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Nour El Sherbini in action against Hollie Naughton

Women's Worlds: El Sherbini Eases Past Naughton

Egypt’s World No.2 Nour El Sherbini continued her title defence at the Women’s World Championship held in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza as she downed Canada’s World No.30 Hollie Naughton.

El Sherbini claimed her third World Championship title in February when the World Championships were held in Chicago and the former World No.1 showed that she is ready to battle for her fourth crown as she comfortably overcame Naughton by an 13-11, 11-7, 11-4 margin.

Canadian Naughton started strongly to cause some problems for the Egyptian, who is making her first appearance of the new season after suffering with a knee injury at the start of the campaign, as she took a 10-6 lead to put her in pole position to take the first game. However, the experience of the Egyptian proved vital as she clawed her way back to turn things around and take a 1-0 lead.

From then on it was comfortable for the Egyptian as she let her fluid movement take centre stage to find her targets with ease and move into the third round of the prestigious tournament, where she will face India’s Joshna Chinappa.

“It was very important for me to win the first game, that’s what made the difference for the whole match,” said 23-year-old El Sherbini.

“I think I was a bit nervous in the first game, it’s the first match on the glass court and it’s in front of the Pyramids, so it’s not that easy. I’m still trying to get in my mind that I’m back on tour playing, it’s the first time playing her so I didn’t really know what to expect.

“I tried to relax and focus on my game. The conditions didn’t bother me, I think I was very comfortable on court.

“I’ve been dreaming of playing at this venue since I was seven years old and when I first had the injury I thought I wouldn’t have surgery before this tournament, so I did a lot to come and play here. I’m looking forward to this week.”

[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [28] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-0: 13-11, 11-7, 11-4 (26m)

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