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BritOpen Update: Gohar Gets Past Au

Nouran Gohar continued her impressive run in the Allam British Open Squash Championship 2016 with a relatively comfortable 3-0 win over Annie Au in their second round encounter today.

The Egyptian was in fine fettle, as she dismantled the challenge of Au, racing into a 4-1 lead in the first game. As the game progressed Au did manage to fight back with some fine shots but the determined Gohar closed out the game 11-7.

A dominant performance in the second game saw Gohar edge closer to the quarter final and she overdosed Au to complete the victory in straight-games and despite her tender years, the Egyptian is under no illusions as to how prestigious the Allam British Open is in the squash world.

The eighteen year old said: “I was really pleased with my performance today. Playing her [Au] is very hard because it looks like she is giving up, and she’s not, she is really tough.

“I want to try and peak here in the British Open, it is an important tournament to me. I try to be in the best form this month, and I have trained really hard.

“I really like the courts here, it is hot and bouncy. I like this types of court, they suit my hard hitting style with plenty of running around.”

The next round could pit Gohar against her compatriot Raneem El Welily, whom the eighth seed regards as an ‘older sister’ and role model.

“She is like my big sister, because we train together like every day. We both know each others game, and are trying to change plans to make it different, which of course is hard to do during the match.”

Defeat for Au ends her hopes of competing in the Dubai PSA World Series Finals 2015-2016, which take place in May.

[8] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [9] Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 (27m)

By James Hall

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