World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar reached her first ever senior World Championship quarter-final after defeating best friend and sparring partner Nadine Shahin in round two of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship.
Gohar and Shahin had met just three month’s earlier in the final of the British Junior Open, with Gohar winning 3-0 on that occasion and the World No.7 was in excellent form to repeat that feat in Malaysia.
18-year-old Shahin, who stunned Line Hansen in qualifying before beating former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf in round one, gave a good account of herself as she tried to dig in her heels against her fellow Egyptian teenager but Gohar’s excellence towards both the front and back of the court enabled her to pounce on any loose shots and return them with interest. She wrapped up the win in just 24 minutes to take an 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 victory which sends her through to the last eight.
“It’s an amazing thing to be in the quarters of the World Championship,” said Gohar.
“I’ve always dreamed of doing well in the World Championship and I’m really happy to achieve this. It’s good to be fresh for the next match. I’m really glad that I beat Nadine in three, she’s a really tough opponent and to beat her 3-0 is a very good thing.
“She knows everything about me, on court and off court. We train a lot as well, we have the same coaches and we’re always together, so it’s very hard to play against your best friend on court. She’s always on my side but this time she was my opponent so you have to adapt to this, forget about it and win.”
Gohar will take on either World No.4 Camille Serme or England’s Sarah-Jane Perry for a place in the semi-final.
Result – Second Round: Naza PSA Women’s World Championship
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (24m)
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