World No.2 Nouran Gohar will head up the inaugural DAC Pro Squash Classic when the first PSA World Tour Bronze event of the season takes place between October 19-23 at the Detroit Athletic Club.
Some of the best female players in the world will be in attendance at the event. World No.8 Joelle King from New Zealand comes in as the No.2 seed and will be looking to win her first event since May 2019, when she picked up the Manchester Open title.
Tough competition will come from the two-time British Nationals champion, Tesni Evans. Evans is the current World No.13 and seeded at No.5 in this event. She will be hoping for a good event to push her back towards the world’s top 10, which she dropped out of in August this year. Home interest comes from Olivia Clyne and Sabrina Sohby, who will both be hoping to produce quality performances on US soil.
But all eyes will be on Gohar as the Egyptian looks to continue the great form that has seen her win back-to-back Platinum titles at the CIB Egyptian Open and the U.S. Open. The 24-year-old explained how much she was looking forward to the event from both a squash and personal perspective.
“I’m very happy with the way I’m playing right now,” said Gohar.
“Most importantly, I feel like enjoying myself on court and trying to improve everyday.
“I am excited to play the event in Detroit, I have never been there before but I always like to play these kind of tournaments where the members of the club are very welcoming and they make you feel at home.”
Gohar’s fiancé, professional fencer Ziad El-Sissy, is based in Detroit and the World Championship finalist is looking forward to having him in her corner throughout the week.
“He is currently undergoing his master’s degree there and is a professional fencer himself, so it’s never very easy for us to spend a lot of time together with all our busy schedules,” Gohar said.
“He has always been a great supporter and I do enjoy having him in my corner watching my matches”.
Gohar’s rival Nour El Sherbini currently sits at the top of the PSA World Rankings, and while Gohar is working hard to regain top spot, she insists that the quality of her performances is her priority.
The former British Open champion said: “I’m very proud with this rivalry I have with Sherbini right now, with most of the big finals being contested between both of us. I have reached the No.1 spot before and I’m working hard to reach it again, but I don’t think about it that way.
“I would rather think about trying to improve in order to win the big majors. If I’m performing well and winning then the ranking will automatically take care of itself.”
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2021 DAC Pro Squash Classic Draw
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) – [Bye]
Sana Ibrahim (EGY) v [9/16] Melissa Alves (FRA)
[9/16] Ineta Mackevica (LAT) v [WC] Lucy Beecroft (ENG)
 Nele Gilis (BEL) – [Bye]
 Tesni Evans (WAL) – [Bye]
Hana Moataz (EGY) v [9/16] Zeina Mickawy(EGY)
[9/16] Donna Lobban (AUS) v Nadia Pfister (SUI)
 Olivia Clyne (USA) – [Bye]
 Joshna Chinappa (IND) – [Bye]
Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) v [9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
[9/16] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAL) v Cristina Gomez (ESP)
 Alison Waters (ENG) – [Bye]
 Sabrina Sohby (USA) – [Bye]
Georgina Kennedy (ENG) v [9/16] Emilia Soini (FIN)
[9/16] Lui Tsz-Ling (HKG) v Ka Yi Lee (HKG)
 Joelle King (NZL) – [Bye]