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Nouran Gohar

U.S. Open SF: Gohar Downs Serme to Reach Final

Egypt’s World No.5 Nouran Gohar will feature in her first FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships final after dismantling 2016 champion Camille Serme in just 29 minutes.

The last time the two players faced each other was at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals in Cairo, Egypt where Serme took a 2-0 victory in a best-of-three format, however, Gohar completely reversed that result with a formidable performance today.

Gohar was playing in her first semi-final in Philadelphia and produced a performance of sheer dominance as she played with relentless pressure to not allow France’s Serme a way in as she eased to an 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 victory.

The Egyptian will take on compatriot and World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the final as she looks to claim her first ever U.S. Open title tomorrow.

“Before playing here, I was thinking yesterday that all the semi-finalists are U.S. Open champions and I’m the only one that isn’t,” said 22-year-old Gohar afterwards.

“Hopefully I can do it tomorrow! I’m just really happy to be on court, I had a solo practice this morning and there are some days when you are feeling good and you are very excited to be one court and today was one of those days. It really helped against someone who is very precise, accurate and tactical like Camille. She beat me last time at home, which was really painful and it was great today.

“You work really hard throughout the whole season for days like this when you are feeling great on court and I’m really happy about it. I’m just going to relax today and forget about it because tomorrow is a new day.

“Nour is the player to beat. She has been chopping everyone now and she’s playing really well. I’m excited about tomorrow’s match, I think it will be a great one with a lot of contrast. She likes to slow it down and plays really good shots, I like to hit hard so it’s going to be interesting and challenging, but I’m looking forward to it.”

[3] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [2] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (29m)

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