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Nouran Gohar is in action


Follow us here for reports and reaction from the second day of quarter-final action at the Women's Wadi Degla Open in Cairo.

The opening match of the evening sees two qualifiers – Egypt's Salma Hany Ibrahim and Tesni Evans of Wales – go head-to-head, while World No.3 Nouran Gohar will take on fellow Egyptian Mariam Metwally in the other match.

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Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+2)
17:30 [Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [Q] Tesni Evans (WAL)
18:30 [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) v [2] Nouran Gohar (EGY)

Evans Beats Ibrahim to Reach Maiden W50 Semi-Final

World No.28 Tesni Evans recovered from a game down to move through to the biggest semi-final of her career so far – overturning a one game deficit to defeat Egypt’s Salma Hany Ibrahim.

Ibrahim had won the pair’s most recent meeting at last month’s Carol Weymuller Open and it was her who took the first game. Both players looked to stretch the court and move their opponent around until an error from Ibrahim handed two game balls to Evans. The World No.34 rallied though and fought back to take the next four points in succession to go ahead.

A scrappy start from the Egyptian in the second though saw more unforced errors punctuate her game, with three of Evans’s first four points being won after tinned shots from her opponent. The Welshwoman ramped up the pressure by mixing up her shots to add measure of unpredictability to the encounter, and it resulted in her taking it to level.

Evans went up a gear in the third and hit seven winners as she swept to victory, before the Cardiff-born 24-year-old overturned two game balls in the fourth to seal an 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 12-10 victory – setting up a meeting with either one of Egyptian duo Mariam Metwally or World No.3 Nouran Gohar for a place in the final.

“It feels amazing [to reach the semis],” said Evans.

“Coming into this as a qualifier, I was just hoping to qualify, let alone make the semis, so I’m really happy with how I’ve been playing.

“I tried to stay quite positive, I thought I played pretty well in that first game and I was quite unlucky to lose it, it just fell away in the end. [Coach] Dave Evans just told me to keep playing the same way, there wasn’t anything wrong with the way I was playing, and I just came on a bit more positive and seemed to turn it over a little bit.

“It would mean everything to make the final. Whoever wins, it’s going to be a very tough match, but it would make my day.”

[Q] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 12-10 (62m)

Gohar Storms Past Metwally

An assured performance from crowd favourite Nouran Gohar saw the two-time World Junior Champion dispatch compatriot Mariam Metwally in straight games to seal her place in the semi-finals at her home club.

Gohar, who earlier this season claimed a maiden World Series title at the Hong Kong Open, was on fire and combined her typically hard-hitting with a tactically astute game plan that saw her hit consistent lines and a plethora of winners throughout.

The duo were neck and neck at the beginning of the opener, but Gohar soon established herself on the match, with her incredible pace of hitting seeing the 19-year-old march to a one-game advantage.

Metwally, who was sporting strapping on her thigh, came out well in the second, but soon faded as she struggled to live with Gohar’s tempo, leading Gohar to take it 11-7, 11-6, 11-2 in 31 minutes to set up a semi-final clash with Tesni Evans.

“Playing at your home club in front of your home crowd is unbelievable, so I’m trying to give everything and do my best to reach the finals here” said Gohar.

“The crowd gives me an extra boost, an extra push, so I would like to thank them.

“She has got really good hands, so I was trying to make the pace faster and make it so she couldn’t hit her volleys. She has good hands in the middle of the court, so I was really trying to play as fast as I could.

“It will me my first time playing against Tesni, but she is very tough and she beat Salma today, which is an unbelievable achievement. It will be a great match tomorrow and I’m sure it will be tough.”

[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-2 (31m)

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