Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt  Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (36m)
Defending champion Raneem El Welily remains in the hunt to win the 2016 Windy City Open courtesy of a straight-games win over compatriot Nouran Gohar although it wasn’t plain sailing for the former World No.1 inside the University Club of Chicago’s Cathedral Hall.
El Welily played with sublime attacking control as she utilised variation of pace, height and power to upset the rhythm of the hard-hitting World Junior Champion to set up a semi-final encounter with Camille Serme but for all her positive play the Egyptian’s game showed worrying signs of concentration lapses that have cost her big matches in recent tournaments.
None more so what that evident than when she let a commanding 7-0 lead in the second game slip but she managed to recompose and collect herself at the vital times to ensure dangerous 18-year-old Gohar couldn’t get her name on the scoresheet and extend the match.
After watching a 7-0 lead disappear in the second game El Welily managed to recompose herself and return to the mixed-paced attacking play that had served her well to open the lead and gain control of proceedings.
Shot Of The Match
Known for her relentless hard-hitting style and ability to blast her opponents off court Gohar showed beautiful slight of hand to hit a perfect counter drop shot at 5-8 in the third game.
Raneem El Welily: “We train together and play together every week – she’s already at the top of the game and she played well today.
“She hits the ball incredibly hard so the ball is hard to control. The last game was the hardest and I had to recover and come from behind and to have gone through in three-games is something I’m very happy about.
“Camille is another great player – her match with Amanda was brutal and I’m looking forward to playing her tomorrow.”