Fresh off the back of scalping second qualifying seed Line Hansen in the final round of qualifying, Egyptian teenager Nadine Shahin secured an even bigger upset against former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf in a stunning Naza PSA Women’s World Championship victory.
Shahin played with maturity and craft as she sought to outmanoeuvre her opponent, pulling away in the opening game to take a shock lead. She continued to move Duncalf into all four corners of the court in a devastating display in the second and an unforced error from Duncalf with a tinned effort on game ball down allowed the 18-year-old to go two games ahead.
Duncalf was much improved in the third and the World No.16 battled hard to try and gain a foothold in the encounter. But it was to no avail as she eventually succumbed to an 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 defeat in Shahin’s favour to send the Egyptian through to the second round of a World Championship for the first time.
“I’m speechless, It’s my first time to reach the last 16 of any World Series tournament, let alone the World Championship,” said Shahin.
“I beat Line Hansen in the qualifying finals and I had never beaten her before, I had lost the last three times we had played. I have never played Jenny before, she’s a former World No.2 and I just beat her so it’s just amazing. I tried to get my balls to the back as much as I could because her shots are really good.
“I tried to get her in the back and I was the one who was able to take control of the court. It means everything to reach the second round, but it’s not over yet, there’s another challenge tomorrow and I’m up for it.”
Result – First Round: Naza PSA Women’s World Championship
[Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (30m)
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