At the end of another season, the PSA’s Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with Egypt’s Nouran Gohar.
Egypt’s Nouran Gohar became the newest British Open Champion in May, as she defeated Camille Serme in the final to take home the oldest trophy in the sport.
The 21-year-old moved up to World No.4 after the victory, and having missed out on the trophy in 2016, she was ecstatic to have won it in 2019.
“It feels awesome [to win it]. You don’t really appreciate the win if you didn’t taste the loss,” Gohar admitted.
“And yes, it has been two tough years and to be back on track and competing again is an indescribable feeling.”
Gohar knew she had been playing well throughout the season, but for five straight tournaments, she fell to compatriot Raneem El Welily, at differing stages.
“I felt I started playing well from Hong Kong but I was stuck with Raneem. We had great battles and every time it ended with my loss, I was eager to add something to my game. I believe the British Open was the bottle neck at last.”
Gohar in action at the El Gouna International
Despite the end of the season success, the Egyptian also admitted that she was struggling with injuries throughout, but she started to feel better.
“It has been a challenging season with lots of ups and downs. I didn’t start the season well because of my injuries but by Hong Kong, I started finding my range and slowly got my confidence back.”
Gohar seemed to be struggling with a slight knee injury in the latter part of the season, but despite that, she reached the El Gouna International final as well as winning in Hull.
Her off-season plans included making sure she went through to the right rehabilitation for her knee problem, before making sure she is ready to fight in the 2019-2020 season.
“As I always say, I am just trying to learn and improve. If I can play good squash, I am sure I will get the results that I aim for,” she explained.
Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, Scotsman Alan Clyne reviews her campaign.