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Nouran Gohar (left) was on top form as she defeated Nele Gilis

Windy City Open RD3: Gohar Powers Into Last Eight

World No.2 Nouran Gohar powered her way through to the quarter-finals of the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family after a phenomenal display of hitting took her to victory over Belgium’s Nele Gilis.

The pair have only met twice before on the PSA World Tour, with both of those meetings coming in a three-week spell last October. ‘The Terminator’ won both clashes, in the second round of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships and CIB PSA Women’s World Championship 2019-2020.

She carried on that form against the Belgian No.1 in this clash, restricting her opponent to just twelve points across the entire match, as she put her stamp on the match from the very beginning.

Gilis did not have an answer for the Egyptian, who is the reigning British Open and U.S. Open champion. Gohar needed just 24 minutes to take the victory, and she will now face US No.1 Amanda Sobhy on Monday afternoon.

“I was very accurate. There was nothing special. I just wanted to focus on hitting my targets from the very first point and I know if I have it right from the very beginning then it helps me later on,” Gohar explained.

“Today, I did not hit everything hard. I was trying to lob. Little bit at the end. That is the strongest part of my game, hitting it hard and accurately. There is plenty of other things to work on with my game, and I want to be that complete player.

“I have a huge team behind me who are helping me to play my best game, and they have been through a really hard time. I cannot take this form for granted so I am always trying to improve. I am really pleased with my form at this point, but to improve, I have to do a lot more.”

[3] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [16] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 (24m)

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