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BritOpen Update: Massive win for Gohar against ‘Role Model’ El Welily


World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar will appear in her first ever Allam British Open semi-final after a huge win over close friend and fellow Egyptian Raneem El Welily in a thrilling quarter-final fixture in the 2016 edition of the iconic PSA World Series tournament.

A captivated crowd inside Hull’s Airco arena were treated to an entertaining match played by two of the world’s biggest talents and it was 18-year-old Gohar who established herself on the fixture first, cruising to a 6-2 lead in the opener before fending off a late come back from the older Egyptian to go a game to the good.

“I can’t believe it, beating Raneem is such a big thing for me as well. I’ve been looking up to Raneem from a very young age and she is like my role model. She’s always supporting me and coaching me during my matches so it was very hard to play against her today.

“I was just trying to stay focused, try not to think about it and keep my momentum because I was playing really well in the first two games. In the third I thought I played well but she played better.

“I think that Laura [Massaro] or Camille [Serme] would be very tough so we will see how it goes tomorrow.”

Result – Quarter-Final: Women’s Allam British Open 2016
[8] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 (70m)

By James Hall

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