament we have not stayed together.”

The first game saw Gohar race to an early 3-0 lead before El Torky adjusted to the pace to pull two successive points back as she looked to get into the match. But Gohar showed her class as she stormed ahead to take eight unanswered points and the game 11-2.

El Torky won the first point of the second game but was made to pay for taking an early lead as Gohar won the next 11 points, displaying some exquisite shots as she controlled the match from the centre of the court.

She continued to control proceedings, moving 5-1 ahead in the third, but to her credit El Torky fought back with two excellent shots to bring the score back to 3-5. Unfortunately for the elder Egyptian, the fight back did not materialise as Gohar took the third game 11-3 to secure a second round berth.

18-year-old Gohar cited her attacking mentality as a key factor in the win.

“From the beginning I had to start very strong, and not give her anything in the middle,” she said.

“I had to attack everything because Heba volleys very well and all the matches are very tough now. You don’t expect an easy match, and today I am glad in won in three.”

[8] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 (25m)

By James Hall

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