Egypt’s World No.5 Nouran Gohar reached the semi-finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships for the first time in her career after defeating Wales’ World No.9 Tesni Evans in straight games.
The Egyptian has only managed to reach the quarter final stage for the previous two years of the tournament, however, she made sure to go one better this season as she took a tight first game by an 11-8 scoreline.
From then on the 2019 British Open continued continued to impose her hard-hitting style of play on the Welshwoman as she took an 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 victory in 34 minutes.
“They say third time lucky, but for me it’s four,” said Gohar following her win.
“I started playing the U.S. Open when I was 15 years old and it was my first World Series event and I remember I was playing with Joelle King when she was World No.4, before the injury, and I was so excited to be on court and practicing and everything, so to be in the semi-finals now is unbelievable.
“It’s really special, I’ve been in semi-finals in other major tournaments, but this one is very special for sure.
“Tesni played at a medium pace really well, I think she is the best at playing this. She really varies the pace really well and she hits really nice shots. I usually play with the fast pace and I had to do it extra today, because when she puts the ball in the middle she’s so tough to play against and I really had to double the effort, pick up more effort and do my best to be able to beat her in three today.”
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (34m)