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Tourament of Champions QF: Gohar Sails Into Last Four

Egypt’s World No.3 Nouran Gohar powered her way into the semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions for just the second time in her career after axing England’s former World No.3 Alison Waters, 3-0.

22-year-old Gohar has been playing some of the best squash of her career of late after claiming both the prestigious British Open and U.S. Open titles in 2019 and the Egyptian proved she was a big contender for the Tournament of Champions title after she completed another match in straight-games.

Gohar has defeated Egypt’s World No.10 Hania El Hammamy and South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller already in the tournament and manoeuvred safely past Waters, who defeated Emily Whitlock in the last round, by an 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 margin.

Gohar will face France’s Camille Serme for a place in the final after she took out World No.1 Raneem El Welily earlier in the day.

“It feels great to be through to the semi-final after trying for five years now,” said Gohar afterwards.

“I feel like it has been a lifetime of trying to get through to the semi-finals of this tournament, even though I reached the semi-finals here in my first year. It’s always awesome to play here and especially because of the location and the crowd – I think that’s the most energetic crowd you see anywhere.

“I have great memories on this court, I remember playing one of the best matches of my life against Laura [Massaro] here in the quarter finals as well and I was slamming every ball in the nick and feeling great on court. I had a little bit of this feeling today and it went really well.”

[3] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [13] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (39m)

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