Egypt’s World No.5 Nouran Gohar booked her place in the semi-finals of the PSA Women’s World Championship after defeating England’s World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry in an entertaining four-game battle.
The two players have met four times previously, with each taking two victories apiece but it was Gohar’s day as she secured a place in her third successive semi-final at the sport’s biggest event.
Perry began the match well to disrupt the rhythm of Gohar as she took advantage of the slow start from the Egyptian to take the first game.
The 22-year-old responded well in the second, however, to draw back level before Perry advanced in the third game to hold two game balls. Things fell apart for the Englishwoman though as Gohar, who came from 2-0 down in the final of the U.S. Open to win, showed her resilient side to take the third on the tie-break.
Three errors in a row from Perry once again put Gohar in the driving seat in the fourth as fatigue started to set in and looked as though it was affecting her. However, Perry rallied back to get the scores back level at 8-8 and then once again held two game balls to push the match to a fifth, before Gohar came back fighting to secure a place in the semi-final.
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She will now face World No.1 Raneem El Welily for a place in the final.
“I don’t show a lot of emotion on court, so to do that shows a lot,” said the 22-year-old afterwards.
“Egypt is my lucky place and I play my best squash here because the crowd give me great energy, even when at the beginning I wasn’t at 100%. They had to give me that push to play and I didn’t want to disappoint them.
“I’m going to enjoy my rest day as a normal athlete because the last time I had an exam. I’m going to try and recover really well because each point was really tough. She didn’t give up at all, I was up in the third and the fourth but it was like she was leading. I’m really looking forward to my semi-final match now in a couple of days.”
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-8, 13-11, 12-10 (57m)