World No.2 Nouran Gohar lived up to her ‘Terminator’ nickname as she ended the hopes of United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy to reach the last four of the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family.
Sobhy had caused Gohar serious problems in the past and had won six of their seven previous meetings on the PSA World Tour, but she was no match for the Egyptian today inside the University Club of Chicago’s Cathedral Hall.
Gohar played at an electric pace and found her line and length early on to go a game up. Sobhy managed to get in front of her opponent in the second to lead 8-6, but squandered the opportunity as Gohar rattled off five points in succession to double her advantage.
Gohar was especially effective on the forehand volley, forcing left-hander Sobhy onto her backhand and marooning the American in the back of the court. Sobhy just couldn’t live with her opponent’s pace as Gohar closed out an 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 victory in 30 minutes to set up a semi-final meeting with World No.1 Raneem El Welily.
“For me, it’s the toughest draw to get playing Amanda,” said Gohar.
“The head-to-head speaks for itself. I don’t think anyone else has a record like this, beating me six times. She’s a very tricky player to play, she has really good hands, good reach, it seems like she’s not going to get the ball but at the end she gets it.
“It’s tough mentally before anything else. I was just trying to focus on not playing the most beautiful squash, but the most efficient to be able to beat her today.
“We [Gohar and El Welily] played here two years ago on this court and it was one of the best matches of my life, it was a five setter and I can’t wait to be back on this court. The court is amazing and the vibes are really good here.”
Gohar also reflected on her ‘Terminator’ moniker, saying: “I haven’t watched the Terminator movies before having the nickname. I went to the movies three or four months ago and the movie was on in the cinema, so I went there.
“My friends were next to me, so I asked them if this was The Terminator, because he is really mean! I like the fact that people see me as focused, as determined and as relentless as The Terminator, so I am just taking the positive part of it and neglecting any other negative comments.”
Following the match, Sobhy expressed her frustrations in the press conference.
“I didn’t really feel that. I wasn’t really complaining about anything with the refereeing and I felt that it was actually a smooth match”
NouranGohar</a> disagrees with her American counterpart, as she moves into the semis in Chicago <a href="https://t.co/EX73O2uF59">pic.twitter.com/EX73O2uF59</a></p>— PSA World Tour (PSAWorldTour) March 2, 2020
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (30m)