Egypt’s World No.5 Nouran Gohar displayed a clinical performance to down compatriot and World No.15 Salma Hany in straight games and advance to the quarter finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.
2019 British Open winner Gohar settled into her rhythm quickly to get off to a rapid start and take the first game for the loss of just two points as Hany struggled to cope with the attacking style of her compatriot.
The second game showed Hany began to fight back more as she began to cause some problems for Gohar, but the latter was able to sneak the game to double her advantage before stepping her game up another level in the third to close out an 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 victor in 31 minutes.
She will face the winner of Joey Chan v Tesni Evans, which takes place later today at Drexel University.
“It’s really tough to play against someone you know so well,” said 22-year-old Gohar afterwards.
“Salma is one of the most talented players on tour, so if you give her half a chance then she is just going to punish you and you will feel silly on court, which I didn’t want. I wanted to be focused from the first point and show good character and I knew that if I played good squash then I had a chance to play well today.
“You try to play your own game and execute it perfectly, so that you have your chance and then you mix it up at the end. I just had to play my perfect game at the beginning and then when I got my chances I tried to vary it a little bit, so that she couldn’t really read it at the front. It was tough out there mentally to stay focused.”
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 (31m)