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Women's Worlds: El Welily Takes Out Gohar to Reach Final

Egypt’s World No.1 Raneem El Welily reached her fourth Women’s World Championship final after coming from a game down against compatriot and World No.5 Nouran Gohar in front of the Pyramids in Egypt.

The Egyptians are two of the most in-form players on the Women’s Tour at the moment, with El Welily taking victory in San Francisco and Gohar winning the U.S. Open earlier this month.

An uncharacteristic start from El Welily saw Gohar race into an early lead as she took full advantage of errors coming from the racket of the World No.1 to take a quickfire first game.

El Welily, who advanced to the semi-finals after World No.3 Nour El Tayeb retired early in their quarter final clash, roared back in the second though, as she looked more settled to step further up the court and draw level.

From then on it was El Welily’s racket skill which took centre stage as her shot making abilities came to the fore to take full control of the match and wrap up a 2-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 victory in 38 minutes.

“I don’t really think I did anything wrong that first game,” said El Welily afterwards.

“I was sharp, I was prepared, I knew what I was doing but it just wasn’t working the way I wanted. She was on fire obviously, but I’m very pleased to back it up in the second game and to manage to find a way somehow and not look back.

“She hits it hard and now she lobs as well. She’s varying the pace and mixing it up, so it’s not about the hard hitting anymore, it’s about adjusting to whatever she is firing at you.

“Her variety of shots has gotten so much better than last season, even though last season she was playing well. She’s playing well this season and I’m just pleased to be through. Thanks to preparation of my coaches, I was able to prepare well today.

“It’s a big crowd today and quite a few friends and family members [in the audience] as well.”

[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-1: 2-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (38m)

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