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Nouran Gohar in action against Tinne Gilis

Women's Worlds: Gohar Reaches Quarters

Egypt’s World No.5 Nouran Gohar secured her place in the last eight of the Women’s World Championship after overcoming Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in straight games at the Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt.

It was a good start by Gilis, who was facing Gohar for the first time in her career, as she matched the tempo set by the higher seeded Egyptian to take the lead before Gohar reigned her back in to eventually close out the first game.

The second was much more straightforward for Gohar as she utilised her hard-hitting brand of squash to step up the pressure on the Belgian, whose sister, Nele, she defeated in the previous round.

Gilis rallied back slightly in the third, however, it wasn’t enough to prevent Gohar from getting the result and she will now face England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in the next round.

“It was a little bit unexpected,” said Gohar afterwards.

“Usually you expect that the higher seed will get adapted to the court faster, but that wasn’t the case today Tinne dealt really well with the conditions.

“I just tried to keep things simple, when you find she is playing well and things aren’t going your way then you just have to get back to basics and that’s what I did in the end.

“Sarah is a very good player, she has really good hands, is tall and is a different kind of player. She likes to hold the ball and we have kind of contrasting styles of play. It’s going to be interesting to see how we deal with it, we haven’t played a lot and the last time we played was at the World Tour Finals where it was a best of three format, so it’s quite different and we’ll see how it goes.”

Gilis added: “I felt good in the first game so I guess I might have been playing ok. I went on there rather positive, nothing to lose. But in the second I couldn’t find my length at all and anything loose she puts it away and kills you. She was just too good in the end, her shots just amazing.”

[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [26] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (24m)

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